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Explore the Cretan Trails
Overview

“Explore the less known side Crete. Discover the off beat tracks of Crete, walking through the island’s amazing countryside. “

Tour Overview

A unique experience designed to explore a more remote Crete, little seen by visitors because of the terrain and off the beaten track’ routes. This tour combines a varied selection of walks, introducing us to typical village life and the unspoilt and unique scenery of Crete.

Tour Highlights

  • Experiencing authentic local culture
  • Fresh, locally produced food
  • Beautiful scenery and traditional villages
  • Hiking at 5 Gorges
  • Getting off the beaten track
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Tradition & culture

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Chania. On arrival, transfer by coach to Kissamos (approx. 60 mins) to the hotel. Tonight, there will be a welcome dinner at a local Taverna, situated right on the seafront. This well-established, family run taverna of over 20 years has an excellent reputation with locals and tourists alike.

Day 2: Circular walk to explore Karanos and Kydoni (7km). A gentle start to our gorge walks beginning at the gorge of Karanos, which we walk down before then heading up Kydoni gorge. The walk is pretty, shaded and secluded and finishes with lunch at Crete’s beautiful botanical park, situated in the foothills of the White Mountains. Stunning scenery from start to finish.

Day 3: Village life tour and Sirikari gorge walk (12km). A real highlight of Angela and Stelios walking holidays is a visit to Stelios’ parents’ house where a Cretan welcome awaits you with tales of Cretan life, past and present. Here we get the chance to see how rural life exists today before we begin our walk uphill to the ‘eco’ village of Milia, followed by a walk through the tranquil Sirikari gorge, home to nesting Griffon vultures. An excellent taverna lunch will await us, under the grapevines, at the end of our walk, at Odysseus cafenion enjoying views back to the Sirikari gorge.

Day 4: Samaria gorge (16km). Crete’s’ most famous attraction and the longest and most spectacular gorge in Europe, Samaria gorge is a must do whilst in Crete. It is a long walk but well paced so you can take your time. You start walking around 8.30am and after approximately 6 hours of walking you arrive at the south coast where there will be time to swim in the crystal clear Libyan Sea before returning to the hotel. A full day of amazing views and experiences.

Day 5: Full day to relax or explore at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are not included on this day, giving you the opportunity to explore further afield.

Day 6: Deliana and Roka Gorges (12km). Two impressive gorges, that offer frescoed churches and delightful little villages. These gorges are also home to the impressive Griffon vultures which we are sure to see, and, in the spring, Dragon Arums – stunning black flowers.

Day 7: Agia Irini Gorge (7km). Smaller than Samaria but no less impressive Agia Irini is a peaceful and stunning gorge. Our walk culminates with time on the south coast for lunch and a swim before returning to our hotel.

Day 8: Transfer by coach back to Chania airport.

 Important Tips

  • Travel Bite date and/or time might be modified or cancelled due to weather conditions and in this event the option of an alternative date or full refund will be given.
  • Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager’s discretion
  • We would recommend to bring with you good walking (closed toes) shoes with non-slippery soles, a camera hat, sunscreen
  • Single occupancy with extra charge 150 euro per person (in case of interest please send email from contact us section or here)

Tips & Useful Info

Starting point: Kissamos, Chania, Ελλάδα
Languages: English, Greek
Included Amenities: Public Liability Insurance, seven nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at a local 3-star hotel based on double occupancy of a twin/double room, five dinners at local tavernas and one dinner in Chania town, five picnic or taverna lunches, Transfers and excursions as detailed in the itinerary, transfers from Chania airport or Chania port to hotel on arrival and from hotel on departure, tour manager throughout
Excluded Amenities: Personal Travel & Health Insurance, personal expenses, gratuities, meals not mentioned in inclusions, Airplane tickets, single room supplement, Sea view supplement, Regional Flight supplement (if needed), Meals other than those stated, transfer from/to Heraklion airport, for the Samaria gorge tour at Day 4 a 5-euro entrance fee per person and a 17 euro boat ticket to get from Ag. Roumeli to Paleochora, for Agia Irini gorge tour at Day 7 a 2-euro entrance fee per person.
Minimum number of guests needed: 4
Maximum number of guests: 14
Physical Level: Moderate difficulty. Previous experience is not required. Average level of fitness is needed for travel bite enjoyment.

Reviews & Comments (2)

1 BITES
Ziy P
Athens , 10
5 out of 5

Very well organized. Walks brilliant, food excellent and a real taste of Crete. Will go back feeling exhausted but very, very happy.

1 BITES
William
Athens , 10
5 out of 5

Lovely come back for a fourth visit – cannot praise the nice + friendly people enough!

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