Christmas on Crete Greece – Christmas holidays Crete Greece 2018: On this Christmas page you find more information about the period around Christmas on Crete. The complete program for Christmas at Zorbas Island is noncommittal, we organise it also for our own enjoyment! The cost will not be the obstacle! The only obstacle might sometimes be the flight ticket! It is often hard to find direct flights to Heraklion for a reasonable price.A good alternative is flying through Athens. This way there are daily flights! Check our links to find a cheap flight.
It is difficult to forecast the weather: it can be really beautiful, but some days it can be a little bit less. We make sure each apartment has heating! In the day it can be nice and warm, but the evenings are often chilly. Make sure you bring all kinds of clothing with you for a great Christmas on Crete Greece.
Christmas on Crete Greece – Holiday program
Christmas holiday Program on Crete Greece: all our activities and excursions during Christmas & New Year 2016: After the success of the last years, we have expanded our Christmas and New Year’s program even more with new excursions and activities. All excursions and activities are free of obligation. If you like to participate in excursions, please let know upfront. Some modifications to our program our subject to change; sometimes we need to move an activity to an other day. If there is an excursion you wish to do and it is not on our program, just let us know in advance.
In general there is breakfast on the buffet between 08.30 hours and 10.30 hours and dinner is served from 20.00 hours. Times can be adjusted in relation to our activities, but you will be notified in advance.
15th of December: Unknown Crete. We leave at 10.00 hours to a olive oil & wine museum. During a visit to this museum you can learn about the history of the making of the olive oil and Cretan wines. We also visit an olive oil factory, where you can buy good quality olive oil for a low price. We drive through the wine region of Crete, where you can meet the local people and we stop in many nice little villages. This is a tour of about 100 kilometres. On the way back we stop at a Kafenion, a typical Cretan coffeehouse. At around 16.00 hours we are back at the accommodation.
16th of December: Mountain villages (easy) walk. Come with us and enjoy a unforgettable day. Get to know the agricultural life, the nature compared with the ancient Greek mythology, homeopathy and the use of herbs in general. Enjoy a good Cretan meal, which is prepared according the traditional way in a wood burning oven.
17th of December: Visit to the Christmas market in Heraklion. We leave at 17.00 hours. In the evening we visit a Raki distillery. At the Raki distillery we grill meat and an explanation is given about how Raki is produced. Of course you can taste also a glass of Raki! During our visit at the Raki distillery we enjoy live Cretan music. Around 24.00 hours we return to the accommodation.
18th of December: Ecological day out on Crete. Visit to an old crafts market. We show you the traditional Cretan crafts: pottery, wood carving, Raki distillery and wine tasting. Learn more about the traditional Greek cuisine, Cretan herbs, beeswax candles factory, beekeeper and honey. You can also visit a Cretan farm with various animals and drink coffee at a little Greek square.
19th of December: Walking on Crete in winter, turtles on Crete. This is a hike of 16 kilometres. On the way we also visit a traditional Greek Kafenion. The unspoilt and beautiful nature in central Crete. The area is known for the many turtles that live in this region. This hiking tour is suitable for everybody. We walk alongside the river through the magnificent nature.
Christmas on Crete Greece – Gorge hikes in winter
20 December: Richtis Gorge. A hike through a canyon, which leads us to an impressive waterfall (10 kilometres, start 07.00 hours).
21 December: Roza Gorge. This hike starts in the Cretan village Kera. The hike descents through a gorge between red rocks. A beautiful area with special panoramic views (8-10 kilometres, start 08.00 hours).
22nd of December: Anopoli Gorge. A village walk including a visit to a local kafenion, a monastery and a church in the mountains. Afterwards we will hike through olive fields to a small gorge. At the end of this gorge you will see a sandstone wall with fossils. From this point we walk back to Zorbas Island (12 kilometres, start 10.00 hours).
23rd of December: Aposelemis Gorge. This hiking trail brings us through a rocky canyon with lots of vultures and other birds. We walk back along the seaside to Zorbas Island (16 kilometres, start 09.30 hours).
24 December: Skotino Walk. We start our hike in the village of Skotino, to the Skotino cave and walking through the country side. This hike goes through nature and Cretan villages, along gorges and via hiking trails back to Zorbas Island (14 kilometres, starts 10.00 hours).
25 December: Christmas on Crete Greece. We start the day with a delicious Christmas breakfast from 09.00 until 11.00 hours. At 11.00 hours our team starts with the preparations for our Christmas Dinner. Our bar & tavern will be closed for a few hours. If you like, you can join a Christmas walk of approximately 6 kilometres in the area (start 11.00 o’clock). You will be back in time to change for our Christmas dinner. You are very welcome from 17.00 hours for a Christmas aperitif. Afterwards we will enjoy Greek Christmas dinner, with lots of different delicious Greek oven dishes and different Greek specialities, also suitable for vegetarians. Signing up is necessary.
Christmas on Crete Greece – Nature and culture
26 December: Lassithi village tour in the mountains. A hike along the villages of Lassithi, the famous plateau in the Dikti mountains. Especially during the winter, this is a special walk. We will hike between the mountains along Cretan villages (10-12 kilometres, start 10.00 hours).
27 December: Mironas & Archanes. A tour through Central Crete, a combination of hiking and sightseeing in 1 day. We will make a village walk through narrow streets and will visit a bell maker. A hiking tour of maximum 8-10 kilometres through the Jugta area (start 09.30 hours).
28 December: Christmas safari. An off-road jeep safari through Central Crete. An adventurous day, you will see a lot of unknown Crete and will see places unknown to others (start 09.00 hours).
29 December: Patsos Gorge or Mili Gorge. A hike through the Patsos gorge of 5 kilometres, an adventurous gorge with hiking through water! If the weather is not so good, we will hike through the Milli gorge (start 07.00 hours).
30 December: Outdoor cooking. At 10.00 hours we will take you to a special location for our outdoor cooking workshop. We cook and grill outside at an authentic small church. We show you how to make traditional Greek dishes. Do you have a request for a special Greek recipe? Please let us know, then we can show you how to make it. You can also make a nice walk in the area.
31 December: Rivierhike Skalopatia West. A beautiful nature’s hike of 10-12 kilometres along a riverbed. This hike is suitable for all ages! (start 10.00 hours).
New Year’s Eve on Crete: Our team will start at 12.00 hours with the preparations for New Year’s Eve, our bar & tavern will be closed from 12.00 to 18.00 hours. At 19.30 hours we start our party night with a special BBQ. At 24.00 hours we will open the champagne and enjoy fireworks outside. An unforgettable party night!
Christmas on Crete Greece – New Year’s dive in the sea
1 Januari: Today your breakfast will be at from 10.00 hours until 12.00 hours. We organise a New Year’s dive in the sea and a New Year’s drink at 15.00 hours.
2 januari: Unknown Crete. We leave at 10.00 hours to a olive oil & wine museum. During a visit to this museum you can learn about the history of the making of the olive oil and Cretan wines. We also visit an olive oil factory, where you can buy good quality olive oil for a low price. We drive through the wine region of Crete, where you can meet the local people and we stop in many nice little villages. This is a tour of about 100 kilometres. On the way back we stop at a Kafenion, a typical Cretan coffeehouse. At around 16.00 hours we are back at the accommodation.
3 Januari: Anopoli Gorge. A village walk including a visit to a local kafenion, a monastery and a church in the mountains. Afterwards we will hike through olive fields to a small gorge. At the end of this gorge you will see a sandstone wall with fossils. From this point we walk back to Zorbas Island (12 kilometres, start 10.00 hours).
4 Januari: : Aposelemis Gorge. This hiking trail brings us through a rocky canyon with lots of vultures and other birds. We walk back along the seaside to Zorbas Island (16 kilometres, start 09.30 hours).
5 Januari: Two days winter jeep safari. This tour is a total of 350 kilometres and brings us to South – Central and East Crete. A very adventurous jeep safari along the most beautiful scenery with lots of sightseeing. We will stay overnight in the cosy village Myrtos (South Crete).
Please let us know which excursions you would like to participate in on your reservation. Except our Christmas and New Year’s program it is also possible to choose from our other winter excursions: Winter holiday Crete
Weekly winter excursions on Crete in the winter: Weekly excursions and activities on Crete Greece. Every Wednesday we will hike through another area of Crete. We also have multiple-day hikes on Crete.
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We also offer different kind of excursions such as horseback riding on Crete, golf on Crete, fishing on Crete and boat trips on Crete. We have route maps and GPS in case you want to rent a car, bike or scooter during your Christmas holidays on Crete. We have everything you need for an unforgettable winter holiday on Crete, Greece.
Our accommodation is small scale and personal, in a Greek environment. All accommodation is equipped with heating and hot water. We offer possibilities for international TV and we also have a good and free of charge WI-FI connection. If you do not have a laptop, you can use our computer with internet in the bar.
We also offer opportunities for a longer stay on Crete, spending the winter in Crete is more affordable than you might think. We have several winter programs for winter holidays on Crete, Greece, from October to May. You can always contact us if you have any specific questions.
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