HIKING INTO THE WILD OF CRETE West Crete (White Mountains)

A tour in the most important natural park of Crete; a combination of hiking routes that will permit you to explore the most versatile landscapes of the island of Crete.
Addressed to trekkers who are looking to explore the authentic and wilder side of Crete. A journey that combines hiking in nature and geo-trails of the Natural Park of Samaria, swimming in the most fabulous beaches in the off the bitten-track area of Crete and acquaintance with the Cretan way of life in the mainland of West Crete.

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PROFIL OF TRIP:

Nature – Culture – Traditional villages – Gastronomy – Archaeological sites – Natural paths

DAY 1

Welcome to Crete!

You arrive at the airport of Chania and you are transferred by taxi to the hotel.

In case your flight arrives at the airport of Heraklion, the programme is adapted.

Meeting at the hotel with our English speaking guide. Thorough discussion on your every day programme and delivery of the printed material that we will have prepared for your trip: booklet, maps etc.

Depending on the time of your arrival you could start exploring the beauties of the historical city of Chania.

Free night and meal in a recommended restaurant or tavern that you will find in your travel-book (meal not included).

Travelling distance: 14 km

Hiking time:  Walks in the old city.

Transfer of luggage: You carry tour luggage with you – by taxi

ACCOMODATION

Overnight at a 3-star hotel very near to the center of the historical city of Chania and very near the bus station │Double room either with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference please mention it to us).

The hotel is simple, typical hotel, clean and with gentle owners. The hotel offers breakfast, WiFi and air condition. The photos are representative of the hotel’s style we select.

Included: Transfer to the hotel by taxi, meeting at the hotel with our partner and thorough discussion on the programme, delivery of travel-book and maps (high quality topographic and trekking maps), accommodation.

 

 

DAY 2

Heading to the stunning White Mountains

Chania > plateau Omalos > Gigilos summit

Breakfast. You take the public bus very early in the morning and you arrive at the Plateau of Omalos, the heart of the protected area of the Samaria National Park (tickets’ cost not included in the price). The bus leaves you at the hotel. You settle into the room and then our partner drives you at the beginning of the path in order to climb up to the amazing Gigilos summit.

Return, diner and overnight at Omalos.

Travelling distance: 40 km Chania – Omalos – 1h00

Time/distance of trekking:  5h00 (go and return) Level of difficulty: moderate / demanding

Transfer of luggage: You take your luggage with you in the bus.

Distance : 10 km / Duration : 5-7h (aller-retour)/ Elevation + : 800 m / Elevation - : 800 m

ACCOMODATION

Overnight at a 2 star hotel at the plateau of Omalos and diner

Double room either with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference please mention it to us).

It is simple, typical hotel, clean and with gentle people. It also has a restaurant where you can chose to dine.

The hotel offers breakfast, WiFi and air condition.

The photos are representative of the hotel’s style we select.

Included: Breakfast, diner, accommodation, transfer by a local’s car from the hotel to the beginning of the path and return.

 

DAY 3

Faragas: the majestic gorge of Samaria

Early wakeup call and breakfast. 

Our partner will transfer you to Xiloskalo. You leave your luggage to our partner who will organize their transfer to the next hotel, you buy your tickets (not included in the price) and you start descending the gorge.

You walk along the amazing gorge, the longest trekking gorge in Europe and also the most famous of all. It has been designated as a Protected Monument of Nature, by the European Council, and it is one of the most important National Parks in Greece.

After almost 4-6 hours of hiking from Omalos (Xiloskalo) you arrive at the coastal village of Agia Roumeli and the stunning beach.

Settling into the rooms from where you will enjoy the deep blue sea view. Your luggage will be brought to your room.

Travelling distance: 5 km 

Time/distance of trekking: 18 km - Level of difficulty: moderate

Transfer of luggage: Included – from Omalos to Agia Roumeli

Distance : 16 km / Duration : 5-6 h (aller-retour)/ Elevation + : 0 m / Elevation - : 1000 m

ACCOMODATION

Overnight at a 2* hotel at Agia Roumeli

Double room either with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference please mention it to us).

It is simple, typical hotel, clean and with gentle people. It also has a restaurant where you can chose to dine.

The hotel offers breakfast, diner, WiFi and air condition.

The photos are representative of the hotel’s style we select.

Included: Breakfast, accommodation, diner, transfer by a local’s car to the entrance of the Samaria gorge, transfer of your luggage.

 

DAY 4

Trekking to the high mountains

After breakfast, you leave your luggage to our partner and you start walking towards the mountainous village of Ai Giannis.

You pass from the beautiful beach of Agios Pavlos with the legendary chapel and you arrive at a little hidden paradise, the Alonia accommodation.

Settling into the rooms and resting.

Diner

Travelling distance: 0 km.

Time/distance of trekking: 5h00 – Level of difficulty: demanding

Transfer of luggage: From Agia Roumeli to Ai Giannis

Duration : 5h (aller-retour)/ Elevation + : 650 m / Elevation - : 0 m

ACOMODATION

Overnight at the traditional guesthouse in Ai Yannis

This amazing, cosy, and simply… beautiful hostel is located on the south side of the village of Agios Ioannis. It consists of seven rooms which can accommodate up to 19 people. It has a spacious common room where you enjoy your breakfast and dinner consisting mainly of the owners’ own products (honey, cheese, pies, milk etc).

Double room either with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference please mention it to us).

It is guesthouse, very simple and clean and with wonderful people.

The hotel offers breakfast, dinner and WiFi

Included: Breakfast, accommodation, dinner, transfer of your luggage.

 

DAY 5

The highest summit of the majestic White Mountains. To the planet Mars!

Breakfast

You are transferred by the local’s vehicle at the beginning of the path.

You walk along the easy path having all along stunning views towards the sea of mountains!!

Return from the same path and transfer back to the village.

Resting and dinner

Travelling distance: 1h30 to go by 4X4 in a dirt road + return

Time/distance of trekking: 1h30 +1h30 return – Easy trek

Transfer of luggage: Not necessary

Distance : 2980 km / Duration : 3h (aller-retour)/ Elevation + : 548 m / Elevation - : 108 m

ACOMODATION

Overnight at the same guest house

Included: Breakfast, accommodation, diner, transfer by car at the begging of the path (1h30 to go in a dirt road) and return

 

 

DAY 6

Gorge of Aradena

Breakfast

You leave your luggage to our partner who will transfer them to your hotel.

Also you are transferred by the local’s vehicle at the beginning of the path.

You descend the stunning gorge of Aradena. Its entrance is located at the deserted village of Aradena. Near its entrance there is an iron Bailey bridge, the tallest bridge in Greece and the second tallest in Europe, therefore ideal for bungee jumping.

Arrival at the Marble’s beach with the beautiful sea caverns and you continue eastwards until you arrive to Loutro coastal village.

Settling into the rooms. There you will find your luggage.

Later you can enjoy your dinner in the restaurant of your hotel.

Travelling distance: 20km

Time/distance of trekking: 5h00 – 5h30

Transfer of luggage: Included from Ai Giannis to Loutro

Distance : 10.5 km / Duration : 4h30-5h30 (aller-retour)/ Elevation + : 0 m / Elevation - : 600 m

ACOMODATION

Overnight at a 2* hotel at Loutro

Double room either with 2 single beds or with a double bed (if you have a special preference please mention it to us).

It is simple, typical hotel, clean and with gentle people.

The hotel offers breakfast, WiFi and air condition.

Included: Breakfast, diner , accommodation, transfer by car at the begging of the path, transfer of your luggage

 

 

 

DAY 7

Towards Chora Sfakion on foot and to Chania by bus

Breakfast

You walk (or take the boat) to Chora Sakion following the E4 coastal path that takes you from the stunning beach of Glyka Nera. You arrive at the end of the beach and from there by taxi you are transferred to Chora Sfakion and then by public bus to Chania city.

Travelling distance: 0h30 by boat from Loutro to Sfakia + 0h10 from Gluka Nera to Chora Sfakion + 1h30 by bus to Chania

Time/distance of trekking: 2h00 From Loutro to Chora Sfakion

Transfer of luggage: Transfer of the luggage from Loutro to Chora Sfakion.

 ACOMODATION

Same hotel as the 1st day

Included: Breakfast, accommodation, transfer of the luggage from Loutro to Chora Sfakion, transfer from the exit of the path to Chora Sfakion by taxi.

 

 

DAY 8

End of trip flight back home

Breakfast

You are transferred by taxi to the airport.

Flight back home

We hope you have had a wonderful time!

Included: Breakfast, transfer by taxi

 

 

 

Tarifs– special prices for groups

Low season (May – Mid June)

2 pax: 635 euros (double room)

3 pax: 535 euros p.p. (triple room)

4 pax: 470 euros p.p. (double room)

5 pax : 505 euros p.p. (room double + triple)

6 pax : 450 euros p.p. (rooms triples)

 

High season (from mid-June to Mid-October)

2 pax: 655 euros (double room)

3 pax: 555 euros p.p. (triple room)

4 pax: 525 euros p.p. (double rooms)

5 pax : 490 euros p.p. (room double + triple)

6 pax : 470 euros p.p. (rooms triples)

 

 

 

The price includes:

  • Transfer to the hotel by taxi
  • Assistance at the hotel (providing the maps and printed material for your trip and talking thoroughly about the itinerary).
  • A detailed manual specially prepared for your trip (with references, texts, photos, maps etc.)
  • Breakfast in all the hotels & apartments
  • 2* and 3* hotels or traditional apts. with 2-3* facilities (see above the presentation of each hotel)
  • Transfers (people and luggage) as described above
  • 5 Dinners on the days you will be staying at Agios Ioannis and Agia Roumeli
  • Phone support 24 hours a day.

 

The price doesn’t include:

  • International flights
  • Guided tours and entrance fees to museums and organised archaeological sites
  • Tickets for national parks, buses and boats
  • Beverages (soft drinks), drinks, tips and personal expenses 
  • Lunch and dinner, unless otherwise mentioned in the proposal above (be ready to pay about 12-17 euros per person in a normal tavern).
  • Rucksack, trekking poles and other technical equipment (upon request)
  • Gps  
  • Personal insurance (upon request)
  • VAT for accommodation: it depends on the type of the accommodation and it varies between 0.50 and 5 euros per day, per room, to be paid directly by the traveler to each hotel.
  • Anything not mentioned above.

 

Notes:

The trip is made without the escort of a guide, except from specific days where escort by our experts is included, as an added value in the programme.
During the trip, we support you with a 24h communication. Furthermore, we arrange the transfer of your luggage so that you do not carry them while trekking.
INFORMATION
Duration: 8 days | 7 nights
Dates: PREFERED PERIOD: From the beginning of May to mid-June and from mid-September to the end of October.

May: Blue sky, rich nature, flourished flowers and herbs, best season for observing flora. Yet, cold sea, few possibilities for rains

June: Blue sky, dryness begins, but sea is accessible

July-August: Blue sky, dry flora, best season for swimming in magnificent seas, more tourism

September-October: Beautiful blue sky with colorful clouds’ formations, appearance of first light rains, as October approaches, and the land is becoming green again, very warm seas, less people.
Location: West Crete, White mountains, Natural Parc of Samaria
Difficulty: Moderate - demanding | For experienced trekkers
Languages: 24h phone support and documents in English, French and German
Cost: From smal groups, starting from 550 euros per person (in a self-guided basis)
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