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Period of operation :From May to October
Price :
  • 1340€/person for min 2 participants (Budget Boutique Hotels)
  • 1680€/person for min 2 participants (Luxury Boutique Hotels)
Duration :6 days/5 nights
Minimum attendance :2 participants
Level requirements :The trip level is easy active

There is so much to see in Crete, a unique world where civilization is counted by the millennia. This trip might be the beginning of a long relationship and a visit to a place that you will want to return to.
From every point of view, travelers discover landscapes of amazing variety. Mountains, split with deep gorges and honeycombed with caves, rise in sheer walls from the sea. Snowcapped 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.
Yet despite the attractions of sea and mountains, it is still the mystery surrounding Europe's first civilization and empire that draws the great majority of visitors to Crete and its world-famous Minoan palaces.


Trip Highlights

  • Walk in the footsteps of Minoans in the palace of Knossos
  • Hike through Imbros gorge with only two meters wide at one point
  • Drift around the historical city of Chania, one of the longest continuously inhabited city sites in the world
  • Participate in a cooking lesson and learn about Cretan diet which comprises a whole philosophy of life and represents the lifestyle of the Cretan people 
  • Swim in the exotic beach of Balos

Day 1 - Arrival in Heraklion
Settled since Neolithic times, with the highest mountain of the island Psiloritis rising behind, Heraklion is Crete’s modern capital. You will be transfered from Heraklion port  or airport to yoru hotel and rest of the day free to relax.
Overnight in Heraklion

Day 2 - Archeological museum, the palace of Knossos
Start your day visiting 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 will enrich your understanding of Knossos’ archeological site that we will visit afterwards. Knossos was by far the largest of the Minoan Palaces, thriving more than three and a half thousand years ago at the heart of a highly sophisticated island-wide civilization.
After lunch we will head towards the city of Rethymnon, with one of the island’s best preserved old towns.
Overnight in Rethymnon

Day 3 - Ancient Eleftherna hike
Ancient Eleftherna, a Dorian built settlement, lies in the foothills of Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete  and the Archeological Institute of America included it, in its top discoveries of 2009. We start our hike from the ancient Acropolis of the town, and on our way we will pass the remarkable Roman cisterns, which are carved into the hill’s west side, the Necropolis and a 3rd century BC ancient bridge.
Our hike finishes in the tiny village of Margarites, known for its pottery and we will visit a workshop.we then continue to Chania. Chania is the spiritual capital of Crete. With its shimmering waterfront, crumbling masonry and web of alleys, it’s an extraordinary attractive city. It has plenty 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

Day 4 - Hike Imbros Gorge and visit Frangokastello
To go to Crete without entering a gorge would be a missed opportunity for an incredible experience, and at the southern slopes of White Mountains there is one of the most fascinating.
The pine tree-lined Imbros gorge, is not as famous as Samaria but is in physical terms as impressive and much less crowded. Enjoy this wonderfully 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 will 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

Day 5 - Gramvousa & Balos Beach – a happy end !
Today an amazing experience lies ahead of us! After our mighty breakfast we will be transferred to the port of Kissamos where we will embark our boat. Heading towards Gramvousa we will have the chance to observe geological phenomena, sea caves and beautiful waters. Upon arrival at Gramvousa island we will have time to walk up to the venetian castle and to swim as well.  Our next stop is Balos, one of the most beautiful places on earth! Here we will 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

Day 6 - Departure day
After breakfast and a final coffee transfer to the airport and connect to your return flight home or to your next destination 

 

Price includes: All accommodations on double occupancy with breakfast, all transportation during the trip, admissions fees to itinerary sites and museums, entrance fees at the gorge of Imbros, tourist guide for the archeological museum of Heraklion and Knossos archeological site.

Not Included: Domestic and/or international air fare, meals
 

Indicative Hotel List Subject to availability

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Budget Boutique Category

 

Please consider taking along the following items on your trip. This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”.

Luggage

  • Duffel bag or rolling luggage
  • Day pack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
  • Luggage locks and tags

Outerwear

  • Mid-weight polar fleece sweater
  • Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho

Clothing

  • Hiking shorts
  • Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit

Clothing Accessories

  • Sun hat or baseball cap

Footwear

  • Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
  • Beach sandals
  • Casual, comfortable shoes for evening

Accessories

  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Beach towel

Optional Accessories

  • Security pouch or money belt
  • Trekking poles or walking staff
  • Camera, memory and batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Travel pillow
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent (lowrisk)
  • Electrical adapter plug/converter

The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgment and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.