Crete, the largest and most mountainous of the Greek islands, is the cradle of Europe's earliest civilization and the land where ancient myth and modern reality blend seamlessly against a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty. This eight day walking trip explores the southwest coast of Crete, with its spectacular White Mountains, the deep gorges and coastal trails that lead us to charming fishing villages and quiet beaches, accessible only by boat. Packed with highlights including an ascent of Mount Gingilos (2080m), scenic walks through numerous gorges including the longest in Europe, the Samaria Gorge, and sightings of the wild goats (Kri-kri) and griffon vultures on the Omalos plateau, the trip will appeal to lovers of coastal landscapes, history and traditional Greek culture. Whilst the focus is on walking, there is ample time to swim at unspoilt beaches, explore coastal villages and soak up the hospitality during stays at a selection of handpicked hotels.
DAY 1 Arrive Chania DAY 2 Walk through the Agia Irini gorge to the seaside village of Sougia (4hrs) DAY 3 Through the gorge of Selinou to Lissos (3hrs) DAY 4 Ascend Mt Gingilos, overnight Omalos Plateau (6hrs) DAY 5 Walk Samaria Gorge to Agia Roumeli (6hrs) DAY 6 Coastal walk to the village of Loutro (6hrs) DAY 7 Walk through Arathena gorge or coastal trail to Anopoli and return to Loutro (6hrs) DAY 8 Walk to Hora Sfakion and return to Chania (2hrs), trip concludes
Daily departures from 1 May to 31 Oct
Entrance fees in Samaria National Park and Agia Irini Gorge not included - allow EUR7. High season is during July & August and a supplement applies.
*7 breakfasts *7 nights in small inns and pensions on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities *transfers as per the itinerary *luggage transfer *information pack including route notes & maps *local taxes *emergency hotline