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…
Meeting on Crete Island – Heraklion City / Airport (HER)
Ascent Mount Ida and climb The Very top of Crete 2.456m
Hiking Samaria Gorge
Agia Roumeli – White Mountains – St. John Village
St. John – Aradaina Gorge – Loutro Bay
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 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.
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.
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
Medieval Castle in Sfakia
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
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
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)
50€ – upon registration
1000€ – 45 days prior date
300€ – 14 days prior date of activity
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:
July – Oct – Booking a specific date is possible in advance coordination.