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Walking in Crete

From £1,849
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
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From £1,849
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Sep 2022 - Oct 2023
Tour Overview
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 with a swimming pool for refreshing leisure time in this Greek island paradise.
  • Walking
  • Half Board
  • Flight Choices
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • Private Chauffeur Service, Free Airport Parking or £100 reduction if you make your own arrangements
  • Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights half-board in a 4-star hotel
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 16 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • 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

AIRPORT TRAVEL Service

On all flight inclusive holidays, you can choose to start your holiday with our Private Chauffeur Service* or we can organise free airport parking*. If you'd prefer to make your own arrangements, we'll give you a £100 price reduction* on the value of your booking.

*Mileage restrictions apply over 100 miles. Please see our Terms & Conditions for information

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Crete

Today, make your own way to the airport or be collected by our Private Chauffeur (if you've pre-booked) for your flight to Crete, after which we’ll transfer to our hotel. Welcome to our walker’s paradise! Settle in and relax before meeting your fellow travellers over a drink and dinner tonight. Meals included: D

Day 2 ​Chania

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, cafés 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. Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Sirikari Gorge - Polirinia

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.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 White Mountains

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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Aptera - Argyroupoli

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.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 at Leisure

Today is yours to do as you please, whether that's relaxing by the pool at the hotel or exploring 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 with a stop at Agia Lake, a protected wetland habitat for both resident and migratory birds.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Rethymno - Kournas Lake

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. Tonight, we'll celebrate our fabulous trip over a farewell dinner together.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Crete - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, either make your own way home or your Just You Private Chauffeur Service will be waiting for the journey home (if you've pre-booked).

Meals included: B

Additional Information

Please note: There will be plenty of rest stops and time to enjoy the local scenery. Most walks take place on paths and tracks. Some will be slightly more strenuous and may involve moderate slopes, tracks, hills, stiles and foot bridges which may be rough underfoot at times. Sturdy walking shoes are essential.
 

Fabulous holiday in Crete recently. Looked after extremely well from booking to returning to uk. Our guide was amazing, caring, fun and always there to make sure we had the best holiday experience. Thank you

Sue Mayhew

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Santa Marina Beach Resort

The 4-star Santa Marina Beach Hotel is located on Crete's beautiful north-west coast, a short journey from the city of Chania.

Hotel facilities include an outdoor restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, mini-bar, and a balcony.

What our customers say

  1. A real feel for the country

    "Extremely good group leaders - our Sue was great - and so much included. The excursions with local guides were excellent and well planned, and the two lunches out gave us a real feel for the country away from the hotel. Well thought out, fun and informative - a great holiday all round" - Hazel Irwin

  2. Superb tour leader

    "Very friendly groups of people & well organised company, a great holiday with a nice group of people led by a superb tour leader Marius" - William Street

  3. I would do it again

    "I loved the holiday so much that I would do it again, our Tour Manager Marius was the best I have experienced so far. It’s just a wonderful experience and the opportunity to meet and share it with new people" - Paul Skelton

  4. Always someone to eat with

    "Opportunity to travel with companions if you are single...always someone to eat with and interesting excursions with like-minded mature people of a similar age. Great itinerary seeing the beautiful interior of Crete with such good company. The walk into the gorge was very challenging but having completed it we were all very pleased with ourselves. All food was really excellent. Lunch on the Gonia Monastry trip was particularly nice. Great itinerary seeing the beautiful interior of Crete with such good company" - Elizabeth Rouse

  5. A great escape

    "This was a great holiday. Excellent schedule and guide. A brilliant experience. It was my first visit to Crete, the walks through the most beautiful wildflower meadows were a highlight. The hotel staff and everyone at the restaurants and historic sites were pleased to see us as restrictions had only just been lifted. A great escape and all the group (15) enjoyed their experience" - Eileen Allen

  6. Marius was very attentive

    "I enjoyed my holiday and Marius was very attentive to everyone in the group. Good company, good food a nice mix of activities and leisure time" - Elizabeth Morrison

  7. His enthusiasm rubbed off

    "Marius the representative was excellent involving everyone bringing everyone together throughout the day and evening and his enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone" - Isabel Stulla

  8. Fabulous holiday

    "Fabulous holiday to experience the sights, flora and fauna, and tasting the food of that area of Crete" - Sehlia Mounter

  9. Lots of laughter!

    "A good way of travelling on your own. A good sized group. Lots of laughter!" - Karen Titmuss

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Visit Gonia monastery, Vouves and Agia lake

Visit Gonia monastery, Vouves and Agia lake

Head to the Gonia Monastery and learn about its history as you discover important religious artefacts preserved in the on-site museum. Next, you’ll head to the award-winning Anoskeli oil mill and see the Monumental Olive Tree of Vouves, one of the oldest in the world. On your way back to Chania, you’ll stop at Agia Lake, a protected wetland habitat for birds. This excursion includes a tasting of olive oil and wine-tasting with local snacks.
Head to the Gonia Monastery and learn about its history as you discover important religious artefacts preserved in the on-site museum. Next, you’ll head to the award-winning Anoske...

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