Crete’s authentic beauty: Holistic travel experience

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| Local experience, Nature, Sightseeing
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  • 8 days
  • 2 destinations
  • From 2.100€
  • 30 awesome beaches
  • 10 archeological sites
  • Endless Greek delicacies

Crete’s natural beauty is equalled only by the richness of its history, as the island is the birthplace of the first advanced society on European soil. Τhe Minoans ruled much of the Aegean 4000 years ago and, being the crossroad of three continents, Crete has been coveted and occupied by many invaders throughout the years. Ultimately, though, it's the locals that make the experience of holidays in Crete unique. Crete’s spirited people honour their culture and customs, so Crete's long-lasting traditions remain a dynamic part of the island’s soul.
This exhilarating mosaic of history, mythology, gallantry, and natural beauty is a challenge that you can’t resist. The island's unique landscape, a fruitful blend of sun, sea & mountain terrain, inspired Cretan people to develop their gastronomy. Local farms, wineries, and excellent local restaurants will introduce you to the island's gastronomy scene and make it impossible for you to leave!
  • Day 1 Chania
    The trip begins in Chania. Until the 1980’s Chania was one of the best-kept secrets of the Mediterranean: a delightful provincial town between the mountains and the sea. Nowadays, Chania is Crete’s most nostalgic city, full of Ottoman and Venetian influences in
  • Day 2 Chania
    Chania has managed to keep its vintage appearance and its authentic ‘color’ in balance with the touristic growth of recent years. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece –also known as the Venice of the East, keeping
  • Day 3 Samaria Gorge
    Hiking through Samaria gorge is considered one of the must things to do in Crete-and with a good reason. The magnificent gorge is the longest in Europe: 18km long and 150m wide at its widest points. It was declared a
  • Day 4 Gramvousa Peninsula
    Northwest of Chania lies the beautifully wild and remote Gramvousa Peninsula, the main attraction of which is the stunning lagoon-like sandy beach of Balos. This idyllic beach has white sand and exotic white, vivid blue, and turquoise waters and is
  • Day 5 Chania-Rethymno
    Today, you will enjoy a drive towards Rethymno and explore the historic quarter with its charismatic Renaissance Venetian buildings sprinkled with exotic features from the Turkish period. Basking between the commanding bastions of its 15th-century fortress and the glittering azure
  • Day 6 Rethymno
    In the morning you will go to a 40.000 square meter farm, a replica of a 17th-century estate. There, you will be introduced to centuries-old, organic, and eco-friendly traditional farming methods. You will experience traditional agricultural activities and will have
  • Day 7 Preveli
    Today, you will experience the mountainous part of Rethymno while driving through the Amari region on your way to Preveli Beach. The Amari Valley is a quilt of unspoiled villages punctuated by Byzantine churches and framed by olive groves and
  • Day 8 Rethymno-Athens
    Today, you can spend the morning relaxing at your hotel or meandering through the picturesque streets of Rethymno. Then, you will be transferred to the airport, where you’ll catch a flight to Athens.

This is a sample itinerary and can be fully customized according to your travel plans and needs. The price of this trip is indicative, given that it can change depending on several factors, including the season, activities, etc. In every case, our savvy travel experts will create a travel plan based on your budget and your bucket list! The travel planning service is free of charge and includes as many changes and customizations as you wish, until you’re fully satisfied with the result.


What's included?
  • Accommodation
  • In-country transportation
  • Trip planning by our travel experts
  • Activities and tours
  • 24×7 support during your trip
What's not included?
  • Food & Drinks
  • International flights
Reviews: 4

Satisfaction: 5

Holistic trip to Crete.

  • by traveler: Matt K.

Crete was absolutely breathtaking, both historically and naturally! Hiking through Samaria gorge was an unforgettable experience and Gramvousa Peninsula was stunning, they were our favorite parts of the tour. The staff was friendly and the trip was very well organized, I would highly recommend it!

Fabulous trip in Crete!

  • by traveler: Jake B.

Fabulous trip! The tour guides were knowledgeable and friendly, they provided useful information about every place we visited and kept us entertained throughout the trip. All the places we visited were impressive, but Balos beach was our favorite. We felt like we were in the Carribean, just wow!

This trip was a great way to see the best places in Crete!

  • by traveler: Dan M.

This trip was a great way to see the best places in Crete! Accommodation and food were excellent. Tour guides were very knowledgeable and attentive as well. We also loved the activities we did during the trip, Samaria Gorge and the palm tree forest at Preveli beach were our favorite places. Definitely going back!

We’re glad we booked this trip around Crete.

  • by traveler: Beth P.

We’re glad we booked this trip around Crete. We wouldn’t have seen all those stunning places if we had gone by ourselves, that’s for sure! It was the highlight of our holidays in Greece!