LOCATION: in Karavos Landscape Park, 3 km from PLAKIAS with shops, taverns and bars, approx. 35 km south of Rethymno; approx. 120 km from the airport in Chania, approx. 120 km from the airport in Heraklion; bus stop approx. 2 km from the hotel, payable hotel bus 4 times a day to Plakias (approx. 3.6 EUR/return ticket).
BEACH: public, between fiords in a bay, narrow, shingle and rocks, gentle, rocky sea access or via a wooden pier, sunbathing deck, right next to the hotel, free umbrellas and sunbeds, towels payable (approx. 4 EUR/week), guarantee deposit approx. 10 EUR); Damnoni, public, sandy, gently shelving beach, approx. 1.5 km from the hotel, umbrellas and sunbeds payable (approx. 6 EUR/set).
HOTEL: four-star, well-maintained, built in 1981, renovated in 2009, over a dozen bungalows, 125 rooms, 1 floor, lobby, 24h reception, main restaurant Kalypso - buffet meals, Greek and international cuisine, highchairs and vegetarian dishes available; formal attire required in the restaurants during dinner (gentlemen - long trousers); 3 bars: El Baba snack-bar by the beach, Levante snack-bar by the pool, lobby bar, TV corner, terrace with sea-view, wireless Internet in the lobby and by the pool; extra charges: Internet cafe (approx. 3 EUR/h); small bike rental; credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard.
ROOM:standard: 2-person (1 extra bed available), approx. 25-30 m², individually controlled air-conditioning, bathroom (bath or shower, wc; hairdryer), satellite TV, telephone, fridge; extra charges: wireless Internet (approx. 4 EUR/h), safety deposit box (approx. 12 EUR/week); free cot for children up to 2 years old on order before arrival; balcony (table and chairs), sea-view in some rooms; family: 2-person (1 or 2 extra beds available), approx. 35 m2; standard room furnishing, living room and bedroom areas optically divided; family room at a charge.
SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT: 4 EUR; indoor pool in the wellness centre: free-form, saltwater; tennis court (floodlights payable), volleyball court, table tennis, gym; playground for children, mini-disco, daytime and evening sport and entertainment animations for children and adults; wellness centre extra charges: massages, face and body treatments.
ALL INCLUSIVE: buffet breakfast (7.30-10.15), late continental breakfast (10.15-11.00), buffet lunch (12.30-14.00), buffet dinner (19.30-21.30) in main restaurant; between meals ice-cream, cold snacks in bars; local alcoholic and soft drinks served in bars (10.30-22.30); wearing all inclusive bands and special magnetic cards is required.
CONTACT: 0030/2832031296, www.kalypsohotels.com
Times of serving meals and the functioning of certain hotel infrastructure elements may be subject to minor changes due to the season, weather conditions, Guests' requests or force majeure, which the hotel management will not have an influence on.
Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.
Flight duration: Poland-Heraklion - approx. 2.5-3 h; Poland-Chania – approx. 2.5-3 hours.
Local time: GMT + 2h. Area: 8300 km².
Population: 550 thousand.
Language: Greek, communication in English and German also possible.
Capital city: Heraklion.
Voltage: 220 V.
Prices in hotels and taverns: Greek salad – from 4 EUR, spaghetti – from 5 EUR, moussaka, pizza – from 6 EUR, meat dish with extras – from 6 EUR, seafood – from 8 EUR, beer – from 2 EUR, glass of wine – from 1.5 EUR, bottle of wine – from 5 EUR, cooling drinks – from 1.5 EUR, coffee and tea – from 2 EUR.
Prices in shops: mineral water 0.5 l – from 1 EUR, bread – from 1-1.5 EUR, beer – from 1 EUR, wine – from 5 EUR, feta cheese– from 2.5 EUR.
Car rental: from approx. 40 EUR/day; car rentals accept Polish driving license, however, it is recommended to have an international driving license; due to insurance problems we recommend using the services of well-known car rentals.
Beaches: free entry, rental of 2 sunbeds and umbrella – approx. 8 EUR/day.
Transport: very well developed, KTEL line buses go to every town in Crete, ticket price from 2 EUR. Taxi fare approx. 3 EUR/1 km.
Local trips: organised by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility, that if there are too few participants, a trip may be cancelled.
Megalonissos, in other words Great Island - that's what Greeks call Crete, the largest of the thousands of Greek islands and fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. They call it the biggest not only in the literal sense. The most famous Greek poet - Homer - was enraptured by the beauty of Crete.
The capital of Crete is a place where tourists come from all over the world to spend an unforgettable holiday on the beautiful beaches of the island, in vibrant resorts or charming corners. In the area of Heraklion are the ruins of the famous Palace of Knossos, regarded as the mythical labyrinth. Ierapetra is the southernmost city of Europe, situated by the warm Libyan Sea, only 300 km from Africa. The old city of Ieraperta has retained its authentic atmosphere, there are picturesque alleys here and Turkish buildings and a mosque have remained here. In the city of Ierapetra there are three beaches. It was on one of them that Anthony Quinn in the famous film "Zorba the Greek" danced the famous sirtaki. By the gorgeous Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos is situated - a holiday destination. In its centre is a port, the picturesque Lake Voulismeni, by which taverns, cafés and restaurants are situated. The most popular tourist destination on the island is Hersonissos. In the centre there are many shops, taverns and restaurants, as well as sports centres offering a variety of activities. Beaches are mostly sandy or sand and shingle. Many of them are located in coves. Between two vibrant resorts – Malia (approx. 3 km) and Hersonissos (approx. 5 km), Stalida is located, with a centre with a seaside boardwalk. It offers all sorts of shops, bars, taverns and cafes, as well as several discos. The long, sandy beach offers great conditions for relaxation; a rich offer of watersports is available for the active.
The largest and most important city in this part of the island is Chania, located by Chania Bay, on the site of ancient Kidonia, which traces can be found in the city.
Many consider Chani to be the most beautiful city in Crete; its beautiful and varied architecture reminds of Venetian and Turkish occupation, dozens of small streets and corners within the old city encourage constant strolls, and the bars, cafes and taverns open until late invite to you to cross their hospitable thresholds. For tourists who decide to stay in the area of Chania, there are fantastic landscapes, which compensate for the lack of any significant historical monuments; beaches in Fallassarnie, in Gramvousa and Elafonisi are some of the most beautiful in Crete; passage through the Samaria Gorge is a treat - the longest gorge in Europe, situated in the Lefka Ori Mountains. Approx. 16 km west of Chania and approx. 5 km from Platanias lies Maleme - a peaceful tourist destination (regular local buses provide connection). Here there is a centre with shops, bars and taverns and a disco. the beaches here are much less crowded than in the more popular tourist destinations like Platanias and Aghia Marina, most are shingle and rocky beaches. Platanias, Aghia Marina - some of the most vibrant tourist destinations on the west coast with a very wide offer of watersports on the beaches and diving centres. The beaches are mainly sandy. Kolymbari is a small and quiet town, with a traditional Cretan character. It has a small centre with shops, cafes and taverns, and a fishing port. It is famous above all for its excellent restaurants serving, among others, superb fish and seafood. In the town it is worth visiting Gonias monastery built almost 400 years ago. Rocky and sandy-rocky beaches. Regular connections to Platanias, Agia Marina and Chania. Kissamos (Kastelli) is full of charm, surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The town has a population of approx. 3000 inhabitants and is the capital of the region of the same name. Is known for its production of wine and olive oil. Despite the dynamic development, Kissamos retains its genuine nature and you can feel an authentic Cretan atmosphere here; 2 discos are open in the season. It is easy to get to Chania using local transport, and the small port provides regular connections with many islands and the Greek mainland. The third largest and extremely charming city in Crete is Rethymno. It is mainly famous for its port, which is towered over by the Fortezza erected by the Venetians, with a mosque of Sultan Ibrahim built on the apex, which fit impressively into the panorama of the old city. Until recently it was rarely visited by tourists, but now developing quickly thanks to the beautiful beaches and interesting areas. Plakias was still a small fishing settlement half a century ago, today it is a cosy tourist town with taverns and shops approx. 35 km from Rethymno. The small Damnoni Bay facing south provides many sunny days, and the surrounding hills with their tourist routes encourage walking. In close vicinity to Plakias, on the eastern side of the bay, there are several beautiful sandy beaches, the nearest is Peligremnos, the next one however is more well-known - Damnoni. In the area you can find a couple of small deserted beaches, ideal for relaxing in peaceful surroundings, among others small Ammoudi, Schinaria, and west of Plakias: Gavdolimano and the most beautiful with velvety sand and crystal water - Souda.
Knossos and Heraklion – exploring the most important remnants of Minoan Crete: the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, which was probably a a mythical maze. After exploring the palace, transfer to Heraklion - the capital of the island, free time for a walk and shopping, or optionally: visiting the Archaeological Museum. Due to renovations om the Museum, part of the exposition is temporarily closed and not available to tourists. Return to hotels in the afternoon. Price - approx. 45 EUR (does not include entry tickets to Knossos - approx. 6 EUR).
Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos - the landscapes of East Crete, which is famous for its splendid views on the gorgeous Mirabello bay, an ancient flooded port of Olous and the city of Aghios Nikolaos. Cruise to the island of Spinalonga, exploring the impressive fortress built by the Byzantines. After the tour, the boat anchors in a quiet cove by a small, wild beach. Time for swimming and lunch, which is prepared by the crew of the ship: grilled meat and Greek Salad. After returning to land we invite you to take a walk through the charming and romantic Agios Nikolaos. Day trip, return to hotels before dinner. Price - approx. 55 EUR (does not include entry tickets to the fortress in Spinalonga - approx. 2 EUR).
Santorini - the island from a Greek fairytale - a boat trip to one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Early morning sail from Heraklion towards the Cyclades and a cruise to Athinios port in Santorini that lasts a few hours. Transfer to Oia, the village of artists - deemed the most beautiful on the island. Free time. Transfer to the current capital of the island - Thira. A group stroll and free time for shopping. Day trip, return to Crete in the evening. Price - approx. 150 EUR (includes transfer to and from the port, cruise and trip around the island).
Cretan evening - an amazing encounter with the island's folklore in a tavern in the scenic mountain village of Kato Karouzano. During the dance show, a buffet dinner and unlimited local wine. Price – approx. 45 EUR.
Golden beaches and lagoons of Crete - Gramvousa and Balos - the route of the expedition runs along the northern coast, to the port of Kissamos, where the cruise begins around a gorgeous bay. Gramvousa is uninhabited, with intact nature and is a natural reserve for many species of birds. Next to it extends Balos Bay, with stunning blue waters and golden sands. Here true leisure awaits, swimming and lunch, prepared by the crew of the ship. Free time, return trip to Kissamos and transfer to hotels. Day trip, return in the evening. Price - approx. 65 EUR (includes coach transport, cruise, meal on the boat; comfortable footwear recommended).
Samaria Gorge – an expedition through the longest gorge in Europe – approx. 18 km, in the White Mountains National Park (Lefka Ori). Departure early in the morning towards the plateau of Omfalos at an altitude of approx. 1100 meters. Descent into the gorge. Conquering Ksiloskala - the stone steps carved into a hillside overgrown with cypress trees. Approx. 4-km walk – on the way the first of several churches in the gorge - Agios Nikolaos. After exiting the gorge the route leads through an abandoned, old village of Agia Roumeli to the new Agia Roumeli. Boat cruise to Chora Sfakion, transfer to the hotels by coach. Day trip Price – approx. 50 EUR (does not include entry ticket to the gorge: approx. 6 EUR, ferry ticket from Agia Roumeli to Chora Sfakion: approx. 7.5 EUR).
Water park - a visit to the aquapark - perfect relaxation for the whole family. Price – approx. 35 EUR.
Unknown Crete - Grotto of Zeus, Lasithi Plateau, and the underwater world Cretaquarium - the encounter with the real Crete begins in the Dikti Mountains, on the rarely visited by tourists Lasithi Plataeu. During the tour you can visit Psychro cave - the mythical birthplace of Zeus. Visiting Eco Park is an opportunity to see how traditional Greek rugs and embroidery are created. The programme includes a visit to the largest oceanarium in Crete – Cretaquarium. We recommend comfortable, athletic footwear. Return to the hotel before dinner. Price – approx. 40 EUR (does not include entry ticket to the grotto: approx. 4 EUR or entry ticket to the aquarium: approx. 8 EUR).
Golden Island of Chrissi - a trip to the southernmost located corner of Europe. Sail out from the port in Ierapetra across the Libyan Sea to the Golden Island of Chrissi. The unspoiled Chrissi reminds of the Caribbean island of Robinson. 5 hours have been planned on the island for swimming and relaxing in the lagoon. Day trip, return to hotels before dinner. Price – approx. 45 EUR.
Vai Palm Beach – Sitia – Moni Toplou Monastery – a trip to the east of Crete. Drive to the eastern shore of the island on a route with breathtaking views to the paradise beach of Vai, called "Bounty Beach". On the way back, a stopover at the Moni Toplou Monastery, then a stroll around the picturesque town of Sitia. Day trip, return to hotels before dinner. Price – approx. 40 EUR.
Spinalonga and Agios Nikolaos, Santorini, Knossos and Heraklion – descriptions as in the Heraklion region.
Knossos and Heraklion - a visit to the labyrinth – exploring the most important remnants of Minoan Crete: the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, which was probably a a mythical maze. After exploring the palace, transfer to Heraklion - the capital of the island, free time for a walk and shopping, or optionally: visiting the Archaeological Museum. Due to renovations om the Museum, part of the exposition is temporarily closed and not available to tourists. Return to hotel in the afternoon. Price – approx. 54 EUR (does not include entry ticket to Knossos: approx. 6 EUR and Cretaquarium: approx. 6 EUR).
Rethymno and surroundings areas - trip to the central-western part of Crete. This inconspicuous name of the trip conceals gems of central Crete. At the beginning of the trip - the only freshwater lake on the island - Kournas. The route leads on via the Cretan villages of Argiroupoli and Margarites, where famous Cretan ceramics are made. Visiting the monastery of Arkadia and gems of Venetian buildings - the city of Rethymno. Price – approx. 34 EUR.
Samaria Gorge – an expedition through the longest gorge in Europe – approx. 18 km, in the White Mountains National Park (Lefka Ori). Departure early in the morning towards the plateau of Omfalos at an altitude of approx. 1100 meters. Descent into the gorge. Conquering Ksiloskala - the stone steps carved into a hillside overgrown with cypress trees. Approx. 4-km walk – on the way the first of several churches in the gorge - Agios Nikolaos. After exiting the gorge the route leads through an abandoned, old village of Agia Roumeli to the new Agia Roumeli. Boat cruise to Chora Sfakion, transfer to the hotels by coach. Price – approx. 38 EUR (does not include entry ticket to the gorge: approx. 6 EUR, ferry ticket: approx. 9 EUR).
Elafonisi - this tiny islet located in the depths of the bay of the same name is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Crete. Separated from the mainland by a very shallow sea. It is possible to reach by walking on the sandy bottom. Heading south along the Cretan villages of Enneachoria we will see the Chapel of Agia known from Neolithic times hidden in the grotto, and the stalactites and stalagmites occurring there. An unforgettable experience will certainly be the visit to the stone Our Lady of the Golden Step Monastery (Moni Chryssoskalitissa) built on a steep and rocky promontory. Price – approx. 38 EUR.
Gramvousa - an expedition to one of the most stunning places in Crete, which could be named "A visit to paradise"... The route of the tour runs along the northern coast to Kissamos (Kastelli) Port, where the cruise begins around the gorgeous bay. After an hour arrival in Imera Gramvousa. This uninhabited islet with intact nature is a natural reserve for many species of birds. A dip in the bay and visit to the ruins located on a 137-m hill of the Venetian fortress from the 16th century, providing wonderful views of Balos Bay. Just a 15-minute boat ride divides the island from the picturesque Balos lagoon, where there is crystal clear water, golden sand and wonderful relaxation. Price – approx. 55 EUR.
The wealth of Crete - the programme includes a drive along a picturesque route to the village of Mesavia and a 4.5-km walk along a gorge located at the foot of Lefka Ori (White Mountains). A short break in the charming village of Deliana. On the way back a stopover is planned in the village of Bouves - famous for the oldest olive trees on the island. Opportunity to visit the local museum dedicated to olive-growing. Price – approx. 28 EUR.
Souda Cruise – cruise on a pirate ship Black Pearl around Souda Bay. Swimming and diving in the crystal waters of the bay. An opportunity to sunbathe and try seafood in local taverns on one of the charming beaches of the Akrotiri Peninsula. Animations for children during the cruise. Price – approx. 48 EUR.
Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.