CRETE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK Ideal for: Families | Couples | Friends

Villages, beaches, antiquities, gastronomy

Day 1 | Heraklion | Welcome to Crete!

Arrival at Heraklion airport. Transfer by private vehicle to your hotel in Heraklion. Meeting with our english-speaking representative and detailed presentation of the program of your trip. Delivery of road-maps and necessary documents (booklet). Free time, for visits to to the Venetian harbor of the city.

Night in Heraklion

Included in the day 1

Transfer by taxi from the airport to the hotel | Meeting with our representative at the hotel for a thorough discussion of your trip and for the delivery of the documents prepared for your stay in Crete (Detailed travel book, Road Maps, Hiking Maps - if your program contains hiking).

Accommodation

Boutique hotel in Heraklion center.

 

 

Day 2 | Chania | Diving into the mythical Minoan world. Moving to Chania

Breakfast. Visit to the archeological museum of Heraklion. Delivery of your car to the hotel. Check-out and visit by car to the archaeological site of Knossos (If you need a certified guide feel free to ask us). After your visit to Cnossos, as well as other interesting areas that belong to the A archeological zone of Cnossos, you start driving towards Chania. Arrival and settling into your hotel.

Other optional tours:

At an exceptional traditional olive-mill (1h30) - visit in English
Wine-Tasting in a top winery (1h30)
Educational / interactive family program for children 8-13 years / for the Minoan world, with pinic in nature (5h)
https://www.petassostravel.com/en/tours/the-myth-around-the-palace-of-knossos-families

Travel time: approx. 150 km / 2h15

Accommodation:

House type family villa, with swimming pool ★★★ | Chania region. Villas near the sea, 30 min far from the city of Chania. It is a hotel structure of the type family villas, with all comforts, particularly appreciated by families.

Included in day 2:

Car Rental | Breakfast | Accommodation

 

 

Day 3 | Chania | Visits to beaches, villages and workshops at the famous Kournas Lake

Breakfast. Visit in the beautiful city of Chania, or at the area of Apokoronas, not far from the city with the beautiful Cournas Lake where you can swim and the green and charming villages.

Swimming in some fantastic beaches in the surroundings of Chania.

Travel time: between 30 minutes and 2 hours (depending on the visits you will decide to make).

Included in the day 3

Car Rental | Breakfast | Accommodation

Accommodation

The same

 

 


Day 4 | Chania | Visit to Gramvousa or Balos

Breakfast. Visit to the famous lagoon of Crete: Gramvousa or Balos.

Then, you follow a route that we will prepare for you, which will take you through the "Kastanochoria area" (Chestnut Villages) to admire the rich nature and small hidden villages. Back to your accommodation.

Travel time: About 1h20 to go + return

Walking time: Approximately 1 hour round trip

Included in the day 4

Car Rental | Breakfast | Accommodation

Accommodation

The same

 

Day 5 | Region of Sfakia | Move to the South. Installation at a superb familly hotel , 5 min walk from sandy beaches

After your breakfast you move to the South. Installation at a superb familly hotel right next to some of the most famous sandy beaches od Crete.

On the road, depending on your desires, you could stop for an easy hike of 2-3 hours in the gorge of Imbros. We will give you all the practical information for this trek and we can arrange all the logistics that involves your returning back to the car so as to avoid walking back (with a small supplement)!

Arrival and settyling into the rooms. You enjoy the sea of ​​Libya!

Included in the day 5

Car Rental | Breakfast | Accommodation

Accommodation

Studios / apartments Sfakia area, feet in the water (without swimming pool)

This family hotel occupies a green area of ​​20 hectares between olive trees and sand dunes. Particularly suitable for families with children because the beach is sandy, shallow, with clear blue waters and easy access. The Studios / Apartments are equipped with: Air conditioning Bathroom with shower Flat-screen TV with satellite cable Ceiling fan Cleaning service every 3 days Wardrobe Dining table Fully equipped kitchen Fridge Garden view Sea view (according to choice) Hairdryer Internet access Wi-Fi (free) Private balcony Sofabed No pool.

 

 

Day 6 | Region of Sfakia | Private boat ride to the beaches of the South, around the village with the white houses

Breakfast. You drive by car (30 min) to Chora Sfakion. Arrival and meeting with the driver of your private boat (zodiac) that will take you to three incredible beaches, south of the great White Mountains! Crystal beaches, not accessible by car, with wild beauty and inumerous geological phenomen, such as faults, cliffs and undrgound springs that reveal the importance of this National Park of Crete, one of the most important protected natural reserves in Greece. At the end of the day you return to your car and drive back to the hotel.

Travel time: Around 30 minutes to get to Chora Sfakion + 20+20 minutes by boat + 30 minutes to get back to the hotel.

Time for a boat trip: Between 3 and 5 hours (the driver leaves you to each beach for 1-2 hours. He doesn't escort with you).

Included in the day 6

Car Rental | Breakfast | Accommodations | 3-beach hopping

Accommodation

Same hotel

 

Day 7 | Region of Sfakia | Resting day by the sea | optional visit to Agia Roumeli village, the exit of the famous gorge of Samaria (PARK NATUREL)

Breakfast. Relaxing day near the paradisiac beaches of your hotel. Optionaly, and depending on the season, you can continue exploring: by public boat you can visit the village of Agia Roumeli (i.e. the end of the gorge of Samaria). From there you can walk 2-3 hours to the most interesting part of the gorge and back to the beach.

Included in the day 7

Car Rental | Breakfast | Accommodation

Accommodation

Same hotel

 

Day 8 | Flight. End of stay ...

Breakfast. You drive to Chania airport (1h30), or to Heraklion airport (2h30). Delivery of the car at the airport. Have a nice trip back home!

Included in the day 8

Car Rental | Breakfast

INFORMATION
Duration: 8 days - 7 nights
Dates: All year round. Best season: from March to the end of November
Location: Heraklion, Cnossos, West of Crete, region of Sfakia and of Chania
Difficulty: Self-guided trip, with car rental and 24h telephone support by an english-speaking representative of our agency
Languages: English, French, German
Cost: Starting from 600 euros per person for adults (depending on the availability of accommodation and the final services) | 30% discount for children 2-6 years | 10% discount for children 7+ years old
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