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Wildflowers of Crete

From £1,299.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Mar 2023 - Apr 2023
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From £1,299.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Mar 2023 - Apr 2023
Tour Overview

Wildflowers and nature walks are at the heart of this holiday, as well as incredible history. From your base in the lovely seaside resort of Agia Marina, head into the Omalos Upland Plain, Crete’s orange-growing region that boasts spectacular scenery, quaint farms and an abundance of wildflowers including daphnes, tulips and peonies. You’ll also visit the Samaria Gorge, home to a further 450 types of plants. You might opt to join an excursion to the magnificent Minoan Palace ruins at Knossos, before we head to Heraklion to admire the Old Town’s Venetian walls and the ancient fortress. Discover more wildflowers during a botanical ramble around the Akrotiri Pennisula, and then it’s off to Chania to discover Greek coffee. The Minoan cemetery of Armenoi displays a mass of spring flowers, and the hilltop city state of Aptera is home to a variety of ancient ruins sat amidst the beautiful flower-strewn landscape.

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  • Maximum Group Size icon Max 35 Group Size
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Return flights from London 
  • 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners and welcome drink 
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Tour Lecturer
  • Overseas transfers, local transportation and porterage
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Wildflower meadows and the White Mountains tour 
  • Explore the Akrotiri Peninsula 
  • Chania and its Venetian harbour 
  • Sample Cretan coffee at a traditional cafenion 
  • Discover Spili and the Minoan Cemetery
  • Visit the ancient city of Aptera

Airport Travel Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can now choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* off your holiday. Details on how to book will be included in your confirmation invoice on booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information.

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Crete

Make you own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your 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. Meals included: D

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. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Agia Marina - at Leisure

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. Meals included: B,D

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 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.

Meals included: B,D

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.

Meals included: B,D

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Agia Marina - at Leisure

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. Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Crete - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Travelsphere Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Meals included: B

Additional Information

 

  1. Favourite Moment

    Andreas Foundoulis, a native Cretan, has worked with Travelsphere for almost 20 years. He has escorted many groups on nature walks and is looking forward to showing you the country he calls home. Andreas Foundoulis Tour Lecturer

What our customers say

  1. Exceeded our expectations

    "Holiday met and exceeded our expectations. Prior to this wonderful holiday I wasn’t specifically interested in wildflowers, but now hooked" Peter Archer

  2. Well organised

    "The holiday was very well organised and perfectly timed to make the most of the spring flowers" - Adrianus Schepens

  3. An amazing experience

    "The Wild Flowers of Crete tour was an amazing experience. Beautiful scenery combined with an in depth exploration of its wild flowers made for a fantastic holiday. The hotel was one of the best we have ever stayed in, taking into account the quality of its accommodation, the helpfulness of the staff and the range of food options available" - Susan Colley

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Santa Marina Plaza

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.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Greece - Wildflowers of Apokoronas and a lace and silk womens cooperative

Greece - Wildflowers of Apokoronas and a lace and silk womens cooperative

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.
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 ...

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Greece - Knossos Palace and Heraklion

Greece - Knossos Palace and Heraklion

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
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 ...

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