WWII – The Battle Of Crete 2 Days Private Tour

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Learn everything about the Battle of Crete and explore the battlegrounds of Chania like never before, without braking your bank.

A unique experience

Uncover Cretan history on our WWII Battle of Crete Tour. Explore Chania’s battlegrounds, war memorials, and private collections. Visit the evacuation port of Sfakia, discovering untold stories.

Hidden stories & collections

Explore the war cemeteries & monuments, private collections with original relics and discover the least known aspects of the Battle of Crete.

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Tour Overview

Tour Highlights

  1. Visit the Maleme airfield from above and Tavronitis historical bridge
  2. Discover the battle of Galatas and Ayia prison valley
  3. War monuments around the area of the battle
  4. Explore the WWII exhibitions in small museums and secret shelters
  5. Visit the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries
  6. Ports and key-locations of South Crete
  7. Discover the evacuation route of the British forces after the battle
  8. Visit hidden spots and unknown locations along with war exhibitions
  9. Analytic details about the historical battle of Crete
  10. Chauffeured private tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

Description

[…]Turning to Student, the Fuhrer said quietly: “Of course, General, you know that after Crete we shall never do another Airborne operation. The parachute arm relies entirely on surprise. That surprise factor has now exhausted itself…the day of the Paratroops is over”. Adolf Hitler, Wolfschanze July 1941… Embark on a riveting journey through the pages of WWII history with our meticulously curated two-day tour, offering a comprehensive exploration of Crete’s pivotal role in this global conflict. Commencing with an in-depth analysis of the impact of WWII on East-South Europe, Greece, and Crete, we delve into the historical backdrop, beginning with Operation “Marita” and the Greek-Italian war of 1940.   Day One invites you to the war theatre of Chania, where key locations such as Maleme, Tavronitis, and Galatas come to life. Our itinerary encompasses visits to German and Allies war cemeteries, panoramic viewpoints providing live maps of the battle, secret shelters, and poignant monuments. Unravel the intricate details of Crete’s battle and gain a profound understanding of its historical significance.   Day Two unfolds the poignant chapter of evacuation, guided by General Fryberg’s strategic retreat plan. Traversing the perilous mountain paths from North to South, we follow the route that saved thousands of allied troops, guided by Cretan partisans. Explore South Crete’s hidden corners, where traces of the allied troops remain, and witness the remarkable Sfakia port—the sanctuary that secured the salvation of countless lives.   Together, we delve beyond the known historical facts, uncovering the original details and untold stories that shaped the heroic narratives of the Cretan partisans and allied troops. Join us on this transformative exploration, where heroism and hope converged, leaving an indelible mark on the legendary WWII history of Crete.

Inclusions

  1. Hotel pick up and drop off
  2. English speaking, local escort
  3. All entrance fees
  4. Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  5. All taxes, fees and handling charges
  6. Bottled water & Snacks per person (for both days)

Exclusions

  1. Gratuities (optional)
  2. Accommodation

Guest Stories

Great Tour What a great tour! We chose the tour on a windy day in Chania and were so glad we did! It was excellent. Andreas was so knowledgeable about the area and the wine and he answered all questions we had. The group was small enough that it felt personal and the wineries we visited were absolutely brilliant! We loved the stop off at the oldest olive tree too. Great way to spend a day of our holiday!
Ems
15/04/2024
The World War II battle for Crete Yanis, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He shared a lot of facts and photos of the battle for Crete and he explained the significance of each stop along the tour. The stop at the military collector’s mini museum was excellent. There were many unique and rare items in his collection that are tied to the battle. The pace and timing of tour was just right, along with a fresh sandwich from a local shop. I would recommend this tour to any interested in the history of the battle for Crete.
Rich S
12/04/2024
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Battle for Crete. As a former New Zealand Army officer I was very much looking forward to this tour and it did not disappoint. The whole tour was excellent and covered so much ground literally and figuratively. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and a great person to spend the day with. Being able to visit the actual battlefield sites really put so much into context. Highly recommended.
Tata C
02/04/2024
Fantastic cooking class on Crete Everything about this experience was wonderful! The driver, Nikkoli was very knowledgeable and hospitable, the hosts for the class were gracious and warm, the good was amazing and the other guests were terrific. I am so lucky to have found this class and highly recommend!
Sue T
27/12/2023
Relaxing excursion This was such a nice relaxing tour. Very simple and easy day! We were picked up at our hotel, it happened to be one of the pickup locations luckily. We drove to two different wineries but also made some stops along the way for cool lookout spots and even a 3,000 year old olive tree.
Sarah S
12/12/2023
Cooking in Crete!!! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. The staff and tour were excellent. We had such a good time being taught how to cook stuffed peppers, zucchini and tomatoes. I highly recommend this tour. The food that we created was simply delicious. Just a high quality experience.
Mobile562656
16/11/2023
Top bloke as guide Our guide had superb knowledge about the area we went to. He was friendly and accommodating. Despite our lack of knowledge and messing this company around we still got to Di our tour.
Compass52027796678
03/11/2023
It was a great tour! This tour allows you to learn more about the culture and history of Crete. They will explain in detail about the food and the background to it. I thought it was a little pricey due to the strong yen, but it was a valuable experience that money can't buy. I'm really glad I participated. I recommend it.
ゆか
03/11/2023
Awesome Wonderful experience. We were taken up into the mountains of Crete to a host house. Over the next 4 hours, we had a tour of the house, learned about Cretan history, had a local wine tasting, and made an incredibly delicious meal. It is vegetarian friendly and comes with a few surprises. I gained a newfound appreciation for olive oil—there can never be too much. One of the highlights of my trip.
Richard Z
28/10/2023
A Real Cretan Cooking Experience Yannis led us on a wonderful trip to a farm in the countryside with great views, warm and gracious hosts and cooks, and a night of fun and friendship. This was well worth the time to learn about Crete style cooking and Greek history
Todd W
24/10/2023

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