'The Palace of Knossos is one of the most important archaeological sites in Crete because it's where Europe's first civilization began,' says one of our guides, Veta. A born and bred local, she sure knows a thing or two about the legends and myths surrounding the island's most popular attraction.
The tiny isle of Spinalonga is just a short hop away from Crete but a visit is like stepping back in time. Centuries of history are packed within the walls that encircle it. See it through the eyes of a true local on this full-day tour of its must-see monuments.
Get ready to go off-road on this adrenaline-pumping 4x4 adventure that will take you well and truly off the radar. Explore the more rural parts of Crete and the beautiful nature as you voyage through the mountains on this small group tour.
Those walking boots will get a good workout during this hike through the Samaria Gorge. This 16km-long ravine is the longest in Europe. So it's a serious – but spectacular – five to six-hour trek that's not for the unfit or faint-hearted.
A day in the waterpark is the ultimate family holiday activity. The mix of high-octane thrills and relaxing fun means there's something for everyone and very mood. And that's Watercity themed waterpark down to a T.
An excursion that gets better and better as the day goes on. Enjoy some sightseeing before an afternoon relaxing in Elafonisi, an idyllic island off southwest Crete. You'll also visit the village of Voulgaro and the Agia Sophia cave.
Steeped in history and blessed with beautiful harbours, Crete's second and third cities are must-visits. With a mix of guided and free time, you'll explore Rethymnon in the morning and Chania – known as ‘Little Venice' – in the afternoon.
The volcanic island of Santorini lies north of Crete. And this daytrip by catamaran is a great chance to take a close-up look at it. Curved around a colossal, sea-filled caldera that was formed by a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago, it's all black cliffs, whitewashed villages and blue-domed churches.
Go off-road on a 4x4 adventure that will take you well and truly off the radar. You'll bump down dirt tracks, bounce over potholes and drive through blink-and-you-miss-them villages. Plus, you'll tick off plenty of must-sees on the way. Your driver actually doubles up as a guide, giving you the insider's track on Crete's hidden gems as you go.
It's all about Crete's wild side on this tour. You'll come face-to-face with monkeys, meerkats lemurs and more at Amazonas Park nature reserve and see a world below the waves with a glass-bottom boat trip. And in between, there's free time to chill out in Agios Nikolaos.Your destination for the morning is Amazonas Park, an animal refuge, where you'll get up-close to some of the world's most unusual, beautiful and endangered animals. You'll also find out about their rainforest environments, and how we can help with conservation efforts.At Agios Nikolaos town, you'll have a couple of hours to shop or grab lunch overlooking Mirabello Bay. Next, hop on to a glass-bottom boat for a trip in the bay. You'll glide out into the bay aboard a semi-submarine which features windows beneath the surface. Kids and adults will have a great time spotting the likes of loggerhead sea turtles and multicoloured fish darting around the rocks.
Some call it ‘the spinner', others ‘the toilet' – it's actually the Spacebowl. Whatever you call it, you're in for an experience that'll leave you feeling flushed. Acqua Plus is that sort of waterpark. If you're looking for adrenaline-pumping fun or some rest while the kids go wild, this is the place for you.
The warm waters surrounding Crete are home to a fascinating array of marinelife – making it nothing short of snorkelling heaven. Sailing from Kolymbari, you'll admire the beauty of the Chania coast before diving into the Mediterranean to see shoals of exotic fish, colourful coral and more.
This cruise has everything – great scenery, beach time and a helping of medieval history. Everything starts at Kastelli on Crete's northwest coast, where a boat awaits to carry you across Kissamos bay to the Gramvousa peninsula and isles. And to round off the trip, you'll spend a few hours at Balos lagoon.
Western Crete boasts wonderful local produce and spectacular beaches. This excursion showcases the area's best bits, with a wine tasting at the Karavitakis winery, sampling delicious local olive oil at Biolea estate and some relaxation on the white sands of Falassarna beach.
The rugged mountains and sun-baked plains of Crete are best explored in an access-all-areas 4x4 vehicle. Climb into the Cretan mountains, taking in wonderfully remote villages, such as Mochos, Gonies and Smari before visiting Skoteino Cave, en route to a refreshing swim at the beach near Gouves.
Where Europe's first civilization began, the UNESCO-listed Palace of Knossos is one of the most important ancient sites in Crete. Let an expert bring history to life as you explore the island's most-prized archaeological gem. This trip also includes free time in the resorts of Rethymnon, plus a tour of the Cretan capital, Heraklion.You'll start the morning in Rethymnon's maze of streets, strolling the stalls of the local market or heading down to the harbour for views of the Venetian-era Fortrezza. Next, head to Heraklion, Crete's capital. See the Venetian lion fountain and the loggia on a guided walk around the city before free time to explore.It's then time to visit the Palace of Knossos. Admire treasures like the throne room, royal apartments, and the fabulous frescoes. Then, see the Labyrinth, where legend has it, the fearsome half-man, half-bull creature known as the Minotaur lurked.
Once the clock strikes midday, it's all aboard the Black Rose pirate boat for a voyage out in the Cretan Sea. You'll witness swashbuckling fun and antics on the high seas as you sail out to St George's Bay from Hersonissos. You'll have a couple of hours of swimming, while back on board a barbecue will be ready to tuck into.
Pick your way along the challenging 8km route of Imbros Gorge, surrounded by wonderful fauna and the steep vertical walls of the ravine. There's also a refreshment stop in Komitades, and the opportunity for a swim in Frangokastello. As you stroll along, take in the views over the White Mountains as you head up to the starting point – the mountain village of Imbros. Here, you'll set off on your 3-4 hour hike, following pathways through wildflower meadows. The going never get too rough underfoot and the gradient is a gentle descent.Enjoy a well-earned break at the end of the trail, with plenty of free time to take a refreshing swim in the waters off Frangokastello's tranquil beach or grab a bite to eat.
The uninhabited island of Elafonisi may be tiny but it's bursting with personality. This journey to this islet off southwestern Crete is steeped in myths and legends and boasts historic buildings and amazing natural scenery – making it an ideal excursion for all the family.
If you fancy taking a look under the water – without having to get your hair wet – then this glass-bottom boat trip from Agios Nikolaos will give you the glimpse you were looking for. You'll glide out into the bay aboard a semi-submarine for a look at the sea creatures and rock formations you might not ordinarily see.