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Wednesday, October 26th 2022
Private Tour: Aptera – Cretan villages – Lake Kournas
Starting from your pickup point in Chania we head to visit the archaeological site of Aptera. Then we board the bus again to Gavalochori where there will be free time to tour the village. Our next stop for a coffee break is Georgioupoli village and then we visit Lake Kournas for lunch and swimming. At the end we board the coach to return to your hotel or villa.
After picking you up from your hotel or villa we visit one of the most important city-states of Crete with huge archaeological interest. The history of Aptera begins in the Minoan Age, although its archaeological traces go back to the Geometric Age, the Hellenistic period and the Roman Empire. Its unique wealth is gradually emerging as scientific research and excavations don’t stop and new important findings constantly come to light. The imposing fortification, the scattered monuments and the ancient theater will fascinate you and take you on a journey through the historical periods of Crete.
We continue our route to Gavalochori, a village with rich natural beauty and folk architecture. It’s one of the most picturesque villages in the province of Apokoronas and many old houses are preserved as a representative sample of the local architecture. Our next stop is Georgioupoli, another seaside village of Apokoronas full of trees that create a relaxing environment to enjoy your coffee in the square. The Almyros river flows into the port of the village and many residents choose that spot for fishing and swimming.
Next, we visit Lake Kournas. The Lake is the only freshwater lake existing in Crete and it is an absolute nature-loving destination with a lush green environment, plants and trees that offer a shelter to chickens, birds, ducks, geese and a rare species of turtle in the area as well. The Lake is located near Georgioupolis and is a relaxing destination for long walks, outdoor picnics etc.
Experience the most beautiful parts of Crete! Your amazing tour ends with a comfortable transfer back to your hotel.