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Many cruises of the Greek Isles feature Crete as one of the staple destinations, and the port town of Rethymnon makes for an excellent stop. From here, you can explore the ancient city of Knossos (where the minotaur was born) near Heraklion, before departing to the up-and-coming tourist destination of nearby Kythira. While exploring Crete, make sure to sample the local cuisine, bursting with Mediterranean flavor and Greek tradition. The beaches near Rethymnon are a great place to relax, while the adventure-seekers can explore the ruins and well-preserved architecture around the city, including the Fortezza 16th century citadel, museums, and ancient tombs. The Venetian and Turkish influence can be seen all around Rethymnon's narrow streets. It's no wonder that this is the legendary home of Zeus. Contact us to start planning!
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Le Lyrial (CDP)264$4630The sleek, intimate Le Lyrial sails under the French flag and entrances her passengers with her contemporary decor, comfortable suites, and refined …
M/Y Callisto34$3490The M/Y Callisto is furnished with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, rare antiques, and fine works of art for comfortable cruising. …
Harmony V50$2760Introducing the Harmony V, a modern vessel launched in June 2009, with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the …
Harmony G44$3350The Harmony G is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. She was …
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Highlights of Crete
Considered among the top Greek Islands to visit on a tour of this ancient country, Crete is full of fascinating archaeological sites, centuries of rich traditions, excellent beaches, and charming towns. 

The city of Rethymno is the major port here, where several cruises dock so that you can enjoy opportunities to:
  • See the Venetian architecture and atmosphere that defines the city.
  • Visit the Fortezza, a well preserved 16th century citadel perched high atop the hill.
  • Explore the ruins and archaeological sites, like the Bronze Age remnants of Knossos.
Your exploration of Crete is bookended by stops in picturesque Santorini, Katakolon, Kythira, Nafplion, and the other major islands in this Mediterranean archipelago. 

Your tour might also visit the major cities of Athens or Rome
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