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Lead Price
From £1895pp
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

The Wonders of Ancient Crete

As a strategic gateway to the eastern Mediterranean, Crete has been ruled by a number of great powers, from the Minoans, one of Europe’s first civilisations, to the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires. This tour explores Crete’s scenic and cultural highlights, including the Palace of Knossos, an incomparable monument of ancient Minoan society.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Heraklion - Rethymno
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Fly to Heraklion - Rethymno

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Heraklion with British Airways. Transfer to Theartemis Palace in Rethymno (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Accommodation: Theartemis Palace Hotel
DAY 2: Aptera - Chania
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Aptera - Chania

Morning visit to the ancient site of Aptera. Continue to the town of Chania with its Venetian harbour. Also make a poignant visit to the Allied Cemetery, containing Second World War burials. Enjoy a welcome lunch before continuing to Rethymno for a guided city walk. (B, L)

Accommodation: Theartemis Palace Hotel
DAY 3: Arkadi - Eleftherna - Rethymno
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Arkadi - Eleftherna - Rethymno

This morning, visit the fortified monastery of Arkadi. Continue to the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its impressive collection of artefacts from Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. Meet a beekeeper for an introduction to beehives and their cultivation. (B)

Accommodation: Theartemis Palace Hotel
DAY 4: Phaestos - Matala - Heraklion
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Phaestos - Matala - Heraklion

Drive across the island to the Messara plain and visit Phaestos, the second Minoan palace. Continue to Matala, a pretty seaside town, and enjoy a swim or relax on the beach. Drive to Heraklion, stopping en route at the archaeological site of Gortys. Stay 4 nights at the Aquila Atlantis Hotel (or similar). (B)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 5: Knossos - Wine Tasting
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Knossos - Wine Tasting

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. Then drive into the Pediados region south of Heraklion, Crete’s most famous wine producing area. Visit a wine estate for an introduction to Cretan wine, with tasting and a traditional lunch. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 6: Kera - Spinalonga - Heraklion
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Kera - Spinalonga - Heraklion

Visit the Church of Panagia Kera to view the finest Byzantine frescoes in Crete. Continue to Elounda and take a boat to Spinalonga. Formerly a leper colony, this fortified island has been imprinted by Greek, Ottoman, Byzantine and Venetian occupation. Return to Heraklion via the port town of Agios Nikolaos. (B)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 7: Heraklion
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Heraklion

Morning at leisure to relax by the pool or explore Heraklion’s old town. Afternoon guided visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum with its collection of Minoan treasure. Enjoy a farewell drink with the group. (B)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 8: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London with British Airways. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 1: Fly to Heraklion - Rethymno
- +

Fly to Heraklion - Rethymno

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Heraklion with British Airways. Transfer to Theartemis Palace in Rethymno (or similar) for 3 nights. (N) Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Accommodation: Theartemis Palace Hotel
DAY 2: Aptera - Chania
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Aptera - Chania

Morning visit to the ancient site of Aptera. Continue to the town of Chania with its Venetian harbour. Also make a poignant visit to the Allied Cemetery, containing second world war burials. Enjoy a welcome lunch before continuing to Rethymno for a guided city walk. (B, L)

Accommodation: Theartemis Palace Hotel
DAY 3: Arkadi - Eleftherna - Rethymno
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Arkadi - Eleftherna - Rethymno

This morning, visit the fortified monastery of Arkadi. Continue to the Museum of Ancient Eleftherna with its impressive collection of artefacts from Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. Meet a beekeeper for an introduction to beehives and their cultivation. (B)

Accommodation: Theartemis Palace Hotel
DAY 4: Phaestos - Matala - Heraklion
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Phaestos - Matala - Heraklion

Drive across the island to the Messara plain and visit Phaestos, the second Minoan palace. Continue to Matala, a pretty seaside town, and enjoy a swim or relax on the beach. Drive to Heraklion, stopping en route at the archaeological site of Gortys. Stay 4 nights at the Aquila Atlantis Hotel (or similar). (B)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 5: Knossos - Wine Tasting
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Knossos - Wine Tasting

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. Then drive into the Pediados region south of Heraklion, Crete's most famous wine producing area. Visit a wine domaine for an introduction to Cretan wine, with tasting and a traditional lunch. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 6: Kera - Spinalonga - Heraklion
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Kera - Spinalonga - Heraklion

Visit the Church of Panagia Kera to view the finest Byzantine frescoes in Crete. Continue to Elounda and take a boat to Spinalonga. 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 via the port town of Agios Nikolaos. (B)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 7: Heraklion
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Heraklion

Morning at leisure to relax by the pool or explore Heraklion's old town. Afternoon guided visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum with its collection of Minoan treasure. Enjoy a farewell drink with the group. (B)

Accommodation: Aquila Atlantis Hotel
DAY 8: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London with British Airways. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Beekeeping experience & honey tasting
  • Visits to the archaeological sites of Knossos & Eleftherna
  • Boat trip to the isle of Spinalonga, once home to a leper colony
  • Wine tasting with traditional Cretan lunch

Important information

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 14 people (max 18)
  • 4-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available
  • Direct international flights with British Airways
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Welcome lunch and farewell drink

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £4,195 | Guide price month: October

High season from £4,295 | Guide price month: September

Single supplement from £495

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