Valerie Wilson Travel


Full of rich history, Crete has been a crossroads of civilizations for millennia. It was home to the ancient Minoan civilization, one of the most advanced societies of its time, whose legacy can still be explored in archaeological sites like Knossos. The island has also witnessed the footsteps of ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottomans, each leaving their mark on its landscape and culture. Known as the largest of the Greek islands. The island is known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Crete offers something for everyone.

Where We’d Go
Tailor Made Greece: Jewel of the Mediterranean 

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests. Experience the riches of Greece on a customizable private journey of must-see sights, including whitewashed Mediterranean villages; ruins that mark the birth of Western civilization; and the sun-drenched islands of Santorini and Mykonos, where you taste local wine and pastries, and absorb the beauty of the rugged, coastal setting. 

Day Tour Crete, Rethymno Village & Food Tour | 2 Hour

Enjoy a chauffeured sightseeing tour, you get to travel through some of the most picturesque whitewashed villages in the region en route to a traditional olive mill and home to one of the most ancient olive trees on the island. During this private tour, you will sample the olive oil, recognize why it is a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet, and used daily in Greek cooking. You will visit a long-established winery, where you will be given a glimpse into the production of wine, starting with the selection of the grapes and ending with bottling the finished product. While visiting the estate, you will have the opportunity to sample 5 fine quality Cretan wines and enjoy a traditional picnic full of Cretan delicacies. 

Where We’d Stay
Phaea Blue Palace, Elounda, Crete  

Step into the elegantly designed lobby – not just a space but an immersive journey, echoing the feeling of being welcomed onto a private estate. Fresh handpicked flowers, and an interior architecture that is inspired by Crete’s past Blue Palace, Elounda, Crete has 47 bungalows, suites, and a private villa (28 with private heated pools). The heartbeat of Blue Palace is its dedication to genuine Greek hospitality. The service mirrors the kindness found in the hearts of the locals. This warmth extends beyond the interiors of Blue Palace and permeates the very ethos of the place. 

Amirandes, Grecotel Boutique Resort 

Fragrant gardens lapped by azure waters and palm-fringed lagoons swirling past natural stone terraces are the hallmarks of this relaxing yet sophisticated beachfront resort. Styled after the sprawling palaces of the Minoan kings and Venetian nobles who once ruled Crete, Amirandes introduces guests to the easy elegance of true European luxury. The architecture’s sleek lines set off the celebrated beauty of the southern Mediterranean landscape of silver-flecked olive trees, tropical palms, and flowering shrubs against brilliant blue skies and sparkling teal waters. 

Silversea Cruise on the Silver Muse | 8 Days

Silver Muse redefines ultra-luxury ocean travel – enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations. Silver Muse significantly raises the bar in the ultra-luxury cruise market with a wealth of enhancements to the onboard experience. Cruise includes private executive transfers (between home and airport), Economy Class Air/Business Class upgrades at reduced rates or Air Credit, Shore excursions (one per port, per day), Butler service in every suite category, Premium beverages in-suite and throughout the ship. Multiple restaurants serving diverse cuisine and an in-suite 24-hour dining service, unlimited onboard Wi-Fi, and onboard gratuities.