Ancient & Modern Crete

Leisurely Touring

8 Days from £1,399

May 2019 - Sep 2019 Departures

​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.

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Your holiday at a glance

LEISURELY TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from 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

Included excursions

  • Chania walking tour
  • Cretan cuisine cookery lesson
  • Discover ancient Eleftherna & the city of Rethymno
  • Explore Ayia Trias Monastery, including wine-tasting

Optional excursions

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

Your itinerary

​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.

​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.

​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.​

​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.​

​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 mountain 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.

​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.​​ This evening, we'll gather as a group and head to a restaurant for dinner.

​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. 

​Today we'll fly back to the UK.​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Crete - The Palace of Knossos and Cretes capital Heraklion

Crete - The Palace of Knossos and Cretes capital Heraklion

from £75

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Make the most of your time in Crete and experience the magnificent Minoan Palace of Knossos. Excavations led by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans in the early part of the 20th Century revealed the enormous wonder dating from around 2000 BC.

According to Greek mythology, it is said that Theseus had slain the Minotaur in the labyrinth here below the palace.

After the visit of Knossos, you will visit the vibrant Crete capital city of Heraklion. Here you can take advantage of the fantastic shops or take the opportunity to explore the Heraklion museum, which is home to an interesting range of Minoan pottery and gold artefacts.

(Entrance to Museum not included)

Full day – Moderate Walking – Highly Recommended!

Crete - Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete and the White Mountains

Crete - Botanical Park and Gardens of Crete and the White Mountains

from £60

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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, and keep a lookout for many animal species. Numerous types of butterfly are attracted by the colourful blooms, and many species of bird, from nightingales to hawks, make their home here. Other wildlife to keep an eye out for include porcupine, lizard and tree frog.??

Full day – Moderate Walking – Beautiful Scenery

Accommodation

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. Facilities 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.

Hotel Porto Veneziano

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

8 days

Wednesday 01 May 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,219

Available

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8 days

Wednesday 05 June 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,279

Available

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8 days

Wednesday 04 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,279

Available

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 01 May 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,399

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Wednesday 01 May 2019

Departs

08:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:55 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Wednesday 08 May 2019

Departs

14:45 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:50 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Heathrow)

Wednesday 05 June 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,459

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 05 June 2019

Departs

06:50 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

12:50 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Departs

13:45 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

15:55 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

London (Stansted)

Wednesday 04 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,558

Available

Outbound
Jet2

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Departs

06:00 London (Stansted)

Arrives

12:05 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Jet2

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

12:50 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

15:00 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Jet2

Manchester

Wednesday 04 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,558

Available

Outbound
Thomas Cook Airlines

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Departs

07:05 Manchester

Arrives

13:10 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Thomas Cook Airlines

Inbound
Thomas Cook Airlines - MT

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

14:10 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

16:25 Manchester

Operated by

Thomas Cook Airlines

London (Gatwick)

Wednesday 04 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,459

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Departs

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

20:15 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

21:15 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

23:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

Birmingham (Intl)

Wednesday 04 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,558

Available

Outbound
Jet2

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Departs

14:45 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

20:50 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Jet2

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

21:35 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

00:05 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Jet2

Bristol

Wednesday 04 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,558

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Departs

15:40 Bristol

Arrives

21:35 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

22:20 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

00:30 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Luton)

Wednesday 04 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,558

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Wednesday 04 September 2019

Departs

15:50 London (Luton)

Arrives

21:50 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

22:35 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

00:40 London (Luton)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

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