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.
- 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
Cretan Culture & Cuisine
Delight in Cretan culinary experiences from, cooking demonstration at a taverna with locally sourced ingredients to olive oil tasting and mezza style lunch with local wine. Enjoy a traditional Greek Evening in Kato Karouzanos with local live music, dancing and delicious food.