Ancient Wonders and Wellness in Crete

Main destination Greece 7 Day Tour

Crete – Santorini Crete – Santorini Knossos Palace Beach hiking
Ancient Wonders and Wellness in Crete
Welcome to Crete where you will experience the largest island in Greece. This 7-day journey will allow you to explore the must see areas in Crete, an island with over 160 miles of beaches! Enjoy cooking lessons that showcase some of the most authentic meze dishes while you take in these remarkable coastlines. In addition to hiking, you will also visit a winery, see the island from the water on a catamaran cruise and learn about the Minoan history while visit ancient ruins!

Hotels:

  • Paralos Lifestyle Beach, Heraklion

Included:

Meals:
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 1 Meze Light Lunch
  • 6 Dinners
Activities:
  • Visit Heraklion Archaeological Museum & Knossos
  • Catamaran Cruise including snorkeling equipment, fruits, and drinks
  • Hike the Imbros Gorge
  • Visit an olive oil and cheese factory followed by a wine tour and tasting
  • Hands on cooking lesson
Other Services:
  • One round-trip group airport transfer privately in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Transportation privately in an air-conditioned vehicle during the tours mentioned on the program
  • English-Speaking guide service during the mentioned program
  • Official English-Speaking guide service during the archaeological sites
  • Entrance fees, Road tolls, Taxes, VAT

Not Included:

  • Tips for porters, guide, and driver- the value of the tip is up to the client
  • All other services not mentioned as included
  • Personal expenses
  • International airfare throughout the program
  • International airport taxes, airport porter and extra baggage
  • Hotel early check-in and late check-out
  • Drinks or personal expenses or entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities
  • Travel insurance

Notes:

  • International flights should arrive into and depart out of Heraklion International Airport
 
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Day 1

Arrival in Heraklion

Welcome to Greece! Your journey will start in Crete, the largest and most populous of the 230 inhabited Greek islands. Upon arrival at Heraklion International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Spend the afternoon walking around the old city's medieval streets with architecture representing the island's Venetian past. Highlights include the elegant arches of the Loggia, now in use as the town hall, and the Koules Venetian fortress along the harbor walls.
From here, you can take a break in a traditional café and taste our famous pastry “Bougatsa” at Kirkor Wor, then head to the more modern boutique shops on Daedalou Street.
Finish the first day with dinner at Peskesi, a traditional local Cretan restaurant.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach

Heraklion
Day 2

Explore Heraklion

After a wellness activity and breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start the day by visiting Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum with one of the largest collections of Minoan artifacts in the world. This is an excellent crash course for the next stop located just outside of town: the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. This evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe’s oldest city. A professional English-speaking guide will escort you on these visits.
From here, you'll head toward Heraklion's surrounding vineyards, where locals believe wine has been produced for several centuries. You'll then make your way to the traditional village of Archanes for free time to explore the town on your own. In the evening, we will make our way to the local traditional taverna, Spitiko.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach

Heraklion
Day 3

Cooking Class

After a wellness activity, breakfast, and morning in Heraklion, you will be transferred to a traditional Cretan Village for a local and authentic cooking lesson. Learn about the local ingredients and recipes as you sample your cuisine. After the cooking lesson, you will have meze at Arolithos.
Transfer back to the hotel for relaxation on property or spend a few hours at the beach. Later in the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel. 
Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Cooking Class
Day 4

Hike Imbros Gorge

Get ready for a beautiful hike in Crete! After breakfast and a wellness activity, you’ll head to Imbros Gorge, located in the countryside of western Crete. The canyon is one of the most popular gorges for hikers on the island, attracting both locals and tourists throughout the year. 
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on this 6.83-mile trail as you scope out the rocky views. Be sure to keep an eye out for the many bird species that call this area home! Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Imbros Gorge
Day 5

Catamaran Cruise

Start your day off with a morning wellness activity and leisurely breakfast while enjoying the ocean view on the horizon. Later, transfer to the small fishing village of Bali. Upon arrival, board a 3-hour catamaran cruise to take in a fresh perspective of the island. The beautiful coastline and majestic shades of blue waters will leave you awestruck as you take in the cool ocean breeze. Enjoy drinks and fruits on the boat in addition to snorkeling equipment.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Catamaran Cruise
Day 6

Cheese and Olive Oil Factory - Wine Tasting

After breakfast and wellness activity at the hotel, spend the rest of the morning at leisure to relax at the pool, sink your feet in the sand, or explore the town nearby as you pass through quaint shops and cafes. In the afternoon, we set out to learn about the process of making cheese and olive oil. After visiting the factory, we will continue to a wine tasting nearby. Learn about the different types of grapes native to the island of Crete.
Return to the hotel to relax and freshen up, before we head to a local restaurant to enjoy our farewell dinner on the island! Take in the last sunset and your memories from the past week together.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Wine Tasting
Day 7

Depart Crete

It's time to say farewell to Greece! Today, you'll savor one more breakfast in Crete before your transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast
Crete

The activity Level for this tour is:

Demanding - Multiple high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities throughout the program, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Some training and/or frequent exercise recommended prior to travel.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Heraklion

Welcome to Greece! Your journey will start in Crete, the largest and most populous of the 230 inhabited Greek islands. Upon arrival at Heraklion International Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city center. Spend the afternoon walking around the old city's medieval streets with architecture representing the island's Venetian past. Highlights include the elegant arches of the Loggia, now in use as the town hall, and the Koules Venetian fortress along the harbor walls.
From here, you can take a break in a traditional café and taste our famous pastry “Bougatsa” at Kirkor Wor, then head to the more modern boutique shops on Daedalou Street.
Finish the first day with dinner at Peskesi, a traditional local Cretan restaurant.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach

Heraklion
Day 2

Explore Heraklion

After a wellness activity and breakfast at your hotel, you’ll start the day by visiting Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum with one of the largest collections of Minoan artifacts in the world. This is an excellent crash course for the next stop located just outside of town: the 3,500-year-old Minoan palace of Knossos, a sprawling maze of royal chambers, grand staircases, storerooms, and workshops. This evocative Bronze Age site is believed to be Europe’s oldest city. A professional English-speaking guide will escort you on these visits.
From here, you'll head toward Heraklion's surrounding vineyards, where locals believe wine has been produced for several centuries. You'll then make your way to the traditional village of Archanes for free time to explore the town on your own. In the evening, we will make our way to the local traditional taverna, Spitiko.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach

Heraklion
Day 3

Cooking Class

After a wellness activity, breakfast, and morning in Heraklion, you will be transferred to a traditional Cretan Village for a local and authentic cooking lesson. Learn about the local ingredients and recipes as you sample your cuisine. After the cooking lesson, you will have meze at Arolithos.
Transfer back to the hotel for relaxation on property or spend a few hours at the beach. Later in the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel. 
Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Cooking Class
Day 4

Hike Imbros Gorge

Get ready for a beautiful hike in Crete! After breakfast and a wellness activity, you’ll head to Imbros Gorge, located in the countryside of western Crete. The canyon is one of the most popular gorges for hikers on the island, attracting both locals and tourists throughout the year. 
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on this 6.83-mile trail as you scope out the rocky views. Be sure to keep an eye out for the many bird species that call this area home! Return to the hotel and enjoy dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Imbros Gorge
Day 5

Catamaran Cruise

Start your day off with a morning wellness activity and leisurely breakfast while enjoying the ocean view on the horizon. Later, transfer to the small fishing village of Bali. Upon arrival, board a 3-hour catamaran cruise to take in a fresh perspective of the island. The beautiful coastline and majestic shades of blue waters will leave you awestruck as you take in the cool ocean breeze. Enjoy drinks and fruits on the boat in addition to snorkeling equipment.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on the property. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Catamaran Cruise
Day 6

Cheese and Olive Oil Factory - Wine Tasting

After breakfast and wellness activity at the hotel, spend the rest of the morning at leisure to relax at the pool, sink your feet in the sand, or explore the town nearby as you pass through quaint shops and cafes. In the afternoon, we set out to learn about the process of making cheese and olive oil. After visiting the factory, we will continue to a wine tasting nearby. Learn about the different types of grapes native to the island of Crete.
Return to the hotel to relax and freshen up, before we head to a local restaurant to enjoy our farewell dinner on the island! Take in the last sunset and your memories from the past week together.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Paralos Lifestyle Beach
Wine Tasting
Day 7

Depart Crete

It's time to say farewell to Greece! Today, you'll savor one more breakfast in Crete before your transfer to the airport for your flight home. 
Meals: Breakfast
Crete

The activity Level for this tour is:

Demanding - Multiple high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities throughout the program, but accessible to most healthy travelers. Some training and/or frequent exercise recommended prior to travel.

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