Greece

Crete Adventure

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.

Highlights

  Wander the streets of pretty Chania
  Cycle through beautiful countryside
  Feast on sensational seafood platters
  Hike the Oleander Gorge
  Sea kayak from Loutro
  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.

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Crete Adventure day-by-day itinerary

Day 1, Chania
Welcome to Greece! When you arrive at the airport in Chania you will be picked up and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2, 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 3, Chania
You have a free morning to enjoy Chania or relax on the beach.

This afternoon you will head to the beautiful region of Apokoronas in the foothills of the White Mountains. This is one of the most fertile areas of Crete, due to the abundance of water coming from the mountains, with beautiful villages scattered around which have preserved their cultural traditions until today.

Here you will enjoy a wonderful cookery class, learning the secrets of Cretan cuisine in a traditional village environment. Dishes include feta parcels, courgette fritters, lamb and green bean stew and fresh Greek salad all of which you will enjoy as part of a delicious dinner!


Day 4, Oleander Gorge – Loutro
After breakfast you will transfer into the mountains for a wonderfully beautiful hike down Oleander Gorge. The route is mainly downhill, through tall, century-old cypresses, pine and kermes oak trees and huge oleander bushes boasting a profusion of bright pink flowers. The gorge is redolent with the scent of wild sage and thyme and the views throughout are spectacular. Above you soar Griffon vultures and you may pass the occasional mountain goat, but aside from this you usually have the gorge pretty much to yourselves. This is a wildly different experience to the more famous Samaria Gorge, which can see more than 2,000 hikers per day in summer.

When you have finished your hike there is time for a drink or ice-cream in a local café before a short drive to the gorgeous sandy beach of Sougia. Here you can have a swim in the turquoise water and enjoy a well-deserved lunch before continuing by water taxi to your accommodation in Loutro.


Day 5, Loutro
You have a full free day 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!).

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Day 6, Loutro
Enjoy an exciting day sea-kayaking along the coast. This part of Crete is renowned for its magnificent views, with soaring mountains contrasting dramatically with the scenic blue of the Mediterranean. The water here really is spectacularly clear, with extraordinary views of the rocks beneath the surface. The whole area is peppered with small coves and sea caves where you will stop to snorkel and swim.


Day 7, Loutro – Chania
Transfer by water taxi to Hora Sfakion where a vehicle will be waiting for you for the journey back to Chania. You will be dropped at your hotel and the rest of the day is free for you to relax.


Days 8-9, Chania
Two full free days to relax and enjoy the beach. There are lots of activities that can be arranged here; head into Chania for some shopping, visit the nearby waterpark or enjoy a surf lesson on the beach.


Day 10, Airport
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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