Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track

Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track. An 8-day (7 nights) fly & drive tour with car rental and the full support of our experts

Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track
Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track
Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track
Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track
Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track
Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track
Classical Crete, through small discoveries off the beaten track

 

The essentials

• 8 days - 7 nights.

• Quality 2-3* hotels, double rooms with breakfast, Wi-Fi, air-condition and hospitable owners.

• Car rental for 7 days.

• Mixte insurance for a car, 2nd driver free of charge, free kilometers.

• Short olive-oil tasting in a traditional olive-mill.

• Short wine-tasting in a winery in the famous wine routes area of Archanes.

• Our constant assistance and especially ... our suggestions for tours that suit your needs.

 

DESCRIPTION

This trip allows you to recognize the most important sites of Crete, classic places, famous archaeological sites, wine routes, and big charming historical cities, traditional villages located inside the vast olive groves, vineyards and impressive mountains in the mainland, restaurants and taverns with excellent cuisine...

 

The highlights of the trip

  • City of Heraklion
  • City of Agios Nikolaos
  • Cosmopolitan village of Elounda
  • Rethymno City
  • City of Chania
  • Balos lagoon
  • Archaeological Museum of Heraklion
  • Cnossos archeological site
  • Monastery of Arkadi
  • Ancient site of Eleftherna
  • Spinalonga Island

Day by day program

Day 1

Welcome to Crete!

Arrival at Heraklion Airport. Transfer by taxi to the hotel at the city center. Arrival and settling into the room. There, you will be met by our partner who will welcome you and will give you all the documents for the trip (travel-book, maps). You will also make a thorough discussion on the trip.

Later, depending on the time of your arrival, you can make walks in the center of the lively city of Heraklion, or the charming Venetian port.

Travel Time: 4 km to Heraklion

Included on day 1: Accommodation, transfer by taxi to your hotel in the city center, meeting with our representative at the hotel, discussion on the trip and delivery of the travel-documents (detailed road maps and a detailed travel book, specially edited for your day to day trip)

Accommodation: City boutique hotel 4* in the city center, with breakfast, wifi and air-condition, excellent breakfast.

 

Day 2

A gastronomical city tour in small food-boutiques: exploring the flavors of the most healthy cuisine in the world

AND

Discovering the great Minoan Civilization: Cnossos Palace and Archeological Museum of Heraklion

Today after your breakfast, we will assist you to discover the most important and interesting aspects of the gastronomical culture of Crete, as well as the most interesting areas at the outskirts of Heraklion, which are related to the great Minoan Civilization.

A)           FOOD TOUR

The previous day, together with the road-book and the maps of your trip you will be delivered the special printed material (a specialized ‘food and boutiques’ tour book” with its maps) and the vouchers for the thematic gastronomical tour you will do, starting from… now…!

You will start your day in the historical center of Heraklion, in the part that is surrounded by the impressive city walls (the well-known Venetian fortification).

The travel book that we will have prepared for you, in combination with the maps we will give you, will permit you to start exploring the different aspects of our products and foods in the old food market of the historical down-town. Imagine yourself passing from the most significant and interesting small shops/boutiques of high quality products (groceries, wild herbs, dairy products, legumes, bakeries, fruit market and so many others), with pleasant and hospitable owners, who will make to you a brief presentation of their products while, at the same time, they will offer you to taste some of the most delicious raw products of freshly cooked delicacies.

In this way you will be able to feel, taste, and smell the products of the highest quality and acquaint with the locals! After the visit in Heraklion city, you take your car and you drive to the outskirts of Heraklion, at the area of “wine routes”. There you will visit a unique of a kind olive mill where you will enjoy a short but essential olive oil presentation and tasting. Next stop is a significant winery where the local varieties are preserved. There you will also have a wine tasting with local snacks.

 

B)            MINOAN CIVILISATION TOUR

Later, you can take the bus to visit Cnossos palace, which is located only 12 km from the center of Heraklion. Coming back from Cnossos, you finish the archeological tour with the most impressive museum of Crete, the Archeological Museum, recently renovated.

(count 16 euros p.p. for the combines ticket for the entrance in Cnossos and in the Museum + 2-3 euros for the bus to Cnossos / prices of 2017)

Return at the hotel and resting for next day trip!

Included: Accommodation, breakfast, special booklet for your thematic trip and the food-tour described above (the programme as described above, done by yourselves, but with our documents and arrangements).

Accommodation – the same in Heraklion

 

Day 3

The zone of Elounda – Spinalonga / East of Crete

Breakfast.

This day you change destination. You drive towards the EST part of the island, to the area of Elounda / Agios Nikolaos. But before arriving there, we suggest that you follow a very beautiful route that will take you through many small villages and stunning mountain, as well as the legendary plateau of Lassithi. The plateau with the mythological cave of Zeus, the Dikteon Andron. Depending on your mood, you will be able to go hiking following a Minoan (ancient) path that will take you to an ancient city lost in the mountains but with a stunning view.. A place that the last Minoans chose to hide, during the period of the invasion of the island by the Dorian tribes…

After the plateau of Lassithi, you will follow another picturesque route -which we will plan for you- in order to arrive to the sea-shore again, and, in particular, to your last destination. Agios Nikolaos, the charming city with the mysterious lake and the Elounda fishing port, where you will overnight. Settling into the rooms of your charming hotel with the best view over the sea and the historical island of Spinalonga.

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES ON REQUEST, WITH A SUPPLEMENT (ASK US)

On request, we can organize for you a guided short trek / hike of 2-3 hours to landscapes and small beautiful hills! It is also possible to hike without an escort, with our advices and relevant information. In this case, we will organize for you the transfer back to your car.

Included in the day: Accommodation, breakfast, car rental, mixed insurance

Travel time: 70 km (1 hour)

Trekking time: (optional) from 2 to 3 hours

ACCOMMODATION

(Depending on the availability)

Overnight at a 3-star hotel at the entrance to Elounda village, from where you have a breathtaking view over the Kolokitha peninsula and the island of Spinalonga │ Double room with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference, please inform us) │ balcony per room │ Restaurant with excellent cuisine │ Services of very good massage and relaxation on request

The hotel is simple, typical, clean and with nice owners.

Basic services of the hotel included in your price: European breakfast, WiFi and air conditioning.

 

 

 

Day 4

The island of the lepers, the island of tears ... Spinalonga

After your breakfast you can go for walks in the beautiful harbor and ... in the unknown salt mines of the recent past with the remnants of the mills and other stone-constructions! But ... above all, this is the day that you will ‘meet’ a sweet but at the same time so hard story... The story of the island that hospitalized for many years the lives and souls of the lepers of Crete ... a beautiful island that is an ornament in the Elounda’s bay. The Spinalonga Island.

Possibility of swimming in several places that we will suggest you.

Overnight at Elounda. Same accommodation.

 

Travel time: Short excursions depending on your mood.

 

Included in the day: Accommodation, breakfast, car rental, mixed insurance

 

 

 

OTHER ACTIVITÉS ON DEMAND, WITH A SUPPLEMENT (ASK US)

We can organize for you a private excursion with a very competent and communicative English-speaking archaeologist, who participated in several excavations in East Crete. This person will help you discover either archaeological sites of 4000 ago, not easily discovered by a sole traveler, or the churches and Byzantine art through the frescoes of 1200-1500 AD.

Same hotel

 

Day 5

The robust villages of Psiloritis, the Venetian city of Rethymno, the Arkadi monastery, the archaeological sites of Eleftherna and the pottery village

Breakfast.

Changing destination. You take your luggage to go to Rethymnon. In order to get there, we will propose you a route that will take you through the mountainous beauty of Psiloritis and its robust villages ... According to your wishes that day, you will have the option to go through an area where you keep the traditions Cretans very strong!

Other visits in the day are in the surrounding area of Arkadi, where the scenery is impressive, and the historic monastery dominates with its architecture, the breathtaking history and its rich past...

Here, you should not miss the (open-air) archaeological site of Elefhterna, with the new museum and the pottery village at Margarites. A walk in the nature is essential.. Depending on your desire to walk, we can propose you several different walks in nature with a different duration or level of difficulty.

 

At the end of the afternoon, arrival to the most charming city of Crete, Rethymnon.

Settling into your room and later, visits to the Venetian port, with several historic buildings, taverns near the picturesque harbor, workshops, museums etc...

Traveling time: 150 km (2h00)

Walking / trekking time: It varies from 1 to 3 hours, depending on your decision to walk.

Included in the day: Accommodation, breakfast, car rental, mixed insurance

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES ON REQUEST, WITH A SUPPLEMENT (ASK US)

We can organize for you a private excursion with a certified French speaking guide to discover (a) the historical importance of the charming city of Rethymno, (b) the archaeological sites of Eleftherna, the excellent museum of Eleftherna and the monastery of Arkadi.

Possibility to organise for you several hikes of different levels of difficulty, or even activities, like mountain bike\, with or without our experts.

 

ACCOMMODATION (Depending on the availability)

Overnight at a 3-star hotel at the historical center of Rethymnon │ Double room with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference, please inform us) │ The hotel is simple, typical, clean and with nice owners.

Basic services of the hotel included in your price: European breakfast, WiFi and air conditioning.

 

Day 6

Visits to the hinterland of Chania. The must-see areas of Crete. Travel to the most famous city of Crete - Chania

Breakfast

Today you change destination. Direction West, towards Chania. The route we chose for you, takes you from the Apokoronas areas, with the lake of Cournas and the water springs of Argiroupoli. In the itinerary we will prepare for you in the detailed travel book we will deliver you, we will also suggest other visits to give you the opportunity to choose (according to your wishes) between simple classical visits, or to explore the landscape discovering gorges, trails and sometimes workshops and producers.

Arrival at Chania.

Settling into the rooms and visits in the charming city.

Travel time: Around 3 hours

Included in the day: Accommodation, breakfast, car rental, mixed insurance

ACCOMMODATION

(Depending on the availability)

Overnight at a 3-star hotel at the historical center of Chania, very near the bus station │ Double room with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference, please inform us) │

The hotel is simple, typical, clean and with nice owners.

Basic services of the hotel included in your price: European breakfast, WiFi and air conditioning.

 

Day 7

Visit to Balos

Breakfast. Visit to the most famous lagoon of Crete: Gramvousa or Balos. After this unforgettable visit (especially at a non-touristy period of year), we will prepare for you an itinerary that will take you through the villages of Chestnuts to admire the rich nature and small hidden villages with excellent suggestions for local cuisine...

Travel time: About 1 hour to go + return

Walking time: About 1 hour round trip (according to your preferences)

Included in the day: Accommodation, breakfast, car rental, mixed insurance

Same hotel

 

Day 8

End of the trip

Breakfast.

Back to Heraklion

Flight

Travel time: 3 hours

Included in the day: Breakfast, car rental, mixed insurance

 

Possibility for extension of trip with 1-2-3 more days.

Option - Extra day 1:

VAI PALM BEACH, CITY OF SITIA ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE OF ITANOS

When you are at Elounda

With 1h30 drive you can find yourself at an incredible area at the east extremity of Crete… In particular, after a short visit at the charming city of the poets, the city of Sitia, you continue to the Monastery of Toploy, an architectural ornament in the desert-like landscape of East Crete. At Toplou, except from the visit to the monastery and its winery, where you can participate in a wine and olive oil tasting, you can also visit the strange Taffony formations at a nearby gorge that belongs at the Unesco Geopark’s routes, important for the geological heritage.

5 min from the monastery of Toplou and its olive groves and wine production, you think you are in an oasis… a route with palm trees, takes you to the beach of Vai from where you can definitely admire the palm forest bus also the sand-dunes of the nearby little beach.

Last but not least, the incredible sandy beach of Itanos, with the ancient ruins dispersed everywhere… Like in Fairy tales..

Before returning to Elounda, you can’t miss the excellent cuisine of Sitia people in the best tavern of the area.

Travel time: 3 hours in total (go and return)

Trekking Time:  from half an hour to 3-4 hours 

 

 

Option- Extra day 2: Aradena gorge

When you are at Chania city

Breakfast

You drive 1 hours from Chania city to the Sfakia area. Ou meet with our partner at the parking areas of the Chora Sfakion village. You park your car and our partner transfers you at the beginning of the path.

You arrive at an incredibly beautiful area, the South part of the glorious White Mountains. You descend the stunning gorge of Aradena. Its entrance is located at the deserted village of Aradena. Near its entrance there is an iron Bailey bridge, the tallest bridge in Greece and the second tallest in Europe, therefore ideal for bungee jumping.

Arrival at the marble’s beach with the beautiful sea caverns and you continue eastwards until you arrive to Loutro coastal village.

You take the boat to the next port of Sfakia where you find your car and you go back to Cania.

Travelling distance: 3 hours go and return

Time/distance of trekking: 5h00 – 5h30

 

 

Option- Extra day 3: Samaria gorge

When you are at Chania city

You take the public bus to Omalos. From there, you buy your tickets and you start descending the gorge.

You walk along the amazing gorge, the longest trekking gorge in Europe and also the most famous of all. It has been designated as a Protected Monument of Nature, by the European Council, and it is one of the most important National Parks in Greece.

After almost 4-6 hours of hiking from Omalos (Xiloskalo) you arrive at the coastal village of Agia Roumeli and the stunning beach. Youn take the boat back to Chora Sfakion from where you take the public bus to return to Cania city.

Travelling distance: 3 km in total, with the public bus

Time/distance of trekking: 16 km - Level of difficulty: moderate

 

 

Tarifs

Total price per person for the 8 day trip

(Based on 2 pax to double rooms):

 

low season

April 15 - May 31

and

October 1 - 30    high season

June 1 - September 30

Room double

                635 €      710 €

 

*For a single room

 Supplement: 205 €          Supplement: 230 €

 

**For a  3rd   person

(child up to the age of 12 sharing the double room)        

410 €

 

Included in the price

  • Assistance at the airport and the hotel (providing the maps and printed material for your trip and talking thoroughly about the itinerary)
  •  A detailed manual specially prepared for your trip (with references, texts, photos, maps and proposals for wonderful treks etc.)
  • Breakfast in all hotels and apartments
  • 3* hotels or traditional apts of high quality
  • Car rental  all the days
  •  Short tasting of olive oil as described on day 2
  • Short tasting of wine as described on day 2
  •  Phone support 24 hours a day

Not included in the price

  •  International flights
  • Guided tours and entrance fees to museums and organised archaeological sites, except when it is mentioned in the above offer
  • Thematic guided tours as described above (extra costs are mentioned separately)
  •  Beverages (soft drinks), tips and personal expenses
  •  Petrol
  •  GPS for the car
  •  Personal insurance
  •   VAT for accommodation (it depends on the type of hotel): it varies from 0.50 to 5 euros per day, per room to be paid by you directly to each hotel.
  •   Anything not mentioned above

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ACCOMMODATION

The photos of the accommodation that we send you, are apartment-studios which we propose to you when we send you the proposal. The availability of the rooms depends on how quickly we will book them. It is important for you to know that it is not always possible to find available rooms. If that happens we are going to find different rooms of the same quality in the nearby villages.

 

What's more?

The accommodation that we propose to our clients is generally in areas which are less touristy. In these areas one cannot find easily typical hotels with small rooms (beds, toilet, and shower). In the regions that we suggest to our clients, there are traditional apartments, which have toilets, bathrooms and beds but also small kitchens where one can prepare a meal, balconies etc. and usually they are a lot more spacious than hotel rooms. That doesn't necessarily mean that they are more expensive. Their price depend on the region and on the services they offer.

 

Payment terms

In order to confirm your reservation, you must pay a deposit of 50% of the total amount of your file (namely ………… GBP) by credit card or by transfer, by clicking on the link that will be sent to you by our local agent. The balance is due 30 days prior to departure at the latest.

 

Conditions of cancellation

All cancellations need to be done by e-mail to the local agency. The money to be paid varies depending on the date of the cancellation:

•             more than 50 days from the date of departure : 100 euros for the cost of the ‘planning of Dossier”

•             49-30 days from the date of departure : 20% of the price

•             29-21 days from the date of departure : 50 % of the price

•             20-8 days from the date of departure : 70% of the price

•             7-4 days from the date of departure : 90% of the price

•             less than 3 days from the date of departure or after the date of departure : 100% of the price

 

SERVICES RENDERED

  Services not used

•             All trips which are cut short, or all services concerning land, rivers, sea or air if they are not used for any reason, there will be no reimbursement by the local agent.

•             It is the traveler’s responsibility to draw an insurance contract based on which he will be able to be reimbursed in case services are not rendered.

 

 

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