The Itaka Travel Agency was established in 1989. Twenty years of stable and consistent development has made Itaka the largest travel agency among all companies dealing in mass tourism in Poland. Since 2011, after the spectacular fall of the Triada / SkyClub travel agency - one of the main competitors, the position of Ithaca as the undisputed leader of the Polish market seems not to be threatened. Anyway, the confirmation of this is the nearly 30% share in the entire year-long market of trips organized in Poland.
This year's Ithaca travel agency directory contains 73 hotels located in Crete. The core of the offer, as in the case of other Polish travel agencies, are mid-range hotels, ranging from simpler objects categorized to 3-stars, and ending with 5-star hotels. The vast majority of them prevail in the all-inclusive or HB-type catering. Of course, in the catalog of this company among the most popular hotels you will also find those that guarantee rest in the highest standard, satisfying even the most demanding people. Of course, this is an offer addressed to clients who are hungry for luxury and have a well-to-do holiday budget. However, if you are focused on active sightseeing, and the hotel is to provide you with only a comfortable accommodation and a solid breakfast, in this case you should also be able to choose from among a wide range of hotels offered by Ithaka.
Alianthos Beach in Plakias - one of the hotels located in the south of Crete
When choosing a hotel, however, it is worth remembering that in the case of Greece, the categorization of stars does not always reflect the actual level of accommodation. Personally, we suggest you read our article on how to categorize Greek hotels . We strongly recommend that before the final selection of a holiday vacation place, check the opinion of a given hotel on such sites as booking.com or tripadvisor. You will find a lot of helpful information there, which you can not find on the websites of travel agencies.
The north coast of Crete is the main area where the vast majority of hotels offered by Itaka are located. However, what distinguishes this travel agency from the competition is the clear presence of a holiday offer in the south of Crete. In recent years, you could choose from hotels in the area of Plakias , Damnoni , or Ierapetra.
This year, outlets for two Cretan airports (Chania and Heraklion), Itaka is implemented from nine Polish cities: Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Poznań, Rzeszów, Szczecin, Warsaw, and Wrocław. Flights are served by popular charter airlines such as Enter Air , Travel Service or Small Planet. A large number of flights from the Okęcie airport also allows you to choose a slightly less standard length of rest, which can also be 1.5 weeks. So if you can not afford a full two-week vacation, and you would like to spend more than a week in Crete, the Itaka offer can suit your needs.
Travel Service - one of the carriers servicing flights to Crete
I must admit that in the case of this travel agency the numbers are impressive. During the last tourist season, Itaka sent over 50,000 tourists to Crete, and in 2014, about 620,000 people used the services of this company. The service of such a large number of customers must, of course, be supported by an appropriate guarantee sum, which in the case of this travel agency in the season 2014/2015 amounts to over PLN 183 million.
You will find the list of Cretan hotels on the Itaka travel agency website on the following page:
Rainbow Tours is one of the longer operating and at the same time one of the largest Polish travel agencies. This company has been present on our domestic tourist market since 1990. For several years, Rainbow Tours has been at the forefront of the largest national tour operators. Last year, the company significantly increased its sales. This success allowed Rainbow Tours to overtake TUI Polska, which is one of its biggest competitors. Thanks to this, the office is the current vice-leader on the Polish market.
Grecos Holiday is currently one of the fastest growing companies in the tourism industry. Although, thanks to interesting television commercials, it is now a quite recognizable travel agency, its history is not too long and the inauguration of the activity took place in 2006. After just a few years of work, Grecos was promoted to the group of the ten largest tour operators operating in Poland. Thanks to the highly profiled offer, this office is strongly associated with the rest in Greece.