Greece

Winter in Greece: The Magical Island of Crete

Program No. 22935RJ
From its arid east to the lush forests of the west, Crete beckons to be explored. Experience this ancient island like a local during the quieter winter months when the climate is mild.

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At a Glance

The largest of the Greek islands, Crete has served as a melting pot of cultures since ancient times. Discover the best of this Aegean isle during the quieter winter months when the crowds have dissipated and the weather is mild. As you explore coastal villages and ancient sites, unravel the history of the Minoans, Romans, Ottomans and others who have left their mark on Cretan culture. Meet local families, sample local delicacies and even try your hand at creating Cretan cuisine during a hands-on cooking class.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day over hilly and uneven terrain. Steep stairs without railings at historic sites, standing up to four hours a day with breaks.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Delve into ancient history during field trips and lecture to learn about Minoan Civilization.
  • Experience a traditional visit at the home of a local family in a village and enjoy authentic local raki, followed by lunch at a picturesque Eco-Lodge and a performance by a local musician playing the Cretan Lyra.
  • Marvel at the ruins of Knossos, considered by experts to be Europe’s oldest city.
Featured Expert
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Eleni Petroutsou
Eleni Petroutsou was born in Athens and has always been intrigued by the wider world. In school, she learned English, Italian, German and some Spanish. After studying archaeology and history at university, she graduated from the State School of Tour Guides. Her 36 years of experience as a group leader have taken her to Asia, the Middle East and beyond. She says leading Road Scholar programs gives her “the opportunity to share my knowledge with well-traveled, educated, polite and interesting people!”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Eleni Petroutsou was born in Athens and has always been intrigued by the wider world. In school, she learned English, Italian, German and some Spanish. After studying archaeology and history at university, she graduated from the State School of Tour Guides. Her 36 years of experience as a group leader have taken her to Asia, the Middle East and beyond. She says leading Road Scholar programs gives her “the opportunity to share my knowledge with well-traveled, educated, polite and interesting people!”
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Meals
15 Meals
7 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
4 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Fat, Low Salt
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Nov 04, 2024 - Nov 12, 2024
  • Nov 04, 2024 - Nov 12, 2024
  • Oct 28, 2024 - Nov 05, 2024
  • Nov 04, 2024 - Nov 12, 2024
  • Nov 11, 2024 - Nov 19, 2024
  • Jan 20, 2025 - Jan 28, 2025
  • Feb 03, 2025 - Feb 11, 2025
  • Feb 17, 2025 - Feb 25, 2025
  • Mar 03, 2025 - Mar 11, 2025
  • Nov 03, 2025 - Nov 11, 2025
  • Nov 10, 2025 - Nov 18, 2025
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.
2 nights
Athens
The Hera Hotel is located right at the foot of the Acropolis hill, the new Acropolis Museum, and the interconnected archaeological sites. Hera Hotel offers a unique opportunity for guests to enjoy the vibrant old city of Athens.
5 nights
Heraklion
The Aquila Atlantis Hotel is located near the central square of Heraklion in Crete. Guests enjoy views of the harbor, and are within walking distance from the city’s historical center, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the 16th century seafront fortress.





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