An exciting journey from the North to the South!The route passes through the entire island capturing part of the Psiloritis massif. From the foot of the mountains stretches the delightful beauty of Messara valley, which has been the island’s breadbasket for centuries.On your way you will visit the preserved part of the ancient Roman capital of Crete Gortis, which is considered to be one of the most important archaeological sights in Greece. Then you have the unique opportunity to visit 2 of the most ancient Orthodox monasteries on the island: Panagia Paliani and Kalyviani. Finishing the trip, you will have time to swim in the crystal clear waters of Matala beach and dine in one of the traditional taverns located along the coast.*Pick-up from the bus stops outside of your hotel. After booking we will contact you to arrange the pick-up. For pick-up from different location than listed, please, contact us.
Itinerary: This is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Gortyna, Agioi Deka, CreteAfter pick-up from your hotel in Heraklion region, the first stop on your way will be the inspection of the preserved part of the ancient Roman capital of Crete – Gortis. During the Minoan civilization, it was the richest and fastest growing city of Greece and is also famous for being the place where, in the 5th century BC. and, for the first time, a code of laws regulating life and relations between citizens was created and carved on a stone.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Moni Palianis, Venerato, CreteAccording to some evidence, Paliani, is the most ancient monastery of Crete. The Monastery of Paliani, is visited by people from all around the world to see the holy Myrtle tree that flourishes there many centuries. It is advocated that in its branches is hidden the icon of the Mother of God that can be seen only by those who have fate and believe in His divine power. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Monastery Panagia Kaliviani, Mires, CreteThe ancient monastery of Kalyviani is dated back to 14th century and was demolished by the Turks with the monks being tortured because of their strong belief in God. One of the monks that suffered was St. Haralambos and his relics are saved in the monastery. Despite all the disaster that Turks brought, near the monastery was found the icon of Evangelism of the Mother of God, bringing many people to pray in this holy place.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Matala beach, Matala, CreteThe port of Matala is situated in Mesaras Bay. This place is famous for its caves that are built in the rocks and resemble small residences that were used by the ancients back in time. In the 1960-1970s Matala started to be a very popular destination where Hippies used to meet altogether and spend their time dancing and singing. Matala has beautiful beach with turquoise water, and you can enjoy swimming there.Duration: 2 hours