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Crete & Santorini

Experience the best of Crete and Santorini in Greece curated by Luxe Tribes!

  • From
    2950
    per person
  • 8
    days
  • 7
    nights
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Overview

Bringing you the best of Crete and Santorini, Greece

Any time of year is a great time to travel to Crete and Santorini for a variety of reasons. The biggest Greek island features a temperate climate, immaculate beaches, fantastic dining and wine options, hundreds of ancient ruins, magnificent scenery and hiking trails, and a wild nightlife. Despite being Greece’s largest island, it has a distinct history and culture. Crete can require more than one visit.

This package is perfect for:

  • Solo travel
  • Couples Getaway
  • Family getaways

Top highlights

Explore the most beautiful places in Crete & Santorini

Details

Sample itinerary

We have curated the perfect Greek getaway with all of the highlights of the island.

Please note this is a sample itinerary and your actual itinerary would be adjusted based on your selected activities, dates of travel and of course your travel style!

Day 1
Welcome to Greece!

You will arrive at Chania International Airport Ioannis Daskalogiannis (CHQ) and private transportation will take you to your luxury hotel where you can rest and relax. Get settled before the adventurous second day.

Day 2
 The Exotic Private Tour Of Elafonisi Beach

We will discover one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Greece in the southwestern part of the island on this tour. Elafonisi is a small island, so close to the beach that one can walk there. The crystal clear turquoise shallow waters combined with the thin white and coral-red sand create a landscape of exceptional beauty!

The route to Elafonisi won’t leave you disappointed. The pick up is from your hotel’s lobby. Driving through small traditional villages and crossing the Topolian gorge longwise, we reach our first stop. The cave of Agia Sofia, a beautiful natural monument with stalactites, stalagmites and a small chapel at its entrance, will take your breath away.

The next destination is Elafonisi! After reaching the beach, you are free to relax and enjoy the lovely scenery surrounding you. You can stay at the beach for three hours. On the way back, there will be an optional stop at the village Elos, where you get the chance to dine in the traditional tavern and taste delicious Cretan dishes. Finally, heading back to your hotel, the trip has come to its end, leaving you completely surprised and satisfied!

Day 3
Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour & The Ultimate Food Tour Of Chania Villages

In the Morning: This will be an unforgettable tasting day for you and your friends exploring the mainland of Chania and discovering the non-touristic locations of Apokoronas province. In a few hours, you’ll have the chance to meet the local producers and taste the pure and authentic delicacies of Crete.

The tour will start from a local olive mill where you will observe the olive oil production and learn the secrets of the finest quality of olive oil, the extra virgin one. Analytic descriptions will make you understand everything about olive oil from harvesting to your palate—exquisite tastes and flavours. Then, leaving the olive mill, you will get in touch with “Tsikoudia” or “Raki” production, the most famous Cretan spirit, by visiting a local distillery in a traditional village. The old conventional distillery tour and the new professional one will give you an idea about “holy water’s” production, and a tasting will follow.

Through a fantastic route passing by villages of the province, you will arrive in the White mountains’ foothills. In the village of Embrosneros, you will first stop in a bakery to taste the local bread, cookies & biscuits and then to a traditional cheese factory. The secrets of “Graviera”, “Anthotiros” and “Mizithra” cheese will be revealed in front of your eyes. After explaining each cheese’s production, you will taste them combined with local honey and rusk (dry bread).

The last stop will be in a local coffee shop (“Kafeneio”), where the Cretans are also enjoying meals. Incredible flavours and traditional recipes are waiting for you in the charming square of the village of Fres. The traditional lunch will introduce you to many elements of Cretan cuisine and gastronomy. People say that taste is our best sense. After this tour, your tasting memory will be increased and full of new flavours!

In the Evening: Behold the Minoan Crete wonders on this Trikke tour of the Chania Old Town and the Venetian Harbour. With a local escort, start the ride and discover the most beautiful buildings and monuments. Visit each neighbourhood of the old town like Topanas, Kasteli, Kolombo. Admire unique architecture buildings like the famous lighthouse, the Yiali Mosque, the Dry Docks and the Grand Arsenal. Then, stroll to Splantzia square and the biggest church in Crete, St Nicolas, stopping at religious monuments such as the Catholic Church, the Ottoman Minaret, the Jewish Synagogue and many other Venetian and Byzantine sites. Absorb sweeping panoramas of the city below and learn about the ancient Minoan city, Kydonia ruins, as well as excavation efforts from the information tablets.

The 3-wheeled electric Trikke can be ridden easily by anyone, including children. Have an exhilarating private ride and marvel at some of Chania best sights.

Day 4
The Cruise Of Balos Lagoon And Gramvousa Island

A must-do of a visitor of Chania is the cruise of Gramvousa and Balos. The unique fortress on the top of Gramvousa island and the spectacular panoramic view from up there cannot be described with words. The breathtaking environment of this jewel in northwest Chania is a place you need to put on your bucket list. Balos is one of the most popular destinations in Greece. The magnificent turquoise crystal water of the lagoon and the white & coral-pink sand is attracting people from around the globe. The place is large, and even if there are many visitors, there is always a quiet spot to enjoy paradise on earth. Don’t miss it!

Our trip starts from your hotel or a near location by bus, and the destination is the port of Kissamos. As soon as we reach the port, you go aboard the ship, ready for the cruise. The ship departs from the port at 10:20. An hour later, you reach the small island of Gramvousa. The ship stays on the island for two and a half hours. The castle of Gramvousa is to be found at the top of the island. It was built by Venetians on top of steep cliffs to fortify the island. Today it offers the visitors a mouthwatering view of the amazingly blue waters of the Cretan sea. If you wish, you can hike up the path towards the castle (20 minutes short hike). If not, you can swim on the beach.

The ship departs from Gramvousa island at 13:30. One of the most highlighted beaches of Crete, the lagoon of Balos the next destination. The journey is short and lasts only 20 minutes. You will stay in Balos for three hours. Words can’t possibly describe the wild beauty you will experience in Balos. The white and at some places pink sand, the turquoise warm and shallow waters – all these amazing elements come together to create a heavenly landscape, which you are bound to want to keep returning to!

The ship departs for Kisamos Port at 16:30. Onboard and throughout the journey, you can enjoy your meal in the self-service restaurants of the ship, where traditional Cretan dishes are being offered, or at the ship’s bar (all optional). You reach Kissamos port an hour later. Our bus will be waiting for you there, in order to take you back to your hotel.

Day 5
Ferry to Santorini

The day starts with 1-1.5 h transfer to Rethimno Port, from where you will be boarded to the Ferry to Santorini (Tue- Wen – Sut 8-10.20 2h) or Irakleion Port (2-2.5h drive) to take the ferry to Santorini (2h 9-11am).

Check in and relax

Day 6
Fying dress photoshoot & catamaran tour with dinner

In the morning you will create your unique vacation photo album with your flying dress of your choice!

At 1530hrs Set sail aboard one of the most luxurious vessels in Santorini and feel like a member of the jet set as you cruise inside The famous Sunset Cruise which begins from Oia and the picturesque Ammoudi bay. You will get a chance to swim and snorkel in Thirassia Island. Continue sailing towards the Volcano and the Hot Springs. Explore the impressive Black Rock of the Indian, the White Beach and Red Beach. Enjoy the famous sunset, just before entering the port of Vlychada. As the night falls, a sumptuous dinner is served.

Day 7
SANTORINI ISLAND TOUR AND WINE TASTING

Breakfast will be served at your luxury hotel.

At 09.00 am your guide will pick you up for your half-day tour.

Travel through Traditional Santorini and feel like a citizen of Old Greece! Visit picturesque and main sightseeing and discover local treasures, Oia & Fira.

Then head to the famous Winery museum, which is nestled in a cave and because of its unique position this natural labyrinth is eight meters below ground and 300 meters long. The tour is ending with a 6 glass of wine tasting and a platter of snacks!

Day 8
Check out and goodbyes

Snap some last pictures of your beautiful vacation in Grrece.

Say your goodbyes & await your private transfer back to the airport to take you home.

Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in 4* Hotel in Chania
  • 3 nights in 5*luxury suite with private mini plunge pool or Jacuzzi & sea view in Santorini
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Private Transfers in Crete & Santorini
  • The Exotic Private Tour Of Elafonisi Beach
  • Chania Highlights Trikke City Tour
  • The Ultimate Food Tour Of Chania Villages
  • The Cruise Of Balos Lagoon And Gramvousa Island
  • Fery to Santorini
  • Santorini Private Island tour with wine Tasting
  • Flying Dress Photoshoot
  • Catamaran tour with BBQ dinner (in a small group)
  • English speaking professional guides on your activities
  • All ground transportation for scheduled activities
  • Dedicated staff to ensure you have an incredible experience

Not included

  • International and Internal flights
  • Any applicable Visas and COVID-19 testing fees if required
  • Anything not mentioned

Pricing

The payment towards your Greece trip can be paid in full or with our flexible payment plan:
6 months before the trip starts: 25% of the total cost & sign the waiver
4 months before the trip starts: 25% of the total cost
2 months before the trip starts: 50% of the total cost & send us a copy of all participants’ passports & your flight tickets.

Prices are based on double occupancy – this means you will be sharing with your partner or with a friend. If you are traveling solo or if you require a single room 2950$.

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  • September, October

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Step 1. Review details

Ensure the dates and trip price work for you. If you have any questions please schedule a call with our team. Once you are ready to book that dream vacay go ahead and pay your deposit! Please note spots are open on a rolling basis until the trip is sold out. We highly suggest securing your spot on the trip by paying your deposit promptly.

Step 2. Pay deposit

Once your trip is confirmed log into your account on our website and stay up to date with the latest info for your upcoming trip! You will also have access to your trip group chat where you can meet & connect with the other travelers and coordinate flights. You will receive monthly payment reminders and updates leading up to departure with everything you need from a finalized itinerary to travel guides, a packing list and more!

3. Pack your bags!

Arrive and get ready for an adventure! Our suggestion would be to look for arrival time in the early afternoon as check in starts at 2pm. If you arrive early, you will have more time to settle into your hotel and explore while getting adjusted to your new surroundings! Our welcome dinner starts in the evening at 6pm, this is where our official introduction begins!

Frequently asked questions

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You can travel whenever you choose! Just find the flight and the time of the year that works for you and we will make it happen. You can change your dates up until your accommodations have been confirmed as booked. After this any changes may incur a fee.
Your international flight should arrive in Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos commonly initialised as AIA (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV)
Flights are not included however we do provide assistance with finding the right flights for your dates. Please email support@luxetribes.com with your preferred dates and state of departure and we will send over some options.
All prices are based on double occupancy - this means you will be sharing a room with a friend, partner, or family member. If you are traveling solo, please feel free to reach out to your respective travel expert to assist you properly with your solo travel.
Email your Greece trip expert - Ioanna@chidiashleytravels.com and you can change any aspect of your upcoming vacation! The itinerary is fully customizable to work for you.
We will provide you with a list of accommodation options based on your budget and any preferences you provide to us once your trip is confirmed - this gives you the opportunity to select the hotel that best suites you taste.
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Some key points

Important things to note

  • We will provide you with a list of accommodation options based on your budget and any preferences you provide to us once your trip is confirmed – this gives you the opportunity to select the hotel that best suits your taste.
  • You must have a passport to travel to Greece – Your passport valid for a minimum of 6 months after your arrival date and have a least one blank page
  • The best time to travel to Greece is from May to September
  • Travelers must have one of the following: a) Vaccination certificate issued by an appropriate body in the traveler’s country of origin. b) Instead of a vaccination certificate, travelers are required to show either a negative PCR test conducted up to 72 hours before arrival or a negative antigen (rapid) test conducted up to 48 hours before arrival. c) Alternatively, the traveler can show proof that was tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 30 to 180 days. This can be proved either by presenting a positive PCR molecular or an antigen test result performed by an authorized laboratory or a medical certificate confirming that the holder was tested positive with SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. The certificate is issued 30 days after the day of the first positive COVID-19 test and is valid for 180 days after it.

If something goes wrong

Cancellation policy

  • All deposits are non-refundable, however, you can transfer your deposit to a future trip of your choice.
  • If you’re over 60 days away from departure, switching to another trip is easy! Simply send an email to your trip coordinator and move your payment balance over to another trip of your choice. Please note if your accommodations have already been booked the property may apply penalties – our team will always try to book flexible options ,however, if the property has a strict cancellation policy the credit applied to your account will be less any applicable cancellation fees by the property.
  • Cancellations within 30-60 days of your departure date are subject to a 50% cancellation fee of the total amount paid after the deposit. The remaining 50% balance will be applied as a credit towards a future trip.
  • Cancellations made within 30 days of the scheduled departure date or less are subject to a 100% charge of the total amount paid after the deposit.
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