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The 80th Anniversary of Operation Mercury, Crete, led by Mike Bradley

19th - 25th May 2021

7 days from £1,845pp

Join us as we honour the bravery of Allied forces, who, alongside Greek soldiers and heroic Cretans, fought fiercely against the German airborne assault codenamed Operation Mercury and in the Battle of Crete.
  • Accompanied by experienced battlefield guide, Mike Bradley
  • 6 nights in 4* hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Honour the fallen in a Private Service of Remembrance at Suda Bay War Cemetery
  • Visit to the Historical Museum of Crete
  • In-depth sightseeing tours including the German landing sites at Heraklion, Rethymno and Chania
  • Visit to Knossos and Villa Ariadne

80th Anniversary of Operation Mercury, Crete, led by Mike Bradley

Crete has always been considered a strategic point in the Mediterranean Sea. When the Italians attacked Greece in October 1940, British forces garrisoned Crete, and Churchill announced the establishment of airbases and port facilities on the island. Capturing Crete was a necessary German block against these British threats and on April 25th, 1941 Hitler issued Directive No. 28 for the assault codenamed ‘Operation Mercury’. The German invasion of Crete was the first strategic airborne operation aimed at attacking and occupying such an important target.

This Remembrance Tour visits the sites of the German landings and principal Allied assaults giving a fascinating insight into the events of May 1941. Our sightseeing includes the memorials and museums that tell us more about German occupation, the Resistance and everyday life in Crete during the Second World War. A special Service of Remembrance at Suda Bay War Cemetery is a chance to honour those who lost their lives in the latest act of a war trilogy with which German and Italian troops captured the whole country of Greece.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Astoria Capsis Hotel

★★★★

With a tradition of over 50 years’ in hospitality, the 4-star Astoria Capsis Hotel promises guests both excellent service, and an ambiance of warmth and intimacy. Many of the hotel facilities have been recently renovated and each of the 121 modern and stylish guest rooms has individually controlled air-conditioning. The Astoria Capsis Hotel is ideally located on the main square in the historic centre of the Cretan capital.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
The hotel has three restaurants and an excellent buffet breakfast is served daily in the Erofil Restaurant. Cosy Café Bistro is open throughout the day for beverages and light snacks, whilst the Capsis 360’ Rooftop Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place to dine, enjoy a drink and take in the stunning panoramic views. The Rooftop Garden is also home to the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool with umbrellas and sun loungers. Other facilities include a gym, TV room, Games Room and Library, and there is complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel.
Room Facilities & Amenities

Elegantly designed guest rooms with contemporary style furnishings feature beds with anatomic mattresses and all the facilities for a comfortable stay. Overlooking either the hotel’s inner courtyard or the streets of Heraklion, rooms are available as a double/twin share or for sole use.

  • En suite bathroom with shower or bath tub, hairdryer, slippers and complimentary toiletries
  • Safe deposit box
  • Flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary WiFI

Hotel Achillion Palace, Rethymno

★★★★

Hotel Achillion Palace is situated in the most beautiful quarter of Rethymno, close to the seafront and the entrance to the Old Town with its narrow streets, imposing medieval castle and picturesque Venetian port. This elegant, fully renovated 4-star hotel, which has just 72 guest rooms, perfectly blends comfort with traditional Cretan hospitality.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities

A buffet breakfast of typical Cretan delicacies is served in the hotel’s bright dining room. The main restaurant offers a lunch and dinner menu and tasty snacks are also served in the hotel bars, one of which is found in the hotel’s lush indoor courtyard garden. Hotel facilities include a rooftop swimming pool with umbrellas and sun loungers. It is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the sea and entire city.

Room Facilities & Amenities
The hotel’s spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms have simple yet stylish furnishings. Each has floor to ceiling windows leading to a balcony looking out towards the sea or the hotel’s verdant indoor garden. Rooms are available as a double/twin share or for sole use.
  • En suite bathroom with hairdryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Flat screen TV
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Fridge
  • Complimentary WiFI

Porto Veneziano Hotel, Chania

★★★

Enjoying a wonderful location on the waterfront overlooking the Old Venetian harbour, the Porto Veneziano Hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Chania and less than a 30-minute walk to the beach. A warm welcome awaits in this superior 3-star hotel where guests experience genuine Cretan hospitality. There are just 51 rooms and 6 suites in this non-smoking hotel that has been awarded the Green Key for its sensibility towards the environment.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
A breakfast of savoury and sweet Cretan dishes made with traditional, local ingredients is served in the hotel’s breakfast room. The Café Bar serves light snacks and refreshing drinks during the day and guests can enjoy limited hour Room Service. Other facilities include 24-hour Reception, a Library, patio garden and complimentary WiFi.
Room Facilities & Amenities
The hotel’s elegant, stylish guest rooms have oak wood floors and are equipped with wooden Holz door frames with double energy efficient window panes that ensure sound and heat insulation, and a blackout system for total darkness. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s eco-friendly sleep system with beds equipped with mattress and a top mattress made from natural ingredients made up with luxurious 100% cotton bed linen. All rooms have private balcony and are available for double/twin share or with a queen size bed for sole use.
  • En suite bathroom with shower, bathrobe, slippers, hairdryer & complimentary toiletries
  • Electric safe deposit box
  • Flat screen TV with satellite channels
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Iron (upon request)
  • Complimentary WiFI