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Ancient Aptera Tours and Tickets

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The vast archaeological site of Aptera lies on the northwest coast of Crete, 20 minutes from the charming seaside town of Chania. Believed to date back to the 14th century BC, Aptera was a powerful ancient city with its roots in Minoan times.

From its all-powerful position high on a plateau overlooking Souda Bay, Ancient Aptera had its own currency and thrived for millennia as a trading post with two natural harbors. Its eventual downfall came in the 7th century AD, when the city-state was repressed by Arabs and then destroyed by earthquake. It fell into long decline and lay undiscovered until Nazi troops occupying Crete during World War II started to excavate the site in 1942. Work still continues, and slowly the remains — dating from Minoan, Greek and Roman times — of an aqueduct, cisterns, public baths, temples, graves, houses, palaces and a small hillside theater have resurfaced, all cradled inside a protective walls that stretches for 2.5 miles (4 km).

Surrounded by olive groves and sleepy villages such as Maheri and Arhanes, where traditional rural life creeps on as it has for centuries, Ancient Aptera is one of the most important archaeological sites on Crete but — wrongly — flies under the tourist radar. As the hordes head for Knossos, Aptera is often relatively deserted.

Close by is the austere Itzedin Fortress, overlooking Souda Bay and built by the Turks in 1866-69 to crush the Cretan Revolution. The Aptera ruins can be visited on day trips from Heraklion or Rethymnon, and explored as part of a half-day walking tour of Arhanes and its environs; the views of the snow-capped White Mountains are spectacular in spring.

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Apr–Sept Tue–Sun 8:30am–7:30pm; Nov–Mar Tue–Sun 8:30am–3pm
Aptera, Chania, Crete, 730 03
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Chania Old Town - Millennial Olive Tree - Olive Oil Mill

Chania Old Town - Millennial Olive Tree - Olive Oil Mill

Get the best of Cretan history and culture with this half-day trip! Walk with an archaeologist and licensed tourist guide and immerse yourself in an engaging historical tour at Chania Old Town, where five millennia of history and prehistory will unravel before your eyes.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Extraordinary Gems of West Crete

Extraordinary Gems of West Crete

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The medieval neighborhoods of Castelli, Tophane, Splantzia, Firkas Fortress, Kum Kapi and the historic lighthouse, a trademark of the old Venetian port, will enchant you with their color and atmosphere. In the square of the Archaeological Museum the biggest temple built in the 11th century. The Public Market, inaugurated in 1913 by Venizelos, were you can buy genuine Cretan products and drink a shot of raki. Visit of Agia Triada monastery with an impressive temple attribute to the famous painter Merkourio. Also you can admire the remain elements from the holocaust of the Abbey 1821, icons, ecclesiastical utensils, crosses, vestments, manuscript documents, books( Gospels from 1568-1758). Optional swimming stop to a small bay with a natural shade and turquoise waters. Last the most significant archaeological site, the ruins of the ancient Kydonia, the ancient Aptera and Intzedin castle. A day full of precious moments, back in times travel, and memories for a lifetime!
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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CRETAN VIEW-CRETAN VILLAGES 4x4 excursion around western Crete...

CRETAN VIEW-CRETAN VILLAGES 4x4 excursion around western Crete...

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Become a Cretan for a day by joining our trip around the Cretan mountains and countryside… Follow us for an unforgettable trip that will offer you unique experiences, views and tastes!Take advantage of our unique services and high quality 4x4 and 6-seated vehicles!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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What are Ancient Aptera hours of operation?
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Ancient Aptera hours of operation: Apr–Sept Tue–Sun 8:30am–7:30pm; Nov–Mar Tue–Sun 8:30am–3pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Ancient Aptera can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ancient Aptera costs USD 110.02. Guided Ancient Aptera tours start around USD 110.02 per person.
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