Crete

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Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and home to many Greek myths and a rich and varied modern history. Use your luxury holiday in Greece as an opportunity to visit the renowned ruins at Knossos Palace, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and thought to be the political center of the Minoan civilization. 


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Best time to be there

The mainland and islands are very hot and dry in July and especially August, the preferred travel month for French, Italian and Spanish holiday makers, making conditions busy, hotel availability limited and the beaches crowded. May, June and September are infinitely more comfortable and generally less expensive.
Rhodes, with its refreshing westerly winds and moderate summer heat, makes it the ideal place to travel for a summer holiday or a short break in the spring or Autumn.

Fly to

Athens and Thessaloniki (British Airways); Rhodes (easyjet); Heraklion, Santorini and Mykonos (British Airways to Athens and onward with Aegean Air)

Flying time

3-4 hours

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Athens City Break

Nights: 4 | from £950pp

Get under the skin of Greece's ancient capital on a 4 day tour of Athens's markets and museums, the mighty Acropolis and the Plaka district. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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The Peloponnese

Nights: 9 | from £4,330pp

Visit Athens with an expert guide then travel on to Epidaurus, the ancient citadel of Mycenae and explore unspoilt seaside landscapes over 9 nights. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Greek Island Hopping

Nights: 6 | from £2,150pp

Hop your way around the Cyclades islands, taking in the charm of Santorini, the lively town of Mykonos and the cultural gem that is the tiny, traditional... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Nestled on the famed coast of Elounda on the Island of Crete, the Blue Palace Resort offers a luxurious take on island living. Using natural stone materials,... Find out more

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Elounda Beach Hotel & Villas

This luxurious hotel created in traditional Cretan style oozes sophistication. With access to two private, sandy beaches and a wide range of leisure activities... Find out more

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Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites

Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites is a family owned and run boutique collection of 10 Suites close to the main pool, 5 Massage Suites each with private... Find out more

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Elounda Mare

Originally built as a Cretan mansion, Elounda Mare Hotel offers traditional architecture and design combined with antique furniture and artwork. The bungalows... Find out more

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Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel

Accommodations at this all suite resort are fantastic. Choose between the Peninsula Collection Suites featuring one to three bedrooms set over two floors... Find out more

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Celebrity Cruise – Greek Isles Cruise

Nights: 9 | from £2,550pp

Discover the wonders of Ancient Greece on this sailing, which follows the picturesque coastline of Croatia before tracing a path to Athens and onwards... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Venice to Rome discovery Ft. Regent SevenSeas

Nights: 13 | from £4,650pp

Discover the Mediterranean’s evocative mix of culture and history, from the canals of Venice and walled city of Dubrovnik to the romance of Capri and... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Adriatic Wonders Ft. Seabourn

Nights: 13 | from £3,750pp

Sail away in style from Venice to discover the natural wonders and historic riches of atmospheric tucked-away Adriatic ports and islands, whose appeal... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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