Margarites Arkadi Patsos

We will start our 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 have a small demonstration of pottery.After a 20' drive, we will continue to the religious part of our tour. Our goal is to make you familiar with our culture and religious customs. Arkadi Monastery is perhaps the best known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866.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. If the weather does not permit our entrance to the gorge, we may visit a very interesting museum and archeological site in the nearby ancient village of Eleftherna. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the local taverna.

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Margarites Pottery Workshop

Pottery workshop tour highlights: • Melidoni cave visit • Olive oil factor mini tour • 15 minutes tour in the ceramic shop • 1 hour pottery workshop • Lunch break in a local taverna In this tour guests will have the chance to get in touch with the art of the Cretan pottery, to see how the pots are being manufactured on the wheel, how they are decorated, how they are baked in the furnace so that they can get their final form. They will have the opportunity to create their own projects with the help of the artists. Then there is the lunch break in a local taverna in the village of Margarites.

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Rethymno - Margarites - Argyroupoli Day Trip

Visit western Crete and let yourself be enchanted by very special places that are off the normal routes.

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Arkadi - Eleftherna - Margarites Rethymno

Archaeology and culture are the highlights on this half day trip. The Monastery of Arkadi has played a big part in the Cretan Resistance. The Arkadi Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery, situated on a fertile plateau 23 km to the southeast of Rethymnon on the island of Crete in Greece. The current catholicon dates back to the 16th century and is marked by the influence of the Renaissance. At the museum of Eleftherna we get views over the ongoing excavations. In Margatithes we see how traditional pottery has been made through centuries. Located in picturesque green rolling hills of the Rethymnon region, the village is well known for its pottery, and attracts large tour buses in the busy season. After the rushed tourists have left, it is then possible to stroll around this very charming village and enjoy the many pottery studios.

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Crete Amazing places Rethymno - Margarites - Arkadi

Full of archaeological sites, Byzantine churches, quaint villages, Rethymno is one of the most beautiful places in Crete

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Margarites, Monastery of Arkadi & Rethymno city - Private Tour from Chania

Margarites Village, located between green rolling hills. The village is well known for its pottery which the visitor can purchase along with other items of traditional art – local craft shops are open to welcome tourists. Margarites are worth exploring by walking through the village, you will see beautifully decorated doors and walls, which date from the period of the Venetian occupation. The Monastery of Arkady is surrounded by a strong wall that made it impregnable by the enemies. It is surely the most historic monastery of Crete, it is the sacred symbol of the fight for freedom. In fact, the UNESCO has declared Arkadi a European Monument of Freedom. Rethymnon City is a fascinating walking tour through the narrow winding streets of Rethymnon, the old houses with their wooden covered balconies, the Venetian and the Turkish monuments. Rethymno combines rarely united features: the old town’s charm and history, with proximity to a long sandy beach.

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Arkadi-ancient Eleftherna-margarites

Our starting point is the historical monastery of Arkadi, from here we walk over some plains and hills that offer us wide views and a glimpse of the sea. After that we arrive in the village Eleftherna, which we will actually cross. From there the trail takes us along various excavation sites that all belonged to the ancient city of Eleftherna. Many findings from here can be admired in the brandnew museum that is nearby. The final part of the route takes us over some ridges and through some green gullies and even through some ruins and abandoned villages. This last stretch, which is considered the best part, takes us into the village Margarites. Here you can enjoy many pottery shops, a refreshment and a stroll through small Venetian streets.

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Delicious Rethymno & Rural highlights

* Enjoy one of the most scenic coastal drives and fantastic landscape that is never a bore; * Highlights of Cretan countryside: visit Arkadi monastery – one of the most important and picturesque monasteries on island, have a glimpse at ancient Elefterna and explore lovely Margarites village, known for its pottery, developed since Minoan times and some wonderful Byzantine churches; * Rethymno walking & highlights tour and shopping, enjoy the seaside promenade, maybe a cup of Greek coffee, before heading back . * Did we mentioned a delicious food in a village tavern or one of the restaurants of Rethymnon for lunch?

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Cretan stories: when craft meets history...From Rethymno

When History meets art and craft. This excursion is for those who want to discover Crete from Rethymnon without a long way driving in bus. We start from the most important monastery of Crete: the Historical Monastery of Arkadi. After that, we will visit the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its historical findings from Homer’s era. Afterward, you will enjoy a guided tour to the pottery workshop “TSIKALARIO", where Miss Helen will show us the art of pottery but every visitor will also have the opportunity to create his own ceramic. Right after in a 2 km distance only, you will visit Margarites village where you will have free time for a lunch or a walk. The last destination on that excursion is Melidoni cave at an altitude of 220 meters. you will discover an amazing cave filled full with stalactites and stalagmites, but also full of History.

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Private Wine, Dine & Live Music Tour

Live music performed by our musician duo, hosted in a private Venetian villa over lunch and wine pairing! Our escape starts by visiting the pottery village of Margarites to explore the labyrinth of narrow alleyways and admire the ceramic works of the numerous shops in town. We then make our way to a ceramist to learn about the art of pottery and to make our own piece. Wine and music next with our friends and musicians Nelly and Dimitris as they open their home to us for a traditional Greek lunch paired with six Cretan wines from indigenous grapes. Our hosts will also treat us to some beautiful music. Dessert is reserved in a traditional taverna in the local village along with Cretan tsikoudia. The taverna contains the owner’s personal collection of folklore items that adorn every corner of the space.

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