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The Wonders of Crete

Hersónissos, Crete

  • A glass of wine All Inclusive

Lose yourself in Crete’s culture and history spanning millennia on this magical island odyssey

With the luxury of the all-inclusive Imperial Belvedere, you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy the locale and the many delights beyond too. You will step back in time to the era of the Minoans and find the many treasures of the past, from the magnificent site of the Palace of Knossos to antiquities from across Crete. And along with the ancient, we have the treasures of the present; the beauty of the island lies not purely in its long history, but in the dramatic landscapes and scenic coastlines.

On your travels, you’ll see that over the centuries, different civilisations and cultures have made Crete what it is today, including the remarkable influence of the Venetians and the architecture lifted straight from the famous city of canals to this sunny island, the birthplace of Zeus.


Hands shaking Included travel insurance

Bed7 nights at your hotel

Dinner plate20 meals: 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)

Dinner plateFree bar open 15 hours a day (local drinks)

PersonSaga tour manager


  • Return flights and transfers
  • Complimentary snacks at the snack bar
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at your hotel

Included experiences

  • Wine tasting
  • Local pottery demonstration

MapIncluded excursions and visits

  • Heraklion city tour (half day)
  • Knossos Palace and Heraklion archaeological museum (full day)
  • Rural Crete (half day)
  • Spinalonga (full day)

HeadphonesUse of audio headsets on guided tours

View Full Itinerary

Day 1 UK to Heraklion

Heraklion harbour, Crete

After a short transfer from the airport to the Imperial Belvedere hotel (3Q), you can settle in and join your Saga tour manager for a welcome reception before dinner. D

Day 2 Heraklion

St Minas Cathedral, Heraklion

Enjoy a leisurely morning. After lunch, set off to explore Crete’s capital, Heraklion. You’ll see the imposing Venetian city walls and old harbour, then Lions Square and its majestic fountain, the seventeenth-century Loggia city hall and St Minas Cathedral, with plenty of time to explore for yourself. B, L, D

Day 3 At leisure

Greek cafe overlooking the sea in Heraklion

Spend the day enjoying your time at the resort or head off elsewhere with independent activities. You are welcome to join an optional half-day tour to Archanes. B, L, D

Day 4 Knossos Palace

Knossos Palace

Travel to Knossos Palace, home to the mythical Minotaur’s labyrinth. This enormous site dates from Neolithic times with palaces appearing in the Bronze Age, where excavations began in 1900.

In the afternoon, you can admire the island’s breathtaking artefacts, found in places such as Knossos, at Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum. B, L, D

Day 5 Countryside tour

Vineyards of Heraklion

Spend the morning relaxing.

After lunch, wend our way into the island’s dramatic countryside of mountains, hillside groves and carpet of wild herbs. On your travels we shall stop at a winery for a tasting and later see local pottery being made. B, L, D

Day 6 At leisure

Heraklion, Crete

You can take full advantage of the resort today or go exploring for yourself. You also have the option of joining a trip to Fodele and Rethymno. B, L, D

Day 7 Spinalonga, Elounda and Agios Nikolaos

Island of Spinalonga, Crete

Today head east to spend the day touring the Spinalonga area, home to the now uninhabited island of the same name. The island is known locally as ‘the Island of the Living Dead’ as it served as a leper colony between 1903-1957.

You’ll visit the charming coastal towns of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos, which is built around a deep, natural salt lagoon. B, L, D

Day 8 Heraklion to UK

Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. B, L, D

Archanes Present and Past

Archanes is renowned for its architecture and archaeology which dates back to Minoan times. A walking tour of this traditional village will reveal its colourful houses and includes a visit to the Archaeological collection so you can view some of the treasured Minoan artefacts.

Half day
Old street in Archanes, Crete
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

Fodele and Rethymno

You’ll first head to Fodele, the birthplace of El Greco, which is also renowned for its lacemaking. After some time here, you’ll travel on to Rethymno, a Venetian fishing town overlooked by a citadel, where you can enjoy a walking tour to take in the beautiful architecture.

Full day
Venetian fountain in Rethymno
  • Optional on 7 nights itinerary

The 4-star Imperial Belvedere (3Q) is in Hersónissos, on a spot where the hills meet the sea. In under 30 minutes from the airport you’ll be here at your holiday home, and just a short hop on the hotel shuttle bus from the town centre and beach. The Imperial Belvedere is set in a busy wider resort that also includes the Royal Belvedere Hotel, and hosts an amazing array of amenities, all available to you during your stay.

The hotel has a heated indoor pool as well as six other outdoor ones around the complex. There is a spa and sauna for massages and beauty treatments (extra charge) and, if you’re feeling more active, a gym, tennis courts and mini golf.There are many spots for a relaxing drink, including on your own furnished balcony or terrace. All 341 bedrooms include a satellite television, hairdryer, mini-fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe (extra charge), free Wi-Fi. Saga rooms have double beds and are located in the main building on the first and second floors. Upgrade to a sea-view or superior room for a supplement, subject to availability.

The beach, promenade and glistening sea are just a short shuttle bus ride from your hotel. And 2.5km away is the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum where you’ll be transported back to the traditional culture, natural history and folklore of Crete. With the sparkling waters of the Aegean so close, there are many boat trips departing from the harbour, and of course the clear waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Or you can see marine life without getting wet at the Aquaworld Aquarium and Reptile Rescue Centre. The proliferation of tiny churches, hidden Roman remains and other gems are here to be uncovered, even before you start venturing further afield.

The Wonders of Crete

Hersónissos, Crete