(7 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Chania, Rethmymnon, Heraklion, Elounda, Kritsa
Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, is a must for anyone interested in art and architecture, history and ruins, craft villages, incredible cuisine, and seaside relaxation.
Begin in Chania on the island’s mountainous western half. Enjoy a private tour of this beautiful city with its elegant mix of cobbled alleyways, waterfront promenades and distinctive minarets, the result of both Venetian and Turkish occupation. Stroll through Old Town and visit the spice market and Turkish bazaar. Also tour nearby Rethmymnon, famous for its old Venetian quarter located on a narrow peninsula dominated by a massive castle known as Fortessa. During touring, visit an olive oil producer, local wineries, and nearby villages.
Continue with a privately guided tour of the fascinating Palace of Knossos, built by King Minos during the height of Crete’s great Minoan civilization, which lasted from 2,700 to 1450 BC. Afterward, have a look at the magnificent Bronze Age Minoan treasures on display in the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, before your transfer to your luxury resort in Elounda for three nights.
One day, tour Kritsa, a traditional mountain village known for its crafts and Byzantine art. Another day, opt to take an excursion to Spinalonga, an islet once occupied by ancient Greeks, Venetians, Turks and lepers, or visit Lassithi to see the cave where the Greek god Zeus was born.
Private transfer to resort for 3 nights
Private tour of Chania
Private tour of Rethymnon and olive oil producer, wineries and villages
Chania – Elounda
Private tour of Palace of Knossos and Heraklion Museum and farmer’s villages en route to Elounda for 3 nights
Half-day tour of villages
Half-day excursion to Spinalonga or Lassithi
Private airport transfer
Minoa Palace Resort & Spa
Blue Palace Resort & Spa or Elounda Beach Hotel
Per person (double occupancy)
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