Crete, with its amazing beaches and pristine gorges, is known as the “Great Island”! This fabulous experience starts in Chania, towards the White Mountains, a unique hiking holiday in Greece!
Birthplace of Zeus and cradle of Europe’s earliest civilization, the Minoan civilization- it offers a variety of mountains with dozens of peaks over 2000m of altitude. There are few places in the world that are able to combine a perfect climate with high and impressive mountains so close to the sea.
This fabulous experience starts in Chania, probably the most charming city of Crete, towards the White Mountains (“Lefka Ori”). Their name derives from the shining bleached limestone during summer and the rich snow cover in winter. Our Cretan adventure for the following days will take us through ancient paths and shepherd trails, following the southern coastline, climb to summits and submerge to the depths of some of the most interesting gorges of the island, including the famous Samaria gorge! What better than heading on a hot summer day down to the mouth of a gorge, where we will hike shaded from the sun’s ferocity and reward ourselves with a swim at the end!
*Join our fixed departure date, starting on the 1st – ending on the 8th of September and of course any other date upon request!
Some days are a full day of hiking; others involve exploring ruins, villages, and towns on foot. It includes walking tours in cities and villages, and five days with moderate hikes of 3-7 hours, including one summit hike with elevation gains and losses of up to 3,300 feet.
Although the paths are quite well-kept the terrain in Greece tends to be very stony and rocky, especially during the gorge-walking. You will mostly be walking on unsurfaced tracks, footpaths, mountain trails and on some tarmac roads. You should also be prepared for some steep ascents and descents.
Good physical condition, some hiking experience.
Price is based on a minimum attendance of 4 people.
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”.
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.
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