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8 day Exploring Crete Island

Seat in Coach | Guaranteed Departure every Wednesday | From and To Heraklion

Whether your visit is for relaxation or you are looking forward to exploring and discover the many well-known and countless hidden treasures of Crete, this captivating eight-day tour will satisfy all your desires. Get in touch with the rich Greek culture and impressive history while admiring the diversity of the landscape – the rugged mountains, endless beaches, turquoise seas, as well as enchanting cities, towns and villages. Join this memorable tour and explore one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.

  • Duration: 8 days
  • Departure point: Heraklion
  • End point: Heraklion
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Travellers: 1 to 3
  • Our support: 24/7

Highlights

  • Archaeological Museum of Heraklion: This is one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, and among the most important museums in Europe. It houses representative artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history.
  • Cave of Zeus: The Cave of Zeus is a system of caves located on the slopes of Mount Ida, on the island of Crete, Greece. The deep cave has a single entrance and features stalagmites and stalactites.
  • Waterpark Aqua Plus: With pools, slides, and a host of exotic flowers, Aqua Plus Water Park is an ideal place to cool off from the island sun. Take it easy on the lazy river or feel the adrenaline pump as you race down the dark tunnels of the Black Holes.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation on bed & breakfast basis.
  • 7 dinners
  • 2 Lunches (1 BBQ lunch during Landrover Tour with unlimited wine and 1 Cretan Lunch in Elounda excluding drinks)
  • Air-conditioned shared transportation throughout the tour
  • Inbound/Outbound air-conditioned shared transfers from/to Heraklion Airport
  • Operated with qualified local English speaking guide on a shared basis on Day 2, 3 and 4
  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: the Archaeological sites of Knossos, Archaeological Museum, the boat trip (shared basis) to the island of Spinalonga, Spinalonga island tour, entrance ticket to the Waterpark Aqua Plus, Land Rover Tour
  • International flights & Visa expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers (not mandatory in Greece)
  • All optional excursions, meals, dinners, etc
  • Stayover tax in the hotels
  • Zeus' cave entrance fee

Covid-19 Measures

  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Heraklion

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 in Gouves or Chersonissos area

Meals: Dinner

Day 2Boat trip to Spinalogka Island

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 but then 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 enchanting 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. Then, walk around on your own, do some shopping or go for a swim. Lunch and dinner are included. 

Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3Palace of Knossos & Heraklion Town

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, and it was the hub of Crete’s Minoan civilization and the place where the fearsome Minotaur was said to have lurked in the labyrinth. Admire the treasures of this fascinating palace during an interesting tour, while your guide explains the myths surrounding it and its kings. Afterwards, visit lively Heraklion, see the Venetian lion fountain and the loggia that is now the Town Hall. The magnificent tour ends at the entrance to the old harbour, the place where you begin to explore on your own. If you want to get even closer to the stunning past of the Greeks, take advantage of the guided tour in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Your day ends with a comfortable transfer to your hotel in Gouves or Chersonissos area. Dinner is included.

Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 4Chania & Rethymnon

Enjoy a mouthwatering breakfast before your morning pick 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 cities have picturesque harbour fronts. Begin your adventure with lovely Chania.  Your guide will take you on a tour of the old quarter, its quaint little neighbourhoods and the graceful backstreets that have been  beautifully restored. Afterwards, make a visit to the lively Chania market hall with local produce and the famous leather lane, before ending up at the charming Venetian port. Equally beautiful is the old town and harbour of Rethymnon, our second stop. You have free time in both to explore the winding back streets. This will be a day full of discovery, beautiful scenery, and interesting history.  Dinner is included.

Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 5Waterpark Aquaplus Adventure

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast. Enjoy a comfortable transfer as you are getting ready for a thrilling day at the best waterpark in Crete. Scream down the vertical kamikaze, enjoy the twister or just relax and work on that tan! There is a multitude of exciting slides and chilled out pools to relax in. This is definitely the ideal day out for the whole family. Dinner is included.

Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 6Land Rover Tour & Zeus Birthplace

After a tasty breakfast head towards the central part of Crete to explore its two different plateaus, learn about its mythology, culture, and the local life, while having lots of fun. Your day starts from the moment you meet your drivers, who will take you to your first stop, the Potamies Reservoir water dam. Continuing our journey through mesmerising paths and olive trees, we reach the ruins of the Roman aqueduct of Lyttos. Admire the beauty of the site and continue towards the quaint village of Kastamonitsa, where we join the locals for a coffee break in the traditional cafeneion. Afterwards, the real off-road adventure begins! We will Climb high into the mountains and follow the ancient minaon path that leads us to the cave of Zeus where, according to mythology, the father of all the gods was born. Then, you have the chance to take some memorable photographs of the Lassithi Plateau, before we drop down to the plateau for a delicious BBQ lunch with unlimited wine! The journey continues with a stop at Lassithi plateau, where time has virtually stood still and the local people are mainly farmers. Enjoy this idyllic place for a moment, before we make our way to Seli, for more  impressive photos of this unique scenery. We continue the adventure until we reach the village of Krassi our last stop of the day. Catch a glimpse of the 2,000-year-old plane tree and learn about its natural spring water source. End this thrilling day with a transfer back to your hotel.  Lunch and dinner are included.

Overnight  in Gouves or Chersonissos area

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7Day free 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

Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 8Say Goodbye to Crete

After a tasty breakfast, enjoy a shared transfer from your hotel to the airport and continue with your travel arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast

Map

FAQ

What do I need to bring with me on the tour?

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

 

What is the cancelation policy for this tour?

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 14 days or less before the event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 30% if booking is cancelled 30 days or less before the event