Chania, Rethymno, and the Arkadi Monastery

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Activity Level



City, Local Experience, Shopping, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in and out of a car.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), German (fluent), Greek (fluent), Italian (fluent), Russian (advanced)

A full day private tour through the cities of Chania and Rethymno, and the Monastery of Arkadi

This tour starts from Heraklion and combines a relaxed scenic drive along the northern coast, with visits at a historical monastery as well as the two most picturesque towns on the island.

All Greeks regard Arkadi monastery as a bulwark and symbol of freedom. The site of the 1866 battle between Cretans and Ottoman Turks, the monastery was destroyed and only a few of its occupants escaped the massacre. But the brave and stubborn resistance exhibited by the martyrs of Arkadi, including the abbot of the monastery, proved the stimulus for widespread resistance throughout the island that attracted the attention of several foreign countries and finally resulted in the liberation of Crete.

Many consider Chania as the most beautiful city on Crete. We will stroll along the harbor area of the old port, admire its Venetian and Ottoman architecture, with its Naval Museum housed in the Venetian ship-sheds, wander through the narrow back streets, visit the famous Agora and leather market, and enjoy lunch.


- Pickup in Heraklion

- We'll visit the Arkadi monastery, which is southeast of Rethymnon.

- We'll visit Rethymno, and have a walking tour of the city

- We'll visit Chania, and have a walking tour of the city, and we'll have some free time for shopping and lunch.

- Afterwards, we'll return to return to Heraklion

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: heraklion area,Amoudara area

End location: dropp of at the same pick up point

Duration: 9 hours 30 min.


Licensed Mercedes Vito 2015 with 6 seats for passengers+guide+driver. we can accommodate up to 4 travelers comfortably.

We can take up to 4 people comfortably, and 2 more with some reduced space. Please contact me for details.

What’s Included

- Guiding services
- Transportation with a minivan Mercedes Vito
- Entrance fee to the monastery

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 euro - personal expences

What’s Extra

- Personal expenses, such as lunch, drinks, souvenirs, etc.


I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

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