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18 November
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Tuesday
19 November
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Wednesday
20 November
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Thursday
21 November
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Friday
22 November
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Saturday
23 November
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Sunday
24 November
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Join us as we discover the beautiful north-western region of Crete on our walking holiday. With 4 lovely included walks, we can enjoy the island’s stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality.

Grade: Medium

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Unspoilt Crete

This holiday ticks all the boxes for walkers: breathtaking views and delightful walks during the day, time to take a dip in the afternoon, and sociable taverna dinners with delicious Cretan food in the evenings.

Based in the unspoilt coastal town of Kastelli-Kissamos we’ll receive a warm welcome from our host, Stelios. They have put together a varied selection of walks through some of Crete’s iconic gorges, which provide spectacular scenery as well as welcome shade from the sun. This is some of the finest walking in Europe – so don’t forget your camera!

 

Agia Irini

The small village of Agia Irini is located in a valley along the winding road that leads from Chania to Sougia in southwest Crete. Smaller than Samaria but no less impressive Agia Irini is a peaceful and stunning gorge walk culminating with time on the South coast for lunch and a swim.

Double Gorges of Karanos and Kydoni

We walk down one gorge and up another on this shaded and secluded circular walk with stunning scenery from start to finish. We end with lunch at the beautiful botanical gardens in the foothills of the White Mountains.

Double Gorges of Deliana and Roka

Today we take in 2 impressive gorges, small churches, beautiful old frescoes and delightful little villages. The gorges are also home to the impressive Griffon vultures which we are sure to see, and at certain times of the year, stunning black Dragon Lillies.

Village Life Tour and Sirikari Gorge Walk

A real highlight of the week is the visit to Stelios’ parents house where a Cretan welcome awaits. Before this we begin our walk up to the mountain eco village of Milia and then through the beautiful Sirikari gorge. We round the walk off with an excellent taverna lunch sitting under the grapevines and enjoying wonderful views back to the Sirikari gorge.

Evening in Chania

One evening we take a trip via shuttle bus to the beautiful Venetian harbour town of Chania to enjoy a delicious meze meal in the well known and atmospheric Elas taverna.

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.

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.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

3 hours 30 minutes

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

TEMPERATURE

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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 What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for sole use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 4 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 taverna dinners

What’s extra:

  • Sea view room supplement
  • Insurance see here

Optional Excursions*

  • 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
  • Chania - 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: €55.00
    * Subject to availability

Please Note:

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

Useful Information

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

Walking programme
Four guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Medium and you can expect to walk between 6 to 12km per day, with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain and high altitudes involved.

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

Agia Irini

  • Length approx 7km, descent of approx 500m

Double Gorges of Karanos and Kydoni

  • Length approx 7km, descent of approx 500m, ascent of 500m

Double gorges of Deliana and Roka

  • Length approx 12km, descent of approx 200m ascent of 200m

Village life tour and Sirikari gorge

  • Length approx 6km descent of approx 400m ascent of 400m

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.

 

Currency

Euro

Gratuities
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 Ϻdd on.

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

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 What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for sole use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 4 guided walks
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches, 5 taverna dinners

What’s extra:

  • Sea view room supplement
  • Insurance see here

Optional Excursions*

  • 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
  • Chania - 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: €55.00
    * Subject to availability

Please Note:

  • 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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