• Duration: 6 Hours
  • Easy
  • Electronic Voucher

  • Pick up available
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Description

The province of Apokoronas is perhaps the most unspoiled part of the island, it stretches from the foothills of the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) to the northern sea coast of the island. Dynamic water routes form a region rich in vegetation of various kinds, Apokoronas has preserved the traditional character of its villages that constitute a living core of modern rural life. The whole history of its countryside, along with the history of the Christian worship is reflected on its churches that will be on the focus of our tour. You will encounter exceptional examples of art and architecture situated in a unique natural beauty.

The first stop is a small Byzantine church in the middle of nowhere, almost caped by trees and plants around. It is located in a landscape of exceptional beauty, surrounded by vineyards and a rare Cretan oak. The type of the church is a typical example of pure Byzantine architecture and testifies to the radiation of the tradition of Constantinople even in distant corners of the Empire.

Traces of early worship are found in another church in the village nearby, your next visit. Although the standing building dates back to the 15th century, the recent excavations inside indicate that the worship has begun in the 8th century. You will see the excavation inside the church and discuss its relations with the great monasteries of Greece and the monastic tradition that was formed in the area.

A symbol of the Cretan effort in their struggle against the Venetians is a glorious church at the foothills of the White Mountains. Its founder is himself the emperor of Nicaea, John Vatatzis, who hastened to prevent the conqueror of the island. The exceptional frescoes within dated in the 13th C. represent a high quality example of painting.

The tour is completed in the exceptional beauty of a hidden church in one of the most charming villages of Apokoronas. Built in the 13th century, as the frescoes, a work of popular artist, testify, the church is a modern pilgrimage demonstrating that faith in this place is an ongoing feeling.

Let the traditional local cuisine that will be tasted at a local «kafeneion» (tapas taverna) amidst a unique square of a typical Cretan village, where is expressed the local daily life, be the last satisfaction to our senses in this tour. 

Your transfer is included and its free, simply note your hotel info during the booking process ! 

Itinerary

Discover the religious heritage of Crete

Explore the wonderful region of Apokoronas

Learn everything about the religious tradition of Crete

Unique landscapes and hidden churches

Meeting points

What's included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Bottled water per person.
  • English speaking, local driver/ escort.
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan.
  • Traditional Cretan lunch.
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges.

What's excluded

  • Gratuities (optional).
  • Additional food and drinks.

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Appropriate clothing according to weather conditions.
  • Money for personal expenses.
  • Anything that might be useful to you.

Important information

  • Our fleet will be fully cleaned and sanitized after each transfer and trip.
  • Mandatory use of masks and gloves for drivers and escorts during transfers and tours.
  • Hand sanitizers antiseptic will be provided during clients’ embarkation.
  • Clients are obliged to use masks during their stay on the bus. (Masks & gloves will be provided from the company).
  • The company is going to use only the 65%of capacity of each mean of transport (for buses more than 9 seats).
  • Please note: This tour includes hotel pick up and drop off service. You can select the "I'll type the address (next step)" message and write the name and address of your hotel in the relevant field during the booking process.
  • This tour is including hotel pick up – drop off for accessible by cars hotels only (many streets of the old town and the harbour of Chania are having limited vehicle access) in the region of Chania. Clients that are staying in the old town and the Venetian harbour have to meet us in the suitable meeting points (3-5 minutes average walking distance from most of the hotels). The meeting times scheduled according to the hotels’ locations. The pick-up will be from the clients’ hotel (if accessible) on this specific time. For small group tours, pick-ups from Rethimnon, Heraklion and Lasithi regions are NOT included.
  • Pick up times per area:
  • 10:00 am Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis 
  • 10:20 am Xenios Dias and Golden Beach central parking (For hotels around the Golden Beach and Agioi Apostoloi) 
  • 10:35 am Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora) 
  • 10:40 am Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around West old town and harbour, East Nea Chora) 
  • 10:45 am GS Tours offices (For hotels around East and Central old town/harbour, Chania city centre) 
  • 10:50 am Kriti hotel (For hotels around Koum Kapi neighbourhood, East old town and Chania city centre) 

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • EDUCATIONAL TOUR
  • PILGRIMAGE OR RELIGION

Guided Language

  • English

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We booked this tour (my daughter and myself) and we are happy we did. The emails before the tour helped us regarding pick up from our Airbnb and all was good . The tour guide was very polite and ,friendly. Thank you, perhaps next year you have Russian language too :-)

By Olga Roboleva

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