Explore Crete through a variety
of high quality private and organised tours and excursions
that we offer. Just a few examples are the following:
CRETAN EVENING in ANOPOLIS
KNOSSOS and HERAKLION MUSEUM, CRETAN EVENING in ANOPOLIS,
SAMARIA GORGE, SPINALONGA, LOCAL LIFE, WATER CITY, BEST of
the WEST, CHRISSI ISLAND, PHAISTOS, GORTYS and MATALA, DIA
Special Interests: Scuba Diving, Botanical Walks, Horse Riding,
Join us for an unforgettable night out in
the mountain village of Anopolis.
The friendly locals from the taverna greet
us with a warm welcome and a glass of Raki - maybe firewater
is a better word for it - and a few snacks are also offered
to help it down.
A short stroll will
take you along to the village church, which is beautifully
decorated with frescoes and icons. The gold chandeliers are
stunningly impressive, but are lit only for special occasions.
Making your way back
to the taverna, you may not be able to resist the lovely handicrafts
displayed in the little village shops.
Our evening starts
with a delicious variety of traditional Greek dishes, and
of course there's plenty of wine to get the taste buds tingling.
Cretan and Greek
music and dances are performed by the talented local musicians
and dancers in their colourful costumes. There is a story
behind every song, and every dance, dating back as far as
the 17th century when the Lyra was first introduced.
Songs were used by the Cretans as a method of communication
during the Turkish occupation.
During this lively
evening you'll have the opportunity to join in the dancing
OUT FOR THE TABLE
could be your turn!
This night is highly
recommended by all guests - everyone enjoys it, and it is
popular with the whole family.
Experience a Cretan night out the Cretan
PHAISTOS, GORTYS and MATALA
A visit to Phaistos completes the "Minoan
The journey, heading southwards from Heraklion, takes us through
some of Crete's most magnificent countryside, up and over
The palace of Phaistos was built as the king's
winter palace and the retreat of the priesthood, around the
same time as Knossos. But somehow you will sense a totally
different "feel" to the place. Mysterious and beautiful,
the setting of Phaistos is spectacular, overlooking the broad
sweep of the Plain of Messara and out to the sea, while the
Psiloreitis massif rises to the north-west.
Phaistos was excavated by Italian archaeologists,
and unlike Knossos has not undergone much reconstruction.
However, you'll see a similar layout of labyrinthine corridors
and stairways, also with a central court, all on a smaller
Many of the treasures in Heraklion Museum
were unearthed in the area, for example the Boxer, Chieftain
and Harvester vases; but undoubtedly the most famous find
is the Phaistos Disc.
This exquisite little clay disc, only seven
inches in diameter, has on each side a hieroglyphic inscription,
as yet undeciphered, spiralling towards the centre. Its 241
tiny figures include people, animals, birds, insects, ships
If the Phaistos Disc fascinates you,
the visit to Gortys will intrigue you further. (In fact usually
the first stop on this day out). The site of Gortys was a
Roman city, established in 67 B.C. as the capital of Crete.
It is where the first Dorian settlers set down their Code
of Laws - some 1,700 characters carved on massive blocks of
stone. These laws dealt with matters as diverse as divorce,
mortgages, and the treatment of slaves.
BEST of the WEST
Our first stop is the village of Fodele, birthplace of the
famous painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El
Greco. Here you can have a drink and perhaps a stroll around
the pretty, leafy village before we head off to Chania. You'll
see rugged mountain masses, snow-capped for most of the year,
but lush and green where they slope down to the sea. Our professional
guide will point out the "Best of the West" and
tell you the history and legends surrounding this region and
its people. Chania is Crete's second city and, until as recent
as 1971, was the capital until Heraklion took over. Chania's
indoor market in the shape of the cross, and its "Leather
Street" completely dedicated to shops brimming with leather
goods, are ideal places to shop for souvenirs and presents
We haven't forgotten the little ones though. They have their
own pool with slides and a water fountain, but they'll also
love floating along in the rings on the Lazy River. There's
also a play area for the children, with swings and things
to keep them happy for hours. By the time you have exhausted
yourselves on all the rides and soaked up enough sun, you'll
have a good appetite for lunch. There's a wide choice of snack
and cold drinks at the poolside bar, or full meals in the
restaurant. We are sure you'll have a whale of a time at Water
The vast and mysterious gorge of Samaria is like no other
in Europe. Amongst the many fascinating sights to see on Crete,
the Samaria Gorge cannot be missed. Europe's equivalent to
the Grand Canyon, some people come to the island just to walk
it - all eleven miles! The steep descent commences from the
Plain of Omalos, high up in Ta Lefka Ori - The White Mountains
- in the province of Chania. A rough path twists its way through
the gorge, with the amazing scenery changing from mile to
mile. You'll cross crystal-clear streams, and see wild flowers
scattered over the sheer rock faces rising up from the paths.
KNOSSOS and HERAKLION MUSEUM
The site of Knossos is the most well-known
after the Acropolis in Athens.
A visit to Crete would be incomplete without witnessing this
The palace, excavated and reconstructed by
Sir Arthur Evans, was built during the "Old Palace"
Minoan period, circa 1900 - 1700 B.C.
At this time, power and wealth were becoming concentrated
in a few centres on the island, leading to unprecedented cultural
development in the Aegean area.
Steeped in mythology, Knossos was the powerful
domain of King Minos, and from here derives the legend of
the Minotaur - the half-man, half-bull creature slain by Theseus
in the Labyrinth.
Amongst many more fascinating things to see
are the huge urns, used to store provisions such as olive
oil and grain. Wonder at the first-ever flush lavatory, and
see the earliest European wooden throne. The colourful frescoes
of the dolphins are spectacular, but many others, like the
beautiful and elegant Prince of the Lilies, can be seen in
During the day, we make a stop in Heraklion
city centre, where there is the opportunity to explore, perhaps
do some shopping, have a bite of lunch, or visit the lively
The Archaeological Museum of Heraklion is
a highlight of the day. This concrete block of a building,
designed to resist earthquakes rather than appeal to the eye,
boasts the world's most comprehensive collection of Minoan
art. No other city, anywhere, has a museum to match it.
By the end of the day you will feel that you
have relived a part of Cretan history.
A day to experience local culture and ways, panoramic scenery
and superb views. The village of Archanes has won European
acclaim for its clever and attractive renovation. The surrounding
countryside is masses of vineyards, famous for the rich red
wines of the Archanes appellation. The village is an ideal
spot to take in the aromas, sights and sounds of the Cretan
landscape. Another renowned wine-making area is the village
of Peza. Here you may sample several varieties of wine from
this region, and witness the creation of next year's vintage!
A relaxing stop is the village of Myrtia, for a well-earned
rest point during our day. Lunch is served in the village
taverna by the hospitable owners, who have prepared traditional
Cretan specialities for us to enjoy. Myrtia is famous for
its little village museum, once the home of the author Nikos
We travel eastwards to the picturesque
port of Aghios Nikolaos, from where the boat sails across
the bay to the island of Kolokitha, where we drop anchor.
There's plenty time for swimming, sunbathing and working on
your tan while our Captain prepares the barbecue lunch - it's
all hands on deck for the crew. After lunch we set sail again,
this time for the tiny, enigmatic island of Spinalonga. This
place was, until 1957, the last leper colony in Europe. The
ruins of many small houses, shops and businesses in which
200 lepers lived their isolated lives can still be seen. Our
professional guide will explain the fascinating history in
more detail. A memorable day for all aboard.