Crete - Walking from Coast to Coast

Crete - Walking from Coast to Coast 465 , 8 Days

Discover “unspoiled Crete” while following walking paths through wild flowers, lush valleys and gorgeous gorges. Get to know the locals, drink wine with them, and taste the famous Cretan food in local taverns.

This tour will take you from the fertile green agricultural area of Apokoronas via the White Mountains to the astonishing south coast with its famous gorges. You start in Vamos, a traditional village east of Chania. Meet the locals of this village in the “kafeneion” and drink a “raki” with them. Stay in a beautiful old restored house and enjoy views on the White Mountains whilst having breakfast. Explore the White Mountains and walk at an altitude of 1.300m gazing at the white peaks surrounding you. On the southcoast you walk through two beautiful gorges: the Sfakia Gorge and the Aradhena Gorge.

Tour highlights:

♦ Traditional village of Vamos with its cobbled alleys
♦ Stunning views over the Askifou plain
♦ Experience life in a seaside town only accessible by boat or by foot
 


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival in Vamos
Arrival in Vamos by taxi (can be arranged in advance) or by public transport from Chania or Heraklion Airport. Afternoon stroll through the picturesque village of Vamos. Accommodation in Vamos.

Day 2. Vamos - Georgioupolis – Vamos
A pleasant walk through the agricultural landscapes of Apokoronas. You will walk along several villages to the seaside town of Georgioupolis. Good views, a monastery, scattered churches and the oldest olive press of Western Crete will please you during this first walking day of the tour. Accommodation in Vamos.
Walking time: 4 hrs, distance: 12 km. ascent/descent: 100 m./325 m.

Day 3. Roundwalk from Nippos and travel to Askifou
Today you make a round walk from the village of Nippos, embedded in the lush green area of Apokoronas. Cypresses & olive groves cover this hilly area. On the background the Lefka Ori, covered with snow in winter and spring, assure that you feel like walking in a painting. After the walk you will travel comfortably by taxi to your next accommodation on the Askifou plain in the Lefka Ori (White Mountains). Overnight in Askifou.
Walking time: 4 hrs, distance: 14 km. ascent/descent: 400 m./400 m.

Day 4. Loop hike around Askifou
Today a challenging walk in the mountains is programmed. You will walk up to 1300m with a view of 2000m peaks, covered with snow in spring. There are no villages in this area; you may bump into a shepherd with his goats or sheep. You can imagine that this area, the centre of Sfakia, was very suitable to hide oneself when needed. The way back down to Askifou is via a beautiful old path through dense forest. Now and then you have great views to the Askifou plain. Overnight in Askifou.
Walking time: 5,5 hrs, distance: 16 km. ascent/descent: 400 m./1200 m.

Day 5. Walking the Sfakia Gorge
You start your walk to the coast from the village Imbros. Most hikers walk down the famous Imbros gorge, but you walk through the far less known gorge of Sfakia. Here you will just be on your own, together with Mother Nature. Just sit for your picnic, listening to the silence and feel the immense forces that created this landscape. At the end of the day you have time for a relaxing swim at the beach of Chora Sfakion.Overnight in Chora Sfakion.
Walking time: 6 hrs, distance: 16 km. ascent/descent: 700 m./700 m.

Day 6. Chora Sfakion – Loutro
From Chora Sfakion you climb via the Ilinga gorge to the authentic village of Anopolis. Here you meet locals in the “kafeneion” (local coffee-shop) and you may try one of those excellent “Sfakiana pitta” yourself: a sort of pancake with cream cheese and honey. This will give you energy for the rest of the walk. You descend via a scenic route to the village of Loutro, hidden in a tiny, perfectly round bay. Loutro is only accessible by ferry and there are no cars! Throughout the walk you have splendid views on the sea and Loutro. You spend the last 2 nights in Loutro. Accomodation in Loutro.
Walking time: 4,5 hrs, distance: 6,6/10,2 km. ascent: 180/600; descent: 240 m./670 m.

Day 7. Roundwalk from Loutro
Via a steep zig-zag path you climb up to the village Anopolis. From here you climb further to Ancient Aradhena, located on the edge of the impressive Aradhena Gorge. A spectacular path takes you down into the Aradhena gorge which you follow until you reach the coast. The last part of todays walk you follow a path along the coast back to Loutro. It is possible to make a shorter walk of 4 hrs. today via Livaniana (a tiny village) and then descend via the Aradhena Gorge to the sea. It may be necessary, depending on your departure flight tomorrow, to travel today back to Chora Sfakion per ferry and on to Chania or to Heraklion. Accommodation in Loutro.
Walking time: 4 hrs, distance: 15,7/8,7 km. ascent: 840/460; descent: 840 m./460 m.

Day 8. Departure
Today morning you travel back by ferry to Chora Sfakion and from there by public transport or prebooked transfer to Chania or Heraklion Airport.

How to get there:
By bus: From Heraklion Airport, you can catch the bus to Chania - see timetables for bus Heraklion - Rethymno - Chania here. From Chania, you can get a bus to Vamos - see timetable here.
By car: Follow the National Highway towards Heraklion. The highway bypasses Heraklion and continues all the way to Chania, bypassing Rethimnon on the way. After the interchange in Rethimnon, continue on the highway for approximately 18 km, and then turn right to Georgioupolis (to exit from highway). Drive through Georgioupolis, over the river, and continue straight (you will see the signs.) In approximately 10 km you reach Vamos.
Transfer: You can also order a private transfer from Heraklion Airport to Vamos. For more information, contact us.

We recommend trip in the period: April – June and September - beginning of November


Price Includes:
7 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in a traditioal guesthouses or hotels
All luggage transfers including the luggage during the ferry trip from Sfakia to Loutro
Transfers on day 1 (bus stop Vrysses-Vamos); 2,3 and 5
24-hour telephone assistance
Detailed road book and maps in English
Booklet ‘Discover Vamos… on foot’ (one per booking);

Not Included:
flights
travel insurance
public transportation and ferry tickets
Airport arrival and airport departure transfers
Entrance fees
Travel insurance
Tips
Personal expenses such as meals,drinks,phone calls,extra transfers etc.

Additional Services:
Supplement for solo traveller: 290 EUR
Transfer Airport Chania – Vamos: 62 Euro (price per vehicle; 1-3 persons)
Other transfers: on request


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Crete - Walking from Coast to Coast (Rated 4.9 / 5 Based on 247 Reviews.)
Price
465 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
160 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

No special experience is needed; everyone who is in condition to cope with long Saturday walks in the forest can also cope with these tours. As a rule, the trips are short and at a low altitude. Often, it is your choice to join or skip a day-tour. The routes follow a hilly terrain without steep ascents and descents. Normally we walk 3/5h a day.

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

Group Size
Min. 2 persons
Reservation System Code
GRCRESELF
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