Crete & The Cyclades
Get away this year on an inspiring island hopping adventure. For a satisfyingly representative and tantalisingly different mix of Greek islands – pick Crete, Paros and Santorini.
Relaxing and lively in equal measure, these islands will deliver memories to cherish for a lifetime. Start your Greek getaway in enchanting Crete. Indulge in spas, tempting cuisine, old town charms, a rich heritage, fun filled nights and beach heaven. Explore delightful Paros, with its whitewashed buildings and superb coastline. You'll end your stay in Santorini, with fiery sunsets, stylish resorts and breathtaking views.
See below for our recommended itinerary. For the best connections, we suggest you start your trip on a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday or Sunday. Available from 15 May until 19 October. Flights are available on other dates. Inter island transfers by ferry are included, as are private car transfers between each hotel and the ferry port.
The ferry transfer between Crete and Paros takes approximately 5 hours and departs daily. The ferry transfer between Paros and Santorini takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes and departs daily. Please note: Ferry timetables and operating days are subject to change.
Crete is a dream destination for many visitors to Greece. As popular as it is though, Crete still somehow manages to hold on to its unique personality. The beaches are an obvious reason to set your sights here. Heavenly stretches of golden sand or pebbles, clear waters, organised or secluded and off the beaten track. You’ll find every kind of beach here in Crete. Lap up some culture to, with Crete’s long history that includes, Minoan palaces, Venetian towns, Minoan palaces, Medieval Castles and Ottoman mosques and Byzantine monasteries.
Being such a large island – the third largest in Greece, there are so many things to see and do in Crete.
Relax on the crystal beaches of Paros Island, stroll around small traditional villages and enjoy warm evenings spent outside enjoying an evening drink. This popular Cyclades island is a hit with romantic couples, the younger crowd and families of all ages. Meander through the paved streets of quaint villages like Naoussa, Parikia and Lefkes with their whitewashed houses and iconic blue-domed churches. Golden Beach on the south eastern side of Paros is popular for windsurfing and you can easily take a leisurely day trip to the small island of Antiparos, with crystal beaches and a chilled vibe.
Sink your toes into the golden sands and ... relax.
One of the world’s most romantic destinations is all due to one of the world’s largest volcanic eruptions taking place in about 1,500 BC! So many years later and the breathtaking views, shimmering sunsets and luxurious resorts are what makes the island such a hot destination and keeps Santorini at the top of most people’s romantic wish lists.
Visit the submerged volcano and the caldera, explore the delightful caldera villages with their sugar cube houses and fall in love with the stunning island of Santorini. Be sure to seek out the best sunset spot at Oia, Visit the Minoan Town of Akrotiri and get up close to Santorini’s volcano. Take a day trip by boat to Nea Kameni and walk up the black, solid sides of this steaming lava island. Seek out some healing hot springs in Agios Nikolaos while you’re there too!
Build your Island Hopping trip
Aldemar Knossos Royal ★★★★★
- Located in Hersonissos
- Perfect for families
- Superb sports facilities
Agapi Beach Resort ★★★★Plus
- Located in Amoudara
- Great for couples and families
- Close to local attractions
Creta Maris Beach Resort ★★★★★
- Located in Hersonissos
- Great for families
- Local Charm
Mareva Apartments ★★Plus
- Located in Hersonissos
- Simple, well-maintained apartments
- Hillside location
Theartemis Palace Hotel ★★★★
- Located in Rethymnon
- 100 metres from large sandy beach
- One kilometre from town centre and picturesque waterfront harbour
Eri Hotel ★★★
- Only 300 metres from the beach
- Lovely sea and mountain views
- Swimming Pool
Mr and Mrs White Hotel, Paros ★★★★
- One kilometre from the beach
- State of the art guest facilities
Panorama Hotel Paros ★★★
- Located on a small side street on a hill overlooking the bay of Parikia
- Walking distance from beach, restaurants and bars
Poseidon of Paros Hotel & Spa ★★★★
- Located on Golden Beach (Chrissi Akti)
- Perfect for families and couples
- Great facilities including a spa
Notos Therme and Spa Hotel ★★★★
- Located in Vlichada
- Enioy a free 7 day spa package
- Stylish cliffside hotel overlooking harbour
- Located in Pyrgos Kallistis
- Private pool or hot tub
- Suites' Manager
Cliff Side Suites ★★★★
- Located in Firostefani
- Cave like studios available
- On the volcanic rim
Aegean Plaza Hotel ★★★★
- Located in Kamari
- Great for families and guests of all ages
- Close to the beach, bars and restaurants
Alia Hotel ★★★
- Located Kamari
- 500 metres from the beach, shops and restaurants
- Swimming pool