The Agia Triada, or Holy Trinity, Monastery is one of the most spectacular in Crete, and this trip lets you explore it up-close. Built in the 17th century, the three-domed church sits in the middle of a fortified complex. One of the church’s charms is the fact its architecture is a mix of ancient Greek and western-influenced styles. Antique, temple-like Doric columns are teamed with decorative facades used in the more modern Renaissance style. These days, the courtyards are blazoned with bursts of bougainvillea. There’s a wine cellar and an olive oil mill, as well. Once you’ve explored Agia Triada, you’ll head back down to sea-level for a second guided tour, this time of Chania. Your guide will explain to you how the old town was shaped by the Venetians and how civilisations like the Byzantines and the Ottomans all left their marks on the place. Before you return to the ship, you’ll have some free time in Chania. Pop into the covered market to pick up some thyme honey or a bottle of raki, or find seat in a harbour-side restaurant and enjoy a good Greek coffee.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.