Crete for family

GENERAL INFO

Sun, sea, and ice cream are the main ingredients of a memorable family holiday. In Crete, you will mix all of that with a number of other activities that entertain and inform. Our trip will take you to the most scenic provinces of the island, Heraklion, Rethymnon, and Chania, where you will see historic sites, enjoy family beach time, and participate in fun activities.
Beginning our journey in Heraklion, we'll explore the ancient site of Knossos before heading northwest to Rethymnon. This enchanting city, with its Venetian-Ottoman charm, will be our base for two nights—filled with hiking and swimming adventures. Next, we'll drive south across the White Mountains to Chora Sfakion, a serene seaside village. During our two-day stay, we will hike through Imbros Gorge and along the coastline, discovering hidden beaches and sea caves. Finally, our tour concludes in Chania, Crete's cultural gem, where we'll delve into cultural adventures and enjoy seaside relaxation for a couple of days.

DAILY ITINERARY

Settled since Neolithic times, with the highest mountain of the island Psiloritis rising behind, Heraklion is Crete’s modern capital.
Today we will meet at our hotel for an introductory talk with a walking tour to follow that will reveal the cities riches. Our dinner features delicious local produce and traditional Cretan dishes. Based on simple techniques, it’s the variety of local produce that distinguishes the dishes: mountain herbs and greens, bulbs, unique cheeses, fresh fish, and the famous Cretan oil.

Overnight in Heraklion in a 4* hotel
Dinner included

Get ready to embark on an incredible journey through time as we delve into the ancient Minoan world. Our adventure begins at the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, boasting the world's most significant collection of Minoan art. It's like stepping into a world that existed 4000 years ago! Then, brace yourselves for Knossos, the awe-inspiring palace where the mighty Minoans once ruled the Aegean. Can you picture what life was like in their majestic palace?
After a delicious lunch, we'll head to Rethymnon. You'll have some free time to enjoy the nearby beaches or relax by the hotel's pool before joining us for dinner in the charming old town.

Overnight in Rethymnon in a 4* hotel 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Driving distance:
Heraklion to Knossos 5 km / 15 min
Knossos to Rethymnon 80 km / 1 hr 20 min

Nestled in the foothills of Crete's highest mountain, Psiloritis, lies Ancient Eleftherna—a Dorian settlement celebrated by the Archaeological Institute of America as one of its top discoveries in 2009. Our journey begins at the town's ancient Acropolis, leading us through fascinating sights: from the remarkable Roman cisterns carved into the hill's west side to the Necropolis and a 3rd-century BC ancient bridge. The hike concludes in the charming village of Margarites, renowned for its pottery. The tradition of pottery spans many generations in this village, with pieces crafted from local Cretan earth and "lepida" (a special potter's clay), using natural pigments from the mountains. The ceramics, polished with pebbles and adorned with a sheep's wool brush, draw inspiration from both ancient and modern Cretan pottery. Here, your children will get the chance to craft their own ceramic pieces in a pottery workshop while the remainder of the day is free to unwind with some family beach time.

Overnight in Rethymnon in a 4* hotel
Breakfast and lunch included
Hiking distance: 5 km / Hiking Duration: 3 hr
Driving distance:
Rethymnon to Ancient Eleftherna 30 km / 45 min
Margarites to Rethymnon 30 km / 40 min

We start early from Rethymnon, driving through the scenic White Mountains to reach Imbros Gorge. This pine tree-lined gorge offers a nice hike with changing widths, leading to the Libyan Sea. While smaller in scale compared to its well-known counterpart, Samaria Gorge, Imbros holds its own allure. With narrow passages, intriguing caves, and a breathtaking natural stone archway, this approximately three-and-a-half-hour descent promises an unforgettable adventure!
The hike concludes in Hora Sfakion, our home for the next two nights—a tranquil seaside village at the base of Imbros Gorge. Known for its pristine beaches and clear waters, this area invites relaxation. Upon arrival, we'll check in and head straight to the beach. For dinner tonight, we'll enjoy local delights at a family taverna by the sea.

Overnight in Chora Sfakion in a 3* hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hiking distance: 8 km / Hiking Duration: 3 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 75 m & 700 m
Driving distance:
Rethymnon to Entrance of the gorge  50 km / 1 hr 30 min

Southern Crete unfolds captivating landscapes adorned with untouched bays and stunning scenery. Exploring the region's south coast poses a unique adventure as most areas are accessible solely by sea or footpaths. After a hearty breakfast, our ferry journey leads us to the idyllic village of Loutro, a car-free coastal gem serving as the starting point for our hike. Along our path, we'll traverse goat-filled pastures, quaint farmlands, and charming villages before arriving at Marmara (Marble) beach nestled in a picturesque cove where the Aradena gorge meets the sea. While the land might not reveal its secrets, a swim uncovers an array of marble caves lining the left side of the beach, carved by the relentless sea. Dive into these caves, discovering hidden passages and enjoying a swim amidst the captivating formations.
Post-swim, a delectable lunch awaits at a nearby tavern. A ferry-taxi will take us back to Sfakia where the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the surroundings.

Overnight in Chora Sfakion in a 3* hotel
Breakfast and lunch included
Hiking distance:
3 km / Hiking Duration: 1 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 180 m & 180 m
Ferry:
Chora Sfakion to Loutro: 45 min
Marmara to Chora Sfakion: 1 hr 30 min

We say goodbye to our hideaway and we head to the medieval city of Chania. Along the journey, we'll pause at the charming village of Vamos for a cooking class. The class unfolds in an olive press dating back to 1846, adorned with Venetian arches and sizable millstones. This unique setting adds an extra layer to your exploration of the aromas and flavors of traditional Cretan Cuisine.
In the afternoon, we reach Chania, the spiritual capital of Crete. Its picturesque backdrop of the White Mountains, bustling harbor, historical remnants, vibrant market, and nearby beaches create an ideal setting. We kick off with an orientation walk and some time for shopping before heading to dinner.

Overnight in Chania in a 4* hotel
Breakfast and lunch included
Driving distance:

Chora Sfakion to Vamos: 42 km / 1 hr
Vamos to Chania: 34 km / 45 min

Today we will hop on a 4WD and drive towards Balos lagoon, one of Chania’s most prized gems which cannot be missed. It is an exotic sandy beach of turquoise waters with a unique geomorphological shape located on the northwest side of the prefecture. Renowned for its untamed natural beauty, it stands proudly among the most beautiful beaches in the country. Take some time to relax and soak it all in before saying goodbye to this coastal paradise.
In the evening, you'll be free to delve deeper into the Venetian city, exploring its enchanting streets and the numerous local designer shops. Later, we'll reunite for our farewell dinner, a perfect culmination of our time together!

Overnight in Chania in a 4* hotel
Breakfast, pic-nik lunch and dinner included

Driving distance:
Chania to Balos 50 km / 1 hr 30 min
Balos to Chania 50 km / 1 hr 30 min

Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel and following that, your Tripin Adventures trip in Greece concludes. Transfer independently to the international airport of Chania for return flights home or continue your explorations of this marvelous region of Greece.

Breakfast included

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • All transportation during the trip
  • All activities mentioned in the program
  • Ferry tickets
  • Entrance fee for the Archaeological site of Knossos
  • Tourist guide for the Archaeological site of Knossos
  • Services of a guide throughout the tour
  • Cooking class
  • Pottery class
  • Transport and handling of one reasonably sized suitcase and one carry-on per person

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and/or international air fare
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel or emergency evacuation insurance
  • Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
  • Alcoholic beverages and meals other than outlined in itinerary
  • Visas if needed
  • Transfer to and from the airport/port
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in above program

INCLUDED MEALS

  • Breakfast
  • Lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary
  • Snacks during activities

ITINERARY CHANGES

We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.

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