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CreteClassical Crete with Wine, Archaeology and Island Life

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This trip allows you to explore the most important sites and feel the authentic taste of Crete. Visit its classic must-see places, its enchanting historical cities, its famous archaeological sites, the seducing wine routes, and the traditional villages located inside the vast olive groves, the impressive mountains of the mainland, and of course, the excellent cuisine of the traditional restaurants...

This trip allows you to explore the most important sites and feel the authentic taste of Crete. Visit its classic must-see places, its enchanting historical cities, its famous archaeological sites, the seducing wine routes, and the traditional villages located inside the vast olive groves, the impressive mountains of the mainland, and of course, the excellent cuisine of the traditional restaurants and taverns.

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Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

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 meet the agent responsible for your trip who will welcome you and will give you all the documents for the trip (travel-book, maps), on which you will make a thorough discussion.

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.

Evening activity: The Explorer’s Table. Immerse in a gastronomic journey exploring the ingredients that make Cretan gastronomy the base of the Mediterranean diet and one of the healthiest diets around the world. Our experienced food specialist will introduce you to the world of olive oil through a tasting experience that will unveil the secrets of quality olive oil and how to differentiate between different flavors. Next enjoy a dinner based on the ingredients of Cretan gastronomy and an array of flavors that will engage you fully to this culinary journey. 
Returning home and resting.

Travel Time: 4 km to Heraklion. 

Included on day 1: Accommodation, transfer by taxi to your hotel in the city center, meeting with your agent 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), gastronomic program with a foodist: The Explorer’s Table, dinner.

Visited:
Heraklion

Day 2: Exploring History

Archaeological visits: sites to discover the Minoan civilization. A guided tour with an English-speaking guide to visit the Knossos Palace and the most impressive museum of Crete, the Archeological Museum, which has been also recently renovated.


Included in the day: One-day archaeological guided tour, accommodation, breakfast.

Visited:
Heraklion

Day 3: Going to the zone of Elounda and a tasty stopover

Breakfast and delivery of your rented car.


Setting off for the area of Elounda / Agios Nikolaos.


Stop in the region of Archanes for a guided tour in an olive press and a winery. Olive oil and wine tasting.


Back to the road and arrival to your destination: Agios Nikolaos, the charming city with the mysterious lake and the Elounda fishing port, where you will spend the night.


Settling into the rooms of your hotel.


Travel time: 70 km (1 hour).


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

Visited:
Elounda, Agios Nikolaos

Day 4: Spinalonga, the island of the lepers, the Island of the tears

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.


Kritsa Wall Paintings: a private excursion with a specialized archaeologist, to discover archaeological sites of 4000 years ago, or the churches and the Byzantine art through frescoes of 1200-1500 AD. (4-hour program).


Learn a sweet yet 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 bay of Elounda: Spinalonga.


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


Travel time: Depending on your mood and how much time you want to spend on these small excursions.


Included in the day: Accommodation, breakfast, private excursion: Kritsa Wall Paintings, car rental, mixed insurance.

Visited:
Elounda, Spinalonga

Day 5: Moving to the west : a journey through mountains to discover the beauty and the culture of Psiloritis mountain and its villages

The day starts with breakfast, packing and a change of direction. Time to head for Rethymnon.


The village of Anogeia and the Psiloritis Natural Park.


The village of Zoniana and the Sfendoni Cave.


Visit a wood sculptor’s workshop in the village of Axos.


Overnight in Rethymnon city. Settling into your room, and, later, walking exploration of the city and the Venetian port.


Travel time: Depending on your mood and how much time you want to spend on these small excursions.


Driving time from Elounda to Rethymnon: 2h 9min, 150 km.


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

Visited:
Elounda, Réthymnon, Anógeia, Psiloritis Natural Park

Day 6: Rethymnon and the tastes of Crete

After breakfast, get ready to explore the city through a cultural and gastronomical tour with our expert local guide, who will tour you around the sites and the tastiest corners of the city.


Afternoon drive to Chania. Arrival at your hotel and chilling out walk in the old city and the port.


Driving time from Rethymnon to Chania: 1h 10min, 60 km.


Included in the day: Accommodation, breakfast, car rental, mixed insurance, Private excursion: Gastronomical Tour in Rethymnon City.

Visited:
Réthymnon, Chania

Day 7: Splendid waters

Depending on your taste you may visit one of the following beaches: Balos (by car or by boat with an additional cost), Elafonissi, Kedrodasos. 


Travel time: Depending on the place you’ll choose to visit.

Driving time from Chania to Balos: 1h 15 min, 52 km.

Driving time from Chania to Elafonissi/Kedrodasos: approx.. 1h 30 min., 73 km.

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

Visited:
, Elafonissi, Kedrodasos Beach

Day 8: End of trip

After breakfast you take the road back to Heraklion and the airport, where you will leave your rented car.


Flight back home.


According to your departure time, our agency is happy and ready to prepare activities just for you or extend your trip because you wish to continue the adventure!


Travel time from Chania to the airport of Heraklion: 3 hours.


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

Visited:
Heraklion

Heraklion Heraklion Elounda Agios Nikolaos Spinalonga Réthymnon Anógeia Psiloritis Natural Park Chania Elafonissi Kedrodasos Beach

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $950 / 8 days
Excluding international flights
2 paxSingle supplement
Price per person in 3 stars hotels during low season$950$680
Price per person in 3 stars hotels during high season$1,100$650
Price per person in 4 stars hotels during low season$1,080$770
Price per person in 4 stars hotels during high season$1,220$810

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Car rental
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Airport transfers

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flight
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
Book your flights to Crete
International flights are not included in this trip. Thanks to our partnership with Option Way, you can take advantage of booking your flights directly with your local agent.
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