The White Mountains of Crete
Greece, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £795 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,340 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at Chania Airport either in the afternoon or evening, depending on your flights. KE Land Only package services begin with the transfer to the former summer settlement of Omalos, close to the start of the Samaria Gorge, where we check in at our hotel.
Day 2: We have a 10-minute transfer to the top of the Samaria Gorge and from there make the hike to the summit of rocky Gingilos (1980m) which overlooks the gorge. Return to the hotel in Omalos.
Day 3: Transferring once again to the top of the Samaria Gorge, we set off on the long descent to the sea. Initially steep, with many steps, the trail soon levels out. Overnight at a hotel in Agia Roumeli.
Day 4: Today is free at Agia Roumeli. At leisure on the beach or there are options for scenic walks, long and short, to a number of ancient forts above this coastal hamlet.
Day 5: A pleasant walk through pine forest and along the coast. Beyond the chapel of Agios Pavlos, we reach the small beach of Marmara and our hotel at the tiny, picturesque bay of Finix.
Day 6: Today, we drive through Anopolis and on into the mountains on forest roads. We then hike to the top of Pachnes (2453m) for fantastic views, before return to our hotel in Finix at the end of a long day.
Day 7: We walk back along the coast to Marmara Beach, then turn inland into the impressive Aradena Gorge. We follow this to the ruined village of Aradena, then hike across a limestone plateau to Anopolis. After lunch, we complete the circuit, with a descent to the hotel in Finix.
Day 8: After breakfast at the hotel in Finix, we take a private boat trip along the coast to Hora Sfakion. From here, we transfer to Chania Airport where KE Land Only package services end. Clients with evening flights will have the opportunity of a free afternoon in this pleasant coastal town.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.