Crete - The Best Of The North And The South

7 nights starting from
£1345

       

  • Enjoy contrasting scenery – coast, mountains, gorges and plateaus

  • Experience plenty of colour and nature whilst walking amidst the wonderful colours of spring

  • Get to know lots about the island and its nature from your knowledgable local guide, Jonathan Peat, who will ensure you experience a very ‘real’ Crete, introducing its traditions and culture

This new tour, led by Jonathan Peat, explores trails on both the south and the north coasts of western Crete ensuring diverse scenery and interesting trails. The western region of Crete, dominated by the high Lekfa Ori mountains, is wonderfully scenic, even more so in spring, when the hills and valleys are alive with natures colours. Our base on the north provides the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful town on the island, Chania, and our base on the south enjoys the more traditional side of Cretan life, staying in the tiny coastal town of Chora Sfakion.

Level of walking
The walks on this tour vary between 8 and 12kms per day. The walks are mostly on good dirt tracks with the occasional goat track, cobble path and  ancient paths that will likely be a little more worn with age.  Maximum ascent on any walk is approximately 400 metres. Walks are at a leisurely pace with the opportunity to enjoy the scenery, as well as encounter the occasional shepherd, as we go. It is good to be aware that the terrain in Crete can be quite rough underfoot at times, especially on the south coast where the land is much more rocky and dry so good boots are helpful.

Your guide
Your guide is Jonathan Peat. Jonathan has been guiding walks in Greece for more than 20 years. He is of British/Greek descent and his passion for the country is fully represented in his guiding, during which he aims to introduce the visitor to the area’s unspoilt and beautifulnature and a very authentic side of Greek life.

 

Available Departures

From

07 - April - 2020 £ 1345.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Gatwick

Departing: 07th April 2020 at 08:10

Returning: 14th April 2020 at 14:45

ITINERARY

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Chania.
Transfer to the Christina Hotel Apartments situated in Nea Hora, which is just a 15-minute walk from the wonderfully scenic Venetian harbour town of Chania. Group welcome dinner in a local taverna.

Day 2 The Holy Mountain walk.
Joining our bus after breakfast, a short drive takes us up on to the Akrotiri peninsula where our first walk begins. Along the paths and tracks we follow we will encounter two historic monasteries, Gourveneto and Agia Triada, as well as a ‘hermit’ cave, and a very picturesque small gorge. During our walk we will find time to enjoy a picnic lunch in this lovely natural area. Return to our hotel in the afternoon.

Day 3 Circular Sirikari.
Today we enjoy two circular walks in this wild unspoilt area in western Crete. Our first walk will explore the upper part of the beautiful Sirikari gorge while our second walk will be in the shady chestnut forests of Koustogianades. Between our walks we will enjoy a lovely al fresco lunch with a Cretan family in their simple family taverna.

Day 4 Day at leisure.
Today will be free for you to relax, swim (your hotel has its own pool and is located right next to a sandy beach) or explore locally.

Day 5 Deserted Kali Lakki and arrival in Chora Sfakion.
Leaving Chania behind we drive up into the majestic White Mountains, our destination the tiny village of Imbros. From here we walk to the deserted village of Kali Lakki where we enjoy some fantastic views towards the south coast and the eastern end of the White Mountains. We return to Imbros for lunch and then re-join our bus and journey on to the south coast and check-in to our second hotel, the Samaria, in Chora Sfakion, for a three night stay. Evening at leisure.

Day 6 The secret plateau of Anopoli.
Our walk today begins at the tiny village of Kambia situated a short drive from Chora Sfakion. We join a dramatic path that takes us uphill to the tiny chapel of Agia Katerina and the ancient site of Hellenistic Anopoli. From here it’s downhill all the way with thoughts of a tasty taverna lunch enticing us on. After a relaxing lunch we will continue on foot to the village of Aradena following a wonderful ancient footpath. If we are lucky, we might even see peonies flowering. At the end of the path our bus will be waiting to return us to our hotel. Evening at leisure.

Day 7 Aradena Gorge to picturesque Loutro. 
After breakfast we enjoy a transfer by boat along the scenic untouched southern coastline to the bottom of the Aradena Gorge. From here we will walk a short distance into this dramatic gorge, our destination the small and almost deserted village of Livaniana. From here we descend, on a different path, that takes us back towards the sea, and which brings us, of course, to a local taverna and a lovely lunch. After lunch our walk continues to the incredibly picturesque seaside village of Loutro, a tiny coastal resort situated in a beautiful bay where all the houses are painted a typical seaside Greek blue and white. After enjoying some relaxing time here, (and maybe a swim, the water is wonderful here), we return to Chora Sfakion by boat.

Day 8 Transfer to Chania Airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: This itinerary is for guidance only; it is possible that the order and/or details of the walks may change dependent on weather and other conditions.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 15 passengers.  

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Chania (regional flights may be available, please enquire – supplement will apply)
  • Four night’s accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Christina Hotel Apartments, Nea Hora, Chania based on shared occupancy of twin/double room
  • Three nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Samaria Hotel, Chora Sfakion based on shared occupancy of twin/double room
  • One dinner and five picnic/taverna lunches
  • All transfers and itinerary as detailed
  • Walking guide throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance
  • Regional flight supplement (subject to availability)
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Christina Hotel Apartments, Chania

Situated just outside the Venetian harbour town of Chania, the Christina Hotel is positioned next to a sandy beach and close to some of the best fish tavernas in town. The rooms are ‘apartment’ style so include simple self-catering facilities and balconies. The hotel has an outdoor heated pool.

Hotel Website link

Samaria Hotel, Chora Sfakion

This family run hotel has a seafront location on Chora Sfakion’s seaside promenade. The comfortable and recently renovated rooms all have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, fridge, TV and balcony with sea view. The hotel has its own taverna and is close to a choice of other tavernas and facilities and is just 10 metres from a small beach.

Hotel Website link

Administation
Brochure Description
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Overall Impression

We enjoyed the walks and the general atmosphere of the holiday .Guide was excellent and very considerate. Suggest you omit the wine tasting next time.

Review by Dykes who travelled 09-April-2019


Administation
Brochure Description
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Overall Impression

The accommodation in Chania was good and well located. However, the Stavris Hotel in Chora Sfakion was really well below Travel Editions normal standards. It was not that it was basic but that it was in such poor condition and badly needed refurbishment. The staff were friendly but this was no compensation for such a run down hotel when better alternatives were readily available.

Review by Shiels who travelled 09-April-2019


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