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West Crete: Chania, Kournas Lake & Rethymno

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Trip highlights

Chania Port square
Explore the vibrant town of Chania and its famous old harbor and admire the Venetian architecture.
Lake Kournas Panoramic View3 West Crete Rethymno Kournas Chania tour
Enjoy the pristine azure waters and breathe in the refreshing air at Kournas Lake..
Pedals in Kournas Lake Crete
Swim in its crystal clear waters, rent a pedal boat or just walk by the side of the lake.
View from taverna in Lake Kournas
Indulge in lakeside dining (optional, additional fees apply).
RETHYMNO West Crete Rethymno Kournas Chania tour
Experience the beauty of the old town of Rethymno.
Rethymno Town Streets
Walk around its narrow traditional streets and enjoy some souvenir shopping at the small local shops.


Τour to Kournas Lake, Chania, and Rethymnon town

Join our tour to West Crete and experience the captivating charm of Chania, a town that attracts tourists from far and wide. The Old Town of Chania, with its narrow streets and well-preserved buildings, is a major attraction. Visitors can explore the Venetian Harbor, the Firkas Fortress, the Mosque of the Janissaries, and the Archaeological Museum, among other historical sites. The Old Town is also famous for its lively waterfront restaurants, charming cafes, and traditional taverns. There the visitors can savor delicious Cretan cuisine and immerse themselves in the local culture.

Lake on an Island

Continue your adventure with a visit to the serene Lake of Kournas. There you can relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of Cretan nature.

The lake is surrounded by lush greenery and high mountains, creating a picturesque and tranquil setting for visitors. Tourists often visit the lake to enjoy its peaceful ambiance, take leisurely walks around the shore, or rent paddleboats and canoes to explore the waters. The clear blue and green hues of the lake, combined with the surrounding landscape, make it a popular spot for nature lovers and photographers.

The area around the lake is also known for its local wildlife, including various bird species and freshwater turtles. Visitors can observe these animals in their natural habitat while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.

Finally, wander through the streets of Rethymnon, soaking in the maritime atmosphere along the port and exploring the historic old town. The Old Town of Rethymnon is a major highlight, with its narrow streets, colorful buildings, and historical landmarks. The Venetian Harbor, the Fortezza, and the Rimondi Fountain are some of the key attractions within the old town. The Fortezza, a massive Venetian-era fortress, provides panoramic views of the city and the coastline.

This tour promises an unforgettable journey through the wonders of the West Side of Crete, offering a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Book now for best rates!

Duration of trip
Total Duration of the tour: 12-13 hours The trip duration varies depending on the location of your hotel.
Mobile ticketing
Simply present your digital voucher to either the guide or the driver, and they will be ready to assist you accordingly.
Pickup - Available
Pick-up and drop-off service are both included in the price of your booking. Our pick-up service covers different points, including hotels and bus stops. After making your booking, we will reach out to inform you about the specific location and time for the pick-up that is convenient for your accommodation.
Free cancellation
Free cancellation 48 hours prior departure
Covid 19 requirements
Currently, there are no specific requirements for participating. However, if the government's COVID regulations mandate any specific requirements, we will contact you to inform you accordingly.

Tour schedule


Participants will be collected from designated pick-up points within the specified time frame. The exact pick-up time will be determined based on the location of your accommodation.

Join us for an unforgettable journey to the West Side of Crete as we uncover its hidden treasures. Relax on our comfortable bus and take in the scenic views during our 3-hour drive to our first destination.

Indulge in the enchanting atmosphere of Chania Town for 2.5 hours. Wander along its picturesque Venetian streets, adorned with charming shops, lively markets, and delightful local restaurants.. Be sure to explore the famous old port, bustling with activity and offers mesmerizing views. Spend leisurely moments strolling along the coastline or relaxing with a drink at a seaside café.

Our journey to the lake from Chania will take approximately 1 hour by bus.

Discover the serenity of Crete's largest natural lake, Lake Kournas, during our 1.5-hour visit. Marvel at the tranquil waters mirroring the majestic White Mountains, evoking an Alpine atmosphere. Opt for a scenic pedal boat ride, a refreshing swim, or indulge in a delectable meal at one of the charming tavernas (additional cost).

Within the next 20 minute, you will be arriving at Rethymnon!

Explore the captivating charm of Rethymno, a town rich in Venetian heritage, during our 1.5-hour visit. Enjoy leisurely strolls along the old port, taking in the picturesque vistas. Wander along the scenic oriental beach road, immersing yourself in the vibrant blend of cultures that define this coastal gem.

Expect a return bus journey lasting approximately 2-3 hours, varying based on the location of your hotel in the Heraklion Region.

Come along on an unforgettable journey to West Crete, where you'll uncover rich heritage, natural beauty, and captivating towns that make this region truly exceptional.

19:30 - 21:00

Evening Drop-off

Upon the conclusion of the tour, participants will board the buses and head back to their respective points, where they were originally picked up in the morning. The duration of the return journey to each hotel may vary depending on traffic conditions and the individual pick-up locations for each participant.

Extra information

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Travel in comfort aboard our air-conditioned bus to Chania, then to the Lake and then to Rethymno
  • Bus is driven by a professionally trained driver
  • Experienced tour guide to provide insightful information.
  • All applicable taxes and legal fees
  • Participants covered by Public Liability Insurance
Not Included
  • Hire of pedal boat at Lake Kournas
  • Museum Entrances
  • Food & Beverages
What To Bring
  • Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit / Beach towel
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Clothes to change if you wish for your own comfort
Know before you go

Kindly be aware that this excursion showcases remarkable views and activities located on the island's West side, resulting in an extended duration of about 12 hours.

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