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Heraklion and Samaria then to Santorini


Hi - I'm planning a return trip to Crete with my family. 2 adults, 2 teenagers. My daughter would like to hike the Samarian Gorge again, and I would like to spend a day or two on Santorini. We have already bought flight tix from Riga to Heraklion, and have rented a car.

We'd like to spend some time living very budget consciously, and then spend 5 days to a week in a more upscale environment or in a villa, though in Santorini a hotel would be great. How would you structure this trip? Our dates are June 5 to June 18.

Banuta from Latvia




Hi Banuta, what a lovely holiday you have planned. We are more than happy to offer some Crete info below.

We suggest you stay within the centre of the island so as to make it easy, especially as you will need to depart from the port of Heraklion to Santorini. In our itinerary below we have put the visit to Santorini at the end of your stay in Crete, but of course you could travel to Santorini whenever you would prefer.

Depending on your arrival/departure time into Heraklion airport we have provided an accommodation option close to the airport (yet still in a beautiful village) which is handy when first arriving or on the night before departure.

We have placed links below, which are also some suggestions of day trips from both locations, including Samaria Gorge.


Crete Info - Red Beach Way from Matala Beach (image by Ana C)




Crete Info

 
Days One to Six – Budget accom - Pension Iliaki in Matala
Days Seven to Eleven – beachside at Out of the Blue Resort in Agia Pelagia Village
Days Twelve to Fourteen – Santorini – Mystique Hotel in Oia

Day One
Sunday 5th June
Arrive Heraklion airport, pick up hire car
Stay Option One – 18 km from airport - Arhontiko Studios, Arhanes Village
Stay Option Two – 75 km from airport – Pension Iliaki, Matala Beach

Day Two
Monday 6th June
Stay Matala Beach – Pension Iliaki
Relaxing at beach

Day Three
Tuesday 7th June
Stay Matala Beach – Pension Iliaki
Relaxing at beach

Day Four
Wed 8th June
Stay Matala Beach – Pension Iliaki
Relaxing at beach

Day Five
Thur 9th June
Stay Matala Beach – Pension Iliaki
Relaxing at beach

Day Six
Fri 10th June
Stay Matala Beach – Pension Iliaki
Relaxing at beach

Day Seven
Sat 11th June
Drive approx 70-80 km 
Stay – 20 km from Heraklion – Out of the Blue Resort, Agia Pelagia

Day Eight
Sun 12th June
Stay Out of the Blue Resort, Agia Pelagia

Day Nine
Mon 13th June
Stay Out of the Blue Resort, Agia Pelagia

Day Ten
Tues 14th June
Stay Out of the Blue Resort, Agia Pelagia

Day Eleven
Wed 15th June
Drop off hire car
Take fast ferry to Santorini
Stay Mystique Hotel, Oia, Santorini

Day Twelve
Thur 16th June
Stay Mystique Hotel, Oia, Santorini

Day Thirteen
Sat 18th June
Depending on time of flight, take fast ferry back to Heraklion
Option One - Stay Mystique Hotel, Oia, Santorini
Option Two - Stay Arhontiko Studios, Arhanes Village
Ready for early departure on flight

Day Fourteen
Taxi to Heraklion airport
Departure

Here are the Crete info pages for the various locations suggested in Crete:
Heraklion Town
Matala Beach
Matala Village

Close to Matala are the following, all perfect for day trips:
Kokkinos Pirgos
Phaistos
Zaros Village

When staying in the north of Heraklion your daughter can take the day or two day trip to Samaria Gorge, and your group can take day trips to the palace of Knossos, and perhaps Fodele:
Day Tours to Samaria &/or Knossos
Agia Pelagia Beach
About Knossos
Fodele Village

Here you can find more information on the various hotels suggested in Crete, with a cheaper hotel also suggested for Santorini:
Arhontiko Studios, near Heraklion
Pension Iliaki, Matala Beach
Out of the Blue Resort, Agia Pelagia
Mystique Hotel, Oia, Santorini
San Giorgio Villas – cheaper option in Fira, Santorini


Crete Info - here are handy links for taxi and ferry:
Getting Around in Crete
Crete to Santorini