Crete active & culture

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Period of operation :From May to October
Price :
  • 1400€/person for min 4 participants (3 star charming Hotels) - for less or more participants please contact us
  • 1720€/person for min 4 participants (Luxury Boutique Hotels) - for less or more participants please contact us
Duration :6 days/5 nights
Minimum attendance :2 participants
Level requirements :The trip level is easy active

Crete is the birthplace of Minoan civilisation, the most ancient in Europe. A whole unique world full of spectacular attractions and proud people.

Discover landscapes of amazing variety: Mountains, split with deep gorges and honeycombed with caves, rise in sheer walls from the sea. Snowcapped 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.

Feel the fascinating atmosphere and sense the mystery of Minoan civilisation: visiting its world-famous Minoan palaces across the island.
Enjoy the delicious and tempting Cretan diet: the base of the healthy Mediterranean diet, along with exquisite wines and the famous Cretan spirit “tsikoudia”.

Millenia of history and culture, a vivid culinary tradition along with is natural beauty makes the travel to the biggest Greek island an experience you definitely will want to live again.

Highlights:

  • Walk in the footsteps of Minoans in the palace of Knossos
  • Hike through Imbros gorge with only two meters wide at one point
  • Drift around the historical city of Chania, one of the longest continuously inhabited city sites in the world
  • Participate in a cooking lesson and learn about Cretan diet which comprises a whole philosophy of life and represents the lifestyle of the Cretan people 
  • Swim in the exotic beach of Balos

Day 1: Arrival in Heraklion
Heraklion is Crete’s modern capital, settled since Neolithic times with the highest mountain of the island Psiloritis rising behind. You will be transferred from Heraklion port or airport to your hotel. Feel free to relax the rest of the day.
Overnight in Heraklion.

Day 2: Archeological museum, the palace of Knossos
We visit the Archeological museum of Heraklion, which opens a fascinating window into the ancient world.

The museum hosts the world’s largest and finest Minoan collection and our visit here enriches your understanding of Knossos’ archeological site that we visit afterwards. Knossos, the largest of the Minoan Palaces, was at the heart of a highly sophisticated island-wide civilisation, more than three and a half thousand years ago.
After lunch we head towards the city of Rethymnon, to visit one of the island’s best preserved old towns.
Overnight in Rethymnon.

Day 3: Ancient Eleftherna hike
Ancient Eleftherna, a Dorian build settlement, lies in the foothills of Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete, is included in the top discoveries of 2009 of the Archeological Institute of America.

We start our hike from the ancient Acropolis of the town.

On our way we pass the remarkable Roman cisterns, carved into the hills westside, the Necropolis and a 3rd century BC ancient bridge.
We finish our hike in the tiny village of Margarites, known for its pottery, where we visit a workshop.

We then continue to Chania, the spiritual capital of Crete. With its shimmering waterfront, crumbling masonry and web of alleys, it’s an extraordinary attractive city. It has so many attractions to fill a good day’s worth of sightseeing but the greatest pleasure of all is to be wandering the narrow streets and stepped alleyways of the old quarters which are filled with Venetian and Turkish architectural gems. Chania after all is one of the longest continuously inhabited city sites in the world.
Overnight in Chania.

Day 4: Hike Imbros Gorge and visit Frangokastello
Visiting Crete without entering a gorge would be a missed opportunity for an incredible experience: one of the most fascinating gorges is at the southern slopes of White Mountains.
The pine tree-lined Imbros gorge, is not as famous as Samaria but is in physical terms as impressive and much less crowded.

Enjoy a wonderful quiet walk, narrow and stiflingly confined in places, speckled with caves in others and at one point passing under a monumental natural stone archway. At the end of the gorge we hop in our bus for a short ride to Frangokastello, a striking 14th century Venetian fortress on a fine stretch of a beach. Here we can wash off the gorge’s dust and enjoy our lunch overlooking the Libyan sea.
Overnight in Chania

Day 5: Gramvousa & Balos Beach – a happy end !
Today an amazing experience lies ahead of us! We try to avoid the touristy crowded boats going to Balos by having an early wake up and drive toBalos, one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here we have the privilege of swimming and snorkelling in the shallow and warm lagoon waters and admire the colors in the early morning. Later in the afternoon we begin our journey back to Chania ending our tour with a feast ! a cooking lesson where we enjoy the delicious and tempting Cretan diet: the base of the healthy Mediterranean diet, along with exquisite wines and the famous Cretan spirit “tsikoudia”.
Overnight in Chania

Day 6: Departure day
After breakfast transfer to the airport and connect to your return flight home or to your next destination.

  • 6 days/ 5 nights’ accommodation on double occupancy with breakfast
  • All necessary transport for the operation of the itinerary
  • Professional licensed guide and entrance fees for the archeological museum of Heraklion and Knossos.
  • Entrance fees at the gorge of Imbros
  • Meals: full board

Not Included: Domestic and/or international air fare
 

Indicative Hotel List Subject to availability

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Budget Boutique Category

 

Please consider taking along the following items on your trip. This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”.

Luggage

  • Duffel bag or rolling luggage
  • Day pack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
  • Luggage locks and tags

Outerwear

  • Mid-weight polar fleece sweater
  • Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho

Clothing

  • Hiking shorts
  • Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit

Clothing Accessories

  • Sun hat or baseball cap

Footwear

  • Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
  • Beach sandals
  • Casual, comfortable shoes for evening

Accessories

  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Beach towel

Optional Accessories

  • Security pouch or money belt
  • Trekking poles or walking staff
  • Camera, memory and batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Travel pillow
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent (lowrisk)
  • Electrical adapter plug/converter

The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgment and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.