A Week In Crete – No Single Supplement

8 Days from £949 | September, May 949

This is a truly ‘laid-back’ holiday in Crete but with just the right amount of included visits to give you a flavour of what this ‘fabulous’ island, steeped as it is in Greek Mythology and ancient history, has to offer. From your holiday base in Gouves, you have two included day tours allowing you to really discover the wonderful history of the oldest civilisation in Europe and the truly beautiful landscapes of this island. The Minoan Palace of Knossos, the open-air museum at Lychnostatis, wine tasting, an introduction to Cretan cooking – these are just a few of the highlights for you to enjoy. And when you’re not appreciating the magnificent Cretan countryside there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities of your four-star hotel in Gouves.

Extend your holiday – extra week at the Astir Beach Hotel.

A WALKING HOLIDAY is also available from this hotel. Please ask for a copy of our Walking Holidays brochure or download one at preferredts.com.

A Week In Crete – No Single Supplement

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 88%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Gouves in double rooms for single occupancy
  • Tour of Northern Crete countryside
  • Traditional Crete and cooking excursion

Day One: Flight to Heraklion, short transfer to your hotel for seven nights half board accommodation in the resort of Gouves.

Days Two to Seven: Free in Gouves with two included tours.

The Northern Crete Countryside. An excursion with a visit to Knossos and wine-tasting! During this tour, you will be taken back 4.000 years to the time of the oldest civilisation in Europe. The Minoan Palace of Knossos, the centre of the Minoan Civilisation, will leave you breathless as you wonder over the technology and facilities of that period. Then experience a wonderful drive through the island’s hilly countryside where the olive groves, orchards and vineyards have changed little since Minoan times, before arriving at a local wine producer to learn about winemaking and taste local wines. There is free time for lunch and to see the day to day life in the traditional village of Skalani. 44 miles today.

Traditional Crete and cooking! After breakfast, you visit the open-air museum at Lychnostatis which offers an insight into authentic Cretan life. In a guided tour you will marvel at the Cretan architecture and the old traditional lifestyle. You can stroll in the gardens and admire the fruit trees and the bright coloured flowers. You then travel to a mountain village for an introduction to Cretan cooking and learn to prepare some Cretan specialities in the local style. As a reward for your efforts, lunch is included today! If you prefer to leave all your cooking skills at home and not participate in the cooking workshop, the surroundings are ideal for walking or a sit-down in a coffee house in the village and meet the locals. 32 miles today.

As well as the included tours there will be a full-day optional tour showcasing the history, culture and way of life, both in the mountains and along the coast. You drive west to the village of Tylissos where a short walk leads to the excavations of the Minoan settlement with beautiful views over the vineyards to the mountains. After a guided tour here, you continue by coach 2500ft up the slope of Mt. Psiloritis to the market town of Anogia for a short visit. Next stop is the Sfedoni Cave. A guided walking tour (270m) in this impressive cave reveals countless stalagmites and stalactites with a variety of shapes and colours in the labyrinthine chambers of the cave.

Another optional tour takes you to Southern Crete and the outskirts of Mount Ida. In the village of Assites you discover an ancient technique, while in Gortys, the Roman capital and stepping stone between East and West, you see the famous law stones and the amphitheatre. In the coastal village of Matala, once the place to be for hippies, you may enjoy a refreshing swim in the Libyan Sea or a leisurely Cretan lunch at a beach tavern.

Day Eight: Free time until departure for the airport and your flight home.

Please note: there is a local tourist tax of 3 euros per room per night. It is not included in the price of your holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.

A Week In Crete – No Single Supplement

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 88%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL ASTIR BEACH****, Kato Gouves (seven nights)
The hotel is situated on the beach in Kato Gouves on the north coast, 10 miles from Heraklion airport. Major refurbishment of the public areas including the restaurant, lobby bar, and terrace took place in 2018 along with the addition of two more swimming pools. The hotel is modern in style and has a reception area, lounge with satellite tv, bar, spacious restaurant/dining room, two elevators, a pool bar, a snack bar, and a mini market. All of the 179 rooms are equipped with bath or shower/wc, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, safe box (weekly charge), radio, satellite tv, mini-fridge and balcony or terrace. Sea view rooms are available at a supplement. In the hotel grounds, you will find a large sun terrace and two adult and one children’s freshwater swimming pools. Sporting facilities include table tennis and minigolf. There is also a gym and spa centre with steam bath, sauna, and whirlpool. Free wifi in the public areas and rooms, chargeable LAN access in the bedrooms. (www.astirbeach.gr)  
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 82%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - A Week In Crete – No Single Supplement
Holiday code: 7SHE
Supplements per person:
Single Room: No supplement
Single Room Sea View: £50
Twin/double Sea View: £50
Extra week: £400
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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BirminghamTue 12/05/20208Thomas Cook13452250Places Available989Heraklion037BHX17SHEAB

BirminghamTue 15/09/20208Thomas Cook13452250Places Available1039Heraklion050BHX17SHEC3

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GlasgowTue 17/09/20198Thomson07051715On request1009Heraklion0 (on request)4GLA17SHEC2

GlasgowTue 12/05/20208Thomson07051715Places Available989Heraklion037GLA17SHEAB

GlasgowTue 15/09/20208Thomson07051715Places Available1039Heraklion050GLA17SHEC3

Leeds-BradfordTue 12/05/20208Jet206101550Places Available989Heraklion037LBA17SHEAB

Leeds-BradfordTue 15/09/20208Jet206101550Places Available1039Heraklion050LBA17SHEC3

London GatwickTue 17/09/20198Easyjet07101600On request969Heraklion0 (on request)4LGW17SHEC2

London GatwickTue 12/05/20208Easyjet07101600Places Available949Heraklion037LGW17SHEAB

London GatwickTue 15/09/20208Easyjet07101600Places Available999Heraklion050LGW17SHEC3

ManchesterTue 17/09/20198Easyjet13452300On request969Heraklion0 (on request)4MAN17SHEC2

ManchesterTue 12/05/20208Easyjet13452300Places Available949Heraklion037MAN17SHEAB

ManchesterTue 15/09/20208Easyjet13452300Places Available999Heraklion050MAN17SHEC3

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NewcastleTue 12/05/20208Jet215250115Places Available989Heraklion037NCL17SHEAB

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StanstedTue 12/05/20208Jet206001510Places Available989Heraklion037STN17SHEAB

StanstedTue 15/09/20208Jet206001510Places Available1039Heraklion050STN17SHEC3

Prices shown include carriage of one piece of hold luggage per person (maximum size and weights vary). Prices include return transfers between airport and hotel and are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms. Please refer to 'Accommodation' for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. All flight details are provisional and subject to confirmation when known. All holidays are subject to minimum numbers and are subject to availability. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 15/09/2019 at 23:47:08

I would like to express my thanks for a splendid holiday. Much of the credit must go to our tour manager she really made the holiday for all members of our group by her knowledge of all aspects of Crete which she explained so well. She took us to so many interesting places. Our driver handled the coach with great skill on some incredible roads. Flights, transfers, hotel, food and weather all splendid.

Mr C, Vale of Glamorgan

I decided not to go on the walking but on the escorted tours instead. I am very happy with how easy it was to swap and still be with my friend\travelling companion, for the coach journeys on each occasion. I would also like to express my delight and admiration for the guide\holiday rep. Joanna, was exceptional and made a good holiday brilliant! Her knowledge, dedication and compassion and patience (and sense of humour) are superb! A thoroughly enjoyable holiday, really well organised from start to finish – thank you!

Mrs F, Staffordshire

An excellent holiday all round. There should be a '6' for very excellent!! The TD was a walking encyclopedia with incredible knowledge of Crete and its history. Thank you.

Mr P, Weston-super-Mare

This has been our first ‘Guided’ holiday and I don’t think it will be the last. Preferred Travel Services had planned a varied and very interesting week. We’ve seen far more of Crete than we would have by travelling alone. Well done PTS!

Mrs G, Derby

Joanna was a brilliant guide. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Friendly, patient, nothing was too much trouble. I've had a wonderful holiday and it was a refreshing change to have a good holiday without paying a single supplement. Please could we have more holidays like this.

Mrs C, Yorkshire

Joanna was excellent.

Ms R, S. Wales

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