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Cox and Kings Wonders of Ancient Crete
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  • Location
    Greece, Europe
  • Board Basis
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  • Duration
    8 Days
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As a strategic gateway to the eastern Mediterranean, Crete has been ruled by a number of great powers, from the Minoans, one of Europe’s first civilisations, to the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman empires. This tour explores Crete’s scenic and cultural highlights, including the Palace of Knossos, an incomparable monument of ancient Minoan society.

Tour Highlights
  • Stay in a 5-star hotel in the heart of Heraklion
  • Visits to the archaeological sites of Knossos & Eleftherna
  • Boat trip to the isle of Spinalonga, once home to a leper colony
  • Visit the Roman town of Gortys & the Minoan palace of Phaestos on the south coast
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation throughout
  • Small group size - average 14 people
What's Included
  •  4- & 5-star accommodation 
  • Flexible - extensions, room & flight upgrades available 
  • Average group size - 14 people (max 26) 
  • Direct international flights 
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles 
  • Experienced local tour manager 
  • 7 breakfasts 
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees 
  • Welcome drink 
Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Heraklion • Rethymno

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Heraklion with easyJet. Transfer to the Hotel Theartemis Palace in Rethymno (or similar) for 3 nights.

Day 2: Aptera • Venizelos • Chania

This morning, visit the ancient site of Aptera and make a poignant visit to the second world war memorials. Continue to the Venizelos tombs and the port of Chania, with its Venetian harbour. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3: Arkadi • Eleftherna • Rethymno

Morning visit to Arkadi fortified monastery, celebrated due to the Cretan resistance that took place here against Ottoman rule. Continue to ancient Eleftherna village for a tour and a visit to its museum before returning to Rethymno for a guided walking tour, taking you past the facades of Venetian and Turkish buildings to the old port.

Day 4: Knossos • Heraklion

Morning drive to the ancient Minoan Palace of Knossos, the centre of Europe’s first civilisation. According to myth, it was home to King Minos and site of the legend of Theseus slaying the Minotaur in the labyrinth. Continue to Crete’s capital, Heraklion. Afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum, which contains an excellent collection of Minoan artefacts. View the Venetian harbour, Lions Square and city walls. 

Day 5: Gortys • Phaestos • Matala

Morning visit to the Roman town of Gortys, home to the first Christian basilica. Continue to the Messara plain and visit the Minoan palace of Phaestos. Drive across the plain to the seaside town of Matala. Time at leisure for a swim in the Libyan Sea or lunch in a local tavern.

Day 6: Kera • Spinalonga • Heraklion

Morning visit to the Church of Panagia Kera to view the finest Byzantine frescoes in Crete. Continue to Elounda and take a boat to Spinalonga island. Formerly a leper colony, the legacies of Greek, Ottoman, Byzantine and Venetian occupation over the centuries have left their imprint on this fortified island.

Day 7: Tylissos • Arolithos

Full day at leisure or optional tour to the nearby village of Tylissos, a small Minoan settlement located under high pine trees and with beautiful views of the vineyards and mountains, and the Cretan village of Arolithos to view traditional houses and art workshops.

Day 8: Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon flight to London with easyJet.


Hotel Aquila Atlantis, Heraklion (Crete)

The Hotel Aquila Atlantis is located less than 200 metres from the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and just under 6km from the archaeological site of Knossos. The hotel's outdoor swimming pool has unobstructed views across Heraklion harbour. In the impressive atrium of the hotel you will find the main restaurant, elegantly decorated and an ideal place to enjoy fresh local dishes. Features: 164 rooms & suites, restaurant, lounge bar, swimming pool, Wi-Fi. 

Hotel Theartemis Palace, Rethymno

Hotel Theartemis Palace is located a short walk from the historic centre and sandy beach of Rethymno. Guestrooms are elegant and comfortable and public areas are furnished with antiques. Features: 245 rooms, outdoor pool, hot tub/jacuzzi, fitness centre, bar, restaurant, complimentary Wi-Fi.

Price Information

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote. 

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