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Prestige Holidays Cultures of Crete

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Although Crete is part of Greece, it is very much a land separated from its country not just by the Aegean Sea, but also by a character, style and history unique to the island itself. Crete was the centre of Minoan civilisation, its history encompassing legends which have been told throughout the centuries, including the tale of King Minos, Theseus and the Minotaur. Cultures of Crete tour will provide you with a true flavour of the ‘real’ Crete.

An in-depth look at the island’s cultural riches, the tour includes visits to some of its most striking sites and areas, as well as more ‘off the beaten track’ experiences. You will dine in traditional local eateries, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere enjoyed by the locals, who are full of stories to tell. You will learn about Crete’s history throughout its various stages, from Minoan sites to the role of the island in World War II, and how they each left their mark on the island’s captivating culture.

Explore the island’s capital, Heraklion
Visit the impressive ancient Minoan site of Knossos
Enjoy a boat trip to the islet of Spinalonga
Drive down the WWII ‘Abduction Route’
Plateau of Omalos with the view of Samaria Gorge

Return British Airways flights from London Gatwick to Heraklion
7 nights’ accommodation in good standard hotels
Daily breakfast, three lunches and seven evening meals
All excursions and entrance fees
All overseas transport with English-speaking guides
Escorted throughout by a Prestige Holidays Tour Manager

Day 1  Arrival.

Check into the hotel before a guided tour of the city, including a visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Overnight: Heraklion

Day 2 Knossos Palace

Visit Knossos Palace for a guided tour to uncover some of the stories behind this Mycenean marvel. Continue to the villages of Archanes to see the Byzantine churches and the famed Villa Ariadne. This evening, indulge in a wine and olive oil tasting.

Overnight: Heraklion

Day 3  Islet of Spinalonga
A morning venture along the north-east coast through the Gorge at St George with spectacular views of its monastery. Take the boat across to the Islet of Spinalonga to visit its 15th century Venetian fortress.

Overnight: Heraklion

Day 4 Phaistos – Agia Triada – Gortyna 

Full day visiting some of the most prominent archaeological sites the island has to offer. Start with the Minoan settlements of Phaistos and Agia Triada before continuing to Gortyna This afternoon, transfer to the wonderful beach at Matala with its breath-taking view of the Libyan

Overnight: Heraklion

Day 5 Rethymnon

Follow the WWII ‘Abduction Route’ over the old mountain road to Rethymnon. Lunch at Anogia and accompanied by stories of its destruction by the Nazis, including the execution of 500 villagers.

Overnight: Chania

Day 6 Chania

City tour of Chania, the first capital of Crete. Afterwards, visit the orange-growing region of western Crete and the northern hills of the White Mountains before reaching the high plateau of Omalos and the famous Samaria

Day 7 Rethymno

Visit the Renaissance city of Rethymno and the impressive Preveli Monastery.

Overnight: Chania

Day 8  Departure

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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