Frequently asked questions

Getting to Crete

Aegean/Olympic Airlines fly regularly to Heraklion, the capital of Crete from Athens.

Minoan Lines run ferries from the port of Piraeus to Heraklion 11 times a week and takes around 7 hours overnight and Anek Superfast run services seven times a week and take 9 hours also overnight.

If you are coming from UK or Europe check local airlines as it is possible to fly directly to Heraklion and bypass Athens altogether.

Luggage allowance

1 medium size suitcase and a small carry bag such as a backpack.

Checked in luggage allowance is 23kgs – they will weigh it and they will charge if you are over! Carryon luggage allowance is 8kgs – and yes they do weigh your carryon luggage too! If you think you are going to be overweight but extra kilos online… SO much cheaper than buying at Check In!

Currency in Greece
The € (Euro) is the currency for Greece.

Take some euros with you or get some at the airport on arrival.
ATM machines are everywhere! There is no daily limit for tourists. Many places take credit cards – but not AMEX or Diners. However, due to the Financial Crisis, most places on the islands of Greece prefer cash.

Itinerary

We will make every effort to adhere to the itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, we reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary and accommodation to ensure that you have the best Cretan experience.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation charge is applicable on the following basis:

  • 700 non-refundable deposit is essential to secure you booking
  • If a booking is cancelled more than 61 before departure: 30% of the total tour cost is forfeited
  • If a booking is cancelled 60 – 46 days before departure: 50% of the total tour cost is forfeited
  • If a booking is cancelled 45 or fewer days before departure: 100% of the total tour cost is forfeited.
  • All cancellations must be in writing.

Food and water

All food is organically grown and produced on the island and tastier than anything you’ve ever had before!

The local wine (known as Xima, pronounced Hima) is always from the Taverna owner’s own grapes and contains no preservatives or additives. Hence is soon becomes the red wine vinegar sitting in bottles on your table!

Raki is the local firewater and always served after a meal in shot glasses. Do try when offered. It grows on you!

Water is fresh from mountain streams so very safe to drink.

Tipping

You can tip between 5% and 10% and you should leave the tip on the table, give it to the waiter directly, or tell the waiter you don’t want change.

Activity Level

Walking and swimming and swimming and walking are highly recommended on this trip.

Weather in September

Around 26 degrees Celsius during the days and could drop to around 19 at night. Possible occasional showers and winds.

What to take

Hat, water bottle, good walking shoes, flip flops to get you to and from the water’s edge as beaches are rocky; swimmers, beach towel/sarong, sunscreen, a light jacket/pashmina for evening, light rain jacket, cool dresses, shorts, t-shirts for the day and smart casual wear for evenings.

Mosquito repellent is suggested for the evenings and nights. Electric mozzie repellents, coils, creams and lotions are readily available on the island.

Casual and comfortable is de rigueur!

Voltage

You will need a power adapter for all your electrical equipment and rechargers.

Travel Insurance

It is essential to take out basic travel insurance for the following:

  • Travel delays and cancellations
  • Lost Luggage and equipment such as cameras
  • Car accidents
  • Theft
  • Medical

I book my comprehensive travel insurance through Boomers Travel – Seniors Travel Insurance with no age limits – for the Baby Boomers and young at heart!

I suggest that you book your travel insurance as soon as you book your flights to ensure you are covered in the event of a cancellation. (Don’t worry; you only pay insurance for the days you are on tour.)

Advice on Mainland Greece and other Greek islands

I am able to put together suggested itineraries (including how to get there, places to stay and where to eat etc.) for Athens and the main land as well as other islands. If you have confirmed and booked into one of my tours, then this advise is free.

If you haven’t booked into a tour, I am happy to put together a suggested itinerary for you for a small fee. Contact me to discuss further.

The Greek language

You are not expected to speak Greek as everyone speaks English. However, a few Greek terms such as good morning, good evening and thank you will win you many hearts! Below are a few suggestions to get you on your way. 

Basic Greek Words and Phrases

Good morning   Kali-mera

Good evening    Kali-spera

Good night         Kali-nikta

Please                 Para-ka-lo

Thank you         Ef-hari-sto

Yes                     Nai

No                      Oh-hee

Good                 Ka-low

Very good         Polli Ka-low

Hello                 Ya-sas/ Ya-sou

Today                Si-mera

Tomorrow        Av-rio

Afternoon        To vrathi

I want                Thello

How much       Poso kah-nee

My name is      Me lain-ee

I want to go to Thello na paw

At a Cretan Taverna

Water                Ne-ro

Bread               Pso-mi

Wine                 Kra-si

White               Asp-ro

Red                  Kokki-no

Ice-cream       Pa-ga-to

Ice                   Pa-go

Coffee            Ca-f-e

Iced coffee    Ca-f-e frappe

Tea                 Ts-ai

Milk               Ga-la

Sugar             Za-ka-ri

Stuffed vegetables    Ye-mis-ta

Garlic dip     Zad-zi-ki

Giant beans in tomato sauce      Gi-gan-tes

Chips (the best!)     Pa-ta-tes

Greek salad            Hori-atiki salata

Green salad            Ma-rouli salata

Lamb                       Ar-ni

Pork                        Ho-ri-no

Chicken                  Ko-to-po-lou