Crete

Azur blue sea, mountains and languorous villages.

Greece’s largest island makes every hiker’s heart pound: impressive gorges with steep plunges into the sea, rugged rock faces, secluded bays and the turquoise glistening of the sea always within reach – a true paradise for island hikers. With every pace you can feel the special connection between the wild floods and the unspoilt mountains, particularly the mountain chain of Lefka Ori, the ‚White Mountains‘, await you with numerous unique impressions and adventures to be discovered. During your expedition along the southwestern coast you walk through the impressive gorges of Agia Irini and Samaria, relax in the marvellous bays and visit the rich historic heritage of Greece at close range. In the picturesque villages you are spoilt with delicious Greek cuisine, the most pleasant finale of an amazing hiking holiday.

Walking
Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
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Itinerary

Explore the probably most beautiful town in Crete with its unique townscape, characterised by the Venetian and Ottoman occupation period.

In the morning by bus into the pretty coastal town Paleochora, situated direclty at the sea. Enjoy a plunge into the cool turqoise waters and relax in the sun on the marvellous sandy beach. Take a stroll through the colourful alleyways, visit the historic fortress Castello Selino, towering high up on a hill above the village are all a must.

Wonderful hiking tour from the coast up to the plateau. Through a gorge you reach the ancient site of Lyssos, a paradise for archeologists due to the Greek and Roman remains. This site is only accessible from the sea or on foot, a green oasis with a marvellous bay and a beautiful harbour. After a rest you ascend again to a plateau and walk in the shade through the gorge of Selinou all the way to the village of Sougia.

ca. 5 to 6 hours
15 km
220 m
220 m

Today a very special hiking highlight awaits with the crossing of the wild Agia Irini-gorge. You ascend on exciting paths, walk through a lush riverbed featuring fragrant oleander bushes and plenty more blooming plants. After that you can either reach Omalos by optional transfer or along remote hiking paths. The village is situated on a plateau, where you are greeted by grazing herds of sheep, today the sea appears far away.

ca. 5 to 6 hours
20 km
500 m
500 m

Short transfer to Xyloskalo, the start of the famous Samaria-gorge, one of the longest gorges in Europe. Between high rock faces and over small wooden bridges you get safely across the gurgling river, you steadily descend all the way to the Lybian Sea, always accompanied by spectacular views and unique impressions. In bad weather conditions transfer to Sougia and then directly by ferry to Agia Roumeli.

ca. 5 to 6 hours
16 km
0 m
1.280 m

Hiking tour along the coast, past the historic site of Agios Pavlos and the chapel dating  back to the 12th century. You reach Loutro, a beautiful village with white houses, in a very remote location and built spectacularly into the mountainside.  Again and again you have the chance to jump into the sea, particularly the pretty village of Lykos with its little beach and the white marble slabs invites to a proper cool-off. Afterwards by water taxi to Loutro.

ca. 4 to 5 hours
15 km
200 m
200 m

Today you have the entire day at your disposal. Maybe visit the Venetian fortress complex and observe the goings-on in the colourful alleyways, the restaurants situated in the pretty harbour serve local specialities and the catch of the day. As soon as you wish take the boat to Chora Sfakion and from there by bus back to Chania, where your holiday comes to a relaxed end.

Characteristics of the route

You walk on nice hiking paths along the coast and in the highland. For the hiking tours with walking times up to 6 hours through rocky terrain a good basic fitness level and surefootedness is required. Longer tours can be shorted by optional transfers. There is always plenty of time left, to enjoy the stupendous bays and cultural sights in peace and quiet.

Prices and events

All data for 2020 at a glance
Season 1
May 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Oct 1, 2020 - Oct 15, 2020
daily
Season 2
Jun 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
daily
Crete 8 days, GR-KRWCH-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
529.00
229.00
569.00
249.00

Category: characteristic, charming 2** hotels, apartments and familial B&Bs

Season 1
May 1, 2020 - May 31, 2020
Oct 1, 2020 - Oct 15, 2020
Season 2
Jun 1, 2020 - Sep 30, 2020
Chania
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Heraklion
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
49.00
74.00
49.00
74.00
59.00
84.00
49.00
74.00
Price
Transfer from/to Heraklion airport (1 to 4 persons)
210.00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included 
  • 1x evening meal (Omalos)
  • Luggage transfer (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • Transfer from/to Chania airport
  • Transfers Omalos – Xyloskalo/Sougia
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Organised transfer from/to Heraklion airport, cost EUR 210 per ride (1 to 4 persons). Booking required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Departure:

  • Chania airport. Organised transfer to the arrival hotel and return transfer to the airport at the end of the tour. Transfers included in the tour price.  
  • Heraklion airport and by bus in approx. 3 hours to Chania.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Entrance fee for Agia Irini- and Samaria gorge, approx. EUR 7 per person
  • Bus-, taxi- and boat rides (Chania – Paleochora, Sougia – Agia Roumeli, Lykos – Loutro, Loutro –
  •  Chora Sfakion, Chora Sfakion – Chania), approx. EUR 50 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Madlene Reischl
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Madlene Reischl, Customer Service
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