Tour overview

Crete is the birthplace of Minoan civilization, 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. 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.

Feel the fascinating atmosphere and sense the mystery of Minoan civilization, visiting its world-famous Minoan palaces across the island.
Enjoy the delicious and tempting Cretan food, 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 its 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 Samaria gorge, longest in Europe
  • 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

Tour Summary

Duration

5 days

Period of operation: April to November

Duration: 5 days/4 nights

Price:

Semi Guided Mode

  • 920€ for 4-6 participants
  • 1460€ for 2-3 participants

Fully Guided Mode

  • 1400€ for 4-6 participants
  • 2240€ for 2-3 participants

Participation requirements

Our trips are designed for active people who enjoy energetic days. We expect participants to be in good physical condition.

Tour Details

Tour inclusions

Semi Guided Mode:

  • 5 days/ 4 nights’ accommodation on double occupancy with breakfast
  • All necessary transport for the operation of the itinerary
  • Professional licensed guide and entrance fees for the archaeological museum of Heraklion and Knossos.
  • Fully guided hike with transportation & entrance fee at the gorge of Samaria
  • Jeep tour with light snack to Balos
  • Cooking class followed by a meal

Fully Guided Mode :

  • 5 days/ 4 nights’ accommodation on double occupancy with breakfast
  • All necessary transport for the operation of the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the trip
  • Professional licensed guide and entrance fees for the archaeological museum of Heraklion and Knossos.
  • Fully guided hike with transportation & entrance fee at the gorge of Samaria
  • Jeep tour with light snack to Balos
  • Cooking class followed by a meal
  • All meals starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5
Tour exclusions
  • Domestic and/or international airfare

Itinerary

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 for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Heraklion.

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 afterward. Knossos, the largest of the Minoan Palaces, was at the heart of a highly sophisticated island-wide civilization, more than three and a half thousand years ago.

After lunch we head towards the city of Chania

Overnight in Chania

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.

Europe’s longest gorge which lead us to our goal over trickling streams, through forests of scented pines and the “Iron Gates”, the narrowest point where the rocks on either side are 600m high.

After a 16km descent we’ll reach the welcoming resort of Agia Roumeli,  where we embark the ferry to Sougia and from there we are transferred back to Chania. Be prepared for a full day with lots of interchanging scenery. In case you don’t feel like hiking that long, we can always propose the equally beautiful and of easier difficulty gorge of Agia Irini.
Overnight in Chania

Today an amazing experience lies ahead of us! After breakfast, we transfer to the port of Kissamos where we embark our boat.

Heading towards Gramvousa we have the chance to observe geological phenomena, sea caves, and beautiful waters.

Upon arrival at Gramvousa island, we walk up to the Venetian castle and have a swim as well.  Our next stop is Balos, one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here we have the privilege of swimming and snorkeling in the shallow and warm lagoon waters. Later in the afternoon, we begin our journey back to Kissamos. Return back to Chania.
Overnight in Chania

After breakfast transfer to the airport and connect to your return flight home or to your next destination.

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