7 nights from

£1845

An Island Escape to Crete

Venture into the rural heart of Crete on this 7-night tour and explore picturesque mountain villages, delve into Cretan culture and sail to the fascinating island of Spinalonga on a journey to remember

Discover the charming side of Crete, from a base in the centre of historic Heraklion, with daily excursions taking you to explore the east of the island. Visit traditional mountain villages like Kritsa, set in the foothills of the Lassithi mountains, and Kalamafka, famous for its limestone rock formations; and learn about the island’s long-standing arts and crafts heritage from locals who’ve long worked in the trade.

Tour a family-run olive grove to see how they’ve been producing olive oil for more than a century, and explore the famous village of Zaros, known for its fresh spring water. Visit Matala, a hippie fishing village home to millennia-old caves, and sail to Spinalonga – the island once known for its leper colony, now offering tours to teach visitors more about its moving history.

Other highlights include the Cave of Zeus, said to have been Zeus’s hiding place in Greek mythology; Seli Ambelou, home to historic, stone-built windmills; and Agios Nikolaos, known for its lively beaches and restaurants.

Along the way, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about Cretan culture and get under the skin of the island. Take part in a pottery workshop, delight in tasting authentic Cretan cuisines and enjoy a traditional Greek night with live music and dancing for a glimpse into the island’s livelier side; this is Crete at its most enchanting.

Overview

  • Heraklion  - 7 nights
Book Tour

Tour Highlights

  • Delve in discovering culture, quaint villages and spectacular landscapes
  • Relax and enjoy swimming opportunities along the way
  • Walk around an oil grove, enjoy olive oil tasting and traditional mezze lunch
  • Enjoy Greek Night with a glimpse of village life
  • Visit the beautiful region of Spingalonga with its extraordinary history
  • Admire the beauty of Zaros Village on the southern slope of Psiloritis Mountain

Venture into the rural heart of Crete on this 7-night tour and explore picturesque mountain villages, delve into Cretan culture and sail to the fascinating island of Spinalonga on a journey to remember

Notes:

This is a busy itinerary and involves many visits on foot and uneven surfaces.

Accommodation

Aquila Atlantis Hotel - Heraklion

A modern 5-star hotel in central Heraklion, close to the Archaeological museum. Restaurants, bar, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 164 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
Notes:

An accommodation tax is payable locally, approximately €7-€10 per room per night.

Extra Nights

Stay in Heraklion before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Aquila Atlantis Hotel

2024
(per night) £65 (Oct £55)
Single supplement £40 (Oct £35)
Harbour View £75 (Oct £65)
Harbour View single supplement £65 (Oct £60)
Arrival or departure transfer £25

2025
(per night) £70 (Apr £65 & Oct £50)
Single supplement £45 (Apr £40 & Oct £30)
Harbour View £80 (Apr £70 & Oct £55)
Harbour View single supplement £70 (Apr £65 & Oct £50)
Arrival or departure transfer £28

Aquila Atlantis Hotel - Heraklion

A modern 5-star hotel in central Heraklion, close to the Archaeological museum. Restaurants, bar, pools, spa and WiFi (free). 164 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

September
September 19 (Thursday)
  • 4 Places Remaining
October
October 17 (Thursday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, optional excursions, accommodation tax, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes:

An accommodation tax is payable locally, approximately €7-€10 per room per night.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep 19
  • £270
  • 2024: Oct 17
  • £185
  • 2025: Apr 24
  • £255
  • 2025: May, Sep
  • £300
  • 2025: Oct 16
  • £200
Optional Excursions
  • Sunset Cruise (2024)
  • £95
  • Sunset Cruise (2025)
  • £100
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £300
  • Arrival transfer
  • £25 (2025 £28)
  • Departure transfer
  • £25 (2025 £28)

Similar Tours

plan