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Sample Itinerary - Minoan and Ancient Culture of Crete

Arrival at the airport of Athens by morning flight ex Athens.

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Athens central hotel.


Visit the Acropolis and the new Acropolis museum. The most famous monument of the ancient city of Athens is. The Athens Acropolis includes the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propyla and of course the Parthenon, the trademark marble temple on the Acropolis Hill. The Acropolis Museum houses the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis and was built in order to exhibit every artifact found on the rock. It covers artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. The new museum opened to public on June 21, 2009. 

Rest of the day free for your own explorations of Athens.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in Athens for your domestic flight to Heraklion.


Arrival at the airport of Heraklion (HER) in Crete. Meet and greet at the airport by a local licensed English speaking guide.
Enjoy a city walk in the city of Rethymnon, a historical city, occupied since Minoan times. The Old Quarter maintains its old aristocratic appearance. See historic buildings dating from the 16th century with wrought-iron balconies, Venetian and Turkish houses, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains. The small Venetian harbour and palm trees give the city an exotic atmosphere.


After breakfast, transfer to the Palace of Knossos in Heraklion, the most impressive and best known palace of the Minoan civilization. Famous from Greek Mythology as the capital of the Minoan culture, Knossos is inextricably linked to many thrilling myths and legends like the ‘Labyrinth of the Minotaur’. 

Afterwards head back to Heraklion. Attend a guided tour in the city and afterwards take some free time in the city of Heraklion for shopping and relaxing. Visit the renewed Archaeological Museum, the best museum in the world regarding the Minoan art (due to re-open in 2010). The exhibits, collected from excavations carried out in all parts of Crete, form a valuable record of the artistic, social and economic life of the island during the ancient period.


In the morning, visit the nearby Monastery of Arkadi. This 16th century became well-known for the 1866 massacre of 3000 Turks by the Greeks during the Turkish occupation of Crete. Today the monastery still houses 2 monks.

Then continue your journey to Chania (also known as Little Venice) with its picturesque harbour front. After a guided tour in the city of Chania, enjoy free time in the local market with its famous leather lane. 

Afterwards, you will visit the “Akrotiri” peninsula with the monuments of Venizelos graves. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Souda Bay and learn about the history of later times of Greece. 


Today you will visit Samaria Gorge. Transfer by coach to the plateau of Omalos. Hike along the rugged terrain of the Samaria Gorge cutting through a limestone plateau. At 16 kilometres it is Europe’s longest gorge.  At one point the walls are only 3 metres apart and are known as the ’iron curtains’ with sides rising sheer up to 100 feet

The hike ends up at the village of Agia Roumeli and it is followed with a short cruise around the southern coastline to the pretty coastal village of Chora Sfakion. Return transfer back to the hotel in Rethymnon.


The ruins of Gortys date from a much later period than Crete’s other palaces, which are mainly Minoan. It was probably established by the Minoans, but it flourished in the 6th century BC. The main sites are the Basilica of Agios Titos, the Praetorium, the Roman Baths and the impressive Roman Code of Law, built into the walls of the Odeon.

Evening transfer to Heraklion for flight back to Athens.
Arrive in Athens and transfer to the hotel.
Traditional Farewell dinner in Athens

Departure transfer to Athens International Airport by coach.

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from £775 per person 
including return domestic flights Athens to Heraklion.
Based on 40 paying guests and including 1 free package for the conductor.

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