Crete

An idyllic island birthplace of the great Zeus,

always protected by a giant guardian who would defeat anyone who tried to get close to it. Home to a treacherous labyrinth and the ruthless Minotaur. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs and deep blue seas, Greece ́s largest island boasts exceptional nature and magnificent landscapes. Endless shades of blue and dream-like beaches will amaze every traveler that steps on this mythical island.

Crete in a snapshot

Adventures in Crete

Sample Itinerary

Duration

8 Days

Rhythm

Active

Resistance

Medium

Best time to go

May-Sep

EXPECT

Nature, Adventure, Archaeology, Culture, Vilages, Cities, Food, Nightlife

Places visited:

Chania, Seitan Limani, Balos, Samaria Gorge, Elafonissi, Kedrodasos, Spili, Plakias, Matala, Red Beach, Heraklion

  • Day-to-day personalized itinerary
  • Hand-picked accommodations
  • Local recomendations on food, drinks & hangouts
  • Self-driven road trip
  • Self-guided & private guides (when needed)
  • Expert local support
  • 100% customizable

Trip overview

  • Experience an amazing road trip across Greece’s largest island and one of the most beautiful spots of the Mediterranean.
  • Swim in some of the most beautiful and clearest waters in Europe, and discover why Janis Joplin fell in love with this place.
  • Disconnect from the rest of the world while unwinding in the Mediterranean shore feasting on the best Greek delicacies.
  • Hike along the Samaria Gorge, Europe’s longest gorge and Greece’s largest biosphere reserve.

Starting from $975 USD

Customizable itinerary

Arrive at any time in Chania. Get your car and transfer to your hotel. Discover the beautiful city of Chania with its old town, its Venetian port and ancient Egyptian Lighthouse (one of the oldest in the world). Chania has been inhabited since the Neolithic times. Nowadays it is the second largest city in Crete and one of the island’s most charming spots (recommendations provided).

Start your day early and drive to the secret cove of Seitan Limani. Hike down the steep rocky path, reach the small sandy beach and take a dip in the turquoise Mediterranean fresh water. Go back on the road and head towards Balos, one of the most popular beaches of the island due to its wild natural beauty and exotic scenery. The lagoon of Balos, with its white pinkish sand is very shallow with vivid blue and turquoise waters. Beyond the rocks, around the lagoon, the water is deeper and ideal for snorkeling.

Cross the Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe. The hike begins at an elevation of 1230 meter at Xyloskalo starting point and ends in the coastal town of Agia Roumeli. Going down the canyon you will discover the beauty of this Mediterranean biosphere reserve with its unique forests of pine trees, water springs, Karstic caves and steep almost vertical rocks. Upon reaching Agia Roumeli, enjoy a splash in one of the island clearest waters and a delicious lunch. Take the ferry back to Sougia from where you will be transferred back to Chania.

Today you will visit Elafonissi beach, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and most representative of Crete. Your day will start with a scenic drive across the gorge of Topolia. Once you get there, enjoy the natural wonders of this unique protected ecosystem. In Elafonissi the sea is shallow and you will be able to reach the island —more like a small peninsula— simply by walking the turquoise waters. Another thing to note is the beauty of its white and pink sand. After Elafonissi, visit Kedrodasos beach, framed by one of the few cedar forest of Crete, fine sand, and crystalline fresh water.

Leave Chania and head to the southern coast of Crete. Stop in the charming town of Spili, located on your way to Plakias. It is famous for its Venetian lion heads fountain and small shops of natural products and handicrafts. Reach the southern coast, discover Plakias and the beautiful beaches around (recommendation provided). Unwind and enjoy the peaceful southern coast of this stunning island.

Unwind and enjoy the peaceful southern coast of Crete and its beautiful beaches (recommendation provided).

Discover Matala, a hippie-ish town in the southern Cretan coast. Explore the Neolithic caves carved into the sandstones cliffs. At the end of the Stone Age the caves were used as shelters, that later on Romans used as tombs. In modern history, in the 1960s, hippy backpackers settled in seeking for an alternative lifestyle. After a walk around town, head to the Red Beach, one of the cool corners of the island. The secluded beach is just stunning with its reddish sands and green blue waters.

Transfer to Heraklion Airport and depart at any time. Possibility of connecting/combining with other Mexico destinations.