Full Tour of Crete

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Duration πŸ“…

14 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

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Language 🌐

English, French

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle

Visa πŸ›‚

NOT Included

Difficulty πŸš₯



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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πŸ’Ž Why we love it ?

Remains of glorious civilizations, magnificent beaches, world-renowned gastronomy, and more. Approach each of these treasures in this auto tour, with hotels and activities included, accompanied by an expert team.

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Full Tour of Crete

Day 1: Arrival at Heraklion

We will meet you at the airport to pick you up before delivering your rental car. We will accompany you to your first hotel to deposit your luggage and take the last details of your trip. On this first day, you will learn about Cretan history and culture by visiting the archaeological museum and the history museum of Heraklion.

🏚️ Accommodation: Village Archanes or similar.


Day 2: The Minoan Heritage (B)

This “Minoan” day begins with the visit of the palace of Knossos, which makes us shiver until today. Then, you can pay a visit to the village of Archanes to discover its archaeological museum and the hidden places of the small village as well as the rocky alleys. You can then have lunch at one of the traditional tavernas of the village, where you can taste your first traditional Cretan meal.

🏚️ Accommodation: Village Archanes or similar.


Day 3: Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga (B)

The charming, serene little town of Agios Nikolaos is the cosmopolitan capital of Lasithi Prefecture. Since the Venetians never attached importance to the region, Agios Nikolaos was not fortified and remained a small fishing village until the early 20th century. Since then, the city has transformed into a picturesque seaside resort whose main pillars are tranquility and beautiful beaches. Lake Voulismeni, a small lagoon in the center of town, is the hallmark of Saint Nicholas and serves as small harbor where fishing boats stop. On this day you can visit the island of Spinaloga too. The history of the island still inspires respect, as it is a Venetian fortress, a colony of castles, a refuge for rebels, a place of exile for lepers, a communication link with Cairo during the Second World War.

🏚️ Accommodation: Village Archanes or similar.


Day 4: The South Coast (B)

Start the day by visiting the ancient “Gortys” on the South coast. The region was inhabited until 3000 BC, while during the Minoan era it evolved as one of the largest cities in Crete. In the 3rd century BC, it managed to own the port of Phaestus, Matala while retaining its port in Levina (current Lentas). The palace of Phaestus was built around 2000 BC, according to legend, by Minos. Of course, a visit to the beaches of the south could not be missed. Choose between Matala, a refuge for the hippies in the 1960s, or Agia Galini, a serene little village with a great view to the port.

🏚️ Accommodation: Villa Maxine or similar.


Day 5: A Small Paradise in 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 grove, a beautiful beach, and a small monastery. Skinaria (or Shinaria) beach is located 33 km south of Rethymno, a small beach with gray-beige sand and crystal clear waters. You can stop at the picturesque village of Spili for coffee and lunch.

🏚️ Accommodation: Pepi Boutique or similar.


Day 6: History, Tradition, and Gastronomy (B, D)

You start off for a day in the surrounding mountains. You can have the first stop at the village Agios Antonios to follow the hiking trail in the magnificent Patsos gorge, where there is a β€œmini” monastery. You continue to Arkadi Monastery. After this visit, you stop at the village of Margarites where you attend a mini pottery class with Mr. Giorgos. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a guided historical and gastronomic tour through the narrow streets of the old town while tasting some local specialties in wonderful places.

🏚️ Accommodation: Pepi Boutique or similar.


Day 7: 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.

🏚️ Accommodation: Pepi Boutique or similar.


Day 8: The Gorge of Samaria (B)

This hike is a must for travelers in Crete. At 18 km long, the Samaria Gorge is the longest in Europe and is classified as a natural park. You descend along the parade to Agia Roumeli beach where you take a boat (not included) in the direction of Chora Sfakia then return to Rethymon.

🏚️ Accommodation: Pepi Boutique or similar.


Day 9: The Route towards Chania (B)

Today, you will leave Rethymno to start heading towards Chania. On the way, you will visit the mountainous village of Argiroupoli which is 26 km southwest of Rethymnon. It is a traditional village with old houses and authentic taverns, as well as a great natural spring of water. On the way, you can stop at Lake Kournas as well, the island’s only freshwater lake. Enjoy the scenery from the terrace of one of the many taverns that line the shore. You continue on to find your hotel in Chania.

🏚️ Accommodation: Elia Palazzo or similar.


Day 10: 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.

🏚️ Accommodation: Elia Palazzo or similar.


Day 11: 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, 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 environment amazing colors. A site to be absolutely preserved!

🏚️ Accommodation: Elia Palazzo or similar.


Day 12: Elafonisi and Kedrodasos Beach (B)

The main attraction of Elafonissi lies in its crystal clear beaches that border the lagoon. The fine sand is sometimes tinged with pink, coming from coral debris, which ranks this beach among the most beautiful on the planet. This very isolated site is in the heart of a wild environment. However, at the height of summer, you will not be the only ones to come and enjoy the tranquility of the site. If this is the case, you just have to take the car and visit the beach of Kedrodasos… a short walk in the forest after the parking lot, and you arrive at a little corner of paradise still preserved.

🏚️ Accommodation: Elia Palazzo or similar.


Day 13: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting (B, L)

Today, you will visit the Kanakis olive oil factory to discover its manufacturing secrets and taste extra virgin oil. You then go to one of the best vineyards in the region, the Dourakis estate, where you take advantage of a guided tour, an opportunity for you to get to know the particular characteristics of Cretan wine better. The guided tour is followed by a tasting, accompanied by brusquettes and olives. Finally, you go to the village of Vryses for a light traditional lunch.

🏚️ Accommodation: Infinity City or similar.


Day 14: 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. Clarence12

    The tour guide makes such a big difference and he was excellent. A good mix of people in the group. highly recommended

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  2. Spyros M

    Stelios, what a great and friendly guy. Not only he gave me a great car at the best price, with last minute notice, but he also gave me previous advices for my trip

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