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WESTERN CRETE

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Two weeks combining the Cretan Trails & Tavernas & Wild Crete holidays.
  • Product Code 15160
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 4, Grade 6
  • 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.

Crete, especially 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. Combine this with the local cuisine, wines and the Greek hospitality and you have the perfect mix for a memorable holiday.

From the charming Venetian harbour town of Chania, enjoy a week walking in Crete’s western corner. The town’s narrow streets and quiet squares, colourful buildings adorned with bougainvillea and bustling cafes 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.

Time and the elements have left their mark on the island of Crete with a spectacularly rugged landscape of mountains leading to lush, green valleys and dramatic gorges as well as a rocky coastline with steep-sided coves and bays. Discover the wilder higher ranges that dominate the spine of Crete and its canyons and idyllic coastal routes between villages, some accessible only on foot or by sea. Wild Crete offers sometimes strenuous, but rewarding walking, exploring deep gorges and imposing summits, and follows much of the E4 path.

Paleohóra, a small tranquil town on the south west coast, was built on a once fortified peninsula jutting into the Libyan Sea. From here, 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 the diverse and spectacular scenery of the gorge. We recover at the village of Agia Roumeli at the end of the gorge 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 before travelling to the north of the island to Chania where we spend our final night.


Holiday Highlights

  • Swimming opportunities from beautiful sandy beaches visited during the walks.
  • Traditional Greek cuisine with dinners at local tavernas.
  • From Chania, walk in the foothills of the White Mountains, through olive and citrus groves with spectacular viewpoints.
  • Exploring Crete's Wild Coast from the artists' village of Paleohora to Loutro, reaching villages only accessible on foot and by ferry
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)
      Airport transfers
      Baggage transfers
      B&B en-suite accommodation.
      Services of a dedicated leader.
      Dinners at local tavernas.
      All local travel 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)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 30 minutes
  • Baggage transfers
  • 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 Aris

We stay at the personal and relaxed family run Hotel Aris, which is situated in a relatively quiet area one kilometre from Paleohara. The hotel has been refurbished, and you will also find unique art work scattered around the grounds of the impressive building. Unique head boards have been carved in some of the rooms by a local craftsman as well. Featuring marble floors and modern decor, the colourful rooms and suites come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, tea and coffee making equipment, and shared balconies with sea/garden views. Complimentary amenities include a Greek breakfast buffet, hire bikes and parking. There's a bar and a library, and massage services are available.


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 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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