Spring Adventure 2020:
Herbs, Wildflowers and the Traditional Cuisine of Crete
April 25 to May 4, 2020
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The price for this tour with all activities, travel, lodging and meals indicated is €3,000 per person. Our tour group is limited to 8 guests.
WHY IS THE TOUR PRICED IN EUROS? While we accept payments for this tour in US dollars, the actual cost of the tour is based on the current exchange rate between Euros (€) and US dollars. The Euro is the currency of Greece (and the European Union). The price of the tour will not change, however it is possible that the value of the US dollar will fluctuate in relation to the Euro before you make your final payment on February 1, 2020. To determine the current exchange rate for the Euro to US dollars, visit www.xe.com. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
Nine nights, double occupancy lodging. (Single supplements available.)
All tour activities described in the itinerary.
Nine breakfasts, eight lunches and six dinners (with wine).
Transfers within Crete for all tour activities, as noted in the itinerary.
Guided tours and entrance fees to all archaeological sites, museums and herb farms.
Patricia Kyritsi Howell and Robinette Kennedy as your personal guides.
Airfare to and from Crete.
Items of a personal nature (laundry, bottled water, medical supplies, optional excursions and other items not cited above).
Additional alcoholic beverages, snacks or meals you may choose to have during the trip that are not included in the tour price.
Gratuities for archaeological guides, taxi drivers and hotel staff (approximately $50-80).
Any costs resulting from transportation delays, and/or lost or delayed luggage while traveling to and from Crete.
REGISTRATION To register for the Herbs, Wildflowers and Traditional Cuisine of Crete, download our Registration Form and send it along with your deposit of $500.00 per person is required to hold your place in the tour. The balance of your payment is due February 1, 2020. The balance of your payment due will be calculated based on exchange rates on this date. Please read our Cancellation and Refund Policy (below) before registering.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY Deposits may be refunded, less $100 administrative fee, if we receive a written request no later than January 1, 2020. Please allow 30 days for refund requests to be processed. The price of this tour includes only the items, services and activities listed above. After January 1, 2020, no deposit refunds of any kind will be issued.
No discounts or adjusted price will be issued for portions of the tour in which you choose not to participate for any reason, either before or during the tour. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance before booking your plane tickets or submitting your final payment to Wild Crete Travel LLC. There are many possible travel insurance options. While we alway buy insurance before our trips, we have fortunately never needed to use them so can't personally recommend one over another. Here is a site that explains various things you need to know before you buy travel insurance, and also includes some reputable companies.
FINAL PAYMENT In order to guarantee your place on the tour, your final payment must be received no later than February 1, 2020. If your final payment is not received by this date, your reservation is automatically cancelled and your deposit forfeited. Once your final payment is made, no refunds of any kind will be issued.
ACCOMMODATIONS The first seven nights of the tour, accommodations are in small, family-run guesthouses in rural villages. You’ll stay in guest rooms or restored stone houses furnished in the traditional Cretan style with modern bathrooms, ample hot water, independent heating and daily maid service. Wi-Fi is available in sleeping rooms. The last three nights of the tour, accommodations are at a boutique hotel in the heart of Heraklion, Crete’s cosmopolitan capital city on the Sea of Crete. The hotel offers room service, a spa, a restaurant, a rooftop bar and 24-hour front desk services. All guest rooms have Wi-Fi, daily maid service and landline phones.
DOUBLE AND SINGLE OCCUPANCY All accommodations included in the price of this tour are double occupancy. Single supplements may be purchased for an additional fee if available; contact us for details.
Unless two people request each other as roommates, roommates of the same gender will be randomly assigned. If we are unable to provide you with a roommate (due to the number of people in the tour group or late registration), you will be responsible for paying an additional fee for a single supplement. If for any reason, at any time, you decide not to share a room with your assigned or requested roommate, and another single room is available, you will be responsible for any cost difference between the price of a double occupancy room and two single rooms. Room upgrades may also available at the hotel in Heraklion; contact us for details.
FLIGHTS TO CRETE The price of this tour does not include airfare. Your flight itinerary is from your home airport to Athens, Greece plus an additional flight from Athens to Heraklion, Crete. There are no direct flights available from the US to Crete. As of September, round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) to Athens, Greece, ranges between $900.00 and $1100.00. The additional 45 minute flight on Olympic Airlines from Athens to the Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport in Heraklion, Crete (Airport code: HER) costs approximately €75 each way.
The tour begins on Sunday, April 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm at the Heraklion airport where we will meet the group and begin our travels together. If you arrive after this time you will be responsible for the cost of a taxi transfer from the airport to the village of Kritsa (approximately €100 one way.) We strongly recommend that you contact us before finalizing your travel arrangements so that we may help you determine if your arrival and departure plans conform to our planned travel schedule.
ATHENS, SANTORINI AND BEYOND If you would like to visit Athens, or any of the many other beautiful places that Greece has to offer, we would be happy to help with your travel arrangements. Send us an email and we'll set up a time to talk!
IS THIS THE TRIP FOR YOU?
If you are culturally flexible and enjoy savoring delicious and possibly unfamiliar foods, meeting fascinating and hospitable people, experiencing new customs and visiting amazing out of the way places, this is the tour for you. We welcome anyone who sincerely enjoys group travel with all its inherent benefits and challenges.
Most of our days will be spent out of doors. A major part of each day’s activities will involve walking, and at times, hiking. Participation in this trip requires the ability to walk at least two miles at a moderate pace, without physical discomfort, sometimes on unpaved paths or slightly steep terrain in all kinds of weather.
To ensure that you’ll be welcomed into worlds on Crete that few tourists even know exist, we ask our guests to be open minded and willing to follow our suggestions for appropriate wardrobe choices and behavior that respects local customs.
And because we want to introduce you to the Cretan way of life, you should be ready to live like a temporary resident of Crete. Your accommodations for the first seven nights of the tour are in small villages in family-owned and operated guesthouses where you will be treated as an honored guest, surrounded by everyday village life.
For the last three nights, you’ll experience urban life in the heart of Heraklion, the bustling capital of Crete, at a boutique hotel overlooking the sea.
As is the custom in Crete, we’ll enjoy many of our meals at small family tavernas and restaurants that don’t rely on menus. Meals are based on traditional recipes using the freshest seasonal ingredients available from the family’s own garden and local area. Most meals included in the tour price are served family style. Vegetarians will find plenty of things to eat, and those with dietary restrictions may be fine if we know ahead of time.