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Petassos Travel

Heraklion, Greece
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About Petassos Travel
Thematic excursions | Activities in nature | Fly & drive | Tailor-made tours. PETASSOS is an agency of experiential tourism in Crete & Greece. Having crisscrossed our land for more than 20 years, we feel like knowing deeply this multifaceted country and we are eager to share with you our passion and guide you to the paths revealing its treasures, history and culture. Our experienced & enthousiastic team of archaeologists, historians, biologists, geologists, mountaineers, scholars of the Cretan culture, travel experts, plan & accompany you in thematic excursions & walking tours to the most beautiful, immaculate and unexplored parts of our country. At Petassos we travel you across space & time, focusing on the interaction between people and the landscape, under the overarching principles of respect for nature and sustainable development. So, make your decision for the next trip and grab your hat! We have a long journey ahead.
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Bird watching in Crete: in the refugees of Gyps Fulvus and Gypaetus Barbatus

Zigzagging uphill through predator’s colonies, impressive land-forms, and cultural elements of mainland Crete. In the southwestern foothills of the massif of Psiloritis lies the Gorge of Platania offering a special tour. The marked path, bordered by vulture colony, climbs the hillside in a weaving, zigzagging manner crossing a scenery of unique land forms at the western boundaries of Psiloritis Geopark. The elevation of escalation is at the same time an entrance to the unknown world of birds of prey over the historical provinces of Amari and St. Vasilios, where the presence of even more rare big sedentary birds (predators and scavengers) has been recorded. Ideal place for bird watching raptors.
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4 to 6 hours
from $122.36

Historical interactive tour in Heraklion - the siege and the fall of the city

The tour takes us back to post-medieval Heraklion during one of the longest sieges in world history. Heraklion is in devastation and the fall of the Crown city is imminent.

We will try to discover the role of international diplomacy, the everyday life, the art of war and the battle between east and west in the 17th century.

Υou can follow us in this labyrinth and discover all the clues. During the day we will walk up to the city’s Venetian Walls, meet people and visit the city's major monuments.

We have two different versions of the programme, one more children friendly (age 10+) and one with more advanced riddles and clues for adults, so please let us know which one you prefer.
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4 to 6 hours
from $115.02

Traditional sourdough bread and rusk workshop

An initiation into the magic world of bread making for cooking, culture and nature lovers. Our aim is to connect the ritual of bread making with the modern lifestyle, in the context of historical continuity from the Stone Age until nowadays. Who would be better to host us, than a local “Mama” who loves tradition and is always in search of ways to evolve and an archaeologist with a passion for nature and agroecology?
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5 hours
from $171.31
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Chloeamm wrote a review Sep 2020
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We had an amazing two weeks vacation, perfectly organized by Chryssa! She really understood what we wanted to do and our program was very well balanced. All the accomodations were nice and she had very nice recommandations for restaurants as well. I recommend at 100% , you will not be disapppointed!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Responded Sep 9, 2020
Chloe and Alexandre, thank you so much for your kind comments... You also are magnificent travelers, easy going and full of passion and enthousiame!! It was a pleasure communicating and exchanging with you, from the very first moment.. I wish you'd always enjoy wonderful trip all over the world!!!
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Coleen Z wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
This extended tour is a fun game that gives you a chance to get to know the interesting Venetian era history of Heraklion. The guides are wonderful. They use an appropriate pace and have thought of every detail to make your experience special and very unique.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel
Responded Mar 23, 2020
my dear Coleen, I am so glad that you have enjoyed the interactive 'games' based on educational practices and knowledge for the most interesting parts of our history, in the streets of our city ... We wish you would always have travelers with your positive energy and willingness to learn new things! I wish all this difficult time we are living in, to end with the least loss for all and soon to meet again in Crete and share with you our experiences. Eycharisto poly! Emmanouela
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Coleen Z wrote a review Feb 2020
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Our guides, Christina and Ioannis, are fun, interesting, and knowledgeable to guide us through making bread and paximadia and to learn about the ingredients and the role these foods play in Cretan culture. It was a joy to spend time with Ioannis and Christina, and our experience also included a beautiful and delicious authentic Cretan meal and some music and dancing, which were quite a treat! What a special and rare opportunity for travelers. The team at Petassos provides cultural experiences that are not like all the other options! You will not be sorry for choosing this activity or any other that Petassos offers.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel
Responded Mar 23, 2020
Our dearest Coleen, Thank you very much for your wonderful comments! I wish the experience you had with us, has left to you a sweet memory of Crete and its culture and a sweet smile when you think of us...and of course if one of you, would follow the recipe and make his own bread & rusk, please send a photo... The confidence you have shown in Petasso's team and our programs gives us the push to continue our efforts for improvement and be able to offer our travelers the best experience they can get from us! Filia Emmanouela
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cubfansla wrote a review Oct 2019
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Chryssa did an excellent job putting together an itinerary including lodging for my wife and I. Our activities included self-guided hiking and accompanied visits to breweries and a vineyard. She also provided great support during our visit. We had a great time and we would highly recommend Petassos if you are planning to visit Crete.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Owner at Petassos Travel
Responded Oct 6, 2019
Thank you so so much for your touching comments and for you trust during the whole trip! You are both wonderful and real passionate travelers, something that we deeply appreciated that from the very first moment !! Thanks again for your kindness and for the interesting exchanges we had!
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Megan G wrote a review Sep 2019
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Chryssa and her team went so far and beyond to make our holiday amazing, the Greek hospitality and consideration really showed! She was always available for help, from arranging transport to arranging a birthday cake. The Western Crete walking holiday was a great was to see the best scenery in Crete with cute beach towns and stark mountain. Highly recommended and thanks again Chryssa!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel
Responded Sep 26, 2019
Sweet Megan thank you so so much!!! Your comments are very encouraging for us. Actually the success for us is the passionate partners we have all over crete.. Thank you so much again megan!!!!
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