You’ll experience an abundance of history and culture. And each day will deliver a new island or bay to discover and explore. We make the most of your time and curiosity, without pressure of a fixed schedule. This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime. Join us on board!
Crete, just the name sums up mystery and history. Stimulate your mind and relax at the same time while you follow the northern coastline of Crete, discovering enchanting villages and exploring sun kissed beaches. The combination of this and being far away from distraction and day to day life, encourages us to find total relaxation on board of the New Horizons.
We start our cruise on Saturday in the bay of Sitia, Crete. Our tender will bring you to your home for the next week, the New Horizons. It is waiting for you in the harbour, to start your sailing cruise along the northern coast of Sicily with dream beaches and villages that remind us at times long ago.
As we lift the anchor, this incredible journey will take us along the coast to the west. Crete, the southernmost island in Europe has “everything”! Its bountiful variety of features includes mountain villages, long sandy beaches and rocky bays. There are magnificent mountain ranges, tranquil locations and clean swimmable seas. Bathed in clear sunlight much of the year, the climate is one of the best in Europe. The largest island in Greece, it is understandably a most popular travel and vacation destination.
There is the supreme quality of the light here, the sharp rugged mountains meeting openly with clear seas. There is an abundance of wildlife, plants and flowers that are unique to the island. Breath in the ever-present scents of wild herbs, taste fresh fruit, the best of the world’s olive oil and healthy, delicious cheeses.
Crete has a people noted for and conspicuous in their hospitality and tradition of welcoming visitors. The traditions and culture offered in music, art, food and crafts play a large part in this picture. It combines European ways with the uniquely local.
As said, we don’t have a fixed schedule and we will explore the bays and village at our wish. However, a couple of sights are must-see, like Heraklion, also known as Iraklio, a port city and the capital of the Greek island of Crete. It’s known for the Palace of Knossos, just outside the city. The huge archaeological site dates back thousands of years to the Minoan civilization, and includes frescoes and baths. Guarding the city’s Venetian port is the 16th-century Koules fortress. Heraklion Archaeological Museum has a large collection of Minoan art.
As we sail further, we see beaches and small coastal villages, like Agia Pelagia, a seaside fishing village built in the centre of a picturesque amphitheatric bay and don’t forget Bali, with its amazing beaches. We will definitely visit Rethimno. In the old town, the Venetian Harbor is filled with fishing boats and lined with tavernas. Rethymno Lighthouse was built in the 1830s. West, the hilltop Fortezza is a star-shaped, 16th-century citadel. The Historical and Folklore Museum preserves local crafts like textiles and ceramics. Long, sandy Rethymno Beach stretches to the east.
Next on the horizon is Chania, with its Venetian Harbour, the old port, the narrow shopping streets and waterfront restaurants. It is beautiful – that is to say much of the Chania you will want to see is clustered close to the harbour – old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops (some with genuinely interesting and sometimes local, products on offer).
Food is offered in great variety and sometimes great similarity – there are many restaurants and also cafes, at which to reflect upon the experiences of places you have just explored together with the enjoyment of some tasty food – we have suggestions for restaurants further on. The atmosphere has a touch of Florence and Venice (a few years ago when those cities still had some room to walk), combined with the culture and character of Cretan people and traditions.
The Chania harbour is wonderful and at any particular time of day the light produces a different result, creating a “different place”. This is the best chance to see some of the old buildings – of Venetian and Turkish design, that Crete once had across the island – many have since been destroyed by the ravages of war and plunder. Chania is surrounded by numerous rich options for sightseeing, exploration and discovery. Mountain villages provide a view into the “inner Crete”. The Samaria and many other gorges can be hiked, archaeological sites abound.
This cruise is much more than just a vacation. It provides unique experiences that create memories that will last for a lifetime!
The next day we sail to Kissamos, a small town of about 2,000 inhabitants, with an attractive little harbour, lots of shops, cafeteria and tavernas mostly along the seafront, a long history and a lively atmosphere. On first arriving at Kissamos, you see the large beach of grey sand stretching out in front of the town and the rocky coast to the west. You’ll have the rest of the Friday of the cruise to relax on board in the beautiful bay, or discover Crete as we can bring you ashore with the tender.
Saturday, the final day. The guests that stay on board for another week, say goodbye to old friends that will leave today and ahoy to the new friends that arrive for another week of discovery. This next journey will take the New Horizons from Crete to the Peloponnese peninsula, discovering ancient treasures and exploring its enchanting coastline.
During this first week of our half year journey, you fill up your senses while cruising through blue water, watching iconic islands of Greece and gazing at millions of stars above.
Last touch of Crete and on to the irreplaceable feeling of seeing the land the birthplace of the Olympics. What a backdrop for a chilled out yoga week!
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