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Self Drive Tour Classical Crete

The adventure starts now! Crete set amidst the inky blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea; there are over 4000 years of history and so many nature reserves to be discovered . "Creta Classic" is a family - friendly combination - tour with 2 locations in 14 Days including rental car. 1 week in western Crete and one week in eastern Crete. Both 4-Star-Beachfront-Hotels are conveniently located to discover the nature reserves in western Crete and the historic sights in the East of Crete.

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Our Combination "Classical Crete" with one week western Crete and one week eastern Crete is a family-friendly-tour! 1. The first week will be spent in the 4-Star-Beachfront-Hotel Geraniotis in Western Crete.
Only 10 minutes´ drive from the Old Town of Chania, 30 minutes´drive from the stunning beaches of falassarna, 1 1/2 hours drive form the Elafonissi Lagoon and the Omalos Plain, 15 minutes´drive to the natural Monument the oldest olive tree in the Mounatin - Village Vouves. The hotel is famous for its flourishing gardens. The beach has been awarded The Blue Flag, which stands for a clean sea and a safe beach. The beach close by the hotel is also an important breeding place for the sea turtles Caretta-Caretta.

2. The second week will be spent in East Crete in the Beachfront Hotel Istron Bay.
This family run Hotel is located directly on the sandy beach, only 10 minutes walking distance to the Village Istron and 15 Minutes drive to the pictureseque coastal town Agios Nikolaos. In the Region of East Crete we recommend to visit the excavation Knossos, Faistos, and Gortys the oldest Table of Law in Europe. Also a must is the Historical Museum of the Capital City Heraklion. It is one of the most important Historical Museum Europes.

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1. The hotel Geraniotis consists of 81 rooms and 56 fully equipped apartments scattered around the stunning greenery.2 sitting rooms, T.V. roomcoffee-bar,pool bar, safe deposit boxes, mini market,restaurant, 2 large pools for adults, 3 separate children pools,play ground,mini club for children,room for disable people,full fitness.Umbrellas, sunbeds and towels are free of charge. Our Kret.com customers appreciate the blooming gardens. The beach has been awarded with the Blue Flag, which stands for a clean sea and a safe beach. The beach near the hotel is also an important breeding ground for the Caretta-Caretta sea turtles. The hotel has 2 large adult pools and 3 separate children's pools.
2. The Beachfront Hotel Istron Bay in Eastern Crete set on sloping hill with stunning views to the own bay and to the City Agios Nikolaos. One of the Istron Bay Hotel’s strongest points is its private beach. Part of the Mirabello bay, in Agios Nicolaos Crete, this beach has both pebbles and sand and is 600 metres long. With beautiful turquoise waters, the beach is exclusive to hotel guests and perfect for a refreshing swim under the warm summer sun. Umbrellas, sunbeds and towels are free of charge.
Istron Bay Hotel, in Agios Nikolaos consists of a central amphitheatrical building with 114 rooms built into the side of the mountain with a magnificent view to the bay below. Only 100m away, lies a complex of 27 bungalows, which also have a sea view.
2 acres of amphitheatrical gardens, leading from the hotel to the sea, full of quiet corners perfect for relaxation A big (28,5x12m) outdoor salt water swimming pool, The use of umbrellas and sunbeds by the pool (free of charge), Sea towels provided (free of charge) A small jetty for hotel and guests’ boats*, Diving Centre*, Open-Air-Disco by the beach, Children’s pool, Play Area, Mini-Club with activities for children over 4 years of age, Main Restaurant, “Finikas” (Palm tree) pool-bistro (by the pool), “Kohili” (Sea shell) beach bar, “Votsala” (Pebbles) bar and taverna on the beach, “Meltemi” (Summer wind) haute cuisine a la carte restaurant next to the beach Main bar “Delfini” (Dophin), 24h Reception service,Lobby, A lounge-bar with panoramic view of the bay, A lounge with a TV corner and a “card playing” corner PlayroomInternet Corner (with additional charge), Wi-Fi: Excellent high-speed broadband Internet access throughout hotel grounds (communal areas, rooms, beach, restaurants etc.) Charge applies only for standard type rooms.,Conference rooms that seat up to 120 people. Ability to organize conferences for 10 to 120 people. Ability to provide all necessary equipment,.Massage room*Hair dressers*,Mini-Market, Jewellery store, Generous parking spaces (free of charge) Concierge service for car or motorbike rental, organizing excursions and providing any information you may need during your stay Room Service from 7:30 am to 22:00 pm. For drinks up to 01:00 am.
Daily cleaning service with daily change of bed linen, 5 room types, fully equipped for your comfort (autonomous heating/air-conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi, mini bar etc.) Security safes (additional charge), Welcome treat of fruit and wine, as well as an invitation to a cocktail from the management Special welcome treat for newlyweds,
1. In the Hotel Geraniotis Beeach your accommodation- Options: 1. 16-20 sqm, side sea view, 1 bath, shower or bathtub, toilet, hair dryer, air conditioning free of charge, safe with extra charge, 1 sat-TV, telephone, kettle, fridge, furnished balcony or terrace . 2. Family Room/Apartment: accommodate 2-4 guests 31-35 sqm, with connecting door, 2 bedrooms, sea view, side, 1 separate bedroom, 1 bathroom, shower or bathtub, toilet, hair dryer, airconditioning free of charge, safe extra charge, 1 Sat, telephone , Kettle, Microwave, Coffee machine, Coffee / Tea maker, Fridge, furnished Balcony.

2.Istron Bay in Eastern Crete your Accommodation:
Superior type room: ideal for families Accommodate 2+1 adults or 2 adults and 2 children
Spacious rooms mostly located on the hotel’s upper floors, Separate sleeping area and sitting room, Sea view, Spacious, private balcony or terrace, Autonomous heating and air-conditioning, Bathroom with a bath, Sea towels, Bathrobes, Hair dryer, Direct dial telephone, Radio, Cable TV, Mini bar, Wi-Fi (no additional charge), Safe (at additional charge)
in both hotels half board, breakfast and dinner.
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
To do and to see with your driving tour "Clsassical Crete":
In West Crete:
+ Visit the Monastery Agia TriadaThe 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 reserve the table Omalos Tableland in western Crete
and the Xyloskalo - Panorama-Restaurant with panorama view to the Samaria Gorge and the snow covored "White Mountains". After a good dinner in the rustic restaurant at the fireside you taste the traditional delicious speciality of this region "Sfakiani Pita" and enjoy your Malotira or Dictamus - Tea.

+ 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 snorkeling 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 back to the Neolithic Period based on toold 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 archaological 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 Mammuth-Tour: for this tour you must start early in the morning
+ On the wheels southwards first you visit the archaological 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 located 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 excursions.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 Noveber 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 land 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’ll 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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About your driving tour "Classical Crete" Minimum-stay for this Tour is: 14 days.
All our 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 Euro 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 is included in the price. The local offices of our two hire car partners on Crete are accessible to business hours.

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