MELIDONI CAVE - MARGARITES - ARKADI - RETHYMNO
Melidoni Cave one of the most impressive on the island.
Today there is a large sarcophagus within the cave containing the bones of those killed and the monument is now considered extremely important in defining the independent Cretan character.
During the middle Minoan period (2100 – 1600 B.C) the cave was a worship site, probably of some female deity.
Margarites Village, located between green rolling hills.
The village is well known for its pottery which the visitor can purchase along with other items of traditional art - local craft shops are open to welcome tourists.
Margarites are worth exploring by walking through the village, you will see beautifully decorated doors and walls, which date from the period of the Venetian occupation.
The Arkadi Monastery is built on an altitude of 500 m, on a plateau with olive groves, vineyards, pine, cypress and oak trees. The monastery is surrounded by a strong wall that made it impregnable to enemies. Its rich fortification attracted the rebellious Cretans.
Definitely the most historical monastery of Crete.
UNESCO has declared Arkadi a European Monument of Freedom
Rethymno combines rarely united features: the old town's charm and history, with proximity to a long sandy beach.
Explore one of the best preserved medieval cities in Greece, and search for your fairy-tale romance in Rethymno.
Venetian fortification works mingle harmonically with orthodox and Catholic churches, mosques, majestic mansions of Venetian architecture, arches and cobbled paths which create a magical atmosphere, reminiscence of the city’s turbulent –yet glorious– past.
The Venetian harbour area is a fine place for a coffee at one of the cafes and perhaps you will chance to eat there, just for the atmosphere.
The Fortress dominates the city and makes Rethymno very photogenic, its pedestrian streets below, strewn with charming old buildings. Venetian influences abound and the minarets and domed mosques remind of the Turkish influence.
Duration: 7 hours
Pick up: 09:30
Official legal guide cost: 150,00 euro
(Tour guide will stay with you throughout your trip)
For archaeological sites/museums, escorts/guides and meals are not included.
Transport : Accommodation pickup & drop-off to/from attractions
Comfort up to 3 Passengers 245,00 euro
Minivan up to 7 Passengers 315,00 euro
Entrance to: Melidoni Cave 3.00 euro / Museum of Eleftherna 3.00 euro /Arkadi 3.00 euro
Do not forget to bring along:
Money for souvenirs and shopping, a bottle of water, a hat