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Crete's Mountains & Villages

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Explore the Potami Valley, experiencing nature and dramatic views

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire dramatic mountain views as we walk, constantly changing colours from dawn to dusk. 
  • Walk in the wild and fertile Potami Valley, a real nature experience.
  • Explore remote picturesque mountain villages, where time has stood still.
  • Discover the springtime flora and fauna.
  • Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine with dinners at local tavernas.
  • Relax in our beach front hotel. 
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 Heraklion (Charter or Easyjet)
      Airport transfers 
      En suite accommodation with breakfast
      Dinners in 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

    Arrive into Crete's Heraklion airport and make the transfer to Aghios Nikolaos (approx one hour). Depending on our arrival time, there may be the opportunity for an orientation walk of the town, or a quick swim before dinner.

  2. Day 2 to 7
    Walking in Eastern Crete, the mountains will be your constant companion, changing colour from dawn to dusk. Couple that with the pretty coastline, small villages, olive groves and orchards and tavernas offering traditional cuisine, this is a great holiday for lovers of Greece. We plan to offer the following walks during our time in Agios Nikolaos:

    Vkritsa-Lato-Flamuriana: This a lovely walk along ancient paths and through olive groves that finishes for refreshments in the village square of Flamuriana 8kms; 3.30 hours inc lunch stop; A/D 200m

    Krista Gorge: This is a short walk in a very popular gorge that requires some agility as at times. Combined with a lunch stop  in Krista and time to look around the town. as it’s very pretty with lots of local handicrafts for sale, makes this a nice day. 4kms; 2 hours; A/D 150m

    Agios Ionnis Point: After a steepish ascent at the start, our walk levels out and offers wonderful views over to Spinalonga and the bay. Once back on the copast at Plaka, there is the opportunity for a swim. 11kms; 4 hours; A/D 350m

    Elounda-Kato Pines-Plaka: A delightful walk above Elounda, through some very traditional villages  finishing in Plaka where we will then catch the boat to Spinalonga for a visit of the island. 10kms; 3 hours; A/D 350m

    Lasithi Plateau Psychro – Tzermiado & the Dikti Cave: An interesting walk through an agricultural plateau where windmills used to be used for irrigation. A taverna lunch followed by a visit to the Dikti Cave, the birthplace of Zeus.

    There will also be a free day where you can relax on the beach or explore the area

  3. Day 8

    We leave Aghios Nikolaos for Heraklion airport and our flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Heraklion (Charter or Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr
  • 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 Faedra Beach

The renovated four-star Hotel Faedra Beach Resort is located in a peaceful setting on the seafront on the edge of Aghios Nikolaos on Crete’s north-eastern coast. The beach is on our doorstep and there are free sunbeds and umbrellas for your to use on the beach and also by  the hotel's swimming pool. The rooms are all apartment/studio style and have kitchenette facilities, TV, A/C, hairdryer, safety deposit box and balcony or terrace with garden views. The hotel has its own restaurant, located on the water front, serving Cretan dishes.

We include breakfasts and dinners in the holiday arrangements. Dinners will be taken at a mix of local tavernas and the hotel's own sea-front taverna. Greek cuisine is fresh and healthy and can cater for vegetarian and gluten free diets.

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!