Discover Crete with Cretan Tour Experts
Crete is the largest Greek island with amazing history, natural beauty and impressive archaeological sites. This combination is difficult to find in other islands around Greece. Because of the mountainous landscape and the size of the island, you will not feel trapped, you will not get the island effect. There is always a new place to see, something different to do.
Crete is well known for its amazing beaches, not commercialized, remote and unspoiled. Balos, Elafonissi, Chrissi island, Falasarna. Amazing places. The diversity of the Cretan landscape is definitely worth visiting. From the rich vegetation of the western part (prefecture of Chania) to the dry and warm eastern Crete, (prefecture of Lassithi) with the impressive gorges and plateaus.
The island has great weather, even during winter. Crete is not only a place to visit during summer. Many guests, that wish to explore the island, they prefer to visit Crete during early April or May, to avoid the crowds in the sites such as Knossos for example and September till middle of November, in order to maximize the experience of every tour.
The island Crete has great history. Especially the prehistoric phase with the Minoan Highlights, the archaeological sites, Knossos the palace of Legendary King Minos, Phaistos the palace of Radamanthys, the Minoan collection of artefacts at the recently re-organized museum of Heraklion. Numerous sites of the Byzantine Era (the recently renovated Koules fortress), places of interest to visit, the monasteries and Venetian public buildings.
Hiking tours and activities, especially the beautiful Gorge of Samaria, gorge of Imvros, the Zakros gorge. Bike tours are also popular on the island, but do not underestimate Crete. Because of the mountainous landscape bike tours can be demanding.
Crete is a place that combines delicious food and delicacies, great local wine and cheese, traditional taverns and coffee shops. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the local Lyra, traditional music is a very important part of public celebrations such as the Panigiria. Get involved and book a culinary lesson or a barbeque and be Cretan for a day.
The relaxed lifestyle is the Cretan way of life and the people are very friendly and generous. Meet the locals and feel the warmth of the Cretan hospitality. People of Crete are proud and independent and they love their birthplace, after all it was consider to be the birthplace of the father of all Gods – Zeus.
The locals never abandoned their fields and olive grooves… organic farming is a must nowadays, to produce quality agricultural products especially olives, fruits and vegetables. Crete is the ideal place to buy olive oil and other local products. The island might look dry to some travelers, but if you drive around and explore more, you will discover the hidden gems of Crete. The island Crete is blessed by nature, fertile and wild. Everything grows here (the island has 167 endemic spices and herbs), with vegetables, rare greens, herbs, spices and olives as far as the eye can see. Taste the local tea mixed with herbs or dittany with honey, in every coffee shop, in every village will taste differently.
Chania, Rethymno, old Venetian cities to explore and admire the mix of new and old, where tradition meets the 20th century.
Do not forget that,
- You can fly directly to Crete from most major capitals in Europe, avoiding crowds, traffic and the busy airport of Athens. You can ideally include Crete as part of your trip around Greece (Athens – Crete – Santorini – Athens – Peloponese or Meteora).
- There are two international airports (one in Heraklion and one in Chania – the Sitia airport is used for domestic flights by two companies) in Crete with excellent facilities and services. You can fly in using the airport of Chania and then continue towards Heraklion, perhaps using the ferry connection to Santorini.
Check the tours listed below, but always keep in mind, that we can adjust everything according to your wishes and needs, just send us an email.
Discover Crete with our chauffeur service, available with our company cars, a combination of a licensed guide driving you around, with knowledge of the island and its history, an expert guide able to access all sites without any limitations. Just enjoy the experience!
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