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Petassos Travel

Heraklion, Greece
About Petassos Travel
Thematic excursions | Activities in nature | Self-guided & tailor-made tours PETASSOS is an agency of experiential tourism that specialises in Crete & several other areas of 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 and enthousiastic team of archaeologists, historians, biologists, geologists, mountaineers, scholars of the Cretan culture, travel experts, plan and accompany you in thematic excursions and walking tours to the most beautiful, immaculate and unexplored parts of our country. At Petassos we travel you across space and 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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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 $75.20
Vulture, a flight to the latest 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 $75.20
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 $97.65
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Reviewed October 5, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Owner at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded October 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...More

Reviewed September 25, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 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!!!!

Reviewed September 12, 2019

We have decided to get another trip in the last minute of our cretan holiday. Despite the fact that our request was pretty late, Chryssa organized for us another unforgottable experience - a mountain village Anogia, minoan settlement Zominthos, Nida plateau and famous Idean cave...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2019

Again thanks so much our dearest dearest friends!!!! We really believe that these two excursions were only the beginning of a warm friendship...

Reviewed September 7, 2019

Thanks to Chryssa we have got fantastic trip back into the time of Minoan mysteries. Our guides - archeoligist Nectaria and mountain leader Yanis - took us over the ages in the middle of sacred places of that ancient lost world. Just perfect Minoan picnic...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2019

Our precious friends, we feel very touched by your passionate review.. As Nektaria and Yiannis said to us right after this thematic excursion "this type of travelers Petassos Travel was made for: passionate, gentle, enthusiastic, full of energy and desire to absorb and share knowledge!"...More

Reviewed May 14, 2019

Chryssa and her team were absolutely great. Since the first e-mails we have felt understood, with warm contact. Chryssa taylor-made a trip for us and our 2 kids (3 and 6 years old), for the perfect mix so both adults and kids would enjoy the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2019

My dearest Marine, Families like yours, inspire us to plan wonderful trips, trips that only people like you -rich emotionally- can appreciate!! It was our major pleasure having you with us, seeing your lovely children and finally sharing our passion for Crete with you!! We...More

Reviewed December 16, 2018

We had two incredible tours with Petassos, with working archaeologists and museum professionals as our guides. We did the olive tour and the minoan sanctuary tours--and they were both incredible. (Not to mention an amazing picnic lunch with the Minoan tour--loaded with Cretan specialties!) This...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2018

Thank you so much our dearest friends! Your comments are so touching and precious for us.. The best reward ever..and the best present for Christmas... May you always experience beautiful journeys with beautiful people!! All Petassos travel team sends you our warmest wishes for a...More

Reviewed October 23, 2018

Chryssa and her team put together a great itinerary for us for a week of hiking. We went from the mountains to the beaches, and back, via the most beautiful gorges. Our luggage was transported each day for us so we walked with only day...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 13, 2018

This has been an amazingly nice experience for our first trip to this wonderful island. Chryssa of Pettasos travel organized a great trip for us and she found and reserved great places to stay and visit. She provided the appropriate assistance when needed and we...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PETASSOS_TRAVEL, Ιδιοκτήτης at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 16, 2018

Katherina and George thank you so much for your warm and kind comments It s such a pleassurre for us realising that our travelers have had a very nice time.. ευχαριστούμε όλοι μας παραααααα πολύ!!!

Reviewed September 13, 2018

Our first (but not last) trip to Crete - what a special place. Chryssa listened to our requests and made everything so easy. Fantastic information provided about the island and our itinerary. It was a short visit so we tried to do a bit of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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PETASOS_TRAVEL, Owner at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2018

My dear Maureen, Brian and Cameron, we are so so happy you enjoyed your trip!! Thank you very much for your enthusiastic comments! They are the best reward for us all in Petassos Travel... Feeling that you enjoyed your precious trip is the most important...More

Reviewed July 11, 2018

From the first email communication Chryssa and Emmanouela were great, helpful and informative, very well organised. Our day trip was excellent, Giorgios was a great guide, we learned so much and really enjoyed ourselves. The birdwatching was lovely, and the Platania Gorge is beautiful. We...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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PETASOS_TRAVEL, Owner at Petassos Travel, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2018

Thank you so much our dear friends.. it has been such a pleasure travelling with you in this rather unknown area of Crete. Your passion for bird watching is a great motivation for us to share with you our love for the variable nature and...More

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