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Wildflowers of Crete

8 Days from £1,009

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 2018 - Oct 2018

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Gatwick with Norwegian Air
  • 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
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Included holiday highlights

  • Wildflower meadows and the White Mountains tour
  • Explore the Akrotiri Peninsula
  • Chania and its Venetian harbour
  • Discover the Therissano Gorge Flora
  • Visit the ancient city of Aptera​


 

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 village 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 buildings 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 Therissano Gorge

Today you're heading off with your Tour Lecturer on a drive through idyllic countryside dotted with orange groves and avocado trees to the Therissano Gorge. Along the way we'll make stops to discover the various medicinal flowers that flourish here. Look for chamomile and the Cretan dittany, historically used to heal wounds and soothe pain, and as a remedy against stomach ailments and rheumatism.

DAY 6 Falassarna

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 the small resort of Falassarna, on the west coast of the island. You should see an abundance of wildflowers on a walking tour here, which your Tour Lecturer will help you identify. A further highlight is the ruins of an ancient city, including a harbour and an acropolis. Your day out ends at Falassarna Bay, a lovely beach where you can laze on the golden sands and dip your toes in the crystal-clear water.

DAY 7 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 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

 
DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
WAS
NOW
STATUS
 

TUE 03 APR 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,109

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Tuesday 03 April 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:55 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Departs

14:35 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet

TUE 03 APR 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,109

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 03 April 2018

Departs

13:45 Manchester

Arrives

20:00 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Departs

20:25 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

22:50 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 03 APR 18

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£1,109

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 03 April 2018

Departs

15:15 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

21:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Departs

21:50 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

23:59 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 10 APR 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,059

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:55 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Departs

14:35 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

TUE 10 APR 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,208

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Departs

13:45 Manchester

Arrives

20:00 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Departs

20:25 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

22:50 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 10 APR 18

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£1,208

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Departs

15:15 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

21:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Departs

21:50 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

23:59 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 24 APR 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,269

£1,219

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:55 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Tuesday 01 May 2018

Departs

14:40 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:35 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

TUE 24 APR 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,418

£1,368

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Departs

13:45 Manchester

Arrives

20:00 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 01 May 2018

Departs

20:25 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

22:50 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 24 APR 18

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£1,418

£1,368

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 24 April 2018

Departs

15:15 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

21:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 01 May 2018

Departs

21:50 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

23:59 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 09 OCT 18

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£1,059

£1,009

Available

Outbound
Norwegian Air International Ltd

Tuesday 09 October 2018

Departs

05:30 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

11:15 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Norwegian Air International Ltd

Inbound
Norwegian Air International Ltd - D8

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Departs

12:10 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

14:10 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Norwegian Air International Ltd

TUE 09 OCT 18

Manchester

GUARANTEED

£1,208

£1,158

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 09 October 2018

Departs

13:45 Manchester

Arrives

20:00 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Departs

20:25 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

22:50 Manchester

Operated by

Ryanair

TUE 09 OCT 18

Birmingham (Intl)

GUARANTEED

£1,208

£1,158

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Tuesday 09 October 2018

Departs

15:15 Birmingham (Intl)

Arrives

21:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Departs

21:50 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

23:59 Birmingham (Intl)

Operated by

Ryanair

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