Leading is proud to offer this 6 days fantastic land tour of the legendary island of Crete.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and its historical significance is second to none, ranging from Neolithic period farmers and Stone Age seafarers to the mystifying and fascinating Bronze Age civilisation of the Minoans. The island’s renowned Classical cities and the rich remains of the Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman cultures, lead us right through to its turbulent 20th century history.
As well as its historical and archaeological treasures, the island is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and diversity. Its inhabitants are fiercely proud of their homeland and maintain its many traditions, including the fabled Cretan hospitality. As a result of its varied nature and past, Crete also boasts one of the most refined variations of Greek cuisine.
Our Exploring Crete tour is the ideal opportunity to experience this fascinating island to the full. You will visit its most important ancient sites, including the famous prehistoric Minoan palaces, but also veer off the beaten track to explore many of Crete’s hidden gems.
To take full advantage of the island’s extraordinary beauty and its unique wealth in spring flowers, our tour of Crete includes a series of walks, bringing you into direct contact with its coasts, mountains, gorges and fertile plains, as well as its historical villages and towns.
Our Cretan tour is complemented by excellent meals in carefully selected restaurants and taverns, as well as wine tastings from regional vineyards. At night, you will be staying in beautiful surroundings, ranging from elegant Venetian palazzos to traditional inns and agro-tourism in serene mountain villages.
Your tour guide has spent well over 4 decades surveying, researching, travelling and guiding around Crete and is a passionate connoisseur not only of its archaeology, but also of its landscapes, people, traditions and products. His in-depth knowledge will be your shortcut to a superb experience of one of Europe’s most celebrated destinations.
If you have never visited Crete, here’s the perfect way to explore this wonderful and fascinating GreekIsland; if you have been before, we are sure you will see it afresh and from a completely different perspective – in the company of a local professional tour guide and lecturer who knows the island intimately.