Crete is the most southerly of the Greek islands and at approximately 250 kms long and 56 kms wide it is also the largest. Crete’s rugged scenery contrasts with the more northerly islands; gorges and mountains dominate the landscape but you'll also find vast plains with wild vegetation, small traditional villages, lively modern tourist resorts and an incredible array of ancient palaces, particularly from the Minoan Civilisation (Knossos, Festos, Malia, Zakros).
Crete's major resorts and towns are located along the north coast; however we offer accommodation in a number of contrasting resorts across the whole island as well as villas off the beaten track in the Cretan countryside. We have split our programme to Crete into four geographical regions - Chania in the west, Rethymnon in the centre, Heraklion in the centre but heading east and then Lassithi for the east of the island.
Explore famous sights and lesser known villages, escape from busy resorts and experience the freedom of the road on one of our fly drive holidays. Uncover the hidden wonders of Crete - the largest island in Greece is more like a mini country; packed with history, ancient civilisations and fantastic scenery our self drive itineraries will whet your appetite for a longer holiday in the future.
There are two options....
We can also tailor make a fly drive itinerary for you, if you wish to have a more leisurely exploration of Greece, or you wish to include different places on your itinerary.
Why not explore Crete on foot with our fantastic self guided walking holiday. Stunning scenery and a more off the beaten track experience!
Where to visit
Stroll through Chania, along its harbour and through its narrow alleyways to really get a feel for the 'Venice of Crete'
The capital of Crete, Heraklion, takes its name from the ancient Roman port of Heracleum, which likely occupied the same site.
Mountains and gorges meet beautiful beaches. Chania, with its Venetian and Turkish influence, is also worth a visit.
Towards the east of Crete you'll find villages, ports, a palm-fringed beach, the stunning Lassithi plateau and the reputed birthplace of Zeus.
Agios Nikolaos is right in the heart of the Bay of Mirabello with its breathtaking vistas, azure blue seas and pleasant climate.
From Almyrida you can explore picturesque inland villages, dramatic mountain gorges and some of Crete's best beaches and bays.
Originally a small fishing hamlet which has grown into a bustling tourist village, with pretty white houses and lots of flowers.
Elounda and Plaka are picturesque fishing villages along the coastal road not far from Agios Nikolaos.
Falassarna beach has won awards over the years and is part of the Natura 2000 network, due to its variety of flora and fauna.
Kato Zakros is an impressive traditional fishing village, tucked away in the south-east corner of Crete.
The little seaside resort of Makrigialos, east of Ierapetra on the Libyan Sea, is an ideal spot for a relaxing beach holiday.
An island in the Bay of Mirabello. The fishing village opposite (also called Mochlos) is famous for the specialities served in its tavernas.
The village of Palekastro is a former farming village that has grown in recent years yet still retains its delightful character.
This former fishing village on the south west coast sits on a small peninsula in the midst of a lush green landscape.
This authentic village with its narrow streets is perfect for those who want to enjoy peace and tranquility.
Things to do
Take time to explore Crete, the largest Greek Island. A journey full of Crete's major sights. START / FINISH - Heraklion.
A wonderful exploration of Crete's ancient past together with some superb beaches and scenery without exhaustive driving. START / FINISH - Heraklion
Explore the natural beauty of Crete at your own pace; one week's self guided hiking tour of the island's best locations. START / FINISH - Heraklion or ...
"Your itinerary was well planned and delivered what we wanted. The amendment to go further west to take in the Imbros Gorge journey (spectacular drive up from the south coast) and stay the night in Rethymnon was well worth it. It did not feel too much like doubling back to Chania and well worth taking the return flight from there, even though there was a long wait at Gatwick at 1am whilst EasyJet went into meltdown with the luggage for several flights arriving in the early hours. We are early risers and on the road fairly promptly in the morning so did not find the drive to the next night’s stay arduous at all. Quite pleased not to be staying in Ag Nic as there was a cruise ship in and the town was absolutely crammed with tourists, nevertheless had a nice lunch there. Except for the last day we had absolutely superb weather but locals were telling us it was exceptional for mid-October. Overall we were very happy with your arrangements so thank you."
E Carter, October, 2019
"Another great holiday brilliantly organised with some fantastic hotels."
J Hanson, UK, Sept 2018
"Hi Guys, returned from our trip to Crete yesterday, and just thought I would drop you a line to say that we were happy with the whole experience, the hotels were both nice, especially the Palazzo Greco for the money and all went smoothly with car hire etc. Will look to book again."
S Morris, UK, July 2018
"Just want to say thanks very much for arranging our self drive holiday to Crete and Santorini. We thoroughly enjoyed everything and the arrangements - hotels/car hire/transfers/ferry were perfect."
A Robinson, UK, June 2018
"This form can't convey how good we felt the service you provided was - each hotel seemed better than the last with the Palazzo Greco being absolute standout! The only complaint we had was the noise the night we stayed in Chania which went on until 5.00 am. If we did it again we wouldn't stay in the centre of Chania. The visit to Spinalonga was everything we anticipated and more."
J Hanson, UK, June, 2017
"I just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed our fly drive / 9 nights in 5 different hotels all very well located even if yours truly map reading skills were severely tested. I have completed the questionnaire but haven't commented on the individual hotels which were all very good and to finish in the Palazzo Vecchio in Rethymnon was very special. We did KM 1,446 so covered quite a bit of the island both on the coast and the country roads through the hills. The people all so very friendly and kind. We enjoyed the Greek food and the local wine even more so!"
C Kett, UK, May, 2017
"Now that we have had a few days in which to recover, less from the holiday than from the return journey, it is time to thank you and your colleagues for organizing our trip to Crete so well. We had a wonderful time, and we are especially grateful to you for arranging for the wild flowers to be on display in such profusion. Our cameras hardly stopped clicking. We would love to go back, and maybe we will, but there’s so much more world to see. Meanwhile, you can be sure that Rediscover the World will be the main contender when we look for help in organizing our next trip, which I hope will be very soon."
R Sayer, UK, April, 2017
"The whole thing was great. More or less as we expected based on our past experience with you. Also, George from Alpine Travel was most professional and totally organised."
J Veilands, Australia, October 2016
"Just a note to say a big thank you for arranging the holiday in Greece. We had a great time and we loved the selection of hotels and their locations. You did great job in putting this together and all went ahead smoothly as planned. Thank you again for the lovely holiday!"
G Maheswaran, UK, Sept 2016
"Plakias is a gem of a place! Wish we had more time here. The journey from the Port to Plakias was long but it was definitely worth the journey. I am sure we’ll be visiting Plakias again. Thank you!"
G Maheswaran, UK, Sept 2016