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Athens (Piraeus) to Athens (Piraeus)

HOMAGE TO HOMER | 19 Nights | Departs Aug 8, 2014

Seven Seas Mariner

Seven Seas Mariner

Aghios Nikolaos, Crete

Aghios Nikolaos, Greece-port

Crete’s eastern corner is home to the resort of Agios Nikolaos, a port that leads the way to the island’s most significant ancient ruins. The ancient Minoans lived on Crete as far back as 2500 BC in a society that was by far the most advanced at the time. The ruins of the Minoan palaces at Knossos date from 1700 to 1500 BC and reveal remarkable achievements.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Windmills & Lassithi Plateau
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Palace of Knossos
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Knossos Palace & Arolithos
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Windmills & Lassithi Plateau

    Light Activity /Walking
    Duration: 4 1/4 hours
    Tour Code: ayi-001


    The charming countryside of Crete provides the backdrop to this pleasant half-day excursion. Of the three great mountain ranges of Crete, you will be exploring the easternmost, Mt. Dikti, ascending to a level of 3,000 feet. From this vantage point in the island's interior, enjoy the ever-changing view of the green-carpeted, rural landscape, dotted with picturesque villages.

    The first stop on this magnificent mountain route will be at the monastery of Kera, which is adorned with 14th century wall paintings. Originally named Kardiotissa, it was built in the 17th century and dedicated to the Virgin of Kera. You will have approximately 45 minutes here to tour the monastery and see the lovely Byzantine icons contained within the church. Continuing the ascent along a beautifully wooded route, you will arrive at the plateau of Lassithi. The view of the encircling mountains is absolutely breathtaking from here, as you drink in the fertile landscape below, which is irrigated by the power of windmills. Be sure to bring your camera. Before returning to the ship, you will stop at the Seli restaurant, where you might try traditional Cretan mezedes and enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guest's discretion at the stops, although it will at times be over uneven ground. While there are some steps to negotiate at the Monastery, it is permissable to remain on the coach if you choose. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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