Route: Heraklion – Sisi- Agios Nikolaos – Sitia – Ierapetra – Plakias – Chania – Rethymno – Heraklion.
Your van or minibus will await at Heraklion airport (arrival) and from this point, you immediately begin your journey.
The overnight stops have been carefully selected to take in a wide variety of areas around Crete.
All the hotels are 3 stars or higher and have en-suite facilities, situated in central positions generally but quiet with breakfast included.
Important Notice: According to the hotel’s availability, the stages of the journey may be changed.
Welcome to Heraklion airport. Transfer to your hotel, welcome drink and settle in.
After breakfast time, we will start with Knossos palace. This archaeological place is going to take you back 3.500 years to the time of the oldest civilization in Europe. The palace of Knossos, built around 1400 BC, will leave you breathless for the facilities and the technology of that period. After this fascinating tour into the past, we will continue through the vineyards to the area of Archanes village. Visit the village and time for lunch. Continue towards Heraklion-city. Visit of Archaeological Museum (the most important in Crete) and admire the unique collection of antiquities. Drive to your Hotel in Sissi village or Aghios Nikolaos town– Dinner.
Day trip to Crete Aquarium in Gouves after that to Dikti mountain and Lasithi plateau. After the Aquarium and the Mediterannean sea world will visit the old Kera Kardiotissa monastery. We travel on the Lasithi plateau with a stop at Dicteon -the cave where according to mythology, Rhea hid Zeus after his birth to protect him from his father Kronos. Lunch and a small walk to the main village Tzermiado. Back to the Hotel in the Sissi area or Aghios Nikolaos town
After breakfast, we will go first to the picturesque village of Kritsa. Visit the Byzantine church of Panagia-Kera dating from the 16th century OR dive to Elounda in Mirabello Bay. Embarkation for Spinalonga Island the former leper colony. Tour this island, where the Venetians built a fortress. Impressive ruins and chapels of the 16th century decorate this small island. Back to Elounda. Drive to Nikolaos town. Lunch en route. Visit the picturesque harbor and the small “lake”, the landmark of the town. Drive to Ierapetra town (the southern town of Europe) Overnight and have Dinner in Ierapetra.
A long drive on the south coast road through the old villages clinging to the sides of the mountains, and with spectacular views over the Libyan Sea. We'll stop at the sites of Gortys, Phaistos and Agia Triada. After that, we drive to the South coast of Rethymno. We will stop at Spili Village with the springs of the Venetian Lion heads, before finally getting to the small seaside village of Plakias where you spend one night.
This day can be spent exploring this delightful area (don’t forget the Palm beach of Preveli with the river and the magnificent monastery at Moni Preveli). An alternative option is to Dive at one of the many Diving centers in the area. Drive to Frangokastello Castle and through the mountains to Chania town.
A guided walk follows Chania Town, along the monuments of ancient and modern ages. Visit the Venetian Harbor with its exceptional beauty. A large variety of shops are in the indoor market, built in a holy cross Going up to peninsula Akrotiri and visit the monastery of Agia Triada. On the way to the monastery, a small stop at the graves of Venizelos situated on the hill of Profitis Ilias from where you'll enjoy a marvelous view over Chania town. Drive to Rethymno Town. Dinner and overnight.
Sightseeing on foot in Rethymnon town with buildings dating from Venetian and Turkish occupation. Visit the famous Fortezza castle. If we have time, we visit the archeological site of Eleftherna, the ceramic village of Margarites, and the famous Arkadi monastery. Dinner and overnight in the Rethymno area.
Breakfast. Escorted transfer to Heraklion airport. Assistance with check-in. Return flight