We are planning a trip to Crete next year and looking for advice on how to best get around as well as ideas for places to go (my husband and I, mid-60s, with our 35 yo daughter). We like a mix of historical sites and natural landscapes, but our Crete trip will also be a tribute to my father, who served in the Battle of Crete in WWII and was one of the organisers of an escape from Agia Galini.
We plan to come in late May and would like to attend one observance and visit some of the places he would have seen. Like all the allied troops, he was very grateful for the help given by the Cretan people.
We don’t want to hire a car – coping with mountainous roads and signs in foreign language on top of going against a lifetime of reflexes attuned to driving on the left hand side of the road does not sound like a relaxing holiday.
Our daughter has only 12 days including arrival and departure dates, we may arrive a few days before. We want to see how long we need before booking.
Any recommendations for local travel companies who could arrange personalised trips? Where could I find a list of 2014 Battle of Crete observances?
So far, our list includes:
Heraklion – Knossos & archaeological museum
Chania – old town
Rethymno – old town
Visit to Rethymno battle sites hopefully with someone who can point out the places where my father’s machine gun platoon was during the battle: Hill B near the wartime Rethymno airport and nearby village of Perivolia
Attend Battle of Crete observance around Rethymno or in the mountains towards Agia Galini
Travel by bus, taxi or jeep from Rethymno to Agia Galini
Trip to Moni Preveli and/or Moni Arkady
Gorge walk - Samaria Gorge short or other recommended
Jeep tour to scenic attractions hopefully including wildflowers if they are still in bloom