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Ramblers Cretan Trails & Tavernas

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This 8-day holiday through Crete’s White Mountains is a walkers paradise. Combining beautiful seas and high mountains, the island’s geographical diversity and wild beauty can be seen in the flora and fauna, spectacular viewpoints and idyllic picnic spots.

  • Walk in the foot-hills of the White Mountains, through olive and citrus groves with spectacular viewpoints.
  • Hike dramatic gorge walks including the spectacular Samaria Gorge (optional in season).
  • Explore archaeological remains as you walk.
  • Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine with dinners at local tavernas.
  • Return flights from Gatwick to Chania (Charter or Easyjet), December from Heathrow via Athens (Aegean Airlines)
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotels
  • Dinners at local tavernas
  • All local transport costs.

Day 1: Chania

Fly from London Gatwick or Manchester to Crete. On arrival, we ransfer by road (approx. 40 minutes) to our hotel for 7 nights’ accommodation. The Hotel Kriti is located just outside the old city walls and is a perfect location for exploring the museums and shops or enjoying a night cap after dinner. The bustling Venitian harbour is a wonderful place to while a way a free afternoon or take a late evening stroll.

Day 2 – 7: Chania

During our time in Crete our walks will take us on inland trails and also along a coastal path with possible opportunity for a swim and stops at tavernas for lunch or afternoon refreshment, inland with spectacular views of the White Mountains and into a rugged gorge. Our walks are flexible to allow for group ability and weather conditions, and may include one or more of the following examples:

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 200/500m

Therisso to Zourva and Meskla: A pleasant walk with fine mountain views following an old path to the col above Zourva. After a lunch stop at a wonderful taverna in Zourva, the walk continues mainly on dirt tracks down a partially wooded valley to Meskla.

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 150/300m

Ravdouha:  A beautiful walk  that starts at Melissourgio climbs uphill, reaches a wide ridge track with views along the coast in both directions. Then descends to Ravdouha where we have traditional Kalitsounias, (small pastries), before taking a spectacular coastal path to finish at a taverna in Nopogia.

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 100/400m

Laki, Karanos & Askordolos to Fournes: From Laki, in the foothills of the White Mountains, enjoy a varied downhill walk with magnificent views of the north coast.

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 320/350m

Kalives to Almyrida: A delightful walk on tracks and paths with good views of the White Mountains and coast. There is the possibility of a stop at a taverna for lunch or refreshments.

  • Time: 5 hours
  • Distance: 7 miles
  • Ascent/Descent: 150/300m

Melissourgio to Nopigia: One of the most beautiful walks this area of Crete has to offer. It starts with a climb above Ravdouha on a good track with extensive coastal views, and returns via a narrower coastal track. Note: Not suitable for vertigo sufferers.

There will be a free day during the week where you may want to walk the Samaria Gorge (at an additional cost) or wander the cobbled streets of Chania or perhaps visit Knossos.

Day 8: Final Day

Transfer to the airport for check-in and return flight to London Gatwick or Manchester.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

Please call us free on 0800 707 6229 for pricing and availability

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