To do and to see with your driving tour On Crete :
In West Crete:
+ Visit the Monastery Agia Triada
The 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 Monastery Arkadi
Arkadi 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 Lagoon
in 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 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.
The 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!
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Crete from Almrida in the West towards to east of Crete to Agios Nikolaos. 14-days-selfdrive-tour with 3 locations; In a small boutique hotel in western Crete, in the best country - hotel in the inland of Rethymnon, and in a seafront - hotel near the city of Agios Nikolaos. Get the most out of your vacation discovering Crete with the Self-Drive-Tour "Mountain & Sea". Immerse yourself in the eclectic mixture of heritage sites, nature reserves and traditional city culture and the best beaches of Crete.