Take hire car from Heraklion Airport and head to your first hotel.
A wonderful exploration of central Crete's ancient past together with some superb beaches and scenery without exhaustive driving.
START / FINISH - Heraklion
Activity code: GRFDCR02
Duration: 10 Days
This self drive holiday will take you on a stunning journey through central Crete with an emphasis on exploring a little off the beaten track. This freedom to explore comes about because some of the distances between locations are not so great so why not take some minor roads, head off for a walk or grab an unexpected lunch stop in one of Crete's many hillside villages.
On this holiday itinerary you can visit the World-famous Minoan sites of Knossos, Phaistos and Gortis as well as some of our favourite lesser-visited locations on the island. Overall, it is an ideal choice to combining sightseeing with relaxation and simply enjoying the Greek experience. If you or your family have an interest in the history and culture of ancient Greece but also want to "take it easy" then you will not be disappointed.
The suggested itinerary is 10 days but this can be made up easily to 14 nights by extending any of the stays en route or by adding extra nights at the coast to relax at the end of your travels, such as in beautiful Panormos (between Rethymnon and Heraklion).
If you would like to visit these wonderful places but don't wish to drive then we have a choice of guided tours or we can offer you a private driver for the itinerary you have chosen.
Please contact us if you would like a completely tailor made fly drive itinerary. All we would need to know are approximate dates of travel, what standard of hotel you would prefer, and if there are any particular areas or classical sites which you would like us to include (or to exclude!) in your itinerary. Your holiday can be as active or leisurely as you please. Staying one night at each stop allows the maximum amount of sightseeing; two or more nights will allow you to do side trips, whilst staying in one place will give you the opportunity to relax and explore the local area.
Rediscover Greece Bonus
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Not included: In January 2018 Greece introduced an Overnight Stay Tax of 0.50 to 4 Euros per room or apartment per night, which is payable locally - the amount varies according to the category of the accommodation (i.e. most self catering and 1-2 star hotels = 0.50 Euros, 5 star hotels = 4 Euros).
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