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8 days from £1,049 per person

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Getting lost in the bougainvillea-draped backstreets of Chania, before emerging onto its 14th-century Venetian harbour for a drink.

Summary

Crete is one of the most beautiful, interesting and diverse Greek islands to explore - we'll tick off some of its highlights on our 'Captivating Crete' tours. Stroll along the harbour - guarded by a Venetian fortress - of the island capital, Heraklion. Look out across the Lasithi Plateau, dotted with white-sailed windmills, then peek into the cave where Zeus is said to have been born. Sit back as the rugged, mountainous landscape of western Crete slides by, and enjoy a drink with new friends in one of charming Rethymnon’s harbourside bars.

Your holiday includes:

3 excursions and visits

  • Half-day excursion to Heraklion
  • Full-day excursions to Lasithi Plateau and the west of the island

Plus:

  • 7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 7 dinners (days 1-7)

Plus

  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Titan tour manager
  • Travel in destination by coach
  • Porterage

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  • VIP Outbound3

    UK - Heraklion - Hersonissos

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Heraklion. On arrival, we transfer to Hersonissos.

    Hersonissos Maris Hotel (4-star) or Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel (5-star)


  • Venetian fortress

    Heraklion

    We head for the dynamic capital of Crete today, the fifth largest city in Greece. Its inner harbour is guarded by the well-preserved Venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare and the bustling city has a rich cultural history, some of which can be seen in the Archaeological Museum. It’s a delight to explore its streets of cafés and small shops.

    • Excursion to Heraklion (morning)

    Hersonissos Maris Hotel (4-star) or Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel (5-star)


  • Old Mill

    Lasithi Plateau

    We journey to the Lasithi Plateau, famous for its centuries-old white-sailed windmills, formerly used for irrigation. Dikteon Cave, located on the plateau, features in Greek mythology as the birthplace of Zeus. The energetic may wish to walk 200 steps and through five chambers into the cave, to see the stalactites and stalagmites. Elsewhere on the fertile plateau, Karfi is considered the last outpost of Crete’s ancient Minoan civilisation that flourished between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC.

    • Excursion to Lasithi Plateau (all day)

    Hersonissos Maris Hotel (4-star) or Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel (5-star)


  • Hersonissos

    The island of Crete is well known for its ancient Minoan past and the power of this civilisation is illustrated on an optional visit to the Palace of Knossos. Visit the vast Minoan Palace, believed to be more than 4,000 years old. The complex has a number of buildings on four levels and most of what remains belongs to those built after 1700 BC. In Greek mythology, it is said that the Palace was the home of King Minos, whose wife bore the Minotaur who was imprisoned within the labyrinth and slain by Theseus.

    Hersonissos Maris Hotel (4-star) or Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel (5-star)


  • Marble Columns

    Hersonissos

    Spend your day at leisure enjoying Hersonissos’ small sandy beaches, excellent shopping facilities, and sightseeing boat trips. The main centre has plenty of relaxing cafés and Greek tavernas from where you can watch the world go by. Or learn more about Crete’s folk traditions and culture at Lychnostatis Open Air Museum.

    Hersonissos Maris Hotel (4-star) or Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel (5-star)


  • Arkadi Monastery

    West Crete

    The wild and rugged landscape of western Crete, including snow-capped mountains, delightful villages and beautiful coastlines, are highlighted on today’s excursion. We visit Chania, the former capital, known as the ‘Little Venice’ of Crete and home to a street devoted almost entirely to leather goods. There’s also a beautiful Venetian harbour, which was the location for some of the scenes from the film Zorba the Greek.

    We continue to Rethymnon, Crete’s third-largest town, on the north coast. Known as the ‘City of Scholars’, the old part of the town has numerous Venetian palazzos, Turkish houses with wooden balconies and a number of small 18th-century mosques. There’s free time to wander the old streets of the town, or perhaps spend time in a harbourside coffee bar.

    • Excursion to the west of the island (all day)

    Hersonissos Maris Hotel (4-star) or Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel (5-star)


  • Spinalonga Island

    Hersonissos

    There’s more time today to relax in your surroundings, or perhaps join an optional excursion to visit the island of Spinalonga. The island has had a varied past, from Venetian rule in the 16th century to the setting for a leper colony four centuries later - a subject covered in Victoria Hislop’s 2005 novel ‘The Island’. It’s now an uninhabited island skirted with small pebble beaches.

    Hersonissos Maris Hotel (4-star) or Aldemar Royal Mare Hotel (5-star)


  • VIP Inbound

    Day 8 Hersonissos - Heraklion - UK

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Please note: • A room tax of between €3-4 per person per night (subject to change), is payable directly to the hotel on check-out. • The order of excursions is subject to change.

Climate

Hotel Details

Aldermar Royal Mare

This 5-star resort in Hersonissos, Crete, is located within beautiful surroundings on the coast. The hotel is set out in a spacious village style, where paths lead down to the private sandy beach. With its world-class spa and indoor/outdoor pools, you can choose to spend time on the beach or within the resort. Or venture out of the hotel for more exploration in the town of Hersonissos, approximately 4km from the hotel. Meals are provided in the main buffet restaurant, or you can eat at one of the other four restaurants for an additional charge. Rooms are air conditioned with safety deposit box, telephone, hairdryer, television, fridge (mini-bar on request for extra charge) and balcony/terrace.

Fly From Your Local Airport

International flights from regional airports are available* or choose a free connecting flight to London, with home transfers all included. 

Please call 0800 988 5823 for more information.

*Subject to flight schedules and availability.


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