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Join us as we discover the beautiful north-western region of Crete, the largest and most varied of the Greek Islands, on this sociable walking holiday. Marvel at the views of the Cretian coastline and look forward to social taverna evenings, the perfect way to finish off a day’s walking!

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Crete Trails & Tavernas

This holiday offers breathtaking views and delightful walks during the day, with time to swim in warm waters in the afternoon plus social taverna evenings.

Based in the small and unspoilt coastal town of Kastelli-Kissamos we will be entertained and guided by our local hosts, Stelios and Angela. Their regional knowledge and great sense of hospitality really shine through during the week and they encourage us to try out the local Greek cuisine. They have combined a varied selection of walks, introducing us to typical village life and the unspoilt and unique scenery of Crete.


Guided Walks

During 5 guided walks on quiet country roads, goat paths and through hilly terrain, we will experience stunning vistas, deep gorges, views of mountain peaks and turquoise lagoons. We soak up the secluded coastline and inland scenery, passing through timeless villages along the way. One of our walks starts at the ancient fortified city of Polyrinia. From its vantage point of 418m we’ll have spectacular views down to both the Cretan and the Libyan sea, before descending down to Kissamos.

Sunny Bay Hotel

We stay at the comfortable family-run Sunny Bay Hotel, situated directly on a shingle beach and a short stroll to a sea-front taverna for a dinner on most evenings.

Facilities include

Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and delightful terrace area, pool/snack-bar open all day and into the evening, breakfast room and a small mini market.

Rooms include

All rooms have satellite TV, a hairdryer, safe, air-conditioning (both at extra charge), fridge and balcony or terrace with a partial sea view.


GMT + 2 hours


3 hours 30 minutes


Average Daily Maximum:

Jan, Feb, Mar 10°C,
Apr 14°C, May 19°C,
Jun 22°C, Jul, Aug 26°C,
Sep 23°C, Oct 18°C,
Nov, Dec 13°C

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Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Chania Airport to the hotel takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on weather and traffic.

Walking programme
Five guided walks are included in the programme. The walks will vary in length and difficulty depending on whether you have booked the medium walking grade week or the easy-medium walking grade week.

Below are the distances for each walk, however please bear in mind these are approximate and subject to change due to local conditions

Easy to Medium Week

Polyrinnia to Kisamos
Length approx 9km Altitude: 160m ascent, 410m descent

Village Life Walk
Length approx 9km Altitude: 245m ascent, 245m descent

Falassarna Walk
Length approx 6km Altitude: 210m ascent, 240m descent

Deliana Gorge
Length approx 6km Altitude: 210m ascent, 330m descent

Sirakari Gorge
Length approx 7km Altitude: 75m ascent, 330m descent

Medium Week

Falassarna Walk
Length approx 6km Altitude: 210m ascent, 240m descent

Village Life Walk
Length approx 9km Altitude: 245m ascent, 245m descent

Samaria Gorge
Length approx 16km Altitude: 1225m descent

Deliana Gorge
Length approx 6km Altitude: 210m ascent, 330m descent

Sirakari Gorge
Length approx 7km Altitude: 75m ascent, 330m descent

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
    Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
    Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
    Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
    Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
    Walking socks – several pairs
    Lightweight fleece or jumper
    Hat & gloves
    Daysack/rucksack for walking
    Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
    Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
    Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
    Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

More to Explore
There will be several optional activities available to you during the course of your holiday, full details of which will be given out at your Information Meeting by your Tour Leader. Listed below are a few of the tours, together with prices, which should be used as a guideline. All tours should be paid for in euros only. The exact amount will be given at your Information Meeting. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Gramvousa Boat Trip
A full day excursion to this island where you can see the ruins of an ancient fortress and swim in the crystal clear waters of the wonderful lagoon of Balos. Lunch is not included in the price, but food is available on the boat.
Approximate cost: €27.00

You can visit this beautiful Venetian harbour town that has excellent restaurants, shops and a great atmosphere by the local regular bus service. The journey takes approx. 1 hour.
Approximate cost: €10.00 per return bus ticket

Walk the Samaria Gorge (Easy to Medium Walking Week)
Approximate cost: €50.00

We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
May 22ºC, Oct 23ºC

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
05 Oct 2018 12 Oct 2018 7 All Ages £ 1045 BOOK

What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 5 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solo's Tour Leader

Solos Board:

  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 taverna dinners, 1 barbeque dinner & 1 meze dinner

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here


  • Average Daily Maximum:
    May 22°C Oct 23°C

Walking Notes:

  • Grade: Easy to Medium
  • Distance: 6 to 12km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential


  • You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.

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