Palace of Knossos
Crete is perhaps the most diverse and magical of all the Greek Islands. Whether it's the beautiful beaches, archaeological treasures, stunning landscapes, vibrant cities or idyllic villages, there's something on Crete to suit all tastes, just ask the locals who will be delighted to share their traditions, food and joy for life.
Palace of Knossos • Heraklion • Arkadi Monastery • Rethymnon • Rizenia • Mount Dicti • Kera
Day 1 Fly from the UK to Heraklion, transfer to the hotel.
Day 2 Full day excursion travelling 4,000 years back in time to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, centre of the oldest civilisation in Europe. Then on to Heraklion for a guided walking tour of the city including Saint Minas cathedral, the 1866 Street market, Saint Titus church, Liberty Square and Heraklion Archaeological museum.
Day 3 Full day excursion to Arkadi monastery, the potters village of Margarites and a guided visit to the city of Rethymnon.
Day 4 A day for independent sightseeing.
Day 5 Full day excursion to Southern Crete starting at the archaeological site of Rizenia, followed by the old Roman town of Gortys. Continue to the former hippie village of Matala and a leisurely Cretan lunch at a beach tavern. Lastly a stop at a modern winery for a tasting.
Day 6 Morning excursion to Mount Dicti on the Lassithi Plateau with its traditional villages, stopping in Psychro with its coffee-houses. Finally visit Dicti Cave with its fine stalactites and stalagmites, it is also associated with the birth of Zeus (Jupiter).
Day 7 Full day excursion starting at the Byzantine church at Kera with its 13th century frescoes. On to the whitewashed mountain village Kritsa, famous for its woven handicrafts, then a scenic route with breathtaking views of the Mirabello Gulf leads to the quiet fishing village of Elounda. Boat trips are available to Spinalonga island, an ancient fortress town with a more recent history as a leper colony. Finally on to the picturesque port town of Agios Nikolaos.
Day 8 Time at leisure before transferring to the airport for a return flight to the UK.
All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer
Hotel Astir Beach, Gouves
This hotel is only 18 km from Heraklion airport, on the island's north coast. The rooms are equipped with private facilities, telephone, air-conditioning, mini fridge, TV, hairdryer, safe and balcony or terrace. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, TV lounge. There is a swimming pool and pool bar, together with numerous sports facilities.
• 4 star
• 164 bedrooms
• Free Wi-Fi
Your tour includes:
• Flights from the UK to Heraklion
• 7 nights half board in Gouves with:
• Coach travel/excursions/admissions
as detailed in the itinerary
• English speaking guides
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