• Duration: 6 hours
  • Easy
  • Electronic Voucher

  • Meet on location or pick up
Add to my     • Product ID: 617107

Description

Tour Highlights

• Discover the religious heritage of Crete

• Explore the Akrotiri Peninsula

• Learn everything about the religious tradition of Crete

• Unique nature landscapes and architecture miracles

• Explore 3 monasteries in Akrotiri

• Walk through the mountain path to discover the cave of St John

• Visit the monastery of St George and the stone bridge

• Detailed descriptions and unknown stories

• Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

Description

The itinerary in the Akrotiri Peninsula will open a window to a spectacular nature populated by hermits and monks to a unique land exploited by great monasteries established in the Venetian period, which still dominate the area. Their history is associated with the history of the island. Their architecture reveals not only the fine taste of educated men but also the relationships with the artistic trends of Renaissance Europe.

The first step in the itinerary will be to descend the “Saint’s George” and explore the abandoned Katholiko monastery an experience of a lifetime in the small « Kappadokya» of Crete. Following the steps of the pilgrims, you will be able to discover the places in which the hermits decided to live in solitude, away from man, and to practice austerity and self-discipline in order to improve spiritually.

The next steps will bring you to the monasteries of Gouvernetou and Tzagarolon. There you will observe the collective life shared and practiced by the monks. In each case, the individual story of the men in charge of the administration and the construction of the buildings will be told. The special architectural features of the churches and the monastic complexes will be demonstrated; the importance of the artistic treasures kept within will be highlighted, and the role of the monasteries in various aspects of life in the past, but also nowadays -since they still constitute to function- will be discussed.

The final destination, the monastery of St. John the Almsgiver, will give you the opportunity to observe another model for organizing a monastic space, a way that should be connected with the particular history of the monastery and the origin of its first monks.

Itinerary

Living Like A Monk: In the Traces of the Sacred Places of Akrotiri Peninsula

Discover Venetian monasteries of Chania, wonderful nature landscapes and learn everything about the religious tradition of Crete…

• Schedule: All year – Every Sunday

• Location: Chania, Crete

• Duration: Approximately 6 hours

• Minimum participation: 2pax 

• Maximum participation: 18pax

• Tour type: Small-group tour 

*Note: There is availability for private tours upon request 

• Available languages: English  

• Pick-up times: 10:00-10:50 am

• Tour starts: 11:15 am

Pick up points: 

• 10:00 – Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis  

• 10:20 – Beach tennis court and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden Beach and Agioi Apostoloi) 

• 10:35 – Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora) 

• 10:40 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

• 10:45 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

• 10:50 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center) 

Important note for your pick-up

This tour is including hotel pick up – drop off for accessible by car hotels only (many streets of the old town and the harbor of Chania are having limited vehicle access) in the region of Chania. Clients that staying in the old town and the Venetian harbor 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) at this specific time. For small-group and private tours, pick-ups from Rethimnon, Heraklion, and Lasithi regions are NOT included. In the case of a private tour, there are extra transportation fees according to the requested pick up point.  

What's included

• Hotel pick up and drop off

• English speaking, local driver/escort

• Bottled water and snacks per person 

• Monasteries entrance fees

• Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan

• All taxes, fees and handling charges

• Small-group tour (up to 18 people)

Important information

• Schedule: All year – Every Sunday

• Location: Chania, Crete

• Duration: Approximately 6 hours

• Minimum participation: 2pax 

• Maximum participation: 18pax

• Tour type: Small-group tour 

*Note: There is availability for private tours upon request 

• Available languages: English  

• Pick-up times: 10:00-10:50

• Tour starts: 11:15 am 

Pick up points: 

• 10:00 – Hotels of Kalamaki, Stalos, Agia Marina, Platanias, Maleme, Tavronitis  

• 10:20 – Beach Tennis Court and Golden Beach central parking (for hotels around the Golden Beach and Agioi Apostoloi) 

• 10:35 – Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora) 

• 10:40 – Talos Square – Hand fountain (For hotels around: West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)

• 10:45 – GS Tours offices (For hotels around: East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)

• 10:50 – Kriti hotel (For hotels around: Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center) 

Important note for your pick-up

This tour is including hotel pick up – drop off for accessible by car hotels only (many streets of the old town and the harbor of Chania are having limited vehicle access) in the region of Chania. Clients that staying in the old town and the Venetian harbor 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) at this specific time. For small-group tours, pick-ups from Rethimnon, Heraklion, and Lasithi regions are NOT included. In case of the private tour, there are extra transportation fees.  

Terms & Conditions:

The company reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when this is considered necessary, for example in case of unfavorable weather conditions. This can be done without prior notice.

Reservations must be made 12 hours before the tour. A cancellation must be done 5 days before the tour for 50% refund. In case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from the company.

If a tour is cancelled due to low participation or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments

In case of allergies, tolerances or food preferences please inform the company in advance.

In this tour client’s need to respect the religious places we are visiting, remain quiet and dressed properly 

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

Guided Language

  • English

Reviews!

Thank you for submitting your review

Price from: 84

6 hours

Payment methods accepted

Payment with Paypal

Why book with us

Only selected and tested quality daytrips from licensed experiences' professionals!
Top customer service and support!

  • No hidden charges of any kind!
  • Immediate confirmation of services!
  • Best price guarantee!

Secure SSL payments.