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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.

Guided Walking Holidays - Cretan Trails and Tavernas

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. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays. 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.

Our hotel is well located in the charming Venetian harbour town of Chania from which we 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 a perfect mix.

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

  • Walk in the foot-hills of the White Mountains, through olive and citrus groves with spectacular viewpoints.
  • Hike dramatic gorge walks including the spectacular Samaria Gorge (optional in season).
  • Explore archaeological remains as you walk.
  • Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine with dinners at local tavernas.
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), December from Heathrow via Athens (Aegean Airlines)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken 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
Please select Departure Date to view:

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 4

  1. Day 1

    Fly from London Gatwick or Manchester to Crete. On arrival, we ransfer by road (approx. 40 minutes) to our hotel for 7 nights’ accommodation. The Hotel Kriti is located just outside the old city walls and is a perfect location for exploring the museums and shops or enjoying a night cap after dinner. The bustling Venitian harbour is a wonderful place to while a way a free afternoon or take a late evening stroll.

  2. Day 2 to 11

    During our time in Crete our walks will take us along coastal paths with possible opportunities for a swim and stops at tavernas for lunch or afternoon refreshment, inland with spectacular views of the White Mountains and into rugged gorges. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one of more of the following examples:

    Therisso to Zourva and Meskla. A pleasant walk with fine mountain views following an old path to the col above Zourva. After a lunch stop at a wonderful taverna in Zourva, the walk continues mainly on dirt tracks down a partially wooded valley to Meskla.
    Ascent 200m / descent 500m 7 miles; 3.5 hours.

    Akrotiri Peninsula – Gouverneto to Stavros. A wild and lonely, top of the grade walk in dramatic hills and gorges near the north-west coast of the peninsula, ending on a delightful sandy bay with opportunity for swimming.
    Ascent 200m/ descent 470mm; 4.5 hours; 5-6 miles.

    Laki, Karanos & Askordolos to Fournes. From Laki, in the foothills of the White Mountains, enjoy a varied downhill walk with magnificent views of the north coast.
    Ascent 100m / descent 400m; 9 miles; 3.5 hours.

  3. Day 12

    Transfer to the airport for check-in and return flight to London Gatwick or Manchester.

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
  • 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 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. The hotel has a swimming pool, bar, snack bar and breakfast room, where they serve a buffet breakfast each morning.

Meals in Crete

Meals in Crete are a great accompaniment to the walking on this holiday. Dinners are taken at local restaurants offering the opportunity to sample authentic local Greek specialities and wines. Vegetarians are easily catered for. The Mediterranean diet is said to be one of the healthiest in the world, With Greek being the healthiest of the Mediterranean and Crete the healthiest of the Greek diets. You are in good hands for good food on this holiday!