- Duration: 8 DAYS
- Location: Crete
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Follow the Steps of St. Paul
Flight to Crete (Chania or Heraklion). Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Accommodation. Dinner.
2nd Day: Heraklion – Knossos
After breakfast we will take a tour to the island’s capital Heraklion and it’s magnificent monuments: the church of St.Titus, a co-worker of St. Paul and bishop of the island, the church of St. John the Baptist, the church of St. Catherine, the Orthodox Cathedral of Agios Minas – the largest cathedral in Greece, the Archeological museum, the Venetian fortress, where we will enjoy the panorama of the city from the walls and finally the Venizelu Square with the Venetian fountain from the 17th century. Then we will visit Knossos – the cultural center of the Minoan Palace of King Minos dating back more than 3,000 years. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodation.
3rd Day: Agia Deka – Gortyna – Phaistos – Matala – Kali Limenes
After breakfast we drive to Agia Deka – the church of the “Ten Saints”, commemorating the torture of Christians in the 3rd century. Next we will visit Gortyna – the ruins of the Roman city, the capital of the province which included Crete and part of North Africa, is the place where St. Titus lived. Then we go to the Palace of Phaistos and later we stop at Matala – the coastal cliffs . At Kali Limenes we will see the Chapel, build in memory of St. Paul.Return to the hotel. Accommodation.
4th Day: Kera Kardiotissa – Lasithi – Panagia Kira – Kritsa – Lato – Agios Nikolaos
After breakfast we start our sightseeing: Kera Kardiotissa – the Byzantine monastery, where is the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We drive through Lassithi – a valley with lush vegetation and characteristic windmills. Kira Panagia -the Church with the most magnificent Byzantine frescoes on the island. Kritsa – a charming village famous for its variety of weaving and embroidery. Lato – the ruins of the ancient city. At the end we will se Agios Nikolaos – port city, one of the biggest leisure centers of the island. Dinner and overnight.
5th Day: Free time
All day rest on the beach swimming and sunbathing. Dinner. Overnight.
6th Day: Free time
Free time for relax. Dinner. Overnight.
7th Day: Free time
Free time for rela. Dinner. Overnight.
8th Day: Monasteries Arcadia&Preveli – Panormo – Rethymo – Chania
After breakfast transfer and visit to the Monastery of Arcadia – a symbol of the struggle for the liberation of Crete from the Ottomans. The Monastery of Preveli, it’s a 17th century monastery of St. John the Theologian, an important place during the occupation of the island. Panormo – the biggest Christian Basilica discovered on the island, dating back to the 5th century. At Rethymno we will see the church of St.Anthony, the Venetian port, the fortress,the Lighthouse of the 16th century. At Chania we will walk at the most beautiful harbor in Crete. Transfer to the airport.