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Wildflowers of Crete

8 Days from £1,079

Wildflowers and nature walks are at the heart of this holiday the idyllic Greek island of Crete, which also boasts an incredible history.


 

Departure from: Apr 2019 - Apr 2019

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet
  • 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Tour Lecturer and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and local transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide


 

NEW FOR 2018
RELAXED TOURING
HALF BOARD
ACTIVE PLUS

Included holiday highlights

  • Wildflower meadows and the White Mountains tour
  • Explore the Akrotiri Peninsula
  • Chania and its Venetian harbour
  • Discover Spili and the Minoan Cemetery
  • Visit the ancient city of Aptera​


 


 Make your own way

If you prefer the flexibility of booking your own flights and transfers and meeting us overseas, then you can! A price reduction of £200 applies. To book this tour without flights and transfers, please call our Holiday Advisors on 01858 898138. See terms & conditions.

Your Itinerary

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DAY 1 UK/Crete

You'll depart on your scheduled flight to Chania today. On arrival we'll transfer you to the lovely seaside resort of Agia Marina, on Crete's north-west coast. Your 4-star accommodation here is a boutique hotel located on a sandy beach.

DAY 2 The White Mountains

You should see plenty of wildflowers on today's tour, which takes you into the Omalos Upland Plain, Crete's orange-growing region. As you ascend into the spectacular scenery of the White Mountains, past traditional farms and fragrant citrus groves, your Tour Lecturer will share their knowledge with you. They'll tell you about the various types of flora you might see, including daphnes, tulips, peonies and anemones. You'll also learn about the many types of endemic flowers that only grow in this part of the island. Your next stop is the viewpoint at the entrance of the Samaria Gorge, which is believed to be the largest in Europe. It's said that at least 450 types of plant grow here, so you're sure to notch up more wildflower spots. Keep a lookout too for Crete's most famous inhabitants, wild goats.

DAY 3 Knossos & Heraklion

How you spend today is entirely up to you. You could choose a day of relaxation and take the few steps from your hotel to the sandy Blue Flag beach. 
Alternatively, if you'd like to delve into Crete's fascinating history, join an optional excursion to the north coast and the magnificent Minoan Palace ruins ​of Knossos. The seat of the legendary King Minos, this multi-storeyed palace covered an area of 22,000 square metres. The Minoans were Europe's first advanced civilisation, and as you explore this incredible site in the company of a Local Guide, you'll learn all about them. You'll also hear about the mythological labyrinth – the dwelling of the Minotaur, a beast with the head of a bull and the body of a man. 
You'll then head to Crete's capital Heraklion. There's time to stop for lunch if you wish, and admire the Old Town's Venetian walls and the ancient fortress that dominates the harbour. 


DAY 4 Akrotiri Peninsula & Chania

Spend time with your Tour Lecturer today as they host a botanical ramble around the Akrotiri Peninsula on the north-west coast of the island. You'll also visit the 17th century Byzantine monastery of Agia Triada, one of the most significant monuments on Crete. Built in the 17th century, the monastery also has a library which contains some rare books and a museum displaying a collection of artefacts and icons. 
We're going to end our day in Chania. One of Crete's most beautiful cities, it boasts a picturesque Old Town with Neoclassical building and an enchanting Venetian harbour. Maybe stop for a drink in a waterfront café and enjoy views out to the sea and Chania's historic lighthouse. ​

DAY 5 Spili

We drive east today towards Rethymno, and visit the Minoan cemetery of Armenoi, which in spring displays a mass of wildflowers. We then continue our journey to Spili, hunting for orchids and other flowers along the way. This charming mountain village is well known for the spring water fountain in its main square, which features a row of sculptured lion heads

DAY 6 Aptera

A morning of exploration takes you to the hilltop city state of Aptera, the most powerful city of western Crete during the Minoan period. In the company of your Tour Lecturer you'll discover the remains of an ancient city whose impressive walls date back to the 5th century BC. Temples, Roman cisterns and a Byzantine monastery stand in a beautiful landscape strewn with wildflowers.
Back at the hotel, a lazy afternoon beckons, so why not relax on the beach or by the pool. ​

DAY 7 Apokoronas

If relaxation is high on your list, you may want to head to the beach today, or enjoy your hotel's facilities.
If you choose to join today's optional excursion you'll head to Apokoronas, an area located at the foot of the White Mountains and renowned for its wildflowers. Also included is a visit to the Folklore Museum of Gavalochori. Run by a women's co-operative, here you'll learn about the peasant lifestyle of the region, and see how silk and lace are produced. Your tour ends in the lovely beach resort of Almyrida, where, if you wish, you can enjoy lunch by the sea.

DAY 8 Crete/UK

Today we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 7 :

Santa Marina Plaza Luxury Boutique Hotel, Agias Marinas
4-star Santa Marina Plaza in Agia Marina which lies just steps from an idyllic Blue Flag beach. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and pool. Guest rooms feature en suite facilities, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning, wi-fi, TV and hairdryer.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
TOUR DURATION
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DEPARTURE
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STATUS
 

8 days

Tuesday 02 April 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,029

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8 days

Tuesday 09 April 2019

GUARANTEED

£909

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8 days

Tuesday 30 April 2019

GUARANTEED

£879

Available

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DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
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DEPARTURE
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NOW
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TUE 02 APR 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,229

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Tuesday 02 April 2019

Departs

08:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:55 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Departs

14:35 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:40 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

TUE 02 APR 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,328

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 02 April 2019

Departs

13:55 Manchester

Arrives

20:00 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Departs

20:25 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

22:50 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 02 APR 19

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£1,328

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 02 April 2019

Departs

15:30 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

21:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Departs

21:50 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

23:59 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 09 APR 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,159

£1,109

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Departs

08:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:55 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Departs

14:35 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:40 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

TUE 09 APR 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,258

£1,208

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Departs

13:55 Manchester

Arrives

20:00 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Departs

20:25 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

22:50 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 09 APR 19

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£1,258

£1,208

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Departs

15:30 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

21:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Departs

21:50 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

23:59 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 30 APR 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,129

£1,079

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Departs

08:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:55 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Tuesday 07 May 2019

Departs

14:35 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:40 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

TUE 30 APR 19

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,228

£1,178

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Departs

13:55 Manchester

Arrives

20:00 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 07 May 2019

Departs

20:25 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

22:50 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 30 APR 19

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£1,228

£1,178

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Departs

15:30 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

21:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 07 May 2019

Departs

21:50 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

23:59 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Ryanair

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Apokoronas

FROM £79

If you choose to join today's optional excursion you'll head to Apokoronas, an area located at the foot of the White Mountains and renowned for its wildflowers. Also included is a visit to the Folklore Museum of Gavalochori. Run by a women's co-operative, here you'll learn about the peasant lifestyle of the region and see how silk and lace are produced.

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Heraklion and the Palace of Knossos

FROM £85

Why not join an optional excursion to the north coast, and the magnificent Minoan Palace ruins of Knossos. The seat of the legendary King Minos, this multi-storeyed palace covered an area of 22,000 square metres. The Minoans were Europe's first advanced civilisation, and as you explore this incredible site in the company of a Local Guide, you'll learn all about them, and hear about the mythological labyrinth – the dwelling of the Minotaur, a beast with the head of a bull and the body of a man.
After your tour, you'll head to Crete's capital Heraklion. There's time to stop for lunch and admire the Old Town's Venetian walls and the ancient fortress that dominates the harbour.
Full day – Moderate Walking – Highly recommended

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