Explore the monasteries of Akrotiri

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Explore the monasteries of Akrotiri

Would you like to spend your day by visiting two of the most beautiful and historic monasteries in Chania region? What about combining it with a scenic walk and a cool off swim? Then this is the right tour for you!

8 hours
book this excursion
up to 2 days in advance
departures from Chania:
daily upon request / except Wednesdays & Fridays
departure place:
Chania center or from your hotel - please indicate your pick up point when booking ( for pick up points 15km+ away from Chania's center, an additional fee will be charged)
departure time:
8.30am (flexible time)
services included:

personal pick up and drop off with flexible start time

private sightseeing tour with a local insider guide

transfers with a fully airconditioned car/van

entrance tickets to the monasteries

traditional Cretan lunch (including drinks)

all taxes

services not included:

Personal expenses

prices (VAT included)

Prices per person:

1 adult  – 330 euros per person

2 adults – 180 euros per person

3 adults – 150 euros per person

4 & 5 adults –  130 euros per person

6 & 7 adults –  100 euros per person


infants 0-3.99 years old      free of charge 

YOUTH 4-12 years old       40 euros per child


Persons per private tour: min 2 adults – max 7 persons

cancellation policy

2 days in advance before departure - retention of deposit

less than 2 days before departure – 100%

Your local guide will meet you at your preferred location within the Chania town region. Your private daytrip will start by heading towards the peninsula of Akrotiri. We will first visit the Gouverneto monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Crete that looks like a Venetian fortress. Marvel at its magnificent architecture, its church with artifacts and woodcrafts before we start the descending trek.
Walking down the footpath from Gouveneto monastery through the Avlaki Gorge, in a wild and beautiful landscape, we will come across the ruined Katholiko Monastery and the cave of St John the Hermit. Please note that this is an easy 40 min descending path that we will have to walk up again (it is more demanding on the way up).
Our next destination is the the Agia Triada monastery, built in the 17th century with Byzantine-style architecture on the orders of a Venetian family. It has exceptionally beautiful gardens and in its museum, you can admire important religious icons and a rich collection of codices. The monastery continues to operate today and its monks are engaged in the production of wine and olive oil that you are very welcome to try and buy if you wish.
Going through local fields with plantations we will next reach the beach where you will have plenty of time to enjoy a swim. Stavros beach offers sunbeds and umbrella amenities and it is generally sheltered from the wind therefore making it perfect for swimming and especially safe for children.
This tour would not be complete without a delicious lunch in a traditional taverna in the fishing village of Stavros savoring Cretan local recipes.
At the end of your tour, our mission will be accomplished – you will leave with enjoyable memories and a much better understanding of  Cretan lifestyle, religion and nature.
PLEASE NOTE: As this tour involves walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended, please do not forget your sunglasses, towel, swimming suit and sun hat.

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