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Trip

For the love of

PINK SAND BEACHES

CHEESE PIES

ANCIENT VARIETALS

GREEK ISLANDS

CRETAN POTTERY

SUNSET SAILING

SUNKEN CITIES

BLUE LAGOONS

MYTHICAL RUINS

 

CRETE

WHAT TO EXPECT

Listen up travel fam, for anyone wanting a summer adventure with incredible food, traditional culture, beautiful beaches, and exciting nightlife, the Crete trip should be at the top of your list. From an oasis of blue-green beauty set between looming mountains, to cliffside grottos used to shelter locals for centuries, Crete is home to a rare fusion of natural, cultural, and historical diversity.

 

Mix in locally produced wine, an ancient artisan village, a generous portion of savory goodness, and a few secret beach cocktails, and you’ll soon figure out why Crete is considered THE up and coming spot in the Mediterranean. So the time to go is now!

 

In a nutshell, our small group trip to Crete caters to solo travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for delicious Greek cuisine, ancient Bronze Age history, and secluded beaches along the Mediterranean.

upcoming dates

 

Sep 1 - 8, 2024

Labor Day Trip 

1 Gal spot + 2 Guy spots + 1 single room left

Sep 15 - 22, 2024

Oct 6 - 13, 2024

Selling quickly - likely to sell out

8 days/7 nights

starting at $3,999 USD

Limited single room upgrades starting from $599 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.


Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

Included

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Full day private boat cruise 

  • Traditional Cretan pottery visit

  • Trek to the historic Agia Sophia Cave

  • Visit to an ancient, Cretan monastery 

  • Afternoon at the pink sands of one of the world’s most beautiful beaches

  • Traditional Cretan farm experience 

  • Guided visit of Knossos Palace, the largest Bronze Age archeological site on Crete

  • Cretan cooking class of island specialties and local cheese on the farm

  • Food walking and market tour in Chania with a local chef

  • Traditional, guided dance lesson with local dress

  • FTLO Trip Leader

 

*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights to and from Crete

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $300)

  • Incidental expenses

  • Private rooms available for additional costs

Old buildings along the coast of Crete.

DAY BY DAY

Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change*

Day by day
 
 
Day 1 - Agios Nikolaos
YASSAS!

After touching down on Greece’s largest island, head to your hotel in the sun-kissed seaside town of Agios Nikolaos.

 

Fringed by arid mountains, this colorful eastern Crete capital is home to plenty of mythical tales (we’re not far from Zeus’s hometown, after all); if you get in early, head out and start diving into tales of a legendary past.

 

In the evening, we’ll all meet up in the hotel lobby and venture out for drinks and our first taste of Cretan food - said to be the best in Greece! Get to know your travelmates over local wine and fresh local recipes.

Travelers on a group trip on a boat off of Crete.

ARRIVE

 
 
Day 2 - Agios Nikolaos
Water world

Have breakfast with friends at the hotel and then grab your shades and sunscreen; we’ve got a boat to catch.

By mid-morning, we’ll be heading north from the docks at Agios Nikolaos hugging rugged, rocky coastlines on a traditional Cretan caique. You’ll cruise past the sunken city of Olous (which archaeologists believe was submerged back in the second century by an earthquake) before winding up on the rocky shores of an ancient fortressed island to explore ruins that have withstood the test of time.

We’ll cruise back through the bay for a barbeque in paradise before diving into the oh-so-blue waters off Kolokytha Beach. After a day at sea, hit the town with your new friends.

A girl on a boat off of Crete.

cruise

 
 
Day 3 - Agios N., Rethymno
Ancient Treasure

Grab a light breakfast before we head out to explore an epic past and one delicious present.

 

We’ll get things rolling in the hills of a nearby olive oil farm, where you’ll tour the facilities, learn the ins and outs of time-honored techniques, and settle down for some farm fresh eats (think cheeses, honey, and a few secret specialties). As this is one all-encompassing experience, you’ll even step into the kitchen to learn how to cook like a Cretan yourself.

 

After dining locally, we’ll make the short ride over to Knossos Palace to check out the crumbling stone structures of Crete’s oldest Bronze Age ruins (they originated around 7,000 BC!). That evening, keep rolling on west to Rethymno, where we’ll get together for a delicious group dinner.

Traditional salad and fried treats in Crete.

FeAST

 
Day 4 - Rethymno
Arts Enclave

Today, we’re cruising over to the magical little town of Margarites to mix in some art with our Cretan adventure.

This colorful stone village just so happens to be the pottery capital of the island, so it’s only fitting that we’ll learn about ceramics, from the local raw materials to the finished product from some talented locals. After a brief intro, it’s time to get your hands dirty and get potting with the best of them.

We’ll grab a delicious local lunch nearby, and then in the evening, wind our way back to Rethmyno, where you can head out for dinner and drinks with friends.

Five girls on a group trip to Crete swim off of tubes.

UNWIND

 
 
Day 5 - Rethymno
Lakeside
view

Enjoy a morning of leisure and then we’re off once more, this time towards Crete’s largest freshwater lake.

We’ll wind up on the golden shores of Lake Kournas around noon for an afternoon of swimming, paddleboarding, and relaxing on one of the island’s greenest lagoons. So kick back on a sunbed, grab a tropical cocktail, and soak up the good life.

 

After a day of lakeside lounging and a traditional Greek lunch with one amazing lake view, we’ll make our way to Chania for one final seaside setup. The evening is free to explore the 14th-century Venetian harbor with new friends.

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EXPLORE

 
 
Day 6 - Chania
Cave to coast

Fuel up on Greek coffee and a delicious breakfast before heading out to explore Southwestern Crete!

We’ll get things started lounging along one of the island’s most spectacular sandy stretches as you discover the one special secret that has made this particular corner of coast so famous. And then, after some seaside chillin’, we’ll head up toward the rocky mountains that pepper this region, where you’ll say hello to the massive cliffside chambers of the Agia Sofia Cave and walk among enormous stalagmites and stalactites.

From there, we’ll wind our way to one of the most famous monasteries on the whole island. This rocky 17th-century Eastern Orthodox beauty hangs high above the coast overlooking the Libyan Sea. After a day of exploring, head back to town; the night is yours.

A girl tries traditional Cretan food

Taste

 
 
Day 7 - Chania
Country Feast

Get ready to eat your way through Chania as we explore one delectably fresh farmer's market.

In the morning, we'll meet up with our expert local guide, who will take us on our tour of the town to learn all about the region's local produce. After savoring the goods, we'll make our way downtown to continue through the shops and cafes of Chania's colorful streets. And then, in the afternoon, it's time for a drink or two; you've earned it. Aperol spritz, anyone?

We'll all get together one last time that night to learn a traditional Cretan dance before we sit down for a delicious, music-filled farewell dinner.

 
 
Day 8 - Chania
Antío Sas

Find your friends and grab one final bite at the hotel before you you head back to reality.

 

The history, culture, and food of Greece are always waiting, so come back when you can.

If you’ve got some more time to spare, well, this magical country has plenty more in store for you. So keep on cruisin’ through Crete or go island hopping and check out some more magical Mediterranean beauty.

A colorful town on the coast of Crete.

FAST FACTS

Fast Facts

About Crete

Of more than 200 inhabited Greek islands, Crete is the largest. However, it’s not the size that makes this fascinating place important; it’s the history. Many archaeologists and historians consider this mountainous stretch of land the birthplace of modern Europe. While settlement date to the 7th millennium BC, stone tools that have been found on the island, are believed to be 130,000 years old—meaning early hominids most likely existed here at some point.

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Greek is the national language; however, those on the island speak with a very specific dialect known as Cretan Greek.

  • All of Greece uses the euro for currency.

  • Tipping is not mandatory nor expected from locals; for tourists 10% is appreciated at restaurants.

Trip notes

  • While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • Summers in Crete are hot, dry, and sunny, so pack accordingly.

  • Ensure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date.

  • On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).

  • All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

flight information

Fly into Heraklion Airport
(HER)

We recommend buying a roundtrip flight to Athens and then booking a a separate regional flight to Crete if you want to save money. You'll need to be in Agios Nikolaos by 2pm on Day 1. From Heraklion Airport to Agios Nikalaos takes about 50 minutes by taxi.

Fly out of Chania (CHQ)

We recommend flying out of Chania or extending your trip and enjoying a few more days in Greece. If you've booked a roundtrip flight from Athens make sure you have enough connection time to make your transfer.

Flights
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A man jumps into the ocean off of Crete.

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People on a boat off of Crete.

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