Explore Crete in Liberty

(2 customer reviews)
Duration 📅

8 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻


Language 🌐

English, French

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle

Visa 🛂

NOT Included

Difficulty 🚥



Travel book personalized with maps, practical information, etc.
All hotels during the entire stay
Car rental during the entire stay
All excursions mentioned with English or French speaking guide
Any modification you wish on the activities, hotels, and price
24-hour telephone assistance

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💎 Why we love it ?

Approach Crete, its history, and its art of living in all their dimensions with this 7-day full itinerary with hotels and activities included. Explore landscapes, monuments, and traditional villages, accompanied by an expert team.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Explore Crete in Liberty

Day 1: Arrival at Heraklion

We will meet you at the airport to give you the latest details of your trip before delivering your rental car. You are accompanied to your hotel to drop off your luggage and start your journey into the Cretan history and culture by visiting the archaeological museum of Heraklion and the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Depending on the time you have left, you will take a tour through the magnificent village of Archanes.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Villa Archanes or similar.


Day 2: History, Tradition, and Gastronomy (B, D)

You start your day in the surrounding mountains. Your first stop is in the village of Margarites where you will attend a small pottery demonstration with Mr. Giorgos. You’ll continue to the Arkadi Monastery, where you can still feel the holiness and the great history behind the Holocaust of 1866. Then you will enjoy a guided historical and gastronomic tour through the narrow streets of the old town of Rethymno while tasting some local specialties in wonderful places.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Pepi Boutique or similar.


Day 3: Taste of Cretan Nature (B, L)

Today we suggest that you spend the day in the company of a local English or French-speaking guide to explore the real Crete. In the heart of Mylopotomapos, you will visit authentic places, participate in the extraction of honey and have lunch with a shepherd at his home in the mountains.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Pepi Boutique or similar.


Day 4: The Small Paradise of Southern Crete (B)

On this day you can visit two of the most famous beaches in Crete: Preveli and Skinaria. The first is located 35 km south of Rethymno and is considered a paradise on earth because it combines a river, a palm forest, and a beautiful beach with a small monastery. Skinaria (or Schoinaria) beach is located 33 km south of Rethymno and it’s a small beach with gray-beige sand and crystal clear waters. You can stop at the picturesque village of Spili for coffee.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Pepi Boutique or similar.


Day 5: Chania and its surroundings (B)

Set off by car to explore the city of Chania and visit the Tsagkarolon Monastery, where monks generate unique varieties of wine, olive, and honey. You can take the opportunity to go to Seitan Limania, a beautiful secret beach to swim and relax in the sun. Return to Chania to discover the many exceptional Byzantine, Venetian or Ottoman monuments. The Nautical Museum, the Archaeological Museum, El Venizelos, and the War Museum house are also not to be missed.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Elia Palazzo or similar.


Day 6: Explore the Magic of Balos (B)

In the far north-west of the Gramvoussa peninsula lays one of the most beautiful sites in Crete: Balos. It is in fact here, where a shallow closed lagoon is separated from the sea by a cordon of sand. The whiteness of the sand and the depth of the sea give this place amazing colors. A site to be absolutely preserved!

🏚️ Hotel Option: Elia Palazzo or similar.


 Day 7: Relax in the Falasarna region (B)

Falassarna Beach (Falasarna) is one of the most famous beaches in Crete. With its turquoise waters and white sand, it stretches over a long coastline. Take advantage of this day to explore the different sides of Falasarna. Then, you can take a beautiful walk of 3 hours approximately in the botanical park of Crete, to admire its exceptional flora and fauna.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Elia Palazzo or similar.


Day 8: End of your Journey (B)

Depending on your flight schedule, you will return to Heraklion city and reach the airport to catch your flight. If you have time left, you can visit the venetian city of Heraklion and have a coffee in one of its hidden “kafeneia” before reaching the airport. Have a great fly and we hope to see you again soon!

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  1. Sherry C

    Hara was my guide she was very flexible and adjusted the experience based on things I had already done in the city. She was extremely friendly and fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with her learning the city and some of the unique aspects of it. The food we sampled was very delicious. Don’t pass this opportunity up!

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  2. Jeff G.

    Excellent guide. Provided lots of detail about not only the places we visited, but Cretan culture as well. Had good connections in Margarites, so we were able to watch a local potter create new products and he then answered our questions. Arkadi was fascinating historically. The Patsos hike was just the right length – beautiful and a good workout but not too strenuous. Also enjoyed the delicious lunch at a local tavern – food and hospitality both phenomenal.

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