The Labyrinth of Crete

The Labyrinth of Crete

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The Labyrinth of Crete

5 Days Starting and ending in Heraklion, Greece

Visiting: Heraklion, Gouves, Hersonissos, Crete

Tour code:

27988

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 30

Physical rating:

Low, VERY_EASY

Age range:

Min age:18

Special diets catered:

Please advise request

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, History

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Tour Overview

To Greeks, Crete is the Megalonissi (Great Island), a hub of spectacular ancient art and architecture. Fabled is the land of King Minos, it is a unique world where civilization is counted by the millennium. From every point of view, travelers discover landscapes of amazing variety. Mountains split with deep gorges and honeycombed with caves rise in sheer walls from the sea. Snow-capped peaks loom behind sandy shorelines, vineyards, and olive groves. Miles of beaches, some with a wealth of amenities and others isolated and unspoiled, fringe the coast. Join us to discover the Palace of Knossos, explore Spinalonga island, admire Lassithi Plateau and much more during this memorable five-day tour of the island.

Highlights

  • Palace of Knossos:  Known for being one of the oldest cities in Europe,  Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on the beautiful island of Crete

  • Lassithi Plateau: The tranquil Lasithi Plateau, 900m above sea level, is an arrestingly beautiful expanse of green fields interspersed with almond trees and orchards

  • Spinalonga:  Boat trip to the magnificent island with fortresses dating from the Venetian period

  • Elounda: Visit the picturesque fishing village in the lovely Mirabello Bay

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival Heraklion (25 Km - 30 Min)

Location: Heraklion, Gouves, Hersonissos

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Upon arrival at Heraklion Airport you will be directed to the bus that will take you to the hotel in Gouves or Chersonissos area for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, exploring the delightful surroundings on your own. Dinner is included.

Overnight  in Gouves or Chersonissos area.

Day 2 : Boat Trip To The Island Of Spinalonga (130 Km – 8 Hrs)

Location: Crete

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a tasty breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel to start discovering the hidden treasures of Greece. Spinalonga is one of the most famous spots in Crete, and sometimes called the ‘island of tears’ due to its past as a leper colony. It was initially a Venetian fortress but then it became the home for hundreds of Greece’s lepers who were shipped there and formed a colony. Once there, you’ll take a guided walk around the enchanting remains of the colony. See its main street, still lined with the shops and houses where the lepers attempted to live ordinary lives. Later, you’ll sail back to Elounda, where you’ll have a typical Cretan lunch. Then, walk around on your own, do some shopping or go for a swim. Lunch and dinner are included.



Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area.



Day 3 : Palace Of Knossos – Heraklion Town (42 Km – 8 Hrs)

Location: Crete

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After the delectable breakfast served , you will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the imposing Palace of Knossos. The landmark dates back to 1900 BC, and it was the hub of Crete’s Minoan civilization and the place where the fearsome Minotaur was said to have lurked in the labyrinth. Admire the treasures of this fascinating palace during an interesting tour, while your guide explains the myths surrounding it and its kings. Afterwards, visit lively Heraklion, see the Venetian lion fountain and the loggia that is now the Town Hall. The magnificent tour ends at the entrance to the old harbour, the place where you begin to explore on your own. If you want to get even closer to the stunning past of the Greeks, take advantage of the guided tour in the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Your day ends with a comfortable transfer to your hotel in Gouves or Chersonissos area. Dinner is included.



Overnight  in Gouves or Chersonissos area



Day 4 : Land Rover Tour – Explore The Birthplace Of Zeus (120 Km – 8 Hrs)

Location: Crete

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and head towards the central part of Crete to explore its two different plateaus, learn about its mythology, culture, and the local life, while having lots of fun. Your day starts from the moment you meet your drivers, who will take you to your first stop, the Potamies Reservoir water dam. Continuing our journey through mesmerising paths and olive trees, we reach the ruins of the Roman aqueduct of Lyttos. Admire the beauty of the site and continue towards the quaint village of Kastamonitsa, where we join the locals for a coffee break in the traditional cafeneion. Afterwards, the real off-road adventure begins! We will Climb high into the mountains and follow the ancient minaon path that leads us to the cave of Zeus (entrance not included) where, according to mythology, the father of all the gods was born. Then, you have the chance to take some memorable photographs of the Lassithi Plateau, before we drop down to the plateau for a delicious BBQ lunch with unlimited wine! The journey continues with a stop at Lassithi plateau, where time has virtually stood still and the local people are mainly farmers. Enjoy this idyllic place for a moment, before we make our way to Seli, for more  impressive photos of this unique scenery. We continue the adventure until we reach the village of Krassi our last stop of the day. Catch a glimpse of the 2,000-year-old plane tree and learn about its natural spring water source. End this thrilling day with a transfer back to your hotel.  Lunch and dinner are included.



Overnight in Gouves or Chersonissos area



Day 5 : Departure Heraklion (25 Km - 30 Min)

Location: Heraklion

Meals Included: Breakfast

Begin your day with a rich breakfast at the hotel. Then, enjoy a transfer to Heraklion airport and continue with your travel arrangements.


What's Included

TOUR GUIDE:

  • Operated with local English speaking guide on a shared basis on day 2 and 3

ACCOMMODATION: 

  • 4 Nights' accommodation

MEALS: 

  • 4 Breakfast
  • 2 Lunches (1 lunch during Landrover Tour with unlimited wine and 1 Cretan Lunch in Elounda excluding drinks)
  • 4 Dinners

TRANSPORT:

  • Air-conditioned shared transportation throughout the tour
  • Inbound/Outbound air-conditioned shared transfers from/to Heraklion Airport

ENTRANCE FEES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • All entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary: the Archaeological sites of Knossos, Archaeological Museum, the boat trip (shared basis) to the island of Spinalonga, Spinalonga island tour, Land Rover Tour 

What's Not Included

  • Expenditures of a personal nature, drinks and meals if not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Flight tickets or visa fees
  • Airport taxes for domestic and international flights
  • Gratuities for driver and guide
  • Optional tours 
  • Overnight city tax for the hotel overnights effective from January 1st, 2018. Clients will have to pay the TAX on the spot at the hotels 
  • Zeus Cave entrance fee on Day 4

Requirements

Comfortable and light clothing is the most suitable for travelling in Greece. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting temples, religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.


Walking shoes recommended for Zeus Cave visit.


Please Note

  • Walking shoes recommended for Zeus Cave visit
  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice 
  • We reserve the right to change itineraries and activities due to weather conditions, technical problems, security reasons, or Corona restrictions.
  • Hotel early check-in, late check-out, connecting or adjoining rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.
  • The distances and travel times described in the itinerary may vary. 
  • No refund for unused services. Splitting of the package is not allowed
  • Please note the clients will have to pay the TAX on the spot at the hotels

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Day 1-4 Gouves or Chersonissos area: 

  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Hersonissos Central or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

OPTIONAL EXTRA: 

Pre - Night in Gouves or Chersonissos area:

  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Hersonissos Central or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

Post - Night in Gouves or Chersonissos area:

  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Hersonissos Central or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

Accommodation options

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS


Day 1-4 Gouves or Chersonissos area: 


  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Hersonissos Central or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

OPTIONAL EXTRA: 


Pre - Night in Gouves or Chersonissos area:


  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Hersonissos Central or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

Post - Night in Gouves or Chersonissos area:


  • Standard Hotel Category = Hotel Hersonissos Central or similar 3*
  • Superior Hotel Category = Hotel Astir Beach or similar 4*

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • What does the price include?

    What is included is stated specifically on the product Description. Gratuities are at your discretion. Prices do not include (unless stated otherwise) - gratuities to the guide, driver or tour manager.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can change it by logging into your profile and click on Bookings. Please check your cancellation policy.

  • Do you offer any travel insurance?

    We do not offer Travel Insurance but would strongly recommend that you purchase a comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy prior to departure. 

  • Are Visa fees included in the price?

    No, visa fees are not included

  • Are flights included in the tour?

    No, they are not included

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Booking confirmation with Itinerary and confirmation vouchers

  • Is there any option for solo traveller?

    Yes of course. Please note that the default selection shows the price per person per double room. For solo travellers, you will have to select a single room when available.

  • When are there specific hotel names confirmed?

    Confirmed hotel names are informed latest 10 days prior to client´s arrival

Reviews of this operator

Indra  

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06-Jul-2023

The best Tour Operator. The planning and timing by the agency was great. Accommodation was also good. The package was reasonable. Thanks to Destination Services Greece

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Great

27-Jul-2022

Very committed service with proper follow-up. Service provided as per their schedule with a hassle free journey... thanks to ITS tours and travels for providing services

Duran  

Excellent company

15-Jun-2022

Based on their very positive reviews, we booked with Destination Services Greece. I found the service and response of this travel agency to be excellent. Easily 5-stars. My emails were promptly responded to, and everyone showed up when they were supposed to.

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