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A chance to spend two weeks in Crete, walking in the mountain foothills and along coastal trails
Culture & Natural History
29th Sep 2020 – 13th Oct 2020
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Tour code: 15140
Last Modi�ed: 19th September 2019
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Explore more of Greece’s largest island with a delicious combination of Cretan trails, traditional tavernas and dramatic mountain views.
Spend two weeks discovering Crete’s high mountains and dramatic gorges.
Discover trails leading through the Potami Valley.
Enjoy the ambience of Chania’s waterfront with its quiet squares and bustling cafes.
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Crete’s White Mountains beckon you into the island’s wild interior. The distant peaks are often covered in snow well into late spring, and the summer sun re�ects on the limestone summits making them appear white. The mountains are cut by over 50 gorges, with the Samaria Gorge the most famous and well traversed.
The western part of the island is a walkers’ paradise. It has the unique combination of beautiful seas and high mountains and many trails criss-crossing the region. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. The island’s geographical diversity and wild beauty can be seen in the endemic �ora and fauna, spectacular vistas and idyllic picnic spots, which add to the dramatic walking on offer. Mule tracks lead you to breathtaking cols, past remote villages and weathered archaeological remains. Coastal tracks follow rugged cliffs, around small bays. A quiet taverna offers a welcome rest from the afternoon sun.
Our hotel is well located in the charming Venetian harbour town of Chania from which we enjoy a week walking in Crete’s western corner. The town’s narrow streets and quiet squares, colourful buildings adorned with bougainvillea and bustling cafés along the waterfront, add to its lively character. It is a lovely place to while away a warm Mediterranean evening and enjoy some ‘taverna life’. There are many interesting shops, markets and also many intriguing museums dotted around town. The old sea fortress of Frikas now houses the Naval Museum and the old Venetian lighthouse dominates the port. The excellent walking combined with the local cuisine, wines and Greek hospitality create a perfect mix.
Moving on to the easternpart of the island, to Aghios Nicolaos, offers a more relaxed holiday with a great combination of walking and our beachfront property. After a good day's walk, relax on the beach or by the swimming pool before heading out to dinner. From the town of Aghios Nicolaos, where our hotel is located on the edge of the town, across from the beach, our walks take us up into the mountains, offering dramatic views of the ever changing colours, along the coast and into the wild and fertile Potami Valley.
We'll explore small villages, with their shady squares and traditional tavernas, visit the island of Spinalonga and on a free day the archaeological site of Knossos and the city of Heraklion are not too far away.
Flights from Gatwick to Chania returning Heraklion to Gatwick (Charter or Easyjet)
En suite accommodation with breakfast
Dinners in local tavernas
All local transport costs.
Breakfast & Dinner Accommodation
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise speci�ed)
Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
HOLIDAY GRADE This Grade 4 moderate holiday includes full and half day walks at a moderate pace over hilly terrain and is likely to include an element of sightseeing as well. Half day walking will probably include about 3 hours of walking, with full days having around 5 hours. Expect ascents and descents of up to about 600m. See the Walks & Excursions section for more information.
Our bottom line is happy travellers, and to that end we trust our tour leaders to use the itinerary below as a basis for providing you with a great holiday. We expect our leaders to make adjustments to the itinerary if the weather, group ability or other local conditions make that necessary. There are normally more options available to our leaders than those listed below and one or more of these options may well be chosen. All distances, heights & timings are approximate.
Fly from London Gatwick or Manchester to Crete. On arrival, we transfer by road (approx. 40 minutes) to our hotel for 7 nights’ accommodation. The Hotel Kriti is located just outside the old city walls and is a perfect location for exploring the museums and shops or enjoying a night cap after dinner. The bustling Venitian harbour is a wonderful place to while a way a free afternoon or take a late evening stroll.
Day 2 to 7
During our time in Crete our walks will take us along coastal paths with possible opportunities for a swim and stops at tavernas for lunch or afternoon refreshment, inland with spectacular views of the White Mountains and into rugged gorges. Our walks are �exible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one of more of the following examples:
Therisso to Zourva and Meskla. A pleasant walk with �ne mountain views following an old path to the col above Zourva. After a lunch stop at a wonderful taverna in Zourva, the walk continues mainly on dirt tracks down a partially wooded valley to Meskla. Ascent 200m / descent 500m 7 miles; 3.5 hours.
Breakfast & Dinner Accommodation
Hotel Faedra Beach
Breakfast & Dinner Accommodation
Hotel Faedra Beach
Akrotiri Peninsula – Gouverneto to Stavros. A wild and lonely, top of the grade walk in dramatic hills and gorges near the north-west coast of the peninsula, ending on a delightful sandy bay with opportunity for swimming. Ascent 200m/ descent 470mm; 4.5 hours; 5-6 miles.
Laki, Karanos & Askordolos to Fournes. From Laki, in the foothills of the White Mountains, enjoy a varied downhill walk with magni�cent views of the north coast. Ascent 100m / descent 400m; 9 miles; 3.5 hours.
There will be a free day during the week where you may want to walk the Samaria Gorge (at an additional cost) or wander the cobbled streets of Chania or perhaps visit Knossos.
After breakfast we transfer by private coach to Aghios Nikolaos where we check into to the Hotel Faedra Beach Resort with time for a swim before dinner
Day 9 to 14
Walking in Eastern Crete, the mountains will be your constant companion, changing colour from dawn to dusk. Couple that with the pretty coastline, small villages, olive groves and orchards and tavernas offering traditional cuisine, this is a great holiday for lovers of Greece. We plan to offer the following walks during our time in Agios Nikolaos:
Vkritsa-Lato-Flamuriana: This a lovely walk along ancient paths and through olive groves that �nishes for refreshments in the village square of Flamuriana 8kms; 3.30 hours inc lunch stop; A/D 200m
Krista Gorge: This is a short walk in a very popular gorge that requires some agility as at times. Combined with a lunch stop in Krista and time to look around the town. as it’s very pretty with lots of local handicrafts for sale, makes this a nice day. 4kms; 2 hours; A/D 150m
Agios Ionnis Point: After a steepish ascent at the start, our walk levels out and offers wonderful views over to Spinalonga and the bay. Once back on the copast at Plaka, there is the opportunity for a swim. 11kms; 4 hours; A/D 350m
Elounda-Kato Pines-Plaka: A delightful walk above Elounda, through some very traditional villages �nishing in Plaka where we will then catch the boat to Spinalonga for a visit of the island. 10kms; 3 hours; A/D 350m
Lasithi Plateau Psychro – Tzermiado & the Dikti Cave:An interesting walk through an agricultural plateau where windmills used to be used for irrigation. A taverna lunch followed by a visit to the Dikti Cave, the birthplace of Zeus.
There will also be a free day where you can relax on the beach or explore the area
After breakfast, we transfer to Heraklion airport for our return �ight to the UK
WALKS & EXCURSIONS Local Transport Costs All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
Optional Excursions A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with