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Contrasts of Crete Walking

Trip code: W07GI 5 (1 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

18.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Discover the historical city of Chania, its busy harbour and bustling streets
  • Walk in the White Mountains, Samaria Gorge and to Ancient Lissos
  • Enjoy a dramatic, rocky seascape and unspoilt remote beaches

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers on days 2, 3 and 7

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Savour the essence of Crete, one step at a time, on our walking holiday where nature, history, relaxation, and delectable cuisine unite. Envision strolling ancient shepherd trails, the echo of your footsteps mingling with the whispers of vibrant gorges and rugged coastal paths. By the sun-drenched Mediterranean waters, explore the secrets of Crete's secluded southwest corner.

Commencing in the captivating city of Chania, your journey unfolds amidst the White Mountains (Lefka Ori), named after the limestone that glimmers beneath the Cretan sun. Traverse verdant gorges adorned with vibrant Cretan flora, immersing yourself in the island's natural beauty. History is uncovered along the southern coast, from tranquil Sougia to the ancient wonders of Lissos. Explore the ruins of the Temple of Asklepios, a once-renowned healing sanctuary, and witness mosaic floors telling tales of ages past.

Indulge in the exquisite flavours of Crete: signature cheeses from every village, crafted from sheep or goat's milk, and culinary wonders like Askordoulakous - mountain bulbs transformed into delightful salads or pickled delicacies. Along your journey, encounter the majestic golden eagles and vultures soaring above the White Mountains, while lower altitudes are graced with the vibrant hues of bee-eaters, hoopoes, blue rock thrush, and golden orioles.

Staying in intimate, family-run hotels, a few steps from the sea, your days will be filled with exploration, and your nights with the warm embrace of Cretan hospitality. Let this not merely be a walking holiday, but a fulfilling odyssey where each step reveals the heart of Crete, a land of captivating beauty, rich history, and exquisite Cretan wine.

Immerse yourself in the charm of Crete through our carefully selected family-run three-star hotels, each exuding warmth and character. Discover elegant rooms and the unique ambiance of a traditional hotel, offering you a glimpse into the island's rich heritage. Embrace the unhurried rhythm of life, relishing each moment on this idyllic Greek island. Here, the slow pace allows you to truly savour life, creating enduring memories that are bound to stay with you. Explore this magnificent island in a friendly, authentic manner, forging memories that will last a lifetime.

Terrain

Although the paths are quite well-kept the terrain often tends to be very stony and rocky, particularly during the gorge-walking. You will mostly be walking on footpaths, mountain trails and on some tarmac roads and be prepared for few steeper passages. The coastal walks are quite exposed with little shade.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Chania

Arrive in the charming city of Chania. Its perfect setting with the White Mountains as a background, lively harbour, historical remains and busy market make it the ideal starting point. You'll be met in the afternoon by our local representative for your briefing.

You stay at Hotel Kriti.

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Hotel Kriti, Chania

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Kriti Hotel is your delightful haven in the heart of Chania town. Recently renovated and brimming with charm, the three-star hotel offers a perfect blend of modern amenities and warm hospitality. Located just a stone's throw away from the enchanting Venetian Harbour, the hotel provides a 24-hour reception, free high-speed Wi-Fi, a convenient snack bar, and a fully equipped gym. The non-smoking rooms, satellite TV, and room service ensure a comfortable stay, while the laundry and dry-cleaning services cater to your needs. Embrace the effortless balance between relaxation and adventure at Kriti Hotel.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Chania to Agia Irini and Sougia Bay (7km/4.3mi)

Today starts with a transfer to the White Mountains. The walk takes you through the narrow gorge of Agia Irini where areas of humidity and shade sustain a variety of plants, and gigantic plane trees grace a large clearing half way up. Ending at Agia Irini village a short transfer takes you to Sougia bay on the Lybian coast.

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You stay at Idomeneas Apartments.

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Idomeneas Apartments, Sougia

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Idomeneas Apartments invites you to explore the unspoilt coastal beauty of the Libyan Sea while relishing in comfort and relaxation. Nestled in the charming village of Sougia, 300 metres from the beach, the three-star haven offers self-catered units with private balconies. Enjoy the modern fusion of traditional design in the spacious, air-conditioned studios and apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes, cosy seating areas, and well-appointed bathrooms. There are complimentary Wi-Fi across the property and hassle-free parking during your stay.

Day 3: Sougia Bay to Ancient Lissos (4km/2.5mi)

From Sougia walk along a path towards the ancient city of Lissos waterfront, the walk follows a beautiful small canyon with narrow yet high walls, after which the Temple of Asclepius appears in front of you. You walk amongst the scattered ruins of the ancient city discovering tombs, the Roman theatre and the church of Saint Kirikos. Return to Sougia the same way and time permitting relax at the beach before taking a boat transfer to the fishing village of Agia Roumeli where you spend the next two nights.

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You stay at Pachnes B&B.

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Pachnes B&B, Agia Roumeli

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Set in the serene village of Agia Roumeli, at the southern exit of Samaria Gorge in Crete, Pachnes Bed & Breakfast offers a tranquil retreat for travellers seeking simplicity and peace. Comfortable rooms feature traditional-style furniture, private bathroom facilities, and balconies with picturesque mountain or sea views. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi. On the ground floor, a family-run Cafe-Taverna serves delightful local dishes, enhancing your peaceful stay in this quiet corner of Crete. Immerse yourself in the traditional hotel atmosphere and enjoy the authentic lifestyle of the locals.

Day 4: Samaria Gorge (10km/6.2mi)

Walk from Agia Roumeli up part of the Samaria gorge, Europe's longest gorge. Watch out for lammergeyers as you go over trickling streams and through forests of scented pines to the 'Iron Gates' the narrowest point of the gorge where the rocks on either side are 600m high. Head back down the gorge to return to Agia Roumeli.

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You stay at Molos Apartments.

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Molos Apartments, Loutro

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In the idyllic seaside village of Loutro, southwest Crete, Molos Apartments beckons as a traditional family-run gem. With twenty beautifully decorated apartments, where tradition seamlessly blends with modern comfort, offering guests a serene and relaxed holiday experience. Just 30 metres from the sea, the apartments boast panoramic views of Loutro Bay. Enjoy the convenience of private bathrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a continental breakfast. Unwind on the terrace with a glass of wine, taking in the picturesque surroundings.

Day 5: Agia Roumeli to Loutro (11km/6.8mi or 14km/8.7mi)

Enjoy a wonderful coastal walk today to the picturesque 13th century chapel of St Pavlos,where the apostle supposedly first arrived in Crete, stop for a swim before heading on to Marmara where you can enjoy lunch in a taverna and stop for another swim, continue on along the coastal path to Loutro or take a water taxi from Marmara (payable locally).

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Day 6: Optional walk to Aradena (5km/3.1mi)

Spend the day relaxing in Loutro or take a leisurely hike via Foinikas to Marmara beach to the entrance of Aradena gorge. Return the same way or take a water taxi back to Loutro (payable locally).

Day 7: Loutro to Hora Sfakion (Chania) (7km/4.3mi)

Follow the coastal path to Freshwater beach, so-called because of the fresh spring water that bubbles just under the surface. Enjoy a swim and a picnic before continuing on to Hora Sfakion where a transfer takes you back to Chania for your last night.

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Day 8: Leave Chania

After breakfast, leave Chania.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £152.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £152.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from Gatwick to Chania with British Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Airport Transfers
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Chania and transfer to hotel 20 minutes. Return: Transfer to airport 20 minutes then British Airways

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Always had excellent holidays with Headwater in beautiful locations and charming hotels, and very helpful staff at Head Office.

Caroline Mcdonagh, 16 Sep 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1+
Leisurely plus

18.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1399

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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