Crete, Minoans, Venetians & Ottomans

Day 1 : Fly to Heraklion
Morning flight to Heraklion and transfer to the hotel. stay 4 nights at Aquila Atlantis Hotel. (D)
Day 2 : Gournia • Spinalonga
Drive east to the Mirabello Gulf and visit the Minoan town of Gournia. Exclusive visit to the Instap study centre, founded by archaeologist Harriet Boyd who discovered the town in 1901. A local archaeologist (subject to availability) will show us the finds before visiting the site. Continue to Elounda for a boat ride to Spinalonga island and take a walking tour of this forbidding islet, formerly a leper colony. (B)
Day 3 : Heraklion
Morning visit to the Archaeological Museum to see the collection of Minoan items, followed by a walking tour of Crete’s capital, Heraklion. In the afternoon, visit the Historical Museum. Return to Heraklion and and visit the Museum of Visual Arts. (B, D)
Day 4 : Knossos
Visit the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos, centre of Europe’s first civilisation. According to myth, it was home to King Minos and site of the legend of Theseus slaying the Minotaur in the labyrinth. Its history dates back more than 4,000 years. Visit Villa Ariadne, the mansion built by a British archaeologist at the beginning of the 20th century and later used by occupying German forces in the second world war. Drive along the Venetian aqueduct to the area where General Kreipe was kidnapped by Patrick Leigh Fermor in 1944. (B)
Day 5 : Gortys • Phaestos • Rethymno
Visit the Roman capital Gortys with its law stones and amphitheatre. Saint Paul preached here in the first Christian church. Visit the Minoan palace of Phaestos, magnificently situated above the fertile Messara plain, and Ida mountain. After a break in seaside Matala, continue to Rethymno and stay at Kyma Beach Hotel for 4 nights. (B, D)
Day 6 : Armenoi • Agia Irini convent • Rethymno
Drive south to visit Armenoi, an interesting Mycenaean cemetery. Continue to see the rebuilt convent of Agia Irini. After a private guided tour by the nuns and a possible demonstration of icon painting or weaving, lunch will be served in the convent (subject to confirmation). Return to Rethymno for a walk through the charming old quarter to see the Venetian harbour, narrow streets and squares with Venetian and Ottoman architecture. Sample Cretan mountain herbal tea and cookies, and see bakers making traditional pastries (subject to availability). (B, L)
Day 7 : Souda • Chania
Drive to Souda for a poignant visit to the second world war cemetery and view of Chania. Visit the Venizelos tombs and the city of Chania, with its Maritime Museum, Venetian harbour, synagogue and mosque, now converted into a gallery. Take a walking tour of the old city centre with some time at leisure to explore. (B)
Day 8 : Eleftherna • Arkadi monastery • Margarites
Scenic drive to the village of Eleftherna to see the archaeological site of the ancient city and a state-of-the-art museum. Visit Arkadi monastery, famous for its resistance against the Ottoman occupation. Continue to the village of Margarites, known for its pottery workshops. See a local potter at work and learn the history of Cretan ceramics. Farewell dinner in a taverna. (B, D)
Day 9 : Departure
Return transfer to Heraklion airport and fly to your next destination. (B)
As per itinerary :- B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner.
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 Signature Experiences
  • Exclusive visit to Villa Ariadne at Knossos, once home to a British archaeologist
  • Special access to the archaeological study centre at the Minoan town of Gournia
  • Private tour of the archaeological site at Eleftherna
  • Explore the remnants of Minoan, Venetian and Ottoman civilisations
 What's included
  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
Note : Hotels are subject to availability at the time of booking.
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  • 80 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost
  • 79 - 40 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost
  • 39 - 20 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost
Important: The booking stands liable to be cancelled if 100% payment is not received 20 days prior to departure date and received amount will be fully forfeited.
If you Cancel your Holiday
You or any member of your party may cancel their travel arrangements at any time. Written notification or an e-mail to that effect from the person who made the booking must be received at our office. The cancellation charges applicable are as per the published cancellation policy below:
Cancellation charges per person
  • 80 days or more before date of departure: 25% of total cost
  • 79 - 60 days before date of departure: 50% of total cost
  • 59 - 20 days before date of departure: 75% of total cost
  • 19 - 1 days before date of departure: 100% of total cost
If we change or cancel your holiday
  • We do plan the arrangements in advance. It is unlikely that we will have to make any changes to your travel arrangements.
  • Occasionally, we may have to make changes and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If there are any changes, we will advise you of them at the earliest possible date.
  • We also reserve the right under any circumstances to cancel your travel arrangements by assigning reasons to you.
  • If we are unable to provide the booked travel arrangements due to reasons beyond our control (e.g. bad weather):We shall first try to offer alternative dates for the tour if the tour hasn’t already commenced.
  • If the tour has already commenced, then we shall refund the booking price/fee charged to you on a pro-rata basis depending on the portion of the tour utilized by you.
  • In all circumstances, however, our liability shall be limited to refunding to you the price we charged as tour fees.
If you want to change your holiday plan
After confirmation of services, if you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way (e.g. your chosen departure date or accommodation), we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the booking. All cost incurred due to amendment will be borne by you.
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  • HolidaysAt provide fully escorted tour packages specially for womens.
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  • We planned tours that include a balance of activities and leisure time along with carefully selected destinations.
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  • We consider special care about Disabled / Senior Citizen traveler security during the tour.
  • All the tours are specifically designed keeping your challenges in mind.
  • We planned tours that include a balance of activities and leisure time along with carefully selected destinations.
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