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Ships and Ferries to Rethymno Crete Greek Islands Greece

Travel information for Ferries.
Ships and Ferries to Rethymno - Crete Island.

Rethymno and the Crete island in general are connected to the port of Piraeus. There are evening departures to the ports of Rethymno (Souda), Rethymno, Heraklion and Agios Nikolaos every day, all year long.

In addition, there are ferry connections from Crete
ferry to the Cycladic islands of Ios, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Amorgos, Milos and also to the islands of Kythira, Karpathos, Rhodes, Kos, and basically all Dodecanese and East Aegean Islands via a third island.

Your trip to Crete can be with a conventional ferry boat or Highspeed depending on the day, the time and the ferry company you wish to travel with.

Your trip to Crete, Chania will last approximately 7-8 hours and to Heraklion 8-9 hours, travelling during the night, whereas the same daily trip lasts 5 and 6 hours respectively. If you decide to visit Rhodes first, you
can reach Heraklion through Sitia's port (Karpathos,
St Nikolaos) and your trip will last approximately 12
hours. From the island of Santorini the trip to Heraklion with a high speed ferry will last no more than 2.30 hours

Ferries from Piraeus to Crete run all year round on a
daily basis. However, during the summer, Easter and holidays in general there is an additional daily route
for you to choose, according to the increased demand.

1. Piraeus - Crete Rethymno
2. Piraeus - Crete Chania
3. Piraeus - Crete Heraklion
4. Piraeus - Crete Agios Nikolaos
5. Piraeus - Paros - Naxos - Santorini
Crete Heraklion
6. Piraeus - Milos - Crete Rethymno
7. Gythion - Kythira - Crete Kissamos
8. Mykonos - Santorini - Crete Heraklion
9. Rhodes - Karpathos - Crete Sitia
Agios Nikolaos

Attention !
The above mentioned information is subject to alteration. To be sure about correct schedules, departure and arrival times of conventional and highspeed ferries check the ONLINE Booking System.

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Ships and Ferries to Rethymno in the Crete Island
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Starting your reservation through the online booking system you can select to have your tickets
sent to you or to collect them from the port office on the day of departure about 2 hours
before departure simply by giving your reservation code and showing your ID card.

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Α multileg reservation allows you
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even if the selected departures are
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Travel Guide Rethymno Crete Island Greece


Ancient Eleftherna

Ancient Eleftherna Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

The ancient town of Eleftherna is located at an altitude of 380 m on the northern slopes of Psilotitis, 30 km south of Rethymnon. According to folklore its name derives from Eleftherea, one of the Kourites, or from the surname of Dimitris Elefthous.

During excavations in 1929 and 1985 relics were found dating from the Geometric to the first Byzantium periods with evidence of use in the pre and early Minoan times.


Apodoulou Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

At Tournes, on the western slopes of Psiloriti, are ruins of an ancient palace of 1950-1700 BC. Its location is in the Amariou valley guarding the route to the Messaras plain. Excavations have revealed three groups of buildings. Some graves dating to 1380-1200 BC have been found close by.

The first excavations were led by A. Marinato in 1930 and later during WWII by the German Archaeological Institute led by E Kirsten. From 1985 onwards there have been continued excavations of the area.

Armenon Necropolis

Armenon Necropolis Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

The formation of this cemetery shows an organised design with carved tombs and roads with the exception of tomb 200, which is vaulted. The tombs were marked with rocks, some built in pyramids others flat. They were family tombs with many remains in sarcophagi. Digs discovered ceramics, weapons, tools and jewellery revealing information about their art, religion and community of the age.

In 1969, two urns were handed in to Rethymnon Archaeological Museums by two students which they had found in Prinokefalo. Later excavations revealed that there was a larger cemetery of the late-Minoan period; to date 220 tombs have been found.

Ideon Andron

Ideon Andron Rethymnon Crete Greek Islands Greece

The Voskopoulas Cave is located on the Nidas plateau at an altitude of 1,538 m and is where Dias or Zeus, the father of the gods was born. His mother, Rhea, hid her new born son in the cave to save him from his father, Chronos, who devoured his children because he was afraid that one of them would usurp his power. Hidden in the cave he was fed milk by the goat, Amalthea, and when he cried the Kourites thumped their copper shields to disguise his crying sounds. The combination of legend and fact made this cave and Ideon Andron important religious sites in ancient, Minoan and Roman times.

Excavations started in 1885 by Federico Halbherr revealed the holiness of the cave.


The village of Axos is on the site of the ancient town of Oaxos, an important town of ancient Crete that existed from the late-Minoan period to after Roman times. Excavations that began in 1899 have found the ruins of the temple of Aphrodite, the governor’s office, graves, Minoan shells, clay urns, drawings and many figurines of a naked woman regarded as the goddess of reproduction. A portion of its wall was found located on higher slopes above the village. The excavations also found ruins dating back to the classical Hellenic period on which other buildings were later erected, mainly Byzantium churches.


The ancient town of Lappa was found during excavations in and around the village of Argyroupoli. Ancient Lappa has been dated to the Geometric and Roman times. It was destroyed in 68 B.C. and a better town was rebuilt in 31 B.C., which had hot springs and its own coinage. In recent years there have been discoveries of a cemetery of Roman times at the site of the Five Vestal Virgins. Finds include two marble statues and a copper figurine.


The village of Monastiraki is located in the valley of Amariou 38 km from Rethymnon, where a group of buildings have been discovered dating back to about 2000 B.C. The ruins witness a major catastrophe, possibly an earthquake or fire, around 1700 B.C. The building complex consists of storage rooms, areas of worship and two administrative rooms where many clay seals were found indicating that this was the seat of local power.

The excavations were commenced by the German Archaeological Institute during WWII and from 1980 were continued by the University of Crete.