Hiking on Crete Island

6 Days of hiking between amazing landscapes
  A unique hiking adventure, at the south end coastline of Crete Island 
Crete is a majestic island and the absolute Mediterranean destination… the ideal place to live a hiking and cultural lifetime experience.
The island of King Minoas is, among others, well known for the high mountains, the magnificent gorges and canyons and the extended trail network close to the Mediterranean Sea. Mythology, culture, history, food, unique fauna and flora, are very tight connected on this blessed land, full of well-kept secrets, ready to revealed in this trip…   The hiking itinerary, runs the south coast line of the island, one of the most pure, unspoiled, and isolated areas of the South Europe.
Dream it in Greece and live it in Crete…

Itinerary

 

Day 1

Meeting on Crete Island – Heraklion City / Airport (HER)  

 

Day 2

Ascent Mount Ida and climb The Very top of Crete 2.456m

 

Day 3

Hiking Samaria Gorge

 

Day 4

Agia Roumeli – White Mountains – St. John Village

 

Day 5

St. John – Aradaina Gorge – Loutro Bay

 

Day 6

Loutro Bay – Sfakia

 

 

Meeting with the guests in Heraklion
Travel towards the Cretan country side at the foot hills of Mount Ida – The birth place of Zeus.
Settle down in a traditional hotel – briefing about the schedule – overnight.

The Palace of King Minos in Heraklion city

After breakfast we will get transferred towards Mygeros Plateau at an altitude of 1550m.
The well-marked trail runs the north west side of the mountain and gives access to an impressive summit crest towards the Peak 2456m.
The summit view is stunning in every direction… the Aegean Sea islands to the North and the African coastline to the South are the highlights of this magnificent ascent.
 
Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Vertical ascent: 1000m 
 
Pick up the guests and travel towards Chania town where we will settle down in a hotel at the Old Venetian Harbor.

                           Mt Ida – Psiloritis 2456, the very top of Crete

                  Vamos, the stone build medieval village on the way to Chania

                  Kournas Lake, a jewel inside the heart of Chania region

        Chania town

   Chania Old Harbor

Today we will hike one of the longest and most beautiful gorges in Europe: The famous Samaria Gorge.
A well-marked trail runs 16 km of unspoiled nature inside the gorge, and exits at the Mediterranean Sea. 
 
Duration: 5 – 6 hours 
Vertical drop: 1250m
 
The hike ends at the sea front village Agia Roumeli.
Rest, relaxation, swimming in crystal clean waters, Mediterranean food and overnight stay at the village.

  Samaria Gorge

Impressive rock formations inside the gorge 

 Sea side trails and Mediterranean crystal waters

Breakfast at the guest house and start hiking.
The sea side trail runs the coast line through pine forest, and faces the Mediterranean Sea. Then, a steep but magnificent trail climbs the mountain south side towards our final destination, the St. John mountain village, too far away from the civilization and almost lost in time…
During our hike we can swim at the crystal sea waters and then continue towards the village.
 
Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Vertical ascent: 900m
 
Settle down in a guest house – dinner – briefing about the next day schedule.
Overnight stay

Hiking towards St John, before enter the pine forest

Hiking above the sea line, with Stunning views on the way to St. John

Breakfast at the guest house and transfer towards the entrance of Aradaina Gorge.
The well-marked trail runs the gorge through impressive rock formations, and during the hike we will experience the Cretan nature, smell the Mediterranean herbs and finally we will exit in a magnificent secret beach with crystal waters – The Marble Beach.
 
Duration: 4 hours
Relaxation – swimming
Same afternoon, transfer with a boat towards Loutro village, the most iconic and magnificent part of the south Crete. The small sea front village with magnificent architecture welcomes the hikers. Now, we are too far away from roads and vehicles, isolated at the very south end of Europe.
Settle down in a sea front hotel – overnight stay.

Aradaina Gorge, another well-kept secret of the Cretan nature

Breakfast at the hotel and start hiking towards Sfakia.
Via a magnificent sea side trail, we will cross the marvelous Sweet Waters beach and finally we will access the historic Sfakia village, a place very tight connected with the 2nd WW history and the battles of the Cretan people against the German occupation.
Duration: 3 hours
Early afternoon, transfer towards Chania town or alternatively to Heraklion City.
End of trip

 Loutro Bay / Village, the absolute Mediterranean destination

 Loutro by night

Sfakia

 Medieval Castle in Sfakia

 Aradaina Gorge

 A marriage between Middle East and Europe… Live it in Crete 

Group Size: Minimum 4 participants Maximum 10
Minimum age: 13 (with hiking experience)
Activity level: Good hiker
 
 
Included services:
Certified Mountain Guide
5 nights in Hotels and traditional guest houses based on double room occupancy (for single occupancy according to availability, extra charges will apply, upon request)
All transfers during the trip
Breakfast and snacks during the hiking days
5 Diners with Mediterranean food
All boat transfers during the hiking days
Not included:
Whatever not mentioned in program
Airplane /boat tickets to arrive Crete.
Alcoholic drinks consumption
Personal expenses, tips for guide/driver
 
Meeting point: Heraklion City
 
Price:  1350€ per person (in a double room)
 
Payment:
50€ – upon registration
1000€ – 45 days prior date
300€ – 14 days prior date of activity 
 
Cancellation Policy:
50€ handling fee – no refund.
Cancellation due to COVID-19 measures and there are traveling restrictions: Full refund.  
Cancelation for any other reasons, at least 30 days prior program starting date- full refund of your deposit (minus handling and transfer fees)
Cancellation less than 30 days – without refund.
Things to bring: Hiking shoes or trainers, backpack 35-40 L, sun hat and sun block, T- shirts, long trouser and short one, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket, water flask, flip flops, light weight towel, swim suit.    

The existence of the trip depends on the number of participants.

Further dates will be published soon

Possible dates for now:

9-14/6/2021

8-13/7/2021
July – Oct – Booking a specific date is possible in advance coordination.

 

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