Welcome to our unforgettable adventure to the captivating prefecture of Rethymno! This day trip is perfect for those seeking to immerse themselves in the rich history and natural beauty of Crete. Our journey begins in the charming Old Town of Rethymno, a delightful labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways, adorned with Venetian and Ottoman architecture that dates back to the 16th century. Be transported back in time as you explore the Venetian fortress, the Turkish mosque, and the impressive Rimondi Fountain.
From the old town, we’ll continue our journey to the picturesque village of Margarites, known for its traditional pottery workshops and stunning landscapes. This charming village is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and rolling hills, providing a stunning backdrop for your visit. You’ll have the chance to visit one of the local pottery workshops and see firsthand how these beautiful pieces of art are created. You can also take a stroll through the village and explore its narrow streets, visiting the charming shops and cafes along the way.
Our final stop on this unforgettable journey is the historic Arkadi Monastery, a stunning fortified monastery that played a significant role in Crete’s fight for independence in the 19th century. Admire the impressive architecture and learn about the monastery’s rich history and cultural significance as you explore the various chapels and buildings on the grounds.
Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the impressive churches and other religious sites that dot the landscape, each with their own unique stories to tell. This day trip is the perfect way to experience the rich history, natural beauty, and cultural significance of the Rethymno prefecture
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONTransportation to and from your accommodation.
- Old town of Rethymno
- Margarites Village
- Arkadi Monastery
ALL INCLUSIVE PRIVATE TOUR INCLUDES:
- Professional driver
- Transportation to and from your accommodation in a non-shared air-conditioned vehicle
- Refreshments, bottled water and snacks throughout the day
- Monastery Entrance
- Traditional Lunch
- Pottery tour
- All taxes and insurance
08:30 AM - Shuttle pickup
09:30 AM - Old town of Rethymno
Our first stop will be in the charming and historic old town of Rethymno. We will stroll along its picturesque narrow streets while admiring the impressive old mansions, the Rimondi fountain, the Venetian Gate of the city walls, Saint Francisco Church, the lighthouse, and the Venetian fortress. You will have plenty of opportunities to take stunning photos and learn about the fascinating history of this unique place.
11:45 AM - Margarites Village
Next, we will head to the lovely artisan village of Margarites, which is renowned for its traditional pottery, ceramics, and crafts. You will have the chance to observe local artisans using time-honoured techniques to create stunning pieces of pottery and other crafts. You can also purchase souvenirs to take home with you or even participate in a 1.5-hour lesson to learn some of these skills yourself!
12:30 PM - Lunch
We will stop for a delicious lunch at a traditional Cretan taverna, where you can sample some of the local cuisine and enjoy some downtime with your fellow travelers.
14:15 AM - Arkadi Monastery
Our next stop will be at the historic Arkadi Monastery, which played a vital role in the history of Crete and is a designated UNESCO European Freedom Monument. We will explore the monastery’s various rooms, including the dining room, cellars, powder room, museum, and art gallery, and learn about its fascinating history and impressive architecture. You will have the chance to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and contemplate the significance of this important place.
16:00 PM - Shuttle drop-off