Crete is the birthplace of Minoan civilisation, the most ancient in Europe. A whole unique world full of spectacular attractions and proud people.
Discover landscapes of amazing variety, mountains, split with deep gorges and honeycombed with caves, rise in sheer walls from the sea. Snow capped peaks loom behind sandy shorelines, vineyards, and olive groves. Miles of beaches, some with a wealth of amenities and others isolated and unspoiled, fringe the coast.
Feel the fascinating atmosphere and sense the mystery of Minoan civilization, visiting its world-famous Minoan palaces across the island.
Enjoy the delicious and tempting Cretan food, the base of the healthy Mediterranean diet, along with exquisite wines and the famous Cretan spirit “tsikoudia”.
Millenia of history and culture, a vivid culinary tradition along with its natural beauty makes the travel to the biggest Greek island an experience you definitely will want to live again.
Period of operation: April to November
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
3 Star charming hotels
- 1500€ for 4-6 participants
- 2100€ for 2-3 participants
Luxury boutique hotels
- 1820€ for 4-6 participants
- 2500€ for 2-3 participants
Relatively easy hikes and activities for beginners (3 –4 hours per day), good start for a first outdoor holiday. The walking is on a mixture of dirt tracks and well – constructed stone mule paths. Our trips are designed for active people who enjoy energetic days. We expect participants to be in good physical condition.
- 6 days/ 5 nights’ accommodation on double occupancy with breakfast
- English speaking Trekking Hellas Guide/Driver
- All necessary transport for the operation of the itinerary
- Professional licensed guide and entrance fees for the archeological museum of Heraklion and Knossos.
- Entrance fees at the gorge of Imbros
- Meals: full board
- Domestic and/or international air fare
Heraklion is Crete’s modern capital, settled since Neolithic times with the highest mountain of the island Psiloritis rising behind. You will be transferred from Heraklion port or airport to your hotel. Feel free to relax the rest of the day.
Overnight in Heraklion.
We visit the Archeological museum of Heraklion, which opens a fascinating window into the ancient world.
The museum hosts the world’s largest and finest Minoan collection and our visit here enriches your understanding of Knossos’ archeological site that we visit afterwards. Knossos, the largest of the Minoan Palaces, was at the heart of a highly sophisticated island-wide civilisation, more than three and a half thousand years ago.
After lunch we head towards the city of Rethymnon, to visit one of the island’s best preserved old towns.
Overnight in Rethymnon.
Ancient Eleftherna, a Dorian build settlement, lies in the foothills of Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete, is included in the top discoveries of 2009 of the Archeological Institute of America. We start our hike from the ancient Acropolis of the town. On our way we pass the remarkable Roman cisterns, carved into the hills west side, the Necropolis and a 3rd century BC ancient bridge.
We finish our hike in the tiny village of Margarites, known for its pottery, where we visit a workshop.
We then continue to Chania, the spiritual capital of Crete. With its shimmering waterfront, crumbling masonry and web of alleys, it’s an extraordinary attractive city. It has so many attractions to fill a good day’s worth of sightseeing but the greatest pleasure of all is to be wandering the narrow streets and stepped alleyways of the old quarters which are filled with Venetian and Turkish architectural gems. Chania after all is one of the longest continuously inhabited city sites in the world.
Overnight in Chania.
Visiting Crete without entering a gorge would be a missed opportunity for an incredible experience: one of the most fascinating gorges is at the southern slopes of White Mountains.
The pine tree-lined Imbros gorge, is not as famous as Samaria but is in physical terms as impressive and much less crowded.
Enjoy a wonderful quiet walk, narrow and stiflingly confined in places, speckled with caves in others and at one point passing under a monumental natural stone archway. At the end of the gorge we hop in our bus for a short ride to Frangokastello, a striking 14th century Venetian fortress on a fine stretch of a beach. Here we can wash off the gorge’s dust and enjoy our lunch overlooking the Libyan sea.
Overnight in Chania
Today an amazing experience lies ahead of us! After breakfast, we transfer to the port of Kissamos where we embark our boat.
Heading towards Gramvousa we have the chance to observe geological phenomena, sea caves and beautiful waters.
Upon arrival at Gramvousa island we walk up to the venetian castle and have a swim as well. Our next stop is Balos, one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here we have the privilege of swimming and snorkelling in the shallow and warm lagoon waters. Later in the afternoon we begin our journey back to Kissamos. Return back to Chania.
Overnight in Chania
After breakfast transfer to the airport and connect to your return flight home or to your next destination.