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Combination-Tour Crete West / Southwest

This 14 days tour is a combination with two locations one week in Western Crete and one week in Southwest of Crete. This tour can be booked with transfers and intermediate - transfers including excursions or with hire car incl. the excursions - package to the nature reserves of West and Southwest-Crete. All from one source, travel comfortable and securely! Lean back and be relaxed, because now you´ll see the best ideas for your holidays on Crete made by the Crete-Experts Kreta.com. We are the stuff of special memories and authentic emotions.

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This 2-week self-drive- tour is a combination with 2 locations:
1-week north-west coast in the Village Kolimbari and 1-week south coast villagePlakias in the Souda Bay
1. first location in western Crete is the small family run beachfront Hotel Arion 1,5 km, 10 minutes´walking distance to the village of Kolimbari and its small harbour and 30 minutes´drive to the old town of Chania. West of Crete is the most scenic part of the island with the most nature reserves and vibrant cities Chania and Rethymnon. From here you can explore all the sights and nature reserves of western Crete. The quiet location, the large plot with a great garden and direct access to the sea are ideal for a relaxing vacation without the hustle and bustle.

2. second location is the Apartment-Hotel Souda Bay in the south - coast village of Plakias. By Mrs Christina lovingly run Apartment-Hotel Souda Bay is located amphitheatrically above the sea with a fantastic view of the bay of Plakias. The most beautiful beaches of the South of Crete within short drive. There are great taverns within walking distance, e.g., in Souda. Or of course in Plakais and in the mountain village of Myrthos. This small popular hotel has many regular customers.
1.Your first location is the Beachfront Hotel Arion in Western Crete
The small beachfront Hotel comes with a huge freshwater - pool right on the beach and a well kept garden. Enjoy your breakfast at the seafront pergola while admiring the stunning view to the Rodhopou-Peninsula and to the coastal village Kolimbari and its small harbour. Reception, Wifi-free of charge.
2.The small Apartmetn-Hotels Souda Bay in Plakias Crete South Coast
This hidden gem is perfect for a relaxing vacation far off the beaten track. The family run hotel is heaven on earth in simplicity miroring the ambience of the South. Enjoy the stunning views to the sea from the pool-terrace while taking your breakfast. Relax on the sun loungers let your eyes wander around the bay of the south-coast-village Plakias and the sea. The aura and energy of Cretes´ south coast surround you. The small Hotel comes with fresh water-Pool, sun beds and parasols free of charge at the pool. Laundry - Service with extra charge, Wi-Fi free of charge, smal reception. Changing bedlinen and towels twice a week. Pool-bar & tavern offering local cuisine.
1. Location Hotel Arionin the West of Crete.
Double side sea view occupancy 1-2 guest
Room facilities: You´ll feel right at home in the snug bedroom with a Queensize-Bed (180 x 200 cm some 160 x 200 cm), balcony with garden view and sea view. Bathroom with shower, wc, hairdryer, SAT-TV, airconditioning., free Wi-Fi.

2. location is the Apartment-Hotel Souda Bay in the South of Crete.
Accommodation - Options:
All units have sea view. The studios are approx. 30 m². Occupancy 1-3 guests
Open-plan room with double bed and a sitting area with a small kichenette, WC, balcony or terrace, free Wi-Fi, SAT-TV. The apartments are 42-45 m² and have a separate bedroom. Occupancy 2-4 guests
2 sep. rooms; 1 bedroom and a sep. living-room with sitting - area and small open-plan-kitchen. All are equipped with a kitchenette, fridge, air conditioning (5 € per day) and balcony or terrace.Changing bedlinen and towels 2 x weekly. Cleaning 3 x weekly.
Breakfast included
A good day begins with an excellent breakfast. Breakfast-Buffet in Hotel Arion. Enjoy your breakfast at the seafront pergola while admiring the stunning view to the Rodhopou-Peninsula and to the coastal village Kolimbari and its small harbour. Reception, Wifi-free of charge.
In Souda Bay Hotel you take your breakfast at the pool-terrace. Mrs Christina ( the owner) pamper her guests with a special breakfast with homemade delicacies (Homemade jam!)
Can be booked on site ( extra charge for lunch or dinner): Mrs Christina in Souda Bay cooks every day for her guests. The day before the menu is written on hte blackboart at the pool-bar. Our guesst appriciate the local delicious cuisin.
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
Forget trying to see everything in a short time of 2 weeks. Make time for surprises, there are so many things to do or to see in the Southwest and West of Crete. Discover the most beautiful cities, Chania and Rethymnon and the National Parks Samaria Gorge, Agia Irini Gorge, the Imbros Gorges and the table lands Askifou and Omalos. Take time to unwind, switch off and let the uniqueness of Crete’s Nature reserves (e.g. the Lagoon Elafonisi, the Lagoon Balos) to refresh your soul. West/Sounth West Crete’ s scenic contrasts are great. Some suggesttions for your Trip "Crete West / South-West"

In West Crete:
Crete is a huge island with a great history. We cannot show all excursion options here, but we can show the most important ones.
+ 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 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 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.

The unspoiled South of Crete promises natural wonders as unique sandy bays, amazing landscapes with dramatically Gorges and remote villages. The ever-sunny Southern Crete has a lot to offer for sunseekers and beach lovers.
+ Driving tour through the Askifou Tableland towards to the southwest coast to Frangokastello for swimming or snorkelling. An eventful tour for sports-active people, we recommend the hike setting on this tour Imbros Gorge.
+ South Crete makes the most of the sunshine. From sloping hills to hidden bays, sandy beaches and dunes. Ligres Beach is at the foot of the imposing Siderotas mountain, 52 km from Rethymnon City and 4.9 km from the village of Kerames.
+ Triopetra Beach This tour is easily accessible from Plakias. The route from the mountain village of Spili towards the south coast to the beaches of Agia Fotini, Triopetra and Agios Pavlos offers a good insight and stunning views of the south coast of Crete and its hidden gems. The beaches are not officially nudist beaches, but they are very popular with nudists. Triopetra is located on the southwest coast of Crete about 52 km south of Rethymno and 13 km at the foot of Mount Siderotas.
+ A boat tour to the nature reserve Palm Gorge of Preveli " is a bathing paradise for the whole family. This boat tour is easily accissble by boat from/to Plakias. This tour can also be done as hiking-tour, our boys on the video did it, the hiking tour starts from the Preveli Monastery from the north towards south.
+ From Plakias along the southeast coast hippie-village of Matala to the hippie caves then head out for a boat trip from Matala or as a hike-trip to the Red Beach or driving eastwards to Komos Beach

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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Extra Charge: There are several water sports providers ( third party-providers) at the beach of Kolimbari and Plakias + Souda Bay of Plakias.
Information about self-drive-tour "West / Southwest"
It can also be booked without a rental car with an intermediate transfers to the hotels. Tour itinerary: minimum stay 14 days. On request, we can customize this tour according to your preferences.
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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