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Crete Self Drive Tour South Coast Stars

Crete South Coast 15-days-self-drive-tour with 3 locations Paleochora, Triopetra and Xerokampos, including hire car. A tour to the pristine wilderness of Southern Crete with 3 prime locations in authentic surroundings for those preferring tranquility and traditional accommodation in a private atmosphere. The most beautiful places in the south of Crete based on simplicity, the luxury here is the heavenly peace! Discover incredible Crete -Summer-Tours with the Crete travel experts at Kreta.com Enjoy more sightseeing and doing outdoor activities with our excursion-services.

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The wild southern way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and hidden beaches. It's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Minimum Stay for this Jurney is 15 days.
For individuals who want to travel Crete for an in-depth discovery:

1. The small village of Paleochora is about 75 km away from Chania in Southwest Crete. The drive from Tavronitis on the north coast takes about 70 minutes. Paleochora has developed into a refuge for hikers and ramblers. Many walkers plan and begin their coastal hikes here in an easterly direction along the steep sides of the mountains. Sougia, Agia Roulmeli, Loutro and Sfakia can all be part of the hike or for some stretches one can take a ferry. Your accommodation Paleochora Residence is a prime location of this small village. The small refuge is only 5 walking minutes from the village centre of Paleochora and its harbour and 200 m to the sandy beach.

2. Second location is Triopetra located at the south coast of Crete, the name is derived from the three sea- rocks. The small village (hamlet) Triopetra comes with a sandy beach and belongs to the municipality of Rethymnon. To the next larger south coast village of Plakias 21 km.

3. Third step is the seaside Village Xerokampos and the small hideaway Xerokampos Cottages
Xerokampos is a hidden beach with some taverns in the South East of Crete it belongs to the municipality of Sitia. Long beaches covered with white sand. Remarkable is also the salt lake of Xerokampos forming a lagoon. It is an ideal refuge for birds ( Flamingos!). In the summer time you will see a dry lake, but whe you visit xerokampos in the winter time or spring time you will see it is flooded with water. From the North Coast Town Sitia to Xerokampos you have to drive 1 hour (44km): The nearest village is Zakros, 11 Km 20 minutes drive. From Airport Heraklion to Xerokampos 3 hours drive 167 km. To the south coast town Ierapetra 1 hour 40 minutes drive. Due to the long distances from the major cities of Lassithi, Xerokambos is one of the most remote areas of the island.. Xerokampos is considered to be one of the best beaches of the mediterrenean. Your Accommodation xerokambos Cottages are only 500 m from the sandy beach.
1. Location Paleochora Residence comes with a beautifully landscaped garden an oases of peace, plenty of space for everyone and a large pool with sea views. Comfort, relaxation and incredible views of Paleochora Bay. This self cattering accommodation property offers a setting that shines with comfortable living. The proximity to the coastal town of Paleochora and the sandy beach have made this small complex with holiday apartments very popular. Everyone can find a quiet spot in the spacious garden. The small comfortable complex comprising of 8 units lies on a gently sloping hill overviewing the sandy beach "Pachi Ammos". Generous garden with fresh water pool, sunbeds and sunshades,a BBQ - Place and resting oases surrounded from herbs. Free Paking

2. Location Pegasus Resort ndulge your senses above the quiet bay of Triopetra. Discover the treasures of the fascinating coastline of Southern Crete. The small resort is a retreat for those looking for peace and recreation. Located above the two dream beaches Triopetra and Ligres in the region of Plakias. Comfortable, spacious suites with terrace or balcony and sea view. The hotel has a good tavern! An intimate hideaway with the charm and the tradition of Crete´s land life free Parking.

3. Location Xerokampos is a hidden, beautiful beach with dunes and some taverns. One of the most beautiful beaches of the mediterrenean. The interior of this cottages is a remarkable artwork. This small complex of comfortable seaside cottages in South Crete is truly a hidden gem. Free Parking

1st location:Paleochora
The Open-Plan-Studio-Suites 25 sqm, occupancy 1-3 guests , or the suite for up to 4 guests Open-Plan-Room with kitchen with dining area, electric kettle, iPod dock, kitchenware, cleaning products, coffee machine, dining table, Sofa bed, socket near the bed, refrigerator,oven, stovetop, toaser, BBQ, tea/Coffee maker, minibar, iron, seating area, fireplace, microwave, desk, DVD player, CD player Radio and SAT-TV.Bathroom with shower, toilet,free toiletries, bathrobe, drying rack for clothing. Terrace/Patio with outdoor furniture. Sleeping area with extra long beds.Airconditioning/heating.

2 cd location Pegaus Triopetra occupancy 1-3 Guests / or the suite for up to 4 guests
The small hideaway comes with 8 studio suites (one open-plan room of 33 sqm) each with private furnished balcony or terrace. All with sea views. Equipped with an extra large double bed, Satellite TV, Shower / toilet, refrigerator and a small kitchenette for preparing little things (no cooking facilities). Air conditioning included.

3rd location in Xerokambos the Xerokambos Cottages occupancy 2-4 guests
Apartment size: 55 m², Cottagtes / Apartments features a private entrance with wood-beamed ceilings, stone walls and stone arches in traditional Cretan style, and a well-equipped kitchen kitchen with dining area, electric kettle, iPod dock, kitchenware, cleaning products, coffee machine, dining table, Sofa bed, socket near the bed, refrigerator,oven, stovetop, toaser, BBQ, tea/Coffee maker, minibar, iron, seating area, fireplace, microwave, desk, DVD player, CD player Radio and SAT-TV.Bathroom with shower, toilet,free toiletries, bathrobe, drying rack for clothing. Terrace/Patio with outdoor furniture. Sleeping area with extra long beds.
Pegasus with breakfast, Paleochora and Xerokampos only accommodation
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
Crete Excursions Southwest-South-East + 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)

+ The Samaria Gorge is the oldest National Park and nature reserve of Crete. If you are not able to hike through the National Park of Crete Samaria Gorge for health reasons (for those who cannot walk downhill for a long period of time or have knee issues), you can go by ferry from the coastal Village Paleochora to the village "Agia Roumeli". This car free village is only accessible by ferry and it is the exit (bottom) of the Samaria Gorge. From Agia Roumeli it is only a short walk of 1 hour through the famous most narrow place (The Iron Gate) of the Samaria Gorge. We call this tour the Lazy-Tour Samaria. + From Paleochora with the ferry boat to the coastal village Sougia for hiking through the Agia Irini Gorge This Gorge is part of the European Walking Path E4.

+ From Paleochora by ferry to the car-free-villageLoutro for swimming and snorkelling.

+ From Plakias to the mountain village Spili and southward to the hidden beaches of Crete to Triopetra Beach Gorge and, Ligres Beach to Sandhills Agios Pavlos

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.

+ 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 €. Place of embarkation for this tour is the small harbour of the coastal village Makri Gialos.

+ Day Cruise to the offshore Island Chrissy Island Chrissy Island is 7 km long with a maximum width of 2 km, is located 8 nautical miles south of the most southern town Ierapetra Crete. Chrissy Island with its natural beauty is a nature reserve and part of Natura 2000 Networking Programme. You will be inspired from the exotic natural landscape of the cedar forest and the bays with golden sand and turquois water. Some of the trees are over 300 years old. While swimming in the crystal-clear water you will smell the Cedar wood. The distinguishing features of the island are many shells. The Island is uninhabited, there is only a small bar for the visitors and a small tavern. Chrissy Island becomes more and more popular. Book your ticket for Chrissy Island before your got to Crete! You can purchase your Boat-Ticket from us. Place of Embarkation is the south coast town Ierapetra.

+ The Palm Forest Vai and its Monastery Toplou for this day trip you must 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 summertime, it is worth to see! A real paradise for bathing when you arrive there before the crowds. We started from Agios Nikolaos at 4 AM!
+ Visit the iconic region of Palekastro
Hidden beaches, gorges and plateaus are waiting for you to be discovered.
For a quotation for this tour "South Coast Stars" you need to send us an inquiry with your preferences; departure airport ( if flights shall be incuded), number of travellers, and the excursions you want to book for this tour:
1. Day cruise to the island Koufonissi
2. Day cruise to the Lagoon Balos
3. Day Cruiste to Chrissy Island

This tour includes maps and directions to the accommodations. Rental car category B = Citroen C3 / Fiat Punto for 2-3 guests. With a occupancy of 4 guests we make an upgrade to category C = Citroen C4 from / to Heraklion or Chania airport. Rental car including fully comprehensive insurance without excess and km free. Air conditioning, radio-cd player, child seats free of charge. Second driver free of charge. Free parking at all accommodations. On demand the rental car can be upgraded for an additional charge.
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