Contrasts of Crete Walking

Contrasts of Crete Walking

8 Days



Contrasts of Crete Walking

8 Days Starting and ending in Chania

Visiting: Chania, Agia Eirini, Sougia, Lissos gorge, Agia Roumeli, Samaria Gorge, Loutro, Aradena, Hora Sfakion

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Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Low, Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

18 to 99

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Tour Overview

This self-guided walking holiday explores the most remote south-west corner of Crete. there are often no roads within miles and most of the local commuting is done by boat! You'll follow ancient paths and shepherd trails through gorges and along stoney coastal paths that meander above hidden coves, along virgin beaches and across pebbly promontories, often within metres of the appetisingly clear waters of the Mediterranean. Starting in Chania, the most charming city of Crete we head towards the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) which take their name from the shining bleached limestone in summer. Explore the lush Samaria and Agia Irini gorges blanketed with colourful Cretan rock lettuce and Aubretia. Follow the southern coastline from Sougia to Ancient Lissos, known for its famous Temple of Asklepios (Aesculapium), where people came from all over Crete to be cured by the local waters. The temple was destroyed in a great earthquake, but its mosaic floor depicting animals and geometrical patterns is preserved. Continue along the coast to Loutro, passing the chapel of St Pavlos, said to mark the place where St Paul landed on Crete. There are plenty of swimming opportunities along the way and your final walk takes you to Freshwater Beach before returning to Chania.You'll be treated to historical sites, fabulous swimming spots and a spectacular variety of birds. The White Mountains have golden eagles and lammergeyers and at lower altitudes you will find bee-eaters, hoopoes, blue rock thrush and golden oreols.


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Day 1 : Arrive In Chania
Location: Chania
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 2 : Chania To Agia Irini And Sougia Bay
Location: Chania, Agia Eirini
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 3 : Sougia Bay To Ancient Lissos
Location: Sougia, Lissos gorge, Sougia
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 4 : Samaria Gorge
Location: Agia Roumeli, Samaria Gorge, Agia Roumeli
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 tp 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.

Day 5 : Agia Roumeli To Loutro
Location: Agia Roumeli, Loutro
Meals Included: Breakfast

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).A shorter walking option is also

Day 6 : Optional Walk To Aradena
Location: Aradena
Meals Included: Breakfast

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)
Location: Hora Sfakion
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 8 : Leave Chania
Location: Chania
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave Chania

What's Included

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of HHH and 3-star hotels

  • All breakfasts

  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

  • Route directions and maps

  • Luggage transfers between hotels

  • Walking transfers on days 2, 3 and 7

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Any Solo traveller supplements (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)

  • Visas or vaccinations


Simple buffet style Greek breakfast consists of bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, eggs and honey, and coffee/tea. For lunch we recommend taking a picnic on most days although there may be options on some days to eat at a taverna.   For dinner, in each place you stay there will be a range of different local tavernas and restaurants to choose from where you can sample some typical Greek meze dishes, olives, fresh fish, vegetables and much more.


The hotels you'll be staying in are small, family-run properties some of which are close to the sea shore.

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    British and other EU passport holders do not need a visa to visit Greece.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Luggage transfers between hotels

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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Stunning walking. Walking the Amalfi Coast


This trip takes you through the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean walking with a guide and also discovering the wonders of Pompeii and Vesuvius. The hotel had a nice feel as family run, spotless and comfortable rooms, we were well looked after for breakfasts and dinner each day, and the barmen fixed some mean cocktails for us.!

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It's amazing what you can do in a week! Cycling the Dalmatian Coast.


This holiday was extremely enjoyable. The itinerary is well planned and the route takes you to a variety of destinations. Not having been to Croatia before I didn't know there were so many beautiful small islands and I loved the ferry and catarmaran rides. The coastal route we took was dramatic and the World Heritage sites in Split and Dubrovnik very interesting and worth visiting. The Adriatic Sea was warm, blue and inviting, good for swimming even in October. The hotels we stayed in varied in size from medium to large. I particularly liked the one just outside Dubrovnik as I had a sea view. Tourists were plentiful in Split and Dubrovnik but in the other places we stayed there was an end of season feel and it was quiet on the roads and in the resorts. The food was good and our guide was always able to recommend a nice restaurant for our evening meal. The weather in October was good for cycling - not hot, partly cloudy most days and one day it rained!

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exodus charges.

    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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