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from £1155
This multi centre holiday takes you on a journey across the stunning island of Crete, an island with a spectacularly rugged landscape.

Guided Walking Holidays - Wild Crete

Discover the wild high ranges that dominate the spine of Crete, its canyons and idyllic coastal routes between villages, some only accessible on foot or by sea. Wild Crete offers great hiking, sometimes strenuous, but rewarding, exploring deep gorges, imposing summits, following much of the E4 path.

From Paleohóra we take the coastal route to Sougia, and walk on the imposing Gingelos (2080m) en route to Omalos, a village situated inland on the mountain plain.

From Omalos, we’ll head into the Samaria Gorge National Park for the 11 mile, 1300m descent through diverse and spectacular scenery. We recover at the village of Agia Roumeli on the coast, before moving on, via a coastal route, to the tranquil fishing village of Loutro. From Loutro, we walk through the Aradhena Gorge with the opportunity for a rewarding swim to end the day. We continue along the coast to Hora Sfakion en route to Chania for our final night.

Why not extend your time in Greece by combining our Wild Crete holiday with Cretan Trails and Tavernas on our two-week Western Crete holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in the spectacular Samaria Gorge National Park.
  • Hike the imposing Gingelos Mountains for panoramic views of the Aegean and Libyan seas.
  • Walk parts of the E4 path to explore deep gorges and imposing summits.
  • Discover the rural nature of Crete's southern coast, accessible only on foot or by ferry.
  • Enjoy coastal walking to inaccessible villages.  
  • Relax in seaside tavernas with traditional cuisine.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Chania (Charter or Easyjet)
      Airport transfers
      Baggage transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts at the hotels
      Dinners at local tavernas
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 1

    We arrive at Chania airport, on Crete's north-west coast and transfer by road to Paleohora (approx. 2 hours) where we stay for 2 nights' accommodation. Depending on our arrival time, we may have time for an orientation walk of Paleohora before dinner at a local taverna

  2. Day 2

    Taking the ferry one way, we walk between Paleohora and Sougia with time to visit the Minoan site at Lissos. Distance: 17kms (10.5 miles), 5 hours, Ascent/Descent +/-400m

  3. Day 3

    Today we traverse the imposing Gingilos part of Crete's White Mountain range. A challenging but rewarding day with some stunning panoramas. We stay in Omalos for 1 night's accommodation. Distance: 13kms (8 miles), 5-6 hours, Ascent/descent =+/-850m

  4. Day 4

    The Samaria Gorge beckons today and we'll descend into the National Park today as we walk to Agia Roumeli for 1 night's accommodation. The walk starts amidst almost alpine scenery before heading down into the rocky and dramatic gorge. There is a nice spot close to our hotel for a rewarding swim this afternoon. Distance: 17kms (13 in the gorge) (10.5 miles), 5-6 hours, Descent -1300m

  5. Day 5

    We follow the E4 (European Walking Route) today as we walk the coastal path to Loutro for 2 nights' accommodation Distance: 15kms (9 miles), 5-6 hours, Ascent/descent +/-100m

  6. Day 6

    Today's walk is a beautiful along the Aradhena Gorge, which encompasses terrain and scenery that epitomises "wild Crete". We end at a beach with time for a swim before returning to Loutro. Distance: 11kms (7 miles), 3-4 hours, Ascent/descent +/-350m

  7. Day 7

    Leaving Loutro, our walk takes us along the coast to Hora Sfakion, where we have time for a lunch stop before taking our coach to Chania for 1 night's accommodation. After our hotel check in, there will be time to explore the lovely Venetian harbour and enjoy a waterside drink. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Distance: 6kms (3.5 miles), 2-2.30 hours, Ascent/descent +/-100m

  8. Day 8

    We transfer to Chania airport for check-in and return flight to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Chania (Charter or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 2hrs30 mins
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Exari, Omalos

A 24 room, traditionally built hotel with panoramic views over the Omalos Plateau. The hotel offers a coffee bar, breakfast room, and a restaurant with a fireplace (for the chilly nights). Rooms are simply furnished but all are en suite, and have a TV.




Hotel Ilios, Loutro

Ilios Hotel offers accommodation in two buildings, with spacious sea-front apartments which have private or shared balconies, some with magical views of the sun setting over the Libyan Sea. The hotel rooms are well equipped, featuring air conditioning, bathroom with shower, fridge, TV and free internet.

Hotel Pal Beach, Paleohora

The Hotel Pal Beach is fantastically located just in front of the beautiful Pachia Ammos beach in Paleohóra, on Crete’s south west coast. It is ideally placed to access local walks and the village’s cafes and bars. The hotel’s bedrooms all have a balcony and a side sea view. All rooms are en suite with a shower and have a/c (operational from 1400-2400 daily), ceiling fans, mini-fridge, radio and telephone. The hotel has a safe at the reception, which is free of charge and is accessible 24hrs a day. There is free Wi-Fi in the reception and snack bar areas, but not in the rooms. Hairdryers are available to use from the reception.