Below is a sample of an 8 day program...
Do you enjoy walking ?
What about climbing ?
CRETE, a wonderful and dramatic island where you find a combination of wild landscape, endless mountains, deep blue sea, hills covered with olive trees, small historic villages and towns and more. An island the Minoan civilization existed 4000+ years ago.
If you are seeking and unforgettable vacation without having to worry about where to go or what to do this tour is for you.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO...
Arange a tour with your friends and walk all those villages and towns where you will be introduced to CRETAN culture and the history of CRETE. On the way stop for swimming in beautiful places, stay overnight in graceful hotels or family pensions, watch beautiful sunsets, taste local and Greek specialties and more...
WHAT TO BRING ALONG WITH YOU FOR OUR ACTIVITIES
A good pair of comfortable walking boots with ankle support.
A few pair of technical socks.
Some generally proper equipment for summer mountain activities (hat, sun glasses, sun screen, bathing suit, a very light rain coat (you never know...), medium size towel etc.
A small backpack.
Don't overload yourself with unnecessary stuff !
Upon your arrival at Chania airport...
Be transfer to the beautiful city of Chania, if time permits, where you can spend time in the old town (near the harbour) build by the Venetians in 1252. Some time later be transer to your hotel in Omalos village, 40 km from Chania. Omalos (altitude 1050m) a small village build in a plateau of irregular shape and surrounded by steep mountains. A beautiful and very peaceful place for you to relax and enjoy yourself.
On your second day you can walk the last 900m of mount GIGILOS located at the beginning of Samaria gorge.
GIGILOS: A fearsome rock 2080 m high where goddess GEA hid her son ZEUS from his father CRONOS (he used to eat his newborn male children). For the last 300 m of climbing you will have to use both of your hands and feet. Also if the wind is too strong... stop at 1780 m.
Total walking time 4hr.
If there was only one place to walk on, when in Crete, that would be the gorge of SAMARIA.
The longest and one of the most beautiful gorges in Europe. A place of unfounded beauty that will reward your innermost expectations. A strenuous 17 km walk that will take you from an altitude of 1250 m all the way down to the coastal town of Agia Roumeli (ancient Tara) for a swim in the Libyan sea.
Total walking time 6 hr.
Imagine walking on a path next to the Libyan sea that people (goats too) walk for the last 4000 years. Making a stop in Agios Pavlos where Nikiforos Fokas ( a Byzantine prince) built a chapel 1100 years ago. Swimming in MARMARA beach with its crystal clear waters and then spending the night in a post card village named LOYTRO. That will be your 4th day.
Total walking time 6 hr.
After breakfast take a walk to the village of Livaniana (altitude 350 m). From there you descent to the middle of ARADENA gorge.
A beautiful and wild ravine with towering walls filled with oleander that will take you again to Marmara for a swim and a good lunch. From there you either walk back to Loutro or if you wish you can take a small boat back...
Total walking time 2:30-3 hr.
At 9:30 in the morning take a boat from Loutro to the town of Sfakia (20 minutes). From there be transferred to the exit of IMBROS gorge. One of the 3 best gorges of Crete. The trail, once an old supply route, will take you to Imbros village (altitude 780 m) for a nice lunch.
Total walking time 2:30 hr.
After lunch, be transferred to your hotel in Chania (near the old Venetian harbor) where you can rest and prepare yourself for a nice afternoon stroll ending up in one of the old taverns for dinner...
Today you can pay a visit to the history of Crete.
First be transferred to the monastery of AGIA TRIADA (18km from Chania) build by the monks Jagarolo brothers in the year 1635.
Second to the fortress like monastery of GOUVERNETO build just before Agia Triada but only for an outsight look and:
From Gouverneto you have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains and the Cretan archipelagos. After viewing the monastery, some 200 steps will take you down to CATHOLIKON, probably the oldest monastery of Crete where Saint John the hermit leaved and died. Afterwards you will walk back to Gouverneto to be transferred for swimming and lunch to Marathi beach (15 km away). One of the most beautiful sea sides of Chania. From Marathi be transferred back to your hotel...
Sadly, today is time to say good-by...