Hiking Tours in Crete, Greece

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Hiking is one of the best ways to experience a country, its land and its people. It gives you the chance to be one with nature and to feel yourself becoming a part of it. This is travel at its best, offering you the opportunity to see a country from a new perspective.

EcoGreece offers a 9 day hiking tour to the historical country of Greece and the island of Crete.

Crete is like a land of its own. It is unique for its huge variety of landscapes. It is hard to find another place that combines old Venetian towns, little mountainous villages, secluded beaches, tourist resorts and 7500 feet high mountains, all in an island 160 miles long and 30 miles wide.

Day 1, Friday. Day 1, Friday. Our tour starts at our hotel in late afternoon in the historical city of Iraklion, located in central Crete. After a short tour
briefing, the group will walk to a traditional taverna for dinner and our
first experience with Greek cuisine.


Day 2, Saturday. We wakeup early in the morning for our bus which will take us up to the Nida plateau, 4600 ft high on Mountain Ida, the highest
mountain and a symbol of Crete.
We will start walking from Nida Plateau to the south through one of the last wooded areas on Mt Ida. Our final
destination is the Rouvas gorge and the Zaros Lake. It is a 6-7 hour
pleasant walk and we will have to carry a light lunch with us.


Day 3. Sunday. We will take a guided tour to the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the archaeological Museum of Iraklion. Here we will admire the finest samples of the first high-level civilization in Europe. Elena, our archaeological guide will explain every detail about this sophisticated and nature-loving civilization and its long history. As soon as this archaeological tour is over we will leave for the Myloi (watermills) Gorge where the abandoned village of Myloi is located. Here we walk for
approximately 2.5 hours. Lunch will be along the way. After the walk we will continue by bus to Omalos Plateau located high in the White Mountains of western Crete.


Day 4, Monday. (No luggage). Early in the morning we enter the spectacular Samaria Gorge. The Samaria gorge is the longest gorge in Europe (16 Km, about 10 miles). We will descend from 4000 feet down to sea level on a paved path. Toilets, water and rest points are approximately every hour. Good shoes and strong legs are required. We will arrive at the base of the Gorge, in the village of Agia Roumeli, after approximately 6-7 hours where we will have lunch.
Agia Roumeli (ancient Tara) is on the Libyan sea, on the southern coast of Coast of Crete. We will be in this village, that can only be reached by foot or boat for one night with dinner at a local taverna. Far in the horizon the island of Gavdos is visible. It is believed that Gavdos the outhernmost point in Europe, was the island of Calypso described by Homer in the Odyssey.



Day 5, Tuesday. We leave Agia Roumeli and walk along a coastal path for approximately 6 hours to the village of Loutro. This is another village that can only be reached by foot or boat. The coastal walk takes us past the Byzantine church of Saint Paul. It is believed that Saint Paul disembarked on this coast on one of his trips. This area provides a very long pebble beach with a pine tree forest above it. Lunch will be along the hike. Our luggage will have arrived by ferry at our hotel in Loutro.


Day 6, Wednesday. Today you have an option of a free day enjoying the crystal-clear sea and the serenity of Loutro, or hiking with your guide in the area.



Day 7, Thursday. We leave Loutro and take the ferry to Hora Sfakion, the
nearby main town of the historical Sfakia area. We will meet our bus and
take the winding road up to the Askyfou plateau. It is here we can enjoy
panoramic views of the Libyan Sea.
We continue for approximately one-hour driving north to the town of Hania. During the trip between Askyfou and Hania we will leave the bus for a short walk in the pretty Apokoronas area.
Early in the afternoon we will arrive at our hotel in Hania. After unpacking and refreshing, we will meet for our first walk in the streets of the most scenic town in Crete. The 4000 year history is evident everywhere we turn. The nations that invaded Crete, including the Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Turks and Venetians, have left their influence on the architecture of the city. The Byzantine walls still exist, as well as the more impressive Venetian Walls and the Venetian Harbor, one of the most scenic harbors in the southern Mediterranean.



Day 8, Friday.We will have an early departure to Kissamos area, an area
unspoiled by tourism. From Kalyviani village we will start our 2.5-hour
scenic coastal walk to the spectacular Mpalos lagoon. There we will take a swim in the crystal clear water or enjoy an ice-cold frappe. Later we will take the boat to Kissamos town where our bus will meet us to take us back to Hania. (NOTE: if the weather does not allow the boat trip, then we will walk back to Kalyviani village).


Day 9, Saturday. Today we will pack our luggage before heading to the Hania market to shop for souvenirs. At noon we will take our bus to the Hania airport for departure. (Note: If you have made reservations for EcoGreece's mainland Greece tour then you will continue from this point to join the group)


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Dates for 2003

May 09-17, September 12-20, October 10-18


The price of the hiking tour in Crete is 2650 € for double occupancy.

For single supplement there is an additional charge of 400 €.

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What is included

•All lodging with private baths.
•All breakfasts, some lunches, and all dinners with wine.
•Expertise and experience of Tour Leaders.
•Additional Archaeological guides.
•Van and bus shuttles to support a variety of route options.
•Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, and other select attractions where indicated.
•Park and other entry fees.
•Gratuities at pensions and restaurants.
•Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information.

What is not included

Airfare, alcoholic beverages, lunches that are not provided by Eco Greece, personal expenses, and gratuities for tour leaders and your bus driver.

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