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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Greece
Resort Crete
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1125
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 7 nights
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Walking in western Crete

Far from the crowds and purpose built resorts, the far west of the island gives you the opportunity to discover a more authentic Crete and its traditional culture. Our base will be at the provincial town of Kissamos, predominantly an agricultural working town, which offers a glimpse of local life mixed with a touch of tourism. It is situated in the middle of a bay that sits between the 'fingers' of two peninsulas, Gramvousa and Rodopos on the north coast. The itinerary includes five guided walks, graded easy to medium, covering a distance of six to 12 kilometres a day.

The walks will take you over mountain ridges, along secluded coastlines, amongst slopes covered in olive groves, through valleys bordered with chestnut trees and abandoned villages. There is one free day included in the itinerary and our local guide will be happy to suggest places to visit. If you are feeling energised you may like to use your free day to join a guided excursion to the 16km Samaria Gorge. All meals are included in the price of the holiday with the exception of the free day when lunch and dinner are not included. Breakfast is taken every morning at your hotel and dinner will be at a local restaurant every evening with the exception of one evening when dinner will be taken at a taverna in the atmospheric Venetian harbour town of Chania. Most lunches will be at village tavernas. Walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health.

The walks are organised by Stelios and Angela Milonakis, a local Greek/English couple, who began their walking company in 1999.

Included

  • Return charter flights from Gatwick to Chania including all payable taxes. Some regional flights may be available
  • Seven nights accommodation in standard room on bed and buffet breakfast basis at the Galini Beach hotel or Sunny Bay hotel
  • Transfers and range of excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Five dinners at local tavernas and one dinner in Chania town
  • Five picnic or taverna lunches
  • Tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Regional flight supplement (subject to availability)
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities.
Day one

Fly from London Gatwick to Chania. . On arrival, transfer by coach to Kissamos (approx. 30 mins), transfer by coach to Kissamos and the Galini Beach hotel or Sunny Bay hotel.

Day two

Our first walk takes us from the rural village of Polyrinnia through olive groves to Kastelli. Our day begins with an informative and historical tour around the village of Polyrinnia after which we walk up to its ancient archaeological site. After taking in the panoramic views over the Bay of Kissamos to the north and the White Mountains to the south we descend on paths through olive groves to Kastelli where a welcome lunch awaits.

Day three

Walking around the villages of Milia and Topolia to the cave of Agia Sophia. Starting today’s walk in local villages provides a glimpse of a continuing traditional way of life. Passing through a small hamlet with an abundance of walnut, orange, lemon and cherry trees, we follow a track to the village of Milia where the original stone houses have been restored. After refreshment we follow the track high up into the hills for splendid views towards the mountains and the gorge of Topolia. After lunch we return to Kissamos.

Day four

A walk to Falassarna through undulating countryside to one of the loveliest beaches on Crete. There will be an opportunity to swim in the sea here and time to enjoy our packed lunch. Dinner this evening will be in the Venetian harbour town of Chania.

Day five

Full day to relax and explore Kissamos at your leisure. We will be happy to offer suggestions for activities - it might be possible to join an organised excursion to the infamous Samaria gorge - 16km in length - that begins high in the White Mountains and descends to the sea on the south coast. Or perhaps a boat trip from Kissamos to the fantastic lagoon of Balos. Alternatively you might like to return to explore Chania Town.

Day six

Full day of walking through mountains and gorges to the village of Deliana. Today’s walk follows paths high amongst the mountains that lead to a gentle gorge, which you will find resplendent with flora and fauna - you may spot birds of prey wheeling overhead. The walk ends at the village of Deliana where there is a church to visit.

Day seven

Full day walk from Sirikari to Polyrinnia. Our walk begins high above the bay of Kissamos with spectacular views. We will pass through the gorge of Sirikari where eagles nest in the rock face. There is time for a rest stop at an old Venetian stone bridge under the shade of platanos (plane) trees before we begin the descent to Polyrinnia where we will have lunch before returning to Kastelli.

Day eight

Transfer by coach back to Chania airport for your return flight to London Gatwick.

The walks are organised by Stelios and Angela Milonakis, a local Greek/English couple, who began their walking company in 1999.

NB: This itinerary is for guidance only; it is possible that the order and/or details of the walks may change dependent on weather and other conditions.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 20 passengers.

Please note that walking boots are essential and clients should be in good health. Guided walks are rated easy to medium, covering six to 12 kilometres a day.
Our base for the week is the Galini Beach hotel or the Sunny Bay hotel both of which are situated on Kissamos' small promenande, right next to the sea. The hotel used is date specific and is shown on the booking page. Both hotels offer simple comfortable bedrooms with private bath/shower, air-conditioning (extra charge payable locally if required), TV, and balcony.

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Second time around this holiday was just as good, although we did feel the walking group was a little larger than ideal this time. Angela, Stelios, Manolis at the Galini Beach & everyone else involved did an excellent job in providing us with a most enjoyable & well-organised holiday.
Oct 2013
Morrison
We would like to thank you for one of the best holidays we have had. This is the third walking tour we have been on and it was far superior to the other two. The organization was superb , the food incredible, the company couldn't be faulted and the weather was glorious - we are convinced you organized that as well!

The choice of walks was very suitable for the range of people on the tour and Bob and the other guides were informative, friendly, caring and always available to help. I hope we meet again and we certainly wouldn't think about going anywhere else for a walking holiday. We wish you, your family and your company every success.
Oct 2009
Mr G. Ayres
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