Crete Extension (Jewish Paths of Greece)

Jews – Etz Hayyim Synagogue


Jews started settling on the island of Crete from Hellenistic times, mainly from important cities of the time, such as Alexandria and Ephesus. It is known that by Roman times many communities thrived there; the wife of historian F. Josephus was from the western part of the island. Crete changed hands many times in the course of its long history and the fate of the Jewish communities varied accordingly. When Crete became part of the Greek state, there were 364 Jews in Chania and eight more in the rest of the island.




Extension to the island of Crete  

(in addition to the package titled: Jewish Paths of Greece)

Frrom Piraeus to Chania


Day 7: Piraeus (Athens) – Chania (Crete)

  • End of Main Program (Jewish Paths of Greece)
  • Evening departure from Piraeus Port to Chania by ferry.
  • Kosher dinner in boxes on board




Crete – Chania Old Town, Chania Synagogue & Rethymnon Old Town

Day 8: Chania – Rethymnon

  • Early morning arrival at Chania Port
  • Transfer to centrally located hotel in the Old City of Chania
  • Check in and breakfast
  • Meet with specialized guide
  • Walking tour of the old city
  • Visit synagogue and Jewish quarters
  • Kosher lunch
  • Afternoon visit Rethymnon Old City
  • Return to Chania for Kosher dinner
  • Overnight in Hotel.
Heraklion – Knossos, Phaistos, Agia Triada

Day 9: Knossos – Heraklion

  • Breakfast
  • Full day tour of Knossos, Faistos and Aghia Triada
  • Kosher cretan lunch in traditional village
  • Kosher dinner and overnight in hotel in Heraklion




Day 10: Heraklion

  • Early breakfast
  • Transfer to Heraklion Airport for the departure
  • Flight to Athens Airport