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Self Drive Tour Crete in Comfort

14 days tour "Crete in Comfort" can be booked as driving tour or including private intermediate and private airport-transfers including guided tours. Free time is precious, it must be used wisely. Experience something together, enjoy together and relax togther. Crete Self-Drive-Tour "Crete in Comfort" offers every imaginable comfort. Exquisite food, a spa in which stressed out bodies can relax and a comfortable room are the best prerequisites for a successful respite. Crete in Comfort Self-Drive-Tour offers all mod cons for discerning guests. All three hotels are amongst the best in the region, based on Crete´s most famous sights . Our self drive tour "Crete in Comfort" is our most popular tour, can be accessed using both Airports of Crete.

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Conveniently located to discover Crete its nature reserves and the archaeological sites without driving to long distances.
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"Crete in Comfort-Self" Drive Tour from West to East Crete
1. Location Kolimbari Hotel Avra Imperial
Avra Imperial Hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel on the picturesque bay of the Village Kolymbari at the foot of the Rodhopou peninsula. 23 km west of the picturesque old town of Chania. The Luxury Hotel AVra Imperial is set amidst 65,000m² of fragrant lush gardens and glistening waters. The most scenic Nature Reserves of Crete are here in the West coast of Crete e.g. the Lagoon Balos, the laggon Elafonissi, the plains Omalos and Askifou, the Samaria Gorge and Agia Irini Gorge. Overlooking the resplendent Cretan sea, in an oasis of sumptuous comfort and blissful harmony, Avra Imperial Hotel will undoubtedly become your own sophisticated paradise of relaxation during your vacation in Crete. The authentic village Kolimbari is famous for its Monastery "Moni Gonias" , set on the cliffs. Kolimbari is a sleepy authentic nest with a small harbour and several Taverns.

2. Location Rethymnon Hotel Creta Palace
Hotel Creta Palace is located 4 km from the old town of Rethymon. There are moments in life that start as dreams and become the most valuable realities. There’s no doubt that the Hotel Crete Palace has one of the finest selections of wining and dining venues. Placed on a beautiful sandy beach and combines luxury and exceptional service with its multilingual staff. A milestone in modern luxury accommodation in the region of Rethymnon. An endless white sandy beach, clear blue waters and lush tropical gardens with pools under the Cretan sun. Discover: The mountain village Margarites famous for its pottery art-works, The Monastery Arkadi and make a stop for lunch in the mountain - retreat Kapsaliana.

3. Location Elounda Hotel Blue Palace
What a Paradise! The hotel Blue Palace itself is an Event.
Located 10 minutes´walk from the Coastal Village Elounda and Plaka and 20 minutes´drive from the coastal city Agios Nikolaos, in eastern Crete. Experience the unique Cretan hospitality and the feeling of “being in Paradise” from the moment you pass the entrance. Set on the sloping hills overlooking the bay and the offshore island Spinalonga. 5 minutes´walk to the seaside village Plaka and 10 minutes´walk to the village Elounda. Palatial surroundings, and the highest levels of personal service. As befits Northern Crete’s leading 5 Star hotel all guest bedrooms are exquisitely decorated and tastefully furnished. all of them with stunning views over the Estate the Mediterranean sea. The Spa offers a full range of health and leisure facilities and is a sanctuary for both body and mind. Here you will find an oasis of tranquillity and an antidote to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With our insider-tipps you´ll learn about Crete: wake up early in the morning to discover the Palm Forest VAI and the "Monastery Toplou" before the crowds arrive. A fantastic experience! Discover the Lassithi - Plain and the Monastery Panagia Kera! Drive to the south coast to the seaside Village Makri Gialos for a cruise to the Island Koufonissi, Explore the Cities Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.

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1. Location - Kolimbari in Western Crete your Hotel Avra Palm offering:
287 spacious rooms and 41 suites, 118 of them featuring private or shared pools, and indulge in a serene environment of minimal elegance and comfort. A wide choice of reviving, rejuvenating, soothing and relaxing Spa treatments are available, using the renowned APIVITA Spa range of natural therapies and products. Join the hotel’s five restaurants to a gastronomic journey from the traditional flavors of Crete to the refined tastes of Italy and from there, to the exotic cuisine of the East. Parking free of charge
Some facts:
118 shared & private pools, 3 outdoor pools for adults & 2 children’s pools, 2 buffet restaurants & 4 à-la-carte restaurants, 4 vibrant bars,EU awarded Blue Flag beach, Wellness & Fitness Center with heated indoor pool, State-of-the-art Conference Center, Crèche & children's clubs, Children's playground, Teen club, Open-air amphitheater, 2 tennis courts, Private chapel, Mini Market,Beauty & Hair Salon, Apivita Natural Greek Cosmetics shop, Indoor & outdoor hotel parking, ATM within the hotel premises.

2. Location - Rethymnon Hotel Creta Palace
100.000m² Landscaped Estate, 335 luxurious guestrooms, suites, bungalows & villas with private pools, Lounges and Terraces
Swimming: Stretch of sandy beach, seawater landscaped pool, freshwater garden pool, children’s pool & indoor pool with hydromassage
Dining: Sky Bar Restaurant 'Zeus & Amalthia', Talos Lounge Bar, Labyrinth Atrium Main Restaurant, Barbarossa a la carte Fish Restaurant, Golden Dragon a la carte Asian Dining, Ariadne Pool Brasserie, Caretta-Caretta Beach Bar, Kafenion ‘The Beautiful Hellas’, AgrecoFarms, unique culinary experience, Tasty Corner kids’ free dining
Kids:Grecoland, Children’s Playground, Kids Health Cookery Courses, Mini Zoo at AgrecoFarmsSpa,Elixir Beauty Spa treatments, Ayurveda treatments by Indian therapists, Beauty & Hairdresser Salon
Activities:Water Sport Center, Tennis Courts, TV-Video room, Basketball Court, Boccia Petanque, Shooting Center, Sport Activities, Summer Camps
Shopping:“Charisma” Jewellery Boutique, “Sun Stores” Mini Market, “Fifty fifty” Fashion Boutique, AgrecoFarms Shop, Kids Shop, Doron Society
King Minos:Open-air theatre for evening special events programme and conference room
WiFi:Free of charge full WiFi coverage in all hotel areas and guest rooms, Parking free of charge

3. Location Elounda Blue Palace:
All public areas non-smoking,Barber/Beauty shop,Gift/newsstand, Coffee/tea in-room, Babysitting* ,Concierge desk, Foreign exchange, Housekeeping service twice daily, Mobility accessible, roomsNewspaper delivered to room, on request, Room room service, 24-hour* Dining: Dining Services Room service*,GREEK-Restaurant:Anthós invite guests to sit by our organic garden and enjoy the process of an entire cooking team in their open-air kitchen as they prepare an elaborate menu. Reservations required!
NTERNATIONAL Restaurant Olea:As the resort's principal restaurant, Olea-named after the olive trees that are found in the traditional Cretan pots on the veranda-offers local and international favorites along with spectacular sea views from every table. Open for breakfast and dinner
ASIAN Restaurant: Asia Deep Blue, Asia Blue, our captivating Asian fusion restaurant, is an enticing dining option, offering inventive dishes that range from Japanese to Thai and beyond.Reservations required Open for dinner Dress code: Casual
MEDITERRANEAN- IsolaItalian simplicity with a Cretan twist, Isola offers a seasonal feast of vibrant summery salads, fresh seafood and contemporary dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner
GREEKBlue Door: Traditional Cretan cuisine truly shines at Blue Door Taverna, a lovingly restored fisherman’s house where the catch of the day is cooked over an open grill. It’s just a stroll along the beach, with an enchanting atmosphere and spectacular views.Reservations required Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual
Isola Beach ClubSet amongst olive trees and overlooking the shore, the Isola Beach Bar offers a relaxed bohemian ambiance paired with light and refreshing beachside dishes created from locally-sourced produce.Open for lunch
Arsenali Lounge Bar: With a stunning frame for views of Spinalonga tihs is a natural spot for convivial gatherings, cocktails or iced coffee. Open for lunch and dinner Dress code: Casual
1. Location Kolimbari Hotel Avra Imperial
Your Accommodation:
1.Deluxe Room, Pool-View, 32 sqm, accommodate1-3 aduls or 2 adults and 1 child :
Simmons mattresses,Individual air conditioning, Electronic safe with charging capability of a 17” laptop, WiFi Internet,Connectivity panel (connects any portable multimedia device to the in-room TV), CD-DVD player (upon request, at extra cost), Iron and ironing board (upon request, at extra cost), Mini bar (filled upon request, at extra cost), APIVITA luxurious bathroom amenities, Hair dryer and magnifying mirror, Bathrobes and slippers, Fine luxurious linen, Laundry service (upon request, at extra cost), Daily newspaper delivery service (upon request, at extra cost),Marble bathroom with bath tub and shower with hydro massage, Double king size bed or twin king size beds,LED TV 26”, Fully furnished balcony with pool view, Turndown service

2.Location Rethymnon Hotel Creta Palace
Palace Guestroom in Main Building, Penthouse, Panoramic Sea View indoor 45m². outdoor 9m². Open Plan - Room SLEEPS 2+1 Executive guestrooms with generous space combining luxurious furnishings with designer fabrics in cool ivory tones and exclusively manufactured furniture. Beds: 1 Double bed & 1 extra single sofa bed, Bath: En-suite marble bathroom with 2 washbasins & 1 bathtub,Balcony / Terrace, Private Bath/shower/W.C., Electric shaver outlet (120 volts), Bathrobes/Slippers/Beach towels, Hairdryer, Direct-dial phone, Deluxe toiletries (Eau de Grèce), LCD TV with satellite channels, Air-conditioning/heating, Refrigerator, Mini bar*, Electronic Safe, Make-up / shaving mirror Full length mirror, Dry Cleaning* / Laundry* / Pressing*, Free of charge: full WiFi coverage in all hotel areas and guest rooms, Supervised Children's entertainment at Grecoland, Kettle (water boiler) and tea/ coffee making facilities, Coffee machine. * = Extra Charge.
Sky Bar Restaurant 'Zeus & Amalthia', Talos Lounge Bar, Labyrinth Atrium Main Restaurant, Barbarossa a la carte Fish Restaurant, Golden Dragon a la carte Asian Dining, Ariadne Pool Brasserie, Caretta-Caretta Beach Bar, Kafenion ‘The Beautiful Hellas’, AgrecoFarms, unique culinary experience, Tasty Corner kids’ free dining

3. Location Elounda Hotel Blue Palace
Superior Bungalow Pool Guest room, 1 King, Sea view, Balcony, wihout or with Plunge pool, Our Superior Bungalows with Pool are housed in single or two story buildings perched above the private beach. Aside from a stunning veranda that leads to a private infinity (in select bungalows) pool, they offer panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and Spinalonga Island. Appreciate the vista from the veranda daybed, the bedroom, sitting room areas, and—in select bungalows—the bathroom.Inside these bungalows, subtle colors and summery Mediterranean-style details surround the one King or two Twin beds with non-allergenic mattresses by Simmons® (selected rooms), and create a laid-back, contemporary ambience.
Nearby, the ample sitting area features a sofa and writing desk for recording thoughts or utilizing Wi-Fi. Other in-room technology includes a 49-inch flat screen TV with multi-language satellite channels and pay-per-view movies, two direct dial telephones, and individually controlled air conditioning.
For end of the day relaxation, guests benefit from marble bathrooms, supplied with plush bathrobes, slippers, and premium bath amenities. To ensure guest satisfaction, the bathtub, shower, and toilet are separate, and a hairdryer and magnifying mirror are provided..
Let yourself be pampered by the haut cuisine from these leading hotels! In Avra Imperial and Creta Palace with Breakfast and Dinner, in Blue Palace Breakfast-Buffet.

The hotels are located in a stunning seaside location, offering a culinary journey from the roots of Cretan cuisine to the highlights of international gastronomy. Dine in the best view restaurants in Crete. The fresh ingredients and world-class cuisine offered in the hotels' restaurants will satisfy even the most discerning palate.
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
To do and to see with your driving tour On Crete: "Crete in Comfort"
In West Crete:
+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 schop.

+ 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 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.

+Visit SpinalongaThe Spinalonga - Fort & Island Spinalonga is in the gulf of Elounda, it is one of the most famous places on the island! The rocky island is situated directly opposite the village of Plaka, the fortified islet is a classic excursion. The history of Spinalonga goes back to the antiquity when the islet contained an ancient acropolis and protected the ancient sunken city of Olous. The trips to the Island Spinalonga from Agios Nikolaos, Elounda or Plaka are organized tours. The archaeological sites are opened at least 9am to 5:45pm but it can be from 8am in Summer. In the wintertime from November to March it is closed, sometimes it may open on weekends if the weather is good.

+ Day-Cruise to the offshore Island Koufonissi This small Island is a Wildlife Refuge. Due to its stunning natural beauty and important ecosystem, it has been included in the European initiative NATURA 2000. This day-cruise can be booked in advance price per person 35 €.

+ The Palm Forest Vai and its Monastery Toplou for this day trip you have to start early in the morning. You must arrive there before the crowds arrive with the huge tourist-buses. Even it is over-crowded in the sumer time, it is worth ot see! A real paradise for bathing when you arrive there before the crowds. We started from Agios Nikolaos at 4 am!
+ One of the most renowned table lands of Crete is the Lassithi Plateau with its dam and its Monastery Kera Kardiotissis

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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1. Location Kolimbari Hotel Avra Imperial:
1,900m² wellness center, 200 sqm indoor heated swimming pool,Water Zone,Temperature Zone,Relaxation and Therapy Zone Fitness Center. Water-Sport providers at the beach.
2. Rethymnon Hotel Creta Palace:
Water Sport Center, Tennis Courts, TV-Video room, Basketball Court, Boccia Petanque, Shooting Center, Sport Activities, Summer Camps
3. Location Elounda Blue Palace:
Table tennis, Fitness, Fitness center on-site, Swimming Private Beach, Main Pool, Arsenali Pool, Kid's Pools, Outdoor Pool at Votsalo Bar
Extra charge: Boating, Jogging/fitness trail, Sailing,Sauna, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Tennis (0.1 miles), Tennis, Water-skiing, Surfing, Spa The Elounda Spa (Appointment is Required)
In all Hotels: Spa: Elixir Beauty Spa treatments, Beauty & Hairdresser Salon.
Information for the Driving Tour "Crete in Comfort"
Services included: All private airport and intermediate transfers, we arrange the guided tours starting from your hotels. Or with rental car. Minimum stay for this self drive tour: 14 days.
Car Category B Citroen C3 or Fiat Punto.
Upgrade is possible on demand (extra Charge).

Overnights for this tour:
5 days Avra Imperial Luxury Resort in Deluxe Room, Pool View, Halfboard, 4 days Creta Palace in DB, Sea View, halfboard, 5 days Blue Palace Luxury Resort in Superior-Bungalow, panoramic sea view, Breakfast. All the rental cars are fully comprehensive insured with no excess. Car theft protection cover with no excess is also included. Unlimited mileage. Not included in the insurance cover is damage to the tyres or underside of the vehicle. (If you want to insure against this, a local premium can be taken out at a cost of Euros 6 per day). Additional driver: included, no extra charge! Children’s car seat subject to availability at no charge. One way rentals do not attract an extra charge. A map of Crete is included. The local offices of our two hire car partners on Crete are accessible to business hours. Our Crete Self Drive Tour "Crete in Comfort" will leave the traveller with a array of memories of the diverse scenery and cultural differences that they will encounter from one side of the island to the other.

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