Explore the mysteries of Crete with your family
A unique itinerary situated for families that aim to come closer to Cretan nature and history through several outdoors and entertaining activities.
From our base we depart everyday for a different "adventure" to discover the real Crete.
Highlights include: Sailing to the uninhabited island of Dia, Sea Kayaking to Mirabello Gulf and visit the island of Spinaloga (Venetian fortress), visit the magnificent Knossos Palace and the Natural History museum, Hiking on the sacred Mountain Karfi with spectacular views to Lassithi plateau and Rock Climbing and Swimming at the beautiful beach of Agiofarago.
Family Activity Holidays in Crete - Itinerary
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to the hotel situated at the coastal village of Amoudara. You will have time to rest from the journey or go to the beach. In the evening we will have a brief presentation of the whole trip and will continue with dinner at the hotel.
DAY 2: HIKING & CAVING
After breakfast we will drive towards the largest plateau of Crete - Lassithi plateau. Starting from the village of Tzermiado we shall pass through the small and beautiful "Nissimos" valley to reach the sacred summit of Karfi, which offers spectacular view to the north coast and a Minoan settlement. From the summit we shall descend back to Tzermiado where we have the chance to experience a small journey through mythology by visiting Dictaion Andro - the cave where Zeus was born.
Our sea adventure day starts from our water sports base at Elounda bay. At the base, we shall be informed about the right technique to paddle the two-seated sea-kayaks and we shall embark to our kayaks to stroke with a gentle slow row to the island of Spinalonga. After a swim break at Spinalonga's beach we shall explore the historic island that was a massive fortress for the Venetians and became later a leper colony. We shall paddle back to our water sports base where will have free time to rest and swim or even to participate in other water sports and fun activities such as windsurfing, water skiing, pedalos, banana boats, etc (with extra payment).
DAY 4: ROCK CLIMBING & SWIMMING
Hike through the historic gorge of Agiofarago before emerging at the crystal clear waters of Mediterranean Sea in the unique beach of Agiofarago and discover your spirit of adventure by participating in our Rock Climbing activity!
"Agiofarago" means "Gorge of Saints". This gorge used to be the shelter of the monks of the near-by Monasteries. On the sea cliffs there are climbing routes that are bolt - protected as well as routes that require natural protection (on nuts etc), for all abilities.
Our experience and enthusiasm for rock climbing, gave some spectacular climbing routes on the cliffs and the rocks of the area.
We invite you to participate in this unique fun activity – Rock Climbing, which builds group spirit and self-confidence.
Just dare to do it and you will be amazed of what you can achieve!!!
DAY 5: FREE DAY
This is a free day to spend it as you wish either relaxing at the beach or at the hotel or by visiting the archaeological museum of Heraklion (with the treasures of Minoan civilization), the Knossos palace, (to enjoy the magnificent archaeological area holding remains of the Minoan city that thrived 3500 years ago and the famous palace dated 170-1450 B.C., excavated by Sir Arthur Evans at the beginning of this century). We suggest you also to visit the Natural History Museum that all the kids will be really excited with all the exhibits.
DAY 6: SAILING
Starting from Heraklion port, we will have a short briefing where participants will be informed about the sailing safety equipment and procedures of the yacht. After the briefing the trip will begin. Our destination is the uninhabited island of Dia, approximately 10 miles from Heraklion.
During the trip passengers may participate in the handling of the yacht under crew instructions.
By the time we reach the small island of Dia we shall have free time to enjoy swimming, snorkeling or fishing in the crystal waters. Our trip continues with a relaxed sailing back to Heraklion. A wonderful trip that combines a really exquisite sport and a new way of having fun!
DAY 7: FREE DAY
This is a free day to spend it at your leisure.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
This is the end of our trip we transfer you back at the airport at convenient time.
8 days family activity tour in Crete - TRIP Details
Price Includes: Services of the tour leader – guide, accommodation in bed and breakfast basis, group transfers to and from Heraklion airport, all transport throughout the trip, all outdoor activities as mentioned in the program, personal accident insurance, VAT.
Not Included: Transport to and from Crete, all meals, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, personal expenses, entrance fees in Museums and other sites of interest (i.e. monasteries, caves, etc).
Insurance: Everyone participating in any of Cretan Adventures events/activities is covered by third party insurance through Ethniki Asfalistiki.
Participants need to be covered by their own personal insurance (Health/accident insurance) for the chosen activities.
If clients wish to be covered for personal insurance (Health/accident insurance) by A.I.G Europe Limited s/he must notify in paper the above to Cretan Adventures and pay the additional cost.
Cretan Adventures is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.
Available Dates: Any date upon request from April to October 2018.
Transport: We travel by our own air-conditioned bus/car or taxis.
Accommodation: Bed and breakfast at Hotel Velani in the village of Avdou http://www.countryhotel.gr/ (The trip prices are based on family room occupancy)
Group Size: 4-16 participants.
Activity Level: The hikes offer a moderate trek with a maximum of 4 hours walk on rocky footpaths.
No previous experience is needed to any of our activities.
Equipment: Daypack (approx. 20-35 lt), trekking shoes, sport shoes, water bottle, hat, sun cream, sun glasses, swimming suit, casual clothing.
Note on Itineraries: Please bear in mind that the itinerary can be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather, trail conditions) to ensure the safety and the well being of the group. The final adventure selection is left up to the trip leader.
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