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The Best of Crete Escorted Tour

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Tour highlights:


  • On this tour you get a little bit of everything this exceptional island offers; history, archaeology, scenery, culture and tradition!  

  • Visit the Minoan site of Knossos, the spectacular Heraklion Archaeological museum, the fascinating historical island of Spinalonga

  • Enjoy some spectacular Cretan scenery and  try authentic and tasty local cuisine

  • Stay in the most beautiful town on the island, Chania, an historic and incredibly picturesque Venetian harbour town

Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, offers a little bit of everything; history, scenery, culture, tradition and a wonderful interior that provides an almost untouched beauty and authenticity.  We want to introduce a little of all these aspects during this tour as we believe each is an important part of what makes Crete such a special place.  Of course, we visit some of the islands most famous and interesting historic sites, but we also travel through some of its most picturesque countryside, visit typical Cretan villages where we will eat at local tavernas and enjoy some wonderful local cuisine. We will also experience the islands incredible diversity with our two bases for the tour, the harbour town of Agios Nikolaos in the east and, the most beautiful town on the island, Chania in the west.

Available Departures


21 - October - 2019 £ 1375.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 21st October 2019 at 07:10

Returning: 29th October 2019 at 20:00


Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Heraklion. Transfer to the Hermes Hotel, situated on the waterfront in Agios Nikolaos, for a four-night stay. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: Panagia Kera, Gournia, Mochlos.
Our visits today include the 13th century Byzantine church of Panagia Kera, which has some of the best preserved wall-paintings in Crete; the excavations at Gournia, the only Minoan town found on the island that offers a first insight into the Minoan culture; and the seaside village of Mochlos, where we enjoy a wonderful lunch by the sea.

Day 3: Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Knossos.
The exceptional Heraklion Museum houses the largest collection of Minoan antiquities anywhere in the world and makes an excellent combination with a visit to Crete’s most famous Minoan site Knossos. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Spinalonga.
Today we enjoy a short but attractive boat ride that takes us from Elounda and across the bay of Elounda to the historic island of Spinalonga, a ‘defensive’ island with a history that spans centuries but also a more recent history, which is now immortalised in the Victoria Hislop novel ' The Island'. 

Day 5: Melidoni Cave, Margaritas and Arkadi Monastery.
On our journey to our second hotel, we will visit the Melidoni Cave which has extraordinary rock formations, a tragic history and a beautiful setting;  Margaritas, a village of potters, which showcases a folk art of the past, but one that still continues today; and the Arkadi Monastery, an important and precious symbol of Crete’s heroic struggle for freedom against the Ottomans. Check-in to Porto Veneziano Hotel, Chania for a four-night stay.

Day 6: Morning guided tour of Chania.
Having been introduced to some of the delights of this lovely town in the morning, the rest of the day is free for you to explore at leisure. You may wish to visit some of Chanias lovely museums, explore further its wonderful atmospheric back streets or perhaps just enjoy a leisurely lunch on the waterfront.

Day 7: Western Crete highlights.
Visits to a Agios Ioannis, an interesting and historic ‘cave’ church; Polyrinnia, an important city state of the past; and the Anoskeli olive press, where we can learn more about the production of olive oil ion the island as well as try some of Anoskeli's own wines.

Day 8: The Apokoronos.
This very beautiful region of western Crete is filled with pretty villages and stunning scenery. We will tour the area visiting some of the picturesque villages, taking in the views and scenery as we go, and enjoy a tasty lunch in a typical village taverna.

Day 9: Transfer to Heraklion Airport for return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.


  • Return scheduled flights with Easyjet from London Gatwick to Heraklion (regional flights may be available, supplement will apply, contact us for more details)
  • Four nights' on half-board basis at the four-star Hermes Hotel, Agios Nikolaos, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Four nights' bed and breakfast at the three-star Porto Veneziano Hotel, Chania, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Three lunches
  • Transfers and full touring itinerary as detailed
  • Tour manager and local guide throughout



  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls 
  • Porterage and gratuities


Hermes Hotel, Agios Nikolaos
Situated a few minutes walk from the centre of Agios Nikolaos, the four-star Hermes Hotel is a well-established hotel in an excellent location. Positioned on the sea front, it is an easy 5 minute walk to the centre of Agios Nikolaos, which provides the opportunity to wander out and find anything you may need during your stay or to enjoy dinner (HB is included but you might like an atmospheric dinner by the lake or the sea on occasion) or drinks in one of the many tavernas and cafes scattered throughout Agios Nikolaos.

The hotel offers comfortable rooms, with sea view (supplement applicable), balcony, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and bathroom with bath/shower, pool towels, safe box and fridge. The 'elevated' pool, located on the 5th floor, overlooks the sea. Facilities at the hotel include: the hotels main restaurant, located on the 5th floor, where breakfast and dinner are served, buffet style, combining a selection of Greek and international cuisine; the Bay View pool bar, located on the terrace next to the swimming pool; the Cafe Del Mar Blue, open throughout the day for drinks and snacks, and the Hermes Bar, open in the evening. A small beach can be accessed via a tunnel direct from the hotel and other beaches in the area can be accessed easily on foot.

Rooms included on the tour are standard town view. If you would like a sea view these are available at a small supplement.

Single rooms are standard twin/double rooms for sole use with a balcony and town view. It is possible to upgrade to a sea view, prices and availability on request.

Hermes Hotel Website

Porto Veneziano Hotel, Chania
Porto Veneziano Hotel, Chania Situated in a privileged position, right on the waterfront at the eastern end of the Venetian harbour town of Chania, is the Porto Veneziano. The hotel was completely renovated in 2013 and offers  comfortable, well-presented accommodation and is well-located for exploring and for really being able to enjoy this spectacular town on foot.

Porto Veneziano Hotel Website

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Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-October-2018

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We had a wonderful holiday. Beautiful weather and a superb guide in Jane whose love of Crete infused us all. This tour was a perfect balance of culture, nature and history. We loved it.

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