Get to know the west side of the island in a guided tour, enjoying a morning bus trip towards the cosmopolitan town of Rethymno, followed by a visit to Chania, the little “Venice” of Crete. Complete your day trip to the picturesque lake of Kournas, the Crete’s only freshwater lake.

Discover Rethymno
Wander around the cosmopolitan town of Rethtymno and visit the citadel of the city.

Explore Chani
Visit the “little Venice” Chania. Walk on the old harbor and old town of the city.

Swim and relax at Kournas lake
Complete your tour in the picturesque Kournas Lake

The excursion begins with collecting the group of all explorers from their pick up points in the morning. The bus tour will then be heading towards west Crete for a guided tour to the cosmopolitan town of Rethymno.

Rethymno, is the third biggest town in Crete west of Heraklion on the north coast of Crete. Here monuments of the archaeological, Ottoman and Venetian eras co-exist. A stroll in the alleys of the old town, a visit at the Turkish minarets and the Venetian fortresses, or a coffee at the magnificent harbor are some of what you can do while you visit.

The bus tour will then be heading to Chania, considered by many as the "little Venice" of Crete.

Chania is the second largest town of Crete on the north coast west of Rethymno. The city of Chania is divided in the Old City, with the gorgeous harbor and the New City, beyond its Venetian fortifications. The Old City is one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean and is called “Venice of the East”. You can find Turkish minarets and mosques, Muslim neighborhoods, Venetian fortresses, dockyards, fountains, squares, arches, mansions, and the lighthouse. Visit the famous Agora (market), which houses traditional little shops and taverns. Here you can buy souvenirs or leather goods for very good prices.

The bus trip will then make its way to Kournas lake.

Kournas lake a beautiful habitat with natural freshwater, one of a kind in Crete. The whole area of Kournas is protected under 'Natura 2000', as it's a designated wetland. Vast greenery, steep cavities between hills, rare species of fish and birds, make Kournas the ideal place to enjoy an early afternoon walk.

Duration: 11 hours *
08:00 - 09:40 Bus trip to Rethymno
09:40 - 10:00 Resting break
10:00 - 10:50 Bus trip to Rethymno
10:50 - 12:05 Arrival at Rethymno, free time
12:05 - 13:15 Bus trip to Chania
13:15 - 15:30 Arrival at Chania town, free time
15:30 - 16:15 Bus trip to Kournas lake
16:15 - 17:15 Arrival at Kournas lake, free tim
17:15 - 19:00 Return bus trip
* The exact duration of the excursion depends on the pick up and drop off location, please check availability section for more details.
** Itinerary is subject to minor alterations depending on traffic, weather conditions or any other unpredictable circumstance.
Bring with you
  • Hat
  • Sun protection lotion
  • Camera
Food & drinks
  • In Rethymno you can purchase food and drink.
  • In Chania you can purchase food and drink.
  • In Kournas lake you can purchase food and drink.
WC facilities
  • No facilities are available on board of the bus.
  • Facilities are available in Rethymno.
  • Facilities are available in Chania.
  • Facilities are available in Kournas lake.