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Operation Mercury

Operation Mercury

The battle for crete.

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Autumn 2025 (7 Days)

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Operation Mercury is the fascinating story of a high-risk operation fought across a stunning Mediterranean landscape. Crete has to be one of the most beautiful Greek islands, and some would argue that there is no other place like it. To the modern mind it is known primarily as a beach holiday destination, however the landscape is wonderfully varied. From beaches and bays, to green coastal plains, imposing mountains and gorges, sleepy hillside villages to bustling, vibrant towns. Not to mention the warm, friendly, hospitable locals, a rich ancient and modern history and culture.

All of this can be explored throughout the tour as we follow the landings and hard-fought actions along the dramatic coast lines, the towns of Chania, Rethymnon and Iraklion, the White Mountains and down to the crystal-clear waters of Sfakia.

We are staying at two superb hotels in Chania and Heraklion, with time available in the evenings to soak up the delightful atmosphere of tavernas and family restaurants. What a comfortable way to experience exciting history!

Operation Mercury was the first and only time in history that a strategic objective has been taken by airborne forces alone. Despite being forewarned by 'Ultra' Luftwaffe intelligence decrypts that an attack was pending, General Freyberg's Commonwealth mix of British, Australian and New Zealand forces, recently evacuated from Greece, was overrun by Hitler's elite Fallschirmjaeger (Parachute) regiments.

The tour will chart and examine how successive waves of German parachute, glider and air-landed mountain troops managed to seize the island, vastly outnumbered and in the face of crippling losses. Our expert historian, Colonel Robert Kershaw is an experienced former Parachute Regiment officer, who has also served with German airborne forces. He wrote Sky Men the history of airborne forces and has extensively walked the ground.

  • With soldier, historian and author  Col Bob Kershaw
  • The battles for Heraklion and Rethymnon
  • The airborne landings at Maleme and Prison Valley
  • The evacuation route

"We loved Bob Kershaw and we were very happy we had read his book beforehand, his maps were great as were his descriptions of battle. He has a great sense of humour and entirely approachable too."

Day 1 - Travel to Crete

Fly London to Chania and check-in to our hotel for four nights.

Day 2 - Maleme Airfield, Prison Valley and Galatas

We drive to Maleme and visit the German Assault Regiment gliding and parachute landing areas around the Tavronitis Bridge and the RAF Memorial. After climbing up Point 107, the vital high ground, we examine the costly German glider and parachute landings and the subsequent air landings under fire by the mountain troops to take the airfield, before visiting the German cemetery. The landings and attacks in Prison Valley and Galatas by the German Gruppe Mitte and the Commonwealth defence is covered from the Oassi Cretan Memorial, Lake Agia and Cemetery Hill. We visit the Allikanou Citizen Memorial to 108 villagers executed during German reprisals, as well as Galatas village and museum.

Day 3 - Chania and Souda Bay

The fighting around Chania and Souda Bay is covered with visits to the German Assault Regiment Memorial, 42nd Street and the Commonwealth War Memorial Cemetery. At the Venizelos Memorial we discuss General Freyberg's command on the Island against the German General, Student, based in Athens. The afternoon is free to explore Chania or relax at your hotel.

Day 4 - The Allied Retreat and Evacuation

We drive the Allied retreat over the White Mountains to Chora Sfakia via the withdrawal route through Megali Horofia, Apterra Stilos, Neo Horia, Vrysses and Askifou. There is an optional walk through the Imbrou Gorge to the memorial which marks the evacuation point (weather permitting).

Day 5 –The battle for Rethymnon

We check out of our hotel and travel to Rethymnon via Frangokastello and the monastery of Prevalli. Near Stavromenos we discuss the 19th Australian Brigade fight to repel the landings from German Gruppe Mitte. Afterwards we drive on to Heraklion and check-in to our hotel for two nights.

Day 6 – The battle for Heraklion

We visit the Historical Museum of Crete and explore the fighting around the Heraklion area. During the afternoon we will visit the Minoan Palace at Knossos and explore some of old Heraklion. We will also learn the story of the Kidnap of Heinrich Kreipe, a story which was made in to the film Ill Met by Moonlight.

Day 7 – Return. Fly Haraklion to London

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Photo Gallery

  • View of German gliders crash landed around the Travonitus bridge in 1941.
  • Travonitus Bridge in 2018
  • Travonitus bridge in 1941
  • The 'two charlies' (hill tops) overlooking the airfield at Heraklion
  • The submarine evacuation beach near the Monastery of Prevalli
  • The straggling retreat across the White Mountains in 1941
  • Souda Bay under attack by the Luftwaffe in 1941
  • Souda Bay 2018
  • Chania Minaret in 1941 & 2018
  • A surviving 22nd Battalion Command Post

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Battle of Crete Tour

WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Maleme airfield from above and Tavronitis historical bridge
  • Discover the battlegrounds of Galatas and Ayia prison valley
  • War monuments around the area of the battle
  • Explore the WWII exhibitions in small museums and secret shelters
  • Visit the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries
  • Analytic details about the historical battle of Crete
  • Small-group tour ensures a more relaxing and personal experience

[…]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 is one that relies entirely on surprise. That surprise factor has now exhausted itself…the day of the Paratroops is over”.

Adolf Hitler, Wolfschanze July 1941…

The tour’s description will start from the beginning of WWII and how the greatest war that the world have ever seen, affected East-South Europe, Greece and Crete. There will be analytic descriptions about operation “Marita”, the glorious Greek-Italian war of 1940 and under what circumstances the operation “Mercury” began. The battle of Crete was one of the most important war theatres in WWII and the resistance played a very important role to revive the allied troops’ morale around the world.

In this tour you will have the chance to see the key-locations of the battle of Crete. A few kilometers from Chania, is Maleme, Tavronitis and Galatas where the tour starts. Analyzing extensively the battle, there will be a detailed schedule for the rest of our day. Some of the locations you will visit are the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries, high spots to have panoramic views and understand everything about the battle on a live map, secret shelters and monuments.

The general historical facts of the battle of Crete are known. In this tour you will discover the original details and the unknown stories behind the scenes. You will have the chance to tour around the places where heroism and hope was a life goal for the Cretan partisans and the Greek , British, Australian and New Zeeland troops. The battle of Crete changed the world in many different ways and especially the evolution of the airborne warfare. Join us and explore the legendary and glorious WWII history of Crete.

What is included in this tour

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking, local driver/escort
  • All entrance fees
  • Snacks and bottled water per person
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Small-group tour (up to 18pax)

What is not included in this tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Infants 0-2 years old: Free
  • Children 3-11 years old: 75€
  • Schedule: All Year - Every Monday and Thursday
  • Location: Chania , Crete

*Available departures from all Cretan cities for private tours

  • Duration: Approximately 6 hours
  • Minimum participation: 2pax
  • Maximum participation: 18pax
  • Tour type: Small group tour (up to 18 pax)

*Note: There is availability for private tours upon request

  • Available languages: English
  • Pick-up times: 09:00-10:00 am
  • Tour starts: 10:05 am

Terms & Conditions

  • The company reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when this is considered necessary, for example in case of unfavorable weather conditions. This can be done without prior notice.
  • Reservations must be made 12 hours before the tour. A cancellation must be done 5 days before the tour for 50% refund. In case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from the company.
  • If a tour is cancelled due to low participation or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments
  • In case of allergies, tolerances or food preferences please inform the company in advance.

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Above mentioned prices are for group participation. If you wish to book your own tour only with your family or perhaps colleagues, we will be happy to give you prices and ideas for a memorable tour. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a unique offer.

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Experience the Battle of Crete

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The Battle of Crete guarantees a unique personal experience in which one visits war monuments in Chania and gains valuable knowledge on the historical battle of Crete. The participants will have the opportunity to admire the airfield of Maleme from above, as well as the old bridge of Tavronitis. Another reason why this tour, operated in small groups, is worth a visit is the chance to discover the battlegrounds of Galatas and Ayia prison valley and also the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking driver
  • Entrance fees
  • Snacks and water/person
  • Taxes & fees

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  • Upon booking this tour please mention your hotel name and location. You will be notified by email about the nearest pick up point and time.
  • We reserve the right to make minor changes in the program when considered necessary, for example, in case of unfavourable weather conditions. This can be done without any prior notice.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Monument in the kakopetro.

Monuments in Kakopetros, 24-5-1941/The First Holocaust

German Military Cemetery at Maleme

German War Cemetery in Maleme, a moving experience

Monument in the kandanos

Kandanos War Memorial, erected in memory of the execution of 180 civilians and the fallen from the destruction of Kandanos.

Souda Bay War Cemetery

Souda Bay War Cemetery, Strange feelings

Monument in the Galatas

Monument in Galatas Located on the top of Pink Hill was a battle between German troops and New-Zealanders supported by Greek troops with Cretan civilians.

Battlefield of Maleme airport

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Monument in the Malathyros

Near the exit of the Sassalos Gorge, a monument was honored to honor the dead executed patriots of Kissamos

Toyronitis bridge and airfield

Tavronitis Bridge, the turning point of the Battle. Traces of the battle are still visible today all over the stone bases and the iron superstructure.

"It's an opportunity for you to try to understand how our fathers and grandfathers were shaped by what happened on Crete and how they became the people they were."

Chania, A World War II museum A pilgrimage through the battlefields

Chania regional unit is a traveler’s dream and with the seemingly perpetual summer of our subtropical climate, it is not surprising that we are famous for our outdoor activities, beaches, natural environment, sporting events and the variety of adventure activities.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Battle of Crete, Battlefields Route An unexpected number of bomb craters, bunkers, trenches and field fortifications from World War II remain hidden in the martyric land of Western Crete! Explore it

World War II monuments in Rethymnon, regional unit. When the sand of Missiria was red ...

Battlefields by 4x4 offers owners of standard four wheel drive vehicles guided tours that are designed to enable small groups to visit battlefields, iconic cemeteries and memorials, and access some of the Crete’s battlefields of the Second World War.

Names like Ideon Andron. Τhe cave where Zeus grew up. The Nida plateau. Fantastic scenery, unique, wild and barren, found traveling from Anogia to the cave and many others leap out of the pages of history to excite the imagination! The Battlefields Region of Retymno has much to offer the Battlefield enthusiast.

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The Heraklion also includes a large number of nature and game reserves. In the Ida (Psiloritis) range and around Dikti range in Lassithi, there are a number of streams and dams. There are numerous bird sanctuaries and bird watching areas in the regional unit of Heraklion. Dont miss out!

In Lasithi regional unit, during the Axis occupation of Greece in 1941–1944, the peaks surrounding the plateau were used as hideouts by local resistance fighters.

Visit the places that the famous battle of Crete took part. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the Crete’s hospitality and feel the awe listening to the facts and personal family experiences of the battle of Crete.

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Explore the world’s most trusted directory of battlefield guides.

The guide directory details all those Accredited Members who have chosen to advertise their expertise and services as guides on the Guild website.  Each of these has passed our Accreditation Programme in which they have demonstrated the skills needed for us to say that they are high-quality guides who will give you a great tour.

You can filter by battle/campaign or country and then click on the name of an Accredited Guide to read their biography. Most Accredited Guides have contact details by which you can contact them directly. If not, or if you want to pass a message to them, please contact them via the Guild Secretary  via our Contacts Page .

Many Guides can develop bespoke personalised tours and can research where particular ancestors might have fought or died. If you want to advice on following a particular ancestor and you have not identified a particular Accredited Guide, please contact the Guild Secretary. We guarantee we’ll have somebody that can help you!

Please note, the Guild does not recommend or endorse any of the commercial products of the members listed below, nor does it imply that they have been checked as complying with the relevant legislation or regulation in the jurisdictions they are based or guide in.

Finally, this list shows only our Accredited Guides. Our Ordinary Members are not listed here and if you would like to check whether a particular individual is a member of the Guild, or for any other further help, please contact the Guild Secretary via our Contacts Page .

Some of our Accredited Guides have experience of researching military aspects of family history, and may be able to assist with your genealogical enquiries.  A list of those members is here ; if you would like to seek their assistance, contact details can be found by selecting their profile from those shown on this page.

Frank Baldwin

Accredited guide number: 8.

I am a freelance guide, historian and heritage professional. After retiring following ten years in the army as a Royal Artillery Officer, I became increasingly involved in interpreting and presenting battlefield heritage for the Battlefields Trust and The Royal British Legion. My interest in battlefield touring was triggered by noticing that the part of Germany in which we were training in the 1980s had been a battlefield in 1757. I had always been interested in military history and both my father and grandfather had fought in the world wars.

As a guide, my clients include  small and large groups, businesses as well as educational and military groups. I was an early supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and been part of its validation team, responsible for assessing guides’ competence, since 2008. I instruct on courses teaching battlefield guides and have been Guide Co-ordinator for the Liberation Route Europe.

In 2012 I was elected to the British Commission for Military History. My published work includes two books on D Day and Normandy, chapters in British Army Guide to the Western Front, and articles in military history journals. I write a military history blog https://theobservationpost.com

My interest and knowledge of military history stretches from Caesar to the Cold War and my guiding experience covers much of Europe. Besides the world wars and the Napoleonic era, I am also interested in the mid C19th wars between Prussia, Austria and France and the Severn Years War.

Two of my books are on artillery in Normandy and I am currently writing a battlefield guide to artillery on the First Day of the Somme in publication. The artillery story of both world wars is a little neglected and I offer battlefield tours to tell the artillery story under the brand www.gunnertours.com

One speciality is providing military background for people researching their ancestry. I have been a researcher for a company that makes a popular ancestry-based TV programme and have appeared on television myself.

I have been privileged to support some of the British Army centenary staff rides as a subject matter expert alongside academic historians. My clients include many military units and headquarters. I run a website offering advice to military units planning staff rides, battlefield studies or realities of war tours. www.staffrideservices.com

The links between military and business strategy fascinate me. I offer a service to help organisations to learn from other people’s mistakes using examples from statecraft and military history. www.businessbattlefields.com

I chaired the Battlefields Trust from 2008-2015 and was involved in many projects to preserve, interpret and present many of the Battlefields of Britain, including the re-discovery of the battlefields of Bosworth.

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Malcolm Jones

Accredited guide number: 45.

Malcolm Jones BA (Hons)

Malcolm is a British Military Historian, who specializes in the campaigns and battles of Wellington in Spain during the Peninsular War. He is a member of the ‘Society for Army Historical Research’ and a Badged member of the Guild since 2009.

Malcolm has always been interested in History and the military, which developed from an early age. His main love and focus has always been the Second World War, the Indian Mutiny, and the British colonial army of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His passion for the Peninsular War campaigns and its Battlefields began some 35 years ago.

After serving in the Army, and obtaining his history degree, he worked in business management in Britain and the Middle East. Over the years he has travelled extensively throughout Portugal and Spain, much of it following in the footsteps of Wellington’s men. During this time, he fell in love with the Spanish landscape, history and culture.

Malcolm now lives in central Spain, close to many of the battlefield sites, which he has visited on many different occasions and therefore knows the areas he guides very well. He is an enthusiastic historian, who is happy to share his experience with anyone who is interested; be it Wellington’s Army, the local history, culture, food or wine.

As a Badged Member of the ‘Guild of Battlefield Guides’, Malcolm has led many Military Battlefield Studies over the last ten years and has experience of leading battlefield tours since 1993 in Germany, Poland, Crete and Spain. With a rich and knowledgeable background, you can be assured of an informative tour, presented in an enjoyable and interesting manner.

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Battle of Crete – Book with Strata Tours

A historical experience: the battle of crete experience tour, “hence we shall not say that greeks fight like heroes, but that heroes fight like greeks” – winston churchill.

Experience Crete from a different perspective with our Battle of Crete Tour.

It is no ordinary dry military history but an exploration of the Chania and Kisamos area and its relevance to the history of WW2 in Crete. The tour involves visits to the Souda commonwealth war cemetery, German war cemetery, the village of Galatas and bridge in the Tavronitis and Maleme area.

A traditional Cretan lunch is included plus transport and an excellent and informative English-speaking guide.

This tour is booked on a request basis only and the price depends on the number of people participating.

  • 9: 00- 16:00
  • German War Cemetry  (Maleme)
  • Galatas memorial
  • Tavronitis (bridge monument)
  • Souda Bay Allied War Cemetery
  • Meal included

This tour is booked on a request basis only and the price depends on the number of people participating. Make a request

  • Unique and personal tour. Can be tailor made for your requirements and war family history if relevant
  • Informative guide
  • Wonderful scenery
  • Delicious traditional Cretan lunch

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Battle of Crete Multi Day Tour

Battle of Crete Multi Day Tour

English, German, Greek

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Do you like historical tours and capturing the events of the battle of Crete first-hand? This private tour for the battle of Crete is ideal for you! In this history tour in Chania & Rethymno, a certified historian (BA – MSc) shows you untouched places and extensive information about the series of events that accompany the battle of Crete.

In this 4-day tour (accommodation can be also provided) our historian that specializes in contemporary history makes you feel like a soldier: Abandoned and unknown bunkers of the allies and of the Axis forces are accessible on tour, as well as rare photographs and documents of the battle of Crete.

Our first day is all about the sector of Chania and Maleme , where the crucial battlefront was. A visit to 3 abandoned lookouts and one German bunker in a secret location makes us feel the dimensions and the scale of the battlefields. This special private history tour in Chania continues to see the British Commonwealth War cemetery, the German War cemetery and the “ prison valley ”. Our historian explains the significance of the battlefields and the strategic points in the outcome of the battle for Crete. Our daily excursion ends in an abandoned German facility, where we learn more about the War and the resistance of Cretans, carefully supported by rare war photographs.

Our second day is devoted to Retimo, or as we call it today “Rethymnon”. Our certified historian shows you the crucial points of the battlefields near the town of Rethymnon, and we visit Australian and New Zealand War Memorials in Crete to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers. Our Tour continues inland, and to the Southern parts of the island, as we try to follow the troops on their evacuation of the South Coast in late May 1941 on their way to Alexandria. Time free is given to stroll through picturesque and mesmerizing parts of Crete, as we get informed about the crucial incidents that led to the evacuation of the troops during the Battle of Crete.

Our third day is all about retreat and evacuation: What we have seen and learned on the first three days, now becomes reality as our historian guide makes us understand the difficulties and the strategic mistakes that lead to the retreat and the evacuation to Egypt. We visit a rare private war museum in Chania and the curator explains the war finds as well as the significance of various guns, ammunition and military equipment during world war 2 and the battle of Crete. Finally, we reach the evacuation port in South Crete, and we pay our respects to the Battle of Crete memorial. Time is given for a relaxing lunch or a stroll to the lovely villages of the wild beauty of South Crete.

Our last day of this private tour in Chania, Crete is what makes this tour the best tour for the battle of Crete, and the most knowledgeable. Our historian leads us to the villages and places that were absolutely ravaged and annihilated by the Germans after the battle of Crete. We stand in awe, as we visit numerous villages of Chania and pay our respects to the innocent people that were killed for reappraisals after the end of the battles. We understand the severe resistance of the Cretans and of the partisans, and the heavy casualties that the Axis forces faced because of one of the first resistance attempts they faced during the war.

We conclude the tour full of memories, unknown facts and the interaction with locals that still remember memories of war by word of mouth, as we finish our journey to the city, where our specialised history private tour in Chania began.

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Battle of Crete Multi-Day Private History Tour– Price List

Book now your private tour to the History of the Battle of Crete (Multi-Day) !

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  • Visit abandoned and unkown German/ Allied war bunkers and hideouts
  • Visit Allied War Cemetery - German War Cemetery
  • Visit war Memorials devoted to the British commonwealth Allies and Anzacs
  • Visit villages of Great significance during the battle of Crete
  • Visit places, hills and vicinities of Great significance during the battle of Crete
  • See the evacuation spots of the Allied Troops after the order for retreat
  • Visit the villages that paid a severe toll on reprisals and retaliations

Included/Excluded

  • Professional Historian Tour Guide - Specialized in Contemporary History (BA - MSc)
  • Private Tour - You will be alone with your friends/Family
  • Free Pick up/ Drop off from all Chania Central Areas
  • Private Transport in modern A/C Vehicle
  • Box lunch water, banana, apple and chocolate
  • Flexible Stops - Possible Diversions / Alterations according to your needs
  • Surprise gifts at the end of the tour
  • Full Liability Insurance - Taxes
  • Lunch/ Drinks at the private tour stops
  • Entrance Fees

<span> Day 1 </span>

We visit abandoned bunkers, hideouts and war sites known only to locals. Our historian explains the first day of the battles while we step foot to battlefields and cemeteries, allied and foe. We stroll around the area of Maleme and Tavronitis river that played a vital role in the outcome of the Battle of Crete and we see from first hand the airfield that was the primary goal of the operation Merkury. A tour of some Cretan villages concludes our idea about the severe battles of the first days, while our knowledge is extended throurh rare image finds and documents supplied by our profesional contemporary history tour guide.

<span> Day 2 </span>

We visit the sector of Rethymno and discover the success of the Allies in the battlefields near the vicinity of Rethymno. Then we visit memorials of ANZAC forces, while we try to find the port of evacuation on South Crete. Exploration of Cretan mainland makes us understand the difficulties in evacuation during the World War 2 Era.

<span> Day 3</span>

We trace the main evacuation route of the Allies, right after the order for evacuation: We visit a private war museum in the area of Chania, where the museum curator and our private hisorian explain the rare war finds of the Battle of Crete. The wild beauty of the countryside of South Crete extends before one's eyes on our way to the Southest and most desolate regions of the island.

<span> Day 4</span>

This is where our private multi day tour in Chania excels: We visit the villages that were ravaged after the capture of the island by the Germans. We learn how severe the toll was for the villages and the unarmed men that were killed in mass excecutions while we learn uknown aspects of the war from the spoken history that locals continue to propagate through generations. This rare day is what makes our multi day history tour unique, and will be the highlight of your holidays in Crete!

Frequently asked questions

Is this tour only for history enthusiasts.

This tour is carefully planed to let you explore the significance of the Battle for Crete in the region of Rethymno, while exploring the Cretan Countryside, away from the tourist traffic and the stress of the city. This is the reason this tour is ideal for everyone!

I see this is a multi day tour with many stops, is this tiring?

Absolutely not! This private guided tour is designed with many stops and relaxation opportunities! Being a private tour, we can add or subtract part of the excursion according to your needs! Also the duration of the tour can be extended upon request, for a more laid back experience.

What is the minimum amount of participants? I want to go alone, is this possible?

No problem! Our prices are per person, so you can book your private tour by using our secure booking system!

The maximum amount of participant is 6, but we are a larger group. Can this be done?

Yes, this can be done upon request. Please contact us for more information!

Why book a multi day tour of the Battle for Crete during second world war?

Because you will learn unkown parts of military history of World War 2 and pay a tribute to the severe toll Cretans paid during the war. You will also discover primitive war sites, villages of huge significance and heroism during world war 2 and get a glimpse of the military history from first hand that will change your aspect about the Second world War and its attrocities. This tour is designed bearing in mind to offer you great historical knowledge while offering you countless opportunities to see the countryside of Crtee, interact with locals and taste/ feel our culture from first hand!

How about the other tours you offer about the battle of Crete in Chania & Rethymno?

This multi day tour includes all the aspects we cover on the other battle of Crete tours in Chania, while adding a full day tour to the villages that executions, massacres and razings took place. This makes it unique and of high value compared to any other history tour in Crete!

Can I ask for a specific tailor-made tour except for this multi-day tour?

Yes! All our tours are private, and you can contact us to make a tour according to your interest and needs on the battle of Crete. Our professional historian is ready to hear you!

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WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour

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  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking, local driver/escort
  • Snacks and bottled water per person
  • Pickup and drop-off from specific places of Chania Region
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Tavronitis Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - German Military Cemetery
  • Entry/Admission - Souda Bay War Cemetery
  • Option 1 Kriti Hotel, Nikiforou Foka 10, Str 731 00, Greece At 08:55 am– Kriti hotel (For hotels around Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)
  • Option 2 Quick Film, Chatzimichali Giannari 10-14, Chania 731 32, Greece At 09:00 am– in front of Quick Film (For hotels around East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)
  • Option 3 SanSal Boutique Hotel, Ακτή Κανάρη, Meletiou Metaxaki &, Chania 731 31, Greece At 09:05 am– in front of SanSal Boutique Hotel (For hotels around West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)
  • Option 4 Sunny Rent a Car, Selinou 104, Chania 731 31, Greece At 09:10 am– Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)
  • Option 5 Loca Cafe, PEO Kissamou Chanion 113, Daratsos 731 00, Greece At 09:20 am– Loca Cafe (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)
  • Option 6 Nesaki, Kalamaki Chania, Galatas 731 00, Greece At 09:25 am– Nesaki retaurant
  • Option 7 Creta Palm, Kato Stalos, Stalos 731 00, Greece At 09:25 am– Creta Palm (for hotels around the Stalos area)
  • Option 8 Hotel Alexandra Beach, Κωνσταντίνου Μητσοτάκη 92, Χανιά 731 00, Greece At 09:30 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Agia Marina area)
  • Option 9 Porto Platanias Village Resort, Main Street, Platanias 730 14, Greece At 09:35 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Platanias area)
  • Option 10 Minoa Palace Resort, ΞΕΝΟΔΟΧ. ΜΙΝΟΑ ΠΑΛΑΣ, Platanias 730 14, Greece At 09:35 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Platanias area)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • German Military Cemetery
  • Souda Bay War Cemetery
  • Tavronitis Bridge

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  • You’ll have 10 starting options See departure details
  • 1 Maleme Stop: 50 minutes See details
  • 2 Tavronitis Bridge Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included See details
  • 3 German Military Cemetery Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included See details
  • 4 Souda Bay War Cemetery Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included See details
  • You'll return to the starting point

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WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour provided by Fabulous Crete

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WWII – The Battle Of Crete 2 Days Private Tour

Discover the greatness of cretan history and learn about one of the most critical battles in wwii. visit the battlegrounds of chania, the war cemeteries & monuments, private collections with original relics, the evacuation port of sfakia & discover the unknown stories of the battle of crete, 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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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the Maleme airfield from above and Tavronitis historical bridge
  • Discover the battle of Galatas and Ayia prison valley
  • War monuments around the area of the battle
  • Explore the WWII exhibitions in small museums and secret shelters
  • Visit the German and British Commonwealth war cemeteries
  • Ports and key-locations of South Crete
  • Discover the evacuation route of the British forces after the battle
  • Visit hidden spots and unknown locations along with war exhibitions
  • Analytic details about the historical battle of Crete
  • 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…

Our tour will start from the beginning of WWII and how the world’s greatest war has ever seen affected East-South Europe, Greece and Crete. We will analyze the operation “Marita”, the glorious Greek-Italian war of 1940 and under what circumstances the operation “Mercury” began. Crete’s battle was one of the most important war theatres in WWII, and the resistance played a significant role in reviving the allied troops’ morale around the world.

Day One – The war theatre of Chania

On the first day of this tour, you will have the chance to see the key-locations of Crete’s battle. A few kilometres from Chania is Maleme, Tavronitis and Galatas, where we start. We will analyze the battle, and there will be a detailed schedule for the rest of our day. We will visit some of the locations we will visit: the German and Allies war cemeteries, high spots to have panoramic views and understand everything about the battle on a live map, secret shelters, and monuments.

Day Two – The Evacuation

The end of the battle is close, and general Fryberg orders all his troops to withdraw. He has an evacuation plan. That was a life bet for Fryberg and Wavell to save the allies during the retreat. The Cretan partisans helped and led the allied troops through the mountains to the South harbours, where the warships were waiting for them. The narrow mountain paths were extremely dangerous and unknown, but not for the locals. We will follow the route through the mountain from the North to the South, reaching Sfakia, the port that saved thousands of privates. You will also visit places where the allied troops passed and their signs are still alive, in South Rethymnon and from high spots, we will discover the area where the great evacuation took place.

The general historical facts of the battle of Crete are known. Together we will discover the original details and the unknown stories behind the scenes. You will have the chance to tour around the places where heroism and hope was a life goal for the Cretan partisans and the Greek, British, Australian and New Zealand troops. The battle of Crete changed the world in many different ways. Join us and explore the legendary and glorious WWII history of Crete.

If you wish to explore more options return to the Cultural & Historical Tours page .

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • English speaking, local escort
  • All entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water & Snacks per person (for both days)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Accommodation

Departures from Chania

If you wish a pick up from another region of Crete , please contact us for availability & rates

2 Days: 6-7 hours each day

  • Reservations must be made 12 hours before the tour. Cancellation must be made 24 hours before the tour for a full refund . In the case of later cancellations, no refund will be made from the company
  • If a tour is cancelled due to low participation or bad weather conditions, the company will refund 100% of made payments.
  • In the case of allergies, tolerances or food preferences, please inform the company in advance.
  • The company reserves the right to make minor changes in the program when considered necessary, for example, in unfavourable weather conditions. This can be done without prior notice.
  • Regular Stops – There are stops every 30-40 minutes, for everyone’s convenience. If a client feels sick or it is necessary to stop, please inform your driver accordingly.

09:00-09:30 am

We will pick you up from your hotel’s lobby.

  • Your Camera
  • Comfortable clothing & shoes
  • Sunscreen & hat during summer months
  • During spring and autumn, we advise you to bring a jacket
  • This tour is including bottled water per person and a sandwich with ham, cheese and tomato every day.
  • We can offer vegetarian – vegan alternatives, but we require prior notice during reservation.
  • The client has the responsibility to inform the company in advance of any food allergies to find suitable alternatives if possible.
  • Alcohol consumption is not allowed for children and teenagers under the age of 18 years old.

Further to the Government’s announcements, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, to keep our guests safe and healthy, our staff will be intensely and detailed trained to meet all the requirements. The company has fully complied with all the Government’s necessary measures, The WHO and the National Public Health Organisation.

  • Our fleet will be thoroughly cleaned and hygiene after each transfer and trip. All sensitive touch areas such as seats, armrests, sidewalls etc., are intensively cleaned and sanitized daily before and after each tour.
  • Our staff is trained in the latest hygiene protocols and cleaning procedures. They use personal protective equipment (face masks/shields and optional gloves) to ensure a safe travel experience for you and themselves.
  • Hand sanitizers antiseptic will be provided during clients’ embarkation
  • Clients are obliged to use masks during their stay on the bus. (Masks will be provided from the company)
  • Our vehicles are filled up according to governmental covid-19 law of their capacity. Those governmental laws and regulations against covid-19 infections might change but are strictly followed at all times.

Battle of Crete Tour

Operation Mercury: The German Airborne Invasion of Crete 1941

Operation Mercury: The German Airborne Invasion of Crete 1941

OPERATION MECURY – THE BATTLE FOR CRETE 1941

Operation Mercury, the German airborne invasion of Crete is a historic milestone, the only time when a strategic objective was captured using air power alone. Crete’s majestic mountain scenery and stunning coastline offer impressive views of the dramatic actions that led to the ejection of the Commonwealth forces. Despite much tourist development, the course of the battle can be followed across ground little disturbed since 1941.

The first German parachute assaults and glider landings are explored from initial reverses around Maleme, Chania, Rythmnon and Heraklion, to the decisive fight for Hill 107, which dominated the decisive Maleme airfield. Mountain troops were air landed under fire, with some even landing on the beaches alongside. The battle for the island interior then began. The tour investigates how, despite being alerted by Ultra encrypted Luftwaffe radio traffic, the Commonwealth forces were forced off the Island. We follow the epic Allied retreats across the White Mountains to the south of the island. Many British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers trekked over, to be taken off the island in the nick of time by the Royal Navy, from around the crystal clear Mediterranean rocky inlets around Sfakia.

Day One: Arrival. Chania, situated to the west of Crete, where we stay for a few nights, was considerably damaged during the fighting in May 1941. Today it is a beautiful Greek harbour city, full of delightful tavernas, delightful to sit in the sun or enjoy an atmospheric evening meal. In 1941 Chania was overcrowded with refugees and many commonwealth reserve or logistic units, including stragglers and remnants of units recently evacuated from the Greek mainland. The battlefield tour, starting from here, charts the German invasion of the island of Crete, the one and only time in history that a strategic objective has been captured by air power alone.

Day Two: Maleme and Prison Valley. We take a short journey westward along the coast to view the New Zealand Brigade positions that secured Maleme aerodrome. The majority of the New Zealand Commonwealth units were located in the west of the Island, whereas the Australians were to the east at Rethymnon and Heraklion, with numerous British units alongside. Luftwaffe air raids at about 6 am on 20th May 1941 eased off sufficiently for the New Zealanders at Maleme to stand down at 7.30. Instead of the anticipated second wave of ‘hate’ from the Luftwaffe, an ominous throbbing noise approached as an armada of German Ju 52 transport aircraft disgorged masses of paratroopers from Gruppe West over the airfield. At the same time some 35 DF 230 gliders landed through the smoke and dust still hanging in the air from the Luftwaffe bombing attacks.

By standing on the Travonitus bridge, one of the glider objectives, we are able to view the extent and direction of the German parachute and glider landings around the airfield and across the Commonwealth defence on Hill 107 behind it. We discuss the German paratrooper, glider and JU 52 transport pilot perspective of the assault at this point. The view from on the bridge clarifies the New Zealand defence viewpoint, going underneath offers the German Fallschirmjäger view, pinned down at ground level. General Meindl’s Stürm Regiment was badly mauled during these initial landings. Climbing the lower slopes of Hill 107 gives a better appreciation of the ‘poor man’s battle’ the New Zealand defenders fought against technologically superior, supremely motivated, but outnumbered German airborne attackers.

We visit the 22nd NZ Battalion command post that overlooks the airport runway. From this location we investigate the loss of Hill 107, the key ground, the deciding action that would affect the outcome of the battle for Crete. Despite the runway being under artillery fire, the 5th German Gebirgsjäger (Mountain) Division began its airland assault, decisively reinforcing the parachute and glider effort. Twenty of the first sixty aircraft that landed became total wrecks. We spend some time at the German Maleme war cemetery discussing the cost.

Later the same day we travel across the intervening high ground to take up the story of Fallschirmjäger Regiment 3’s parachute assault into Prison Valley, where Gruppe Mitte was offering parallel support. We are able to see the drop zone where the III Battalion was massacred by ground fire, and where the I and II Battalions manage to secure a lodgment near the prison, which still exists and is in use today. Hard fighting followed for Galatas village, which dominated the low lying German drop zones and we can walk the route of the Commonwealth counter attack, conducted with two supporting tanks, that climbed the hill and burst into the village square among the Germans. The prison valley advance from Gruppe Mitte would eventually join with Meindl’s Gruppe West coming along the coast line, also heading for Chania; where we return for a traditional evening meal in one of the harbourside tavernas.

Day Three: Chania and Souda Bay This is a delightful day spent overlooking Souda Bay, where so many Allied ships were hit and sunk by the Luftwaffe. The scenery is stunning. We visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery, where the Altmann German glider detachment makes a catastrophic series of crash landings amid jagged rock formations under fire. Just to the south of Chania is where Oberleutnant Genz’s gliders successfully assault an Allied anti-aircraft battery. Finally there is an opportunity to view the ground at 42nd Street, where elements of the 19th Australian and 5th New Zealand brigades suddenly counter attack and check the German vanguard advance on Souda Bay.

Day Four: Allied Retreat and Evacuation From Souda Bay we cover the epic Allied withdrawal across the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains. A series of desperate rearguard actions were conducted at Stilos, Babali Hani and Vrysses to check the advance of the 5th Gebirgsjäger elements, striking across scenic countryside to cut the Commonwealth withdrawal heading for the south side of the island, to be evacuated by the Royal Navy.

Whereas the German mountain troops continued east towards Rethymnon, we follow the allied route across the spine of the White mountains until we descend to the picturesque small beach at Sfakia, where the Royal Navy evacuation took place. One of the evacuation routes down to the beach follows the line of the Imbrou Gorge, which we can reenact, for those who are up for the three-hour steady downhill trek. The alternative is a few ‘sherberts’ or beer in the sun on the beach, while waiting for the intrepids who want to walk the gorge. A lot of history can be discussed over a beer.

Day Five: The Battle for Rethymnon This is the day we check out of Chania and drive south to stop off at Frangokastello and the monastery of Prevalli; where the submarine HMS Thresher took off 78 surviving evacuees, aided by the local Cretan population, in July. She was followed by submarine HMS Torbay who took off 130 survivors the following month, the most personnel that has ever been crammed into a single wartime submarine. We can stand on the cliffs and overlook the actual evacuation spot.

The next objective is Rethymnon, where we cover the battle from near Stavomenos, a holiday resort. The whole area, drop zones and originally dispersed villages have now all combined into a tourist town, but sufficient has survived to tell the story. We will discuss the successful repelling by the 19th Australian Brigade of the Gruppe Mitte, second wave landings, that took place in the afternoon of the first day, the 20th May. The aircraft were shot to pieces from the high ground in and around the local aerodrome. Lunch and drinks in a wonderful restaurant overlooks the entire battlefield and is the perfect place to describe the battle, drink in hand, coffee or a beer.

Day Six: The Battle for Heraklion Having checked in the previous evening, we begin the tour at the harbour side of this ancient port city, and visit the Museum of Crete, which has a section on the 1941 battle and the Cretan Resistance. Oberst Brauer’s Fallschirmjäger Regiment 2 was spread across six to seven square miles during the afternoon second wave parachute drops. Chappel’s 14th Brigade was well equipped and tightly grouped around the airfield. Fifteen Ju 52 transport aircraft were shot down inside two hours and the drop was a catastrophe. We go to the high ground overlooking Heraklion airport , where most of the drop zones and contested defence sites can be seen. The Germans lost 950 men buried here. They hung on until eventually relieved after the evacuation by German forces advancing east from Maleme.

In the afternoon we visit the ancient Minoan Palace at Knossos, a cultural contrast to what we have covered before. Nearby, there is an opportunity to investigate the kidnap site of German General Heinrich Kreipe, snatched from his car at a ‘T’ junction – now a modern roundabout – by a combined British and Greek SOE team in April 1944. He was taken 75 miles across the mountains during an epic 17 day journey before being taken off the island by a British motor launch. We can view parts of the kidnap route.

The final party night is in Heraklion, another atmospheric evening, before returning home the next day.

Day Seven: Flight to London.

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Accommodation, provided by the Cultural Experience tour is at two superb hotels in Chania and Heraklion, with opportunities to soak up the convivial atmosphere in the local Greek Tavernas and restaurants. This is a comfortable way of soaking up the dramatic events of 1941 amid delightful scenery. Much of the material presented on the tour is taken from my book Sky Men, which covers the history of airborne forces from inception to the present day.

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WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour

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  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking, local driver/escort
  • Snacks and bottled water per person
  • Pickup and drop-off from specific places of Chania Region
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Tavronitis Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - German Military Cemetery
  • Entry/Admission - Souda Bay War Cemetery
  • Option 1 Kriti Hotel, Nikiforou Foka 10, Str 731 00, Greece At 08:55 am– Kriti hotel (For hotels around Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)
  • Option 2 Quick Film, Chatzimichali Giannari 10-14, Chania 731 32, Greece At 09:00 am– in front of Quick Film (For hotels around East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)
  • Option 3 SanSal Boutique Hotel, Ακτή Κανάρη, Meletiou Metaxaki &, Chania 731 31, Greece At 09:05 am– in front of SanSal Boutique Hotel (For hotels around West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)
  • Option 4 Sunny Rent a Car, Selinou 104, Chania 731 31, Greece At 09:10 am– Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)
  • Option 5 Loca Cafe, PEO Kissamou Chanion 113, Daratsos 731 00, Greece At 09:20 am– Loca Cafe (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)
  • Option 6 Nesaki, Kalamaki Chania, Galatas 731 00, Greece At 09:25 am– Nesaki retaurant
  • Option 7 Creta Palm, Kato Stalos, Stalos 731 00, Greece At 09:25 am– Creta Palm (for hotels around the Stalos area)
  • Option 8 Hotel Alexandra Beach, Κωνσταντίνου Μητσοτάκη 92, Χανιά 731 00, Greece At 09:30 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Agia Marina area)
  • Option 9 Porto Platanias Village Resort, Main Street, Platanias 730 14, Greece At 09:35 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Platanias area)
  • Option 10 Minoa Palace Resort, ΞΕΝΟΔΟΧ. ΜΙΝΟΑ ΠΑΛΑΣ, Platanias 730 14, Greece At 09:35 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Platanias area)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • German Military Cemetery
  • Souda Bay War Cemetery
  • Tavronitis Bridge

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  • suetP7923DI 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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! Read more Written 27 December 2023
  • Sarah S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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. Read more Written 12 December 2023
  • Mobile562656 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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. Read more Written 16 November 2023
  • 630richardz 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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. Read more Written 28 October 2023
  • 766toddw 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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 Read more Written 24 October 2023
  • 978bernicel 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A must do trip a window into the real culture of Crete I heartily recommend this trip. Maria was our guide and she was caring informative and interesting with a very nice personality. George and his wife were the epitome of Mediterranean hospitality and were genuinely welcoming. Their farm is clean charming and made us feel the peaceful culture of Crete with great pride George even shared his personal heritage wine making us feel so special. the food was delicious and fun to make when we got back to the boat we all decided it was actually the best experience of our whole trip. Read more Written 24 October 2023
  • Stephen S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great tour The tour was great. Two different wineries and olive oil producer. Very good explanations of what they do at each and great samples. Really enjoyed it. Read more Written 21 October 2023
  • Tess K 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Wonderful Opportunity to See the Countryside Wonderful excursion to see the beautiful lush green countryside outside of Chania. We visited 2 wineries, an olive oil factory & saw the oldest olive oil tree in the world. I helped coordinate a group of 16 with port pick-up (we arrived via a cruise ship) and the driver, Andreas, picked us up early. We did pick up 3 other people so our van was quite full. It was never clearly communicated how many people I needed to keep our group fully private, which would have been preferred. Otherwise, it was a very pleasant day. Andreas even went above & beyond by meeting us downtown after realizing we left our olive oil onboard the van after we were dropped off. Super sweet! Highly recommend the company & tour! Read more Written 20 October 2023
  • P7802ULmikes 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Crete vacation stop My wife and I had a great time in Crete. It was the highlight of the three islands we visited, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos. Each island had it's own charactoristic, but Crete wasn't based on tourism, it had a very vibrant culture, it's people proud of that and wonderfully fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables made their restaurants amazing. I stayed in Elounda at the Blue Palace, a great hotel with beautiful scenery , huge rooms with a private pool. My wife and I visited a family farm which was a highlight of the vacation. The farm was handed down in the family and was cared for by grandchildren, uncles, aunts and cousins. There was traditional dances, music and food we helped prepare, and a lot of conversation. It was a great time and experience. The restaurants in Agios Nikolaos, very close by, were great. Our trip to Spinolonga, an island across from Elounda was educational as well as beautiful. There was so much more of the Island we would love to come back to again, it is a much larger Island and has very diverse areas we missed. Read more Written 20 October 2023
  • corig799 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Amazing way to experience Creatan culture! This was one of the best activity we did on our Greece trip by far. Not only we’re the views spectacular and the food delicious and easy to make, but the guides and hosts were so knowledgeable, friendly and fun. It was such a special way to experience Crete and it’s history. Read more Written 19 October 2023
  • kkgtbroker 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A special visit to the farm and a fun cooking experience Babis, our driver and guide met us promptly to take us high in the mountain town of Melidono to the family farmhouse to begin our tour of the farm and begin the cooking class. 8 of us including our guide, were introduced to stuffed tomato, pepper and zucchini, learning the Greek words for each, tzatziki, Greek salad, Dacos, spinach and cheese pie, wine tasting, Raki, all in a hands on experience led by the chef of the family. Beautiful scenery, beautiful food, beautiful family. An interesting tour of old farming implements, and introduction to the goats. A fun time to learn, share and enjoy the area. Bring a light sweater as it gets cool in the evening. We would do it again. Read more Written 17 October 2023
  • Getaway562047 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great experience Amazing experience. Very friendly and informative. People were knowledgeable and everyone had a great time Read more Written 14 October 2023
  • Inspire27386489653 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Villages tour Chanua This trip was amazing and a good way to see some or rural Crete. Yannis was very knowledgeable and took time to let us soak up the atmosphere from sampling walnuts and fennel on a short walk to visiting a local bakery and cheese factory. We visited several churches where Yannis was able to tell us about their history. Culminating in a delicious lunch at a local village taverna with our group who came from Australia, America and Germany was a pleasant way to spend a day near Chania. Not forgetting all the complimentary raki of course! Read more Written 13 October 2023
  • afeeken 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A MUST DO AMAZING! Would highly recommend. This was the most memorable experience on our trip to Crete. We loved escaping into the mountains for a and learning about Cretan culture through the cooking class and tour of the olive oil farm. Read more Written 12 October 2023
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WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour provided by Fabulous Crete

WWII – The Battle of Crete Day Tour

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  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking, local driver/escort
  • Snacks and bottled water per person
  • Pickup and drop-off from specific places of Chania Region
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Tavronitis Bridge
  • Entry/Admission - German Military Cemetery
  • Entry/Admission - Souda Bay War Cemetery
  • Option 1 Kriti Hotel, Nikiforou Foka 10, Str 731 00, Greece At 08:55 am– Kriti hotel (For hotels around Koum Kapi neighborhood, East old town and Chania city center)
  • Option 2 Quick Film, Chatzimichali Giannari 10-14, Chania 731 32, Greece At 09:00 am– in front of Quick Film (For hotels around East and Central old town/harbor, Chania city center)
  • Option 3 SanSal Boutique Hotel, Ακτή Κανάρη, Meletiou Metaxaki &, Chania 731 31, Greece At 09:05 am– in front of SanSal Boutique Hotel (For hotels around West old town and harbor, East Nea Chora)
  • Option 4 Sunny Rent a Car, Selinou 104, Chania 731 31, Greece At 09:10 am– Sunny Rent Car (For hotels in Nea Chora)
  • Option 5 Loca Cafe, PEO Kissamou Chanion 113, Daratsos 731 00, Greece At 09:20 am– Loca Cafe (for hotels around the Golden beach and Agioi Apostoloi)
  • Option 6 Nesaki, Kalamaki Chania, Galatas 731 00, Greece At 09:25 am– Nesaki retaurant
  • Option 7 Creta Palm, Kato Stalos, Stalos 731 00, Greece At 09:25 am– Creta Palm (for hotels around the Stalos area)
  • Option 8 Hotel Alexandra Beach, Κωνσταντίνου Μητσοτάκη 92, Χανιά 731 00, Greece At 09:30 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Agia Marina area)
  • Option 9 Porto Platanias Village Resort, Main Street, Platanias 730 14, Greece At 09:35 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Platanias area)
  • Option 10 Minoa Palace Resort, ΞΕΝΟΔΟΧ. ΜΙΝΟΑ ΠΑΛΑΣ, Platanias 730 14, Greece At 09:35 am– Creta Palm (for hotels close to Platanias area)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • German Military Cemetery
  • Souda Bay War Cemetery
  • Tavronitis Bridge

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  • You’ll have 10 starting options See departure details
  • 1 Maleme Stop: 50 minutes See details
  • 2 Tavronitis Bridge Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included See details
  • 3 German Military Cemetery Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included See details
  • 4 Souda Bay War Cemetery Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included See details
  • You'll return to the starting point

battlefield tours crete

  • suetP7923DI 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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! Read more Written 27 December 2023
  • Sarah S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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. Read more Written 12 December 2023
  • Mobile562656 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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. Read more Written 16 November 2023
  • 630richardz 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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. Read more Written 28 October 2023
  • 766toddw 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles 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 Read more Written 24 October 2023
  • 978bernicel 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A must do trip a window into the real culture of Crete I heartily recommend this trip. Maria was our guide and she was caring informative and interesting with a very nice personality. George and his wife were the epitome of Mediterranean hospitality and were genuinely welcoming. Their farm is clean charming and made us feel the peaceful culture of Crete with great pride George even shared his personal heritage wine making us feel so special. the food was delicious and fun to make when we got back to the boat we all decided it was actually the best experience of our whole trip. Read more Written 24 October 2023
  • Stephen S 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great tour The tour was great. Two different wineries and olive oil producer. Very good explanations of what they do at each and great samples. Really enjoyed it. Read more Written 21 October 2023
  • Tess K 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Wonderful Opportunity to See the Countryside Wonderful excursion to see the beautiful lush green countryside outside of Chania. We visited 2 wineries, an olive oil factory & saw the oldest olive oil tree in the world. I helped coordinate a group of 16 with port pick-up (we arrived via a cruise ship) and the driver, Andreas, picked us up early. We did pick up 3 other people so our van was quite full. It was never clearly communicated how many people I needed to keep our group fully private, which would have been preferred. Otherwise, it was a very pleasant day. Andreas even went above & beyond by meeting us downtown after realizing we left our olive oil onboard the van after we were dropped off. Super sweet! Highly recommend the company & tour! Read more Written 20 October 2023
  • P7802ULmikes 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Crete vacation stop My wife and I had a great time in Crete. It was the highlight of the three islands we visited, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos. Each island had it's own charactoristic, but Crete wasn't based on tourism, it had a very vibrant culture, it's people proud of that and wonderfully fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables made their restaurants amazing. I stayed in Elounda at the Blue Palace, a great hotel with beautiful scenery , huge rooms with a private pool. My wife and I visited a family farm which was a highlight of the vacation. The farm was handed down in the family and was cared for by grandchildren, uncles, aunts and cousins. There was traditional dances, music and food we helped prepare, and a lot of conversation. It was a great time and experience. The restaurants in Agios Nikolaos, very close by, were great. Our trip to Spinolonga, an island across from Elounda was educational as well as beautiful. There was so much more of the Island we would love to come back to again, it is a much larger Island and has very diverse areas we missed. Read more Written 20 October 2023
  • corig799 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Amazing way to experience Creatan culture! This was one of the best activity we did on our Greece trip by far. Not only we’re the views spectacular and the food delicious and easy to make, but the guides and hosts were so knowledgeable, friendly and fun. It was such a special way to experience Crete and it’s history. Read more Written 19 October 2023
  • kkgtbroker 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A special visit to the farm and a fun cooking experience Babis, our driver and guide met us promptly to take us high in the mountain town of Melidono to the family farmhouse to begin our tour of the farm and begin the cooking class. 8 of us including our guide, were introduced to stuffed tomato, pepper and zucchini, learning the Greek words for each, tzatziki, Greek salad, Dacos, spinach and cheese pie, wine tasting, Raki, all in a hands on experience led by the chef of the family. Beautiful scenery, beautiful food, beautiful family. An interesting tour of old farming implements, and introduction to the goats. A fun time to learn, share and enjoy the area. Bring a light sweater as it gets cool in the evening. We would do it again. Read more Written 17 October 2023
  • Getaway562047 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Great experience Amazing experience. Very friendly and informative. People were knowledgeable and everyone had a great time Read more Written 14 October 2023
  • Inspire27386489653 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles Villages tour Chanua This trip was amazing and a good way to see some or rural Crete. Yannis was very knowledgeable and took time to let us soak up the atmosphere from sampling walnuts and fennel on a short walk to visiting a local bakery and cheese factory. We visited several churches where Yannis was able to tell us about their history. Culminating in a delicious lunch at a local village taverna with our group who came from Australia, America and Germany was a pleasant way to spend a day near Chania. Not forgetting all the complimentary raki of course! Read more Written 13 October 2023
  • afeeken 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles A MUST DO AMAZING! Would highly recommend. This was the most memorable experience on our trip to Crete. We loved escaping into the mountains for a and learning about Cretan culture through the cooking class and tour of the olive oil farm. Read more Written 12 October 2023
  • DebbieP771 0 contributions 5.0 of 5 bubbles More than just a cooking class Excellent hosts. Yannis was extremely knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about Cretian history and geography. The food portion of the excursion was amazing. We loved the whole thing. Thank you. Read more Written 3 October 2023

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    The battle of Crete was one of the most important war theatres in WWII and the resistance played a very important role to revive the allied troops' morale around the world. In this tour you will have the chance to see the key-locations of the battle of Crete. A few kilometers from Chania, is Maleme, Tavronitis and Galatas where the tour starts.

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    A good tour of the important sites of the battle of Crete around Chania. The riverbed where the Germans paratroupers landed, Maleme airfield, hill 107 and 42nd Street. In addition we visited the German and Commonwealth graves and a visit to see an amazing local collector of WWII bits and pieces.

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    A good tour of the important sites of the battle of Crete around Chania. The riverbed where the Germans paratroupers landed, Maleme airfield, hill 107 and 42nd Street. In addition we visited the German and Commonwealth graves and a visit to see an amazing local collector of WWII bits and pieces.

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