Tour from RETHYMNON-Monastery of Arkadi & Ancient Eleftherna

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Visit the island’s most famous monastery and enjoy a guided tour through ancient Eleftherna

The monastery of Arkadi is built on a low rocky plateau, 23 kilometers south east of the town of Rethymnon. Burned in 1866 by the Turks, it has become the islands's most famous monastery, standing as a memorial to the fight for freedom from the Turkish occupation. Built towards the end of the Venetian period, its numerous buildings give the impression of a fortress like structure, where people could find refuge in troubled time of the past. You will be guided through the main buildings where the cells, stables and the warehouses where agricultural products were treated and stored, are housed. The excursion continues to ancient Eleftherna, built on two long narrow ridges called Pyrgi and Nissi. Excavations begun in 1929 by the British Archaeological School and were followed by a more systematic work carried out by the department of Archaeology and Art History of the University of Crete in 1985. Unearthed ruins of Hellenistic walls, Roman buildings, an Early Christian Basilica and burial grounds can be seen. You will have the opportunity to visit the site on a guided tour before you return to Rethymnon.

 

Inclusions
-         transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned vehicle, late-model
(bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)
-         professional driver
-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle
-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” rate only)
-         all taxes
-         identification sign with your name on it
-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7
* guides in other languages available, upon request
Exclusions
-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

 

Inclusions 

-         transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

(bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide * (concerns “with guide” rate only)

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

* guides in other languages available, upon request 

Exclusions 

 

-         entrance fees (paid by you on the spot)

Step 1

Your tour starts from Rethymnon port

Step 2

Visit of the Arkadi monastery

Step 3

Visit of ancient Eleftherna

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