Guided Walking in Untraveled Crete

Crete, Greece

Holiday overview

Destination

Greece


Type

Beyond Walking, Guided


Difficulty

Easy to Moderate


Month

Apr - Oct


Price

£ 870 pp


Duration

7 nights


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A single base guided walking holiday, with optional painting classes, on the northern coast of a quiet and beautiful corner of Crete. You stay in apartments just a few metres from a beach embraced by two majestic peninsulas. Each morning you walk directly from the village along the coast or into the olive-clad hills in […]

A single base guided walking holiday, on the northern coast of a quiet and beautiful corner of Crete. You stay in apartments just a few metres from a beach embraced by two majestic peninsulas. Each morning you walk directly from the village along the coast or into the olive-clad hills in the company of your guide, Iacovos, who knows the area intimately. Discover unfrequented villages, cave churches, gorges and abandoned Minoan settlements. In the afternoon, more walking; relaxing in the clear Aegean; or painting classes with Camille.

 

Five mornings of leisurely to medium paced walks taking in the hills, valleys coastline and town of Kissamos and the surrounding areas, to include local villages and ancient sites, all especially beautiful in Spring and Autumn with wild flowers. Each walk starts at 9:00 am at the hotel and ends by approximately 2 pm. Each walk has regular rest stops.

 

Painting workshops for beginners and more advanced artists are available, painting with the medium of your choice (for example oils or water colours).

 

One free day, which is an opportunity to relax or alternatively explore the charming old city of Chania built around its picturesque harbor or the famous Balos beach at the top of the Grambousa Peninsula by a short boat trip from Kissamos port. For other options we will be at your disposal. The opportunity to eat together at local tavernas: time to share in conversation, stories and delicious local food.

There is the freedom to opt out from either the walks (one or more or all) or the meals.

 

Price:
Per person based on 2 people sharing: £870

Single supplement: £130

 

Included:
Transfers to/from Chania Airport

7 nights in comfortable apartment with kitchen and free WiFi

Breakfast each morning

Dinner on the evening of arrival

5 guided walks

 

Not Included:

Flights

Dinners (apart from first night)

Drinks

Insurance

Anything else not mentioned as included

 

Departure Dates:

  • From Sunday  28.04.2019  to Sunday 05.05.2019 (Sunny Bay Hotel)
  • From Sunday  05.05.2019  to Sunday 12.05.2019 (Cormoranos Apartments)
  • From Sunday  12.05.2019  to Sunday 19.05.2019      – Fully booked –
  • From Sunday  26.05.2019  to Sunday 02.06.2019 (Cormoranos Apartments)
  • From Sunday  22.09.2019  to Sunday 29.09.2019 (Cormoranos Apartments)
  • From Sunday  29.09.2019  to Sunday 06.10.2019 (Cormoranos Apartments)
  • From Sunday  13.10.2019  to Sunday 20.10.2019 (Cormoranos Apartments)
  • From Sunday  20.10.2019  to Sunday 27.10.2019 (Cormoranos Apartments)

Day 1: Arrive Chania Airport

You will be met and transferred to your village accommodation – approximately 40 minutes drive. Welcome dinner.

 

Day 2 – Platanaki – Korfalonas – Kissamos

  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-13:30 : From our hotel we walk to the sea and then along the beach to the Platanaki  and Korfalonas areas. We cross the little river of Korfalonas and continue further until we cross the little river of Kissamos and reach Kissamos town, where we can visit the local archaeological museum and local traditional shops selling honey, wine, tsikoudia, herbs etc. We return either on foot or by the regular bus service.

    Duration: approx 4.5 hours.  Distance : 14 km. Elevation: 1m-20m.

  • Return at 14:00 to the hotel.
  • Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming, enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.

 

Day 3 – Drapanias – Cherethiana – Potamida – Kaloudiana

  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-15:00 : After a 30 minute walk from our hotel, we reach the village of  Drapanias which we skirt round. Going uphill we find an old track leading through the olive groves to the little chapel above us built into a cave… Michael the Archangel. We continue on this track over a small river bed and a magnificent mulberry tree until we reach a country road and more old tracks. At the sides of the path is a rare kind of mint and a lot of caper flowers amongst many other plants. We reach now Cherethiana which  is a small typical, picturesque Cretan Village at an altitude of 160 meters. We walk through the village and have a break for a coffee if the local traditional Cafe is open. Now coming downhill we reach another cave chapel … another Michael the Archangel, nestling under the shade of a plane tree from which the old church bell is hanging. From here we take the road to Potamida in the valley and turn back towards the sea, passing on our right the famous natural clay marls which tower above the fields. We will visit the mill museum where we will have a break and then we walk further through the village. On the return to our hotel we might have a break for a beer or food in the village Kaloudiana.

    Duration: approx 5.5  hours.  Distance : 18 km. Elevation: 5m-170m

  • Return at 15:00 to the hotel.
  • 15:00: Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming, enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.

 

Day 4 – Kolymbari – Astratigos – Afrata

  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-15:00 : We go by public bus to Kolymbari and walk uphill to the west on the Rodopos peninsula in order to find the picturesque village of Astratigos: a very small village at an altitude of 210 metres without any shops but with beautiful views to Chania bay. We walk further to the north of the peninsula and arrive in Afrata, another small village with a tavern and a traditional Café. Time for a coffee break. From here on, during our whole way to the Gonia Monastery the views to the Chania bay are spectacular. The city of Chania and the island of Ag. Theodoroi are visible. Our next stop is at the famous Gonia Monastery which was built between 1618 and 1634 in its present location, with Venetian influences in its architectural design and adornment. The distinctive fountain in front of the monastery’s entrance was built in 1708 and the belfry in 1849. The monastery was heavily damaged by Ottoman bombardments on many occasions throughout its history, including in 1645, 1652, 1822, 1841, and finally in 1867 during the Great Cretan Revolution (1866–1869) against the Ottoman Empire, evidence of which can be seen today in the remaining cannonball lodged in the monastery wall. The monastery contains numerous Byzantine artifacts from the 15th and 17th century including Cretan icons by painters of the famous Cretan school of icon painting (which shaped El Greco). It also has numerous relics and other rare religious treasures from the Byzantine period and ancient inscriptions on the walls.

    Duration: approx 5 hours.  Distance : 15 km. Elevation: 5m-210m.

  • Return at 15:00 to the hotel.
  • 15:00: Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming, enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.

 

Day 5 – Free day

A free day to rest or do further walking or sightseeing on your own. You could enjoy the many attractions of Chania, or visit the famous Balos beach by a short boat trip or hire a car to explore further a-field.

 

Day 6 – Koleni – Mesonisi – Rokka – Kotsiana

  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-15:00 : Walk : Our road leads us to the village of Koleni. Walking through the village we find the old soil road towards the beautiful old settlement of Mesonisi which faces the dramatic exit of the Rokka gorge. We wander through fields and goat tracks in order to reach the giant rock which dominates the landscape. Just below its crown or dome as the locals call it is the picturesque village of Rokka. Above the 18th/19th century houses is the site of the remains of an ancient village, whose rooms, streets, steps and tombs were cut into the stone. From there the views are staggering: South across  the Rokka gorge and North to the blue sea in the distance. We return home down a kalderimi (old stone road) passing an ancient wall, peach, plum and mulberry trees amongst the olives. We walk through the countryside to Kotsiana where we might have a break for a coffee in the traditional Kafenio of the village. Our path leads us to Ano Drapanias where we walk past a medieval Venetian tower and then through the village before we return to our hotel.

    Duration: approx 5.5  hours.  Distance : 17 km. Elevation: 5m-225m

  • Return at 15:00 to the hotel.
  • 15:00: Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming, enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.

 

Day 7 – Nopigia – Panagia Myrtidiotisa – Agios Vasilios – Ravdouhas

  • 7:30-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00 : Meet at the hotel.
  • 9:00-14:30 : Starting from the hotel we will walk past the open air theater to the little chapel  of  Panagia Myrtidiotisa in Nopigia and then along a rough path over stones and rocks towards the little medieval chapel of Agios Vasilios on the Spatha peninsula. The blue sea is always beside us. We will encounter only a few sheep and goats and enjoy great views towards the  Gramvousa peninsula  across  Kissamos bay, with the Spatha mountain on our right. After our little break at the chapel of Agios Vasilios we walk further to the outskirts of Ravdouhas over the top of an abandoned iron mine, enjoying fantastic views of the village. We walk past amazing rock formations and  Nopigia beach  to our  hotel.

    Duration: approx 5 hours.  Distance : 14 km. Elevation: 1m-120m.

  • Return at 14:30 to the hotel.
  • 14:30: Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming, enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.

 

Day 8 – Departure

Transfer to Chania airport.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a family owned complex of apartments (all the same size) in a very small unspoilt village a couple of minutes walk from the beach.  Apartments are  spacious, very well furnished,  with good cooking facilities and all the utensils you could possibly need. There are two outside areas for each apartment and both areas have table and chairs for outside dining. The garden is lovely with a good sized pool that is deep enough for a good swim if you decide an early morning dip.

Getting there
Chania is the nearest airport – you will be collected from the airport on arrival and taken back to catch your flight at the end of the holiday.