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Self-Drive Tour Mountain & Sea


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.

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Location
The first 5 days you stay in the Boutique-Hotel Blue Elephant in Almyrida in western Crete, 15 minutes´drive eastwards of Chania town overlooking the sea and the coastal village Almirida. Immerse yourself in the eclectic mixture of heritage sites, nature reserves and traditional city culture. Take a stroll along the vibrant characterful streets of the old town of Chania with Interesting shops and architecture. The colourful city is the perfect place to taste the variety of the local cuisine.

For more leisurely holidays you stay 4 days in the Inland of Rethymnon in the country - Hotel Kapsaliana. The best mountain - resort of Crete. Visit the striking inland of Rethymnon with its landscapes characterised by rugged mountains, picturesque mountain-villages and archaological sights.

The last 5 days you stay in the beachfront - Hotel Minos Palace located among a headland commanding stunning sea view. Visit the lively picturesque city Agios Nikolaos and its harbour and the coastal village Elounda where you can admire the spectacular architecture of the ofshore island Spinalonga.
Facilities
Hotel Blue Elephant Hotel-Amenities:
Free parking, bar, restaurant with sea view. fitness senter, WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge, soundproof rooms, furnished terraces & balcony with loungers, beach towels. For extra charge: Massage, Spa and steam bath. Like an amphitheater with 28 units overlooking the Aegean Sea. The small boutique hotel Almyrida Blue Elephant comes with modern design creates an atmosphere of real hospitality with comfort. The studio suites offer uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea, individual infinity pools and a smoke-free environment.

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

Hotel Minos Palace Hotel Amenities
General Information for Hotel Minos Palace in Agios Nikolaos Number of buildings: 1, Floors: 5, Rooms: 139, Bungalows: 9 category: 5 stars-Hotel Check-in time, from 14:00Check-out time until 12:00 Minimum age : 18 years,Tourist tax / Ecotax / Tourist tax 4 EUR smoking area, Check-in time, Reception: 24 hours, Languages: German, English, elevator, Garden, sun terrace, Pool: free of charge, freshwater, Balinese beds: for a fee, Loungers: free of charge, Parasols: no charge, Bath towels: no charge, free Internet: WLAN / WiFi, Internet terminal: without charge,Laundry service: extra charge Luggage service, Payment VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners, EC card / Maestro, pets are not allowed, Parking: Pitches, not covered: no fee, request & reservation not necessary
Rooms
Room facilities Hotel Blue Elephant in western Crete:
classic suites 35 sqm occupancy 2-3 pers.
with sea view, shower, bathrobe, toilet, satellite TV (flat-screen TV) slippers, hairdryer, fridge, air conditioning, safe, tile / marble floor, free toiletries, soundproofing, each studio has its own private entrance, sofa bed, extra long double bed over 2 m, balcony or terrace.

Room facilities Hotel Kapsaliana in the inland of Rethymon:
All rooms offer the following amenities: Kapsaliana-The standard room; Eridanus, Hyades, Kentavros, Altair and Izar for up to 2 people The Altair and Izar rooms have a private terrace, Kentavros has a small balcony and is on the 1st floor. Central heating, individually adjustable air conditioning, King-size double bed or 2 single beds COCO-MAT Bathroom with shower, kettle, selection of coffee and tea, mini bar Desk, satellite TV, CD / DVD on request, telephone, free WiFi connection Safe box, APIVITA natural beauty care products, bathrobes & slippers, hairdryer, iron and ironing board on request. Free parking, 24-hour reception, laundry and ironing service, daily housekeeping.

Room facilities Hotel Minos Palace, upper-deck sea view rooms
offer a bright and airy 25-30 sqm of comfortable living space with stunning views of the Mirabello Bay and the town of Agios Nikolaos beyond, all of which can be enjoyed from the privacy of your own private balcony. Tastefully decorated in calm, muted colour tones, with all modern comforts and amenities included for a comfortable stay, upper-deck sea-view rooms provide the perfect base for your Cretan holiday experience.
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in all Hotels breakfast-buffet.
Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
To do and to see with your driving tour On Crete :
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 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 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

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Sport
A GYM is available free of charge at the Blue Elephant.
In the Hotel Kapsaliana, hiking tours(private hiking guide) can be booked. The Hotel Minos Palace offers a varied sports and wellness program:
Free of charge: Tennis: Tennis courts: 1, hard court, fitness center, aqua fitness, stomach, legs and buttocks, relaxation courses, back fitness, stretching, volleyball, table tennis, tennis: racket rental
For a fee: water sports (3. party-providers), PADI diving school, kayak, water ski, stand-up paddling
Notice
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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