Battle Of Crete – 75th Anniversary

13th May – 25th May, 2016

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Day 1 – 13th May    HERAKLION

Upon arrival into Heraklion, meet your local, Cretan representative and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a social introduction with other tour guests at a nearby tavern. Overnight in Heraklion at the Astoria Hotel.

Day 2 14th May    HERAKLION

Day trip to the “Aorakia” Hills where Australians fought, and see the little nearby church that was used as a shelter. Drive towards the junction to see the monument of the ambush of General von Kreipe, the then commander of the stronghold of Crete by the British and Greek commandos. Take in the War Museum before heading to Archanes Village for traditional lunch. Overnight in Heraklion at the Astoria Hotel.

Day 3 15th May    HERAKLION

Visit Knossos, and hear about the foundation of civilization where history and legend go hand in hand. After lunch, enjoy a brief walking tour of the old historical centre of Heraklion. Later today, take in the Historical Museum of Crete, with an entire floor dedicated to WWII. This evening, take part in our Cretan night, with folk music played by the bouzouki and other Greek and Cretan instruments. During our sumptuous dinner, you will be entertained with locals performing their traditional folk dancing. Be sure to bring your cameras and your dancing shoes!
Overnight in Heraklion at the Astoria Hotel.

Day 4 16th May    RETHYMNON

75th-ann_crete_02Travel over mountain roads and visit monuments of the Cretan Resistance at Koumpethes and Anogia Village by Mount Ida. Optional lunch at a traditional tavern in Anogia decorated with authentic WW2 weaponry. Mix with the locals including the village priest, as well as the town Mayor*
*Subject to change due to unforeseen political responsibilities. 

The village was raised to the ground twice by the Turks and once by the Nazis. Visit the great monument next to the Town Hall. Continuing onto Rethymnon, take in the War Museum in Chromonastiri Village and the Australian Monument in Stavromenos. Overnight in Rethymnon at the Artemis Palace.
Dinner is at the hotel with drinks payable direct.

Day 5 17th May    RETHYMNON

Visit Prevelli Monastery and the White Hills, where many allied soldiers found shelter during the evacuation of the island after the Battle. Hear about its significance to the event and to the WW2 period itself. There will be an opportunity to lay a wreath at this epic monument.
Overnight in Rethymnon at the Artemis Palace.
Dinner is at the hotel with drinks payable direct.

Day 6 18th May    CHANIA

75th-ann_crete_03Leave Rethymnon for Chania via Aptera overlooking Souda Harbour and hear about the importance of the Battle there. Visit the Maritime Museum in Chania where we will be received by the chairman, Mr Manolis Petrakis, who will be our personal guide.
Overnight in Chania at the Samaria Hotel.

Day 7 19th May    CHANIA

Visit the village of Galatas, yet another significant Battle site. Join the commemorative events with the local authorities. Meet and greet with local people and officials. Overnight in Chania.

Day 8 20th May    CHANIA

Visit Maleme, the main theatre of the Battle of Crete. Visit the still-existing aerodrome and the WWII bridge of Tavronitis, the active base of the Greek parachutist commandos. Take in the German Cemetery and the Private Museum on Hill 107. Time permitting, visit the Greek Young Student Officers’ Monument in the nearby village of Kolympari. Overnight in Chania.

Day 9 21st May    CHANIA

Along with local authorities, we will take part in the commemorative ceremony of the brand new 42nd Street Monument. Overnight in Chania.

Day 10 22nd May    CHANIA

Head to Souda Bay Commonwealth War Cemetery. Join the memorial service to be held by the British Embassy and lay remembrance wreath. We will attend all other activities that will take place today. Local authorities so far state this will be a major event. Overnight in Chania.

Day 11 23rd May    CHANIA

Visit Sfakia on the west south coast of Crete, the main evacuation point of the Allied Troops after the Battle. The town’s local authorities will be awaiting our arrival. Return to Chania with a brief stop to see a private WW2 Museum in the quaint village of Askyfou. Overnight in Chania.

Day 12 24th May    CHANIA

Morning visit to the Monastery of Agia Trias by nearby Akrotiri to see the historic church and enjoy local wine tasting at the monastery’s cellars! The rest of the day is at leisure in the beautiful town of Chania. Overnight in Chania.

Day 13 25th May    CHANIA

Bidding farewell to Crete, we transfer to the airport for our onward flight.

Our guide and mentor is Mr Kostas Konstantinidis, an ex-military man based in Heraklion. Kostas has indicated that he may be able to assist with a variety of documentation pertaining to the Battle of Crete through his military and diplomatic contacts, in addition to bringing forth his personal experience and historical knowledge of the Battle Of Crete.

Cost per person, twin-share $2,250 per person

Full details, please contact: 
Touchdown Tours
488 High St, Northcote, Vic. 3070
(03) 9482 5215

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