A Taste of Crete

10-Day Crete Highlights Holiday Itinerary - Greece

Prices from £690 pp

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Duration9 days / 8 nights (flexible)

DepartureDaily

ItineraryChania - Chora Skafion - Agia Galini - Chania

Suitable for families

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Overview

From famous olive groves and classic culinary delights to wide natural gorges and small fishing villages, Crete really is a holiday destination for everyone and it’s perfectly possible to fit the highlights of this beautiful island into a nine day itinerary. After exploring Chania’s olive plantations, you‘ll head to conquer Chora Skafion’s impressive Imbros Gorge. Live like the hippies used to at Agia Galini, wander through old centre where it’s still car-free and wander through the local taverns, before finishing with some lazy days on a palm-fringed beach.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Excursions as described below
  • Car hire and insurance – prices may vary depending on departure dates

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Golden Chania

As you arrive into Chania you will feel something special. The influence of the Venetian, Ottoman and Egyptian periods are everywhere – brightly colored mansions, Turkish minarets and the picturesque harbor. Within the old city walls you walk under arches through a maze of cozy narrow streets and alleys eventually arriving at The Giali Tzamisi Mosque. Check into your hotel and drop your bags off. The family that runs your hotel knows these streets well so feel free to ask for some tips.

Golden Chania

Today you’ll meander through the winding streets, strolling into the old town and discovering the many lovingly decorated shops selling various handicrafts. After a walk through the colourful market hall, grab yourself a frappé (Greek iced coffee) in one of the cafes on the boulevard and enjoy the view of the city’s landmark Egyptian lighthouse at the harbour. On day three you’ll head to an area where the olive groves and lemon plantations undulate over the rolling hills. This is Kolymbari, the centre of olive cultivation on Crete. The olive oil that comes from here is known throughout Europe, so you will visit a small olive oil museum in Spilia to learn about the olive fruit, the tree and the oil – a culinary and traditional introduction to Greek cuisine in Crete.

an olivve tree in a garden

Hiking the Imbros Gorge

Today you will travel over mountains and along gorges, spotting the Lefka Ori mountains in the distance. The scent of pines and tamarisk will let you know you have arrived in Chora Sfakion. This is the perfect base for a few active days and you will sleep in a small hotel with a balcony and sea view that is walking distance to the two main streets, taverns and the beach. Take the evening to relax and build up some energy for your active day tomorrow!

a wooden rail along a stony path

After a hearty breakfast this morning, you’ll put on your hiking boots and head to the Imbros Gorge. It’s less known than its bigger sister, Samaria, so it is quieter and allows you to go at your own pace. We’ll arrange a taxi to take you to the entrance of the gorge, then equipped with a hiking map and a picnic lunch you will hike through the five-mile canyon. At the exit of the gorge you can freshen up in one of the small taverns before embarking on the more relaxing 5kms back to Chora Sfakion.

a group walk through a cave

Positive Vibes at Agia Galini

Arrive in the small fishing village of Agia Galini, ready to relax for a few days. Spend your mornings deciding how to spend your day over a delicious breakfast at your boutique hotel. After checking in today you can walk straight onto the beach or head to the small streets of the village walking up the hill finding a table at one of the local restaurants tasting the fresh produce of the day.

a boat floats on on blue water

The next few days are free for you to do as you please. You could take a trip to nearby Matala. In the 1960s, this seaside resort was popular with hippies drawn here by the chalk cliffs with deep caves that surround the beach. Using these caves as a place to sleep many called this beach home. The old center of the village is still car-free so it’s nice and quiet with souvenir shops, cosy bars and a wide choice of restaurants. It’s also worth the drive to Preveli Beach, one of the two remaining primeval palm forests that you will find on Crete. Walk through the palm grove over rocks and along a river that flows straight into the sea. About a short drive or walk from the beach are the beautiful ruins of Preveli Monastery, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the bay.

palm trees line a river in a gorge
David on a rickshaw

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"For me, it's the hidden sandy beaches that made me fall in love with Greece. Everything is so picturesque and the local hospitality is just so welcoming."


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