Suggested Itineraries

Blue Palace ensures every guest can indulge their senses in Crete. In collaboration with our Luxury Collection Concierge, an abundance of adventures awaits – 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.

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
Dictaean 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
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 Flag 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 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
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