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Crete is the largest of all the Greek Islands and is made up of white bays, olive groves, huge vineyards and rich vegetation. The uniqueness of the island is the wonderful combination it offers to its visitors: rich archeological sites, vibrant and romantic cities, alongside unique and impressive natural phenomena.
As in all of Greece, you will discover authentic villages, friendly, welcoming locals, white sandy beaches, and clear azure stretches of water. Throughout Crete you will also find important ancient archeological sites, that teach us about the fascinating history of the Island.
Although many of the travelers to Crete come here for a vacation and a lazy beach holiday, it is worth discovering that there is far beyond that. Greece and its Islands are the ideal destination for those looking for the combination – a great base from which to venture on days out hiking, touring, drinking in the rich history and culture combined with endless stretches of idyllic beaches.
Crete, like Andros Island and the Pelion Peninsula, tops the list of destinations for perfect beaches, star tours, spectacular views, beautiful hiking trails, picturesque villages and historical sites… What more could you need?
An architectural work of art by the sea
The elegant and opulent Emirates complex was inaugurated less than a decade ago and showcases a new level of luxury and exclusivity that is evident in every detail: high-class design and upscale furnishings and fittings at every point in the hotel, the finest materials used across the board to create a a spectacular and meticulous finish.
A stay in paradise
We have a particularly large selection of luxurious rooms, elegant suites, private villas and even unique bungalows that allow you to indulge and feel nature up close and personal. Inside the units you will find designer furniture and state-of-the-art bathrooms, including colorful hot tubs. Outside – tanning beds, gazebos and sun terraces and in most of the units even private pools.
Forget about everything
Renew your healing energyAt the prestigious Elixir Alchemy spa complex, you can take a healthy break from it all and choose from a variety of treatments: Signature massage treatments, facials with organic herbs and aromatic salts, Ayurvedic treatments by experienced Indian therapists and more.
Time for the Family Time for the Soul
At the Amirandes Resort you can choose to bask in the magical views and the quiet or take advantage of the host of sports and attractions in and around the hotel. We have considered both you and our young guests and all that is left is just to enjoy!
Enjoy a whirlwind gastronomic experience throughout your stay with gourmet meals by international chefs and confectioners. The richness of flavors and aromas, elegant plating and endless choice will make every meal a happy memory. Tour Plus’s world famous pancakes will also be waiting for you there…
Our team of chefs and pastry chefs have prepared a very rich menu for you. At mealtimes, you will enjoy a plethora of dishes made from only the finest ingredients. During Yom Tov and Shabbat meals we will be honored to present you with classics from the full diversity of the Jewish kitchen that will remind you of the taste of home.
We will begin the day in the picturesque village of Kritsa, which sits on the slopes of Mount Kastellos and explore its colorful streets and alleys. Our next stop will be Plaka from which we will take a fishing boat and sail to Spinalonga Island, which was built by the Venetians and is also called the Leper Island. It is so named because here the lepers of Crete and the rest of Greece were forced to live in quarantine until 1957. We will walk around the island and explore the restored Venetian fortress. We will retrace our steps back to Plaka and drive to Agios Nikolaos, which is a beautiful and inviting seaside town. Considered an attractive tourist destination, it nevertheless manages to maintain a calm atmosphere of typical Greek character. We will tour the charming downtown, which has colorful cafes dotted around the lake and quaint little shops for every budget.
Today we will drive south towards the Lasithi Plateau, a high and beautiful plateau and one of the favorite tourist spots in Crete. This plateau is famous for the Venetian windmills scattered around it since the 15th Century. Today, only a few remain, preserved in their classic design for your pleasure. As we rise to the plateau, we will stop at an impressive vantage point that looks out on the valley and the ocean below. Then, descending into the green valley towards the Diktaion Antron Stalactite Cave (also called the Zeus Cave because according to Greek mythology this is believed to be the birthplace of the god Zeus). The cave itself is very cool and beautiful and is adorned with stalactites of various shapes and sizes. On our way back we will stop in the village of Tzermiado to get a feel of the village life and enjoy the local craftsmanship in all its forms.
Option A – Tour of Heraklion
Today we will visit Heraklion, the capital of Crete and the largest city on the island. It is a bustling port city, full of fascinating sites. We will tour the Old City that looks out on the sea and surrounds the harbor. It is lively and full of character. At the entrance to the port we will see the 16th Century Venetian Citadel. It is one of the most beautiful Venetian fortresses in the Mediterranean, with its fortifications overlooking the harbor and the Old City. We will continue to the main market which is a great destination for shopping-lovers, providing an authentic shopping experience and many great finds.
Option B – Visit the Crete Aquarium
The Crete Aquarium is one of the newer sites in the area, and well worth a visit. The structure was built with enormous investment and is located in the area of the marine research station. Cretan Thalassocosmos, as a water-bound island, has a close acquaintance with the sealife around it, and invites you to a fascinating undersea exploration of it’s secrets. Visitors will encounter dark-loving creatures of the deep, sharks and other predators, coral reefs, a spectacular view of the jellyfish world and a special and colorful encounter with tropical fish.