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Authentic Crete

Where myths and legends become reality

Discover off-the-beaten-path Greek culture on the island of Crete. Picturesque gorges and cliffs dive into sapphire water, complementing the ancient ruins left behind from the former empires of Europe. We’ll learn the ins and outs of everything that makes Cretan culture so legendary.

7 days, from


per person


16 people max


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  • Countries Visited: Greece
  • Accommodation: Hotel (6 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $375
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle throughout, boat
  • Airport Transfers: Arrival and departure transfers available for purchase
  • Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12



  • 3 Nights: Hotel Capsis Asotira, Heraklion
  • 3 Nights: Hotel Kydon, Chania

Hotels are subject to change


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Day 1: Heraklion

Kalimera — welcome to Crete! Arrive in Heraklion and find your way to the hotel before venturing out to begin your adventure. Perhaps wander along the waterfront and enjoy the whitewashed facades that make Greece so picturesque. Meet your Local Leader and fellow travelers this evening then hit the town for your first evening out in Crete!

Day 2: Heraklion

This morning we discover authentic Crete with our Insider Expert. Together, we stroll through back alleys and beautiful pathways to downtown Heraklion. Check out hidden highlights and taste Cretan cuisine at a local market, all while learning more about the history that made Crete what it is today. We head to Knossos Palace, an archaeological site of what is thought to be Europe's oldest city. The palace was built during the Bronze Age and was a major cultural center for the Minoan civilization, which can be seen through the elaborate artwork and architecture that are still partially intact today. Learn more about this civilization and the legends surrounding it as we explore the ruins. This evening we take some time to explore Heraklion — unscripted! (b)

Day 3: Heraklion

Today we venture to the Dikti Mountains in eastern Crete and immerse ourselves in traditional Cretan culture. Connect with locals to learn more about their heritage while enjoying the stunning panoramic views from the ancient villages that dot the mountainside. Relax under an ancient plane tree and sip locally made coffee before traveling deeper into the fertile Lasithi Plateau. Later, uncover the legends and tales of ancient Greek mythology when we explore the Diktaean Cave — the Cave of Zeus. (b)

Day 4: Heraklion > Chania

This morning we enjoy the stunning Cretan landscape on a short hike through Agiofarago Gorge. Accessible only by foot, the gorge is edged with massive rock walls lined with caves. Weather permitting, our hike leads us down to a local fishing boat that takes us back to the charming village of Matala, where we enjoy lunch before exploring the area. Head to the beach and enjoy the clear sapphire water or poke around the many caves once inhabited by hippies in the 1960s. After we've soaked up enough Cretan sun, we head to an organic winery to taste how this terrain creates unique wines. (b, l)

Day 5: Chania

Today, we explore Chania — a melting pot of cultures and architecture, beautifully framed by sparkling water. Discover authentic Crete by exploring ancient ruins sprinkled throughout the city as well as digging into local delicacies on our walking tour. We venture away from the typical tourist hot spots and visit the Ottoman neighborhood left over from when the Ottoman Empire occupied the island; we will also visit the Jewish Quarter with the nearby "Street of Knives" — where traditional Cretan knives are still handcrafted to this day. Enjoy the rest of the day unscripted. (b)

Day 6: Chania

Today, write your own adventure! Wander through the streets of Chania and walk along the waterfront, or perhaps a day at the beach is in order. If you want to get active, there is an opportunity to throw on your hiking boots for an adventure through Sarakina cave, which ends with embracing the tastier side of Crete on a food and wine tasting tour. Whatever you choose, your memories are sure to last a lifetime. Make the most of your last dinner in Crete with a final meal with your Local Leader and new friends! (b, d)

Optional Activity:
Countryside Excursion

Travel out to the Cretan countryside to the Therisso Gorge for thrilling views. Explore traditional villages while enjoying included food and wine tastings before arriving at Sarakina Cave where you can walk along ancient paths and hear stories of the area's legendary past.

$180 per person

Day 7: Chania

This morning we say goodbye to Crete! Depart anytime, taking time to reminisce about great memories. Don't want the adventure to end? Hop on to our Greece: Island Discovery tour to uncover more hidden gems in the Aegean, or head to Athens for an exploration of the city! (b)

Extend the Adventure


Extend your adventure with an Athens city stay before or after your journey through Crete.

Private Group Options

Adventure is better together. With private groups as small as 6, enjoy the freedom and flexibility of an exclusive departure, just for your crew! Rest assured you'll get the best of small group travel in a big way, plus the security and peace of mind of traveling with a brand backed by AAA.

Things to know before traveling to Greece


The official currency of Greece is the Euro (EUR).


As this trip spends little time in Athens you may want to consider arriving a day or two early.


Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.


Summer temperatures in Greece can reach up to 100°F, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. On the other hand, early in the season (April) many businesses may still be closed and the weather is unpredictable, however you may have some of the major sights of the Greek islands almost to yourself. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.


Please be aware that some of the Greek Islands are very hilly and mountainous, which means lots & lots of steps are an inherent feature of the landscape. You will have to be able to easily lift your luggage and carry it up and down stairs and inclines. Also, stone streets become very slippery when wet. Some people may find Greece's topography very demanding.

Public Ferries

The main means of transportation on this trip is by public ferry. These ferries are large car ferries that transport hundreds of people, along with cars and trucks. There are no reserved seats and passengers are free to walk around the ferry freely. Luggage is stored in a designated area on the car deck and is not accessible while the ferry is moving.

It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary that your luggage gets stowed separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.


Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.


Authentic Crete

7 days


Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors

Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in Greece to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.

7 days, from $2,499

to book call 1-844-205-6226