Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and without doubt one of the most alluring for families. It is fringed by beaches, some well developed with every facility you could ask for, others just deserted coves with no one else around. Whilst these beaches are of course one of the main attractions of the island, there are also spectacular mountain ranges riven by dramatic gorges and gentle river valleys. There are lemon and orange farms, pretty rural villages, and delightful towns. As ever this itinerary can be tailored for your family; extended for a full two-week summer break, or shortened for that perfect May or October half term.
Wander the streets of pretty Chania
Cycle through beautiful countryside
Feast on sensational seafood platters
Hike the Samaria Gorge
Sea kayak in Sfakion
Relax on stunning beaches
10 days from £1,500 pp
Plus international flights starting at £200
A 10-day itinerary for a family of four will start from around £6,000 including hotels, car hire and activities. If you want to upgrade to nicer accommodation, prices will start from £8,000. Prices outside the summer will be considerably lower.
As a general guideline, the price for a two-week summer itinerary for a family of four will usually start from around £9,000. This will include accommodation in mid-range hotels, transfers, ferries or car-hire (where applicable) and a number of activities. If you want to upgrade your accommodation or include a wider range of activities, prices will start from around £12,000 for a family of four but can easily increase far beyond this if you want some of the more luxurious hotels.
Prices outside July and August can be considerably lower.
If you have a specific budget in mind, please mention this at the time of your enquiry so that we can tailor our itinerary and hotel suggestions accordingly.
A short break trip of a week will usually cost from £4,500 for a family of four, excluding flights.
All prices exclude international flights, which start from £200pp during school holidays. Flight prices at other times can be extremely cheap, sometimes as low as £50pp.
Many of the main flight routes to Greece from the UK are operated by budget or charter airlines that operate flexible pricing policies. Generally the earlier you book, the better. Most will operate for the summer season but may stop over the winter.
There are no age limits on any of our holidays. We will tailor the itinerary to the ages of your children and can accommodate everyone.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with Stubborn Mule Travel. This is guaranteed through our membership of the Travel Trust Association (membership number Q0176) and our ATOL membership (number T7608). Further details can be found on our Financial Protection page.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. We will produce an itinerary that we think will suit you but you can review this as many times as you need to until we get it just right.
Crete Adventure day-by-day itinerary
Welcome to Greece! When you arrive at the airport in Chania you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2, Chania
You have a free day to look around Chania although we can arrange a guide if you prefer. This is a delightful town, with a maze of narrow alleyways snaking through the Old Town down to the waterfront. Huge bushes of vibrant pink and purple bougainvillea spill out over cobbled streets that are filled with open-air cafes and restaurants. Spacious squares are flanked by imposing churches and down on the Venetian harbour, the dockyards are home to small tavernas, sitting in the shade of giant plane trees.
Day 3, Countryside cycling
A wonderful day today as you head to a small picturesque village sitting in the foothills of the White Mountains. Here you will pick up your bikes and will spend the day on an idyllic ride through olive, vine, avocado, chestnut and orange groves. Stop along the way in the small village of Deres for a drink and a snack. The route continues from here along a river, past rural farms alive with the noise of squawking turkeys and hee-hawing donkeys, to the north coast. Finish up on the beach where you can enjoy a refreshing swim before being transferred back to your hotel.
Day 4, Samaria Gorge – Loutro
Sitting deep within the White Mountains, Samaria Gorge is one of Crete’s most famous scenic attractions. The gorge itself is the second largest in Europe, dramatically cutting a swathe through the surrounding mountains. At its narrowest, the gorge is only a few metres wide, whilst the sides of the cliff rise sharply above you for hundreds of metres. The hike through the gorge is around 16km, leading gently downhill to the Mediterranean. It is a popular hike so it’s worth starting early, but the views are magnificent. Pack a picnic and take the journey slowly, encouraging the kids with the prospect of a swim at the end of the day.
Those with younger children might like to consider hiking the Imbros Gorge instead. This is around 8km and can be managed by most children. Although the gorge itself is not as deep or long as Samaria, the views are still superb and there are some very narrow sections that are fun for kids.
At the end of the day you will take a water taxi to Loutro.
Day 5-6, Loutro
You have two full free days to enjoy Loutro.
This is a beautifully quaint fishermen’s village tucked away on the south coast of Crete, accessible only on foot or by boat. The colours here are stunning; whitewashed houses with blue painted windows look down on an almost impossibly blue Mediterranean. There is a lovely (pebble) beach just on the edge of the town where the children will happily spend the day; alternatively, those who are still feeling energetic might like to walk to Marmara beach where you can swim or snorkel inside the marble sea caves. (You can also take a boat to Marmara beach if you prefer!).
Read More Day 7, Loutro – Sfakion – Chania Beach Start this morning with a boat ride to Sfakion. From here you will then enjoy an exciting day today sea-kayaking along the coast. The route covers one of the most magnificent sections of Crete’s southern coast. Startlingly clear waters give rise to dramatic rocky cliffs and huge sea caves. You will stop along the way at isolated coves to swim and snorkel. At the end of the day, you will transfer back to the north coast to a beach hotel. Day 8-9, Chania Beach Two full days to relax and enjoy the beach. Day 10, Airport
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Day 7, Loutro – Sfakion – Chania Beach
Start this morning with a boat ride to Sfakion. From here you will then enjoy an exciting day today sea-kayaking along the coast. The route covers one of the most magnificent sections of Crete’s southern coast. Startlingly clear waters give rise to dramatic rocky cliffs and huge sea caves. You will stop along the way at isolated coves to swim and snorkel.
At the end of the day, you will transfer back to the north coast to a beach hotel.
Day 8-9, Chania Beach
Two full days to relax and enjoy the beach.
Day 10, Airport
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Greece in pictures
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