Tour overview

Crete: birthplace of the Minoan civilization, the oldest civilization in Europe. A unique part of the world full of spectacular attractions and proud people.

Discover landscapes of amazing diversity, imposing mountains, split by deep gorges and honeycombed caves, rising above the sea. Snow-capped peaks loom behind sandy shorelines, vineyards, and olive groves. Miles of beaches, some fully organized and other isolated and unspoiled, fringe the coast.

Take in the fascinating ambiance and mystery of the Minoan civilization, visiting its world-famous Minoan palaces across the island.
Savor delicious Cretan food, core of the Mediterranean diet, along with its exquisite wines and the famous Cretan spirit “tsikoudia”.

Millennia of history and culture, a boasting culinary tradition along with great natural beauty make a visit to the biggest Greek island an experience you definitely will want to repeat.

Highlights:

  • Walk in the footsteps of Minoans in the palace of Knossos
  • Hike through the infamous Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe
  • Stroll in the historical city of Chania, one of the longest continuously inhabited city sites in the world
  • Take part in a cooking lesson and learn all about the Cretan diet, that reflects the lifestyle  and philosophy 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
  • Day cruise 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
  • Day cruise 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, continuously inhabited since Neolithic times with the highest mountain of the island Psiloritis rising in the background. You will be transferred from Heraklion port or airport to your hotel. On the guided mode of the tour, your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you through the lively town to your restaurant. Time to savor some Cretan delights! Feel free to relax for the rest of the day.
Overnight in Heraklion.

We will visit the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which opens a fascinating window onto the ancient world.

The museum hosts the world’s largest and finest Minoan collection and our visit here will give you a full insight and understanding of the Knossos’ archaeological site that we visit afterwards. 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 will head to the city of Chania. Overnight in Chania.

Visiting Crete without hiking in a gorge would be a missed opportunity for an incredible experience: one of the most fascinating gorges lies on the southern slopes of White Mountains. Following Europe’s longest gorge, the infamous Samaria Gorge, we will hike over trickling streams, through forests of scented pines and through the “Iron Gates”, the narrowest point of the gorge, where the rocks on each side rise up to 600 meters high. After a 16 kilometer descent we’ll reach the welcoming resort of Agia Roumeli, where we will enjoy a refreshing swim. In the afternoon we will board the ferry to Sougia and from there we are transferred back to Chania.

Prepare yourself for a full day with lots of interchanging scenery. In case you don’t feel like taking on such a big hiking challenge, we can always propose the equally beautiful, but relatively easier gorge to hike, the Gorge of Agia Irini. Overnight in Chania.

Today an amazing experience lies ahead of us! After breakfast, we will transfer to the port of Kissamos, where we will embark our boat. Heading towards Gramvousa we have the chance to observe geological phenomena, sea caves, and beautiful turquoise waters. Upon our arrival on the island of Gramvousa, we will walk up to the Venetian castle and also enjoy a refreshing swim. Our next stop is Balos, one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here we will have a relaxing swim in the shallow and warm lagoon waters. Later in the afternoon, we will begin our journey back to Kissamos. In the evening we will transfer to one of the beautiful mountain villages and learn to cook Cretan delicacies in a beautiful green farm. Sipping the local drink “Tsikoudia”, our last dinner will be a marvelous happy end! Afterwards we will head back to Chania. Overnight in Chania.

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport to catch your flight home or to your next destination.

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