Classical Crete

6 days/5 nights

From only £879pp

Greece travel advice

Summary - As of 7 April 2019, the Hellenic Police will begin implementing systematic passport control checks for all European citizens travelling to/from destinations outside the Schengen area (including the UK). This is in line with the 2017 Schengen Borders Code regulation EU 2017/458, which will eventually be applied by all Schengen member states according to the individual timescales. Waiting times at passport control may be affected on departure from and arrival into Greece. You should ensure you arrive at the airport in good time.

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Overview

6 days/5 nights From only £879pp

The picturesque island of Crete is endowed with a wealth of important sites and first rate museums; ranging from the Mythological, Minoan, Greek, Roman, Venetian and Battle of Crete.

What's included in the trip?

  • Return scheduled/‘no frills’ flights
  • Accommodation on a half board basis
  • Max 4 bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Flight to Heraklion. Your Hellene rep will meet you on arrival and accompany you to your accommodation in the picturesque resort of Aghios Nikolaos, your base for this tour. Hotel and evening meal.

  • Day 2

    First stop today is the Minoan Palace at Malia, which according to myth was the seat of Sarpedon, Minos’ brother. Continue to Heraklion to explore the Cretan capital and visit the National Archaeological museum; a repository of amazing archaeological artefacts relating to the Minoan civilization. Following this you’ll visit the legendary Palace of Knossos excavated by Sir Arthur Evans and according to Greek mythology was designed by Daedalos and the setting for Theseus’ slaying of the Minotaur. Hotel and evening meal.

  • Day 3

    Full day excursion travelling through spectacular scenery to the Lassithi Plateau. Visit Diktaean Cave, the reputed birthplace of Zeus and Trapeza Cave, a burial ground during the Pre-Palatial period (2500-2000 B.C.) and an important pilgrimage site from its Neolithic occupation to seventh century B.C. Hotel and evening meal.

  • Day 4

    Morning visit to Lato, one of the most important Doric cities in Crete to view the remains of the fortified city and the Prytaneion, a monumental complex resembling an ancient theatre. Continue to the palaces of Aghia Triada and Phaestos for fine examples of Minoan architectural design and the Phaestos Disc excavation site. Afternoon visit to Gortyn. Once a flourishing Roman town and home to the ‘Code of Gortyn’. Hotel and evening meal.

  • Day 5

    Today you will explore the eastern part of the island, starting at Sitia. This largely unexplored region holds much interest because of its rich archaeological finds. The town’s museum exhibits a fascinating array of objects from the region, dating back to the Neolithic period. A short journey takes you to the famous fortress-monastery at Touplou en route to Kato Zahkros to see the Minoan Palace and the Ravine of the Dead (burial ground). The last port of call is the site of Paleokastro, the ruins of a settlement which flourished during the Late Minoan period (1550-1220 B.C.). Hotel and evening meal.

  • Day 6

    Morning at leisure before your transfer to the airport and return flight to the UK

Accommodation

Enhance your trip

  • Originally, Spinalonga was connected to the island of Crete. During Venetian occupation the island was carved out of the coast for defensive purposes with the addition of a fort The island most famously has also been used as a leper colony featuring in novels, television series and films.
  • The archaeological Nekropolis of Mokhlos, an island in the Gulf of Mirabello, is set opposite a small picturesque fishing village and can be accessed by either private charter or coach.
  • Two classic Venetian ports both with archaeological museums
  • At Souda Bay – Final resting place of archaeologist John Pendlebury, executed for espionage during the Battle for Crete
  • Housing an exciting exhibition of ‘Homer in Crete’