23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE

5-day (4 night) trip to the trails, archaeological sites, unexplored beaches, traditional villages, geotopes of Eastern Sitia. A trip in the most authentic and original area of Crete, at a season where nature is flourishing and the people have started returning from the sea to the mountainous tiny villages of the limestone plateau of Sitia, in order to cultivate the spring and summer seeds, fruits and vegetables...

23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
23-27 April 2018 - EAST CRETE TREKKING - NATURE - CULTURE
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East Crete - 5 days / 4 nights   /   23-27 April 2018


For lovers of the nature and culture


With an experienced local guide


PROFIL OF TRIR:

Nature – Culture – traditional villages – Cretan gastronomy – archeological sites – pristine beaches - natural paths and ancient trails – contanct with the locals

 

Location:    NATURAL PARK OF SITIA – GEOPARK OF UNESCO

Sitia Natural Park, area protected for its special biodiversity. It also belongs to the Network of UNESCO’s Geoparks (monument of geological heritage). This region is the third largest speleological park of Crete and one of the most important in the Balkans.

 

Max number of participants: 7

Accomodation: Refuge type

 

Within 6 days you will be able: 
• to trek on ancient paths (different levels of difficulty),
• to tread on non-organised archeological sites that date from the minoan era and are spread everywhere in the wild,
• to explore peak sanctuaries and ceremonial caves,
• to smell aromas coming from the healing wild herbs of the rigid Cretan earth,
• to cook with the locals and experience their life in the fields, in the alleys ways of the villages, in the kafenia and in their houses.


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DESCRIPTION

 

DAY 1

Meeting at Heraklion city.

You will be met with our expert local guide and you start your trip to the east extremity of Crete by private vehicle (either a car or a mini van, depending on the number of participants). Stops in 2 areas of high historical/archeological interest (Kavousi – Azorias which is currently being excavated and the ancient olive tree dating more than 3500 years).

Arrival at the central village of the Geopark of Sitia and settling into the rooms of the ‘shelter’ (refuge) of Sitia Geopark.

Walks in the fields, recognition of the area around the beautiful village of Karidi.

Later in the evening, cokking together in the kitchen of the refuge and discussing the importance of this area.

Resting, sleeping

Travel Time: 3h30

 

DAY 2

Kato Zakros – palm forest of “Vai” – Monastere of Toplou – Kato Zakros

Breakfast

Travellling  to the  palm forest of Vai. The famous palm grove covers an area of ​​250 km2. Its 5000 palm trees extend over 3 km and reach the beautiful golden beach of Vai. This is a unique area in Crete and it is also the largest palm grove in Europe. Here you have the option either  to stay on the central beach or to visit a more isolated  paradise-like beach, or to go on an ecxursion to another beach and marvel at the diversified colors of the rocks all along the coastal path.

Return to Vai and take a swim if you like!!!!!

We continue towards the famous Monastery of Toplou,  a place with a real  Eastern essence. We will visit  the Monastery and we will discuss with the producers of the most famous olive oil and wine in Crete. Possibility of a wine and oil tasting.

Return to Karidi.

Cooking together and resting

Travel time : around 2 hours in total

Running Time:  Choise for the trek: it varies…it can last 1 or 6 hours (depending on your choise)!

 

DAY 3

Kato Zakros >  "Gorges of the Dead" > Kato Zakros

Breakfast.

Hiking to the "Gorges of the Dead", with the old caves (tombs of the Minoan era). The gorges connect the villages of Zakros and Kato Zakros effortlessly. The gorges got their name because of the ancient tombs that have been discovered here and you can observe the traces through the gaping holes on the rock walls throughout the valley.

At the end of the excursion, you pass near the Minoan Palace of Kato Zakros, one of the largest and most important in Crete. A visit to the archaeological site is strongly advised! (An escort by an archeologist can be organised upon request and with an extra cost).

Cooking together and resting

Travel time : Around 1h30

Walking Time:  From 2 to 6 hours

 

DAY  4

Breakfast

Trek from the village Sitanos to the abandoned nowadays (due to a traitor) village of Skalia.

Down to Kato Zakros throught the ancient Minoan path that connected the sea with the plateau.

Cooking together and resting

Travel time : Around 1h30

Walking Time:  Around 3-4 hours

 

DAY  5 

Kato Zakros – Xirokampos – Hametoulo – Kalo Chorio – Agia Eirini – Xirokampos

After we enjoy our breakfast, we start travelling to Xerokambos, a village that extends along wild creeks not yet invaded.

After a  marvellous swim  in the sea, we head to the plateau of Chandras. The road to the west of Xerokampos is really impressive with many turns giving to extraordinary views of  the infinite sea until you arrive at another area with the liveliest villages in the area of Ierapetra (Sacred Stone). We will cross Ziros and Handras, where you will attend a 4-6 hour program at the herb groves of the village area of Handras where the famous aromatic and healing herbs of Crete are grown. The program includes a presentation by two producers / farmers on location  (2-3 different herb groves !!!!!). During this visit we will be given the opportunity to feel and  touch different plants, and finally to taste dishes directly from their gardens  in an idyllic setting underneath the Venetian and historic village of Voila (in the Sitia region in the eastern part of Crete). We  drive back to Heraklion.

End of trip

Travel time: 4 hours

Walking Time:  possibility to walk from 2 to 6 hours

 

THE PRICE INCLUDES

• Breakfast, snacks in nature, dinner every day prepared by everybody in the refuge

• Overnight at a refuge In the plateau of Sitia

• A guided tour in the world of Cretan herbs in the village of Handras 

• All the transfers mentioned above with the car of your guide (up to 4 pax) and with a mini-van for 6-7 pax

• Escort by an English speaking local guide

• Phone support 24 hours a day. 

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

• International flights
• Guided tours and entrance fees to museums and organised archaeological sites
• Tickets for national parks and boats
• Beverages (soft drinks), tips and personal expenses 
• Rucksack, trekking poles and other technical equipment (unless otherwise mentioned in the travel proposal)
• Personal insurance
• Anything not mentioned above.

 

 

CONDITIONS OF PAYMENT AND CANCELLATIONS

Conditions of payment

In order to confirm your reservation you have to pay a deposit of the 50% of the total price of your trip either with a credit card or with direct debit, by clicking on the link that will be provide by your local agent.
You should have paid for your trip at least 30 days before your departure.

Conditions of cancellation

All cancellations need to be done by e-mail to the local agency. The money to be paid varies depending on the date of the cancellation:
• more than 50 days from the date of departure : 100 euros for the cost of the ‘planning of Dossier”
• 49-30 days from the date of departure : 20% of the price
• 29-21 days from the date of departure : 50 % of the price
• 20-8 days from the date of departure : 70% of the price
• 7-4 days from the date of departure : 90% of the price
• less than 3 days from the date of departure or after the date of departure : 100% of the price


SERVICES RENDERED

Services not used
• All trips which are cut short, or all services concerning land, rivers, sea or air if they are not used for any reason, there will be no reimbursement by the local agent.
• It is the traveler’s responsibility to draw an insurance contract based on which he will be able to be reimbursed in case services are not rendered

 

 

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