Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Island of Crete Itineraries

Island of Crete Itineraries
                                                       History and Nature

The island of Crete is uniquely located at the crossroads of three continents and is world renowned for the remains of the palaces of the oldest European (Minoan)    civilization, its culinary traditions and pristine nature.

Some points of interest include: millions of olive trees, mountain ranges with 2400 meter peaks, 4000 year old Minoan palaces, Byzantine era architecture, the healthy and natural Mediterranean diet, spectacular beaches & bays.

Experience the Wonders of Crete with Personalized Itineraries

Jeep Tour Highlights the church of Panagia Kera with the best preserved frescoes of Cretan Byzantin sacred art, the traditional village of Kritsa and Katharo Plateau, a drive through a pine forest with views of Mirabello Bay. Istro Paraliaki Bay and a swim in the pearl clear blue-green sea and a leasurly lunch  - grilled octopus or souflakia, greek salad and a glass of wine or beer - at a tavern by the sea with the roof made of palm leaves. And an unforgettable sunset!

Lassithi Plateau, Zeus Cave and Herakleion Through the intact landscape you reach the agricultural Plateau of Lassithi settled in the heart of the mountains. From there, climb to the Zeus cave – the birthplace of the supreme pantheon god. After refreshments, continue your journey on winding roads, with views of windmills, to the Venitian capital Herakleion. After a walking tour of the city, there will be enough time for shopping and late lunch.

Ierapetra Chrissi Isle Monastiraki From Crete`s south coast town of Ierapetra you journey by boat to Chrissi Isle, with golden sand beaches and protected cedars of Lebanon, for a swim in the Libyan sea. Then, Monastiraki and a tavern under mulberry trees offering unique Cretan fare.

Agios Nikolaos Elounda Plaka  Spinalonga Isle The picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos features a bottomless lake  - according to legend. Then onto Elounda and the fishermen's village of  Plaka. A boat will ferry you to Spinalonga to view examples of Venetian and Ottoman architecture.

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