Greece: Crete

The Picturesque Isle of Crete

Crete is the home of Europe’s earliest civilization and a land where ancient myth and modern reality blend seamlessly against a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty.  Our eight-day exploration focuses on the central region of this fascinating island, and takes us to the major sites of Minoan civilization and into the solitary wilderness below Mt. Psiloritis, Crete’s highest peak.

We begin in Heraklion, the island’s bustling capital, and visit the world-renowned Knossos, palace of the legendary King Minos and the Minotaur.  After paying homage at the reputed birthplace of Zeus high in the hills, we descend to our comfortable hotel in the charming mountain village of Zaros. Set amongst spreading plane trees and surrounded by gushing streams, this is our base. We visit isolated chapels and monasteries, tread the paths of the ancients at Phaistos and Agia Triada, and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. 

We share our experiences with local people we meet along the way, and return home each evening to a simple feast of freshly prepared traditional dishes.  At the end of the week we return north to spend our final night in Rethymnon, where Venetian and Turkish influences combine in an unforgettable finale to our adventure.

Days/Nights:  (8D/7N)

Meeting/Ending Location: Heraklion, Crete

Comfort Notes:  2 star simple accommodations

Post Tour: Chania, Crete (3D/2N)

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