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Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

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46 reviews

Activity provider: Altino Travel

Crete: Rethimno, Chania, and Kournas Lake Day Trip

Activity provider: Altino Travel

From US$ 41.86 per person

Discover the culture and beauty of Crete on this guided day trip. Explore the cosmopolitan town of Rethimno, visit the little Venice of Crete, Chania, and see the picturesque lake Kournas.

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Duration 10 - 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Explore the difference between the east and the charming west part of the island
  • Visit the town of Rethymno and stroll in the alleys of the old town
  • Visit Chania, the “little Venice” of Crete
  • Visit Kournas, the natural sweet water lake of Crete
Full description
The first stop is the town of Rethimno, the third biggest town in Crete west of Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. Here, archeological monuments of the Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist. Enjoy a stroll in the alleys of the old town, a visit to the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses, or a coffee at the magnificent harbor. The next stop is Chania town, the second largest town of Crete on the north coast west of Rethymno. The city of Chania is divided into the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor, and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”. You can find Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, Loggia and the Lighthouse. Visit the famous Agora (market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. The last stop of the day is Kournas lake, a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind in Crete. The whole area of Kournas is protected under 'Natura 2000', as it's a designated wetland. Vast greenery, steep cavities between hills, and rare species of fish and birds make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy an early afternoon walk.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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4.3 /5

based on 46 reviews

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At the starting point we were given an appointment 1.5 km from our hotel so as it was very early we took a taxi and finally the bus on its rounds passed in front of our hotel!! And on the way back, they left us a little far too And the second point to improve the comfort of the bus was that the air conditioning was not working well and the seats were moving!! These are the two negative points of this excursion Overall good organization

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August 21, 2022

The tour guide was very friendly, thank you Michael. Rethymno was the most beautiful place to see. Chiana is also beautiful but very touristic. The lake was nothing special for us. The air-conditioner in the bus was not the best, it was still very hot in the bus, but the driver did a good job and we were very happy to travel in safety.

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August 19, 2022

Great day out. Lots of time on the coach but you would expect that if you’re setting off from Heraklion. Having said that, the roads do go through some stunning scenery. Sit on the right side of the bus for the best coastal views as you go up into the hills. There was a 15 min stop on the way to Rethimno, then about 90 mins in the town itself. There was enough time for a walk round and then a sit for a drink in a place near the old harbour. Back in the coach for 1 hour to Chania (this was right around mid day for us). We then had around 2.5 hours at Chania plenty of time again for a wonder through the old town and some lunch in one of the taverna’s along the waterfront. Back on the bus to Kournas lake. Beware the bus parks at the top of the hill and it’s a bit steep down to the lake itself. I gave the swim a miss and sat in the taverna at the top with a stunning view and a cold beer. After around an hour it was time to head back. It was about 11 hours in total from Kato Gouves.

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August 8, 2022

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