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This new tour, led by Angela Fenwick, who has been guiding walks and tours in Crete for nearly 20 years, explores trails in the Chania region of Crete, which extends from the north coast all the way to the south coast. This region, dominated by the high Lefka Ori mountains, is wonderfully scenic, even more so in spring, when the hills and valleys are alive with nature's colours. Our base for the week provides the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful town on the island, Chania, with its stunning Venetian harbour and labyrinth of atmospheric streets all easily accessible from your hotel.
Level of Walking
This tour is designed to offer walks to suit those who don’t want anything too strenuous. Most walk durations will be around four hours, depending of course on group ability. There are four included walks and one day of site-seeing on this tour, again all planned to make this tour a slightly more relaxing pace than our other walking tours, which all include five days of walks.
This tour is led by Angela Fenwick. Angela is English but she settled in Crete many years ago and raised her family here. She started leading walks in 1999, predominantly in the far west of Crete, and now she has planned a new tour that explores different areas of the Chania region, including the south coast, with a focus, as always, on introducing guests to the ‘real Crete’ during the walks.
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Departing: 10th May 2019 at 08:00
Returning: 17th May 2019 at 14:45
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Chania. Transfer (30 minutes) and check-in to the Elia Bettolo Hotel in Chania. Welcome dinner at a local taverna.
Day 2: Dictamos gorge.
A gentle first walk that begins at the village of Katachori on the outskirts of Chania, a green and lush area of orange and olive groves dotted with goats and sheep. Our path is, the mostly dried up, river bed that runs through this wild, beautiful small gorge, known as Dictamos Gorge. During late spring and early summer there may still be some water running through the gorge, which only adds to its charm and creates a ‘refreshing’ walking experience. Narrow in places, wider in others, this gorge has plenty of shade and variety with incredible geology and plentiful shady vegetation. Ending at the pretty village of Stylos, famous for its natural spring water, we will enjoy a delicious lunch under the shade of the abundant (both in number and size) plane trees before our bus takes us the short distance back to Chania. A perfect first days walk to familiarise you with the beautiful countryside of the region of Chania.
Day 3: Kambos circular walk.
Today we enjoy a circular walk on the far west coast of Crete. Our path takes us through a short shady gorge that brings us out into open countryside still well above sea level. From here we descend on an easy path down to a secluded rocky beach where we will have time to relax, and where some of you may even want to swim. After our break, we will return the same way for part of the route but instead of going back up through the gorge we will follow an open path with beautiful views over the west coast of Crete, and its wild hillsides, back to the village of Kambos. Here we will enjoy an excellent Cretan taverna lunch before returning to Chania.
Day 4: History, wine and scenery!
Today we rest our legs a little and enjoy another aspect of Crete, a guided tour of Ancient Aptera, a Roman and Hellenistic site that is usually overflowing with nature at this early time of the year. Ancient Aptera has an elevated position, overlooking Souda Bay on one side and the snow-capped White Mountains on the other. Here we can enjoy not just the history but also some fabulous views. After our visit here we head west and visit a family run olive oil mill and winery. After an interesting tour we will have the opportunity to taste both the wine and the olive oil in the lovely setting of the winery. A relaxing, interesting, varied and tasty day out!
Day 5: Day at leisure.
Day 6: Therriso to Meskla.
Our walk today takes us high up into the hills with the most incredible views overlooking the Chania region. Our walk begins at the village of Therisso following goat tracks at times, wider paths at others, and even a small impressive gorge, until we reach the hill village of Meskla. After our walk we will enjoy a well-deserved lunch in a traditional taverna before returning to Chania.
Day 7: Sougia to Lissos.
Today we enjoy a coastal walk on the south coast, which begins in the delightful seaside village of Sougia and takes us to the ancient settlement of Lissos. Leaving Sougia behind we pass through a small gorge (Crete has over 400 of them!) and follow tracks uphill enjoying beautiful views of the Libyan sea as we go. Reaching Lissos we will explore the now deserted settlement with its mosaics and ruined temple dedicated to Asklepios. Returning to Sougia there will be time for a leisurely lunch as well as an opportunity for a dip in the Libyan sea before returning to our hotel.
Day 8: Transfer to Chania Airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.
Elia Bettolo Hotel, Chania
This excellent standard hotel has an equally excellent position in the heart of the atmospheric old town of Chania. The hotel combines a modern décor with the traditional features of the old town. Rooms include balcony, air-conditioning, fridge, TV, hairdryer and espresso coffee machine.
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