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Top Travel Specialist since 2008
Condé Nast Traveler since 2008
Top Travel Advisor since 2009
Travel+Leisure since 2009
Trusted Travel Expert 2014
Wendy Perrin Wow List since 2014
 

Crete Island Activities & Tours

Crete Tours - Culinary Lessons tour, Wine and Olive tours, Phaistos, Knossos, Rethymnon

Often regarded by locals as being like a country on its own, Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. Its rich culture and natural environment provide some of the most exciting opportunities for tours in Crete.

Just as vast and fascinating as this Greek island, so too are the numerous True Greece Crete Tours that will uncover this majestic island’s unique culture, vast history, and impressive natural environment. Enjoy a Crete day trip together with a True Greece certified guide and explore the remarkable Knossos Palace where the mythological Minotaur once roamed, then discover the plentiful artifacts at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

Journey through one of Greece’s most incredible natural parks on the Samaria Gorge Tour, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the colorful streets on the Chania Walking Tour, learn about the island’s famous cuisine during the Cretan Local Cooking Experience, and sip fabulous flavors during the authentic Wine and Olive Oil Tasting.

Crete sightseeing is truly second to none and your experience on this island will be among the highlights of your Greece tour.

 
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  • Food & Wine
  • History & Mythology
  • Sailing & Outdoor
  • Cretan Flavors and Tastes

    Famed for its rich culture and diverse natural landscape, spend a day immersed in the beautiful natural scenery and rich Cretan flavors of its traditional cuisine. During this tour you will have the opportunity to explore a rural area of Crete where you will learn about the importance of how aroma goes hand-in-hand with flavor and how this is vibrantly evident in Cretan cooking. Your experience will also include an olive oil tasting at a small local olive press workshop, followed a wine tasting at a winery located in the middle of a beautiful vineyard. Complete the day by learning how to make fresh cheese and traditional Cretan pies with exquisite herbs and honey. This tour will surely be one of the most memorable experiences of your time in Crete.

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • All entrace fees & taxes.
    • Traditional Lunch.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).

    Duration: 7 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Elounda.

    • Food & Wine
  • Crete Sailing Trip

    Enjoy the day sailing on a traditional fishing boat called a caique and visit the mystical island of Spinalonga which inspired Victoria Hislop’s international best-selling novel, ‘The Island.’ Also known as the island of the outcasts, Spinalonga is where lepers from Crete and the rest of Greece were kept in isolation until 1957. Upon returning from this famous island with the finest views of the clear blue waters, you will have the chance to enjoy a refreshing swim in an isolated cove before visiting the Byzantine church of Agios Fokas. This church was built in 961 AD to honor the Byzantine Emperor Nikiforos Fokas, who liberated Crete from the Arabs. Your day will end with a delicious private barbecue dinner cooked by a talented local chef.

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • All entrance fees, All taxes.
    • Traditional Lunch.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).

    Duration: 4 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Plaka.

    • Sailing & Outdoor
  • Exploring Rethymno and Its Villages

    Enjoy a day full of Cretan customs, lifestyle, and culture! Together with your True Greece guide, you will visit a beautiful and mystical village where you will have the opportunity to explore a traditional Cretan home before taking a tour of the local folklore museum. Meet with the museum owner and listen to the stories of the local area while tasting some local delicacies and sipping on homemade raki, a popular Cretan alcoholic aperitif. Your experience will also include a lesson with a local chef on how to make traditional Greek desserts, as well as a picnic including homemade beverages. This tour will provide you with a deeper understanding of the lifestyle and customs of Crete.

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • All entrance fees, All taxes.
    • Traditional Picnic.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).

    Duration: 5 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Rethymno.

    • Food & Wine
  • Knossos Palace & Archaeological Museum Tour

    Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site in Crete and is considered Europe’s oldest city. Follow your True Greece guide through the Palace of Knossos and travel back in a time to when the Minoan Civilization ruled supreme throughout the Aegean. Legend has it that in a labyrinth on the grounds of Knossos Palace roamed a creature that was half bull and half man. As you explore the stone corridors, you will quickly understand why the ancient people believed that this was where the legendary Minotaur lived. A visit to the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, where you will be able to learn about priceless artifacts and genuine masterpieces, will provide you with additional insight into the fascinating history of Crete which spans from the Neolithic period to Roman times.

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • All entrance fees, All taxes.
    • Certified English speaking guide.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).
    • Personal expenses during tour (drinks or food).

    Duration: 7 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion or Elounda.

    • History & Mythology
  • Lassithi & Dikteon Andron Tour

    Surrounded by the Lasithiotika Mountains, the Lasithi Plateau is an impressive plain populated by thousands of windmills. Once reputed to be almost 12,000 in number, the windmills bring the plateau to life with their white sails spinning in the breeze. Follow the breeze to the Northern side of the Lasithiotika Mountains where your True Greece guide will lead you into a cave covered in fascinating rock formations. According to Greek mythological tradition, it is in this cave that Zeus, the father of all the ancient Greek Gods was born. Explore this fascinating area and listen to the stories that surround this legendary place. All who visit this cave will leave with the feeling that they have a fuller sense of the power of Greek mythology.

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • All entrance fees, All taxes.
    • Certified English speaking guide.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).
    • Personal expenses during tour (drinks or food).

    Duration: 7 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Heraklion or Elounda.

    • History & Mythology
  • Rethymno Authentic Cooking Lesson

    The island of Crete is famed for its rich culture and diverse natural landscape and its unique and colorful cuisine has become just as well-known and respected. Begin your experience in the heart of the picturesque town of Rethymno in a magnificent 1530’s Cretan villa. The interior decor, complimented by the garden’s fresh Cretan herbs, scents and flavors will enrich your senses and stimulate your enthusiasm for the Cretan kitchen. Explore and experience the varied Cretan cuisine by creating dishes ranging from various appetizers to a magnificent main course. Having completed your journey in learning about Cretan cuisine, you will be able to enjoy your masterpieces over lunch. This gastronomic experience will surely give you rich food for thought for when you return home!

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • All entrance fees, All taxes.
    • Traditional Lunch.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).

    Duration: 7 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Rethymno.

    • Food & Wine
  • Rethymno Walking Tour

    The name Rethymno, derived from the pre-Hellenic word ‘Rithy’ meaning Dolphin, translates to mean ‘Dolphin City.’ It is believed that the area was inhabited as early as 1600 BC and it has had a very rich a diverse history since then. Its Medieval, Renaissance, and Ottoman influences all mix quite elegantly to give Rethymno its modern day characteristics. Walk with your True Greece guide through the maze-like streets and marvel at the diversity of this interesting city – its ambiance is something that can only be felt by walking through neighborhoods and getting to know the town closely. Visit the Lion Fountain, the old Venetian harbor, and the street of artists, painters, masons and other artisans. Immerse yourself in the culture of this Cretan city and become part of the authentic atmosphere.

    Included

    • Certified English Speaking Guide.
    • All entrance fees, All taxes.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).
    • Personal expenses during tour (drinks or food).

    Duration: 4 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Rethymno.

    • History & Mythology
  • Samaria Gorge Tour

    A World’s Biosphere Reserve, the Samaria Gorge is one of Greece’s great National Parks. Meet with your True Greece driver first thing in the morning at your hotel for an early start to this trek through an incredible natural environment. The raw beauty of Samaria can only be truly understood in person – it’s vertical walls reach 500m high and are just 300m apart at its narrowist point. Your hike will begin at a height of 1230m and end at a picturesque coastal town, while along the way you will enjoy a truly unique hike through a rocky canyon. If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse at the endangered wild goat called kri-kri. Hiking the Samaria Gorge will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your Cretan experience.

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • Certified English Speaking Guide.
    • All entrance fees, All taxes.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).
    • Hiking/Walking equipment.
    • Personal expenses during tour (drinks or food).

    Duration: 10 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Chania.

    • Sailing & Outdoor
  • Wine and Dine Mediterranean Style

    The Mediterranean diet is famed as one of the best in the world! During this tour you will learn about the unique benefits of eating like a local Mediterranean. Located close to a famous ancient olive tree, begin your tour with a visit to a modern olive mill that mixes innovation with tradition quite perfectly. You will have the opportunity to sample local olive oil as well as the popular Cretan alcoholic aperitif called raki, while learning about the area’s unique wine culture and indigenous varietals. This tour also includes a visit to a monastery that houses some of the oldest olive mills in Crete. Your experience will be topped off with a savory lunch that is served with refreshing local wine.

    Included

    • Round-trip transportation from / to your hotel.
    • Traditional Lunch with Wine.
    • All taxes.

    Not Included:

    • Tips for guide and driver (non-compulsory).

    Duration: 5 Hours.

    Possibility to Combine with Other Tours: No.

    Tour Available from: Rethymno.

    • Food & Wine
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