Crete Vacation Packages
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- Balos Lagoon Slide 1 of 3: Famous for its turquoise waters, wild natural beauty and exotic scenery, this heavenly beach is an hour ferry ride from Crete.
- Palace of Knossos Slide 2 of 3: A complex of more than 1500 interlocking rooms, this astonishing palace was built in the Bronze Age for King Minos.
- Monastery of St. George Slide 3 of 3: Built at the end of the Venetian Era, the monastery immediately gained fame for its spiritual and social contribution.
On the northwestern coast of the island is the city of Chania. Here you can wander around the old Venetian harbor, lighthouse and maze-like alleys to admire beautiful Venetian and Turkish mansions, fountains and elaborate churches. Taste sumptuous Cretan cuisine and wine, before heading out to the national park’s White Mountains for a day of adventure.
Flanked by the White Mountains and Mount Psiloritis, the remote Rethymno region is known for its historic castle, long stretches of sandy beaches, traditional mountain villages and luxurious resorts. For an arty, leisurely atmosphere, plan to visit the northeastern Lasithi region, with beautiful cities and sun-kissed beaches.
Nestled between two picturesque mountain ranges on the central-northern coast is the island’s capital city, Heraklion. This small metropolis is home to a famous archaeological museum that houses Minoan artifacts. Head over to a must-see attraction — the Palace of Knossos — a monumental symbol of Minoan civilization.
In Heraklion, you can shop for designer fashion on Daidalou Street. There are also stores, shops and markets in large cities like Chania and Sitia. Don’t miss checking out the wares at one of many open markets, where you can buy everything imaginable. Or, venture outside the city to an olive grove or vineyard to taste local products.
The island’s centuries-old recipes are blended with modern creative versions that lead to wonderful eating experiences. From family-owned restaurants to small taverns and cafes, everything that is served is locally sourced and beyond delicious. Try fresh mizithra cheese pie, octopus with potatoes, lamb with hilopitis (noodles) or baklava (sweet phyllo dessert). Cretan wine, olive oil and olives are some of the best in the world, and have been grown here for more than 4,000 years.
Delta Vacations flight + hotel packages include round-trip airfare aboard a Delta Partner Airline to Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport (HER). Flight service is provided by Transavia, a Delta code-share partner, and operates seasonally on select days of the week via Amsterdam, from early April through late October.† Car rentals are available to add to your package, offering you the flexibility and convenience to travel when and where you want.
†Flight routings subject to change without notice.