7 Days of pure heaven for family of 4 from £1500 only!
The Flavour of Crete
Feel the spirit of Crete and enjoy local culture, food and music!
Not a single dull moment in Crete!
Explore the mysteries of Crete with your family
A unique itinerary situated for everyone that aim to come closer to Cretan nature and history through several outdoors and entertaining activities.
From our base we depart everyday for a different "adventure" to discover the real Crete.
Highlights include: River trek through the Preveli gorge that comes out in the sea through the forest of palm trees, Mountain Biking on Lassithi plateau (Zeus' birthplace and the plateau with the 10,000 windmills), Sea Kayaking to the island of Spinalonga (Venetian fortress), visit the magnificent Knossos Palace and the Natural History museum, Hiking on the sacred Mountain Karfi with spectacular views and Rock Climbing and Swimming at the beautiful beach of Agiofarago.
Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to the hotel situated at Stalida area just 200 meters from the beach. You will have time to rest from the journey or go to the beach. In the evening we will have a brief presentation of the whole trip and will continue with dinner at the hotel.
HIKING & CAVING
After breakfast we will drive towards the largest plateau of Crete - Lassithi plateau. Starting from the village of Tzermiado we shall pass through the small and beautiful "Nissimos" valley to reach the sacred summit of Karfi, which offers spectacular view to the north coast and a Minoan settlement. From the summit we shall descend back to Tzermiado where we have the chance to experience a small journey through mythology by visiting Dictaion Andro - the cave where Zeus was born.
Our sea adventure day starts from our water sports base at Elounda bay. At the base, we shall be informed about the right technique to paddle the two-seated sea-kayaks and we shall embark to our kayaks to stroke with a gentle slow row to the island of Spinalonga. After a swim break at Spinalonga's beach we shall explore the historic island that was a massive fortress for the Venetians and became later a leper colony. We shall paddle back to our water sports base where will have free time to rest and swim or even to participate in other water sports and fun activities such as windsurfing, water skiing, pedalos, banana boats, etc (with extra payment).
ROCK CLIMBING & SWIMMING
Hike through the historic gorge of Agiofarago before emerging at the crystal clear waters of Mediterranean Sea in the unique beach of Agiofarago and discover your spirit of adventure by participating in our Rock Climbing activity!
"Agiofarago" means "Gorge of Saints". This gorge used to be the shelter of the monks of the near-by Monasteries. On the sea cliffs there are climbing routes that are bolt - protected as well as routes that require natural protection (on nuts etc), for all abilities.
Our experience and enthusiasm for rock climbing, gave some spectacular climbing routes on the cliffs and the rocks of the area.
We invite you to participate in this unique fun activity – Rock Climbing, which builds group spirit and self-confidence.
Just dare to do it and you will be amazed of what you can achieve!!!
Starting early in the morning we shall be transferred to the south area of Rethimno to Kourtaliotis gorge.
Our first stop will be the waterfalls of the source of the river at the chapel of Agios Antonios. We will then be transferred to the arched Venetian bridge from where we shall hike to Preveli Palm Beach by following a path with wonderful views to the river and the palm forest.
At the beach we shall have the opportunity to swim, either in the river or in the sea and enjoy our picnic lunch. From the beach we shall continue to visit Preveli monastery and the city of Rethymnon.
With the gentle whir of our pedaling we explore the largest plateau of Crete - Lassithi plateau! At the foot of Dikti mountain range, we cycle around Lassithi plateau, the birthplace of Zeus and the valley of 10000 windmills. Although not in use anymore we will have the chance to see some of these windmills close to the 20 villages that are dotted around the periphery of the plateau.
Depending form our team we may pedal for about 2 1/2 hours on asphalt and dirt roads on a relatively flat route covering approximately 10- 20 km, visiting traditional villages and enjoying spectacular views and smells of Crete's countryside.
Starting from Chania with its picturesque Venetian port we will depart for the village of Agia Irini and enjoy a picnic lunch in its quite gorge before emerging at the crystal clear waters of Mediterranean Sea - ideal for snorkeling. Follow ancient paths to reach the second Roman city in Crete, visiting the temple of God Asklipios and exploring the ruins from Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine period.
Ascending well-maintained trails we will reach Kallergi's refuge for stunning views to Omalos plateau, the White Mountains and the Samaria gorge - Europe's largest gorge, that offers us one of the most rewarding walks through a spectacular botanic garden, the home of the wild goats (Kri-kri) and griffon vultures.
The white-blue washed houses of the charming village of Loutro will accommodate us for three days giving us the opportunity to participate in various outdoor activities like rock-climbing, sea canoeing, coastal walking or hiking through ancient rocky build trails to Anopolis -one of the most "authentic" Cretan villages and Aradena gorge with its pink oleanders.
Highlights include: Samaria gorge (longest in Europe), Agia Irini and Aradena gorge, the ancient city Lissos (Ruins from Hellenistic, Roman Byzantine period), crystal-clear beaches to swim and picturesque fishing villages.
Walks & Guided Tours
Meet at the airport of Chania and transfer to our hotel. In the evening we will have a brief presentation of the whole trip and will continue with a dinner at a traditional tavern in the picturesque Venetian port of Chania. (Overnight in Chania)
After breakfast we depart for the village of Agia Irini in Chania area and we hike through Agia Irini gorge to Sougia. This gorge provides a nice and quiet path next to a stream. A picnic lunch will be offered while in the gorge. Sougia is a beautiful village on the southern coast of Crete where we will have the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Mediterranean Sea. (Overnight in Sougia)
Starting from the small port of Sougia, we will cross the beautiful gorge of Selinou and following the European path E4 we reach the ancient city of Lissos, an important center of hydrotherapy in ancient years which flourished in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine era. Here we visit a well-preserved temple with mosaic floor dedicated to the God of medicine Asklipios and we will have much to admire by making a small loop around the city.
We refresh ourselves in the cove and we explore the crystal clear waters and the bottom of the sea bysnorkeling. (Overnight in Sougia)
Our mini-bus brings us at Omalos plateau. Starting from the entrance of Samaria gorge we shall follow the path that leads up to the mountain refuge "Kallergi". The refuge lies opposite of Mt. Gingilos above Samaria gorge and provides spectacular views into the heart of the White Mountains, the Samaria gorge and Omalos plateau. We shall enjoy a mountain tea at the refuge and we return the same way back to Omalos where we need to be accurate in our calculations in order to discover some hidden targets through an orienteeringgame, by using the instructions and the compasses provided. We spend the night at a family owned hotel in Omalos plateau. (Overnight in Omalos)
: Today we shall walk in the famous Samaria gorge , the largest gorge in Europe and one of the most beautiful that nature can provide. This is where the wild goats of Crete (Kri-kri) live as well as some of the most rare and highly threatened with extinction wild birds of Europe, such as the griffon vulture and the lammergeier (Gypaetus barbatus). We walk on a good path in shady pine forest and beside a melodic stream. We reach the small village of Agia Roumeli , where we can relax and enjoy a swim before take the ferry to the charming village of Loutro. (Overnight in Loutro)
From Loutro we shall walk on the E4 path to Marmara beach. The sea caves and the green waters will offer us an enjoyable swim before participate in our most exhilarating activity - rock climbing that will take place on the half pitch rock at the exit of Aradena gorge. Using helmets, harnesses and ropes we will learn the safety techniques of this fun activity, which builds group spirit and self-confidence. (Overnight in Loutro)
Depending from the wind we will paddle our sea-canoes either in the small golf of Loutro or around Mouros cape to explore the coastline of the area of Phoinix. The parents that wish to hike can ascend the ancient path until Anopolis village, a historic area from where the revolution against the Turks began in 1866 and return back to Loutro through Aradena gorge making a loop. (Overnight in Loutro)
Embark at the ferry that will arrive at the village of Hora Sfakion where our mini bus will return us back to Chania. Our trips ends at Chania and depending on the departure time we are free to shop and relax. We transfer you to Chania's airport at convenient time.
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