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Spring and Autumn Guided Country
Walking within Western Crete
Spring Week 01-08 May 2020
Autumn Week 06-13 Oct 2020
£995pp (single supp £100)
For 2020 we are pleased to include two new walks on our popular walking holiday, with the expert guidance of Sophia Chapman, our Greek-English guide for 2020 Pure Crete walking holidays.
Five days of leisurely to medium paced walks of about 6 to 7 miles in the rolling countryside and dramatic gorges of Western Crete visiting villages and ancient sites amidst the abundance of Spring flowers with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Walks are 3 to 4 hours ending in lunch at a village taverna to sample local Cretan cuisine.
Walks take in the hills and the valleys of Western Crete as well as traditional villages and quiet ancient sites which are particularly beautiful in the Spring and Autumn with the abundance of wild flowers and plants. New walks for 2020 include Stylos – Machairi – Neo Chorio and Azogires (near Paleochora) to Anidri and down the Anidri gorge, as well as our old favourites of Nippos/ Vafes, Polyrinnia/ Sirikari Gorge and Argiroupolis. Walks are best described as moderate and are suitable for all ramblers. During this walking week you will not be climbing mountains although inclines can never be avoided in this part of the world. Rather you will be exploring Crete’s open countryside, its gorges, hills and villages under the leadership of tour guide Sophia Chapman.
Sophia is our Greek-English tour leader for our 2020 walking holiday. Born and raised in Chania, bilingual in English and Greek, she has over 8 years of experience in leading and organising walks and excursions in Crete. Her love of Crete along with her enthusiasm for sharing the beauty of her homeland with visitors, will contribute to a memorable time during your holiday!
Each walk of 3 to 4 hours (about 10-12 kilometres) has regular rest stops and ends in the early afternoon in a village taverna, where you will have the chance to sample a delicious array of local Cretan dishes and wine before being driven back to the village accommodation in the late afternoon. Meals are not included in the cost of the walking holiday in Crete (except for the first day evening meal). Read our blog post about our Imbros Gorge walk.
Walking boots or strong comfortable shoes are recommended.
Using the Ramblers UK grading, the walks are Leisurely in pace and Easy to Moderate in terms of difficulty.
Inevitably almost all of the walks necessitate a number of ascents, usually steady, now and again short and quite steep
All walks are on tracks/paths
Accommodation for walkers is within Megala Chorafia/Aptera
Spaces are limited to 14, so early booking is recommended
Note that temperatures in Crete even in May and October can be many degrees warmer than that of the UK which may affect your usual walking stamina
Please discuss with us at the time of booking any medical conditions you feel may affect your walking ability
Single supplement applies
**Please note clients for the walking holiday should outline their general level of fitness and any medical conditions at the time of booking. This will be requested before a deposit payment is taken and we will await a response before confirming your booking. Please provide your walking guide in Crete with any additional information relevant to the above at the Welcome Meeting or preferably beforehand. Although our guides carefully monitor individual abilities over the week, ideally you be required to have a good level of fitness and agility and therefore this holiday is only suitable to those used to walking the above distances and terrain on a regular basis.
The Pure Crete walking holiday in Crete is suitable for single travellers as well as couples and small groups. The price per person for Spring and Autumn Walking is £995pp which includes your flight, all transfers, guide, complimentary welcome meal and a week of Pure Crete category B self catering accommodation within the hilltop village of Aptera in North Western Crete. Single supplement and regional flight supplement applies.
Country Walking in Crete 2020
(Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions)
Day 1 Friday(May)/Tuesday (Oct)
Arrival into Chania airport. Transfer to accommodation.
Evening welcome meeting and meal in taverna Aptera
Day 2 Saturday/Wed
Walk: Xirosterni–Gavalochori–Aspro-Douliana (approx. 9km / 3-3,5hrs)
Lunch in taverna: Gavalochori
Day 3 Sunday/Thurs
Walk: Stylos–Machairi-Nio Chorio (approx. 8-9km / 3-3,5hrs)
Lunch in taverna : Stylos
Day 4 Monday /Friday
Walk: Argiroupolis – Kato Poros – Argiroupolis (circular)
Lunch in taverna: Kournas
Day 5 Tuesday/Saturday
Day 6 Wednesday /Sunday
Walk: Azogires (near Paleochora) to Anidri (approx. 2.5 to 3.5hrs)
Lunch in taverna: Anidri
Day 7 Thursday /Monday
Walk: Polirrinia village visit – Sirikari gorge
Lunch in taverna: Topolia
Day 8 Friday/Tuesday
Transfer for departure from Chania airport.