15 Days Classical & Relaxing Tour Of Crete

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Intro

Heraklion - Diktaion Adron - Lasithi Plateau - Agios Nikolaos - Sitia - Vai - Toplou Monastery - Ierapetra - Zaros – Gortina - Phaistos - Spili - Vatos - Agkouseliana - Lampini - Rethimno - Impros Gorge - Chora Sfakion -Agia Roumeli - Samaria Gorge - Chora Sfakion - Rethimno - Chania - Rethimno - Arkadi - Knossos - Heraklion

Crete's natural beauty is equalled only by the richness of its history. The island is the birthplace of the first society on European soil, the Minoans, who ruled some 4,000 years ago, and you will find evocative vestiges all over, including the famous Palace of Knossos. At the crossroads of three continents, Crete has been coveted and occupied by consecutive invaders. History imbues Chania and Rethimno, where labyrinthine lanes – laid out by the Venetians – are lorded over by mighty fortresses, and where gorgeously restored Renaissance mansions rub rafters with mosques and Turkish bathhouses. The Byzantine influence stand in magnificent frescoed chapels, churches and monasteries. 

Crete is a magical tapestry of splendid beaches, ancient treasures and landscapes encompassing vibrant cities and dreamy villages, where locals share their traditions, delicious cuisine and generous spirit. After this Tour, the island of Crete will always be imprinted on your memory for its colors, its sceneries and very much for its flavors! Be prepared for an every-day multi-variety food delight, a pleasant tasty feast that will make you need a diet program after your return home! A tour you will always remember!

Program

DAY 1 Saturday: Arrival - Heraklion   (D)
Arrival at Heraklio Airport and transfer to the hotel at Heraklio city center. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Heraklio.

DAY 2 Sunday: Heraklion   (B-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure for shopping or participating in an optional excursion, a Full Day Excursion to Spinaloga island, the last leper colony in Europe, as well as the nearby Cretan village of Kritsa, one of the most picturesque and oldest villages, built amphitheatrically on a rock hill named Kastellos and its famous church of Panagia Kera to see the wonderful frescos painted in Byzantine times. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Heraklio.


DAY 3 Monday: Heraklion - Diktaion Adron - Lasithi Plateau - Agios Nikolaos - Rethymno (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with the guide and departure to visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklio, one of the greatest museums of Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete. After visiting the museum, we continue our tour by driving up the Dikti mountain 900m. above the sea level, where the Diktaion Adron, the cave where according to the legend Zeus was born, is situated. After visiting the Diktaion Adron, we continue to the Lasithi Plateau, the largest and most beautiful of Crete and then down to the port city of Agios Nikolaos. Lunch at Agios Nikolaos and then depart for Ariadne Hotel in Rethymno.

DAY 3-10: Ariadne Hotel - Rethymno
Monday afternoon, until Monday of the following week

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE RESORT
Ariadne Hotel is a beautiful resort, located in the tourist suburb Platanias or Platanes, 150m. from Platanias downtown and 150m. from the sandy and organized beach. Ideal place for carefree family and relaxing holidays. Around or near the hotel, you will find super markets and other stores for shopping, cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs for your entertainment, ATM banking, public bus service to town every 20 minutes.The hotel has a capacity of 102 beds. It was built in 1991 and then renovated. It consists of 42 apartments, 24 (Studios) and 18 (Apts), 4 of which are maisonettes. It has reception desk, main bar, snack bar / restaurant, garden and recreation area with pool, children’s pool, playground, changing rooms, sunbeds, umbrellas and meeting room. There is an indoor dining room and a covered terrace by the pool and in the front of the hotel where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.

DAY 10 Monday: Rethymno - Sitia   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. After lunch we depart for the seaside city of Sitia, an attractive town built amphitheatrically on the side of a hill with a big open harbour backed by a wide promenade lined with taverns and cafes. It is a friendly place enjoying an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, where tourism is fairly low-key and the farming of wine and olives are the mainstays. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Sitia.

DAY 11 Tuesday: Sitia - Vai - Toplou Monastery - Ierapetra - Zaros   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We depart Sitia to visit the palm beach of Vai, famous for its white sand and the palm tree forest. Vai futures the largest natural palm forest in Europe and its belong to the Toplou Monastery which we visit next. At the 15th century monastery of Toplou, we visit the museum with its priceless collection of icons. The monastery has a long history which played a significant role in the struggle of the Cretan people for freedom. We continue our tour to the most southern city of the island, Ierapetra, where we have free time for swimming and relaxing on the beach before lunch. Ierapetra is an old city with rich history. In 66BC was conquered after putting up a fight, by the Romans who realized the importance of the city's location and reconstructed it, giving it the push needed to flourish and reach its peak, financially and culturally. During the Byzantine Empire, Ierapetra continued being a flourishing city. It was destroyed 3 times, one by the Arabs in the 9th century AD, then by the Venetians in the 13th century and by the Turks in the 17th century. In the afternoon we depart Ierapetra and drive to the pretty mountain village of Zaros, famed for its spring waters which are now bottled and sold all over Greece. Dinner at the hotel followed by Cretan night (traditional Cretan music and dances). Overnight at the Hotel in Zaros.

DAY 12 Wednesday: Zaros - Gortina - Phaistos - Spili - Vatos - Lampini - Rethimno   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Starting from Zaros at the valley of Messara we find the ruins of Gortina. Gortina was the Roman capital of Creta et Cyrenaica and was first inhabited around 3200BC. After Gortina we visit Phaistos archaeological site and its Palace, the most important center of the Minoan civilization, and the most wealthy and powerful city in southern Crete. We continue on the road towards Rethimno making a stop at the traditional Cretan village of Spili located at the foot of Mt.Vorizi. Spili is known for its Venetian fountain with a long row of 19 stone lion heads splashing cool water into the trough below. Along the way to Rethimno we make another stop at the village of Vatos to visit a typical Raki Boiler used to produce the popular Cretan Raki – drink, (Tsikoudia), at a Herb producer's house. We continue for Lunch at a Cretan Tavern of Agkouseliana village, serving dishes made with natural produce provided by the nearby Farm and cooked by the lady chef - Ifigenia. After lunch we drive to the mountainous village of Lampini to visit the church and the museum of Panagia. The church is inscribed with a cupola, and depicts frescoes of the 12th and 14th century.It was an Episcopal church, since the village of Lampini once accommodated the seat of the famous Episcopate of Lampis, which had existed since 431. Coffee at the village's Coffee shop "Kafenio". We continue to Rethimo in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Rethimno.

DAY 13 Thursday: Rethimno - Impros Gorge - Chora Sfakion - Agia Roumelli - Samaria Gorge - Chora Sfakion - Rethimno   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for the port of Chora Sfakion where, by boat, will reach Agia Roumelli, situated in one of the wildest regions of Crete and located by the exit of the Samaria Gorge, the most famous and evocative gorge of Greece. Agia Roumeli is a peaceful community, nestled between breathtaking high and wild mountains and a long beach of fine pebbles by the deep blue, crystal clear Libyan sea. Agia Roumeli is isolated as it is not reachable by road but only by the sea or on foot through the gorge (18kms 3 to 5 hours) starting at an altitude of 1230 meters and ending at the village of Agia Roumeli by the sea. After visiting the exit of the Gorge into the sea, there would be free time for swimming and lunch before returning by boat to Chora Sfakion where the bus will pick you up for the trip back to Rethimno. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel in Rethimno. 

DAY 14 Friday: Rethimno - Chania - Rethimno - Arkadi - Knossos - Heraklion   (B-L-D)
Breakfast at the hotel. We start our tour driving along the north coastal road, passing the resort city of Georgioupolis, popular for its fine beaches, to the city of Souda, port of Chania, to visit the principal Allied War Cemetery designed by architect Louis de Soissons and next, to visit the Venizelos Graves at the historical location of Profitis Ilias in Akrotiri where the tomb of Eleftherios Venizelos lays, one of the long-standing prime Ministers Greece. We continue to the city of Chania for a short visit before we return to Rethimno to visit its Fortezza. The Fortezza is the citadel of the city of Rethimno. It was built by the Venetians in the 16th century (1573) to protect the city and was captured by the Ottomans in 1646. By the early 20th century many houses were built within the citadel. After visiting the Fortezza we will have lunch in Rethimno and continue towards the Monastery of Arkadi, which constitutes a landmark of architecture and civilization considering the magnificent facade of the church, the highly developed spiritual tradition as well as the flourishing development of fine arts. However, the holocaust, which took place in 1866, gave the monastery an eminent place in history, elevating it to an eternal symbol of freedom and heroism, which is acknowledged the world over. We continue our  the city of Heraklio, where we visit the archaeological site of Knossos and its palace sited 5kms southeast of the city of Heraklio. On the ruins of the Neolithic settlement was built the first Minoan palace (1900 B.C.) where the dynasty of Minos ruled. The site was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. The excavations in Knossos began in 1900 A.D. by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans and his team and they continued for 35 years. After the visit of the site we return to our Hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel in Heraklio.

DAY 15 Saturday: Heraklion - Transfer to the Airport   (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Heraklio airport.

B: Breakfast
L: Lunch
D: Dinner

Included

  • Air-conditioned Motorcoach
  • Hotel accommodation (3 nights) in 3* hotel at Heraklion on HB basis
  • Hotel accommodation (7 nights) in 2* hotel at Rethymno on FB basis
  • Hotel accommodation (1 night) in 3* hotel at Sitia on HB basis
  • Hotel accommodation (1 night) in 3* hotel at Zaros on HB basis (Cretan Night)
  • Hotel accommodation (2 nights) in 3* superior at Rethimno on HB basis
  • 5 Lunches at local restaurants ( Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Anguseliana, Agia Roumelli, Rethimno)
  • Professional guide from Monday till Friday included
  • Typical Cretan Night with Dinner on Tuesday (unlimited local wine included)
  • Round Trip Ferry tickets Chora Sfakion - Aghia Roumeli
  • VAT and all legal taxes included

Not Included

  • Entrance Fees at the museums and the archaeological sites
  • Entrance fee at the Samaria Gorge
  • Entrance fee at the Imbros Gorge
  • Drinks and beverages during all meals
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Porterage service
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included

Price List

Price per person 2017
Double Standard 1426€
Single Supplement 580€
3rd Person -10%
Child 04-13,99 years old -50%

 The entrance fees, that are not included in the above rates, are the following:

8 days crete from crete from Heraklion

    • Until 31/3/2016

    • 43€ per person

      • Archeological Museum Heraklion: 6,00 €
      • Knossos: 6,00 €
      • Phaistos: 4,00 €
      • Gortina: 4,00 €
      • Arkadi: 2,50 €
      • Toplou: 2,50 €
      • Samaria Gorge: 5,00 €
      • Cretan Home: 2,00 €
      • Lampini Church and Museum: 2,00 €
      • Pangia Kera Kritsa: 3,00€
      • Mixorouma: 2,00€
      • Imbros Gorge: 2,00 € (optional)
      • Spinalonga: 2,00€ (optional)
      • Fortezza: 4,00€
    • 1/4/2016 - 31/10/2016

    • 65€ per person

      • Archeological Museum Heraklion: 10,00 €
      • Knossos: 15,00 €
      • Phaistos: 8,00 €
      • Gortina: 6,00 €
      • Arkadi: 2,50 €
      • Toplou: 2,50 €
      • Samaria Gorge: 5,00 €
      • Cretan Home: 2,00 €
      • Lampini Church and Museum: 2,00 €
      • Pangia Kera Kritsa: 2,00€
      • Mixorouma: 2,00€
      • Fortezza: 4,00€
      • Imbros Gorge: 2,00 € (optional)
      • Spinalonga: 8,00€ (optional)
      • Fortezza: 4,00€
    • 1/11/2016 - 31/3/2017

    • 40,50€ per person

      • Archeological Museum Heraklion: 5,00 €
      • Knossos: 7,50 €
      • Phaistos: 4,00 €
      • Gortina: 3,00 €
      • Arkadi: 2,50 €
      • Toplou: 2,50 €
      • Samaria Gorge: 5,00 €
      • Cretan Home: 2,00 €
      • Lampini Church and Museum: 2,00 €
      • Pangia Kera Kritsa: 1,00€
      • Mixorouma: 2,00€
      • Imbros Gorge: 2,00 € (optional)
      • Spinalonga: 4,00€ (optional)
      • Fortezza: 4,00€

Other Options:

"Fly & Drive" Supplement of 90,00€ applies to the package price per person (including full board basis and B' Category car rental for 7 days).
Guidance will be provided by our professional licensed guides in each language and clients who choose the "Fly & Drive" program will meet with the guide and rest of the group at the archaeological sites according to the times pre-arranged and written in the welcome envelope received upon arrival.

Private operation Fee of 2.500,00€ applies on the package price per person for group size 1-8.
The above mentioned fee should be divided with the number of participants (1-8 pax).

Other Options

"Fly & Drive" Supplement of 90,00€ applies to the package price per person (including full board basis and B' Category car rental for 7 days).
Guidance will be provided by our professional licensed guides in each language and clients who choose the "Fly & Drive" program will meet with the guide and rest of the group at the archaeological sites according to the times pre-arranged and written in the welcome envelope received upon arrival.
For the Athens Sightseeing Tour, clients can be picked up and dropped off at the hotel of their stay and participate the organized coach tour joining the rest of the group on the bus.

Private operation Fee of 2.500,00€ applies on the package price per person for group size 1-8.
The above mentioned fee should be divided with the number of participants (1-8 pax).

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Account Number: 156 00 2320 00 3629
Bank Name: ALPHA BANK
IBAN: GR84 0140 1560 1560 0232 003 629
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Additional Info

  • Operation Dates: 19/03/16-30/10/16
  • Starting Day: Saturday, Sunday
  • Duration: 15 days
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