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Winter on Crete Self Drive Tour Elia

Winter on Crete - our 10 days- self drive tour for the winter-time with 5 days stay in a country-house and 5 days in a city-hotel in Heraklion. Our winter self drive tour "Elia" is a combination trip with country-living and city experience. Living in a small manor house with holiday homes in western Crete. The fireplace for beautiful winter moments is waiting for you. You experience the olive harvest having the option taking part of it. During your stay in the city you will experience the capital Heraklion, visiting one of the most important museums in Europe and the most important excavations Knossos, Faistos and the Palace of Malia and explore the nature reserves in western Crete.

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Crete in Winter-Time. The largest island in the Aegean Sea never sleeps in winter .
Our hotel choice for you in winter: 5 days country hotel and 5 days city hotel.

Experience the country life with the olive harvest and let your vacation end in the capital Heraklion in the beautiful little boutique hotel Lato. Visit the archaeological museumof Heraklion, one of the most important museums in Europe. With pleasant temperatures of around 15-18 degrees, you can combine your stay in the city with a visit to the excavation sites Knossos, Faistos and the Palace of Malia.

In western Crete you can visit the most beautiful nature reserves combined with hikes and end the day by the fireplace in the evening.

Our combination trip includes the Country House Strofil Cottages in the inland of Georgioupolis / Vamos. The nearest sandy beach to Geogioupolis is 6 km away. Good hiking and cycling routes. Quiet location. The attractions of the west are easily accessible from here
The second location is the small boutique hotel Lato in Heraklion city. Located directly in the old town of the capital with easy parking. From the roof terrace you have a beautiful view of the old harbor and the Venetian shipyard. All attractions are easily accessible on foot.
For Trips & Tours please see in the menu "entertainment"
1. Stay is the Residence Strofil Cottages
The small property is an old palazzo from the 18th century. It is a bed and breakfast hotel with traditional, country house style furnishings.
2. Station the small city boutique hotel Lato in Heraklion on the ground floor welcomes you to the warm atmosphere of discreet luxury, combined with maximum efficiency and comfort. Crossing the wooden bridge that connects the reception hall with the salon, you will be captivated by the roar of the water and the soft music. The elegant ambience of the lobby introduces the guest to the friendly atmosphere that can be felt throughout the hotel. The hotel guests are pampered in the "Aroma" restaurant. The fitness room offers state-of-the-art equipment, exclusively for guests of the Hotel LATO. With a cozy and elegant ambience, the roof garden offers a unique view of the Venetian castle and the Cretan sea.
Accommodation options in Strofil Country cottages in western Crete:

1.Maisonettes occupancy 2-4 guests, approx. 75 square meters in the row houses with private balcony / terrace. The living / dining room has two sofa beds, fully equipped kitchen with fireplace. In the upper area is the bedroom
2. The house/cottage occupancy 2-5 guests
has a large bathroom with jacuzzi and washing machine, two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with 2 single beds, can accommodate 4 people + 1 on the sofa. Both bedrooms overlook the furnished private terrace. In this apartment there is air conditioning in the living room. There is no fireplace.

All residential units / cottages have a flat-screen satellite TV, air conditioning, WiFi (free of charge), balcony with mountain views, telephone, DVD player, iron, ironing facilities, washing machine, fireplace, private entrance, closet, hairdryer, free toiletries, toilet, Bathtub or shower, coffee and tea facilities, refrigerator, kitchen, dining area, oven, hob, high chair, towels and linen change.

Your accommodation in Hotel Lato:
1. superior double room with harbor view for 2-3 people:
automatic security lock, electronic safe, high-speed Internet access, satellite TV and "Pay TV", individually adjustable air conditioning, mini-bar, hairdryer, telephone, balcony or veranda with views over the old port or the city and the ancient port walls.

2. Another option is the junior suite: Additional equipment: CD player, queen-size double bed or two single beds, veranda with a spectacular panoramic view of the old city harbor.

3. Or in the family suite:
Additional equipment: two bedrooms with connecting door, two luxurious bathrooms. Executive Suite: Additional features: Comfortable living room, king-size double bed, CD player, bathroom with hydromassage tub, large veranda with a spectacular panoramic view of the old port and the Venetian castle.
Breakfast Buffet in Heraklion, Breakfast-Basket in Strofil Cottages
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 Arkadi The Monastery were built up in 1587 during the Venetion occupation on Crete. Arkadi was designated by UNESCO as a European Freedom Monument.

+ The nature reserve Balos Lagoonin western Crete

+ The nature reserves the table Omalos Tableland in western Crete
and the Xyloskalo - Panorama-Restaurant with panorama view to the Samaria Gorge till the end of May the mountains are snow covered here, therefore this mountain range is called the "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 the organic tea of this region “malotira & dictamus”. These teas meet our standards from our online shop greekmarketsquare.com you can purchase this organic teas in our online shop.

+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.

+ Visit the vibrant city of Chania. Chania for many, the most beautiful town in Crete The town is simply unique and alive. Chania is the second largest City of Crete. Large parts of the old town are closed to traffic; the bulk of the Venetian mansions restored or converted into hotels.
+ Immerse yourself in traditional Crete Culture and mucis in Rethymnon. The third largest town in Crete with approx. 30,000 inhabitants is, like Chania, much influenced by its Venetian occupation. In early Christian times the place was sparsely populated but the Venetians shaped the town with the construction of the enormous fortress, Fortezza Castle.

In East Crete:
+Visit the archaelogical Museum
of Herakklion

+ visit the Monastery Panagia Kera
and the mountain village Kritsa. you should plan a stop in Kritsa and a visit to the Panagia Kera church. The well-known village is very well maintained with many small shops, Here you will find fancy souvenirs and cozy taverns.

+ the archaological site Knossos
in East Crete

+ the archaological site Gortys and Gortys
and and Phaistos

+ explore the vibrant capital HeraklionThe city of Heraklion 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.
Wellness and fitness in your hotel in Heraklion.
price includes:
Map of Crete and directions to the accommodation, rental car cat. B ( Fiat Punto or Citroen C3 or similar car ) pic up and drop of Heraklion airport, including full insurance (fully comprehensive insurance with no self-risk , km free, air conditioning, no charge for second driver, child seats free of charge, radio, CD player, optional with GPS (extra charge). Crete in winter has mild temperatures of 18 degrees. As the temperature often goes down below 15 degrees our chosen accommodation come with heating or fireplace. Please also keep in mind that there are no direct flights to Crete in wintertime. All flights to the Greek islands in winter go via Athens. You just must change aircraft in Athens while your luggage will be forwarded automatically. Optional we can plan an additional stop over 3-day stay in Athens. For pricing, geting a qute you need to Send us a request ( free quote) with your preferences: Your home airport, your preferences e.g. duration as mentioned or other duration, with an extension in Athens? Upgrade of Retal Car Category? Prefered room - category?
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