Active Family Holidays
Guided / Family / Multi Day / Crete /
  • Duration 8 days
  • Group size 3-8 participants
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A unique itinerary situated for families that aim to come closer to Cretan nature and history through several outdoors and entertaining activities.

Using a charming small hotel in Cretan nature as our base, we depart everyday for a different “adventure” to discover real Crete.

Highlights include: Sailing to the uninhabited Dia Island, Sea Kayaking to Mirabello Gulf and visit the island of Spinalonga (Venetian fortress), Hiking on the sacred Mountain Karfi with spectacular views to Lassithi plateau and Rock Climbing and Swimming at the beautiful beach of Agiofarago.

Optionally in your “Free days” you could visit the magnificent Knossos Palace, the Archaeological museum or other sites of interest or participate in other outdoor activities such as Canyoning, River Trekking and Mountain Biking.  

DAY 1: Arrive in Crete

Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to the charming small hotel in Cretan nature - Country Hotel Velani.  The hotel is situated in the rural country side close to the small village of Avdou.

Overnight in Country Hotel


DAY 2: Hiking & Caving

After breakfast we will drive towards the largest plateau of Crete - Lassithi plateau.

Starting from the village of Tzermiado we shall pass through the small and beautiful “Nissimos” valley to reach the sacred summit of Karfi, which offers spectacular view to the north coast and a Minoan settlement. From the summit we shall descend back to Tzermiado from a different route. At Lassithi plateau we will also have the chance to experience a small journey through mythology by visiting Dictaion Andro, the cave where Zeus was born.

Overnight in Country Hotel

DAY 3: Sea Kayaking

Our sea adventure day starts from our water sports base at Elounda bay. We will start with a short briefing about the right technique to paddle the two-seated sea-kayaks and we shall embark to our kayaks to stroke with a gentle slow row to explore the gulf of Mirabello. We will continue to explore the historic island of Spinalonga that was a massive fortress for the Venetians and later became a leper colony. 

Overnight in Country Hotel

DAY 4: Rock Climbing & swimming

Hike through the historic gorge of Agiofarago before emerging at the crystal-clear waters of Mediterranean Sea in the unique beach of Agiofarago and discover your spirit of adventure by participating in our Rock Climbing activity!!

"Agiofarago" means "Gorge of Saints". This gorge used to be the shelter of the monks of the near-by Monasteries.  On the sea cliffs there are climbing routes that are bolt - protected as well as routes that require natural protection (on nuts etc), for all abilities.

Our experience and enthusiasm for rock climbing, gave some spectacular climbing routes on the cliffs and the rocks of the area.

We invite you to participate in this unique fun activity – Rock Climbing, which builds group spirit and self-confidence. 

Just dare to do it and you will be amazed of what you can achieve!!!

Overnight in Country Hotel

DAY 5: Free Day

This is a free day to spend it at your leisure. We would be happy to make our suggestions for day trips depending on your requirements.

Overnight in Country Hotel

DAY 6: Sailing

Starting from Heraklion port, we will have a short briefing where participants will be informed about the sailing safety equipment and procedures of the yacht. After the briefing the trip will begin.  Our destination is the uninhabited island of Dia, approximately 10 miles from Heraklion.

During the trip passengers may participate in the handling of the yacht under crew instructions.

By the time we reach the small island of Dia we shall have free time to enjoy swimming, snorkeling or fishing in the crystal waters. Our trip continues with a relaxed sailing back to Heraklion. A wonderful trip that combines a really exquisite sport and a new way of having fun!

Overnight in Country Hotel

DAY 7: Free Day

This is a free day to spend it at your leisure. We would be happy to make our suggestions for day trips depending on your requirements.

Overnight in Country Hotel

DAY 8: Departure

This is the last day of our trip, we will transfer you to Heraklion airport at a convenient time. End of Services


  • All accommodation with breakfast
  • Services of the tour leader – guide
  • Group transfers from/to Heraklion Airport
  • All transports throughout the trip as described in the itinerary
  • All outdoor activities as described in the itinerary
  • All local taxes

Not Included

  • Transport to and from Crete
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees in Museums and other sites of interest (i.e. monasteries, caves, etc)
  • Overnight stay tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not clearly listed above


Everyone participating in any of Cretan Adventures events/activities is covered by third party insurance through Ethniki Asfalistiki.

Participants need to be covered by their own personal insurance (Health/accident insurance) for the chosen activities.

If clients wish to be covered for personal insurance (Health/accident insurance) by A.I.G Europe Limited s/he must notify in paper the above to Cretan Adventures and pay the additional cost.

Cretan Adventures is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.


We travel by our own rented air-conditioned bus/car or taxis


Bed and breakfast at a small hotel in the rural country side close to the village of Avdou.


Activity Level

We adjust all our activities in kids’ abilities. Our guides encourage the kids to have fun and enjoy their time by participating in the outdoor activities.

No previous experience is needed to any of our activities.


  • Daypack (approx.25-35l)
  • Trekking or sport shoes
  • Mountain clothing (waterproof wind jacket, polar fleece sweater etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sun Cream
  • Sun Glasses
  • Swimming suit
  • Casual clothing

Note on Itineraries

Please bear in mind that the itinerary can be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather, trail conditions) to ensure the safety and the well being of all the family. The final selection of activities is left up to Cretan Adventures.