Door 2 Tour

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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Ancient & Modern Crete

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSEGAM

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​Take in lovely views of Chania's Venetian Harbour from your waterfront hotel, and step back in time amongst some of Crete's most fascinating ruins. Add to this traditional cuisine, spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife and your Greek odyssey is complete.

​Take in lovely views of Chania's Venetian Harbour from your waterfront hotel, and step back in time amongst some of Crete's most fascinating ruins. Add to this traditional cuisine, spectacular scenery and wonderful wildlife and your Greek odyssey is complete.

PRICE FROM ? £1359 per person
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What's Included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Gatwick with Norwegian Air or Heatrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in a 3-star hotel
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Audio Guide
  • Chania walking tour
  • Cretan cuisine cookery lesson
  • Discover ancient Eleftherna & the city of Rethymno
  • Explore Ayia Trias Monastery, including wine-tasting
  • Folk evening with dinner & wine

Please note: We're always reviewing our tours. That's why from 2019 we're not offering the folklore show.

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK to Crete
  • ​You'll fly to Crete today, transferring on arrival to your hotel, which is located in a wonderful spot on the waterfront of the Venetian harbour in the Old Town. It's also just a short stroll away from a great selection of tavernas, bars and museums. This evening gather with your travelling companions for a welcome drink before an included dinner in a nearby taverna.
  • DAY 2 Chania
  • ​Join this morning's walking tour of Chania, the second-largest city on Crete and discover the cross shaped market, the leather market, the elegant Venetian harbour and its lighthouse. The afternoon has been left free for you to spend as you wish. Perhaps make your way to the Old Town and explore the many side ways and shops.
  • DAY 3 Knossos & Heraklion
  • ​Enjoy today at leisure, or why not join your Tour Manager and Local Guide on our excursion to the fascinating ruins of the Minoan Palace of Knossos. Built on the slopes of Kefalas Hill, this important archaeological site was, according to legend, the seat of King Minos. It covered an area of 22,000 square metres, was built over several storeys and featured a maze of corridors, sanctuaries and hundreds of rooms. Knossos is also connected with the Minotaur – a mythical beast with the head and tail of a bull and the body of a man, which was entrapped in an intricate labyrinth here. 

    Next, we head to Heraklion, Crete's capital city. Highlights include the Old Town's fortified walls, Venetian and Turkish fountains and many monuments dating back to the Middle Ages. During free time perhaps enjoy a spot of lunch before shopping for souvenirs. The city is also home to an archaeological museum which houses unique treasures unearthed in Knossos.​

  • DAY 4 Cretan Cookery Lesson
  • ​Spend this morning at leisure, exploring at your own pace. This afternoon we'll enjoy an included cookery lesson at a village taverna. Here we will learn how to make the traditional dish of moussaka along with Greek salad, stuffed vine leaves, tomatoes and peppers. The food that we have just prepared will be served to us for dinner this evening.​
  • DAY 5 The White Mountains
  • ​An optional excursion today gives you the chance to discover Crete's famous White Mountains. Topped with snow during winter months, they retain their white glow in the summer as the sun reflects off their limestone peaks. The mountains boast many dramatic gorges, the most famous being the Samaria gorge, and high plateaux including the Omalos Upland Plain. We will ascend this on a scenic drive past traditional farms and colourful orange groves, with a dazzling variety of wild flowers dotting the landscape.

    We also visit the Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete on today's tour. Here we'll discover a stunning variety of plants, flowers and trees from all over the world. Numerous types of butterfly are attracted by the colourful blooms, and many species of bird.

  • DAY 6 Ayia Trias Monastery
  • ​Located in the Akrotiri Peninsula, the impressive monastery of Ayia Trias is our destination today. Inside we'll see a large collection of woodcarvings and icons in its museum and a library which is home to some rare books. The monastery produces excellent wine and olive oil, and we'll head to the cellars for a wine-tasting before we have the chance to purchase souvenirs. On our way back to the hotel, there's another chance to shop with a stop at a local market.  This evening, we'll gather as a group and head to a restaurant for a special dinner with wine. Fun entertainment will be provided in the form of bouzouki music and traditional Greek folk dancing, which you might choose to join.
  • DAY 7 Eleftherna & Rethymno
  • ​After breakfast we'll head off on a day of exploration at the fascinating archaeological site of Ancient Eleftherna. Stop for a quick visit at the Commonwealth War cemetery​ before we finish the day in nearby Rethymno. This beautiful city is dominated by a fortress and as you explore you'll see Venetian and Turkish influences in its picturesque harbour, soaring minarets and domed mosques.​
  • DAY 8 Crete to UK
  • ​Today we'll fly back to the UK.​

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Accommodation

    • Porto Veneziano Hotel
    • The Hotel Porto Veneziano is a 3-star hotel in Chania, which sits in the privileged position on the waterfront of Chania’s Venetian Harbour, just a short stroll from the city centre. Facilitates include a bar with a waterfront seating area, breakfast room and garden. Guest rooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, hairdryer, mini-bar, wi-fi, balcony and tea/coffee making facilities.
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Optional Excursions

  • The Palace of Knossos & Crete's capital Heraklion
  • Botanical Park & Gardens of Crete & the White Mountains
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Further Information

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