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Samaria Gorge Tour
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Samaria Gorge Tour

Those walking boots will get a good workout during this hike through the Samaria Gorge. This 16km-long ravine is the longest in Europe. So it's a serious – but spectacular – five to six-hour trek that's not for the unfit or faint-hearted.

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Mountains of Crete 4x4 Tour with Taverna Lunch
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Mountains of Crete 4x4 Tour with Taverna Lunch

Get ready to go off-road on this adrenaline-pumping 4x4 adventure that will take you well and truly off the radar. Explore the more rural parts of Crete and the beautiful nature as you voyage through the mountains on this small group tour.

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Museum Carolos Cambelopoulos
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Museum Carolos Cambelopoulos

When you visit the Carlos Cambelopoulos Foundation on a guided tour, your experience will be so much deeper. Housed in a Venetian Monastery in Chania old town, your guide will show you the highlights of this interesting museum featuring works by the artist Carlos Cambelopoulos, as well as a collection of art and hairdressing tools from different time periods. The museum also includes a library with rare publications on art and architecture.

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Panormo Bay Catamaran Cruise
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Panormo Bay Catamaran Cruise

Sail effortlessly on a luxurious catamaran between Crete's coastline and the mesmerizing Aegean Sea. Uncover two hidden beaches in Panormo Bay as you glide through the waves and soak up the sun. With limited space and an exclusive feel, the tone is set for a relaxing day at sea, where worries are a thing of the past. What's more, light nibbles are provided alongside refreshments including beer, wine and soft drinks.

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Cretan Evening Events at Lyrakis Family Estate Ticket
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Cretan Evening Events at Lyrakis Family Estate Ticket

Make holiday memories with an experience that the world will thank you for. This evening out at Lyrakis Family Estate showcases the very best of Cretan products and produce. Discover the secrets of sustainable and traditional olive oil soap, before munching your way through a menu of local goodies, with a side order of Greek entertainment. Your journey into the heart of Crete's rich heritage starts with a look into the art of olive oil making. Join your guide at the olive oil mill, where you'll learn the tricks behind production, before watching a demonstration of olive oil soap making. See the creation first-hand and taste freshly-pressed oil, with a chance to buy the products, too.Then, it's time to party. Tuck into an open buffet of quality Cretan dishes, all cooked in wood ovens and open fire. And as the drinks flow, the entertainment starts. Groove the night away with an all-singing, all-dancing show to end a night that not only celebrates the natural resources of the island, but gives back to the locals, too.

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Sunset Cruise from Heraklion
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Sunset Cruise from Heraklion

Sprinkle some magic on those holiday memories with this relaxing sunset cruise. Set sail mid-afternoon and we bob leisurely towards the stunning shores of Dia Island. Drop anchor and there's plenty of time to swim, snorkel and sunbathe before the main event – a fabulous sunset over the Aegean.You'll come aboard in the afternoon and be greeted by the crew with a welcome drink. Set sail along the coastline so that you can soak up every inch of Crete's beauty as you leave the shore behind. Relax, unwind and catch some rays out on deck as we take a leisurely cruise towards Dia Island.Legend has it that the gods created Dia Island and there's certainly something heavenly about it. There's time to swim, snorkel or even try your hand at a spot of fishing or paddle boarding before a light dinner is served. Then, you'll sit back, admire the views and – with luck – an incredible sunset too.

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Half Day Boat Tour to Souda and Marathi Beach
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Half Day Boat Tour to Souda and Marathi Beach

Experience a leisurely boat trip in the north of Crete, navigating the calm expanse of Souda Bay. The bay extends several kilometres between the Akrotiri peninsula and Cape Drapano, Explore Souda Island's intriguing rock formations and white cliffs, and stop for a cooling swim in the clear Aegean Sea. Finish your journey in Marathi, known for its shallow beaches, fine sand, and plentiful seaside cafes.

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Private Guided Tour with Knossos Palace & Heraklion
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Private Guided Tour with Knossos Palace & Heraklion

The ancient Palace of Knossos is Crete's most popular attraction. And for good reason – it's absolutely fascinating. Exclusively for you and your party, this private tour takes you to explore the island's most-prized archaeological gem and the Cretan capital, Heraklion.

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Samaria Gorge Easy Hiking Tour from Plakias
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Samaria Gorge Easy Hiking Tour from Plakias

This easygoing hike is ideal for a day out like no other. Start your day with a scenic drive from Plakias to Chora Sfakion, then hop on a ferry to Agia Roumeli. Here, you can explore the stunning Samaria Gorge at your own pace. Walk up to 4km to see the 'Iron Gate' and its towering cliffs. After your hike, take a refreshing swim, unwind on the beach, or enjoy a delicious Greek lunch at a local tavern.

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Santorini Tour from Rethymnon & Chania Area
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Santorini Tour from Rethymnon & Chania Area

The volcanic island of Santorini lies north of Crete. And this daytrip by fast cat is a great chance to take a close-up look at it. Curved around a colossal, sea-filled caldera that was formed by a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago, it's all black cliffs, whitewashed villages and blue-domed churches. It's picture-postcard Greece.Once you're on dry land, you'll take off on a scenic tour, exploring many of the island's attractions and learning about its history. Explore a town where whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and tavernas cascade down the cliff-face in steep terraces.You'll spend about 90 minutes in Oia – the village with the most magnificent views on Santorini. From its lofty clifftop perch, the panorama over the volcanic caldera is pure wow-factor. Then it's on to Fira, the island's capital. You'll have an hour or so to snap up treats in the quaint shops and boutiques.

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Alar The Troy Show Premium Ticket with Dinner
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Alar The Troy Show Premium Ticket with Dinner

Troy is an edge-of-your-seat adventure brought to you by Alar – Crete's very own specialists in spectacular entertainment. Be transported through years of Greek history as you're wowed by performances from dancers, artists, acrobats and more. With the exclusive use of a QR code, you'll feel part of the story. And to top it off, a delicious three-course feast is included.

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Cretan Night with Dinner & Dancing
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Cretan Night with Dinner & Dancing

Cretans are renowned for throwing a great party night. And there's no better way to find out just how good they are than by dropping into one at a local taverna. You'll enjoy rousing live music and dancing, with free-flowing wine and dancers in folk dress. A full-on Greek night.

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Things to do in Crete

Crete offers a diverse landscape with sunny beaches, gorges, rivers and rolling valleys dotted with rustic villages. Best seen by car or on a guided excursion, the mountainous inlands are definitely worth exploring, perhaps on a hike to discover one of Europe’s longest gorges. The beaches won’t disappoint, with their soft white sand and transparent waters. Perfect for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming, Crete is the ideal destination for relaxation and adventure alike. It also boasts a wealth of architectural and cultural treasures as well as a highly regarded herb-infused cuisine. Top six things to do in Crete: 1. Take a tour of Spinalonga A tour of Spinalonga is one of the most interesting things to do in Crete. This fortified islet, located in the Gulf of Elounda, has a long and turbulent history. Originally a Venetian outpost, it was later occupied by the Ottomans, but is most famous for housing a leper colony in the 20th century. Take a guided tour of the island, learn about its past, wander the cobbled streets, see the archaeological ruins of the Venetian castle and visit the school, hospital and church of the former leper colony. 2. Go on an off-road adventure An island with rugged hills, sprawling canyons and traditional mountain villages, Crete is an adventure seeker’s dream. Go off-road with an adrenaline-pumping 4x4 adventure to explore the island’s most rural parts and tick off plenty of must-sees on the way. Bump down dirt tracks, pass through remote villages, see ancient temples and stop for a swim at beaches only accessible by 4x4 to wash off the heat and dust from the day’s exertions. 3. Catch the ferry to another island There are many islets along off Crete that you can visit. On the south coast, Koufonisi and Chrissi are two uninhabited islands, where you can spend a wonderful day swimming in aquamarine seas and relaxing on the soft sands. The famous islet of Elafonisi draws beachgoers to the southwestern corner of Crete thanks to its pink-hued sands and glistening waters. While the island of Santorini, located north of Crete, is a popular day trip and usually involves a scenic tour taking in the whitewashed villages perched above its volcanic caldera. 4. Explore the ancient Palace of Knossos Knossos is the most important Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete. Once the political centre of Minoan civilisation, it is considered Europe’s oldest city. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a Neolithic settlement sometime in seventh century BC, and was abandoned after the late Bronze Age. After an initial discovery excavation in 1878, the ruins were fully unearthed in 1990. Highlights include the restored frescoes, the ancient courtyards, soaring columns and the reconstructed Throne Room. 5. Visit the capital, Heraklion The island’s capital is full of history and attractions and is an ideal place to explore on foot. Heraklion’s Old Town is especially interesting and some of its most notable landmarks include the 16th century Koules Fortress, Jesus Gate and the Venetian city walls. The Heraklion Archaeological Museum in the centre of the city is also a must for history buffs and houses frescoes, pottery, jewellery, weapons and sculptures from Minoan civilisation. 6. Hike the Samaria Gorge The 16km-long Samaria Gorge is one of the longest in Europe and attracts hiking enthusiasts to its trails every summer. Located in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the hike starts from the mountain village of Omalos and carves it way down through the countryside to the seaside village of Agia Roumeli. The trail is a must for adventure and nature lovers and takes in a variety of landscapes and wildlife. The walk can take from 4 to 6 hours, and an organised tour is highly recommended.
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