Classic and Authentic Day Tour of Crete

Day Trips & Excursions in Spili

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Take an authentic tour of Crete, which include Gortina, Phaistos, and traditional Cretan villages (Spili - Vatos - Lampini)
Starting from your hotel and drive to South central Crete, we find the ruins of Gortina. Gortina was the Roman capital of Creta et Cyrenaica and was first inhabited around 3200BC. After Gortina we visit Phaistos archaeological site and its Palace, the most important center of the Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. We continue on the road towards Rethimno making a stop at the traditional Cretan village of Spili located at the foot of Mt.Vorizi. Spili is known for its Venetian fountain with a long row of 19 stone lion heads splashing cool water into the trough below. Along the way to Rethimno we make another stop at the village of Vatos to visit a typical Raki Boiler used to produce the popular Cretan Raki – drink, (Tsikoudia), at a Herb producer's house. We continue for Lunch at Vaggelio's House, serving dishes made with natural produce provided by the nearby Farm and cooked by the lady chef - Vaggelio. After lunch we drive to the mountainous village of Lampini to visit the church and the museum of Panagia. The church is inscribed with a cupola, and depicts frescoes of the 12th and 14th century.It was an Episcopal church, since the village of Lampini once accommodated the seat of the famous Episcopate of Lampis, which had existed since 431. Coffee at the village's Coffee shop "Kafenio". We continue to Rethimo in the afternoon.

What’s included

  • Air-conditioned Motorcoach
  • 1 Lunch at local restaurant ( Anguseliana)
  • Professional guide is included
  • VAT and all legal taxes includedd

What’s not included

  • Entrance Fees at the museums and the archaeological sites
  • The pick-up and drop off from your hotel is not included in the price. From Heraklion and Rethymno there is no extra charge, but from other pick-up points (depending on the location), there may be an extra charge.
  • Drinks and beverages during lunch
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage service
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included


  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide