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Private tour Hiking in Southwest Crete up to 8 people
Route – m #1
8 days / 7 nights
Airport Heraklion (HER), Crete
— Accommodation: in Double/Twin rooms with private bathrooms a BB basis (in small, family-run hotels in the villages mentioned in the program, for nights N1 — N7)
— Single supplement upon request (extra cost)
— lunches: some picnics, some in local restaurants (D2 — D7)
— evening meals: in local restaurants (D2 — D7)
Cancellation by client:
For cancellations over 40 days before the excursion date, we refund any amount paid. For cancellations up to and including 40 days before the excursion date, we do not refund any amount paid.
Cancellation by Moysidis Travel:
Multi-day trips — Terms & conditions:
If the weather becomes unsuitable during any multi-day trip, the tour-leader has the authority to make any alterations to the program to best suit the needs of the group depending the current weather conditions. The original program is followed as closely as possible.
On Day 1 of the multi-day trip, we ask each participant to sign a «Participant agreement, release and acknowledgement of risk» statement in order to participate in the multi-day trip.
If any participant suffers from any severe allergy (e.g. to bee stings, food allergies/intolerances) or has medical/health issues we need to be aware of, it is important to let us know in advance. This is clearly a safety measure, personal information is by no means violated and we exercise all discretion.
Moysidis Travel is covered by Professional Liability Insurance.
Each participant is advised to take out health/travel insurance before travelling to Crete.
For a group of
* price per person in a double room
overnight in Heraklion town
This day is spent in the coastal town of Heraklion.
Depending the time of your arrival, free time to explore the town of Heraklion, visit Knossos and/or the archaeological museum of Heraklion.
Evening meal with your tour leader and rest of the group, overnight in Heraklion.
Note: private transfer (taxi or minibus) from airport to hotel can be arranged at an extra cost. Transfer time: 20mins
In the morning, we take our private transfer along the north coast to the old town of Chania. Here, we have free time to explore the old harbour, the market (Agora) and various quiet neighbourhoods with Venetian and Turkish architecture. After lunch, private transfer south to the small coastal town of Paleochora, the deep blue Libyan Sea. En route, we visit a local winery where we have a tour and a wine tasting. Evening meal and overnight in Paleochora.
Transfer time: 2hrs + 1hr — Hiking time (approx.): 0 — Elevation difference (m): 0
Our first hike of the week! All along the way this coastal walk offers magnificent views of the high White Mountains, down to the clear blue sea. a clearly-marked path, we follow the coastline and pass the temple of Asklipios in ancient Lissos before arriving at the small village of Sougia for a well-deserved swim! From here, transfer to Omalos mountain plain, evening meal and overnight in Omalos.
Transfer time: 1hr — Hiking time (approx.): 5hrs 30´ (15km) — Elevation difference (m): 0-270-20-150-0
Samaria is just of the many gorges Crete, but it is definitely the best-known. This natural treasure lies in the heart of the Samaria National Park (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is home to numerous endemic species of plants and animals. Its breathtaking scale and impressive topography attract visitors from all over the world and the magnificent scenery will not leave the hiker untouched. We start our hike from Omalos in the cool, early morning air and after an approx. 6–7 hr hike, we reach the small, coastal village of Agia Roumeli (no road access), where we are rewarded with a refreshing swim! Evening meal and overnight in Agia Roumeli.
Transfer time: 15mins — Hiking time (approx.): 6hrs (13+3km) — Elevation difference (m): 1250–0
Please note: if Samaria Gorge National Park is closed for any reason this day, an alternative schedule is followed. Any transfer costs are included. Overnight remains in Agia Roumeli.
We follow the coastal path to Agios Pavlos beach with its picturesque, tiny, Byzantine chapel the shore. From there, our path takes us gradually upwards through a pine forest then follows the coastline towards Marmara marble beach where a refreshing swim awaits us! The last part of our path leads along the scenic coast to the small village of Loutro with no road access!
Evening meal and overnight in Loutro.
Transfer time: 0 — Hiking time (approx.): 6hrs (14,5km) — Elevation difference (m): 0-110-150-0-70-0
The first part of our hike is uphill from Loutro to the plain of Anopolis, from where we are treated to outstanding views of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains). The entrance to the lesser-known but equally impressive Aradena Gorge lies to the west of the plain. The dramatic landscape and rough outlines guarantee a stunning experience. The gorge ends at the turquoise waters of Marmara marble beach. Here there is time for a swim before the last part of our hike along the coast to Loutro. (Optional taxi-boat transfer available for the section Marmara to Loutro, extra cost). Evening meal and overnight in Loutro.
Note: a less demanding route is followed depending the level of the group
Transfer time: 0 — Hiking time (approx.): 7hrs 30′ (14km) — Elevation difference (m): 0-690-580-0
The last hike of this tour takes us from Loutro to the beach of Glyka Nera (Sweet Water) along a well marked, coastal path above the endless shades of blue in the sea below. The fresh water springs, both the beach and in the sea, keep the water significantly cooler than usual even during the summer months. The path then follows the side of the cliff and ends just above the village of Chora Sfakion (Sfakia). From here, private transfer to Heraklion.
Evening meal and last overnight in Heraklion.
Transfer time: 2hrs 30′ — Hiking time (approx.): 3hrs (4,5km) — Elevation difference (m): 0-150-0
The last morning is spent in Heraklion, with free time in the town depending your departure time. The tour leader’s duties end after breakfast.
Private transfer to the airport upon request (extra cost) and departure.
Transfer time: 20mins
In order to sign up for the tour Hiking in Southwest Crete, please contact Moysidis Travel at: +30 699 280 0329, +49 1577 559 3278 or write to e-mail: email@example.com.