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Make once-in-a-lifetime memories with this 15-days trip around Crete. You’ll experience the 3 best country hotels, meet the locals, taste the flavours of Crete. Take the wheel to discover the hidden gems of Crete on this independent self-drive tour. Not only will you get to admire the nature reserves of Crete the iconic landscapes, like the lagoon Balos, the Samaria Gorge, the Lagoon Elafonissi, but also visiting ancient sites; Phaistos and Gortys bring Crete ’s history to life. These Country-Hotels will enchant you with their unspoilt nostalgic character and its surroundings from dramatically beautiful nature.

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15 Days Tour - Country & Style - Crete travelling from west to south east of Crete:

1. First location the western Crete Spilia Village Hotel br> the first 6 days you stay in Western Crete in Hotel Spilia Village a small palace of tranquility and one of our best family run hotels in Western Crete.This place is perfect for those in search of some peace and quiet whilst getting to know the country and locals. A rental car is necessary as the long pebble beach at Kolimbari is approx. 5 km away. Spilia Village has a combination of plainness and comfort with traditional ambience. Double room 25-30 sq m with a king size double bed and a sofa bed, bathroom with shower or bathtub, balcony or common terrace. All superior-rooms with: Air conditioning, direct dial phone, SAT- TV, free wi-fi, mini bar ( extra charge), safe deposit box, bathroom with whirlpool (hydro-massage) or air flux (aero-massage)laundry service, hairdryer.

2. Second location the central Crete Hotel Kapsaliana Village in the inland of Rethymnon.
You stay 4 days in this picturesque Hotel Kapsaliana hidden in the 18 th century estate. The hotel is located near the Monastery Arkadi, 10 km from the City of Rethymnon and from the coast. Kapsaliania was an ancient farm estate it was restored to a Hotel. is hidden in the 18 th century estate.

3. location Zaros Cottages East Crete, Hotel Zaros Cottages
You´ll stay 5 days in this hidden gem! A mountain-resort with ambience in the South East of Crete only a walking distance to the Lake of Zaros. The small 4-Star family run hotel with apartment-cottages and an excellent traditional Crete Cuisine half board (breakfast and dinner) is served in this small hideaway.
Spilia Village Hotel Amenities
The Country Hotel Spilia Village has a large air conditioned dining room. There is also a fireplace for cooler days. This 200 years old country house has been lovingly restored and renovated by the young owners. Two small buildings house 2 diverse units of accommodation. The main building houses the reception and a beautiful antique furnished communal-breakfast room with comfortable terrace in which to linger. The luscious garden has ancient sycamore trees, chairs and hammocks. The pool area next to the complex on a small bank offers a wonderful view of the mountain. Parking Place without Charge.

Hotel Kapsaliana Hotel Amenities
Daily maid service,Linen provided, changed daily or according to preference, Wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) in the pool area, lounge & coffee corner, Lounge with fireplace, library and TV- DVD corner Large outdoor pool (6 x 16m) with sun beds and umbrellas Pool towels, Pool snack-bar, Restaurant with fireplace, outdoor dining area and pergola, Restaurant lounge with fire place, Reception with small lounge, Shop with local products, Parking facilities, Multi-lingual staff, Credit cards and exchange

Zaros Cottages Hotel Amenities
The 20 rural cottages are situated on a peaceful and refreshing mountain slope, surrounded by olive trees and sweet-scented herbs, and are facing a magnificent view. This is the perfect getaway land. The beauty of the landscape makes it ideal for nature-lovers. Be it summer or winter, wild nature and its enchanting beauty will cast a spell on you. Experience moments of relaxation and tranquillity, and admire nature in all its grandeur. Hotel Services: Reception working hours 08:00 am -23:00 p.m, Breakfast Service 08:00 am -10:30am, Hiking maps -road map - guide book with things to do in the area · Hotel services guide, Private car parking, Electric club car Service(Guest's transfer from the restaurant to the cottages by electic golf car), · Kettle (water boiler),filter machine and tea /coffee making facilities. Welcome offer in the room ( fruits and wine ), House keeping servise every day, Cleaning every day -Change of towels every day-Change of linen 2 times a week, Baby cot , Push chair , Baby chair , Baby bath free of charge ( on request ), Main Pool and Children pool (Heated from 01/04 -15/06& 15/09-10/11(temperature 26-28C), New !2n Pool,Quiet zone for Adults only and persons over 16 years old. (open since 07/07/2019),Satellite TV, Soft Play Room ( indoor Play Ground ( outdoor ), Play room (table Tennis , Pool table ) Postal services Restaurant ( Lunch & Dinner ) ,Special meals ( gluten free, dairy free ... )upon request, Buffet breakfast , full breakfast with local products ( Greek Breakfast ), Private dining option, Free of charge full WiFi coverage in all hotel areas and the cottages, Coffee area, Massage & Treatments (extra charge) · Laudry service (wash and dry extra charge) Mountain Bikes ( extra charge ),Extra Chages: Wine tours ( 10 km ), Farm Exrerience tours ( 5 km ), Privet tours by taxi ( to the archaeological sites and the south coast ) Non Smoking rooms
Accommodation - Options:
1. Your first location Spilia Village Superior Room( 6 days)
Double room 25-30 sq m with a king size double bed and a sofa bed, bathroom with shower or bathtub, balcony or common terrace. The rooms are not all of the same size, as some of them belong to buildings of the 16th and 17th century that were reconstructed. Accomodate 2-3 pers.
Facilities for all rooms:a Double bed, air conditioning, direct dial phone, TV, free wi-fi, mini bar ( extra charge), safe deposit box, laundry service Hairdryer, Desk, Bathrobes, Bathroom amenities.

2. Your second location: Kapsaliana village ( 4 days)
1. Classic doulbe
The Classic Double Rooms, have a bedroom with double bed or twin beds, a sitting corner by a decorative fireplace and a dressing room next to the bathroom. It is centrally located in front of the spacious paved square, which is a continuation of the courtyard of the old olive mill. It is also close to the pool while the room is ideal for couples looking for a comfortable stay in Crete. It has a sitting area in front of the room with a table, chairs and umbrella. 2. Superior-Room
Superior Double Room with Panoramic Sea View. The room combines a private entrance and a balcony with enchanting and wide views of the Cretan sea. Luna also features a romantic elevated bedroom with double bed, a small seating area and a modern bathroom. Capacity: The Superior Double Rooms Luna and Aquila in conjunction are also suitable for 2 couples and a child. King size double bed or twin beds by COCO-MAT, individually controlled A/ C, rainfall shower bathroom, water boiler, coffee & tea selection, mini bar with Cretan delicacies (Upon request), bathrobes, slippers, magnifying mirror in the bathroom, hair dryer, SAT TV, Telephone, Complimentary Wi-Fi access,heated towel racks, safe box, APIVITA natural beauty care products, iron & ironing board upon request,

3. Your third location Zaros Cottages ( 5 days)
Stone-Cottage: In Stone cottages you can find a living room with sofa bed and fireplace, big windows around so as to enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains, trees and aromatic plants. All the stone cottages have been built with stone and wood and they are fully integrated with the natural environment. The double beds are very romantic decorated with pastel cloth. The bathrooms are spacious with bathtubs. Outside each stone cottage there is a terrace with a table and sun chairs where you can enjoy the gardens and the Mountain View.Facilities of the studio mezzanines and stone cottages Free Wi-Fi,Air condition,Plasma satellite TV- CD player- DVD player,Save box,Hair dryer,Phone connection ? direct dial,Fireplace,Refrigerator,Coffee machine, Kitchenette (to prepare coffee and tea, not meals).
Spilia and Kapsaliana breakfast is served, Zaros Cottages half board ( breakfast and dinner) is served.
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
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 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!

+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.

+ 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 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!
+ 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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Spilia: Gym, out-door-fresh-water-swimming Pool, Sauna,
Kapsaliana: outdoor-fresh water pool, guided tours & wlaks ( extra charge)
Zaros: out door fresh water swimming-pool, Mountainbiking ( extr charge)
Excursions to be booked in advance for extra charge
The following excursions can we book in advance for you on this trip:
1. The day cruise to the nature reserve to the Lagoon Balos
2. The day hike through the Samaria Gorge
3. The day hike through the Agia Irini Gorge. This Gorge is part of the European Path E4.
4. The day cruise to the island of Santorin including sightseeing tour on Santorin
5. day tour Crete Country & people from / to Rethymnon in small groups
6. The day cruise on the southeast coast from / to the port of Ierapetra to the nature reserve, to the island Chrissy
7. The day cruise in the southeast from / to the port of Makri Gialos to the nature reserve, to the Island Koufonissi

Price includes hire car ( category B = Peugeot 08 or Fiat Panda, Upgrade for extra charge possible), route directions to the hotels, map, accommodation as offered.

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