Religious tour of Akrotiri

Living Like A Monk – Tour Of Chania’s Monasteries & Sacred Places


Discover the Venetian monasteries of Chania, wonderful nature landscapes and learn everything about the religious tradition of Crete…

*Please bear in mind that this tour includes a hike (around 1,5 hour – round trip) in Avlaki gorge.

All pick-up points for this tour are within Chania region. For pick-up from the other regions in Crete, please contact us.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, History, Religious
  • Activity Level
  • Private
All about the Living Like A Monk – Tour Of Chania’s Monasteries & Sacred Places.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Akrotiri Peninsula
  • Explore three monasteries in Akrotiri
  • Discover the religious heritage of Crete
  • Detailed descriptions and unknown stories
  • Unique nature landscapes and architecture miracles
  • Visit the monastery of St George and the stone bridge.
  • Learn everything about the religious tradition of Crete
  • Walk through the mountain path to discover the cave of St John
  • Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience.



The itinerary in the Akrotiri Peninsula will open a window to a spectacular nature populated by hermits and monks to a unique land exploited by great monasteries established in the Venetian period, which still dominate the area. Their history is associated with the history of the island. Their architecture reveals not only the fine taste of educated men but also the relationships with the artistic trends of Renaissance Europe.

The first step in the itinerary will be to descend the “Saint’s George” and explore the abandoned Katholiko monastery, an experience of a lifetime in the small « Kappadokya» of Crete. Following the steps of the pilgrims, you will be able to discover the places in which the hermits decided to live in solitude, away from man, and to practice austerity and self-discipline in order to improve spiritually.

The next steps will bring you to the monasteries of Gouvernetou and Tzagarolon. There you will observe the collective life shared and practised by the monks. In each case, the individual story of the men in charge of the administration and the construction of the buildings will be told the special architectural features of the churches and the monastic complexes will be demonstrated the importance of the artistic treasures kept within will be highlighted, and the role of the monasteries in various aspects of life in the past, but also nowadays -since they still constitute to function- will be discussed.

The final destination, the monastery of St. John the Almsgiver, will give you the opportunity to observe another model for organizing a monastic space, a way that should be connected with the particular history of the monastery and the origin of its first monks.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking, local driver/escort
  • Bottled water and snacks per person
  • Monasteries entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Private tour
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Gratuities (optional)