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The Charm of Crete

6th – 16th October 2021

11 days from £1,095pp

Escape on an Aegean adventure to discover a world of ancient ruins, charming tavernas and enchanting landscapes, intertwined with myths and mysteries, just waiting to be explored. 
  • Great value half board package at your choice of hotel 
  • Stunning location overlooking the blue Aegean Sea 
  • Explore the mythical Palace of Knossos, home to the minotaur 
  • Visit the beautiful city of Heraklion, and enjoy some free time to explore 
  • Discover Kournas Lake, surrounded by the famous White Mountains 
  • Visit the spectacular crescent shaped bay, Plakias and swim the waters of the Libyan sea 
  • Experience the impressive yet peaceful Aghia Triada Tsagarοlon Monastery 
  • Discover a fascinating mix of Turkish, Venetian, traditional and modern architecture of Chania 

Island Escapes

Our Island Escapes are the perfect combination of exploration and relaxation. Fully escorted by experienced tour managers, these holidays allow you to enjoy the benefits of travelling with a group, with the freedom to make the trip your own. Whether you choose to relax and enjoy the fantastic facilities of our carefully chosen hotels, or spend your time exploring, our included excursions will ensure you experience the must-see highlights.

Known for its archaeological sites and beautiful beaches, Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands, dominated by spectacular mountain ranges offering an abundance of natural unspoilt scenery and a Mediterranean climate.

Our base for this Island Escape will be close to the town of Rethymno, one of Crete's most well-preserved Venetian old towns which combines rarely united features: old town charm and history with proximity to a long sandy beach. You will have a choice of hotel, either the four-star Pearl Beach or the five-star Aegean Pearl hotel which sit side by side in a unique location overlooking the blue Aegean Sea. Located at the end of the Rethymno beach promenade you will find local shops, tavernas and tourist facilities all within the immediate area of these two wonderful hotels.

For those wishing to explore Rethymno further, the old town walls and other stunning examples of ancient architecture and rich history are less than a 2.5km walk along the coast from the hotels. There is also a regular public bus service and the red land train which runs along the seafront if you would prefer not to walk.

Your Accommodation

Pearl Hotels, Rethymno

Overview

Situated directly on the seafront, the Pearl Beach and Aegean Pearl operate as one Hotel, sharing some facilities including the fitness centre and the hotels own private, blue-flag beach which is situated directly in front of the hotels. You can expect a high standard of service throughout and between the two hotels, there is a common mini-piazza which serves as the main meeting place and is a must for alfresco dining and entertainment.

Whichever hotel you choose, you will have the pleasure of staying in a smaller, relaxed and welcoming hotel yet still benefitting from a great range of facilities and a professional, yet friendly service.

Each hotel has a main restaurant for the guests staying in the hotel serving a selection of Greek and international cuisine using fresh local produce. There is a very good choice of hot and cold freshly prepared dishes from the breakfast and dinner buffet. Guests at the Aegean Pearl, benefit from an outdoor eating area in part of the restaurant, with beautiful views of the sea it is the perfect place for a leisurely breakfast. Room service is also available for all guests.

Alternatively, you may choose up dine at the Panorama A la Carte Restaurant (Supplementary charge applies) which is open for lunch and dinner and during the day snacks and light lunches can be purchased in the hotel bars and on the terraces.

The Wellness Centre equipped with Indoor Heated Pool, Gym, Sauna, Whirlpool and Steam bath, offering massage & beauty treatments (additional charge) is available to all guests. Each hotel has at least one outdoor swimming pool for their guests use and pool towels are available free of charge. Beach towels, sunbeds and umbrellas are also available on the hotels sandy private beach (additional charge for guests of the Pearl Beach hotel) and patrons of both properties will benefit from the hotels snack and drink service.

Pearl Beach Hotel ★★★★

The four-star Pearl Beach hotel benefits from 150 rooms spread across two main buildings with two floors served by a lift and also some smaller blocks in the grounds of the hotel. This non-smoking hotel has a 24-reception service and also offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Renovated in 2016, the rooms have a typical Cretan feel and benefit from a terrace or balcony with views of either, the garden, pool or sea. All rooms are equipped with the following facilities:

  • Private facilities with hair dryer and toiletries
  • Air conditioning with climate control
  • TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Mini-fridge
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
Aegean Pearl Hotel ★★★★★

The Aegean Pearl Hotel is a 5-star design hotel offering a unique ambience and high level of comfort. This non-smoking hotel has a 24-reception service, lift and also offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. Each of the hotels 112 stylish rooms are decorated with modern furnishings and luxurious touches. With rooms on the ground floor as well as two further floors, each room enjoys a furnished terrace or balcony with garden or sea view and are equipped with the following facilities:

  • Private facilities with hair dryer and toiletries
  • Air conditioning with climate control
  • TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Safety deposit box
  • Tea / Coffee
  • Mini-fridge
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi