Luxury Crete

Luxury Crete

Crete is a heavenly land blessed with natural beauty, history, and authenticity. Tap into its undeniable allure on Ker & Downey’s 10-night Luxury Crete itinerary – a journey of breathtaking beauty and experiential elegance, traveling from the symbolic Greek capital of Athens to the enigmatic shores of Crete.

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Athens / New Hotel

  • Day 2:

    Athens / New Hotel

  • Day 3:

    Chania / Casa Delfino

  • Day 4:

    Chania / Casa Delfino

  • Day 5:

    Chania / Casa Delfino

  • Day 6:

    Chania / Casa Delfino

  • Day 7:

    Elounda / Blue Palace

  • Day 8:

    Elounda / Blue Palace

  • Day 9:

    Elounda / Blue Palace

  • Day 10:

    Elounda / Blue Palace

  • Day 11:

    Departure

Itinerary Description:

Your luxury Crete journey starts in Athens, the historic capital of Europe. You will have two days to uncover the many wonders of the city: its modern restaurants, buzzing nightlife, and contemporary cultural events booming alongside UNESCO World Heritage Sites, symbols of ancient civilization, and architectural feats dedicated the flourishing of democracy, science, and philosophy. Your discovery will not only take you to the requisite Acropolis and Parthenon, but also the Hephaisteion temple, Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, and the new Acropolis Museum, housed in a state-of-the-art building designed by Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi.

Next, your luxury Crete escape continues to the exotic shores of Crete. Here you will be greeted with endless stretches of beaches bordered in frothy lace, inlets, and sandy islands tucked away at the foot of forbidding mountains. Discover the impenetrable yet majestic gorges, holy caves, blessed rivers, and lush, green plains saturated with olive and citrus trees. You will also find the most hospitable people and taste what's best of Greek gastronomy.

Begin first by experiencing Chania, the second-largest city on the island and a treasure trove of mystical monasteries, elegant mansions, and alluring landscapes. From your all-suite mansion accommodations at Casa Delfino, visit the hidden spots that give Chania its unique, Venetian character. You may also venture through the Samaria Gorge – one of the most famous national forests in Greece – as well as swim through the clear blue waters from idyllic beaches. Explore the colorful villages and ancient monasteries of Gouverneto and Akrotiri, and kayak to the coastal village of Loutro, where the White Mountains, blue sea, steep hills, and magical beaches will accompany your route.

Conclude your luxury Crete adventures in Elounda along Mirabello Bay at your stylish seafront bungalow haven: Blue Palace. Visit a traditional organic farm to bake bread, make cheese, and press grapes and olives like the locals do, and embark on a guided tour through the flamboyant colors of Knossos. An entire day has also been set aside for you to visit the manmade island of Spinalonga in a traditional Greek caïque cruising vessel.

On the final day of your stay, you will have the unique chance to uncover the spirit of authentic Crete during a tour of its traditional villages. Walk the pedestrian roads, stop to meet locals, shop for homemade souvenirs, and taste famous Cretan delicacies – the perfect way to conclude and capture your luxury Crete adventures.

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