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CRETAN TRAILS & TAVERNAS

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Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. The scattered remains of Minoan palaces, Byzantine churches and Venetian fortifications tell the stories of whole civilisations.
  • Product Code 14900
  • Holiday Type Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration Nights

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 reflects 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. The island’s geographical diversity and wild beauty can be seen in the endemic flora 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 and sandy beaches are perfect for a late day swim.

We stay in the charming Venetian harbour town of Chania and 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 the perfect mix for a memorable holiday.

Chania is much more tranquil over the Christmas period and is a perfect place to escape the hectic holiday season at home. Some restaurants and shops may be closed and museums and archaeological sites may have reduced opening hours.



Why not extend your holiday with our Western Crete programme that combines Cretan Trails and Tavernas and Wild Crete

Holiday Highlights

  • Swimming from beautiful sandy beaches during the walks. 
  • Optional gorge walks including the spectacular Samaria Gorge (in season). 
  • Traditional Greek cuisine with dinners at local tavernas.
  • Walk in the foot-hills of the White Mountains, through olive and citrus groves with spectacular viewpoints. 
  • Our centrally located hotel.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Chania (Charter or Easyjet), December from Heathrow via Athens (Aegean Airlines)
      Airport transfers
      B&B en suite accommodation
      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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Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Chania (Charter or Easyjet), December from Heathrow via Athens (Aegean Airlines)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • 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

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Hotel Kriti

The contemporary Hotel Kriti is located is one of the best spots in Chania, being on the very edge of the Venetian Harbour. The excellently reviewed hotel offers easy access to the town’s restaurants, museums, beach, Market Square and shops. All rooms are en suite with a hairdryer, TV, A/C, free Wi-Fi and mini-bar. Twin/double rooms also have a balcony. The hotel has a swimming pool, bar, snack bar and breakfast room, where they serve a buffet breakfast each morning.


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