Take a pleasant journey through some of Crete’s most picturesque provinces stopping to explore ancient sites, talk to local inhabitants and learn about native ceramic art from a well-known craftsman.
Your tour begins with a scenic drive towards the rocky Akrotiri peninsula, stopping off first at the Venetian monastery of Agia Triada Tzagarolon, which hosts a valuable 12th century manuscript and a collection of 16th - 17th religious icons.
From here, you will continue to the province of Apokoronas, to the archaeological site of Aptera. The site includes ruins from the 12th century monastery of St. John Theologos. You tour will carry on to the rural village of Maheri for a short stop for refreshments, before proceeding further inland to visit a ceramics studio. Here, you will be given a fascinating insight into the stages of ceramics production.
Finally, you will stop at the Byzantine chapel of Agios Nikolaos in Kyriakoselia, before heading to Samonas, a tiny hamlet, where you will savor a delectable Cretan lunch at a family-run restaurant before returning to your hotel.
Crete is Greece’s largest island so pay special attention to the location of the tours you choose.
Check with your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for holidays or week days where museums and archaeological sites may be closed.