Walking In Hidden Crete
There is no doubt that the island of Crete offers some beautiful and unspoilt regions and ‘hidden Crete’ is little affected by tourism.All the walks are taken at a moderate pace encountering a variety of terrains.
DAY 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Heraklion and on arrival you will meet your group and be transferred to your hotel in Makrigialos. This evening you will have dinner in a local tavern whilst meeting your guide and fellow walkers.
DAY 2 The first day’s walk begins at the village of Dafni with a stroll through scented hills to the traditional village of Pefki. Lunch will be enjoyed in a local tavern before walking through Pefki gorge descending into Makriyialos.
DAY 3 A drive to the village of Handras where today’s walk begins to the ancient Venetian settlement of Voila and the abandoned village of Etia. A picnic lunch is provided before entering Pervolakia gorge.
DAY 4 Drive to the lovely town of Sitia where you will have free time to explore the alleyways before travelling on to Paleokastro where there is time t relax, take a swim or wonder around the area.
DAY 5 A morning coastal walk heading from Palekastro to Vai to enjoy the views. Lunch is taken in a local tavern before a visit to the historic working monastery of Moni Toplou that sits isolated amidst a wild and barren landscape.
DAY 6 A drive to Ano Zakros to start a walk descending through the ‘Gorge of the Dead’ to the coast at Kato Zakros. This is a beautiful and accessible walk despite the name, the ancient Minoans used the caves in the cliffs to bury their dead. In Kato Zakros you may wish to visit the Minoan Palace of Zakros before enjoying lunch in a local tavern by the sea.
DAY 7 A beautiful walk down a gorge in the Xoxlakies valley which opens out to a large deserted beach. The dramatic scenery makes one feel that this had been a very important place. Enjoy a picnic on the beach and maybe take a swim in the sea before walking back up the gorge.
DAY 8 After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and you at transferred to Heraklion Airport for your flight to London Gatwick.
Departures – various dates in 2018. Price from £1225 per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room, single rooms are available on the payment of a supplement. Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice.
Please Note – walking boots are essential. Walks cover between 6 and 12 kilometres per day. Maximum group size is 15
Included – return flights from London Gatwick to Heraklion (regional flights may be available).
Three nights at the Villea Village Hotel in Makriyialos including breakfast.
Four nights at the Marina Villa Hotel in Palekastro including breakfast.
Welcome dinner and five picnic / tavern lunches.
Transport as per the itinerary
Tour manager and guide
Not Included – Holiday Insurance
Items of a personal nature I.e. drinks, laundry, telephone calls
Porterage and gratuities