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West Crete (Chania – Rethymnon excursion)

West Crete (Chania – Rethymnon excursion)

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West Crete Excursion: Visit in a day the 2nd & 3rd biggest cities of the island (Chania & Rethymnon) with their old towns and Venetian ports… In between a stop to the largest lake in Crete (Kournas). The excursion operates every Wednesday & Saturday, with pick-ups: East of Heraklion (starting Malia, Stalis through Hersonissos, Gouves, Heraklion) and West Heraklion (Amoudara, Lygaria, Agia Pelagia). Our excursion includes: Pick-up service at or near your hotel & return, guided tours in Rethymnon & Chania city. Available Tour Languages are: English, French, and German.

Tour info

1 day
Tour Type:
City Tour
Group size:
~50 pax

Accompanied service

Guides Transport Insurance


Morning Pick up:: We will start collecting participants from pick-up points in the morning. Depending on the place of your hotel/apartment the bus drive will differ..

Bus Drive: 3 hours

1st stop: Chania Town – 2 hours 30 minutes: Our groups will enjoy their time to wander around the beautiful Venetian streets and neighborhoods of this picturesque town of Greece. Walk through its roads full of little shops, markets and local restaurants around their famous old port.

Bus Drive: 1 hour

2nd stop: The lake of Kournas – 1 hour 20 minutes: The largest natural lake of Crete reflecting the White Mountains gives you the sense of an Alpine landscape. Grab the opportunity to hire a pedal boat for a lovely ride around the lake, swimming and enjoying a meal in one of the little tavernas (not included).

Bus Drive: 20 minutes

3rd stop: Rethymno – 1 hour 30 minutes: Visit Rethymno and its picturesque venetian town. Enjoy your free time to walk along the old port and beautiful oriental beach road.

End of the tour – Return to resorts: Embarkation in the buses and drive back to the hotels where we gathered participants in the morning. Depending on traffic and on the pick-up places of each one, the time of journey back to the hotel will differ.

Bus Drive: 2 hours

Special offer


West Crete (Chania Rethymnon Excursion): Chania - Rethymnon - Kournas Lake 

(Disclaimer: Not all the parts shown on this video are scheduled to be visited on this excursion)

Join our tour to the West Side of Crete. Experience the charming town of Chania which attracts many tourists every year, walk around its picturesque streets and admire the unique Venetian old harbor of this town. Enjoy a visit to the Lake of Kournas, and relax in this beautiful landscape of Cretan nature. Lastly, visit the town of Rethymnon, walk through its streets along the port to the old town.

Pick-up's from:
Sissi, Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos (port), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Anissaras, Analipsis, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Amnissos, Karteros, Heraklion (port), Amoudara (Gazi, Heraklion), Lygaria, Agia Pelagia. [Check the pick-up table list below to find out which is the most convenient pick-up point & time, near your hotel]

Operating Days:
Every Wednesday & Saturday

English, French, German: Wednesday & Saturday

Tour includes:
✔ Air-conditioned transportation with pick-up and drop-off services from your hotel or a nearby location
✔ Professional Driver
✔ The assistance of a tour escort throughout the tour
✔ Local taxes are included in the tour package to avoid any additional charges
✔ Liability insurance coverage by ALLIANZ to ensure your safety and security during the tour

Extra Fees (not included in the price)
Extras payable on the spot (optional):
• Hire of pedal boat at Lake Kournas
• Museum Entrances
• Food/Drinks

Tour highlights:
• Walk through the streets of Venetian Rethymno
• Explore the vibrant town of Chania and its famous old harbor and admire the Venetian architecture.
• Enjoy the view of a natural landscape at Kournas Lake
• Admire the clear blue waters and get some fresh air at the Lake

Essentials to have with you:
• Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
• Comfortable shoes
• Swimsuit / Beach towel
• Water

West Crete

11-12 hours approximately - 280 Km

Following the northwest coastline, we arrive in Chania, the former capital of Crete. The town is divided into the old town, within the Venetian city walls, which is an attractive maze of narrow streets, old mansions and arcades, with mosques and minarets bearing witness to the Turkish influence and the carefully laid out new town which is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns of Crete. Lunch can be enjoyed in one of the many waterfront tavernas, which overlook the old Venetian harbour, where the film "Zorba the Greek" was filmed. You will have free time to visit the famous "Agora" (market) with the leather goods.

On the way back we stop at the picturesque Lake of Kournas.

Next stop the town of Rethymnon, a colourful mixture of Venetian and Turkish architecture, the current centre of Arts & Letters of Crete. You may visit the Turkish minarets or enjoy a coffee at the attractive harbour which is dominated by the Venetian fortress.

Age Definition:
Adults: Over 12 years old  (Full fare)
Children: 4-12 years old  (50% discount)
Infants: 0-3 years old  (Free of charge)

Booking Guiding Lines:
Your Tour Language: Please check in the description which tour languages are available per day, and make sure your desired language is available on your chosen date
Your Pick-up Point: Please check the list with all available pick-up points (and hours) from your area, on the table below

This excursion includes in its price: Your transfer r/t from your hotel, Chania & Rethymnon Tours. The Adult Fare is applied to passengers of any age above 12 years old. The Child Fare applies to children between 4 and 12 years old (50% discount + extra's if chosen) and the Infant Fare to any child under 4 years old (Free of Charge // No seat reserved).

Just to help you see which pick-up suits you best, here's a table of hotel accommodations and their nearest pick-ups:

WEST CRETE: Chania Rethymnon Excursion

pickup timetable

Pick up place Pick up time
Sissi 07:00
Nikos hotel - Filipidis S/M 07:10
Malia church 07:10
Malia Bay - Malia Park - Sirens 07:05
Drossia - Kernos Beach - Ikaros Village 07:20
Alexander Beach - Ariadni 07:25
Cactus - Aktia 07:25
Mochos Cross 07:30
Stalis bus stop - Blue sea 07:30
Nana B/S - Mediterraneo 07:35
Belvedere - Eri bus stop 07:35
Silva Beach - Pela Maria 07:40
National Bank - Chalkiadakis S/M 07:40
Koutouloufari (Esperides Resort) 07:40
Piscopiano well (pigadi) 07:40
Mathioudakis - Creta Maris 07:45
Hersonissos Village 07:45
Knossos Royal - Royal Mare - Annabelle 07:50
Cretan Village - Laguna - Chrissi Amoudia 07:55
Serita - Zorbas – Anissa - Bella - Lytos 08:00
Analipsi Beach  Road 08:05
Analipsi Bus stop 08:05
Amirantes B/S 08:10
Gouves Beach  Road 08:10
Gouves Cross-Lavris 08:15
Gournes Church 08:15
Rinela - Hatzis 08:20
Knossos Beach - Arina 08:25
Karteros - Amnissos 08:25
Astoria Hotel - Galaxy Hotel 08:30
Heraklion port - 18 Agglon Sq. (Koules fortress roundabout) 08:30
Giofyros (Meliriton) 08:50
Amoudara 08:55
Agia Pelagia - Lygaria: Pick-ups are available from any accommodation in Agia Pelagia and Lygaria via shuttle service. A minimum of 2 adult participants is required. 08:55

LET US HELP! Please don't hesitate to contact us, in order to help you out choose the best pick-up that suits you best!

1. Customers who for any reason fail to participate in our excursions are obliged to inform us at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, no refund will be given. Cancelling at least 24 hours prior to departure, 100% full refund!
2. reserves the right to alter or cancel any tour, due to adverse weather conditions or, insufficient passenger number or, force majeure.

► We do return money in case of bad weather (when the excursion is cancelled by the organizer tour operator).
► IMPORTANT: You need to be at least 10 minutes prior to your pick-up time at your pick-up point.
► COVID-19: All passengers are required to wear masks at all times when in boats and busses or in indoor areas.


For further information or bookings please call at telephone No. (+30) 2810341560


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