West Crete Tour – Rethymno, Chania and Lake Kournas

Chania-Rethymno-Lake Kournas
13 hours

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The West Crete tour will take us to the most beautiful towns of Crete. Chania Town, and Rethymno City. It also stops for swimming and relax at the natural Lake of Kournas.

Our bus and tour guide will pick you up in the morning around 07:30 am. The return is around 20:30. We use only the best buses and tour guides for our tours and activities.

Chania Town

Chania town is divided into two separate parts, the old and the new areas. Each has its own distinctive style. It offers visitors a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. With its Venetian harbor, narrow streets, and water front, Chania invites exploration. You can visit the old town’s busy markets, sample the local cuisine at traditional taverns. You may also admire the Venetian and Ottoman architecture. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Museum or take a stroll along the scenic coast line. Chania’s warm hospitality and beautiful surroundings make it a must visit destination for travelers seeking an real Greek experience.

Kournas Lake

We leave Chania and head for the lake of Kournas. It is a natural fresh water hydro-biotope, a place for a wide assembly of plants and aquatic species.

It is the only fresh water lake on the island, making it quite special. Many people visit to enjoy its peaceful atmosphere and stunning surroundings. You can take a walk around the lake or even go for a paddle boat ride on its calm waters. Surrounding the lake are green hills and villages, adding to its charm. It is a great place to relax and soak in the beauty of nature. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some interesting wildlife around the lake. Overall, Lake Kournas is a must visit destination for anyone exploring Crete.

Rethymno City

Finally on our way back, we will visit Rethymno. It is the third biggest city in Crete. Rethymno is full of history and beauty. Visitors can explore its  streets with the colorful buildings and cafes. The town is home to a Venetian fortress over looking the sea that offers breath taking views. You can stroll along the beautiful harbor or relax on the sandy beaches nearby. Rethymno also boasts a vibrant culture, with taverns serving Cretan cuisine.

Please read below the West Crete Tour schedule for full details regarding the timings.


Bring comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles for a good grip.

Pack a swimming suit, a towel, a hat, sun glasses, and a sun cream.

Optional and Advices:

Do not bring too much money. Every business in Chania, Rethymno and Lake Kournas accepts bank cards.

Try to limit your luggage. Too much weight is always a problem.

Bring a small water bottle.

Leave your valuables at your hotel. Bring your personal medication and prescriptions.

You must always carry a copy of your passport with you. Although not required it is always a good idea.

Pick-Up Locations

We offer the West Crete Tour from many locations of Crete. Visitors staying in Hersonissos (Chersonissos), Koutouloufari, Piskopiano, Malia, Stalida (Stalis), Anissaras, Agkisaras, Analipsi, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Hani, Karteros, Heraklion, Ammoudara, and Agia Pelagia can easily partake in this experience. For better understanding please visit the following page: Pick Up Points. Note that because of the size of the page the list is only visible on big screens.

Important Booking Information

On the ticket of the West Crete tour you will receive, we will provide full details of the meeting point. We will carefully select the closest and safest pick up place, based on your hotel location.

We include a Google pin and a photograph of the meeting point. This ensures that you can easily identify and locate the meeting spot with confidence.

Our team is always available to assist you. Feel free to contact us at any time. We will provide you an emergency telephone number. This will ensure a stress free experience from the moment you embark on your tour or activity. Your satisfaction and comfort are our top priorities.


We are very careful with our pricing. We dislike hidden extras. What you read is what you get. If you need further information please contact us. The West Crete Tour cost is €35 for an adult, and €17.50 for a child. Infants are free.

Itinerary and Important Information


Embark on a seamless journey through the best of Crete with our meticulously planned timetable.

07:30-8:30: Departure

  • Begin your day with departures from key locations such as Ammoudara, Heraklion, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Hersonissos, Stalida, and Malia.

Stop 1: Skaleta

  • Pause at Skaleta, a charming village before Rethymnon, for a 20-minute break. Take this time to enjoy a leisurely coffee and soak in the village ambiance.

Stop 2: The Town of Chania

  • Explore the enchanting town of Chania, renowned as the most diverse and beautiful city in Crete. Delight in 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time to stroll around, discovering the city’s unique charm and character.

Stop 3: The Lake of Kournas

  • Indulge in 2 hours of free time at the picturesque Lake of Kournas. Immerse yourself in swimming and relish a delightful lunch amidst the serene surroundings.

Stop 4: Rethymno

  • Discover the beauty of Rethymno with a 1-hour stop for free time. Wander through this captivating town, whether for shopping or a relaxing coffee break.

20:00-21:00: Approx Return Time

  • Anticipate a timely return to your starting point, be it Ammoudara, Heraklion, Gouves, Analipsi, Anissaras, Hersonissos, Stalida, or Malia.

Different timetables apply for pickups in various areas. Our dedicated Customer Service is at your disposal to provide accurate timing information and a Google Maps pinpoint for the precise location of your pickup.


Days and Languages

Tuesday: English, French, German.

Friday: English, French, German.


The following list contains everything that is included in the price of the West Crete Tour you are viewing.

Services and Products Included

✅ Hotel pick up & drop off area: Heraklion, Hersonisos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gournes, Gouves, Heraklion, Kokkini Hani, Koutouloufari, Malia, Piskopiano, Stalis, Ammoudara.

✅ Transportation by modern air-conditioned buses.

✅ Professional tour guide (live).

✅ Free time for swimming at Lake Kournas.

✅ Insurance cover.

✅ Printed or mobile tour vouchers accepted. -Instant confirmation.

✅ Easy cancellation (Cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure time and receive a full refund).


We have tried our best in avoiding any hidden costs for our customers. In the event that any hidden costs appear, through one of our suppliers, please contact us and we will solve the matter with no further discussion.

Services and Products Excluded from the West Crete Tour:

❌ Entrance Tickets to Archaeological Sites or Places of Interest.

❌ All meals & drinks, unless mentioned otherwise in the tour description or the included section above.

❌ Any other destination not mentioned in the itinerary. – Any services or activity charges other than those included in inclusions.

Not Suitable

The West Crete tour may not be suitable for individuals with mobility issues or physical disabilities, as some locations might involve uneven terrain or require extensive walking.

West Crete Tour – Rethymno, Chania and Lake Kournas