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Self-Drive Tour West-Crete-Countryside

10 days or 14 days journey, combination of the 2 best Country-Hotels in western Crete in the villages Spilia and Arkadi/Amnatos in the inland of Rethmynon including hire car pick up / drop-off Airport Heraklion or Chania. Both hotels convince with a distinctive design behind historic walls and an authentic ambience with high-level comfortable rooms. The nature reserves Falassarna, Balos, Elafonissi, the table lands Askifou and Omalos and all other attractions are easily accessible. This journey promises unforgettable memories. After booking you ´ll get a personalized itinerary, trip ideas, suggestions for your stay. Take the wheel and set off to the stunning Crete countryside, you drive along the winding scenic roads of western Crete.

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The traditional country hotel Spilia Village is located in the village of Spilia in authentic surroundings, approx. 22 km from Chania town and only a 10-minutes´ drive from the coastal village of Kolimbari. It is only 2,5 km to the port of Kolimbari with bathing facilities and taverns. Optional we can book the day cruise to the nature reserve "Balos Lagoon" and the hiking tour through the longest gorge of Europe the Samaria Gorge.

The country hotel Kapsaliana is located in the beautiful, inland of Rethymnon, 18 km from the old town of Rethymnon, 3 km from the town and the Arkadi monastery, 850 m from the small town of Amnatos. The place Amnatos is on a beautiful hilly place, on the road to the Arkadi monastery. Kapsaliana is located 60 kilometers westwards from Heraklion Airport and 55 kilometers from Chania Airport. Behind the hotel runs the European hiking trail E4. Optional we can book 2 organized day tours in small groups with a German and English speaking local guide. More about these tours under "Sightseeing-Suggestions".
1. Country Hotel Spilia Village :
The Country Hotel Spilia Village has a large air conditioned dining room. There is also a fireplace for cooler days. This 200 years old country house has been lovingly restored and renovated by the young owners. Two small buildings house 2 diverse units of accommodation. The main building houses the reception and a beautiful antique furnished communal-breakfast room with comfortable terrace in which to linger. The luscious garden has ancient sycamore trees, chairs and hammocks. The pool area next to the complex on a small bank offers a wonderful view of the mountain. Parking Place without Charge.

2.Country- Hotel Kapsaliana Village:
Daily maid service, changing bed linen daily or according to preference, Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) in the pool area, lounge & coffee corner, lounge with fireplace, library and TV- DVD corner Large outdoor pool (6 x 16m) with sun beds and umbrellas Pool towels, pool snack-bar, restaurant with fireplace, outdoor dining area and pergola. Reception with small lounge, Shop with local products, parking facilities, multi-lingual staff, Credit cards and exchange.
1. Location Trasdionla Guesthouse Spilia
Your accommodation: SUPERIOR ROOM, Double room 25-30 sq m with a king size double bed and a sofa bed, bathroom with shower or bathtub, balcony or common terrace. The rooms are not all of the same size, as some of them belong to buildings of the 16th and 17th century that were reconstructed. Accomodate 2-3 pers. Room-Facilities: double bed, air conditioning, direct dial phone,TV, free Wi-Fi, mini bar ( extra charge), safe deposit box, laundry Service, hairdryer, desk, bathrobes.
2. Location Country House Kapsaliana
your accommodation: Classic double Room facilities for all rooms: king size double bed or twin beds COCO-MAT, sofa bed,ndividually controlled A/ C, central heating with radiators made of natural stone, rainfall shower bathroom, working desk,water boiler, coffee & tea selection, mini bar (extra charge) with Cretan delicacies, Satellite TV,CD/ DVD upon request,Telephone, Complimentary Wi-Fi access, safe box, APIVITA natural beauty care products, heated towel racks, bathrobes, slippers ,magnifying mirror in the bathroom, hair dryer, iron & ironing board upon request, fireplace,
Breakfast-Buffet in both hotels is included.
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
In West Crete:
+ Visit the Monastery Agia Triada The Holy Trinity (Agia Triada) Monastery is probably the most impressive monastic complex of the final period of Venetian rule on Crete, due to both its scale and architectural form. The organic-olive oil of the Monastery Agia Triada has won many awards, there is a small Monastery Shop where you can buy this delicious organic olive-oil. The olive-oil of Agia Triada meets our standards from our online-shop greekmarketsquare.com you can purchase this organic olive oil in our online shop.

+ The Monastery ArkadiArkadi Monastery is perhaps the best-known monastery on Crete due to the Holocaust of 1866. Arkadi was designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument.

+ The nature reserve Balos Lagoonin western Crete. This day-cruise can be booked for extra charge 35 € per person

+ The nature reserves the table Omalos Tableland in western Crete
and the Xyloskalo - Panorama-Restaurant with panorama view to the Samaria Gorge and the snow covered "White Mountains". After a good dinner in the rustic restaurant at the fireside you taste the traditional delicious speciality of this region "Sfakiani Pita".

+Visit a traditional family run olive-press BIOLEA and one of the oldest Orthodox Church Archangel Michael Orthodox Church Archangel Michael. The mural painting is well preserved. The Church Archangel Michael is an example of great icon painting craftsmanship and it is associated with the 2nd Byzantine period. This church was excellent restored, the traditional mural painting was revived. Follow the lanes towards south in direction to the village Astrikas and the sign "BIOLEA". The family run olive-press produce one of the best organic olive oil of Crete. This olive-oil meets all standards of our online-shop greekmarketsquare.com you can purchase this organic olive oil in our online shop.

+ Visit the Botanical Park of Crete The Botanical Park consist of nearly 20 hectares full of fruit trees from all over the world, herbs, medicinal and ornamental plants in a park different from others, where the land’s formation and the region’s microclimate make it a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals!

+ South-Coast Tour for swimming and snorkelling and visiting the Monastery Chrissoskalitisa and the Lagoon Elafonissi
this excursion can be booked for an extra charge 35 € per person (if you don´t have a car)

+ Guided Tour for western Crete "The traditional Crete":The inland of Rethymno prefecture hides many secrets. You´ll visit a Cave, Monasteries, Mountain - Villages, an old olive oil factory, and the "Dam Fragma Potamon". Explore the traditional Cretan lifestyle and of course some historical facts of Crete. The first stop is at Melidoni Cave, a cave full of history and dates to the Neolithic Period based on tools and items found it the cave. Can be booked optionally price per person including a traditional meal in a rustic taverna 40 €.

+ Guided Tour western Crete hiking day-tour through the national park Samaria Gorge the oldest nature reserve of Crete. This excursion can be booked in advance for an extra charge 35 € per person

+ Guided Tour western Crete hiking day-tour through the Agia Irini Gorge This Gorge is part of the European Walking Path E4.

In East Crete:

+ Visit the archaelogical Museum of Heraklion, it is one of the most important Museums of Europe.

+ Visit one of the oldest Orthodox Churches Panagia Kera and one of the most picturesque mountain village of Crete Kritsa

+ The archaeological site Knossos is the most important excavation of Crete. Sir Arthur John Evans the English archaeologist unearthing the palace of Knossos he discovered the oldest high culture of Europe the Minoan civilisation.

The Mammut-Tour: for this tour you must start early in the morning
+ On the wheels southwards first you visit the archaeological site and Gortys
and then you continue southwards to the excavations of Phaistos and then again towards south to the coastal town Matala in the footsteps of hippies and easy life. Visit the Hippie-Caves and get your swimming trunks wet in the deep blue of the sea.

+ Explore the vibrant capital Heraklion in the East of Crete. The city of Heraklion is the capital of Crete and has approx. 200,000 inhabitants, business and administrative Center of the island, cultural and historical highlight, chaos, and lively activity. The city has a long history. Minoans, Saracens, Byzantines, Venetians, Turks, they all gave the city a special ambience.

We ´ll arrange your adventure while booking your day-tours.
Car rental with GPS, unlimited mileage and CDW insurance. This package can be customised.
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Excursions - Options for our Self-Driving Holiay "COUNTRYSIDE"

Excursions The following excursions can we book in advance for you on this trip:
1. The day cruise to the nature reserve to the Lagoon Balos
2. The day hike through the Samaria Gorge
3. The day hike through the Agia Irini Gorge. This Gorge is part of the European Path E4.
4. The day cruise to the island of Santorin including sightseeing tour on Santorin
5. day tour Crete Country & people from / to Rethymnon in small groups

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