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Crete Self Drive
 

The size of Crete makes it an ideal self-drive destination, with so much to see outside the capital of Heraklion. Main roads are quite well maintained and roads off the beaten track often resemble NZ smaller country roads. This self drive itinerary will allow you to experience the highlights of this magical island, where locals are renowned for their traditions and hospitality. The old town of Chania is a highlight, so the suggested itinerary has been designed to provide more time in this special area to explore the colourful town centre, to visit some of the nearby stunning beaches, or to immerse yourself in war history.
You have a choice of 8 day - 6 day - or 5 day suggested Flexi Self Drive itineraries

 
    COMPLETE CRETE - 8 days
 DEPARTURE   Heraklion - Chiana
 DEPARTURE DATES   Daily March - October
     
 ITINERARY    
 Day 1



  Heraklion
Arrive in Heraklion and be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel.  Reminder of the day at leisure.
(optional extra night in Heraklion possible)
     
 Day 2




  Heraklion - Aghios Nikolaos
This morning your car will be delivered to your hotel.  Visit the Archaeological Museum, the Battle of Crete Museum or the ruins of the Palace of Knossos.  Continue towards the quaint fishing village of Elounda, the Island of Spinalonga before arriving in lively Aghios Nikolaos for overnight.  (B)
     
 Day 3


  Aghios Nikolaos - Sita
Today there is a short drive to Sitia.  You may continue to the East coast to relax on the Palm Beach of Vai or visit the Monastery of Toplou.  Overnight in Sitia. (B)
     
 Day 4


  Sita - Lerapetra
Drive along the beautiful eastern coast of Crete.  You may stop enroute to visit the ruins of the Minoan Palace of Zakrors.  Overnight in Lerapetra, the southernmost city in Europe. (B)
     
 Day 5



  Lerapetra - Matala
Continue west to Matala.  En route stop at the small fishing harbour of Myrtos, a charming village on the southern coast that has preserved its strong Greek character.  Overnight in the pleasant seaside village of Matala. (B)
     
 Day 6


  Matala - Chania
Drive to Preveli Monastery via the narrow gorge of Kourtaliotiko.  Continue through small villages to Rethymnon before making your way to the charming town of Chania. (B)
     
 Day 7


  Chania
Spend the day exploring the Old Centre of Chania or visit some of Crete's most famous beaches in Elafonissi or Falasama. (B)
     
 Day 8


  Chania
Visit Souda Bay WWII Cemetery en route to Chania airport or Heraklion to return your rental car. (B)
   

  EASTERN CRETE  - 6 days
 DEPARTURE
  Heraklion - Heraklion
 DEPARTURE DATES
  Daily from March - October
     
 ITINERARY
   
 Day 1



  Heraklion
Arrive in Heraklion and be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel.  Reminder of the day at leisure.
(optional extra night in Heraklion possible)
     
 Day 2


  Heraklion - Matala
Today take delivery of your car at the hotel and drive south to Matala, enroute visiting the archaeological sites of Phaestos and Gortys, capital of Crete in Roman times.  (B)
     
 Day 3



  Matala - Sitia
Drive via the South Road to Sitia with a stop enroute in some of the many small villages such as Animi Vinos, or perhaps relax at the long sandy beach of lerapetra (facing Chrissi Island, which is also known as 'Donkey Island').  Overnight Sitia. (B)
     
 Day 4


  Sitia - Aghios Nikolaos
Drive to the unique palm beach of Vai and visit the Monastery of Toplou before continuing to the fishing village of Elounda.  Overnight in lively Aghios Nikolaos. (B)
     
 Day 5


  Aghios Nikolaos - Heraklion
Drive back to Heraklion today.  Time to visit the Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral of St Minas and the ruins of the Palace of Knossos. (B)
     
 Day 6


Heraklion
After breakfast, drop off your car at Heraklion port or airport. (B)
   
    CRETE HIGHLIGHTS - 5 days
 DEPARTURE   Heraklion - Chania
 DEPARTURE DATES
  Daily from March - October
     
 ITINERARY    
 Day 1



  Heraklion
Arrive in Heraklion and be met by your local representative and transferred to your hotel.  Reminder of the day at leisure.
(optional extra night in Heraklion possible)
     
 Day 2


  Heraklion - Matala
Today take delivery of your car at the hotel.  Visit the Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral of St Minas and the site of Knossos, before driving south to Matala for overnight. (B)
     
 Day 3


  Matala - Chania
Morning drive to Preveli Monastery and the town of Rethymnon dominated by its fortress.  Continue to Chania for overnight. (B)
     
 Day 4


  Chania
Spend the day exploring the old Centre of Chania, visit some of Crete's most famous beaches or walk through the Samaria Gorges. (B)
     
 Day 5

  Chania
After breakfast, drop off your car at Chania port or airport. (B)
     

     

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