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Crete Jeep Safari
"One of the most exciting adventures in Crete is exploring the island in an off-road vehicle. Our Jeep Safari tour offers you the best of the best: open-top jeep vehicles for unobstructed views of the valleys mountains and other cultural highlights. We take you to the hard-to-find places and away from the crowds for spectacular views and the excitement of traveling off-road in the unique landscapes of Crete We avoid all the usual sites and concent"""Enjoy a driving experience to the off the beaten track places experience the spectacular views and the excitement of travelling off-road. Stop for swimming and lunch (included in the price) at famous Preveli palm beach. The jeep safari is ideal for all age groups and it is a superb way of getting to know Crete."title=Highlights&1=Family+friendly&2=Get+off+the+beaten+track+in+a+4x4&3=Ideal+choice+for+families&4=Free+hotel+pickup+and+drop-off+included&5=Lunch+included&6=Vegetarian+meal+option+available&7=Informative%2C+friendly+and+professional+guide""
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Half-Day Rethymno Quad Safari
"Start early in the morning (or afternoon) with pickup from your hotel. You will be taken to the base located in the town of Rethymno. After your qualified guide provides you with the professional equipment needed and a detailed briefing you will start th and gives you the chance to relax and enjoy a coffee at a traditional kafeneion (Greek coffeehouse) of Gidospito at the beautiful lake of Potami. This is an image to remember. Last but not least stop at the picturesque village of Prassies for a quick snack (included). By the time you get back and dropped off to your hotel you will be able to recall many beautiful pictures and moments. A dusty and adventurous experience you don't want to miss will surely make your visit to Greece a unique one.""""Head up to the mountains and into the wild Cretan nature on this half-day quad safari. You will travel through shallow waters and through impressive gorges featuring amazing archeological formations. You will encounter some incredi including a stop at a traditional kafeneion (traditional Greek coffeehouse). Travel with peace of mind with hotel pickup and drop-off included. "
From EUR65.00
 
Heraklion Bites and Sights Morning Small Group Tour
"One of the most vibrant cities in all of Greece Heraklion has been at the crossroads of civilisations for centuries. In its infancy the city was known as “Kastro” which historians believe indicates that the city was surrounded by fortification walls. Join this Heraklion walking tour to get to know the city as it is now but also as it was centuries ago uncovering remnants of occupations by the Byzantines Arabs Venetians
From EUR84.00

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Knossos (2)

Favorite thing Tourists don’t come here by the busload, they come by the shipload. Cruise boats pull up in Irakleio Harbour and then come here in their thousands. I spoke to one of the ticket office men and he estimated that they’d get around 5,000 through today. Little wonder the other side of the road is lined with souvenir and ice cream shops. It’s the second most visited Greek archaeological site after the Acropolis.

Fondest memory The legend of the half man half bull Minotaur and possibly the word labyrinth derive from here. According to legend when Theseus came from Athens disguised as one of seven sacrificial boys (there were seven girls as well) that would stop King Minos from attacking Athens for nine years, he had an idea to change this slaughter.
King Minos and his daughter Ariadne greeted them, the latter taking a fancy to Theseus, suggesting he leave the ball of string and sword she gave him inside the labyrinth so he could find his way out. Thus he was locked inside the labyrinth, slew the Minotaur, found his way back to the entrance, Ariadne let him out and they sailed off for Athens, stopping at Naxos en route where Ariadne fell asleep and Theseus left her.
Sadly, Theseus’s mainsail was torn so he put up a black one which usually meant the commander had died. His father saw it as the ship sailed in, thought his son dead and committed suicide. And you thought it had a happy ending!

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iandsmith
May 23, 2014

History of Crete

Favorite thing Crete was the centre of Europe's most ancient civilisation, the Minoan. Though early Cretan history is surrounded by legends (such as those of King Minos; Theseus and the Minotaur; and Daedalus and Icarus) that have been passed to us via Greek historians/poets (such as Homer), it is known that the first human settlement in Crete, dating to the aceramic Neolithic, introduced cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and dogs, as well as domesticated cereals and legumes.

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grayfo
May 12, 2007

Kostis Giamboudakis!

Favorite thing Born in Adele village in the prefecture of Rethymno, Kostis Giamboudakis was the "hero" who ignited a fire in the gunpowder storage room of the Arkadi Monastery in November 1866 when the revolution against the Turks.

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lua2
Jul 23, 2006

Eleftherios Venizelos statue

Favorite thing Eleftherios Venizelos was a politician, prime mimister of Greece, during the world war 1 and later.He was borned in Crete and they give his name to new international airport in Athens.

gmadmax
Mar 18, 2003
 
 
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Naval museum in Chania!

Favorite thing In the old port, near the light house there is a naval museum, that is very interesting for anybody to visit!

gmadmax
Mar 18, 2003

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Things to Do Near Crete Island

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Imbros Gorge

This gorge is less famous than the Samaria gorge, but it is just as beautiful and far less busy. While the Samaria gorge is know for its endless stream of tourists (up to 5000 a day in the summer),...
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Samaria Gorge

I walked the Samaria Gorge a little over 15 years ago. It is one of the most spectacular walks I have ever done. Ever changing wonderful and glorious vistas; cool mountain streams, from which you...
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Gournia

The Gournia site is extensive and the excavations have revealed a thriving Minoan trading town of winding alleys lined by tiny houses, workshops, a market place and, on the top of the hill, a palace,...
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Knossos

Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete.Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned...
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Lake Kournas

A fresh water lake in the hills above the resort of Yeoryeopouli. The first time I came here (20 years back) we walked from the resort of Yeoryeopouli - allow an hour - and it was getting dark when...
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