Chania, Crete

With everything from snow-covered mountains to palm tree-lined beaches, ancient walled cities to little mountain villages, Crete is the largest island in Greece, and boasts its best year-round climate. 

 

The diversity of its land and warmth of its people makes it a spectacular place to explore.  Viaggio Tours has chosen Chania (with its own international airport) on the northwest coast of Crete, as a perfect base for our Greek Island Adventure.

Our Program

We'll spend seven nights in this vibrant harbor town, in the same central 4* hotel each night, and enjoy day trips from there.  So unpack once, make yourself at home.

Chania has a waterfront lined with cafes and restaurants, an old town of colorful cobblestone streets perfect for wandering, a covered market, great shopping, and so many exceptional activities within easy reach.  All that, and beautiful beaches.

We've arranged olive oil and wine tastings, street markets, a glass bottom boat trip with snorkeling, seaside walks, botanical gardens, museums and more. 

Wine and Olive Oil Tastings

The ancient Greeks considered wine an integral part of their lives.  And I know some of my guests do too!  Greece has over 300 native grape varieties, and we'll get to sample a few of Crete's local wines as we take a trip to the mountains to visit one of the vineyards.  While there, we'll also get to sample and learn about their olive oils.

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Garden Restaurant

We'll visit Crete's enchanting Botanical Park and Gardens. Because of its unusual mix of micro-climates, there is a greater variety of plants and unusual fruit trees than I've seen anywhere.  We can do a hike on well marked trails, and/or lunch at their excellent restaurant with ingredients from their vegetable gardens, and herbs and fruits coming from the park.

Archaeological Museum

This impressive museum, housed in a former Venetian Monastery has a vast collection of statues, coins, pottery and other artifacts, all found during excavations around the city.  It's worth the visit just to see this building's stunning interior!

Venetian Lighthouse

It's a beautiful and easy walk from the cafes and restaurants of the Venetian Harbor, along the sea wall to the lighthouse.  We'll do that stroll together one morning.

 "It takes a lifetime to discover Greece, but it only takes an instant to fall in love with her”

~Henry Miller

Waterfront Cafes make perfect pauses to your day

What We Love About Chania

It is an authentic Greek Island.  Being not as famous as some of the more well-known (crowded) islands, Chania is surprisingly unspoiled, uncongested, and caters to local daily life.  The Cretans are not as focused on marketing to tourists as they are to welcoming them as guests on their island.  They are proud of their food, culture and history, and want to share it with you.  And we at Viaggio Tours, are happy to be able to bring you there.

What's Included

Seven Nights, April 5-12, 2021

 

$2400 per person based on double room

$2800 for a private single room

Extra nights are available if you would like to arrive a day or two early, or stay a few extra days after the tour.  Conveniently, Chania has its own international airport. 

 

Prices are in US Dollars, and our tours are land only, meaning they begin and end at our Chania hotel.  All of our programs are subject to change and please note that space is limited.  Please see our Reservation Form for our Terms & Conditions. 

Not Included: Flights, airport transfers, meals or drinks not mentioned, tips, optional excursions, travel insurance, and any other items not specifically mentioned as included. 

  • Seven nights at our central 4* hotel, all rooms with balconies, free wi-fi, mini-bar stocked daily with bottled water, safe, robes & slippers and excellent service

  • Daily extravagant buffet breakfast

  • Welcome dinner & waterfront farewell dinner

  • Trip to the countryside to visit a local vineyard for a wine and olive oil tasting afternoon

  • Visit to the Botanical Gardens of Crete for a leisurely hike on well-marked trails and/or optional lunch.   Entrance fees included.

  • Visits to the Venetian harbor, old town, covered market, and Archaeological Museum

  • Glass bottom boat trip including snorkeling mask if you want to dive in

  • Visit to the Saturday Street Market

  • Several optional guided seaside strolls including the seawall walk to the lighthouse (pictured above)

  • One free day to explore locally, shop, go to the beach, or choose from several optional excursions including the Palace of Knossos, hiking the Samarian Gorge, or a day trip by ferry to Santorini Island

  • All hotel taxes and service fees

  • Your English-speaking guide/host 

 Viaggio Tours by Postcard Trips LLC, 1412 Evergreen Court, Salem, VA 24153   email: viaggiotours@yahoo.com    website: www.viaggio-tours.com

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