Crete’s Beautiful West

8 Days from £899 | October 899

Western Crete, with its beautiful land and seascapes, tranquil countryside and mountain vistas, is a delightful holiday destination. You’ll enjoy an included trip to Chania and Souda Bay on the north coast. Another trip takes you inland to a winery and an olive oil farm, while on a tour to the south-west coast you’ll see the Chrisoskalitissa Convent and the amazing beach at Elafonissi. Your holiday base is the seaside resort of Platanias near Chania.

Crete’s Beautiful West

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 87%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Platanias
  • Walking tour of Chania
  • Visit to Souda Bay WWII cemetery and Roman Aptera
  • Excursion to the Gonias Monastery and olive oil and wine tasting
  • Tour to the West Coast

Day One: Flight to Chania. 40-minute transfer to your hotel in Platanias for seven nights half board accommodation.

Day Two: At leisure in Platanias. Seven miles west of Chania, Platanias is a busy resort with a long beach, small harbour and interesting old quarter with fine views over the coast.

Days Three to Seven: There are three included excursions.

Chania, Souda Bay & Aptera: The tour starts with a 30-minute drive east to the ancient village of Aptera. The site has been occupied for nearly 3,500 years and there are remains of a Roman theatre, 12th­century monastery and an Ottoman fortress. There are wonderful views across Souda Bay where you head next for a short visit to the Allied War Cemetery on the water’s edge, final resting place for 1,500 casualties of the Battle of Crete in 1941. You then continue to Chania for a tour of Crete’s most pleasant city. During a guided walking tour you see the covered market, the Venetian harbour with its Turkish mosque, and the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim quarters of the city.

You then have free time for lunch before returning to Platanias in the early afternoon. Or you can stay on in Chania and make your way back on the local bus. Just 34 miles on the coach today.

Gonias Monastery, Olive Oil and Wine: Your first visit is a guided tour of the fortified Gonias Monastery in an ideal spot at the foot of the Rhodopos Peninsula. Within the walled complex are monks’ cells, refectory and stores, and a superb collection of icons in the church. Inland from here is the Vouves olive tree. Estimated to be 4,000 years old, it still bears fruit and has its own museum! From this ancient spot you continue to a modern olive oil and wine estate for a tour and tasting. You have free time for lunch in the pleasant coastal village of Kolymbari before returning to Platanias. 35 miles today.

west along the coast, you turn inland and follow the mountain road to Polyrenia from where there are panoramic views down to the sea. Now it’s just a small village, but you will see scattered ruins which are evidence of the former importance of the ancient city of Polyrenia from the Dorian period through to Roman times. From here your route takes you through green, lush but spectacular scenery through the Topolia Gorge, and over the mountains down to the white-painted Chrisoskalitissa Convent perched on a 120 ft rock above the Libyan Sea. Its name means ‘golden-stepped’, and if you can manage the 98 steps to the top you will be rewarded with a fabulous view. It’s then just a ten-minute drive to the pink sand of Elafonissi where you have free time to grab a snack and wade in the lagoon. 100 miles today.

During your free time, you can take the regular bus into Chania, join an optional excursion, or just spend time in Platanias.

Day Eight: Free time until your departure for the airport for your return 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.

Crete’s Beautiful West

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 87%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

PORTO PLATANIAS VILLAGE RESORT ****, Platanias (seven nights)
The hotel is located in the centre of the cosmopolitan village of Platanias. Recently renovated, accommodation is in two- and three-storey buildings. Rooms have kitchenette with kettle, coffee-maker and fridge, a marble bathroom with shower and a hairdryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite colour TV, direct dial telephone, and balcony or veranda. The hotel has an outdoor pool, restaurant and pool bar. The beach is a 5-minute walk away and can be accessed through the Village Resort’s sister hotel across the road whose facilities (some at a charge) are also available for use by Village Resort guests. (              
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 85%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Escorted Holiday - Crete’s Beautiful West
Holiday code: 7CHN
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £140
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

BirminghamTue 08/10/20198Ryanair15302359Places Available899Chania14050BHX17CHNA3

BristolTue 08/10/20198Thomson14302325Places Available939Chania14050BRS17CHNA3

Leeds-BradfordTue 08/10/20198Ryanair07001540Places Available899Chania14050LBA17CHNA3

London GatwickTue 08/10/20198Easyjet08001640Places Available899Chania14050LGW17CHNA3

ManchesterTue 08/10/20198Ryanair13552250Places Available899Chania14050MAN17CHNA3

StanstedTue 08/10/20198Jet206001500Places Available939Chania14050STN17CHNA3

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 22/04/2019 at 5:47:06

This is a new holiday. Comments below arise from other holidays we have operated to Crete.


Wonderful holiday! Excellent hotels. Good facilities and food - both in excellent position. The Cretan people employed are wonderful, pleasant, friendly and willing. From the representative who met us at the airport to the wonderful coach driver who drove us so safely and expertly and our amazing Tour Guide whose knowledge and love of her Cretan culture helped immerse us in all things Cretan. How she managed to remember and impart so much knowledge in a totally Impeccable English accent, was truly incredible. Gratitude is well deserved.

Miss C, Merseyside

Had a wonderful holiday with unforgettable experiences and sights.

Mrs C, Leeds

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, our Tour Director’s knowledge of all things Cretan is exceptional. History, Geography, Flora and Fauna, etc – she was MOST informative. We leave knowing a great deal more than when we arrived. Mr & Mrs E, Roxburghshire.

Mrs E, Roxburgh

I thought you might like to know what we thought of our recent holiday in Crete with your company…… Wonderful! This is our third holiday with you and we have enjoyed them all equally. Could I mention our infallible guide, whose knowledge was so entertaining.

Mrs H, Neath

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