Chania Cruises

The Renaissance Agia Triada Monastery
Arkadi Monastery and Rethymno Town
Knossos Palace

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Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, boasts a mountainous backdrop, a maze of old town alleys, and a 14th-century Venetian harbour. Beyond Chania, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, there are many sights to discover.

Explore archaeological wonders including the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery. Further afield, discover Cretan treasures including rural artisan wineries.
 
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• The Renaissance Agia Triada Monastery
• Arkadi Monastery and Rethymno Town
• Knossos Palace 
 
If you value amazing architecture and spiritual reflection, book an MSC Cruises excursion to the Agia Triada Monastery. This Byzantine beauty dates back to the 17th-century and is a glorious Greek Orthodox icon.  Located on the green peninsula of Akrotiri, this quiet retreat rewards visitors with true peace of mind. Admire the beauty of the inner courtyard, which is fastidiously cared for. Afterwards, shop raki, wine, olive oil, and honey which is produced onsite by the monks. Then, return to beautiful Chania to see the Venetian harbour and admire the waterfront restaurants.
 
Enrich your holiday with an unforgettable MSC Cruises excursion to the Arkadi Monastery and Rethymno. Constructed during the Venetian period, Arkadi’s fortress-like walls house a majestic church, influenced by the Renaissance era. Journey through scenic landscapes to Rethymno, a port town noted for its Venetian harbour, lively taverns, historical lighthouse, and fine-grain beaches. Wander the old quarters and use some free time to enjoy shopping, dining, and drinking.
 
Be captivated by the Minoan Palace, an archaeological site, in the historical city of Knossos. Dating back to the late Bronze Age, it’s the setting for ‘Ariadne, Theseus, and the Minotaur’, the mythological Cretan story. Wander the palace’s ancient structure and discover a maze of 800 rooms. Then, journey to the harbour city of Heraklion where you’ll enjoy shopping, drinking, and tasty Greek food.

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    Greece

    Under the protective wing of the gods
    Under the protective wing of the gods

    It would take a lifetime of island-hopping to fully appreciate the 227 inhabited Greek islands scattered across the Mediterranean Sea.
    With sapphire water lapping at rocky coastlines sprinkled with secret coves and sandy beaches, they are the stuff of dreamy travel posters, the very definition of the eulogized Greek summer of sun, sea and sand.



    For anyone with a cultural bone in their body a cruise to the Greek islands cannot fail to inspire. Every culture has left its mark, and almost every town or village has a link to the past, whether it’s a delicately crumbling temple to Aphrodite, a forbidding Venetian fort or a dusty Byzantine monastery decorated with exquisite frescoes. 


    But the call to cultural duty will never be too overwhelming on a Greek islands holiday. The hedonistic pleasures of languor and warmth – swimming in balmy seas at dusk, talking and drinking under the stars – are just as appealing.
    Sprawling, globalized Athens is an obligatory, almost unavoidable introduction to Greece: aside from the show-stopping Acropolis it offers a truly metropolitan range of cultural diversions, from museums to concerts; well-stocked shops; gourmet restaurants and stimulating clubs.