Hiking in West Crete

More than an island: Crete invites you to walk from its high snow-covered mountains to the edge of the sunny and bleu sea. Creta has everything: Tranquil blue sea, mysterious caves and traces of the past, including those of the Minoan civilization, stately Roman remains and frescoed Byzantine churches, spectacular orchids, aromatic plants, extended olive groves, and places like the Lasithi Plateau and the majestic Samaria Gorge National Park with the unique and amazing geology, picturesque villages, historic cities, architectural monuments since Venetian and Turkish conquerors, fabulous local gastronomy …Crete has it all. Welcome aboard Aegean Routes to enjoy action and adventure along hiking paths through a stunning natural and historical landscape and be part of the most pure Cretan tradition.

Detailed Itinerary

Day : 1 - Arrival Heraklion

Arrival at Heraklion airport and transfer to the hotel. Time at leisure.

Day : 2 - Heraklion – Chanea – Paleochora

Departure to Chanea to enjoy the city and the old harbor. Later in the afternoon, continue to Paleochora on the south-west coast of Crete. Overnight stay close to the sandy beach, and time at leisure for swimming in the Libyan Sea.

Day : 3 - 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 will spend some time visiting the ruins. Then we continue and after an hour we reach Sougia where we can relax by the sea. (Walking time 5-6 hours. + 500 meters / – 500 meters).

Day : 4 - Sougia – Agia Irini – Omalos

We leave Sougia and walk up through the gorge of Agia Irini along a well-made path. The scenery is breath-taking and quite different from what we have seen the previous days. At the top of the gorge we make a stop for lunch, and afterwards we are transferred to Omalos, the White Mountains where we are staying for the night. (walking time 4 hours, + 700 meters)

Day : 5 - Omalos – Samaria Gorge – Loutro

Today we are at the famous Gorge of Samaria.
Starting from Xyloskalo (1200 m) after 1 hour we reach the bottom of the gorge to begin a 5 hours walk by the river-bed. We reach Agia Roumeli village, where we will have plenty of time for rest and swimming.
Later in the afternoon, we get a ferry to Loutro where we will spend the night. (total walking time 5-6 hours, – 1000 meters)

Day : 6 - Loutro – Sfakia – Heraklion

Today we follow an impressive path that climbs above Loutro to Sfakia. We make an en-route stop at the Sweet Water beach for a swim and then we walk towards Sfakia, an old village against the backdrop of the tall peaks of the White Mountains. From there, we will be transferred to Heraklion. (walking time 3 hours)

Day : 7 - Heraklion (Knossos-Archeological Museum)

After breakfast we have a half day guided visit to the Palace of Knossos and to the Archaeological museum of Heraklion. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay.

Day : 8 - Heraklion (departure)

Day at leisure. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

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What's Included

  • Geo Routes tour director
  • Geo Routes information material
  • Liability insurance
  • VAT

Duration

8 days / 7 nights Heraklion (1) Paleochora (1) Sougia (1) Omalos (1) Loutro (1) Heraklion (2)

Departures

Every Saturday from 3/5 to 4/10/2014

Highlights

  • Paleochora
  • Lissos
  • Omalos
  • Samaria Gorge
  • Loutro
  • Knossos
  • Archaiological Museum of Heraklion

Geo-keys

Trekking Trails
Trekking Trails
Cultural Heritage
Cultural Heritage
Flora & Fauna (Forest and Ocean Life)
Flora & Fauna (Forest and Ocean Life)
History – Archaeology
History – Archaeology
Gastronomy – Agricultural Tourism
Gastronomy – Agricultural Tourism
Places of Religious Interest
Places of Religious Interest