Rethymno is one of the few old medieval towns in such good and complete condition.
Visible is the Venetian and the Ottoman heritage seen in the lay out of the town as well as its buildings. Most old towns and cities depending on the season and light change ambiance. The square of the Asia Minors Greeks, once a orchid of the Venetians, Part of the Monastery of St. Frances and finaly a school that still functions today.
The emblematic entrance of Monastery and later school as well as one of the narrow alleys in old town..
Winter takes a hold of the old town until spring uplifts it again into summer.
The transfer from your hotel or residence in Rethymno to Knossos Heraklion takes just over an hour. A comfortable and pleasant drive by an authorized LICENCED driver. At arrival at the archeological site of Knossos you are dropped off by the entrance of the Site of Knossos and I will help you make your way into the site and ticket booth. The visit on the site usually takes an hour and a half by the time you see the high lights, such as the throne room, queens chambers, Kings chambers and area of theater. The site of Knossos has w.c facilities as well as a coffee shop.
One of the high lights of Crete as far as it concerns nature and landscape is the Gorge of Samaria. The Samaria Gorge of Crete is one of the largest we have in Europe.
The gorge of Samaria, one of the largest natural gorges in Europe begining at an altitude 1.200 m. and ending all the way down to the sea level on the South coast.
Samaria Gorge is in the White mountain chain in the area of Hania, every summer many visitors walk this gorge. It is also the home to the wild ibex of Crete, the wild mountain goat of the island.
If you want a well organized drive, a comfortable drive a chance to experience a more authentic day and trip with a local all you have to do is contact me. You are picked up from hotel or area of residency in Rethymno by me and my taxi.
The drive and transfer from Rethymno along side part of the white mountain chain is on the main high way before we turn South cutting through this stunning mountain ridge. The scenery and country site is spectacular as we ascend from the coastal area up into the mountains. A beautiful and comfortable drive with plenty opportunities to stop for views and taking photographs! Driving in Crete up into the mountains can be sometimes for a visitor adventurous, but with a professional authorized and experienced driver it’s far more enjoyable and safe! The orchids give place to oak trees, shrub as we drive through the areas of today grazing grounds of shepherds flocks, what once used to be areas of partisans and revolutions of Crete. We arrive at Omalos At an altitude of over 1000m. Here you are dropped off by the entrance of Samaria Gorge take all your hiking gear from the boot of the car and set off! The first mountain you see that stands proudly before your eyes is Gigilos you begin to descent… Cyprus trees, sage, shrub and in spring wild flowers and orchids are a joy to see. You arrive at the river bed of the Gorge of Samaria the river Tarra the ancient name of the Gorge after seeing the village of St. Mary/Maria in Greek hanse the name of the Gorge, (Samaria ) you arrive at the iron gates, the narrowest part of the Gorge of Samaria and proceed to reach sea level and see later on the Libyan coast and exit of the Samaria gorge the village Tara and finally Ag.Roumeli. Here a well deserved swim, rest, brake, lunch beer even is in order. From Ag.Roumeli you catch the ferry to Sfakia.
You enjoy the boat ride of the South coast of Crete. And arrive at Chora Sfakion around 7.in the evening. From Chora Sfakion – Sfakia our drive and transfer to Rethymno isaprox. an hour and a half. On our way back we see other scenery and the smaller Gorge of Imbros we also here have the opportunity to stop for photographs and gaze at the beautiful views. We arrive in Rethymno having had a lovely day and the chance to see a very different aspect of Crete, in comfort safety. The walk of Samaria Gorge depending on stops and brakes can take from 4 to 6 hours.
To the West of Rethymno we have lovely cynic places to visit! You are picked up from your hotel or area of residency by taxi and we set off for the rural areas to the West of Rethymno. A comfortable drive in a comfortable taxi with the opportunity to stop for pictures on route. We drive taking the old road that was used before the new National road was established in the late 60s’. We are transferred, driven to our first stop the Ancient Village of Argyroupoli.
First destroyed by the Romans.Evident till this day is the presence of the Roman conquest by the water falls and the Roman Burial site is just outside the village.
Argyroupoli renown for its natural springs and water falls as well as lush vegetation, after we enjoy the fresh spring water we continue by taxi up to the village where you can stroll through the narrow streets and marvel the Venetian structures.
A lovely mosaic, local crafts,avocado products and traditional bakery and shops. From here we are driven to the only natural sweet water lake of Crete, the lake Kournas. Your taxi will drop you off so you can visit and enjoy the lake at your leisure.Either have lunch,a snack,even a swim or take a peddle boat round the lake.
From Kournas our taxi continues as we visit Georgiopolis on the coast, after our visit here we proceed, to the high way and back for the city of Rethymno. A relaxing day, an opportunity to see rural Crete, in a safe, comfortable and relaxing way.
Enjoying the excellent and safe driving, comfortable taxi and a chance to have insight into Crete it’s people and history.