Explore along the coastline...

Explore along the coastline... ...or head through the mountains. Visit the charming harbour town of Sitia... ...the beachside caves of Matala... ...or the beautiful monastery of Agia Triada. Discover hidden mountain villages... ...or stumble upon unspoilt beaches.

Explore Crete by Car


The size and diversity of Crete make it ideal for those who enjoy an active holiday exploring its abundant history, culture and nature.

Our tailor-made exploring itineraries provide you with a framework to follow your own particular interests without worrying about the practical details as we arrange every stage of your trip for you and provide you with directions on how to get from each place to the next.

Most of the hotels and apartments that we feature can be combined into a touring itinerary, although some are subject to minimum-stay requirements, which can vary according to the time of the year. We generally do not recommend exploring itineraries during August, as roads, sites and beaches are much more crowded, temperature can be uncomfortably hot for travelling around and most hotels are less willing to accept short-stay bookings during the peak season.

Below, you will find some suggested sample itineraries, but subject to availability and the afore-mentioned minimum-stay requirements, we are happy to put together any feasible combination based on your individual preferences and interests, whether they are archaeology, wild flowers, mountain villages, Venetian architecture, Byzantine art or a combination of them all.

Our touring itineraries normally include car hire so that you can explore the island in depth and at your own pace, but for those who prefer not to drive we can also arrange tailor-made itineraries with private taxi transfers between the various locations; please be aware, however, that due to the sheer size of the island this is normally a less cost-effective option.

Please contact our friendly, expert team on 020 8847 8700 to discuss your requirements, and we will be more than happy to talk you through the options and work out a personal quote for you.

Suggested Itineraries:

Highlights of the East (7 nights)

4 nights Hotel Villa Kerasia (BB), Venerato near Heraklion
3 nights Itanos Hotel (BB), Sitia

Venetian Highlights (7 nights)

4 nights Hotel Elia Bettolo (BB), Chania
3 nights Ionia Suites (BB), Rethymnon

From West to East (10 nights)

3 nights Nautilus Bay Aparthotel (BB), Kastelli
4 nights Iliopetra Studios (SC), Douliana
3 nights Sitia Bay Aparthotel (SC), Sitia

Rural and Relaxed (14 nights)

5 nights Pegasus Resort Hotel (BB), Agia Paraskevi
4 nights Terra Minoika (BB), Kato Zakros
5 nights Villas Eleftheria & Kalithea (SC), Pendamodi

Coastal Discoveries (14 nights)

3 nights Villea Village Aparthotel (BB), Makriyialos
4 nights Elounda Krini Hotel (BB), Elounda
3 nights Bali Diamond Hotel (BB), Bali
4 nights Sea View Aparthotel (BB), near Chania

Around Crete the Small & Friendly Way (14 nights)

3 nights Elia Palazzo Hotel (BB), Chania
4 nights Phoenix Apartments (SC), Plakias
4 nights Kouremenos Villas (SC), Palekastro
3 nights Hotel Villa Kerasia (BB), Venerato near Heraklion