Crete self drive vacation, Greece
A ten day, tailor made, fly drive vacation around Crete. Staying in a variety of small, family run hotels, with a good combination of mountain and coast.
Heraklion Knossos Agios Nikolaos Ierapetra Gournia Aghia Galini Myrtos Phaistos Gortis Matala Rouvas Gorge Mount Ida Kourtaliotiko Gorge Preveli Plakias Rethymnon White Mountains
£615To£795 excluding flights
Package price includes: * 10 days car hire (group B with a/c) * 9 nights accommodation on BB basis * All local taxes * Information pack * Local assistance services Available April to October or with some modifications during winter.
Description of Crete self drive vacation, Greece
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
1 Reviews of Crete self drive vacation, Greece
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 08 May 2022 by Margaret McCulloch
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Visiting the different archeological sites and the Archeological Museum in Heraklion, which was one of the main reasons I have always wanted to go to Crete.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Make the most of the tips for driving routes and sight-seeing along the way provided by he operator. Don't leave your toilet bag in the hotel - we were fortunate that a member of the hotel staff caught up with us at our next destination and handed it over - what great service!
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Only one of our hotels was part of a large chain; they were all run by local people, as far as we could ascertain. We ate all our meals in local restaurants, and this was all based on local produce which I love. The tourist trade is certainly a major part of the Cretan economy and many restaurant owners and hotel staff commented on their hopes that this year would be better for them.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe have chosen to include places to stay where there is greater opportunity for you to interact with the local people, to practice the local language and to minimise your carbon footprint. The small hotels we offer use predominantly local produce in the preparation of meals, reducing the foodmiles and carbon footprint associated with larger hotels.
Our local agency specialises in sustainable adventure and wildlife vacations in Greece. They offer diverse travel packages that allow for flexibility, affordability and variety. Our aim is to promote ecotourism and sustainable adventure vacations at the same time as providing a unique travel experience and allowing you to enjoy the fantastic nature and scenery of this part of Greece, a world away from busy tourist resorts. All staff have a wide knowledge of local areas that you visit during the trips and, most importantly, they know how to protect them.
We strongly believe in the need to protect and enhance the places we travel to, and in the potential of responsible tourism, to be a positive force in environmental and cultural conservation.
As a company we employ responsible policies such as recycling paper, ink cartridges, glass and cardboard; we minimise the use of electricity and conducting the vast majority of our correspondence and promotion via the internet and email, minimizing the amount of paper used for our activities. We also compost waste in our company garden.
PeopleAccommodation on this vacation is in primarily, family run, small hotels. The food served in the hotels is sourced locally and a large number of dishes on the menus are home made. We encourage you to employ local guides in places where their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and on the environmental impact of your visit.
As well as supporting the local community and economy directly, our vacations also encourage support indirectly. As this is a self-drive vacation, visitors can access towns and villages which are off the beaten track, thereby supporting smaller local economies outside of the main towns and resorts of the north coast. Greater interaction with local people and local tourist service providers leads to greater understanding and respect which, almost always leads to better tourist and local relations.
100% of our guides and drivers in Greece are local people. We firmly believe that a local licensed guide can offer more insight into the countryside and region as a whole as well as enhancing the local economy. Their expertise and local knowledge will enhance your experience and understanding of the historical context and the environmental impact of your visit. This is preferable, in our opinion, than sending a guide from another country or even from elsewhere in Greece.