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$3750 Double / $4600 Single

Pre-Tour Extension: $1250 Double/ $1500 Single

Sarah has a big birthday coming up next year, and she wants to go somewhere special and celebrate with all of you! Imagine a staycation with days on end to relax at the beach and explore the beautiful Greek island of Crete in the Aegean Sea! You will spend 7 nights and 8 days in a gorgeous hotel in Chania, experiencing all the atmosphere, food, and wine you can handle.

And if this doesn’t sound like enough for you, you can add on the optional pre-tour extension in Athens! This will include a guided tour of the ancient sites, 2 nights at a comfortable hotel, plus a cabin for an overnight ferry ride. From there you will wake up in Crete, ready to begin the next part of your adventure!

You can expect our usual high quality: great lodgings, excellent food, and fantastic guides.

Extension Day One

Overnight: Athens

Kalimera! Welcome to Greece! Our guides will meet you at our Athens hotel for an introduction and first dinner together.

Extension Day Two

Overnight: Athens

Today we will learn about Athens through a guided walking tour of this historic city. Relax a little on your own before another scrumptious dinner with the group.

Extension Day Three

Overnight: Ferry

This morning you will explore the Acropolis with a guided walking tour. In the afternoon, you will be transported to the port. Find your cabin and have a restful night, sleeping on the calming waves as you are transported to the island of Crete.

Day One

Overnight: Chania

Wake up on Crete to begin your island adventure! At the hotel, meet up with the newcomers to the group and get settled in. This evening, take a walking tour of Chania’s Old Town and then enjoy a group dinner.

Day Two

Overnight: Chania

This morning we will be transported to Elafonisi Beach, stopping at a 17th century monastery on the way. Elafonisi is known for its unique pink sand and during high tide is actually its own island, separated from Crete by a shallow, warm lagoon. Relax on the beach or swim before heading back to your hotel for the night.

Day Three

Overnight: Chania

Today we road trip through the villages. Along the way we will stop at an olive mill for an olive oil tasting, take a break to savor Greek coffee and local sfakiani pie in a kafenion, and finsih at an olive farm to get hands-on experience making traditional cheese pies. Tastings and lunch included alongside live music at the olive farm. We’ll even manage to squeeze in a wine tasting to boot!

Day Four

Overnight: Chania

Full day at Leisure. But don’t make plans from early evening onwards as today is Sarah’s birthday!

Day Five

Overnight: Chania

Sail to the island of Imeri Gramvousa, located 20km northwest of Kissamos, opposite the imposing Cape of Gramvousa and 2 miles northwest of the famous lagoon of Balos. Admire the imposing fortress at the top of the island, overlooking the beach and stunning scenery. BBQ buffet lunch on the boat. Balos is famous for its white sand, turquoise waters, wild natural beauty, and beautiful exotic scenery.

Day Six

Overnight: Chania

This is the ‘’must do’’ tour for history lovers. Visit the Palace of Knossos and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion to discover Europe’s earliest city and civilization. On our way back enjoy a guided visit of Rethymno’s charming old town.

Day Seven

Overnight: Chania

Today we are exploring Crete’s south coast with visits to Glyka Nera beach, Loutro bay, and lunch at a taverna on Dialiskari Beach in Loutro. The bay is built amphitheatrically in a sheltered bay. The main feature of the village is that there are no roads, so there are no cars, making it the ideal place for relaxation. Farewell dinner back in Chania.

Day Eight

The tour is over after breakfast. Your guide will assist you in departure plans.

Price: $3750 (Air not included) per person for a double occupancy room. Single Supplement is $850. We welcome singles and if you do not have a travel partner, please sign up for a single spot. In the event that a roommate is found, your booking can be changed to a double before final payment is due.

What’s included: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches or dinners, and 7 nights lodging in a clean, comfortable, and centrally located hotel. All admissions and fees for group activities. Transport within the tour and private guides, tips included.

Deposit Policy: A non-refundable deposit of $600 per person is due upon booking.

Tour begins and ends in Chania (CHQ).

Pre-Tour Extension: Price is $1250 (air not included) per person for a double occupancy room and the single supplement is $250. This includes 3 nights/3 days in Athens (June 18-21) before Crete staycation. 2 nights at a hotel, guided tour, welcome dinner, and overnight ferry to Crete. Tour begins in Athens (ATH) and ends in Chania (CHQ).

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It really was a wonderful trip. This was our first group trip, and the size was just right. We all got along well which was a bonus. Everything was smooth, and Sarah had picked out some really wonderful things for us to do. I felt like we were getting "sneak peeks" of special things regular tourists don't get to do. We were willing participants for her to try out new things on this trip. The hotels were lovely, and the wine lunches perfect! There was a good balance of planned activities and free time which I appreciated. I will definitely be looking for more trips to go on with Adventures with Sarah!

Leslie P.Sicily Pleasures tour

Good accommodations in the heart of all important areas. Food experience was excellent with incentive to try new foods. Sarah is very personable and has each tour member's concerns and needs in mind. Love the small groups.

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We had a wonderful trip with no issues at all. Gorgeous area, plenty of delicious food, perfect weather and knowledgeable guide!

John G.Harvest tour

What a perfect way to get back into European travel. It was obvious from the start that Trish had put her heart and soul into the planning of the Hidden Paris tour. It was a great mix of adventures and I throughly enjoyed my travel group, who became like family, and it was obvious to see why most had traveled with adventures with Sarah before, Our local guide, Julian, was excellent and it was fun finally getting to also meet Sarah and sons. Merci beaucoup, Trish for this great time and I hope to travel with you again in the future.

Leslie A.Paris Staycation tour

A thoroughly enjoyable trip. George, our leader, was super-knowledgeable, helpful, energetic, and fun. His knowledge of people and places gave us experiences we couldn't have duplicated on our own. The itinerary was great - I thought the pace was good and we had a variety of experiences. The only thing I didn't like was that the weather in late April was rather chilly and often wet, more so than I expected. However, traveling later in the spring would have meant missing Orthodox Easter, which was the highlight of the trip for me. We spent it in a rural village, and participating in the villagers' traditions was a rare privilege that I'll never forget. So take an umbrella and some warm clothes and prepare for a special experience. Maybe you'll get the sunshine that we mostly didn't get!

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This was a wonderful trip! Susanna was such a wonderful tour guide, thoughtful, funny, informative. I can’t imagine a better guide for this trip! Our accommodations were wonderful as were all the varied activities and dining experiences. I enjoyed the other travelers in our group and felt as if we were family. I have made new friends that I will keep in touch with. Thank you!

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