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Look forward to a thrilling tour of Crete – the sunshine island & home of the gods. Explore the many relics of Greek history such as the Palace of Phaistos, the ancient city of Aptera. Be enchanted too by the wonderful natural landscape around you: white mountains, the Lassithi plateau and stunning coastal stretches await you on Crete!

Day 1: Travel to Crete

Welcome to the sunshine island of the gods! Our English-speaking tour guide will give us a warm welcome at the airport. A bus will take us to our dream hotel in the environs of Rethymnon where we will spend the first three nights. A refreshing drink upon arrival will give everyone the chance to get to know our tour group.

Day 2: Arkadi Monastery, Archaeological museum, Lake Kournas & Rethymnon

With the Monastery of Arkadi (admission included) on today is schedule, we will be visiting the great national shrine of Crete. Afterwards, we will experience the exciting day-to-day life of different historical periods when we visit the archaeological museum (admission included) in Eleftherna . The tour continues onwards to Lake Kournas, which, in addition to being in a highly impressive setting, is Crete’s only natural freshwater lake. Our next destination is the idyllic mountain village of Agiroupolis where water ripples into the valley in little waterfalls. We will then arrive in the romantic old town of Rethymnon. The Venetian port there is among the most beautiful on Crete.

Day 3: Agia Triada Monastery, Chania & Ancient city of Aptera

On the Akrotiri peninsula, we will visit the famous Agia Triada Monastery, a Venetian masterpiece (admission included). Afterwards, we will stop at the idyllically situated tomb of the great Cretan statesman Eleftherios Venizelos. That’s where we will enjoy the view of Chania before starting our descent. All around Chania’s wonderful port, we will be able to stroll through the little alleys or sample some exquisite specialities in the market hall. The highlights include the Jewish quarter of Evraiki or the Hassan Pasha Mosque. On our way back, the renowned “White Mountains” will provide us with a magnificent panorama. And to top it all off, we will be amazed by the excavations of Aptera (admission included). According to Greek mythology, this is where the sirens and the muses contested the most beautiful song.

Day 4: Matala & Palace of Phaistos

The tour continues onwards to the majestic south. Along the coast, we will stop in the village of Matala which in the 60s was known as a hippie paradise. Afterwards, we will visit a traditional carpet knotting factory and admire this century-old craft. In the afternoon, we will behold the spectacular Minoan Palace of Phaistos (admission included) on a hill – once one of the biggest on Crete. An outstanding discovery here was the Phaistos Disc – an ancient, disc of fired clay stamped with puzzling symbols. We will spend the next four nights at our star hotel in the environs of Heraklion.

Day 5: Venetian Fortress & Heraklion Old Town

Today we will explore the capital city of Heraklion with its impressive Venetian port fortress and magnificent promenade. In the picturesque old town, we will take in the Venetian loggia, the Agios Titos Church and the central Platia Venizelou. Crete’s great handicraft tradition will then lead us to a jewellery and leather atelier. When we are there, we will find out some interesting things about manufacturing and will have the opportunity to select a personal holiday souvenir. After this adventure-filled day, we will relax in our hotel with star comfort.

Day 6: Heraklion

The day today will give everyone lots of time for relaxation. Enjoy the amenities of your dream hotel, relax by the pool or take a stroll along the sandy beach. If the mood takes you, you can explore the surrounding area independently. The famous Knossos Palace is definitely worth a visit. You will also be impressed by Agios Nikolaos. It is peaceful alleys and taverns make it one of the Crete’s most beautiful coastal towns.

Day 7: Malia Palace, Lassithi plateau, Kera Monastery & the mountain village of Krasi

In the morning, we will head out to the famous Malia Palace (entrance is included), one of the largest Minoan complexes on Crete. The palace was built as long ago as 1,900 BC and was destroyed by an earthquake between 1750 and 1700 BC. The ruins are therefore largely more than three and a half centuries old. Afterwards we will travel through the stunning mountains up to the fertile Lassithi plateau. It is topped by the summits of the Dikti mountains. The unique Kera Monastery (admission included) is located close by. It is still inhabited by nuns to this day and is one of Crete’s most important religious centres. During the trip, we will see typical villages and make some photo stops along the way – including the mountain village of Krasi with it is 2000 year old sycamore tree.

Day 8: Homeward journey

A bus will take us to the airport at the end of an enjoyable week. We have spent an unforgettable week on holiday together and have made new travel friends. We want to see you again on a tour in the near future !


You will love our 4- and 5-star hotels !


Including a spectacular range of excursions + admissions !


Package includes:

  • Your flights to and from Heraklion with a reputable airline
    incl. hotel transfers and airport fees
  • 7 nights in a double room in selected 4- and 5-star hotels (nat. category) & welcome drink
    7x generous breakfast buffet
  • Fascinating round trip in our modern, air-conditioned coach through Crete, the home of the gods !
    Look forward to a spectacular range of excursions + admissions (as per itinerary), including:
    • Arkadi Monastery
    • Lake Kournas
    • Rethymnon
    • Chania
    • Agia Triada Monastery
    • Akrotiri peninsula
    • Ancient city of Aptera
    • White Mountains
    • Matala
    • Palace of Phaistos
    • Malia Palace
    • Heraklion
    • Venetian Fortress
    • Lassithi plateau
    • Kera Monastery
    • Mountain village of Krasi
  • Qualified, English-speaking tour guides
  • 24-hour emergency medical service

On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special reduced prices:

Gourmet package:

This package includes half-board, i.e. sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialties: only € 179.00 per person.
We recommend securing your gourmet package when you arrive in Northern Cyprus. The individual hotels on the tours are located in idyllic natural settings and therefore a little outside the towns.

Single room surcharge

€ 249.00 per person (subject to availability)

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Greece:

Greece is a peninsula or island state in south-east Europe. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, the weather can change significantly from season to season. Since 1974, the country has been governed by a parliamentary democracy with a single-chamber system and 300 MPs. The rug, jewellery and leather goods industries are have been so for centuries. This is why, as part of our tour, we will be visiting a jewellery studio, a leather shop and a traditional rug-making factory. Here you will learn lots of interesting information about the art of rug-making and experience how hand-knotted carpets have been made for generations. As part of an interesting demonstration, you will learn more about how the silk threads are prepared, the natural colours of the wool and the delicate and verytime-consuming process of knotting. You will then also have 1-2 hours in each of our craftsman’s studios to take a look at the works of art and products on display. Haggling is part of the country’s culture. If you are not interested in buying anything, the sellers also accept a clear no. Haggling is not acceptable in department stores and supermarkets. This also applies to markets at which local farmers sell their produce. In Greece, it is customary to give tips. Similar to the USA, this forms part of income for people working in the service sector. Moreover, it symbolises recognition for the service provided. One can tip chambermaids € 1.00 – 2.00 per night. In a restaurant or taxi, tipping around 10% of the billed sum is customary. Tips are not given in shops. On group trips, the suggested tip for a tour guide could be € 2.00 per person per day, while for bus drivers the appropriate tip is around € 1.00 – 2.00 per day per person. Of course, everyone may decide for themselves whether and how much of a tip they wish to give.

Electricity:

220V alternating current, and 110V DC in some areas

Local time:

Greece is two hours ahead of Irish time, all year round.

Making telephone calls:

The country code for Greece is 0030 with the zero cancelled before the area code. If you are calling Ireland from Greece, please dial 00353 and the area code without the zero.

Entry requirements for Irish citizens:

Holders of valid Irish passports do not require an entry visa for Greece. Irish citizens travelling between Greece and Ireland must hold a valid passport. Your passport must be valid up to your return date. We recommend you take a number of photocopies of your passport, as this will assist in the event that your passport is lost or stolen. We also recommend that you carry photo ID or a copy of your passport with you at all times. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Greek Embassy in London for information on the applicable entry requirements. However, passport and visa requirements change from time to time and are also dependent on the purpose of your visit and your nationality. Whilst we endeavour to provide guidance where necessary, we cannot be responsible for any problems encountered (whether at any point of entry or elsewhere) in the event that passport and visa requirements arenot satisfied.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information and a welcoming drink. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that Crete has to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following packages:
Gourmet package:
This package includes half-board, i.e. sumptuous buffet every evening with international specialties: only € 179.00 per person.
Explorer package:
The package includes a day trip to Agios Nikolaos, a Greek evening, a qualified guided tour through the ancient city of Knossos and a qualified guided tour of the archaeological museum: only € 119.00 per person.

Currency/Banks/Credit cards:

Greece is a member of the EU. The currency is the Euro. Bank opening times are Monday – Thursday 08:00 – 14:00, Friday 08:00 – 13:30. In major cities opening hours are sometimes longer. Popular credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted almost everywhere. A debit card and PIN number can be used to withdraw cash from cash machines for a fee. Cards bearing the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are also accepted as means of payment.
Caution: When paying with debit or credit cards, we recommend vigilance against fraudsters who will secretly try to copy tourists‘ bank cards and spy out the associated PIN so that they can then withdraw cash from cash machines using a cloned card. Travellers are therefore advised when paying by card to always keep their card in sight and to conceal the
PIN when entering it. Caution is advised when using debit and credit cards with a PIN in currency exchanges.

Customs regulations:

When travelling from non-EU countries, goods for personal use can be imported without problems. The following guidelines apply for alcohol and tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco. 1 litre of spirits with an alcohol content of more than 22% or 2 litres of spirits with an alcohol content of no more than 22%. Other customs regulations can be obtained from the embassy of your destination country. This is the only place from which to obtain legally correct and binding information. Information regarding customs regulations governing the import of goods into the Republic of Ireland can be obtained from the website of the Irish Revenue at https://www.revenue.ie/en/Home.aspx.

Special criminal law provisions:

In Greece, the acquisition, possession and export of “cultural and natural goods” is severely punished since these are regarded as state property. Violations can mean several months of custody and high bails (currently around Euro 9,000) even for tourists, even if the antiquities or oldlooking objects are of apparently little monetary value. It is therefore expressly advised not to buy antiques, old coins, fossils, etc. from dealers or to take any such objects away from sites you may visit. The acquisition, possession, import or export of drugs (even in small quantities) is severely punished. Do not carry defence sprays with you either. Their possession and use is banned in Greece and is a prosecutable offence. Photographing military installations and important civilian facilities (airports / ports) is prohibited due to the risk of spying. Violations will be prosecuted. Further information can be found at: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/ravel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/greece/.

Medical information:

No vaccinations are required for entry into Greece. All travellers should ensure they have sufficient protection against tetanus and polio, however, as well as hepatitis if necessary. Anyone entitled to free healthcare in the Republic of Ireland is also entitled to treatment in Greece – if it is urgently required – from doctors, dentists, hospitals, and so on. Proof of cover must be provided in the form of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or cover note (which is obtained from your medical insurance company if you have separate medical insurance). Travellers with separate medical insurance should check their level of cover with their provider before they travel. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA) also recommends taking out medical insurance with repatriation cover. The customer must ensure that they are physically and mentally well enough to undertake their chosen trip. They should find out for themselves the physical mobility levels and mental capacity required for the trip in question. Customers should ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit for undertaking the selected trip and make the necessary queries concerning the level of physical and psychological fitness required. Please observe that the excursions are accessible by foot only and that the buses used for the roundtrip are not customised to transport wheelchairs or similar devices.

All information is subject to change/Last updated: November 2018

kundenstimmen

„We have taken away with us many lasting memories. Compliments to you as a travel agent.“

Karl S. from A., travelled 13 October 2017³


„Fascinating destination with lots of historic sightseeing attractions.“

Reiner L. from W., travelled 16 October 2017³


„A fantastic trip that went perfectly. I would definitely recommend.“

Irene C. from B. travelled 13 October 2017³


³ Endorsement is by a customer who availed of a tour of the RSD Group.

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