Crete & Santorini Island Hopping Trip
Enjoy a full week exploring Crete and Santorini on this magnificent journey. Soak up the stunning array of diverse landscapes on Crete, including soaring mountains that can be explored off-road, along with beautiful beaches that boast pink hued sands, feasting on tasty Cretan cuisine in between.
On Santorini, marvel at an iconic island sunset, take a sailing tour around the caldera, soak in natural hot springs and visit multiple wineries, tasting renowned wines while learning about how they’re produced from an expert.
You’ll be transported between the two islands, sailing in a catamaran across the Aegean to take in the many delights of these popular Greek destinations.
- Private luxury transfers throughout the trip
- 4 Nights in Crete in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
- Pre-booked sea-transfer from Crete to Santorini
- 3 Nights in Santorini in a 4 star hotel with breakfast
- Santorini catamaran cruise with BBQ and drinks
- 24/7 Concierge service throughout your trip
- UK flights can be arranged at a supplement from a variety of UK airports
- Price per person based on low season departures. Prices may be higher during peak Summer months.
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Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. It would be easy to spend weeks on Crete and never get bored! This enchanting isle offers a little bit of everything, making it an ideal choice for first-time visitors to Greece. There are beautiful beaches for soaking up the sunshine and swimming, soaring mountains, dramatic caves, Minoan ruins, charming villages and so much more. It also offers plenty in the way of amenities, including a wide range of restaurants, shops, accommodation options, and lively nightlife.
Crete truly has something for everyone. In fact, some say it’s more like a small country than a Greek island. There are four bustling cities on its northern coast, great for shopping, dining, exploring museums and galleries, and people watching. At its center is a mix of rugged mountains for hiking and climbing, while the southern coast offers more tranquility, ideal for sunbathing in seclusion. The island not only boasts especially diverse and often stunning terrain, filled with natural beauty and unique treasures, it also has a rich history that ties into the country’s mythology, as the reported birthplace of Zeus, the ruler of all the gods, and the god of the sky. There are historical sites around nearly every corner, and the island is even home to Europe’s oldest city: Knossos.
Located between the North African and Mediterranean climate zones, Crete has a warm, dry climate, and while it’s hot in the summer, the heat is moderated with cool sea breezes. The warmer months of the year are ideal for refreshing swims in the crystal-clear waters that surround it as well as dips in hotel pools. Fuel your activities with the flavorful local cuisine, renowned for the quality and freshness of its ingredients, the use of wild herbs and greens. The simple Cretan cooking techniques produce a distinguishable taste that leaves most wanting more. The island has its own signature cheeses that are often seen on plates here usually produced from goat’s or sheep’s milk.
Experiences in Crete
This full-day tour will bring you from Chania into the mountains in the Kisamos region and traditional villages to visit family-run wineries, sampling Cretan, Greek and international wines complemented by snacks while learning about the winemaking process. You’ll get to tour an olive factory too, where you’ll see one of the oldest olive trees in the world and sample one of Crete’s most prized products.
Rib boat trips
One of the highlights of any holiday in Crete is getting out on those glistening turquoise waters, soaking up the Mediterranean sun while surrounded by breathtaking scenery and enjoying the salty sea breeze. Enjoy a private boat trip, helmed by an expert skipper, with a stops at Gramvousa Fortress or Balos Lagoon, famous for its outstanding landscape and amazing sea. Complimentary snorkeling gear, drinks and snacks included.
Hike Samaria Gorge
This 10-mile hike will bring you to one of the most impressive natural wonders on Crete, the Samaria Gorge, one of the longest canyons in Europe. Everything you need will be taken care of, so all you’ll have to do is complete the trek and enjoy the spectacular views. Afterward you’ll hop on a boat to Chora Skafion followed by a bus to Chania.
Old Town Chania tour
Old Town Chania has a history that dates back to 5000 BC when it was inhabited by the Minoans. It’s a fascinating place for a walking tour which will bring you through its streets where you’ll witness its past in grand historic buildings, churches, mosques and synagogues. You’ll stroll through alleyways to see Byzantine and Venetian/Ottoman Wall, visit the Jewish Quarter and more.
Explore Traditional Cretan Villages
A day trip packs a punch, bringing history, culture and delicious flavors. You’ll head out with your own private driver/ guide who will share local knowledge as you visit a traditional Cretan villages, a Byzantine church and Aptera archaeological site. You’ll get to taste the popular Cretan aperitif, raki, and hang out with the locals while enjoying lunch in a kafeneio, a traditional Greek coffeehouse, too.
Crete off the beaten path
Explore areas most visitors to Crete never get to see on a full-day guided tour. You’ll travel remote roads in the island’s Rethymno region, visiting beaches, witnessing gorges and palm forests while someone else does the driving. Or visit an old Mitato, a shepherd’s farm in Crete, and learn how to make cheese. Marvel at the Kourtaliotiko and Prasses gorges, and visit traditional villages, enjoy an authentic Cretan lunch!
Discover secluded beaches on boat
Embark on a private four- to six-hour boat trip to discover Crete and the surrounding islands on this exciting tour that stops at beautiful Seitan Limania Beach, a remote stretch of sands, set in a secluded cove surrounded by rock formations, ideal for a tranquil swim in the crystal-clear blue waters. You’ll stop at Katholiko Monastery too, one of the oldest on Crete.
Cooking Class & Wine Tasting
Delve into Crete’s best flavors with a cooking class, winery tour and tasting. Learn all about the island’s cuisine, discovering popular ingredients and recipes. Enjoy that delicious fare complimented by a perfect Cretan wine!
Santorini oozes romance, one of the reasons it’s so popular for honeymoons and all sorts of romantic escapes, though it’s on or near the top of just about every travelers’ bucket list. Stepping off the ferry you might think that you’ve stepped into a dream, with the endless whitewashed buildings adorned with blue doors and shutters, creating a breathtaking palette that reflects the sea and the sky, built into rugged cliffs that slope down to the glistening waters below. It’s all about jaw-dropping views, which can be found just about everywhere on this crescent-shaped outcrop.
On the island’s northern tip at Oia, churches, hotels, and homes spill down rock walls, creating one of the planet’s most stunning backdrops, though the scenery at sea level is just as impressive. While Santorini may not have many white sand beaches for lounging on, it does boast some of the most unique stretches on the planet, like Red Beach, where the cliffs with their fiery-red hue are turned into crimson sand at the bottom and framed by dazzling cerulean water. Of course, Santorini is well known for its black sand beaches like Perivolos and Perissa and Perivolos, but it also offers several beaches with white sand as well. Wine enthusiasts can take advantage of fine local wine which is especially high quality due to the land’s volcanic elements. It flows almost as freely as the hot springs near the volcano, with vineyards and wineries dotted across the island, including Boutari Winery, established back in 1879.
Experiences in Santorini
E bike Tours
Explore the hidden island of Thirassia just 1 nautical mile away from Santorini. Get on your electric bike on this fun half-day tour that will bring you to some of the island’s most impressive spots to see the sunset away from the crowds and a spectacular view to Santorini! Let your bike do all the work for you as you discover hidden treasures most tourists don’t get to see, ride alongside the caldera, and enjoy a guided tour on one of the most secluded destinations in Cyclades.
Santorini Wine Tasting
Wine enthusiasts can enjoy the highlights of Santorini as well as the opportunity to sample the island’s fine wine on this small group tour. You’ll get to visit the breathtaking village of Oia, Pyrgos and Megalochori, soak up the views from Prophet Elias Monastery and enjoy a wine tasting featuring local varietals at a picturesque winery that overlooks the dramatic caldera.
Catamaran day cruise
Sailing around Santorini provides a stunning perspective of one of the world’s most unique and beautiful islands. This tour will bring you along its shores a luxury catamaran, with a stop to soak in natural hot springs and a visit both the White and Red beaches for a swim. While you have fun, the crew will prepare a BBQ feast that will be enjoyed with local white wine and cocktails.
Cooking Class & Wine
A favorite among food enthusiasts, enjoy a unique cooking experience in a traditional cave house on Santorini. You’ll be immersed into the local culinary traditions as you learn how to prepare traditional dishes with hands-on-instruction from your guide. Afterwards, enjoy the meal you helped to make paired with wine, Greek coffee and dessert on a beautiful terrace. You’ll even get to take home some recipes.
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