School Trips Abroad: Crete
School trips abroad to Crete, without doubt, Crete is our favourite European destination. It’s ideal for a more relaxing school trip abroad. Crete is well known as a package holiday destination, but we aim to give you a chance to sample its traditional hospitality among real locals. We rarely go to package tour locations and we definitely don’t use any package tour accommodation. The people you meet are our personal friends: people we fly with, climb with, ride with and cave with. Fully catered hotels, half board or self catering are all available. We are usually based in a small coastal village of Kalyves, but of course, depending on the trip you choose, we could be in other locations across the island. Kalyves itself is a small fishing village with low level tourism which has not taken from its natural charm.
For your school trip abroad in Crete, we operate Expeditions and Multi Activity Weeks. Trips include all our usual range of activities, which are all provided by your UK qualified instructor and a local guide. Our good friends, Vassilis, Eftekis and Niko, are our local instructors; they are total professionals in their sport and obviously have unquestionable local knowledge to take you to off-beat locations and places of interest. This is definitely not the usual bucket and spade package holiday, so be prepared for something a little different. All transfers once you are in Crete are provided by us. If you choose the full catering option then you will eat in our friends Taverna the “Akrogiali” We have known the owner for 20 years and eat there regularly when we are living in Crete over the winter months.
Generally you will arrive in Kalyves about mid-afternoon. Once you have settled in, we will take you for a walk around the village to show you the best shops, resources and taverna’s then it’s time to get down to the beach for a swim before your evening meal.
Today we travel to Kalathas to go climbing and abseiling. After lunch on the beach we travel to Stavros beach for snorkelling. This beach was the setting for the famous dance scene in Zorba The Greek.
The morning is spent mountain biking in the orange groves near Stylos. After lunch, we head out to one of the best coasteering location in Crete for an adventure filled afternoon.
Today we go sit on top kayaking, we paddle out to “Rabbit Island” and then, after a chance to swim, we continue to a small beach where you will hear the legend of when a pirate ship was turned to stone by the local priest. The small stone island really does look like an old Mediterranean pirate ship! For those who dare you will have a chance to jump from this high rock. On return we go the the harbour in Kalyves for a raft building challenge. If you are on a 5 day visit then tonight is party night with a local Cretan band and dancers to entertain you.
This morning, we simply pack and prepare to head back to the airport.
Day 5 (7 Day Visits)
Today is spent travelling to Imbros, visiting a very interesting small private museum dedicated to the battle of Crete on the way. Taking our picnic lunch, the remainder of the day is taken up by our trek through the beautiful Imbros gorge. If we have time we will travel a little further to enjoy a swim in the Libyan Sea before returning home to Kalyves.
Today we visit the ancient Venetian capital of Crete, Hania. Here you will be given a sight seeing trip followed by a chance to do some shopping. In the afternoon we have a relaxing afternoon on the beach playing games and just topping up on the sun tan. Then in the evening it is party night with a local Cretan band and dancers to entertain you.
We pack in preparation to return home.
Other activity options include: camping trips to remote beaches, 4X4 treks, cliff jumping and snorkelling into secret caves once used by the Cretan resistance fighters. Also available are archaeological and museum visits. The island of Crete has many beautiful villages and places of interest to see. Please call our office to discuss your choice.