Diana's Travel Chania Crete
Lake Kournas & Rethymnon Trip
EXPLORE THE CRETAN COUNTRYSIDE
KOURNAS LAKE- MONI ARKADI- AG. ANTONIOS GORGE - RETHYMNON
Join our trip to enjoy the Cretan countryside and visit the only fresh water lake on Crete, a beautiful old monastery, walk along a mini gorge of Agios Antonios & end discover the town of Rethymnon.
After leaving Chania we head east & our first stop is at Kournas Lake, which is located 4kms inland from Georgiopolis & 20m above sea level. At Lake Kournas there are paddle boats to hire (7 Euros) to take a ride around the lake or you can walk all or partially around the lake. Admiring the ducks that live there & birds. There are plenty of tavernas for refreshments or light snacks. You could even just chill out on one of the sunbeds and admire the beauty of the lake that reflects the hill behind it. The stop here is 45mins.
After a 45min drive we arrive southeast of Rethymnon at the historical Monastery of Arkadi (Moni Arkadiou). The Monastery played an active role in the Cretan Resistance during the Ottoman period & the Cretan revolt in 1866. Our knowledgable guide will give you all the details prior to your arrival at the monastery. You will then be able to walk freely around the interior of the Monastery for approx 45mins. A small canteen is located here if you need a drink.
After a short 30min drive further inland we reach Patsos Village where you will be able to walk part of the beautiful gorge of Agios Antonios under the shade of the very tall plane trees.
You will see the small church of Agios Antonios, which used to be a temple of worship during Minoan times. The river runs alongside the path & tall rock walls above. It truly is a lovely nature walk and you will go as far as the unique waterfall in the cave & then back track to the start.
There is a famous traditional taverna where you can enjoy a meal of traditional Cretan food. Our stop at Ag Antonios/Patsos Gorge is for 2 1/2 hours.
Our final stop is Rethymnon town before we head back to Chania. You will have 1 hour to discover the narrow alleyways & have a coffee on the promonade of Rethymnon.
Start of the Agios Antonis gorge:
Details Kournas & Rethymnon Trip
Price for Kournas & Rethymnon Trip:
Adults: € 32
Children (6 -12 years) : €16
Day of Kournas & Rethymnon Trip: Monday
Pick up time: 07.20 - 08.30
(depending on where- see the Pick up Points page )
(If you are staying East of Chania & Akrotiri there is an extra cost 3€ - 15€ for the extra distance for pick up.
Duration of Kournas & Rethymnon Trip:
-9 hours approx.
-English speaking guide
-Transfers with air-conditioned coach
Excludes- Payable on the day:
-Entrance fee to Moni Arkadi -Adults : €3
-Tips & gratuities
-Food & Drink
What to wear:
Comfortable shoes for walking
Beach gear if you plan on swimming in the lake or at Rethymnon
Hat & suntan cream
What to bring:
To book the Kournas & Rethymnon Trip, you will need to book at least 1 day in advance to reserve your seat & make payment.
As it is a new tour, we will only know the day before if the trip has enough participants.