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Self Drive Tour Southern Crete


15-days-self-drive-tour a beautiful track through the unspoiled southern Crete with 3 locations Paleochora, Plakias and Koutsounari in small traditional hotels. Carefully selected guesthouses with friendly hosts. With wild landscapes, thrilling beauty and warm welcoming hosts, southern Crete is a land built by Zeust. You can feel the Gods--Spirit in the roar of waves rushing on the shoreline, in the tranquility, and in the energy that pulses through the wild gorges. Discover the secrets of this world for yourself and feel your own spirit awaken.

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1. - The first accommodation is South West of Crete in the Village Paleochora- 1, 20 hours drive to airport chania and 21/2 from the Airport Heraklion. The Hinterland, the Askifou-Plateau is the most popular and biggest hiking area with the most Walking routes. In Paleochora there are several taverns and supermarkets. The Guesthouse Aris is only a few minutes from the pebble beach. The village of Paleochora is built on a headland on the eastside is the pebble beach and on the westside the sandy beach. In this surroundings are the most nature protected beaches
2. The second accommodation is the lovely small family run Apartment-Hotel Souda Bay nearby the Seaside Village Plakias. 1,30 hours drive from the Airport Chania and 1,50 minutes´drive from the Airport Heraklion.
3. The third accommodation is the Small boutique - Hotel Aroma Cretea in the seaside village Koutsounari.1,50 hours drive from the Airport Heraklion. Koutsounari is 7 km eastwards from the town Ierapetra. You can visit the Napoleon´s residence, the mosque and the "Kales" built by the pirate Pescatore in 1212.

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Facilities
5 days Paleochora 5 days Plakias, 5 days Koutsounari:
1.The first accommodation Paleochora Hotel Aris An oasis of tranquillity - The small family run hotel with its 25 rooms are distributed in 1 and 2-story buildings. The hotel comes with a guests a reception, breakfast / lounge with terrace. There is a lush, small garden between the two buildings. Parking in front of the guesthouse, no extra charge.

Hotel amenities for its guests: Bar (open all day for fresh juices, snacks, drinks and beverages). The reception is manned around the clock. Free reliable Wi-Fi, free parking, massage (offered by staff) in our wellness room, laundry service, TV corner, free internet corner with laptop, laptop or tablet for rent, library, listening to records for free. Free deck chairs and umbrellas (on Methexis beach, 50 m from the hotel) and beach towels. Free bicycles subject to availability, free cards, free postcards, free coffee and tea bags in the rooms, credit cards are accepted (Visa-Mastercard), wake-up services at the edge of the seaside village Paleochora, 10 minutes ‘walk to the centre.

2. The second accommodation is the family run Apartment-Hotel Souda Bay in the seaside Village Plakias South Crete
This small traditional accommodation comes with a reception, 8 Apartment, 4 Studios, fresh-water-pool with sunbeds and parasols, breath-taking view to the sea and to the villages Plakias and Souda. Only 8 minutes ‘walk to the sandy bay of Souda and 5 minutes ‘drive to the main beach of Plakias. Parking Wi-Fi free of charge.
3. The third accommodation is the small Boutique-Hotel Aroma Creta in Koutsounari in the southeast of Crete.
The small Boutique-Hotel Aroma Creta is set on a sloping hill commanding stunning views. Garden with freshwater swimming pool with sunbeds and parasols. Parking, Wi-Fi free of charge.
Rooms
1. first location in Paleochora: Guesthouse Aris:

Room facilities: Air Conditioning, Alarm Clock, Bath Amenities, Bathroom with Shower, Beach Towels, Ceiling Fan, Closet, Coffee Facilities, Daily Maid Service, Direct dial telephone, Garden View, Hairdryer, Handicap rooms available, High-speed Internet Access, Individually Controlled Air Condition, Internet access, Marble Bathroom, Mini-Bar, Modern Furnishing, Non-smoking rooms available, Room Service (up to midnight), Safe Deposit Box, Sitting Area, Veranda, Wake-up Call, Welcome Drink, Wi-Fi Internet Access (free of charge), Writing Desk. Your room is a Superior-room they can accommodate up to 2 people this room comes with garden or sea view. Some of them are on the ground floor and have a terrace, but most are on a higher level and have a balcony. Maximum Room capacity 2 guests

2. Location Self-Catering-Apartment-Hotel Souda Bay in Plakias Crete South - Coast
Here you have also 2 Accommodations- Options:
1. Open-Plan-Studio: queen-size bed nearby the kitchenette, furnished balcony or terrace with sea view. Flat-screen TV, Private entrance, kitchenware, microwave, bathroom with shower, closet, linen, towels, airconditioning ( extra charge 5 € per day), hairdyer. 2. Apartment adequately equipping like the studios but more spacious with extra bedroom ( 2 rooms 1 Living room with open plan kitchen and sofabed).

3. The third accommodation: Hotel Aroma Creta in Koutsounari South Crete
Standard-Double-Rooms: Room size 22 m², occupancy 1-2 guests, sea view, enjoying views over the Libyan Sea from the furnished balcony, this air-conditioned room comes with a TV and a mini fridge. 1 double bed and 1 sofa bed , This room features a balcony, air conditioning, safety deposit box, eelephone, Balcony, radio,refrigerator, Flat-screen TV, soundproofing, Parking and Wi-Fi free of charge.
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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.

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Sport
The South Coast offers many walking trails and the European Walking Trail E4. At the beaches watersports are offered from 3. party providers ( extra charge)
Notice
Holidays on Crete with the whole family in tow:
This is a family - friendly self-drive-tour with 3 locations with many activity - options in the South of Crete. Get the most out of your vacation and book the day-cruise in advance.
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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