Chania, on the western side of the island, is dominated by the impressive White Mountains and its famous National Park. The city of Chania remains unaltered from the time of the Venetian Rule. Its capital is the attractive town of Chania where modern, Venetian and Turkish traditional architecture are blended together creating a distinctive and enchanting location. The Venetian harbor of Chania is reminiscent of Venice itself. Its Old Town offers maze-like alleys with beautiful Venetian mansions, fountains, elaborate churches and museums. It consists of five connected districts surrounding the Venetian port. It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Greece.
Encircling the westernmost section of the island, Chania Prefecture`s pristine beaches, rocky gorges and forested hills attract nature lovers. It`s most renowned natural attraction, Samaria Gorge is popular among hikers. At the end of the day, the prefecture`s cities (Chania in particular) come to life as residents and tourists alike pour out into the streets to one of the area`s many bars and nightclubs. A drive around the prefecture is a wonderful way to get to know the area. Explore the Medieval Castles you will find on your way, trek the many paths along forests and gorges, visit the small local museums that depict the local history and even try a chat with the locals at the traditional restaurants. You will frequently see them sitting in the village square and enjoying a coffee under the shade of a huge tree.
A fantastic combination in Greece!. Start with a visit to Athens (the cradle of civilization and home of democracy, is a heady mix of history and edginess with iconic monuments mingle with first-rate museums) then, catch a flight to Heraklion in Crete Island with the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Continue with a Rental Car visiting enchanting Chania (famous for its old town, its 14th-century Venetian harbor, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.
Ferries/hydrofoils for the Islands do not operate in off seasons (autumn and winter) due to weather conditions
Chania (Crete)- Rethymnon: 1 hr. 10 mins. approx.
Rethymnon - Chania (Crete): 1 hr. 10 mins. approx.
The most popular region of the island and boasts exceptional archaeological treasures, significant coastal settlements, a series of picturesque villages, vast valleys with olive groves and vineyards. It hosts intense nightlife close by.
Nestled alongside beautiful Mirabello Bay (the largest natural bay in Crete), on the northeast coast in East Crete. The prefecture is well-known for its interesting archaeological sites, as well as the one-of-a-kind in Europe Palm Tree Forest at Vai beach.
Laying in central Crete, Rethymnon is a radiant mix of old and new. It has a young and lively nightlife blended with ancient monuments from long-gone days and differing cultures.