Discover more of Crete with the Cyclades with SagaMonday 5 February 2007
Discover more of Crete with the Cyclades with Saga
- 14 night tour starts at around £65 per day
The island-hopping bargain of 2007 just has to be Saga's 14-night tour of Crete and the Cyclades, with prices starting at just 899 - roughly 65 a day, with half-board accommodation, return flights and all those extras like insurance, cancellation cover and airport taxes.
Even at the late May, June and September peaks, the holiday price rises no higher than 1044 and, better yet, there are no single supplements.
Holidaymakers get the chance to sample the very best of Greece, from ancient monuments to modern resorts, and idyllic tucked-away fishing villages to lively entertainment centres - and, of course, plenty of fresh local food and drink accompanied by traditional music.
The escorted tour featured in the new Europe and the Mediterranean brochure begins with two nights in the modern resort of Hersonissos, just outside the Cretan capital of Heraklion. Staying at the four-star Royal Belvedere - the venue for the Saga welcome party - guests are offered an inclusive half-day tour of Heraklion itself and a full-day optional excursion to the Minoan palace at Knossos.
After a ferry transfer to the Cycladean island of Paros, guests check in at the three-star family-run Hotel Narges in the exquisitely unspoilt fishing village of Aliki. During the three-night stay, there is an included half-day tour of Paros, and an optional full-day excursion to the picture-postcard islands of Mykonos and Delos.
From Paros guests transfer by ferry to Santorini, the most visually-striking of the Cyclades, for a four-night stay at the three-star Rose Bay Hotel, on the outskirts of bustling Kamari. Shaped by a massive volcanic eruption in 1,500BC, Santorini's rugged cliffs and deep lagoon provide a breathtaking backdrop to countless reminders of the island's early Minoan civilisation. Finally, it's back to Crete and the Royal Belvedere for a further five-night stay, with excursions to Agios Nikolaos and the former leper colony of Spinalonga and a gala evening of traditional Cretan food, music and dance.
Return flights are from Gatwick with British Airways, although on some departure dates the itinerary is reversed and flights are with reputable, quality charter airlines.
Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.
Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.
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