Walking in Crete

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8 Days from £1,449

Apr 2020 - Oct 2020 Departures

From sun-drenched beaches to rugged canyons and ancient ruins, our Walking in Crete tour takes you across landscapes of astounding beauty. Enveloped in the myths and legends of Greek gods, we'll discover the wildflowers of Sirikari Gorge, hike through spectacular countryside surrounding the White Mountains and see picture-perfect Lake Kournas. Guided walks ensure you see all the highlights, including the historic Venetian architecture of Chania. To top it off, we'll stay in a charming hotel right in the heart of the action, with a swimming pool for refreshing leisure time in this Greek island paradise. 

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Your holiday at a glance

ACTIVE
HALF BOARD
FLIGHT CHOICES
MAX GROUP SIZE 20

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from Gatwick with easyJet
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 16 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage


 



 

 


 

Included excursions

  • Walking tour of Chania
  • Walking tour at the Sirikari Gorge & Polirinia
  • Walking in the Botanical Gardens & White Mountains
  • Tour the ancient ruins of Aptera & Lappa
  • Enjoy a lunch of delicious local produce in the quaint village of Argyroupoli​
  • Walk in the city of Rethymno & visit Kournas Lake

Optional excursions

  • Visit Gonia Monastery, Vouves & Agias Lake

Your itinerary

Welcome to our walker’s paradise! After your flight to Crete from the UK, we’ll transfer to our central hotel in Chania. Settle in and relax before meeting your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner tonight.

Walk 4km/2.5 miles - 1.5 hours

Postcard-pretty Chania owes much of its visual charm to a combination of Venetian, Turkish and Ottoman architecture. Today, we'll explore Crete's second-largest city and discover narrow streets filled with tavernas, café​s and shops. The Old Venetian Harbour is an enchanting highlight, with a unique lighthouse that's one of the world's oldest. 

​After our guided walking tour, you'll have plenty of free time to wander through the atmospheric streets of the Old Town and stimulate your senses at the cross-shaped Municipal Market. A multitude of leather stores and quirky boutiques can keep you shopping all afternoon, if you choose. Alternatively, you can simply sip on traditional Cretan wine while relaxing along the magnificent waterfront.

Walk 9km/5.5 miles - 3 hours

Green valleys, glistening streams and an abundance of wildflowers greet us on our guided walk of Sirikari Gorge. This unspoilt region of western Crete is remote and peaceful, where Griffon vultures circle overhead. You'll need your sturdy walking shoes today, as we hike the gorge and take in breathtaking views when we reach the archaeological site of Polirinia. ​A powerful city across ancient Greek and Roman times, picturesque ruins are preserved along steep cliffs and surrounded by panoramic vistas. We'll see a Roman aqueduct, Venetian arches and traditional houses, before having a stop to get lunch. If you're still feeling quite active, take an uphill climb to the remnants of the city's medieval fort. 

We'll take a scenic drive in the orange-growing region to Crete's magical Botanical Park, before our trip into the White Mountains today. The park is thriving with almost 20 hectares of fruit trees, herbs, medicinal plants, vineyards and wildlife.

​Topped with snow during winter, the majestic White Mountains retain their glow even in summer, as the sun reflects off limestone peaks. Nothing goes better with food than spectacular views, so lunch today takes place at the historic plateau of Omalos. It's the gateway to the Samariá Gorge, and we'll visit here after a delicious lunch.

Walk 5km/3 miles -2.5 hours

Spread over the hills above sparkling Souda Bay, the ancient city of Aptera was the most powerful city of Western Crete during the Minoan era. We'll see magnificent ruins of Roman cisterns, a Turkish fortress and a unique amphitheatre on our visit today. After this, we'll drive to the traditional village of Argyroupoli. It rests on the site of Ancient Lappa which was destroyed by earthquakes and invasion.

​Charming stone houses line the cobblestone streets here. Whilst we explore, you'll also see Byzantine churches, Venetian mansions and natural springs. Then we'll stop for lunch at an authentic Taverna, before learning about local traditions at the Church of the Five Holy Virgins, which is both an ancient cemetery and a shrine. 

Today is yours to do as you please, whether that's relaxing by the pool at the hotel or exploring Chania at your own pace. Alternatively, join us for an optional tour that starts with a walk through the interesting history at the Gonia Monastery. Important religious relics are preserved in the on-site museum, including antique books and icons.

​Get ready for a taste of Crete's 'liquid gold' next, at the award-winning Anoskeli oil mill. The olive-based fun doesn't stop there though, as we'll have a delicious lunch next to the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves, which is one of the oldest in the world. Bird lovers are in for a treat on our way back to Chania with a stop at Agia Lake, a protected wetland habitat for both resident and migratory birds. 

Romantic Rethymno is a fairytale combination of Venetian arches, majestic mansions and captivating cobbled pathways. We'll explore the 'Fortezza' fortress, an imposing structure that dominates the Old Town with giant bastions, and houses the Sultan Bin Ibrahim Mosque. Leisure time gives you the freedom to find the perfect Greek lunch in a range of tavernas, explore the long, sandy seaside or search for treasures in winding lanes.

​Next , ever-changing shades of blue dazzle the eyes at Kournas Lake, Crete's only freshwater lake. Set within a valley among the hills, this beautiful landscape hosts an array of protected wildlife, including diamondback terrapins. Back in Chania, we'll celebrate our fabulous trip over a farewell dinner together.  

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for our flight back to the UK. ​

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

8 days

Saturday 25 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,209

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8 days

Saturday 09 May 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,309

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8 days

Saturday 26 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,249

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8 days

Saturday 10 October 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,199

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

Bristol

Saturday 25 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,658

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Saturday 25 April 2020

Departs

06:50 Bristol

Arrives

12:55 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Saturday 02 May 2020

Departs

13:40 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

15:50 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet

London (Gatwick)

Saturday 25 April 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,459

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 25 April 2020

Departs

07:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:15 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Saturday 02 May 2020

Departs

13:55 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

16:00 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Bristol

Saturday 09 May 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,768

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Saturday 09 May 2020

Departs

06:50 Bristol

Arrives

12:55 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Saturday 16 May 2020

Departs

13:40 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

15:50 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet

London (Gatwick)

Saturday 09 May 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,559

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 09 May 2020

Departs

07:20 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

13:15 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Saturday 16 May 2020

Departs

13:55 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

16:00 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Bristol

Saturday 26 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,698

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 26 September 2020

Departs

07:00 Bristol

Arrives

12:55 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Saturday 03 October 2020

Departs

13:40 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

15:50 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Heathrow)

Saturday 26 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,499

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 26 September 2020

Departs

07:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 03 October 2020

Departs

14:20 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Bristol

Saturday 10 October 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,648

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Saturday 10 October 2020

Departs

07:00 Bristol

Arrives

12:55 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Saturday 17 October 2020

Departs

13:40 Heraklion (N Kazantzakis)

Arrives

15:50 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Heathrow)

Saturday 10 October 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,449

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Saturday 10 October 2020

Departs

07:25 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

13:25 Chania (Souda)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Saturday 17 October 2020

Departs

14:20 Chania (Souda)

Arrives

16:30 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

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