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EXPLORE CRETE

4 Days / 3 Nights
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Crete, Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania, Elafonisi and more

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From USD 1,191.18

Guaranteed departures every day from May until the end of October.

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What is included in this tour

  • Small groups of up to 7 travelers.
  • Accommodation for 1 night in Heraklion in a Superior 3 * Hotel Category.
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in Chania in a Superior 3 * Hotel Category.
  • English-speaking official guide throughout the tour.
  • Tickets included to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Knossos Palace and Chrisoskalitissa monastery.
  • Guided walking tour of Rethymno and Chania.
  • Sunbed and umbrella service on Elafonisi Beach.
  • Transportation throughout the tour.
  • All transfers included as per description of itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast

Not included & Optionals

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program.
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  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This program requires a minimum of 2 participants. The reservations of 1 traveler are subject to availability by our reservations team.

Pick up at the port, airport and/or hotel in Heraklion or Chania.

The tour includes pick up and drop off to the mentioned points.

Duration and dates

This excursion lasts 4 days and has guaranteed departures every day.

When to book?

We recommend booking as early as possible in order to ensure availability.

Payment Method

Reservations can only be paid by credit card via our website.

Cancellations

Full refund for cancellations at least 48 hours in advance. For cancellations or modifications later than 48 hours prior to departure, 100% of the total cost will be applied as cancellation fees.

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Excursion Itinerary: Explore Crete

SUNDAY: WELCOME TO HERAKLION!
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SUNDAY: WELCOME TO HERAKLION!

Upon your arrival in Crete, the largest island in Greece, a person from our English-speaking team will be waiting for you at the port or airport of Heraklion to assist you, inform you of the details of your trip and day to day schedule, make a brief presentation of the city and anwer any questions you may have.
At the hotel, your assistant will help you with the check in and will invite you to a glass of the traditional Cretan liqueur "Raki". The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy all that Heraklion, home of King Minos and the Minotaur, has to offer!

FROM KNOSSOS PALACE TO RETHYMNO & CHANIA
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FROM KNOSSOS PALACE TO RETHYMNO & CHANIA

Early in the morning, and at the time indicated, we will pick you up from your hotel to go on our first day of adventure.  Firstly, we will visit the Palace of Knossos, the oldest palatial complex in Europe, home of King Minos and the mythological Minotaur. 
We will continue further west with our guide towards Rethymno, a city which was formerly occupied by the Venetians, people who left their mark up to the present day. In this coastal city you will also enjoy a guided tour through its narrow and picturesque streets as well as free time for lunch to savor the excellent gastronomy of the island.
Arriving at Chania, you will check into the hotel and use your free time and your guide's recommendations to get to know this charming city with its many highlights and landmarks, among others the old Venetian port and, of course, the local market.

Greca Tip: In the traditional bakeries of Rethymno your will find lychnarakia (small pies with cheese) and kaltsounia (small pies with cheese and cinnamon).

TUESDAY: ELAFONISI
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TUESDAY: ELAFONISI

Early in the morning, and after a tasty breakfast, we will pick you up to discover one of the most hidden treasures of this island. On the way to your destination and past gorges and steep summits you will enter the southwestern region of the island, where idyllic beaches of pink sand are washed by the transparent waters of the Libyan Sea. 

Among these the indisputable protagonist is the incredible beach of Elafonisi, a flat morsel of land with sporadic vegetation against the stark bareness of the Cretan mountains. 

Free time to swim in one of the loveliest beaches in the world with sun loungers and umbrellas provided for your convenience. 

After this extraordinary jewel of nature and towards the end of the day you will make your way back to Chania.   

You will also stop at the "Chrisoskalitisa" monastery or, as its name denotes, “Virgin of the Golden Stair”. According to the legend, when the Ottomans conquered Crete, the nuns hid the golden treasures of the monastery underneath the step of the long staircase in its entrance, to protect them from the invading army.  Its centuries-old architecture is one of Southwestern Crete's landmarks.  It is built entirely on the rock face and you will be amazed not only by its great cultural and historical past, but also by the spectacular views it offers.

Arriving in Chania, you can join an evening walk through some of the most lovely areas of the town, free of charge.

Greca Tip: Do not miss the magical Deer Island full of white and pink sandy beaches, which is very close to the main busy beach. It takes its name from the word 'Elafi', which in Greek means deer, because you can easily get to it through the shallow waters, like a deer.

WEDNESDAY: GOODBYE CHANIA - SEE YOU SOON GREECE!
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WEDNESDAY: GOODBYE CHANIA - SEE YOU SOON GREECE!

Breakfast and at the agreed time, transfer to the port or airport of Chania for your return journey.
Having spent a few fantastic days with Greca, we hope to see you again soon to create new and extraordinary moments that will be lovingly etched in your memory. Have a nice trip! or as you may also say: Kalo taksidi!

Greca Tip: Roam the picturesque and traffic-free old town of Chania for some jewelery and pottery, local crafts, traditional Cretan knives, olive wood, natural products made with local herbs, oils and plants. 

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