Crete 8 days trekking
1st day: Heraklion
Arrival at Heraklion airport; the group is met by their guide. Transfer to the hotel.
2nd day: Chania-Paleochora
Heraklion-Chania by bus, lunch in the old harbor of Chania and later in the afternoon, we take the bus to Paleochora on the south-west coast of Crete. Our hotel is close to a sandy beach, and there is plenty of time for our first swim in the Libyan Sea.
3rd day: Paleochora-Sougia
We leave Paleochora and walk along the coast to Sougia. The path ascends and descends, until we reach the ancient site of Lissos where we can spend some time looking at the ruins. It will take us one more hour to reach Sougia where, as before, we will end our day by the sea. Walking time 5-6 hours. + 500 meters / - 500 meters.
4th day: Sougia-Agia Irini-Omalos
We leave Sougia and the sea and walk up through the Agia Irini Gorge along a well-made path. The scenery is beautiful and quite different from that of the previous days. At the top of the gorge we will stop for lunch, and afterwards take the minibus to Omalos, in the White Mountains. Walking time 4 hours, + 700 meters.
5th day: Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge: We begin at Xyloskalo (1200 m)like the day before.Today we take a downward path. The first part of the walk is the steepest, but the trail well maintained and soon (after 1 hour) we reach the bottom of the gorge and begin to follow the river-bed. We can have our packed lunch by the river if we like. After a 6 hour walk, we arrive at the village of Agia Roumeli. There is plenty of time for swimming or resting on the beach. Later in the afternoon, ferry to Loutro where we will spend the night. Walking time 5-6 hours, - 1000 meters.
6th day: Loutro-loop
Our route today both begins and ends at Loutro. At first, we walk through old terraced fields to the hamlet of Livaniana, at about 320 metres above sea-level; the view is fantastic. Then we begin the descent into the Aradena Gorge, and after reaching its bottom follow a dry river-bed. We will stop for lunch at Marmara beach; we can spend more time there, because afterwards it is only a 1-hour walk to Loutro. Walking time 3,3 hours, + 300 meters / - 300 meters
7th day: Loutro-Sfakia
Today we take the impressive-looking path that climbs above Loutro to Sfakia; it is actually not as steep as it looks. We will stop at the Sweet Water beach to swim and then walk to Sfakia, an old village against the backdrop of the tall peaks of the White Mountains. From there, we take the bus to Heraklion. Walking time 3 hours.
Transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Insurance: Participants should be covered by their own personal travel-health insurance and prior to the trip. The personal insurance must at least cover medical expenses as well as air rescue and the cost of repatriation.
Alpine Travel is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour. (See Terms & Conditions)
Period: From April to October 2013.
Accommodation: Hotels in the cities, village pensions throughout the trip (all with private facilities).
The trip prices are based on double occupancy.
Food: Every morning we have breakfast in the hotels, picnic lunch en route and a dinner at local tavern. (Vegetarians are welcome on the trips)
Group Size: 4-16 participants.
Difficulty Level: (2)
The hikes offer a moderate trek with a maximum of 5-6 hours walk on rocky terrain. Participants should be in good physical condition with a little of experience.