Crete Family Holiday
from $3082
Duration: 7 Days
Discover a land of ancient legends, delicious cuisine and pure sunshine on a 7-day family adventure in Crete. There’s so much fun to be had on Greece’s largest island – experience rural life during a day on an organic farm, find out how to make Crete’s tastiest snack, learn about Greek mythology during a visit to the birthplace of Zeus and discover the remains of an ancient world in Knossos. Paired with beach time and dips in the warm Mediterranean Sea, this Greek getaway is sure to tick everyone’s boxes!
  • Get behind the scenes of Cretan cuisine during a hands-on cooking workshop where you’ll learn how to make Kalitsounia, tasty little pastries that the whole family will love!
  • Take a step back in time during a guided visit to Knossos, the ancient capital of the Minoan civilisation. Explore the remains of a palace, courtyards, apartments and more.
  • Experience a different side of Crete during a visit to a local organic farm – the kids will love picking vegetables, collecting eggs and milking goats (and you’ll love sampling organic wine!)
  • Visit the birthplace of Zeus, the legendary Diktaion cave. Explore caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites as your leader shares stories from Greek mythology.
  • Soak up Crete’s natural delights during a hike around the lush Kydoni Gorge and an afternoon on the beach – the warm and still blue waters are perfect for the kids.
  • Chania - Walking Tour
  • Chania - Kalitsounia Bakery Workshop
  • Chania - Mountainous village walk
  • Rethimno - Farm visit with lunch
  • Heraklion - Guided tour of Archaeological site of Knossos
  • Heraklion - Pottary making class
  • Heraklion - Diktaion Cave
  • Heraklion - Agios Nikolaos Village Visit
  • Day 1 Location: Chania
    Welcome to Crete! Greece’s largest island offers something for everyone, from inviting beaches to rugged canyons and thousands of years of culture and history. Your family adventure begins in Chania, a delightful city famed for its restaurant-lined 14th-century Venetian harbour. A welcome meeting will take place at 5pm this evening where you’ll meet your local leader and the other families joining you on this adventure. After the meeting, you may like to get to know your group over dinner in town. Cretan food is fresh, healthy and never boring – the dakos salad is a must-try, and the kids will love Cretan cheese pies.
    Day 2 Location: Chania
    Today will be spent discovering the treasures of Chania, starting out with a walking tour of the Old Town. Your leader will show you highlights and local hangouts as you explore a charming tangle of colourful streets. You and your family will have the chance to wander around the small shops in the town centre before getting a behind the scenes look at Cretan cuisine during a hands-on cooking class where you’ll learn how to make Crete’s most beloved snack, the Kalitsounia. Sometimes sweet, sometimes savoury, sometimes filled with cheese and always delicious, these tasty little pastries are sure to please the whole family. The rest of the afternoon is free for your own explorations.
    Day 3 Location: Chania
    It’s time to get active today and get to know some of Crete’s natural wonders! You and your family will head into the mountainous area of Chania, stopping along the way in beautiful mountain villages with breath-taking views. There will be an opportunity to visit a tavern where they don’t have electricity and cook only with fire, a great place for an optional amazing lunch.  After your walk you’ll experience one of Crete’s biggest attractions – the beach! The sea is warm and calm, making a perfect spot for little ones to swim, and there’s few more picturesque places to lay back and relax.
    Day 4 Location: Heraklion
    See a different side of the island today as you catch a public bus to the city of Rethimno, from where you’ll travel to a local organic farm. Here you’ll get a glimpse of rural Crete and the kids will have a chance to be a farmer for the day! There’s plenty of fun to be had here, picking vegetables, collecting eggs, milking goats, baking bread and preparing stuffed vegetables. But it’s not just a day for the kids – you’ll also visit the wine press and sample some fantastic organic wines. After an exciting day, take a private transfer to the port city of Heraklion, Crete’s capital and your base for the rest of your adventure.
    Day 5 Location: Heraklion
    Today the family will take a step back in time during a visit to the famous archaeological site of Knossos. Once the capital of the Minoan civilisation, the city’s ruins conjure up images of what life here once looked like. Enjoy a guided tour through the remains of a palace, courtyards, baths and private apartments. Your guide will bring the site to life for you and the kids and they’ll and be on hand to answer any questions the family has about the fascinating civilisation that once thrived here. Afterwards, return to Heraklion and head to a soap making workshop where the whole family will have a go at creating your own traditional Cretan soap with the guidance of an experienced chemist – this is a hands-on experience you won’t soon forget!
    Day 6 Location: Heraklion
    Crete is home to more than 3000 caves, but the most legendary is the Diktaion cave, believed to be the birthplace of father of gods, Zeus. Aside from its mythological weight, the cave itself is dazzling, featuring unusual rock formations, enormous stalactites and stalagmites and even a lake. Explore the chambers of the cave as your leader shares stories of its geological features and the myths attached to them. Back in the light of day, pay a visit to the delightful village of Agios Nikolaos, founded in the 14th century. Take some time to explore the village’s traditional streets then enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
    Day 7 Location: Heraklion
    With no activities planned for today, your Crete family adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. If you’d like to spend more time exploring Heraklion, just get in touch ahead of time and we can help to arrange additional accommodation (subject to availability).
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    Trip title

    Crete Family Holiday

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    Validity: 01 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023


    Discover a land of ancient legends, delicious cuisine and pure sunshine on a 7-day family adventure in Crete. There’s so much fun to be had on Greece’s largest island – experience rural life during a day on an organic farm, find out how to make Crete’s tastiest snack, learn about Greek mythology during a visit to the birthplace of Zeus and discover the remains of an ancient world in Knossos. Paired with beach time and dips in the warm Mediterranean Sea, this Greek getaway is sure to tick everyone’s boxes!






    Private Minivan,Public Bus

    Physical Rating


    Joining point

    Hotel Kydon

    Sofoklis Venizelos Sq. & 2, Str. Tzanakaki



    Phone: +30 2821052280

    Joining point description

    Located in the centre of Chania, Kydon Hotel is opposite of the main market hall and just a few minutes' walk from the Old Town and the Venetian Harbour. The hotel has free WiFi in all areas and restaurant on site. All rooms are air-conditioned with a Smart TV with satellite channels and mini fridge.

    Joining point instructions

    Kydon Hotel is 8 miles/12 kms away from Chania International Airport (CHQ). A taxi will take 15minutes and cost approximately €13 - €16. A local bus takes 40minutes and will cost approximately €2 - €3

    Finish point

    Capsis Astoria BB

    11 Eleftherias Square 71201



    Phone: +30 281 034 3080

    Finish point description

    Our hotel Capsis Astoria Heraklion Hotel is well located within walking restaurants and attractions. The hotel has a rooftop terrace and a pool. All rooms have a flat screen TV, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

    Finish point instructions

    The Heraklion Airport (HER) is located 2.4miles/4kms from our hotel. A taxi will take 5 minutes and cost approximately €5 - €6.

    Important information

    1. Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you. 2. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old. 3. A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children under 17 years of age at time of travel. 4. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

    Group leader

    All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family to take the hassle out of your travels and help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see - for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.



    PASSPORT You’ll need a valid passport to travel internationally and most countries require your passport to have a minimum of 6 months validity, so remember to check the expiry date. We need your passport information to get everything ready for your trip so it’s important that the information on your booking matches your passport exactly. Please take care to provide the correct details. We recommend carrying a copy of the photo page of your passport while travelling and leaving a copy at home with family or friends. VISAS Many countries require a visa and obtaining the correct visa is your responsibility. We recommend you check your visa requirements as soon as you have booked your trip. This will ensure you have time to prepare your documents and for your visa application to be processed. Entry requirements can change and are different depending on your nationality. Please refer to your government's foreign travel advisories, the consular websites for the countries you’re travelling to and those you may transit through. Always follow visa advice from official websites; not all visa information found online may be valid. You can also head to Intrepid’s Entry & Health requirement page to get the latest information on travel documents and visa requirements, plus local government COVID-19 vaccination and quarantine policies:

    Why we love it

    Get behind the scenes of Cretan cuisine during a hands-on cooking workshop where you’ll learn how to make Kalitsounia, tasty little pastries that the whole family will love!

    Take a step back in time during a guided visit to Knossos, the ancient capital of the Minoan civilisation. Explore the remains of a palace, courtyards, apartments and more.

    Experience a different side of Crete during a visit to a local organic farm – the kids will love picking vegetables, collecting eggs and milking goats (and you’ll love sampling organic wine!)

    Visit the birthplace of Zeus, the legendary Diktaion cave. Explore caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites as your leader shares stories from Greek mythology.

    Soak up Crete’s natural delights during a hike around the lush Kydoni Gorge and an afternoon on the beach – the warm and still blue waters are perfect for the kids.

    Is this trip right for you

    Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip. Don’t let the heat keep you from exploring the world! Summer temperatures can be very high in Greece (over 40°C), which can make things uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season. Make sure you pack some sturdy and comfortable shoes as there can be a lot of walking around the towns, ruins, and walking trails of this area.


    GENERAL HEALTH All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to manage and enjoy our style of travel. Please note that if in the opinion of our group leader or local guide any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we reserve the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements in their original packaging as they may not easily be obtained while travelling. COVID-19 The safety and wellbeing of our travellers, leaders, crew, staff, and suppliers continues to remain our highest priority as we travel. You can read more about how we will keep you safe on our trips, including our COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines here: VACCINATION POLICY From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for this trip. However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers get vaccinated to protect themselves and others. Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully. For more information, including a detailed FAQ about this policy, please visit HEALTH SCREENING If you are unwell prior to travelling, please stay at home and contact us to make alternative arrangements. From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to complete a self-screening health form at the group meeting for this trip. If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms or have any health concerns during the trip, we will follow the advice of local health authorities to determine whether medical assistance, isolation or further action is required. Travellers who test positive while taking part in an Intrepid trip will need to leave the group for a minimum of five days and may only rejoin the group if presenting as asymptomatic – our team will assist them in arranging a place to self-isolate and any onward journey. It's quite possible that the destination country may have different or more strict protocols than your home country regarding COVID-19. This may include hotel or hospital quarantine or quarantine for the group. Please check your government's travel advice or contact the closest embassies to find out the details. We ask all travellers to continue to monitor their health throughout their travels and report any relevant symptoms to their tour leader.

    Food and dietary requirements

    While travelling with us you and your family will experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you and your family more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though. If you or a member of your family have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure.

    Money matters

    CURRENCY The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in, Greece. CASH The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Greece is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. We recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. TIPPING Tour leader: You may consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €4-€5 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. Local guides and drivers: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. Optional Tipping Kitty: On Day 1 your tour leader will discuss with you the idea of running a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips for drivers, local guides, and hotel staff (excludes restaurant tips). The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent which can be checked at any time, and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty at your own discretion, and you are welcome to manage your own tipping separately if you prefer. Please note the tipping kitty excludes tips for your tour leader. CONTINGENCY FUNDS: We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 per family member for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved

    What to take

    Remember - the lighter you travel the better! A soft-sided duffel bag is the ideal form of luggage. It is recommended that you keep your luggage weight around 15kg and certainly no more than 20kg. A small or medium-sized backpack (45-50 litres) is another good option, but preferably one without a frame. Many hotels used in Europe do not have lifts, so you must be able to carry your own luggage. We operate trips in Europe in spring, summer and the start of autumn. Bear in mind that the weather will vary significantly from place to place also depending on the time of year. Remember that quality rain gear is essential for any destination - you’ll enjoy your holiday to the fullest if you’re prepared for all kinds of weather! Laundry facilities are available in some destinations. Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday. Essential items: - Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, Trip Notes - Money: cash/credit card/debit card - Small first-aid kit - Daypack suitable to store some water, a jacket and snacks. - Electrical adapter plug - Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses - Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks Recommended items: - Money belt and small padlocks - Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries) - Travel wipes/hand sanitiser - Insect repellent - Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers) - Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required) - 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain) - Refillable water bottle - Phrase book/translation app - Warm clothes/fleece – particularly for spring/autumn departures - Wind and waterproof jacket - Camera If you are purchasing new footwear for your trip we recommend that you undertake some walking before-hand to ensure that they are comfortable and are the correct size. In any event we advise some preparatory walking before you commence your trip.

    TECHNOLOGY With the modern world you may want to bring along tablets of smartphones for the children to document their adventure - there are a wide variety of apps out there which we suggest downloading before you depart. There will be opportunities to charge ( just make sure you bring the correct adapter) and there will be wi-fi available on your trip, although it will probably not be at the speeds you are used to at home and it won't be available everywhere.

    Climate and seasonal

    HOT WEATHER Summer temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius, which can be uncomfortable for those not used to the heat. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

    A couple of rules

    We like to think our Intrepid travellers are all connected by a love of adventure and passion for seeing the world in a different way. We've laid down a few non-negotiable rules to ensure everyone feels connected, comfortable and safe on our trips. We ask that you respect your fellow travellers, group leader, and local people and places we visit in all circumstances. We don't tolerate any forms of violence and expect that you follow the local laws, customs and regulations in any destination we travel to. Any behaviour contrary to the above, including any behaviour that prevents our staff from performing their duty of care or continuing the itinerary as planned, may result in travellers being removed from the trip. If you consume alcohol while travelling, we encourage responsible drinking and expect you to abide by local alcohol laws. To ensure the well-being of everyone on the trip, all decisions made by group leaders and ground staff are final. Romantic relationships between travellers and group leaders are not permitted while on trip. By travelling with us, you agree to comply with these rules and the laws and customs of all countries visited. If something is concerning you during your travels with us, please speak to your group leader or local guide immediately. Alternatively, contact us on the emergency contact number detailed in your Essential Trip Information’s Problems and Emergency Contact section.


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    Emergency contact

    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip. We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager. You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time. For general contact details please use the following page: In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below: Intrepid's Local Operator: +49 8024 4679 540

    Responsible travel

    Our Responsible Travel Policy outlines our commitment to preserving the environment, supporting local communities, protecting the vulnerable, and giving back to the places we travel. All our trip leaders, suppliers, and staff are trained on these principles and are core to us delivering sustainable, experience-rich travel. Explore the different parts of our Responsible Travel Policy by visiting:

    The Intrepid Foundation

    We created our not-for-profit, the Intrepid Foundation because you – our travellers – told us you wanted to make an even greater impact in the communities you visit. The Foundation works by teaming up with partners around the world so that together we can deliver greater positive impact at scale. Partners are identified by our local staff who live and work in our destinations. They harness their powerful community connections to determine the issues that matter most and select local partners who can deliver real solutions. Since 2002, the Intrepid Foundation has raised more than 12.8 million dollars and supported more than 130 communities worldwide. Now, with almost 40 partners all over the world, your donations are helping to restore forests in Kenya, empower women in Honduras and promote elephant welfare in Laos, to name just a few. By simply being on this trip, Intrepid Travel will make a donation to the Intrepid Foundation on your behalf. If you choose to donate too, 100% of your donations will go directly to our partners on the ground – where they’re needed most. For more information about the Intrepid Foundation, please ask your leader or visit our website: This trip directly supports Amurtel, who provide a safe space for refugee and migrant women and children in Greece. Donations help Amurtel’s antenatal and postnatal care programs, run by qualified midwives. The programs specifically provide breastfeeding and infant nutrition care; gender-based violence support; education; support for integrating into a foreign culture and navigating public health systems; and distribution of essential items like baby kits, food, nappies and menstrual pads. To find out more or make a donation, visit

    Accommodation notes

    GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS: Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room. Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in a handful of places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room. Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

    Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. For travellers who reside within the European Union, Switzerland or USA the requirement to purchase travel insurance cannot be compulsory. However the purchase of travel insurance is still highly recommended, and travellers from these regions who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting, recognizing personal responsibility for emergency medical and repatriation costs should they arise. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below:

    Your fellow travellers

    You will travel in a group with other like-minded families who may have come from all over the world. We find that the kids of all ages usually bond well and act as a catalyst for the rest of the group. If you are keen to know the ages of other children on the trip, then please ask your booking agent. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

    Itinerary disclaimer

    ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour.


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