Crete, Land of Origins:
Stays offered by a collective of Cretan companies,
in DIRECT, without intermediary.
Discovery of UNIQUE Crete, the real one.
Auto Tour (from May 5, 2021)
or VIP stay with driver (from October 20, 2021)
A PRIVATE stay, organized by Crete, Terre d'ORIGINES ,
how it works ?
- TWO OPTIONS :
a SELF-TOUR , coordinated by us, including proposals for visits, meetings, activities, which you are free to practice or not,
a VIP STAY WITH AN ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER and a program prepared together, according to your INTERESTS.
Above all and above all, you tell us about YOU:
- the purpose of your stay,
- what you like and especially do not want, your tastes, your desires, your constraints, your pace, your passions,
- after consulting the airlines (Aegean Airlines, Transavia, Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Jet Airlines ...) which serve the airports of Chania (Xania) and HERAKLION, you choose your date of arrival in Crete,
Your stay can last 7,8,9,10 .... 17 .... 21 days ..., we adapt to your dates and not the opposite,
- Before taking your ticket, you inform us of your potential dates,
- We consult our local partners (hotels, guest houses, apartments, houses for rent ...) to find out their availability and make you a geographical proposal (one or more regions depending on the length of your stay and / or your wishes to tours and activities). We present you a quote (response within 24 hours, 48 hours for groups),
- You pay a deposit when booking, to block your accommodation and activities for a limited number of participants, (the amount of the deposit will depend on the chosen formula (discovery (B&B) or comfort (half-board)) and the proximity to your arrival date).
You pay on arrival, directly :
- the vehicle rental company upon your arrival at the airport,
- local agencies for activities (hiking guides,
museum guides ...)
- local taverns for the discovery formula,
- craftsmen, traders, service providers (courses
cooking, pottery lessons, botany lessons ...)
We are present at the airport or at the port to welcome you and deliver your vehicle, ANY TIME. (no waiting, you are welcomed by name).
Your discovery book will be sent to you either by post or by email, according to the deadlines imposed by the date of your arrival.
Of course, we are your privileged interlocutor during your entire stay. The language barrier will no longer be a brake!
- If you are 2 or 3 adults, your vehicle will be category B : (type Ford Fiesta),
- If you are 4, a category C (type Hyundai Accent, Ford Focus),
- If you are more numerous, we will adjust the vehicles (Fiat Scudo 7 or 9 seats, Citroen Picasso, ...).
Your discovery book contains selected addresses, checked every year (sometimes twice a year), according to very precise criteria, fixed by a charter.
You can book your activities by calling our partners directly. Our role is to select these activities, to ensure their proper functioning, and to make the local population work.
The prices are indicated in your documents.
For the year 2023, we have selected 14 partners for accommodation (we only work with family structures, on a human scale) and 21 partners for catering (cooks from mother to son and passionate about the secrets of the Mediterranean diet of their ancestors) spread across the entire island.
We have chosen the best taverns, according to very precise criteria: professionalism of the owners, geographical location, quality of welcome, authenticity, freshness and diversity of the dishes.
Our selection of accommodation and restaurants is questioned every year, and sometimes even during the year. We are not attached to an establishment but to the QUALITY of the service provided.
We have not claimed any reduction or exemption on the cost of your accommodation, which gives us the right to remain demanding and to keep a critical mind. We are also totally at your disposal if you wish to send us your suggestions.
Do not expect negotiated rates from us, such as those for large groups and large tour operators. Our stays are quality stays. Nothing is bought at a discount, nothing is sold at a discount.
We choose for you the best accommodation, the best restaurants, the most authentic services. Quality at a cost. We are keen to remain positioned in this niche.
Our objective: The DIRECT meeting with the Cretan people, the discovery of their customs and sharing.
Are you planning a trip to Crete, as a duo, with family, colleagues or friends? Fill out the form below, specifying your approximate travel dates, the topics you want to cover, the desired duration of your stay.