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 Arkadi
Arkadi 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 Lagoon
in 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.
Crete is a huge island with a great history. We cannot show all excursion options here, but we can show the most important ones.
Explore Crete’s stunning landscapes, taking your time to visit the highlights you want to see. With one of our self-drive tours, you will discover Crete on your own terms and make memories of a lifetime!
Send us your preferences and you´ll get your detailed personal itinerary after your booking. We are always on call to handle any unforeseen situations during your trip. We are your personal advisor when it comes for perfect holidays on Crete.
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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.