Arkadi Monastery & Rethymno

Take the scenic route from Heraklion to Chania and enjoy Crete's picturesque northern coast. Along the way, make stops at a historic monastery, a charming village, and a Venetian Fortress.

Your first stop is the Arkadi Monastery, known to Greeks as a symbol of defense and freedom. You'll learn all about the site's significance and fascinating history from your guide. Unfortunately, the monastery was destroyed during the 1866 battle between the Cretans and the Ottoman Turks. Still, Arkadi's martyrs carried out a brave resistance that attracted international attention and eventually liberated Crete.

After touring Arkadi, you'll continue to the aristocratic seaside town of Rethymno. Home to Crete's famed Venetian Fortress, this small city is known as the island’s intellectual and cultural capital. Enjoy some free time strolling through the town's lively Venetian harbor and colorful cobbled streets. Visit the 19th-century lighthouse, explore the fortress, or take a stroll along Rethymno's sandy beach.

You'll end in Chania, which many call the most beautiful city in Crete. Chania's harbor area is home to beautiful Venetian and Ottoman architecture, a Naval Museum, and its famous Agora and leather market.

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Interactive Athens and Crete for Families - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary gives you and your school-aged children plenty of time to get their hands on Greek cultural activities in Athens and the major cities of Crete. Start in Athens, where you can paint the Parthenon and exercise like an Olympian at the Panathenaic Stadium. You'll fly to Crete, where you'll participate in mosaic-making workshops, archaeological adventures, and botanical treasure hunts, alongside plenty of time to wander at your own pace or relax on the beach.