The largest and most populous of
the Greek islands, Crete was home
to the Minoans, who established one
of Europe’s earliest civilisations. As
a strategic gateway to the eastern
Mediterranean, the island has been
ruled by all the main regional powers,
including the Byzantine, Roman and
Ottoman empires. This tour explores
Crete’s magnificent scenic and cultural
highlights, including the Palace of
Knossos, said to be the site of the
mythical Minotaur’s labyrinth and an
incomparable monument of ancient
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Chania with easyJet. Transfer to the Hotel
Theartemis Palace in Rethymno (or similar) for 3
Morning visit to Arkadi fortified monastery,
celebrated due to the Cretan resistance that took
place here against Ottoman rule. Continue to
ancient Eleftherna village for a tour and a visit to
its museum before returning to Rethymnon for a
guided walking tour, taking you past the facades of
Venetian and Turkish buildings to the old port. (B)
This morning, visit the ancient site of Aptera and
make a poignant visit to the second world war
memorials. Continue to the Venizelos tombs and
the port of Chania, with its Venetian harbour.
Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to the ancient Minoan Palace
of Knossos, the centre of Europe’s first civilisation.
According to myth, it was home
to King Minos and site of the legend of
Theseus slaying the Minotaur in the labyrinth.
Continue to Crete’s capital, Heraklion.
Afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum,
which contains an excellent collection of Minoan
artefacts. View the Venetian harbour, Lions Square
and city walls. Stay 4 nights at
the Hotel Aquila Atlantis (or similar). (B, D)
Morning visit to the Church of Panagia Kera
to view the finest Byzantine frescoes in Crete.
Continue to Elounda and take a boat to
Spinalonga island. Formerly a leper colony,
the legacies of Greek, Ottoman, Byzantine
and Venetian occupation over the centuries have left their imprint on this fortified island. Return to
Heraklion for an afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning visit to the Roman town of Gortys,
home to the first Christian basilica. Continue to
the Messara plain and visit the Minoan palace
of Phaestos. Drive across the plain to the seaside
town of Matala. Time at leisure for a swim in the
Libyan Sea or lunch in a loc al tavern. (B)
Full day at leisure or optional tour to the nearby
village of Tylissos, a small Minoan settlement
located under high pine trees and with beautiful
views of the vineyards and mountains, and the
Cretan village of Arolithos to view traditional
houses and art workshops. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London with
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in
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The Hotel Aquila Atlantis is located less than 200 metres from the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and just under 6km from the archaeological site of Knossos. The hotel's outdoor swimming pool has unobstructed views across Heraklion harbour. In the impressive atrium of the hotel you will find the main restaurant, elegantly decorated and an ideal place to enjoy fresh local dishes.
Features: 164 rooms & suites, restaurant, lounge bar, swimming pool, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, coffee facilities, minibar.
Please note that gentlemen are kindly requested to respect hotel regulations and wear long trousers in all hotel areas during the...
Hotel Theartemis Palace is located a short walk from the historic centre and sandy beach of Rethymno. Guestrooms are elegant and comfortable and public areas are furnished with antiques.
Features: 245 rooms, outdoor pool, hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness centre, bar, restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Balcony, air conditioning, heating, hairdryer, desk, safe, telephone, minibar,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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CRQ2017: 7 Nights