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DISCOVER CRETE

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

I am a water person. Which means I am beyond excited to present to you this water focused trip to Crete. We will enjoy the beautiful turquoise waters on a boat trip and simply lounging on the beach. We will explore ancient ruins and small villages. Plus partake in wine tasting, a traditional dinner with entertainment and a bakery workshop. Let's get to the details shall we?



PLEASE NOTE: UP-TO-DATE COVID VACCINES ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP


We specialize in tours for adults only. We take you away from your everyday world and the necessary distractions of family life.


Saturday, August 26th - Saturday, September 2nd 2023

8 Days 7 Nights

$1,880 per person

Only 10 spots available


Start Location-Heraklion, Greece

Finish Location-Chania, Greece


There is an airport in both the start and ending location. You can also take a ferry to both locations from Athens.


INCLUDED


Hotels 4 nights, Guesthouse 3 nights, Twin Share

Meals- 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Transportation- Public bus, Private vehicle, Boat, & on foot

Leader/Guide-1 English speaking tour leader throughout

Local guides as outlined below

Included Activities-Refer to the day by day itinerary below.

Entrance/ Admission Fees- Where applicable with included activities


ALSO INCLUDED


The piece of mind knowing that all the logistics of your specially curated trip are already taken care of and any issues that may arise will be handled swiftly by the guide, Melissa, or Wade which will provide you with a worry-free adventure!


NOT INCLUDED


International airport departure tax

Airport Transfers- Arrival transfer is NOT included. Departure transfer is NOT included.

Any visas required

Services not mentioned in the itinerary

Late check out at hotels

Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

Drinks with included lunches and dinners

Tips for leaders, guide and driver

Expenditures of personal nature

Required Personal Insurance

Optional activities


IMPORTANT NOTES - Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore, quoted rates might change accordingly. Travel insurance is required.


“Melissa and Wade are, for lack of a better word, awesome! Their trip perfectly balanced the line of once-in-a-lifetime and affordable.They are so welcoming, by the time the trip ends they are like family. I look forward to more trips in the future!”Amber



Day 1 / Date: August 26th 2023

Destination: Heraklion, Greece

Meals included: None


Welcome to Crete! Greece’s largest island delights with clear waters, charming villages and a tangible history. Today is a free day to settle in and get to know the area. There are optional activities you can partake in including island trips, visits to caves, food tours and more. We recommend you book these with Get Your Guide.


Accommodation: Kastro Hotel (Standard room) or similar





Day 2 / Date August 27, 2023

Destination: Heraklion, Greece

Meals Included: Breakfast


If you didn’t have a chance to go exploring yesterday then why not do so today? The only thing on your itinerary is a 6 pm welcome meeting where you will meet your local leader and fellow travelers. After the group meeting, get your bearings around the capital with a leader-led orientation walk of Heraklion, after head out for an optional group dinner.


Special Information - It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let me know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.


Accommodation Kastro Hotel (Standard room) or similar


“As a senior single woman, I felt safe and protected traveling with Melissa and Wade” Jacqui



Day 3 / Date: August 28, 2023

Destination: Knossos / Agios Ioannis

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner


This morning we head out of the city to the renowned archaeological site of Knossos, considered to be one of Europe’s oldest cities. Explore the ruins with your leader and soak in hundreds and thousands of years of history within its walls.


Then it’s time to check out some quiet corners of Crete – continue to the tiny coastal town of Chora Sfakion (sometimes referred to as Sfakia) and the historic village of Anopolis for some short stops. We then carry on to Aradaina, teetering on the edge of a gorge, and learn about the history of this dramatic area. You will also take time to taste one of Crete’s most celebrated commodities during a visit to a nearby winery for a wine tasting.


Your final stop for the day is the delightful village of Agios Ioannis, nestled into the foothills of the White Mountains. Your well-earned dinner this evening will be a lively affair – feast on local specialties accompanied by a wonderful live performance of traditional music, a perfect introduction to village life in Crete. Spend the night in a traditional guesthouse.



Included Activities:

Knossos - Archaeological Site

Agios Ioannis - Village Visits, Wine Tasting, Dinner and Live Music Evening


Special Information: To bring you today’s activities, we’ve partnered with MEET, a non-profit organization which supports local providers in national parks throughout the Mediterranean by giving them the tools to develop community-based ecotourism projects. This partnership gives you the opportunity to visit these protected places in an authentic and sustainable way.


Accommodation: Agios Ioannis Guesthouse (Standard room) or similar



Day 4 / Date: August 29, 2023

Destination: South Coast / Sougia

Meals included: Breakfast


Bid farewell to Agios Ioannis and drive back to Chora Sfakion where you’ll board our private boat along Crete's stunning south coast to the village of Sougia. This is Crete at its very best – an undiscovered sweep of beach overlooked by brooding mountains. It’s almost too pretty to believe, but believe it, you’re here!


Upon arrival in Sougia the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure, and it’s certainly not hard to find something amazing to do. You may like to explore one of the coastal trails, take a swim in the warm waters,or just lay back on the beach and let life tick along around you with a drink in hand.


Included Activities: Chora Sfakion - Coastal Boat Ride


Accommodation: Sougia Apartments (Standard room) or similar


“Wade and Melissa are warm and inviting. They are so easygoing and personable it's impossible not to like them! We showed up as 16 strangers and left friends!" Maureen

Day 5 / Date: August 30, 2023

Destination: Agia Irini Gorge / Sougia

Meals included: Breakfast


Rise early and board a local bus bound for the Agia Irini Gorge, carved through the west side of the White Mountains. Set off on a shady hike through the gorge as your leader shares stories of the area’s historical past and how it once hid Greek rebels during the Turkish Occupation. The hike is expected to take around three hours and you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views along the way, plus the chance to spot the unique flora and fauna of the region, including endangered Cretan wild goats, cypress, pine, and dittany trees. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend as you please in Sougia.


Included Activities Sougia - Agia Irini Gorge Hike


Special Information: Today's hike is about 8km / 3 hours. It isn't particularly strenuous, however please note that the surface varies between well worn forest paths to gravel and loose rocks. There are multiple uphill and downhill sections. Please speak to your leader for more details if you have any concerns, and you can always opt out if you prefer to explore Sougia's surrounds instead, or have a leisurely day on the beach.


Accommodation:Sougia Apartments (Standard room) or similar





Day 6 / Date: August 31, 2023

Destination: Chania

Meals included: Breakfast


Say goodbye to Sougia this morning and catch a local bus to Chania. Beachside, colorful and full of culture, Chania is definitely a traveler’s favorite. On arrival, get a feel for the place during an orientation walk with your leader. The rest of the afternoon is free for your own explorations in Chania. Perhaps take a walk through the city markets, the Ottoman neighborhood and Jewish quarter, passing by the workshops of traditional artisans. The town is also bursting with excellent restaurants, so be sure to ask your leader for dinner recommendations this evening.


Accommodation: Morum City Hotel Chania (Standard room) or similar





Day 7 / Date: September 1, 2023

Destination: Chania

Meals included: Breakfast


Start the day with a ‘kalitsounia’ workshop and experience firsthand how one of the most famous Cretanpastries is made. Kalitsounia is commonly served as an appetizer or for breakfast and you can choose your fillings according to your taste: Cretan ‘mizithra’ or ‘anthotyro’ cheese, legendary Cretan greens or choose a sweet filling instead. It’s tasty, nutritious and you can take them with you to enjoy later in the day.


Enjoy some free time at leisure in Chania, perhaps taking the time to visit any spots you may have missed yesterday, or simply sitting back with a coffee and watching the locals go about their business.


You can use Get Your Guide to add some things to do in Chania but be aware of the time you have.





Included Activities Chania - Kalitsounia Bakery Workshop


Accommodation: Morum City Hotel Chania (Standard room) or similar


Day 8 / Date: September 2, 2023

Destination: Chania

Meals included: Breakfast


With no activities scheduled for the day, your planned adventure on Crete comes to an end after breakfast this morning.


If you wish to extend your adventure, consider adding our Greece Land trip of 8 days which starts from Athens. You can take a ferry from the end location of Chania to Athens where the trip starts the next day. You will need to add an additional night of accommodation in either Chania for $165 or Athens for $130 plus your ferry expense.


The cost for the Crete only trip is $1,880 per person


A deposit of $500 per person is due to secure your spot.