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Island - Hopping - Seabreeze - Crete - Santorini

Island hopping Crete-Santorini, 14-day tour with 10 days Crete south coast in Plakias, your accommodation is rigth at the sandy beach and 4 days of Santorini living right on the crater rim. The architectural style and design of Santorini, the whitewashed house facades with the stunning sunsets, create a peaceful, magical atmosphere. You would like to merge with this Greek dream world. Thousands of creative people and artists are attracted to Santorini every year to be inspired and be enchanted by this magical light. Yes it is a place of pilgrimage for artists and creatives. The south coast of Crete with its hidden bays is a bathing paradise where you can let your mind wander.

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You will stay 10 days in the comfort apartments in Plakias Resort. The Plakias Resort is located on the edge of the quaint south coast town of Plakias. Directly on the hotel beach offering loungers and parasols including bath towels free of charge! There are many small, picturesque, secluded bathing bays in the area. The small town Plakias comes with avariety of traditional shops and taverns in the located directly at the beach. With the excursion - boat Preveli - Express you can experience the Palm Gorge. Plakias is one of the most beautiful coastal towns on Crete's south coast, a paradise for swimming and snorkeling. Plakias is about 39 km south of Rethymnon surrounded by a hilly landscape with several small bays with sandy beaches also popular with nudists. Worth to see is the mountain village of Spili. Plakias lies at the foot of the Kourtaliotiko Gorge and is surrounded by its foothills. The small town is naturally grown with a good infrastructure with schools, churches, numerous cafes and taverns, pastry shops and supermarkets. In the small aquares you´ll find shop selling arts and creafts. Tourism has certainly arrived here, but it doesn't detract from the flair of the small town.
Your holiday - destination Firostefanie on Santorini; Firostefanie is located on the crater rim approx. 15 minutes´ walk, 1. 3 km from the place Immerovigli (world cultural heritage of UNESCO). Immerovigli is crowded as everyone wants to see the place with the postcard motifs. The place Firostefanie is also fantastic but has much less tourism. Here all hotel guests have peace and quiet and are protected from the masses. We think it is a very good starting point to explore Santorini, the places on the crater rim on foot. It is 14 km to oia. We lived in Firostefanie and falt very pleasant there, far away from the crowds. In the evening when the cruise tourists are gone you can enjoy Immerovigli without the masses. We were very surprised how quiet it was in the evening. Firostefanie is always calm!
10 days in Crete we have selected the comfort holiday apartments Plakias Resort for this dream trip in the most beautiful south coast town in Plakias. We planned this trip with a rental car. For our customers who do not want a rental car, we can plan an airport transfer. But please bear in mind that a rental car, especially in the quaint south of Crete is a must, as the transport links in the south of Crete are not realy good. To discover the picturesquebeaches of the south of Crete you need a rental car.
The small comfort apartment hotel has 2 pools that are connected to each other. It is a very well-kept complex and also offers a breakfast service. 4 days Santorini in the 4 star Hotel Cliff Side Suites
The small boutique hotel offers 13 suites and 11 double rooms. The reception is open 24 hours. Safe deposit boxes for a fee, room service and a laundry service also feature. WLAN / WiFi in the public area for a fee, outdoor-swimming pool, whirlpool in the wellness area Methods of Payment: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, EC card / Maestro. Those arriving with their rental car can park it in the hotel's car lot. Active travelers who want to explore the area by bike will appreciate the bike rental service (for a fee).
7 days in Crete at Plakias Resort in studios with terrace or balcony, garden view.
Your studio suite: Studio 30-33.00 sqm, occupancy up to 2 people with 1 double bed, spacious, bright and friendly with modern furnishings, veranda with a view over the garden or a view to the pool area. SAT-TV, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, dining table on the balcony / terrace. Bathroom with HAUT ESSENSIALS cosmetics, hairdryer, safe, free WiFi. For guests who come as a family for 2-5 guests, we book the apartment with two separate bedrooms :
Apartment - Suite / Apartment with 2 bedrooms and extra kitchen/ living room with 2 bedrooms, occupancy up to 5 guests Apartment with an area of 65-70 m2 on the ground floor or on the 1st floor, spacious, bright with two bedrooms (1 double and 2 single beds) with modern furnishings, large veranda with a view of the garden and a view of the pool area, on request ( Surcharge) can also be booked as a superior apartment with side sea view.

4 days on Santorini in the Cliff Side Suites
Rooms with bathroom, shower or bathtub, hairdryer, air conditioning / heating, balcony with a wonderful panoramic sea view. Safe and minibar (for a fee) available. The kitchenette is equipped with a refrigerator. Internet access, telephone, satellite TV, a CD player and WiFi. There are also cots for the youngest guests.

Entertainment / Worth to See - Sightseeing
Tours & Trip-Suggestions from Plakias to the surrounding area
+ If you cannot hike through the Samaria Gorge
for health reasons, you can take the ferry from Coastal village Sfakia to the exit of the Samaria Gorge "Agia Roumeli". Agia Roumeli is a car-free place that can only be reached by ferry. The famous narrowest part of the Gorge is easily accessible from the bottom in Agia Roumeli. This short hike from the exit to the narrowest point and back to Agia Roumeli takes about 2 1/2 hours. On this tour you will admire the steeply sloping mountain from the seaside, it is an impressive seaway. The Samaria Gorge is the longest and narrowest gorge in Europe. The oldest national park of Crete is a real nature wonder.

The public transport in the South of Crete is not well developed. If you want to explore the South, a rental car is a MUST. Hikers can use the ferry as a means of transport between the places on the south coast. However, it does not pay off if you use the ferry too often and it is more expensive than renting a car. The transfer to the south coast alone is just as expensive "one-way" as a week's rental car.

+ Immerse yourself in the colourful culture Rethymnon. The history of Rethymnon goes back to the Neolithic. The symbol of the city are the two playing dolphins, which were also depicted on coins from the Hellenistic period, and onto the city wall, the Fortezza.

+ from Plakias to the mountain village Spili and from there down to the south coast to the beaches Agios Pavlos Sandhills to Triopetra and to the beach Ligres Beach

. + The Mammut Tour: For this tour you must leave very early if you want to see it all
From Plakias drive southeast in the direction of Agia Galini then to the archaeological site Gortys the oldest legal table in Europe will impress you. Then head south to the excavations of Phaistos and then to South coast to Matala. In the small south coast town Matala you will discover the hippie caves and more. Immerse yourself in the hippie world of Matala and its history and go for swimming in the beautiful bays.

+ The off-road tour to the bay Agio Farago Beach; Please bear in mind that this tour can only be done with a Jeep or 4 x 4 vehicle! Or by boat from / to Plakias. This canyon is preferred by mountain climbers / mountain climbing clubs.

The public transportation in the South of Crete is not well developed. If you want explore Crete, a rental car on the south coast is a MUST. Hikers can use the ferry as a means of transport between the places on the south coast. However, it does not pay off when you take the ferry.

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