Crete, Gouves – No Single Supplement

8 Days from £1019 | September, May 1019

From your holiday base in Gouves you have three included full day tours with guided walks allowing you to really discover the beauty and variety of Northern Crete. The scenic Kounavi Gorge, the open-air museum at Lychnostatis, wine tasting, the amazing views on Mount Ida – these are just a few of the highlights for you to enjoy. And when you’re not appreciating the magnificent Cretan countryside on a guided walk there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities of your four-star hotel in Gouves.

Extend your holiday – extra week’s stay available in the Astir Beach Hotel.

Crete, Gouves – No Single Supplement

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 90%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb in Crete
  • Three varied guided walks
  • No single room supplement

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 three tours with guided walks.

Walk 1: Traditional Crete. After breakfast, you visit the open-air museum at Lychnostatis, which offers an insight into authentic Cretan life. In a guided tour through the compound, you can marvel at Cretan architecture and the old traditional lifestyle. You then travel into the Mount Dicti area where your guided walk starts near the village of Kera. The walk covers fertile ground between thousands of olive trees, with splendid views of the mountain peaks, and passes a monastery before reaching the Aposelemis dam. You then have lunch in a Cretan mountain tavern with produce from its own garden. The walk is approximately 5.5 miles with ascents/descents of 140m/140m. The day’s tour includes a total of 32 miles by coach.

Walk 2: Mount Ida – the East slope. A scenic drive along olive groves and vineyards brings you to the east slope of Mount Ida, Crete’s highest mountain. The walk starts near the village of Assites, set in an agriculture region. During the walk, you visit a ceramic workshop and the Antonios church from where there is a spectacular view of the narrow gorge. The walk is mostly downhill over dirt roads and paths between olive trees and vineyards. The walk ends in the village of Dafnes where you have a wine tasting. The walk is approximately 6 miles, with ascents/descents of 150m/390m. The day’s tour includes a total of 44 miles by coach.

Walk 3: The Northern Crete Countryside. After breakfast, meet your local walking guide and depart for an introductory tour of Northern Crete and its countryside. When you get to the vineyards around the villages of Skalani and Mirtia your walk starts through the Kounavi Gorge. A scenic path goes along and over a stream through lush vegetation and abundant wildflowers and then continues through olive groves and vineyards. Short coach transfer to the traditional village of Skalani where you have free time for lunch. The guided walk through the Kounavi Gorge is approximately 5 miles with ascents/descents of 120m/340m. The day’s tour includes a total of 46 miles by coach.

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.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until departure for the airport and your flight home.

Extend your holiday – extra week available at Astir Beach.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, it is featured in our Escorted Holidays brochure with a touring programme.

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, Gouves – No Single Supplement

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 90%
* 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. (  
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 85%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - Crete, Gouves – No Single Supplement
Holiday code: 7WSH
Supplements per person:
Single Room: No supplement
Single Room Sea View: £50
Twin/double Sea View: £50
Travel Insurance: £59.95
Travel Insurance - Extra Week: £20
Extra week: £400 - £440
Supplements on some holidays vary by departure date - the applicable price will be shown when booking.

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BirminghamTue 15/09/20208Thomson15150025Places Available1059Heraklion040BHX17WSHC3

BristolTue 15/09/20208Thomson13502330Places Available1059Heraklion040BRS17WSHC3

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CardiffTue 11/05/20218Thomson14302345Places Available1109Heraklion041CWL17WSH92

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East MidlandsTue 15/09/20208Jet215300055Places Available1059Heraklion040EMA17WSHC3

East MidlandsTue 11/05/20218Jet215300055Places Available1109Heraklion041EMA17WSH92

EdinburghTue 15/09/20208Easyjet15350120Places Available1019Heraklion040EDI17WSHC3

EdinburghTue 11/05/20218Easyjet15350120Places Available1069Heraklion041EDI17WSH92

ExeterTue 15/09/20208Thomson14052325Places Available1059Heraklion040EXT17WSHC3

ExeterTue 11/05/20218Thomson14052325Places Available1109Heraklion041EXT17WSH92

GlasgowTue 15/09/20208Thomson07051715Places Available1059Heraklion040GLA17WSHC3

GlasgowTue 11/05/20218Thomson07051715Places Available1109Heraklion041GLA17WSH92

Leeds-BradfordTue 15/09/20208Jet206101550Places Available1059Heraklion040LBA17WSHC3

Leeds-BradfordTue 11/05/20218Jet206101550Places Available1109Heraklion041LBA17WSH92

London GatwickTue 15/09/20208Easyjet07101600Places Available1019Heraklion040LGW17WSHC3

London GatwickTue 11/05/20218Easyjet07101600Places Available1069Heraklion041LGW17WSH92

ManchesterTue 15/09/20208Easyjet13452300Places Available1019Heraklion040MAN17WSHC3

ManchesterTue 11/05/20218Easyjet13452300Places Available1069Heraklion041MAN17WSH92

NewcastleTue 15/09/20208Jet215250115Places Available1059Heraklion040NCL17WSHC3

NewcastleTue 11/05/20218Jet214002345Places Available1109Heraklion041NCL17WSH92

StanstedTue 15/09/20208Jet206001510Places Available1059Heraklion040STN17WSHC3

StanstedTue 11/05/20218Jet206001510Places Available1109Heraklion041STN17WSH92

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 15/08/2020 at 20:47:06

Well organised with excellent optional trips available. Preferred Travel Services Representative, Walking guide and Coach Driver first class - no complaints. Well done Preferred Travel Services.

Mr L, Cardiff

A wonderful holiday. The hotel and staff were brilliant and the whole week was run very efficiently. Everyone I spoke to on the walks really enjoyed them. I must praise the guides and the driver who were excellent but our Tour Director was outstanding – informative, patient, available and thoroughly professional throughout. This was my third enjoyable holiday with Preferred Travel Services and I look forward to booking my next one.

Mr H, E Yorkshire

I have given the walking guides 5 as they were excellent with warm customer care skills.

Mr O, South Wales

Through poor health 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, Staffs.

TD was exceptional, efficient, caring and knowledgeable. Driver was excellent.

Mr H, Hull

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.

Mr C, Glamorgan

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