Discover off-the-beaten-path Greek culture on the island of Crete. Picturesque gorges and cliffs dive into sapphire water, complementing the ancient ruins left behind from the former empires of Europe. We'll learn the ins and outs of everything that makes Cretan culture so legendary.
Our prices start from2,499 LAND ONLY
7 Days • GUIDED • 8 MealsOperated Tour
- 6 nights accommodation
- Services of a tour manager
- 6 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
Day 1 - Heraklion
Kalimera — welcome to Crete! Arrive in Heraklion and find your way to the hotel before venturing out to begin your adventure. Perhaps wander along the waterfront and enjoy the whitewashed facades that make Greece so picturesque. Meet your local leader and fellow travelers this evening then hit the town for your first evening out in Crete!
Day 2 - Heraklion
This morning we discover authentic Crete with our insider expert. Together, we stroll through back alleys and beautiful pathways to downtown Heraklion. Check out hidden highlights and taste Cretan cuisine at a local market, all while learning more about the history that made Crete what it is today. We head to Knossos Palace, an archaeological site of what is thought to be Europe's oldest city. The palace was built during the Bronze Age and was a major cultural center for the Minoan civilization, which can be seen through the elaborate artwork and architecture that are still partially intact today. Learn more about this civilization and the legends surrounding it as we explore the ruins. This evening we take some time to explore Heraklion — unscripted!
Day 3 - Heraklion
Today we venture to the Dikti Mountains in eastern Crete and immerse ourselves in traditional Cretan culture. Connect with locals to learn more about their heritage while enjoying the stunning panoramic views from the ancient villages that dot the mountainside. Relax under an ancient plane tree and sip locally made coffee before traveling deeper into the fertile Lasithi Plateau. Later, uncover the legends and tales of ancient Greek mythology when we explore the Diktaean Cave — the Cave of Zeus.
Day 4 - Heraklion > Chania
This morning we enjoy the stunning Cretan landscape on a short hike through Agiofarago Gorge. Accessible only by foot, the gorge is edged with massive rock walls lined with caves. Weather permitting, our hike leads us down to a local fishing boat that takes us back to the charming village of Matala, where we enjoy lunch before exploring the area. Head to the beach and enjoy the clear sapphire water or poke around the many caves once inhabited by hippies in the 1960s. After we've soaked up enough Cretan sun, we head to an organic winery to taste how this terrain creates unique wines.
Day 5 - Chania
Today, we explore Chania — a melting pot of cultures and architecture, beautifully framed by sparkling water. Discover authentic Crete by exploring ancient ruins sprinkled throughout the city as well as digging into local delicacies on our walking tour. We venture away from the typical tourist hot spots and visit the Ottoman neighborhood left over from when the Ottoman Empire occupied the island; we will also visit the Jewish Quarter with the nearby "Street of Knives" — where traditional Cretan knives are still handcrafted to this day. Enjoy the rest of the day unscripted.
Day 6 - Chania
Today, write your own adventure! Wander through the streets of Chania and walk along the waterfront, or perhaps a day at the beach is in order. If you want to get active, there is an opportunity to throw on your hiking boots for an adventure through Sarakina cave, which ends with embracing the tastier side of Crete on a food and wine tasting tour. Whatever you choose, your memories are sure to last a lifetime. Make the most of your last dinner in Crete with a final meal with your local leader and new friends!
Day 7 - Chania
This morning we say goodbye to Crete! Depart anytime, taking time to reminisce about great memories. Don't want the adventure to end? Hop on to our Greece: Island Discovery tour to uncover more hidden gems in the Aegean, or head to Athens for an exploration of the city!
2021 Tour Dates
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 22, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $375. International airfare is additional.
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