Hiking Crete: Gorges & Coastal Walks

Start: Chania Finish: Chania

Visiting: Chania, Omalos, Omalós, Agia Roumeli, Loutro


Duration: 6 Nights

Physical rating: 3 - Average

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour code: 25581

Tour operator: G Adventures

Group size: 10 - 14

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1076 $915

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Tour Overview

If you like the feel of being transported to another world, you'll feel right at home on this hiking tour of the rocky landscapes of Crete. Get your trekking fill in the Samaria Gorge, the White Mountains, and parts of the southern coast before exploring local towns only accessible by foot or boat. Topped off with a delicious meal prepared by a local family, this Greek adventure will taste, look, and feel out of this world.

Highlights

  • iconVisit local towns only reachable by boat or on foot
  • iconSit down to dinner with a local family
  • iconSee the southern coast's stunning beauty
  • iconHike Samaria Gorge and the White Mountains (Lefka Ori)

Places You'll See

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Cities & Attractions:
Hiking Crete: Gorges & Coastal Walks
Chania
Omalos city
Agia Roumeli
Loutro

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Chania

Location: Chania

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Arkadi Hotel (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time. Meet your CEO, an experienced local hiking guide, at tonight's welcome meeting. Head out for an optional dinner with the group.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Chania/Omalós

Location: Chania, Omalos

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Neos Omalos (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Travel inland to the White Mountains, known to Cretans as Lefka Ori. Hike through the narrow Agia Irini Gorge, lush with ancient trees and a wide variety of plants. Transfer to the Omalos plateau, elevated over 1000m above the plains. Tonight, sit back and enjoy the evening breeze — the quiet broken, occasionally, by a goat's bell.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Begin your hike through the White Mountains at the entrance to Agia Irini Gorge. The trail winds through areas of humidity and shade, with a large clearing halfway up graced by gigantic, ancient plane trees. Notice the wide variety of plants as you continue, ending the trek at Agia Irini village.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 3 : Omalós/Agia Roumeli

Location: Omalós, Agia Roumeli

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pachnes Bed & Breakfast (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Set off to hike the famous and spectacular Samariá Gorge, the longest in Europe and a highlight of any visit to Crete. Continue to the south coast and the town of Agia Roumeli, with its fine pebble beach and clear turquoise waters.

Additional Information: Travellers need to pack an overnight bag for tonight. After departing from Omalos, your main luggage will be forwarded to our accommodations on day 4.

ACTIVITY: Lace up your boots for a full-day hike though Samaria Gorge. Follow the path over trickling streams and through forests of pine to reach the "Iron Gates" — the narrowest part of the gorge, where the rocks on either side are 600m high. If we're lucky, we may spot a griffon vulture, wild goat, or maybe even a golden eagle. Descend to the coast town of Agia Roumeli.

icon Day 4 : Agia Roumeli/Loutro

Location: Agia Roumeli, Loutro

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kyma Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Head out on a beautiful coastal walk framed by the landscape of southern Crete. In the village of Marmara, opt to have lunch at a taverna overlooking the sea.

ACTIVITY: With an early start, head past rocky shingle beaches to reach the picturesque chapel of St. Paul, said to mark the place where he first landed on Crete. Next to the chapel, stop by a unique freshwater spring. Continue to the beach of Marmara.

FREE TIME: Opt for a quick dip in the waters as we rest by a beach.

ACTIVITY: Continue with a leisurely hike to the village of Loutro.

icon Day 5 : Loutro

Location: Loutro

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kyma Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in the tiny fishing village of Loutro, accessible only from the sea or through hiking trails. Opt to spend the day in town, or head back towards Marmara to hike the Aradena Gorge. Tonight, join a local family for dinner and enjoy some Greek dancing!

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Enjoy a full free day to relax or explore.

ACTIVITY: Join a local family for dinner and feast on Cretan dishes, toasting with a homegrown drink called "tsikoudia".

icon Day 6 : Loutro/Chania

Location: Loutro, Chania

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Arkadi Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Follow a coastal path towards Sfakia, where the mountains meet the sea. Stop for a swim at Glyka Nera, also known as Sweetwater Beach. This afternoon, transfer back to Chania.

ACTIVITY: Trek through pebbled paths and steep rock faces that overlook the deep blue sea on a beautiful stretch of coastal trails.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 7 : Chania

Location: Chania

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

What's Included

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    Meals

    6 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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    Guided hikes to Agia Irini Gorge, Samaria Gorge, St Pavlos and Marmara, Loutro, and Sfakia

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    Your Foodie Moment: Dinner with Local Cretan Family, Loutro

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (6 nts).

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Fully Guided

    CEO / Licensed hiking guide throughout.

What's Not Included

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    Meal not included

    Allow USD250-325 for meals not included.

Transport

Private vehicle, walking.

Meals Included

6 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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