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A fantastic month to visit Crete, the crowds have disappeared and the weather is usually lovely, ideal for walking, and the sea still warm for swimming
Wonderful walks that encompass a scope of the fantastic scenery Crete offers
The guide – Jonathan offers a very different view of Crete that comes from his passion and joy of the island as well as his ability to converse with the locals
Heated outdoor pool
This holiday is based outside the wonderful Venetian harbour town of Chania in Western Crete. This fantastic location provides the freedom to enjoy the town between walks as well as being well placed for access to a variety of walks in the wonderfully scenic and lush region of Western Crete. During the week we will follow a variety of footpaths that will offer an insight into the natural beauty and rich diversity of the Chania region. During our walks we will encounter traditional villages, mountain plateaus, ancient sites, historic monasteries, deserted beaches, narrow gorges, dramatic views and, at the same time, you will be introduced to a ‘timeless’ and authentic Crete by your guide, Jonathan Peat, who has been walking the Cretan hills for the last 20 or more years.
Level of walking
Although we wouldn't class this as a difficult level of walking its good to be aware that walking in Crete can be quite rough underfoot at times, especially on the south coast where the land is much more rocky and dry, and also when encountering gorges, which can be quite uneven underfoot in places and might involve some gentle scrambling. Most of the walks are on dirt roads but we occasionally encounter ancient paths that have become worn with age and weather. Walking on average is around 4 hours per day covering a distance of a minimum of 9kms and a maximum of 12kms with a maximum of 500 meters ascent or descent. Along the way we will enjoy plenty of breaks for coffee, lunch, chats, photos and, perhaps, the occasional swim!
Your guide is Jonathan Peat. Jonathan has been guiding walks in Greece for more than 20 years. He is of British/Greek descent and speaks both languages fluently. He spent many years living in Greece but has now settled in France with his French wife, Myriam but returns to Greece every year. His passion for the country is fully represented in his guiding when he aims to introduce the visitor to the islands unspoilt and beautiful nature and a very authentic side of Greek life.
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|30 - October - 2022||£ 1330.00||Travel Info Book Now||booking-journey/#/start/JAW/30 October 2022/|
Departing: 30th October 2022 at 14:40
Returning: 06th November 2022 at 13:05
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Chania. On arrival transfer to the Christina Hotel. A group welcome meal will be arranged at a local taverna.
Day 2: The Holy Peninsula Walk.
We transfer to the Akrotiri peninsula, located just above Chania town, and enjoy a circular walk around the Monastery of Gouverneto (dating from the 15th century) and the cave of St John the Hermit, visiting several secret chapels, small caves and hidden gorges along the way. We will enjoy a picnic lunch en route and find time to visit another monastery in the area, Agia Triada that dates back to the 16th century. In the afternoon there will be the opportunity to swim at the beach of Stavros, in the shadow of ‘Zorba’s’ mountain (where some of the movie ‘Zorba the Greek’ was filmed) before transferring back to Chania in the late afternoon.
Day 3: Karanou – the valley of the orange groves.
Our walk today beings in the lush orange growing region of western Crete. We transfer by bus to the rural village of Skines and begin a walk that follows alongside olive and orange groves before heading into a rich wooded and spectacularly beautiful gorge that we follow all the way to Karanos a pretty village hidden amidst a beautiful rural landscape. We will enjoy lunch in a simple local taverna in the village and, if we still have the energy, we shall continue on foot to the hill village of Orthouni before transferring back to our hotel.
Day 4: Traditional villages walk.
We transfer from our hotel to the tiny 17th century settlement of Milia, hidden in the hills in far western Crete. We will linger for a coffee at the settlement, which has been transformed into an eco-friendly complex of simple accommodation based on the premise of ‘back to basics’. It has a glorious and peaceful location boasting a rugged beauty of plane and chestnut trees. From Milia we walk down to the tiny settlement of Sirikari where we enjoy lunch before continuing through the gorge of Sirikari to the ancient settlement of Polyrenia. We have the opportunity to visit the remains of a Dorian and Roman town before transferring back to our hotel in the late afternoon.
Day 5: Free time to relax and explore Chania at your leisure. The town has some excellent museums and a regular market and a colourful farmers market that can also be visited on this day.
Day 6: A day out in Sfakia.
We transfer by bus following a particularly scenic route that takes us into the heart of the White Mountain range of Western Crete (locally known as the Lefka Ori) before dropping to the south coast where we find a dramatic winding road that takes us uphill, with splendid views down to the coast, to the agricultural plateau and village of Anopoli. We will walk in the area, in and around the village, and walk to the edge of the Aradena Gorge, and for those who wish, there will be the opportunity to walk down one side of the gorge, following a spectacular path that zigzags down one side and up the other, that leads across the gorge to the abandoned village of Aradena. Alternatively you can just walk across the old Bailey bridge above the gorge to the village.
Day 7: Stylos to Samonas.
Todays walk takes us into the heart of the very beautiful and fertile Apokoronos region, an area filled with timeless villages, olive and orange groves, agriculture and lovely views. We will follow a gentle trail to the pretty village of Stylos and then climb slowly upwards until we reach the tiny village of Samonas where, if we are lucky, Jonathan will spy someone he knows and we will be invited in for a raki! Our walk finishes with a tasty lunch in a local village taverna.
Day 8: Transfer by coach to Heraklion airport for your 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.
Please note that walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health. Guided walks are rated as easy to medium, covering between 6 and 12 kilometres a day.
Christina Hotel Apartments, Chania
Situated just outside the Venetian harbour town of Chania, the Christina Hotel is 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. Bedrooms are comfortable with shower, telephone, TV, safe, air-conditioning, hairdryer, fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
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