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Myths & Minoans

Explore the largest of the Greek islands on this tour of Crete, and suspend disbelief to enjoy the myths and legends of the ancient sites, as you visit Roman ruins and Ottoman streets, Byzantine churches and Venetian ports, mountain villages and Minoan Palaces

Focused on the central and western regions of this big and rugged island, the tour begins in Heraklion. With a treasure chest of artefacts in its revered Archaeological Museum, the city’s 16th-century Koules Fortress dominates the old port; the fabled Palace of Knossos is on its doorstep; religious reverence meets iconic art in its Byzantine churches; and street names like ‘25th August’ and ‘1866’ recall events in its dramatic past.

From here we visit the historic and heroic village of Archanes, the Roman ruins of Gortys and Minoan remains of Phaestos, pottery shops in pretty Margarites, and the holy sites of Arkadi Monastery and the cave chapel of St. Anthony. This takes us to ‘part two’ of the tour, based in relaxing Rethymnon.

A strollable town, strewn with landmark architecture, its old stone lighthouse is a focal point on the harbour, and the long shoreline is hemmed by a sandy beach and alfresco restaurants. A coast and country tour includes visits the ancient city of Aptera, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, on to the Akrotiri peninsula to see the Tzagarolon Monastery; and time to explore charismatic Chania, the island’s former capital, oozing charm and atmosphere, from its wonderful Venetian port to the covered market and narrow Old Town lanes.

Overview

  • Heraklion  - 4 nights
  • Rethymnon  - 3 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Unravel the history and mysteries of the Minoans
  • Marvel at the well-preserved Palace of Knossos
  • Try traditional Cretan mezzes with wine tasting  
  • Admire the natural beauty of Patsos Gorge
  • Discover the most interesting ancient city of Aptera
  • Explore the colourful and charming coastal town of Chania 

Explore the largest of the Greek islands on this tour of Crete, and suspend disbelief to enjoy the myths and legends of the ancient sites, as you visit Roman ruins and Ottoman streets, Byzantine churches and Venetian ports, mountain villages and Minoan Palaces

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.

Jo An Palace Hotel - Rethymnon

A 4-star hotel situated in the centre of Rethymnon and a short walk away from the historical and charming Old Town. Restaurant, bars, pool, and WiFi (free). 70 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV and balcony.
Notes:

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

Extra Nights

Stay in Heraklion before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Rethymnon before flying back to the UK

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

Aquila Atlantis Hotel
(per night)
Apr/Oct 2024 £55
May/Sep 2024 £65
Apr/Oct 2025 £65
May/Sep 2025 £70

Single supplement
Apr/Oct 2024 £35
May/Sep 2024 £40
Apr/Oct 2025 £40
May/Sep 2025 £45

Harbour View
Apr/Oct 2024 £65
May/Sep 2024 £75
Apr/Oct 2025 £70
May/Sep 2025 £80

Harbour View single supplement
Apr/Oct 2024 £60
May/Sep 2024 £65
Apr/Oct 2025 £65
May/Sep 2025 £75

Jo-An Palace Hotel
(per night)
Apr, May & Oct 2024 £45
Sep 2024 £55
Apr, May & Oct 2025 £50
Sep 2025 £60

Single supplement
Apr, May & Oct £25
Sep 2024 £30
Sep 2025 £35

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.

Jo An Palace Hotel - Rethymnon

A 4-star hotel situated in the centre of Rethymnon and a short walk away from the historical and charming Old Town. Restaurant, bars, pool, and WiFi (free). 70 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV and balcony.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

April
April 25 (Thursday)
May
May 9 (Thursday)
September
September 12 (Thursday)
October
October 3 (Thursday)
October 10 (Thursday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 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 day.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Apr, Oct
  • £185
  • 2024: May, Sep 26
  • £210
  • 2024: Sep 12
  • £230
  • 2025: Apr, Oct
  • £220
  • 2025: May, Sep 25
  • £245
  • 2025: Sep 11
  • £270
Flight Options
  • easyJet from Manchester
  • On request, please call
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £300
  • Arrival transfer
  • £25 (2025 £30)
  • Departure transfer
  • £85 (2025 £95)

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