Living Crete Holidays
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Easter in Western Crete

8 days April 19th to 26th. Tourcode LCGE

ITINERARY

Day 1
Depart London Gatwick at 07:00, arriving at Chania at 13:00 (Greek Time = UK Time + 2 hours). On arrival in Chania, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the 4∗ Theartemis Palace Hotel, Rethymno, where 7 Nights’ Dinner, Bed and Breakfast have been arranged. This stylish, welcoming hotel, a firm favourite with Living Crete guests, is ideally situated near a sandy Blue Flag beach and an easy stroll from the Old Town and its picturesque Venetian harbour. Hotel facilities include 2 swimming-pools, fitness suite, excellent restaurant, attractive grounds and pleasant bar and lounge areas. The en-suite bedrooms have hairdryer, telephone, safe, television, refrigerator, air-conditioning and balcony or terrace. A Welcome Drink is included this evening.

Day 2
Easter in Western CreteToday’s included excursion takes us into the heart of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the traditional village of Margarites, where Time seems almost to have stood still, before returning to Rethymno – a town with a fascinating mix of Cretan, Turkish and Venetian architecture, plus excellent Archaeological and Folklore Museums, for a short orientation walk before free time to explore the lovely Venetian Harbour and Old Town.

Day 3
On this included excursion, we head West through luxuriant scenery, visiting Souda Bay, with its poignant memories of the Battle of Crete of May 1941, and enjoying fabulous views from the Akrotiri Peninsula, before free time in the charming city of Chania, with its Venetian Harbour, Maritime and Archaeological Museums and colourful market. Our return journey includes a break for an included Afternoon Tea – Cretan style – in the beautiful village of Vrisses.

Day 4
Optional Excursion: The Minoans. After visiting the historic city of Heraklion and its Archaeological Museum, step back into the heart of the great Minoan world at the fabulous Palace of Knossos, the discovery of which has done so much to establish Crete as the cradle of European civilization. On, then, into the countryside for a wine-tasting, followed by free time in the lovely traditional village of Archanes.

Day 5
Optional Excursion: ”Around Elounda”. Admire the ancient frescoes glowing jewel-bright in the tiny church of the Panagia Kera at the hill village of Kritsa. Travel around Mirambellou Bay to delightful Plaka, the inspiration for Victoria Hislop’s award-winning novel, “The Island”. Take the short boat ride to the island itself, hauntingly-beautiful Spinalonga, retracing the footsteps of those courageous people who created their community against overwhelming odds. Enjoy the ambience- and maybe a delicious Cretan meal in a taverna by the sea – in Elounda, setting of “Who Pays the Ferryman?”, before rounding-off the day by Lake Voulismeni in attractive Aghios Nikolaos.

Easter is the most important religious festival of Greece, and this evening, you may wish to experience one of the most beautiful and moving ceremonies of the Greek Orthodox Church, when at the stroke of midnight the darkness is illuminated first by the glow of a single candle, then by a myriad tiny flames as the waiting people offer their candles to friends and loved ones with the words “Receive the Light”.

Day 6
Easter Day: At leisure in Rethymno.

Day 7
Jewels of the South Coast. Relax and enjoy some of the loveliest coastal and mountain scenery on this leisurely full-day included excursion.

Day 8
Transfer to Chania Airport for your flight back to London Gatwick.

Your holiday includes

Direct flights with Monarch Airlines between London Gatwick and Chania, departing at 07:00 and arriving back at 15:35. Hold luggage allowance of 20 kgs and in-flight meals on both outbound and inbound flights are included.

7 Nights’ Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Theartemis Palace Hotel, Rethymno, Crete. Transfers on Crete. Porterage in hotel.

Excursions as described below

Services throughout of Living Crete Tour Manager, on hand at all times to assist with the smooth running of your holiday, plus specialist local guide for some visits

Pricing

April 19 : EASTER IN CRETE 8 days £875

Single Supplement £10 pppn

 

 

Living Crete Holidays, The Barn, Pentre Parr, Bethlehem Road, Llandeilo Dyfed, Wales,UK, SA19 6YA
Tel: 0800 011 3927
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