Margarites Arkadi Patsos

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Margarites Arkadi Patsos

Admire the beauty of Cretan pottery in Margarites village by the demonstration of making pottery products.Feel the holiness of Arkadi monastery and the history of the monument. Discover Patsos Gorge and enjoy a traditional lunch in the local restaurant.
• Discover the Margarites extraordinary architecture and the lovely narrow winding streets!
• Watch the demonstration of traditional pottery making
• Enjoy a traditional coffee at the kafeneio while having a breathtaking view.
• Admire the remarkable scenery of Arkadi monastery and learn about the holy history of the monument.
• Explore the Patsos gorge natural beauty as well as the special species of flora and fauna while you are admiring the running water from the river.
• Feel the religiousness of the unique cavernous church of St. Antony and enjoy the panoramic view from the observation deck.
• Taste the Cretan gastronomy in the local restaurant and enjoy the house wine as well as the traditional way of cooking.


Itinerary
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Stop At: Margarites Gorge, Margarites, Crete Greece

You will start the tour by visiting a beautiful well-hidden village, Margarites. The tradition of pottery goes back many generations in this village and you will be able to find an elder to show you how the pots are hand thrown. The village, which has some extraordinary architecture and lovely narrow winding streets, is worth being explored.You will explore the village, watch a demonstration of creating unique pottery products at an expert's workshop and then enjoy a traditional coffee at a small kafeneio.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Monastery of Arkadi, Arkadi, Rethymnon, Crete 74100 Greece

After a 25' drive, you will continue to the religious part of the tour. The goal is to make you familiar with Cretan culture and religious customs. Arkadi Monastery is perhaps the best known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866. However, its location and impressive architecture make it all more special. It is a large fortified complex built during the end of the period of Venetian rule. We will escort you to explore this magnificent monument, but since our guides are not official, it is forbidden to have a tour inside historical monuments.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos), Patsos, Crete 740 61 Greece

Let’s explore together the nature of Crete. The gorge of Patsos is a small yet magnificent gorge, which begins at Ano Assites. The whole area around the gorge is of particular natural beauty. In the gorge one can see rare species of flora and fauna, which are protected by European legislation. In particular, there are 80 species of flora, of which 4 are protected, 24 species of fauna, of which 11 are protected and 16 species of birds, of which 8 are protected. You are going to enjoy a small picnic at the facilities of the gorge, as you are watching a spring of running water near the river. A beautiful attraction of the gorge is the cavernous church of St. Anthony in the rocky walls, a former temple of Hermes. From there you will follow the trail to Potami dam. On the sides of the gorge there is an observation deck for birds in the area. Usually, hiking lasts about 3 1/2 hours but depending on the weather and physical condition of the voyagers you could hike more or less. The tour ends with the most wonderful way. Full lunch and house wine in a traditional local restaurant so as to taste the Cretan way of cooking.

Duration: 3 hours



Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Infant seats available"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers"



Start Time: 9:30 AM
Duration: 6 To 8 Hours
Start location: Ελεϋθερίου Βενιζέλου 39, Rethymno 741 00, Greece

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all travelers from villas, hotels etc in the region of Rethymno, with no extra charge (upon request).


Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Included

  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Margarites Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Monastery of Arkadi
  • Entry/Admission - St. Anthony Gorge (Gorge of Patsos)

Not Included

  • Extra charge if the pickup is not in Rethymno district
  • The guide will not enter with you in the Monastery of Arcadi

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