Pottery Village of Margarites - The monastery of Arkadi & The Gorge of Patsos (St Antonios)

Details

DURATION

6 hours

DIFFICULTY

Medium

GROUP SIZE

4 - 8 persons

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

TYPE

Small group tour

PICK UP TIME

09:00 (Depending on your hotel)

PICK UP PLACE

Hotels in Rethymno district

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Highlights

  • Discover Margarites village, its extraordinary architecture and lovely narrow 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 its history 
  • Explore the Patsos gorge, its natural beauty and its rich flora and fauna
  • Feel the religiousness of the unique cavernous church of St. Antony
  • Lunch at a local taverna
  • 48 hours full refund cancellation policy
ITINERARY

Step by Step to an unforgettable experience

A small beautiful village

We will start our tour by visiting a beautiful well-hidden village, Margarites. The tradition of pottery has been an integral part of this village for many generations; there are lots of locals who still keep the tradition alive, up to this day, by transforming the traditional practice of pottery into modern art. In Margarites, we will meet our friend Yorgos, a local, who will show you how the pots are hand thrown. A demonstration of his art will follow, that will certainly stay “carved” in our memory. The village itself has a unique architecture and some lovely narrow winding streets, making it worth being explored. So, let’s wander through the quiet village of Margarites, enjoy the hundreds of colors that lie before our eyes and then enjoy a traditional coffee at a small “kafeneio”.

A small beautiful village

Feel the sanctity of Arkadi

Feel the sanctity of Arkadi

After a 25' drive, we will continue to the religious and historical part of our tour. The goal is to become familiar with the Cretan culture and its religious customs. The Arkadi monastery is perhaps the best known monastery in Crete, due to its history of the Holocaust in 1866. However, its location and impressive architecture make it all more special. For everyone who visits the Arkadi monastery, the feeling is unique; serene and quiet, but also emotionally powerful. Dedicated to Saint Constantine, the church of the monastery is just exceptional. The monastery in general is full of flowers, so many that it is impossible to list them all, but the rose garden especially is extraordinary. Let’s not skip the museum chambers as well; there, we will find many photographs of historically important people, such as Hadjimichalis Giannaris, who during the revolution helped to ignite the patriotism and the anger of the Cretans. We will escort you to explore this magnificent monument, discuss about the history and less-known stories, but, since our guides are not official state guides, it is forbidden for them to give tours inside historical monuments. If you wish to have an official history guide, we will be happy to book one for you upon communication!

Let’s explore the nature of Crete

Next up, is the gorge of Patsos. A small yet magnificent gorge, which begins at Ano Assites, is the necessary part to complete this excursion. The whole area around the gorge is of particular natural beauty. In the gorge, we can see rare species of flora and fauna, which are protected by the European legislation. As we walk onto the beautiful path, we will meet the attraction of the cavernous church of St. Anthony inside the rocky walls, which used to be a former temple of Hermes. Usually, to complete the route, we will hike for about half an hour (until a certain point that the gorge becomes difficult... after 20-30 min), but depending on the weather and the physical condition of the travelers, we could hike a little bit more or less.

Let’s explore the nature of Crete

What’s Included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off (Only Rethymno district)
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Local driver / guide​
  • Transport by air-conditioned car​ / mini bus
  • Entrance to the monastery​
  • Learn about the history and religion of Crete
  • Walk in the beautiful gorge of Patsos
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges​
  • Lunch at a Taverna
  • Lots of raki and laughter :)

ADULTS

135 EURO P/P
CHILDREN (3 - 12)

68 EURO

INFANTS (0 - 2)FREE
PRIVATE (UP TO 4 PERONS)490 EURO PER GROUP
EXTRA PERSON ( 5 TO 8 PERSONS)105 EURO P/P
CANCELLATION POLICYUP TO 48 HOURS: FULL REFUND
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