The Ancient History & Heritage of Crete

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Fodele Beach

Scheduled flight to Heraklion from your preferred airport – transfer with our professional guide in our private executive coach to the 4* Fodele Beach Resort on the island’s north coast.

Day 2 – Rethymnon & Fortezza Fortress

A guided tour through the old town of Rethymnon with its wonderful old Venetian buildings and maze of attractive narrow streets includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum displaying exhibits from the Neolithic to Roman eras – Fortezza Fortress on Paleokastro Hill on the west side of the city was built between 1573 and 1580 by the Venetians to protect the citizens from the Turkish threat – rest of the day at leisure in Rethymnon.

Day 3 – Minoan Tombs of Armeni, Palace of Phaistos & Royal Villa at Agia Triada

A full day focusing on the Minoan era today – at the Minoan Tombs of Armeni there are over 200 chamber tombs and one tholos tomb scattered through an olive grove – built on the most spectacular setting of all palaces in Crete, high on a dramatic hill overlooking the entire Messara plain, the Palace of Phaistos, the second largest palace of Crete after Knossos, was destroyed three times before it was rebuilt on the ruins of the old buildings in 1700 BC – the ruins of the Royal Villa at Agia Triada dating back to around 1600 BC were first excavated in 1902 and are believed to be the summer residence of the King of Phaistos.

Day 4 – Aptera & Chania

Heading to the west of the island, we focus on the history of the Roman, Hellenistic, Venetian and Byzantine eras – the extensive ruins of the Roman and Hellenistic site of Aptera offer spectacular views over the bay of Souda – continue to the harbour town of Chania, built on the ruins of ancient Kydonia, which according to mythology was founded by King Kydon.

Day 5 – Melidoni Cave & Eleutherna

Melidoni Cave has been inhabited almost continuously since the Stone Age, and during Minoan times the cave was used for religious ceremonies – travel through the region of Eleutherna, considered to be one of the most important and largest ancient areas in Crete – afternoon is at leisure in our hotel.

Day 6 – Knossos & Heraklion Archaeological Museum

The most famous of the Minoan palaces on the island, Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete, as it is grander, more complex and more flamboyant than any of the other palaces on the island and was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a Neolithic settlement some time in the 7th millennium BC and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization – Heraklion Archaeological Museum, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, houses artefacts from all the periods of Cretan prehistory and history, covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years from the Neolithic period to Roman times.

Day 7 – Monastery of Arkadi

It is thought that the first fortified group of buildings of the Byzantine Monastery of Arkadi, one of the most important centres of the Cretan resistance during the years of the Turkish occupation, was built in the 14th century BC by a monk named Arcadios and the church which stands in the middle of the fortification enclosure was built in 1587 and boasts a magnificent Baroque frontage – transfer to Heraklion Airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

4* hotel

Half board accommodation

All entrance fees included 

All excursions & guided tours included

Professional local guide

Scheduled flights to Heraklion

Executive coach in Crete

One free place per 15 paying passengers


Fortezza Fortress

Minoan Tombs of Armeni

Palace of Phaistos

Royal Villa of Agia Triada



Melidoni Cave Eleutherna


Heraklion Archaeological Museum

Monastery of Arkadi


Six nights on half board basis at the 4* Fodele Beach Resort Hotel at Fodele Beach on the north coast of Crete. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool and all rooms are en suite.

Tailor-make this tour

Remember that this tour is just our suggestion to provide inspiration and whet your appetite. Every one of our tours is tailor made exclusively for your group and your group alone. So if you like the look of this tour but want to alter it to suit your group, that’s fine. Tell us how you want to change it and we’ll send you a proposal that meets the exact requirements for your group tour. Then, combining our experience with your understanding of the profile and interests of your members, together we can fine tune the itinerary so that you get the perfect tour at the right price for your group.

Tour Reviews

Reviews for The Ancient History & Heritage of Crete

Date of tour: May 2018

Just returned from a truly wonderful holiday. Crete is a beautiful and fascinating island and Tailored Travel came up trumps again. Our 5* hotel was beyond our expectations and within easy reach of a large sandy bay, surrounded by mountains. Most of us had patios and private pools! Our Greek guide was lovely, considerate and very knowledgeable about ancient archaeology and flora and fauna. She found some lovely places for our coffee and lunch breaks, usually overlooking stunning scenery. Our coach driver owned the coach and drove very carefully. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Thank you for setting this up for us.

JT, Farningham

Date of tour: April 2017

We were very happy with Tailored Travel. Your help and guidance with the itinerary, advice on accommodation and the provision of an excellent guide all ensured that the trip to Crete was a great success.

DT, Tonbridge

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor this tour
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Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 3* or 5* hotel
  • with less dinners included
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
for your group