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From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

4.1 / 5

49 reviews

From Heraklion: Chania, Lake Kournas and Rethymno Tour

From US$ 56.60 per person

Explore the north-west coast of Crete on a 5-hour coach tour from the Heraklion area. Get panoramic views of the sea, and visit the cities of Chania and Rethymno. Look for rare species of wildlife in the protected wetlands of Lake Kournas and more.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French
Pickup included
Pick-up possible from hotels on the main road only in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion and Ammoudara. Pick-up also possible from Agia Pelagia on Friday tours.


  • Drive along the north-west coast of Crete and get panoramic views of the sea
  • Learn about the Ottoman, Venetian and Byzantine history of Chania
  • Browse for leather and pottery souvenirs in the market
  • Go for a swim or ride a pedalo boat at Lake Kournas
  • Stroll the historic alleys of Rethymno
Full description
Depart Heraklion and journey west by coach to the stunning city of Chania. Learn about its Minoan history and see sights from different civilizations, including the Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian eras. Get a view of the lighthouse in the port, wander the narrow streets of the old town and enjoy some free time for lunch in the pretty harbor. Look for gifts and souvenirs in the famous agora (market) and more. Then, make your way to Lake Kournas and get back to nature in the lush green hills. Keep a look out for rare birds and marine life, including eels and turtles. Go for a swim or take an early afternoon walk in the protected wetlands. Drive back towards Heraklion and stop in the city of Rethymno along the way. Wander the enchanting alleys of the old town, see the domes and minarets of the Ottoman-era mosques and marvel at the 16th-century Venetian fortress.
  • Pick-up from hotels in Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced driver
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Know before you go

  • The tour operates with a live guide in English, German, and Russian every Tuesday
  • The tour operates with a live guide in English, German, and Russian every Friday
  • Bring a hat, water, and money for lunch
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 49 reviews

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Had plenty of time in all of the locations which is always a worry but they gave us at least 90 minutes and usually more. This is exactly as advertised- transportation on an air conditioned coach bus with fun facts between stops and then free time at each location. The one thing that was frustrating was pick up and drop off. We walked 5 minutes (no big deal) to a van in the morning that took us to another spot to then wait at least 30 minutes for our actual bus. This was not communicated prior that we’d have to switch. Then on the way home they dropped us somewhere else to get on another mini van that dropped us at the hotel. Wasn’t the end of the world but a bit frustrating to have to transfer so much, especially when we’re already 2 hours later to getting home than was advertised as the trip time.

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September 1, 2021

Overall, a nice opportunity to get to know a few places worth seeing on the island. The nice tour guide spoke perfect English and German. Before doing so, you should find out where your own hotel is compared to the places you visit. We sat on the bus for over 2 1/2 hours before we could visit the first city. Get your Guide promotes the tour with a 5-hour bus ride. Unfortunately, that didn't quite work out for us. Ratio by bus (from Malia), visiting the two cities and the lake: 8 hours by bus and 5 hours of sightseeing

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September 27, 2020

Great trip. The tour guide provided a lot of information about the island and its inhabitants. The cities of Chania, Rethymno and the lake were very interesting. The stay makes you want to visit the cities again. Because of Corona, there were high hygiene regulations on the bus (fever measurement, disinfecting hands).

September 20, 2020

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