The island of Crete, with 4,000 years of civilization, has so much to offer, it takes your breath away! We usually suggest a longer stay of two weeks or more for Crete (six months would probably be perfect!), but in this program, assuming you have time constraints, you’ll be able to see a bit of this incredible island with a car at your disposal. This is an excellent itinerary if you have only time for a short stay in Greece, or if you are adding a Greek island to a larger program, or to another European destination. While you will discover some of its magic, there will be oh so much more left to explore on many future visits. After all, we are talking about Crete, an island of 8,300 square kilometers! The vastness of its size equals the length and richness of its history, the stunning variety of its beauty, and the generosity and hospitality of its people. Crete and its people represent a land of “tradition, courage, and pride!
Crete (Heraklion 2 nights; Chania, 2 nights), with Car Rental
Day 1: Crete / Heraklion (Island)
Arrival at Crete airport or port near Heraklion. Pick up your car from our representative and drive to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore this large, vibrant city. Overnight Heraklion.
Day 2: Crete / Heraklion (Island)
Day at leisure. We suggest a visit to the Palace of Knossos near Heraklion, with its famous Wall Paintings, and where, in ancient times, the Minotaurus used to dwell in the Labyrinth. Take time to visit the Archaeological Museum in the city, one of the best in Greece. Overnight Heraklion.
Day 3: Crete / Heraklion (Island), Crete / Chania (Island)
After breakfast, we suggest that you begin your drive along the north coast of Crete. Stop in Rethymnon for a visit in the old town and have lunch in one of the local tavernas by the old port. Take time to discover its excellent beaches, beautiful architecture, and eclectic shops. Afterward, continue to drive to Chania Town. Check in at your hotel and stroll through the old part of town, having dinner at one of the various tavernas offering fresh fish. Overnight Chania.
Day 4: Crete / Chania (Island)
After breakfast, spend the day discovering the beautiful town of Chania, its surrounding beaches and magnificent countryside. If you haven't tried it yet, don't miss this opportunity to taste the wonderful Cretain wine. Overnight Chania.
Day 5: Crete / Chania (Island)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to the air(port) to drop off your car with our representative. Continue on by airplane or boat to your next destination.