The 5-day version of this compact itinerary focuses on the far west region of Chania. Arrive in Crete, the largest of the Greek isles, before heading to the traditional village of Vamos for a cooking class and two nights in a charming guesthouse. Take a guided village-to-village trek, visit the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos on a day trip, and stroll the waterfront in the city of Chania without feeling rushed.
On your way to the Venetian Fortezza, you'll pass important sites and monuments, like the Porta Guora, Neratze Mosque, and the 17th-century Rimondi Venetian Fountain. Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. You can wander around the town's lively Venetian harbor, check out the 19th-century lighthouse, or take a sunset stroll along the sandy Rethymno Beach.
Your final stop is the 3,500-year-old Minoan Palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. As the Minoan civilization's foundation, many believe that this Bronze Age site is Europe's oldest city. Your guide will help you understand the history and mythology of the Minoan civilization, including the famous stories about the labyrinth, the mythical Minotaur, and Theseus' trick that killed the beast with the help of Ariadne.
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Itineraries with Rethymno & Palace of Knossos Tour from Chania
Experience the romance of Crete—Greece's largest island—with this 9-day itinerary. You'll use the coastal city of Chania, with its medieval architecture and postcard-perfect Venetian port as your base of exploration. Check out local markets, visit a traditional village, and enjoy a Cretan feast with after-dinner dancing. Then, hike the Samaria Gorge before wrapping up with relaxation on pink-sand beaches.