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The Labyrinth of Crete

To Greeks, Crete is the Megalonissi (Great Island), a hub of spectacular ancient art and architecture. Fabled as the land of King Minos, it is a unique world where civilization is counted by the millennium. From every point of view, travellers discover landscapes of amazing variety. Mountains split with deep gorges and honeycombed with caves rise in sheer walls from the sea. Snow-capped peaks loom behind sandy shorelines, vineyards, and olive groves. Miles of beaches, some with a wealth of amenities and others isolated and unspoiled, fringe the coast. Join us to discover the Palace of Knossos, explore Spinalonga island, admire Lassithi Plateau and much more during this memorable five-day tour of the island.

per adult from

$753

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Duration

5 days

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 4x Dinner
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Operated with English- speaking guides
    • 4 Nights' accommodation
    • Air-conditioned transportation for outbound and inbound transfers from/to Heraklion airport
    • and during the excursions mentioned in the program.
    • All Entrance fees to the Archaeological sites and the boat trip (shared basis) to the island
    • of Spinalonga/ Elounda village
    • Landrover Tour: Pick – up from hotel, experienced & informative drivers, BBQ Lunch with unlimited
    • wine, fuel and insurance.
    • Meet and Greet on arrival at Heraklion airport
    What's excluded :
    • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
    • Flight tickets or visa fees
    • Airport taxes for domestic and international flights
    • Gratuities for driver and guide
    • Optional tours
    • Overnight city tax for the hotel overnights effective from January 1st 2018
    • Clients will have to pay the TAX on the spot at the hotels.
    • Zeus Cave entrance fee

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL CRETE/ TRANSFER TO HOTEL (16–22km / 20–30 minutes)

    Stop At: Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis, Heraklion 716 01, Greece
    Arrive at the airport, where our representative will meet and greet you. Then transfer from Heraklion airport the hotel in Gouves or Chersonissos area. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the delightful surroundings on your own. Dinner is included

    Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Standard Room Category = Hotel Hara Ilios or similar 3*

    Superior Room Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

    Day 2: CRETE: BOAT TRIP TO THE ISLAND OF SPINALONGA (130km – 8 hrs)

    Stop At: ASTIR BEACH HOTEL, Kato Gouves 700 14, Greece
    After a tasty breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel to start discovering the hidden treasures of Greece. Spinalonga is one of the most famous spots in Crete, and sometimes called the ‘island of tears’ due to its past as a leper colony. It was initially a Venetian fortress but then it became the home for hundreds of Greece’s lepers who were shipped there and formed a colony. Once there, you’ll take a guided walk around the enchanting remains of the colony. See its main street, still lined with the shops and houses where the lepers attempted to live ordinary lives. Later, you’ll sail back to Elounda, where you’ll have a typical Cretan lunch. Then, walk around on your own, do some shopping or go for a swim. Lunch and dinner are included.

    Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Standard Room Category = Hotel Hara Ilios or similar 3*

    Superior Room Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

    Day 3: CRETE: PALACE OF KNOSSOS – HERAKLION TOWN (42km – 7/8 hrs)

    Stop At: ASTIR BEACH HOTEL, Kato Gouves 700 14, Greece
    After the delectable breakfast served , you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the imposing Palace of Knossos. The landmark dates back to 1900 BC, and it was the hub of Crete’s Minoan civilization and the place where the fearsome Minotaur was said to have lurked in the labyrinth. Admire the treasures of this fascinating palace during an interesting tour, while your guide explains the myths surrounding it and its kings. Afterwards, visit lively Heraklion, see the Venetian lion fountain and the loggia that is now the Town Hall. The magnificent tour ends at the entrance to the old harbour, the place where you begin to explore on your own. If you want to get even closer to the stunning past of the Greeks, take advantage of the guided tour in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Your day ends with a comfortable transfer to your hotel in Gouves or Chersonissos area. Dinner is included.

    Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Standard Room Category = Hotel Hara Ilios or similar 3*

    Superior Room Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

    Day 4: CRETE: LAND ROVER TOUR – EXPLORE THE BIRTHPLACE OF ZEUS (120km – 7/8 hrs)

    Stop At: ASTIR BEACH HOTEL, Kato Gouves 700 14, Greece
    Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and head towards the central part of Crete to explore its two different plateaus, learn about its mythology, culture, and the local life, while having lots of fun. Your day starts from the moment you meet your drivers, who will take you to your first stop, the Potamies Reservoir water dam. Continuing our journey through mesmerising paths and olive trees, we reach the ruins of the Roman aqueduct of Lyttos. Admire the beauty of the site and continue towards the quaint village of Kastamonitsa, where we join the locals for a coffee break in the traditional cafeneion. Afterwards, the real off-road adventure begins! We will Climb high into the mountains and follow the ancient minaon path that leads us to the cave of Zeus where, according to mythology, the father of all the gods was born. Then, you have the chance to take some memorable photographs of the Lassithi Plateau, before we drop down to the plateau for a delicious BBQ lunch with unlimited wine! The journey continues with a stop at Lassithi plateau, where time has virtually stood still and the local people are mainly farmers. Enjoy this idyllic place for a moment, before we make our way to Seli, for more impressive photos of this unique scenery. We continue the adventure until we reach the village of Krassi our last stop of the day. Catch a glimpse of the 2,000-year-old plane tree and learn about its natural spring water source. End this thrilling day with a transfer back to your hotel. Lunch and dinner are included.

    Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area .
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Standard Room Category = Hotel Hara Ilios or similar 3*

    Superior Room Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

    Day 5: DEPARTURE CRETE (16–22km / 20-30 minutes)

    Stop At: Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis, Heraklion 716 01, Greece
    Begin your day with a rich breakfast at the hotel. Then, enjoy a transfer to Heraklion airport and continue with your travel arrangements.

    Breakfast included.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    AirportAirports
    • N. Kazantzakis Airport, Heraklion, Crete Greece
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice
    • What do I need to bring? Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay. Walking shoes recommended for Zeus Cave visit
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Covid-19 risk assessment of the activity completed (routes, visit of sights, possible crowds, number of people in the group, reduced services).
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

3

Organised by Destination Services Greece

Activity ID: V-131812P8

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