International Tourism Management University Tour to Crete

Example study tour


Created for Middlesex University London

 

Middlesex University London required a group travel package to a popular Aegean destination where students could explore key aspects of modern tourism and their relevance to sustainable economic development and civil society, equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to advance in a career in the tourism sector.

StudyLink created a 7-day study tour package to Crete, enabling students to investigate the impact of tourism development in prime locations and offering insight into what drives tourism and how businesses manage fluctuations in the market.

Group travel services provided by StudyLink

  • Group travel services provided by StudyLink:
  • Return flights from Heathrow International Airport
  • Airport assistance during check-in, security & gate checks on departure from Heathrow International Airport
  • Airport transfers in Crete
  • 6 nights’ half board accommodation at the centrally located Olympic Hotel
  • Coach transportation throughout the tour to support visit programme 
  • Services of a Local Guide throughout the tour to support visit programme 
  • Services of our representatives in Crete to provide 24hr assistance 
  • Extensive group travel insurance 
  • Bespoke free-place ratio 
  • 24/7 on-call service
  • Services of a dedicated Account Executive
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service 
  • Online trip organiser & travel app
  • Risk management services including live trip tracking 

Custom-made 7-day itinerary to Crete

Day 1 - Arrive in Crete

After boarding a morning flight to Crete, the group was met by our coach provider for transportation to their accommodation.

Staying at the Olympic Hotel, the group was based in the heart of Heraklion at one of the most historical squares and within walking distance from all the sights and the favourable positions of the city. 

Evening meal was served at the hotel and then free time was scheduled in the evening for students to explore the nearby area. 

Day 2 - Heraklion Museum

Continental breakfast served at the hotel.

Group met their Local Guide and then travelled by coach to Heraklion Museum, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion. 

Heraklion Museum is described as the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art. It contains the most notable and complete collection of artefacts of the Minoan civilisation of Crete covering a chronological span of over 5,500 years.

Evening meal served at the hotel.

Day 3 - Palace of Knossos

Continental breakfast served at the hotel.

Group met their Local Guide and then travelled by coach to Palace of Knossos, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Palace of Knossos is one of Crete’s must-see historical attractions, with a labyrinthine of ruins said to have been home to the monstrous Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature that devoured young virgins. Students can witness the levels of tourism this attraction draws in each year and study what makes it such a popular destination.

Evening meal served at the hotel.

 

 

Day 4 - Zeus’ Cave & Mallia

Continental breakfast served at the hotel. 

Group met their Local Guide and then travelled by coach to Zeus’ Cave and Mallia, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Zeus’ Cave, known as the Ideon Andron Ιδαίο Άντρο, is nestled into the side of Mt Idi, looking over the Nida Plateau. This remarkably deep cave has a single entrance and features stalagmites and stalactites, and is legend to be the birthplace of Zeus. Students can delve in to the depth of Greek mythology whilst gazing at the wondrous surroundings.

Mallia is a coastal town and popular tourist attraction for its significant archaeological site and nightlife. The Minoan town ruins lie three km east of the site and cover an area of approximately one square km.

Evening meal served at the hotel.

Day 5 - Chania & hiking

Continental breakfast served at the hotel. 

Group met their Local Guide and then travelled by coach to Chania, coach on-hand all day for the group to use at their discretion.

Chania is a city on the northwest coast of Crete, known for its 14th-century Venetian harbour, narrow streets and waterfront restaurants. Students can visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania, Venetian lighthouse and Nautical Museum of Crete to further expand their findings on the city’s desirability to attract guests on a regular basis.

The group chose to arrange their own hiking trip to give students the opportunity to reflect on what they had learnt and share ideas.

Evening meal served at the hotel.

Day 6 - Group-planned activity

Continental breakfast and evening meal served at the hotel.

Free time was scheduled for the group to make their own arrangements, including shopping, meals and exploring the local area.

 

Day 7 - Return to Heathrow International Airport

Continental breakfast served at the hotel, the group were met by our coach provider at their accommodation and travelled to Heraklion Airport, arriving at Heathrow International Airport.