Duration

6 hrs

Destination

Heraklion port - Mirabello Mountains - Kritsa

About The Tour

Travel to the eastern mountains of Crete for a tour around the Byzantine Church of Panagia Kera and the traditional village of Kritsa.

Recommended for groups of minimum 10 people and Travel Agencies.

Last minute reservations: We do accept reservations up to 24hrs prior the tour.

Overview

When you arrive at the Port of Heraklion you meet your professional guide on the pier. Your tour starts with the area of Mirabello Mountains. You will be rewarded with a superb view of the Bay and Spinalonga, a small rocky island with a large history since it was residence firstly for the most powerful fortresses of the Venetians, then the refuge for the Christians at the time of Ottoman era and finally during the period 1912-1958, the island served as a sanatorium for the lepers of Crete.

Our destination is one of the most important Byzantine-era Churches, the Church of Panagia Kera, built in the 13thand 14th century. You will admire many important Byzantine frescoes of the period as well as 14 scenes portraying the secret life of the Virgin Mary after Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Our next visit is in the magnificent traditional village of Kritsa. Get marveled by the scenery since this Cretan village is built on the side of a rocky hill at an altitude of more than 1,230 above sea level. Kritsa is considered as one of the most important centers of the Cretan folk and weaving art. You will have free time to explore this picturesque village while strolling in the narrow streets.

However you can’t leave the island without a stop at the cozy fishing village of Agios Nicolaos. This Village contains till today the original tradition and culture of Cretans. Take the advantage of your free time to take a walk, relax and shop some souvenirs in this scenic village.

You will start your return trip to Heraklion Port full of memories and beautiful images.

Highlights

  • Mirabello Mountains
  • Spinalonga
  • Church of Panagia Kera
  • Kritsa village
  • Agios Nicolaos

Additional Info

  • Bring sun protection (sun cream, hat, sunglasses); temperatures can reach over 86°F (30°C) during summer.
  • Low heeled comfortable shoes are recommended due to some uneven and slippery paths.
  • Appropriate clothing should be worn in places like monasteries and churches (no shorts, no hats; shoulders should be covered).
  • Last minute reservations: We do accept reservations up to 24 hrs prior the tour. Full payment for the trip is required upon the confirmation of the reservations. All the last minute reservations are non-refundable.
  • Lower rates for larger groups (20+pax) available upon request!

Terms & Conditions

Amendments
Geo Travel reserves the right to accomplish any amendments on regular shore excursions’, one day tours’ programs & timings and also abort a specific program/timing during the season. For any previous booked tour/timings which have been cancelled, a new tour program or timing will be suggested as a replacement. If the replacement does not satisfy you, you will be granted with a full refund.

Any scheduled tour or visit, in case of delay due to bad weather, damage of the vehicle used for transportation or any other reason is postponed to the next few days, and if this is not possible it is permanently canceled and no claim is made against the office for compensation as the reason of the cancellation is “force majeure”.

 It is emphasized that the travel agency is not able to anticipate or control circumstances that are foreign to its sphere of influence and may lead to the cancellation of the trip or damages due to non-performance or faulty performance of the agreed travel services.

Typical examples of such cases are: strikes, accidents, diseases, epidemics-pandemics, organic disturbances due to local conditions, altitude, climate, due to meals not included in the itinerary or due to insufficient hygiene conditions due to external factors, external factors, injuries, wars or terrorist acts, airstrikes, earthquakes, weather conditions, fires, epidemics, toxic infections and any other emergency or «force majeure». In the above cases, the travel agency is not responsible for repairing any damage caused by them.

Insurance
Our clients are covered by the professional indemnity insurance of our office as well as from the bus transfer insurance which is obligatory in Greece. Our buses are fully insured. Concerning the rest of the tour, if the clients wish to be covered by commercial general liability, it is upon request and a matter upon negotiation with our clients with an extra cost.

Cancellations

In case of cancellation due to withdrawal the following cancellation policy is acceptable:
7 days prior service:                    pay 50% on the total
3 days prior service:                    pay 75% on the total
24 hrs and less prior service:     pay 100% total

Notes

1/ In all above cases, bank expenses that occur for the refund will be deducted from the payment.

2/ For large groups (15 people or more), some expenses, due to their nature, (example: restaurants, prepaid entrance fees) might not be refundable, if the cancellation comes within 4 days before service, whatever the cancellation reason is.

3/ by reserving one of our services you agree with the above terms.

Price Includes

  • Transfer by deluxe A/C vehicle from Heraklion port and return
  • Service of professional licensed guide or escort
  • All the taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Possible entrance fees are not included in the price
  • Gratuities
  • The price does not include what is not listed as included.

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