Springtime In Crete
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TTRAFGRSC
- Travel Type: Air
- 4 star hotel
Discover the many species of wildflowers in Crete as you explore the spectacular scenery of this idyllic Greek island. Along the way you’ll visit traditional villages, admire ancient ruins and enjoy the comforts of your 4-star hotel, which is just steps away from a sandy beach.
Wildflowers and nature walks are at the heart of this holiday the idyllic Greek island of Crete, which also boasts an incredible history.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return flights from Gatwick with Norwegian Air
- 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
- 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
- Tour Lecturer and Local Guide
- Overseas transfers and local transportation
- Audio Guide
- Wildflower meadows and the White Mountains tour
- Explore the Akrotiri Peninsula
- Chania and its Venetian harbour
- Discover the Therissano Gorge Flora
- Visit the ancient city of Aptera
- DAY 1 UK/Crete
- You'll depart on your scheduled flight to Chania today. On arrival we'll transfer you to the lovely village of Agia Marina, on Crete's north-west coast. Your 4-star accommodation here is a boutique hotel located on a sandy beach.
- DAY 2 The White Mountains
- You should see plenty of wildflowers on today's tour, which takes you into the Omalos Upland Plain, Crete's orange-growing region. As you ascend into the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains, past traditional farms and fragrant citrus groves, your Tour Lecturer will share their knowledge with you. They'll tell you about the various types of flora you might see, including daphnes, tulips, peonies and anemones. You'll also learn about the many types of endemic flowers that only grow in this part of the island. Your next stop is the viewpoint at the entrance of the Samaria Gorge, which is believed to be the largest in Europe. It's said that at least 450 types of plant grow here, so you're sure to notch up more wildflower spots. Keep a lookout too for Crete's most famous inhabitants, wild goats.
- DAY 3 Knossos & Heraklion
- How you spend today is entirely up to you. You could choose a day of relaxation and take the few steps from your hotel to the sandy Blue Flag beach. Alternatively, if you’d like to delve into Crete’s fascinating history, join an optional excursion to the north coast and the magnificent Minoan Palace ruins of Knossos. The seat of the legendary King Minos, this multi-storeyed palace covered an area of 22,000 square metres. The Minoans were Europe's first advanced civilisation, and as you explore this incredible site in the company of a Local Guide, you'll learn all about them. You’ll also hear about the mythological labyrinth – the dwelling of the Minotaur, a beast with the head of a bull and the body of a man. You’ll then head to Crete's capital Heraklion. There's time to stop for lunch if you wish, and admire the Old Town's Venetian walls and the ancient fortress that dominates the harbour.
- DAY 4 Akrotiri Peninsula & Chania
- Spend time with your Tour Lecturer today as they host a botanical ramble around the Akrotiri Peninsula on the north-west coast of the island. You'll also visit the 17th century Byzantine monastery of Agia Triada, one of the most significant monuments on Crete. Built in the 17th century, the monastery also has a library which contains some rare books and a museum displaying a collection of artefacts and icons. We're going to end our day in Chania. One of Crete's most beautiful cities, it boasts a picturesque Old Town with Neoclassical buildings and an enchanting Venetian harbour. Maybe stop for a drink in a waterfront café and enjoy views out to the sea and Chania's historic lighthouse.
- DAY 5 Therissano Gorge
- Today you're heading off with your Tour Lecturer on a drive through idyllic countryside dotted with orange groves and avocado trees to the Therissano Gorge. Along the way we'll make stops to discover the various medicinal flowers that flourish here. Look for chamomile and the Cretan dittany, historically used to heal wounds and soothe pain, and as a remedy against stomach ailments and rheumatism.
- DAY 6 Falassarna
- If relaxation is high on your list, you may want to head to the beach today, or enjoy your hotel's facilities. If you choose to join today's optional excursion you'll head to the small resort of Falassarna, on the west coast of the island. You should see an abundance of wildflowers on a walking tour here, which your Tour Lecturer will help you identify. A further highlight is the ruins of an ancient city, including a harbour and an acropolis. Your day out ends at Falassarna Bay, a lovely beach where you can laze on the golden sands and dip your toes in the crystal-clear water.
- DAY 7 Aptera
- A morning of exploration takes you to the hilltop city state of Aptera, the most powerful city of western Crete during the Minoan period. In the company of your Tour Lecturer you'll discover the remains of an ancient city whose impressive walls date back to the 5th century BC. Temples, Roman cisterns and a Byzantine monastery stand in a beautiful landscape strewn with wildflowers. Back at the hotel, a lazy afternoon beckons, so why not relax on the beach or by the pool.
- DAY 8 Crete/UK
- Today we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
- Santa Marina Plaza
- 4-star Santa Marina Plaza in Agia Marina which lies just steps from an idyllic Blue Flag beach. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and pool. Guest rooms feature en suite facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, wi-fi, TV and hairdryer.
- Knossos Palace and Heraklion
- Falassarna and it's lovely beach