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Crete Island Experience

Creta
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Duration

8D/7N

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

Crete is a microcosm of the world, a diverse land, full of natural and cultural wonders. Above all, it is a land with unique people, hospitable and yet proud, wild and yet friendly, crazy and yet grounded. Therefore, this itinerary approaches Crete with sincere respect and deep appreciation for what the people and their precious land have brought into our world, into civilization as we know it and into arts and culture.

Travelers experience an extensive connection with local entrepreneurs and innovators, participate in celebrations and customs, come close to the contemporary art and also learn about the problems and concerns of the locals, which especially today are 100% interconnected with the European or even universal problems and needs. This exchange of information and knowledge could lead to a deeper understanding of one’s own and the visited culture. It could help travelers and locals alike to realize the global interaction between all aspects of our societies, like the economy, the food chain, energy or climate matters.

 

Ottlah provides opportunities for travelers to interact with local people and experience culture first hand, through:

  • Excursions to known, but also to non-touristic places
  • Participation in cultural events, local feasts, and traditional concerts
  • Visits to distilleries, vineyards, olive oil presses, beekeepers, organic farms etc
  • Mini-workshops on local cuisine and folk circular dances
  • Lectures on the local customs, the famous Greek Mythology, the modern language and its live connection to the ancient Greek language as well as its connection to other modern European languages
  • Hands-on traditional healing applications of the local herbs
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Highlights

  • Dikteon Andron Cave (Zeus’ Birthplace)
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos
  • Old Monastery
  • Spinalonga Island’s Historical Treasures
  • Caribbean-like Island of Chrissi
  • Farm Visits & Cretan Products Tastings
  • Eco Park with local animals
  • Tour of CretAquarium
  • Visit to Watercity Waterpark
  • Cretan Dance Performance
  • Cretan-Specialty Cooking Class
  • Near Sea Accommodations
  • Kids Club Facilities Offering Educational & Fun Diversions (Possible On Request at Neighboring Hotel)
  • Watersports (on request)
  • Hatha Yoga Sessions (on request)
  • Thai Massage Treatments (on request)

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Crete

You will be picked up from Heraklion airport and taken to your Cretan villa to settle in. There are no outdoor activities planned for today.

Day 2 : CretAquarium

In the morning, we will have a private tour inside the CretAquarium, a place where you can come face to face with hundreds of species and thousands of living organisms. You will be fascinated by their behavior as they reveal the wide variety of shapes, colors, habits and needs of their own world. Your children will have the chance to learn about them and reflect on what our common future may be.

Then, in the afternoon, a visit to the nearby Watercity waterpark, known as the most entertaining park of its kind in Europe. It provides people of all ages with the chance to explore the beautiful park, relax by the pools, spend hours and hours on its exciting and thrilling games and rides, enjoy the sunshine, have a snack or a drink in the many restaurants and bars and shop for souvenirs for their loved ones.

Day 3 : Lasinthos EcoPark

Crete may be an island, but it is in the mainland and on the mountains where the most valued treasures are hidden. Today we will discover some of them. A world away from the coast surrounded by high mountains, the Lasithi Plateau is a flat fertile plain lying 900 meters above sea level. Lasithi is dotted with unspoiled rural villages, and hundreds of windmills which were used to pump underground water. First we will visit Lasinthos Eco-park, where you can see many indigenous animals of Crete on your privately guided tour around this family-run agritourism farm. You will also be able to privately participate in pottery and other workshops like a real craftsman and at the end taste the farm’s unique products at the snack that will be offered. Then we will move on to visit Dikteon Andron, which is the cave where Zeus, the father of the Greek gods was born. Finally, on the way back we will make a stop in the beautiful Monastery of Mother Mary Vidiani where you will be able to pray in peace and experience the authentic feeling inside the Orthodox Churches.

Day 4 : Chrissi Island

A day dedicated to pure nature in a wild but safe way that very few people in the world have the chance to experience it. After breakfast, we will drive to the port of Ierapetra city, from where we will board a ship that will take us to the unspoiled island of “Chrissi”. More about this miracle of nature and about our tour:

– Golden sandy beach with crystal-blue water
– Fossils of 49 different species aging 350,000 years old have been found. The beach “Belegrina” is still full of shells.
– The average age of the rare cedars is at least 300 years old. Sea lilies and also 100 different plants flourish on the island’s coasts.
– Pieces of broken pottery have been found, which proves that there was human presence and activity on the island during the Minoan times.
– The chapel of Agios Nikolaos built in the 13th century.
– Wells and carved graves which date from the Roman times.

Let’s be Robinson Crusoe for a day on this small paradise island off the coast and set in the Libyan sea. Chrissi is called the Caribbean island of Europe! For adults and children alike it’s a lazy day sunbathing amongst the beautiful cedar trees and the thousands of shells that cover the beach. Swim or snorkel in the clear turquoise waters and enjoy the tropical vegetation and golden sand dunes around you.

Day 5 : Palace of Knossos

Time today to visit the city and Palace of Europe’s first civilization! You will have a privately guided tour inside of the Minoan palace of Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and is considered Europe’s oldest city! There is evidence that this location was inhabited already during the Neolithic times (6000 B.C.). On the ruins of the Neolithic settlement was built the first Minoan palace, where the dynasty of Minos ruled. The Palace covers about 150,000 square feet (14,000 square meters) of space, the size of more than two American football fields, and was surrounded by a town in antiquity. Between 1.700-1.450 BC, the Minoan civilization was at its peak and Knossos was the most important city-state. The city of Knossos had 100,000 citizens and it continued to be an important city-state until the early Byzantine period.

Day 6 : Olive Oil Farm

Today is a culinary extravaganza where you will taste some of the famous Cretan products, and understand some Cretan traditions and customs. This morning you’ll be driven to an olive oil farm for some oil tasting and learn about how olive oil is traditionally produced. The family will have the opportunity to try out their cooking skills while the kids could try their luck with pottery in the farm’s little workshop! Snack time! At the end, you will all enjoy together the cooked food and a glass of wine offered by the farm.

Day 7 : Elounda Fishing Village to Spinalonga Island

Today we will drive to the port of the fishing village Elounda where we will board a Greek traditional boat to Spinalonga Island. This Venetian fortress was used as a Leper Colony until 1957 and Yannis will tell you all about it. Coming back from the island we will have farewell seafood lunch in a restaurant at a wonderful setting by the sea, just outside the fishing village.

Day 8 : Departure

You’ll be transferred from your villa to Heraklion city for your flight home bidding you farewell and hoping you leave with wonderful memories of Crete!

Included/Excluded

  • All Transfers as Indicated
  • Villa Accommodation
  • Personal Guide / Driver
  • Entrance Fees & Activities
  • Additional Specialist Guides for Historical Site Tours
  • Minivan Transport
  • Snacks & Meals as Part of the Scheduled Outdoor Experiences
  • Airfare and Airport Taxes
  • Meals While in Villa
  • Gratuities
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • All Optional Excursions

Tour's Location

Creta

FAQs

Payment Policy :
Initial Booking Amount - 10% of the tour cost
15 days prior to the departure date - 50% of the remaining tour cost
10 days prior to the departure date - 100% of the tour cost required.
Cancellation Policy :
If you Cancel your Holiday,
15 days or more prior to departure date, Initial Booking Amount and additional amount of visa fee will be forfeited (in case visa has been applied)
Between 15–10 days: 50% of total tour cost will be charged as penalty.
Less than 10 days: 100% of total tour cost will be charges as penalty.

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