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Crete On The Road

The Sunday Telegraph.

Crete on the Road: the Best Driving Tours around West and Central Crete by Frankie Miles. Frankie is from Villas Crete Holidays and she is very knowledgable about this part of the island.

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After spending many years driving around and getting lost, following out of date and/or inaccurate maps, I have written a guide book filled with directions to and from the most beautiful sights on Crete , with as much detail as possible in order to make your stay on this fantastic island as rewarding as possible. There are long drives in the book which will involve full days out, and there are also much shorter drives which have been grouped together in their specific areas. 

At the beginning of each individual drive I have put a description of the sights that you will see. More elaborate descriptions and the history of each area, monument or site are then included in the detailed directions, entrance fees and opening times are also included. In nearly all of the drives I have included recommendations on places to eat and drink, and places to swim. The book includes information to all the major tourist attractions, as well as many hidden sites. Also included in the book is the only existing map of the National Highway showing all of the entrances/exits and distances.

“Crete on the Road” started out as a folder that was left in each of the villas that I look after as my clients were always asking how to get to certain well known places, as well as wanting to know about the more “hidden” off the beaten track places that only a person who had been living here for years might know about. The folder was greatly appreciated by my clients and so many of them told me that I should publish it that I finally took their advice. 

A free copy of the second edition“Crete on the Road” (updated in 2012) comes with every booking of a Villas Crete Holidays property. I am sure that it will enhance your holiday experience and enable you to see some of incredibly beautiful and varied sights that Crete has to offer without wasting precious holiday time getting lost!

Below is a very small selection of comments from holidaymakers who have used “Crete on the Road” (the bottom three comments were posted on the Trip Advisor website):

Hello Frankie,

We have recently bought your wonderful book re drives around Crete .  We have been coming to Almyrida for over 10 years and thought we knew most of the area but your book has opened up new horizons !  Thank you very much for this ! 

N. Braithwaite

 

Dear Frankie,

I bought a copy of your publication, and found it a real treasure. we used it every day for the fortnight we were in Crete , going on the different routes each day, and found all destinations wonderful, anyway we just thought we would let you know, keep up the good work

a.g.beale.

 

Dear Frankie,

Your book "Crete on the Road" was an excellent guide. Our boys were really excited about the trips we made!

We enjoyed our stay.

The Hakeboom Family,

The Netherlands

From the Trip Advisor Website:

The best book I have seen is 'Crete on the road' written by Frankie Miles (an ex rep who has been here about 10 years). It concentrates mostly on North Western Crete but gives good route instructions for days out and a good plan of the highway exits from one end of the island to the other. (Can be purchased in most good bookshops here in Chania for 12 euro, or most of the holiday reps can find you a copy - depending who you are travelling with) 

If you really want to get off the beaten track buy a good tourist driving guide we found "Crete on the Road" was excellent - invaluable when you see the hopeless maps for tourists.

Suggest you try and get hold of a copy of 'Crete on the Road' by Frankie Miles. It's packed full of directions to out of the way sites, tavernas and walks which are normally off the tourist trail.

Villas Crete Holidays Limited is a British registered company based in Hampshire, UK, and represented on Crete by an EOT (Greek Tourist Board) licensed and bonded agent who only works with us. Whilst most travel companies/agencies cover many different countries and/or areas of Greece and Crete , we at Villas Crete Holidays only work in the North West of Crete and we specialise in the Apokoronas region, just east of the historic Venetian town of Chania. The Apokoronas (including the villages of Almyrida , Kalives , Kokkino Horio , Plaka and Gavalohori ) has long been a popular destination for holiday makers seeking a typically Greek seaside resort area that has many amenities, but is far removed from brash tourism.  The area is renowned for its sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, stunning views of Souda Bay and The White Mountains, excellent tavernas, and many archaeological sites and craft co-operatives.

We can arrange car hire for our guests. We have negotiated special prices with an excellent company that provides first class customer service, reliable and well- serviced vehicles, plus unlimited mileage, and CDW, fully comprehensive insurance for peace of mind for you and your family. Because we book a lot of cars each season with this car hire company they give our guests priority.
We can arrange to have the car/s delivered and collected to/from Chania airport or your Villa at no extra charge, or to Souda/Chania Ferry Port at no extra charge from 09.00 - 21.00 (and for a fee out of these hours), or to Heraklion Airport or Heraklion Ferry Port for a fee that covers the petrol for taking the cars from the Chania area to Heraklion.

You are welcome to book your own car hire but please note that we are unable to intervene in any problems that may arise with car hire that is not booked through us.

Please be advised that all our Hire Cars come complete with Fully Comprehensive insurance, (CDW or collision damage waiver), and totally unlimited mileage with no surcharges for excessive mileage during your holidays. 

 

Group CAR TYPE + DESCRIPTION (The cars shown below are a general guide as to the type of car available in each group).
B

HYUNDAI i10 (1100cc)
FIAT PANDA (1100cc)
Max 4 people plus limited luggage, A/C

B1

HYUNDAI GETZ (1100cc)
FIAT PANDA (1200cc)
Max 4 people plus limited luggage, A/C

 C

FIAT PUNTO (1300cc)

Max 5 people plus limited luggage, A/C

 C+

VW POLO ( 1300cc)
PEUGEOT 207 (1400cc)
Max 5 people plus limited luggage, A/C

 C1 AUTO

FIAT PANDA AUTOMATIC (1250cc)

Max 4 people plus limited luggage A/C

C2

CITROEN C3 (1400cc) DIESEL TURBO
Max 5 people plus limited luggage, A/C

D

SUZUKI JIMNY JEEP 4x4 (1300cc)
Max 5 people plus limited luggage, A/C

D+

RENAULT MEGANE (1600cc)
FORD FOCUS (1600cc)
CITROEN C4 (1600cc) DIESEL
Max 5 people plus limited luggage A/C

 D1

AUTO

CITROEN C3 (1400cc) (Automatic Gears)

VW GOLF (1400cc)(Automatic Gears) 

Max 5 people plus luggage, A/C

 E+ FIAT DOBLO (1400cc)

VW CADDY (1600cc)

Max 7 people plus limited luggage, A/C

F+

FIAT SCUDO MINI-BUS (2000cc)

Max 9 people plus limited luggage, A/C

* Due to limited availability, please request these groups well in advance

• Rental prices for clients arriving at Heraklion Airport, Heraklion Port or Heraklion Hotels will be surcharged a ONE OFF payment to cover the cost of the delivery and collection of the vehicle from Heraklion.  – cost is €50, except groups E & F which is €60.

• All of our car hire is inclusive of unlimited mileage, CDW insurance and all taxes.

• We include Free delivery to either Chania Airport, your villa or apartment, and up to two named drivers. Greek law allows no more than 2 drivers on each hire car contract. Drivers MUST be over the age of 23 (except groups D and above where drivers must be over the age of 25)

• We also provide Free Baby seats, Booster seats and a Road map of Crete with our rental cars. 

• All Clients will get a full 24 hour breakdown cover – throughout the Island.

• As with all Greek car insurance, wheels, tyres and underneath of the car are not covered by the insurance. Also, the renter is liable for full repair of damage if it is caused by any violation of the highway code.

• The insurance policy has a € 400.00 excess on Groups B, B1, a €500 excess on group C and a €600 excess on all other cars (Groups C+,C1, C2, D, D+,D1, E, F)

• You can cover yourself against this excess for an extra fee of 8.00 Euros per day – or 56.00 Euros per week, payable and arranged at the time of booking.

Rental prices for clients arriving at Heraklion Airport, Heraklion Port or Heraklion Hotels will be surcharged a ONE OFF payment to cover the cost of the delivery and collection of the vehicle from Heraklion. – cost is €50, except groups E & F which is €60.

• All the above discounted rates are inclusive of unlimited mileage, CDW insurance and all taxes.

• Our car hire includes Free delivery to either Chania Airport, your villa or apartment, and up to two named drivers. Greek law allows no more than 2 drivers on each hire car contract. Drivers MUST be over the age of 23 (except groups D and above where drivers must be over the age of 25)

• We also provide Free Baby seats, Booster seats and a Road map of Crete.

• All Clients will get a full 24 hour breakdown cover – throughout the Island.

• As with all Greek car insurance, wheels, tyres and underneath of the car are not covered by the insurance. Also, the renter is liable for full repair of damage if it is caused by any violation of the highway code.

• The insurance policy has a € 400.00 excess on Groups B, B1, a €500 excess on group C and a €600 excess on all other cars (Groups C+,C1, C2, D, D+,D1, E, F)

• You can cover yourself against this excess for an extra fee of 8.00 Euros per day – or 56.00 Euros per week, payable and arranged at the time of booking.

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