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Walking in Crete

From £2,149
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Sept 2024
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From £2,149
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Sept 2024
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.
  • active holiday Walking
  • meals included tour Half Board
  • flight choices Flight Choices

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director 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

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Crete

Today, you fly 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 Chania - 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. Bird lovers are in for a treat with a stop at Agia Lake, a protected wetland habitat for both resident and migratory birds. Next, get ready for a taste of Crete's 'liquid gold’ 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. Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Aptera and 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,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.

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.

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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