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The largest island of Greece, is Crete island and it is a place that suits all tastes: whether you are looking for developed tourist resorts or quiet beaches, archaeological sites or fabulous nature, luxurious hotels or camping sites, then you have discovered the best place! In Crete you can find everything that you imazine for your next
vacation in Greece !Although Crete is surrounded by sea, the inland is mountainous and steep.The most popular towns are Heraklion and Chamia.Heraklion is a large town with a castle from the Middle Ages at the entrance of the port.In a short distance from Heraklion Town, there is the Minoan Palace of Knossos which was covered by the
volcanic ashes of Santorini in about 1,600 BC and was found almost intact by the archaeologists.Furthermore Chania Town has a picturesque ambience with the Venetian port, the lighthouse and the Old Town.Close to both Heraklion and Chania, there are beautiful beaches to enjoy your days under the sun. Should you have time, you can drive around and discover the beauty that Crete has to offer.With our holiday package proposals you will have the opportunity to explore the highlights of Crete to walk into the historical sites of this island in order to understand the Cretan mentality or to relax in a cosmopolitan beach !On the top of that with our proposal you will have also the opportunity to see the
highlights of Athens (inluded Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum ) So, dont miss it ! It will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life !You only need to bring your camera we will bring the good mood ! This is our promise !
Friday : Athens
Upon arrival in Athens international Airport, you will meet our representative and he will transfer you in your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Do not forget to visit Plaka, the traditional neighborhood under the Acropolis in order to have dinner in a traditional Greek tavern.Overnight in the Hotel of your choice in Athens .
Saturday : Athens
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous historical monuments: the Panathinaic Stadium, the ex. Royal Palace, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library and the Constitution Square(Syntagma). Tour ends with visit at the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum (except Mondays). The rest of the day is at leisure. In the afternoon you can have an optional tour to Sounion in order to visit the cosmopolitan suburbs of Athens.At the end of this magnificent route next to the seaside you can visit the Temple of Poseidon,who was the God of the Sea according the ancient Greek Religion.Overnight in the Hotel of your choice in Athens.
Sunday : Athens/Heraklion ( Crete Island )
In the morning after breakfast you will meet at the Reception of your hotel our representative in order to arrange your transfer from the hotel of your choice to Athens airport . From Athens airport you will have the opportunity to fly from Athens to Heraklion (Crete island).The duration of your flight is aprox. 1 hour. Upon arrival in Crete island our local representative will meet you at the airport and he will arrange for your transfer from Heraklion airport to your selected hotel in Heraklion town which is the capital of Crete. The rest of the day is at your leisure in order to relax and to start your first exploration in Heraklion town. Do not forget to visit the central square or to enjoy your dinner in a traditional Crete Tavern.Overnight in your selected Hotel in Crete island.
Monday: Heraklion- Elounta-Spinaloga-Agios Nikolaos
Today, after breakfast, our representative will meet you at the hotel and he will drive to Elounda and board the boat for the trip in the Elounda Bay with its calm, crystal clear waters. Visit the Historical island of Spinaloga at the entrance of the Elounda bay, which was once home to the lepers of Crete by the order of government. It is now one of the most popular tourist attractions. There is a fortress on the island that was used during the Ottoman Empire and later it became home to the lepers of Crete. This was a quarantine island right up until 1957. The boat trip continues to a small bay for swim and BBQ. Next to Agios Nikolaos with its elegant inner harbor and bottom-less lake so called the Saint Tropez of Crete.Return back in your hotel in the afternoon . Overnight in the Hotel of your choice in Heraklion
Today after breakfast, our representative will meet you by the reception of your hotel. You start your embarkation in a modern tourist bus, with a professional English and German Speaking guide. We will drive along the coastal highway, enjoying the clear blue sea and the green countryside, typical of west Crete. Passing Crete’s oldest part full of olive groves, arrive at the monastery of Arkadi, the most celebrated Cretan monastery and a monument to the dignity and spirit of the Cretans. In 1866, while Crete was fighting for its liberation from Turkish subjugation, 300 fighters and 664 women and children took refuge in its buildings, siege by 15.000 Turkish soldiers. When all hope was lost for the besieged Cretans, they set fire to the powder magazine, choosing death rather than slavery.
Later on, the trip continues to Chania, this town is considered to be one of the most beautiful towns in all of Greece. The town is divided into two parts, the new Town and the Old Town. The New Town is where the daily business is conducted, post office, banks, offices, etc. The old Town is build around the Venetian Harbor and the architecture paints the image of past foreign domination. It has also been home to many excavation sites, therefore, the town is filled with many artifacts. Be sure to visit the lighthouse and the Firkas Fort, where during the summer months there are many outdoor performances. The Old Town is also the center of nightlife with Taverns, bars, and clubs. If you’re in search of good quality handmade leather products, Skridlof Street is the place to go. There is a local Specialty, called the Bougatsa, which is only offered Apokoronou Street, it has the texture of a cheese-pie and it is made with a secret local recipe, a MUST TRY.
After lunch, wander through the leather street and the market hall, which offers typical Cretan products. We continue to Akrotiri where the Venizelos Family grave is located, with an imposing view of the city and the surrounding countryside.Return back in your hotel late in the afternoon . Overnight in Heraklion in the Hotel of your choice
Wednesday- Cretan By Night
Today , after Breakfast in the Hotel of your choice , you will have a relax morning in order to enjoy yourself in a short walk to the old market of Heraklion and of cource to explore by yourself a lot of local products which are very impressive ! In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to fill like a real Cretan ! Do you want to be a Cretan for a night? Then join us tonight! Visit our unique, typical mountain village, with the traditional Cretan life and the handmade articles. While you are entertained with the sounds of the bouzouki and lyra enjoying the colorful folk dances, we will serve you an original Cretan dinner with unlimited house wine. Rest assured that this will be a most memorable evening of your vacation in Crete ! Dont miss it ! Overnight in Heraklion town in the Hotel of your choice !
Thursday- Heraklion/Knossos ( Minoan Palace )
In the morning after breakfast you will have the opportunity to visit Knossos and its famous palace, built by King Minoas 4000 years ago. It is said that this palace is the source for the myth of the Labyrinth. In An elaborate mazelike structure was created for King Minoas to hold the creature Minotaur, half man and half bull. Several of the stones on the walls have double bladed axes carved on them. The axe is an apotropaic and belief was that the presence of the axe on an object would prevent it from being killed. In reality, the palace is an amazing piece of architecture that is an extensive twirling maze of workrooms, living rooms, and storerooms. Knossos is the largest Bronze age archeological site in Crete. An interesting finding by Bronze Age scholars is the practice of human sacrifice, which was never known to exist in Crete, but was confirmed as a common practice at Knossos Palace. Knossos Palace is a MUST to see! The enchantment, the history, and the myth. The palace is a few Km from Heraklion and covers more than 20.000 Square Meters. Continue with a visit of the town of Heraklion, with time for lunch and a short walk through its shopping centre.Early in the afternoon you will return again in your selected Hotel in Heraklion town.Overnight.
Friday – Heraklion/ Athens
Today in the morning after breakfast , our local representative will arrange for your transfer in Heraklion airport in order to take your flight back to Athens.After one hour flight , when you will arrive in Athens our local representative will arrange for your transfer to your selected hotel in Athens ! Overnight in your selected hotel in Athens.
DAY 9 : Athens-Airport
Today in the morning , according to your departure flight will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight
What is included in the above package
Transfer Athens Airport – Hotel in Athens
Transfer Hotel in Athens – Athens Airport
Transfer Heraklion Airport – Hotel in Heraklion
Transfer Hotel in Heraklion – Heraklion Airport Transfer Athens Airport – Hotel in Athens Transfer Hotel in Athens – Athens Airport
3 Overnights in Athens in 3 or 4 star Hotel included Breakfast
5 Overrnights in Heraklion in 3 or 4 star Hotel included Breakfast
3. Air Tickets :
Athens-Heraklion- Athens ,ecomomy class, included all airport taxes, 1 carry-on max.8kg and 1 luggage max.23kg.
Half Day Athens Sightseeing Bus Guided tour included entrance fee
Full Day Bus Tour to Elounda, Spinialonga and Agios Nikolaos
Full Day Bus Tour to Arkadi, Rethimno and Chania Town.
Tour : “Cretan By Night ” incl. Dinner and live show with Cretan Music
Half Day Bus Tour to Knossos Archeological site
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