Beach season in Crete begins in June. Lufthansa, KLM and British Airways have one-stop flights from Washington Dulles to Athens, with fares starting at $928. Flights on Olympic Air or Aegean from Athens to Hania, Crete, start at about $90 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Double rooms start at about $110 per night.
WHERE TO EAT
Everything is made from scratch and generously portioned. Try the earthy moussaka and the boureki, a dish of layered potatoes, zucchini and local cheese. Dinner for two is about $30.
WHAT TO DO
Gramvousa Balos Cruises
Port of Kissamos, Hania, 011-30-28220-24344
About $27 per person for a 7 1/2 -hour cruise (though we were able to negotiate the price down to about $13).