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A Crete trip offers a complete Greek experience in one convenient place. Choose one of our 100% customizable trips and enjoy all that Greece’s largest island has to offer. For the most authentic experience and optimal service, Trip.me will help you book with a local agency. These destination experts can work with you to put together fully personalized Crete vacation packages!
Your Crete travel experience can be part of a longer Greece island-hopping itinerary, or even a trip that includes a visit to the mainland. However, Crete is certainly a worthy destination on its own. Spectacular scenery, rich history, and opportunities for adventure make Crete a wonderful location for all vacationers.
Heraklion, the capital city of Crete, is known primarily for its main attraction—the Palace of Knossos, a Minoan Palace built by the first European civilization. Embark on a self-guided tour of the city to enjoy at your own pace, or schedule a tour with a local guide who can answer all of your questions and also point you the best local cafes.
If you are looking for beautiful beaches, Gramvoussa Island and Balos Lagoon are not to be missed! These locations are just a short boat ride away from the town of Kastelli.
In Chania you can explore the city and its 14th century Venetian harbor. You will want to make plans to enjoy one of the many ocean-view restaurants.
The village of Elounda is a spectacular sight. Known for its luxurious resorts and villas, here you can get a truly international experience.
Spinalonga, the “island of tears,” is another interesting destination. Its name refers to its history as a leper colony.
A staple of any good Crete vacation is a visit or two to the local beaches. Whether you’re looking for snorkeling adventures or more relaxing afternoons sunbathing on Crete, Greece, beaches, you will not be disappointed.
Another of the best things to do in Crete is to visit one of its many wineries. Have your guide schedule a tour of one of the wineries, after which you can sample different wines and learn more about the local wine culture.
Explore the island with a private rental car, take in the gorgeous landscapes, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. Allow the destination experts to put together a private experience—tailored specifically to your interests! You will surely talk about this Greek vacation for years to come.
If you are wondering what to do in Crete, our local experts can give you many suggestions. Below we have included just a few items that will make Crete vacation packages unforgettable.
History and Culture
The most fascinating historical experience on the island of Crete is found in Heraklion. Here you can roam about the Palace of Knosses, see the throne room and royal apartments, and snap photos of the stunning frescoes. This palace was built by a Minoan civilization, the first European civilization (3000 BC to 1200 BC). If this history intrigues you, you will want to schedule a Crete day tour that includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, where you can learn even more about the excavations at Knosses.
Spend the rest of your time in Heraklion discovering the old Venetian port, the local market, and the countless cafes.
The history enthusiast will also enjoy a trip to Spinalonga, the “island of tears.” This island’s nickname refers to its history as a leper colony. It is currently the second most popular archaeological site in Crete, and it should be on your list of what to see in Crete, Greece.
Crete winery tours are excellent vacation elements for the wine connoisseur. Heraklion is Greece’s second largest wine-making district, and the history of wine-making in the region dates back to the Minoan period.
An International Experience
The village of Elounda is a great destination for someone looking for a true international experience. Rather than being authentically Greek, Elounda is a vibrant mix of cultures. Home to numerous luxurious resorts, it is a location that is neither too crowded nor too remote.
Sailing from Crete’s northwest coast around the Gramvoussa peninsula, you can travel fairly quickly to the breathtaking Gramvoussa Island and Balos Lagoon. Gramvoussa Island is topped by the ruins of a Venetian Castle, and the shallow waters of the Balos Lagoon and Tigani beach are perfect for wading and snorkeling.
Kolokitha Island, just off the coast and a short boat ride from Spinalonga, is another charming, small Crete beach, perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Boat tours in Crete allow visitors to take in even more of the surrounding islets. And if you schedule Crete tours and excursions, you will have even more opportunities, such as snorkeling off the coast or hiking along the rivers.
Most trips to Crete will begin in the city of Athens, Greece. Travelers will likely fly into the main international airport in Athens before making their way to Crete. Tours from Athens to Crete can be arranged as part of a longer trip to the mainland or the surrounding islands as well.
If you are looking for the most picturesque experience, a boat is the best way to travel to Crete. Ferries leave from the port of Piraeus in Athens regularly and arrive in both Heraklion and Chania, Crete. If you are wondering how to get to Crete from Athens in the most comfortable way, you should choose the longer ferry ride on the larger ferry. High-speed ferries are also available. Though the trip is shorter, the high-speed ferry rides are often bumpier. Travelers worried about seasickness may want to avoid the high-speed ferries.
The fastest way to get to Crete is to fly from Athens into either Heraklion or Chania. The plane ride also offers breathtaking aerial views of the Aegean Sea.
However you wish to travel, our destination experts will be sure to handle all the details of your Crete private tours.
Though the island is a great destination all year long, you may want to avoid Crete during its slower, colder months—November through March. Some of the hotels, restaurants, and businesses could be closed, and the weather is not conducive to swimming. You may see some rain as well.
However, if you would prefer to experience Crete without as many tourists, you may choose to avoid the busiest season. July and August are typically the most crowded and the most expensive.
Though busy, the best time to visit Crete, Greece, if you are hoping to enjoy the beaches, is June through September. These are the warmer months and the most ideal months for swimming and lounging outdoors. There are also more options for ferry boat rides and flights during this time.
For milder weather, shoot for the months of April, May, and October—these are great months if you are visiting primarily for the winery tours and archaeological sites.
Regardless of when you plan your trip, our travel experts will be sure to plan appropriate activities that fit your interests and preferences. You are sure to have the experience of a lifetime.
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