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Treasures of Crete, Private Tour
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Treasures of Crete, Private Tour

It’s hard to pick our favourite Greek island, but Crete– the largest and most diverse of all – is undoubtedly a top contender for the title. As well as the usual Greek staples like amazing sunshine, cuisine and beaches, Crete boasts a truly distinct culture, rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes. From Venetian towns to dazzling mountains, Crete’s diversity makes it really stand out from the crowd. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS Rethymno: explore one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Greece, and search for your fairy-tale romance in Rethymno. Venetian fortification works mingle harmonically with orthodox and catholic churches, mosques, majestic mansions of Venetian architecture, arches and cobbled paths which create a magical atmosphere. Spinalonga: “The Island”, one of the best seller books in 2009. The story of the book takes place on the island of Spinalonga, during its years as a leper colony. Chania: the Town is a romantic place to stroll around, with Medieval architecture, elegant mansions and a wonderful Venetian port, the most famous spot of the town.  
It’s hard to pick our favourite Greek island, but Crete– the largest and most diverse of all – is undoubtedly a top contender for the title. As well as the usual Greek staples like amazing sunshine, cuisine and beaches, Crete boasts a truly distinct culture, rich heritage and breathtaking landscapes. From Venetian towns to dazzling mountains, Crete’s diversity makes it really stand out from the crowd. 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

Rethymno: explore one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Greece, and search for your fairy-tale romance in Rethymno. Venetian fortification works mingle harmonically with orthodox and catholic churches, mosques, majestic mansions of Venetian architecture, arches and cobbled paths which create a magical atmosphere. 

Spinalonga: “The Island”, one of the best seller books in 2009. The story of the book takes place on the island of Spinalonga, during its years as a leper colony. 

Chania: the Town is a romantic place to stroll around, with Medieval architecture, elegant mansions and a wonderful Venetian port, the most famous spot of the town.  

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  • Duration
    7 Days
  • Starting From
    $4,056
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Destination Services
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.
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Itinerary

ARRIVAL CRETE (22km – 30 min)

Arrive at the airport, where our representative will meet and greet you. Then transfer from Heraklion airport the hotel in Gouves or Chersonissos area. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the delightful surroundings on your own. Dinner is included.

Overnight n Gouves or Chersonissos area.

  Hotel:  None

CRETE: DAY AT LEISURE

Begin your day with a delectable breakfast at the hotel. Then, relax on the beach or enjoy the day exploring the island on your own. Dinner is included.

Overnight  in Gouves or Chersonissos area.

  Hotel:  None

CRETE: BOAT TRIP TO THE ISLAND OF SPINALONGA (130km – 8hrs)

After a tasty breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel to start discovering the hidden treasures of Greece. Spinalonga is one of the most famous spots in Crete, and sometimes called the ‘island of tears’ due to its past as a leper colony. It was initially a Venetian fortress, it became the home for hundreds of Greece’s lepers who were shipped there and formed a colony. Once there, you’ll take a guided walk around the remains of the colony. See its main street, still lined with the shops and houses where the lepers attempted to live ordinary lives. Later, you’ll sail back to Elounda, where you’ll have a typical Cretan lunch and have free time to walk around, do some shopping or go for a swim. Lunch and dinner are included. 

Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area. 

  Hotel:  None

CRETE: PALACE OF KNOSSOS AND HERAKLION TOWN (42km – 7/8hrs)

After the rich breakfast served at the hotel, you will be picked up and transferred to the imposing Palace of Knossos. The landmark dates back to 1900 BC, it was the hub of Crete’s Minoan civilisation and where the fearsome Minotaur was said to have lurked in the labyrinth. Your guide will explain the myths surrounding the palace and its Kings as they lead you around its treasures. Then, visit Heraklion, see the Venetian lion fountain and the loggia that is now the Town Hall before finishing up at the entrance to the old harbour. Here, time is your own to explore. Take advantage also of the guided tour in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Dinner is included.

Overnight  in Gouves or Chersonissos area.

  Hotel:  None

CRETE: WEST CRETE, RETHYMNON AND CHANIA (326km – 10/11hrs)

Enjoy a mouthwatering breakfast before your morning picks up. Today we´ll visit two of Crete’s cities, Chania (also known as Little Venice) and Rethymnon with its fascinating mix of Italian and Turkish influences both with picturesque harbour fronts. Your guide will take you on a tour of the old quarter, its quaint little neighbourhoods and backstreets that have been restored beautifully. Afterwards, make a visit to the lively Chania market hall with local produce and the famous leather lane before ending up at the breathtakingly beautiful Venetian port of Chania. Equally beautifully is the old town and harbour of Rethymnon, the second stop. You have free time in both to explore the winding back streets. A day full of discovery, beautiful scenery and history. Dinner is included.

Overnight  in Gouves or Chersonissos area.

  Hotel:  None

CRETE: LAND ROVER TOUR AND EXPLORE THE BIRTHPLACE OF ZEUS (120km – 7/8hrs)

Our day is the perfect way to explore the central part of Crete with two different plateaus, mythology and lots of fun and interesting information about Crete and the local life. Your day starts from the moment you meet your drivers where they take you to your first stop at the Potamies Reservoir water dam. Continuing our journey through paths and olive trees, we reach the ruins of the Roman aqueduct of Lyttos. Next stop is the quaint village of Kastamonitsa where we join the locals for a coffee break in the traditional cafeneion. From here the real off-road adventure begins by climbing high into the mountains and following the ancient Minoan path that leads us to the cave of Zeus, whilst these days we will pass only shepherds and their goats on our travels. At Zeus’ Cave (where mythology says that Zeus, the father of all the gods was born!) there is an entrance fee and walking shoes are recommended. Our next point gives you the opportunity to take photographs as if with a helicopters view of the Lassithi Plateau which is from here where we drop down to the plateau for your delicious lunch with unlimited wine! Then on to Lassithi plateau itself where time has virtually stood still, the local people are mainly farmers. You will also see many donkeys at work. We then make our way to Seli, where once again we have an opportunity to take amazing photos of this unique scenery. As we continue we reach the village of Krassi our last stop of the day, which is famous for a 2,000-year-old plane tree and also has a natural spring water source. This is a day full of many surprises and the excitement is second to none, you certainly won’t forget your fun day out on our great adventure. End this thrilling day with a transfer back to your hotel. Lunch and dinner are included.

Overnight  in Gouves or Chersonissos area.

  Hotel:  None

DEPARTURE CRETE (16/22km – 20/30min)

Begin your day with a rich breakfast at the hotel. Then, enjoy a transfer to Heraklion airport and continue with your travel arrangements.

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 

TOUR GUIDE:

Operated with English or German or French-speaking local guide (Day 3-5) on a private basis 

 

ACCOMMODATION:

 6 nights' accommodation

 

MEALS: 

6 Breakfasts

 6 Dinners

 2 Lunches (non-exclusivity at local taverns)

 

TRANSPORT:

Air-conditioned private transportation throughout the tour (Day 3-6)

 Inbound/Outbound air-conditioned private transfers from/to Heraklion Airport

 

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES: 

All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: Spinalonga island tour & Elounda Port (boat trip on shared basis) (Day 3); the Archaeological site of Knossos and Heraklion Museum (Day 4); Rethymnon and Chania (Day 5); Land Rover tour and the birthplace of Zeus (Day 6)

 

OTHER: 

Meet & Greet

Not Included

 Zeus' cave entrance fee

 Visa fees

 Domestic flights 

 International flights 

 Drinks during meals (unless specified otherwise)

 Optional tours (if any)

 Any visit not mentioned in the program

 Porterage and gratuities  

 Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals or items not stated explicitly in the program

 Any alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, mineral water, camera/video camera fee (if any)

 Travel Insurance or any loss or extra cost arising due to unforeseen circumstances such as flight delays, accidents, etc.

 Overnight city tax for the hotel overnights effective from January 1st 2018. Clients will have to pay the TAX on the spot at the hotels

 Please note that the inbound and outbound transfers are included only as part of the package or if pre and post-night stay is booked as an extra. Otherwise, additional transfers should be purchased separately

 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights and VISA fees

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