Suggested Itineraries


Blue Palace ensures every guest can indulge their senses in Crete. In collaboration with our Luxury Collection Concierge, an abundance of offers await – island highlights and excursions are designed for exploration. Itineraries created with the intention to glorify an island favored by mythology and culinary customs that pay homage to the island’s rich, indigenous environment. Discover it all without the burden of logistics. Enjoy advanced reservations for archaeological site tours, the very best guides for hiking trips, visits to vineyards and olive groves. Then roam Ancient Minoan ruins, traditional villages, countless churches, colossal gorges full of unique flora and fauna. Sports activities will keep your pulse racing while secluded beaches wait to be uncovered.

Watersports
The Palace of Knossos

Palace of Knossos & Archaeological Museum of Heraklion

The Palace of Knossos – the monumental symbol of Minoan Civilization – showcases unique construction, advanced building techniques and use of luxury materials. Mythology states it as the seat of the great King Minos and where Minotaur resided. It is worth combining your tour of Knossos with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. The museum’s display rooms showcase artifacts from the Neolithic and Roman period, yet predominant emphasis is placed on its collection of Minoan pieces. Focal points include; the “blue ladies” and “the prince with the lilies”.

Approximate duration: 4 - 5 hours

Diktaean Cave & Lassithi Plateau

The Diktaean cave, one of the most spectacular wonders of Crete. Legend states it as the birth place of Zeus and central site for his worship. Combine this with a visit to the Lassithi plateau, arresting in its beauty. This highland’s vast expanse of green fields is interspersed with almond trees and orchards – a secluded, rural facet of Crete. The twenty-six stone flour mills and linear drainage works built by the Venetians add a historical highlight to the area.

Approximate duration: 5 - 6 hours

Agios Nikolaos Town

Town of Aghios Nikolaos, the Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Kera & Traditional Village of Krista

The beautiful town of Aghios Nikolaos lies on the picturesque lake of Voulismeni, legend claims it to be bottomless. The lake is lined with neoclassical buildings, restaurants, bars and shops – the perfect setting for a leisurely wander around and drink by the marina. Just eight kilometers south of Aghios Nikolaos, stands the byzantine church of Panagia Kera. Discover its three aisled, arch-roofed basilicas, featuring wall paintings and frescoes from the 13th century. Finally, the village of Kritsa, endearing and quaint, nestled in the foothills of the mountains. Renowned for the skill of local weavers and embroiderers, Kritsa remains a true testament to centuries of tradition.

Approximate duration: 4 - 5 hours

Archaeological Site of Gournia, the Town of Sitia, Vai Palm Beach & Toplou Monastery

The archaeological site of Gournia, on the eastern side of Crete, tucked away in the northern coast of Ierapetra isthmus. Showcasing well-preserved houses, cobblestone streets, a central court, Minoan palace and burial grounds – Gournia provides an idyllic perception of a late Bronze Age town. Next, is Sitia town, explore the Kazarma fortress and the Archaeological and Folklore Museum. Enjoy a swim at the splendid sandy beach next to Sitia’s centre. West of the town, one of Crete’s most spectacular sights – the Vai palm-tree forest encircling the Blue Fag awarded, exotic beach with golden sand and blue-green waters.

Last on the agenda is the monastery of Toplou. The exhibited collection of church relics, manuscripts and prints deems it a cultural landmark of eastern Crete.

Approximate duration: 7 - 8 hours

Olive Tours of Vassilakis Estate & Wine Tours of Lyrarakis Winery

Welcome to the modern family business at Vassilakis Estate – specialists in the production of high-quality extra virgin olive oil and many other artisan products, including a local-traditional spirit distilled from grapes. Take a free guided tour of the production facilities to gain more knowledge on olive oil. Continue on with a sojourn to the Lyrarakis Estate, a family winery, producing excellent quality wines since 1966. The family maintains a strong focus on rare local varieties and credited for the revival of two ancient Cretan varieties - Dafni and Plyto. Surrounded by the tranquil setting of vineyards and the Lassithi mountains we offer you a chance to relish nature. Simultaneously, discover local varieties and wines distinguished by the uniqueness of their origin and heritage.

Approximate duration: 5 - 6 hours

The Island of Chrissi

The island of Chrissi is renowned for its white beaches, sand dunes, forest of pines and junipers. Walking in the woods and swimming in crystal clear water with soft scents of cedar in the fresh air. Chrissi – an ideal experience for any guest, tying their travel together with an unforgettable sense of deep relaxation. Chrissi is protected by the Natura 2000 Networking Program, as an "area of intense natural beauty”. Designated as a wildlife refuge, the sea turtle, caretta-caretta is often spotted around the island and the seal, monachus-monachus frequents its northeastern region.

Approximate duration: 3 - 4 hours

The Arkadi Monastery, Rethymnon & Chania

The Arkadi Monastery, a large fortified complex built during Venetian rule, one of the most renowned monasteries in Crete, due to the Holocaust that occurred in 1866. This significant part Cretan history earned Arkadi a title as a European Freedom Monument by UNESCO. Next, visit the old town of Rethymnon, one of the best-preserved renaissance towns. The scenic seafront promenade with numerous cafes and bustling restaurants, highlights this destination.
Finally, be the guest of Chania. A striking town with its port guarded by a picture-perfect lighthouse, a 16th century Venetian construction and the impressive Kucuk Hasan mosque. Chania also brags the renovated Grand Arsenal, the Splanzia ruins and the Kum Kapi at Miaouli beach.

Approximate duration: 10 - 12 hours

Richtis Gorge