The Culture of Crete

Chania, Rethymnon, Knossos & Heraklion

This 8-day tour explores Crete’s bewitching scenery and rich history. Crete was ruled by a number of great powers down through the years from the Minoans to the Byzantine and the Romans and Ottomans. It is the largest of the Greek islands. The culture of this island is sure to capture your heart and mind!


  • Visit the archaeological sites of Knossos including the Palace of Knossos and a local winery followed by a trip
  • Explore Heraklion city with a visit to the local winery
  • Enjoy a city tour of Chania, The Orthodox Academy of Crete, Gonia Monastery and the Holy Trinity Monastery
  • Visit the Monastery of Arkadi, the old town of Rethymnon and Lake Kournas

What is Included

  • Return direct flights Dublin/Chania
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Return airport transfers
  • Hand luggage (max 10 kg)
  • 7 nights accommodation – half board basis
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • English speaking Tour Guide

What is Not Included

  • Travel Insurance €38.00 (+ 66 years - double premium)
  • Single room supplement €329.00 for the duration of stay
  • Sea view supplement €25.00 per room per night
  • Checked in luggage
  • City tax payable on arrival at the hotel €4.00 per room per night

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Dublin to Crete

Depart Dublin on a direct flight to Chania Airport. Meet & greet and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - Chania, The Orthodox Academy of Crete, Gonia and the Holy Trinity Monasteries

After breakfast depart on tour of Chania with its Venetian walls, narrow streets and Turkish buildings. Continue to the Orthodox Academy and Gonia Monastery. Afterwards visit Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) Monastery, one of the most impressive monasteries in Crete due to its scale and Venetian architecture. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 3 - Free day

Breakfast at your hotel. Today is free to explore the region at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 4 - Arkadi, Rethymnon and Lake Kournas

Breakfast in hotel. Start today with a visit to the Monastery of Arkadi – a national Cretan shrine. During the rebellion of 1866 against the Turks the monastery was used as a refuge for Cretan insurgents. The defiant defence of this fortress-like monastery during rebellion is legendary and inspirational. Continue to the old picturesque town of Rethymnon on the Venetian harbour. The old and the modern combine to make this a colourful and buzzing town. Before returning to the hotel stop at Lake Kournas – the only freshwater lake in Crete. Kournas village is perched on a hill overlooking the lake. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 - Free day

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time for shopping and sightseeing at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 6 - Knossos, local winery & Heraklion

Breakfast at hotel. Depart for the Palace of Knossos, the most famous attraction in Crete. Journey back 5,000 years into the myths and legends of the oldest civilisation in Europe – the Minoan. The palace is a maze of workrooms, living spaces and store rooms close to a central square where detailed images of Cretan life in the late Bronze Age are visible on the walls. After Knossos visit a local winery and continue to Heraklion, the largest city in Crete. Here you will visit the old Market Street and soak up the atmosphere and buzz of the city. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 - Free day

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time for shopping and sightseeing at your leisure. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 8 - Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time in Chania before transfer to the Airport for departure. Flight home to Dublin.


Cretan Dream Royal Hotel, Stalos

Located on a small hill in Kato Stalos, this beachfront hotel is approx. 7 km from the centre of Chania. All its 80 soundproofed rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and have WiFi. It has 2 swimming pools, restaurant and bar.

Proposed Flights


From / To

Departure Time

Arrival Time



14.45 hrs.

21.15 hrs.



21.40 hrs.

00.30 hrs.

(Flight times are subject to change)

Dates & Prices

Start Date

End Date

Price PPS

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Wednesday 24 April 2019


Wednesday 15 May

Wednesday 22 May


Wednesday 25 September

Wednesday 02 October


Wednesday 16 October

Wednesday 23 October


Important Information

  • April to October is an excellent time to visit Crete

How to reserve a place(s): a completed booking form with deposit of €250.00 (+ cost of insurance if required) per person - payment by cash/cheque/debit or credit card - should be sent directly to MAP Travel. The balance will be due 10 weeks prior to departure - payment by cash/cheque or debit card only.

In conjunction with GTI