Daily itinerary 10-day tour
CENTRAL CRETEDay 1
. Arrival at Heraklion airport, by 18.00 at the latest.
We drive by minibus to our first hotel in Arolithos
, 11 km southwest of Heraklion. Arolithos is a hotel with the character of a traditional village with a lively village square.
. A walk in the area of Anogia
, a traditional village at the foot of Mount Psiloritis
. We visit Zominthos, an important excavation from the Minoan time. From the Nida plateau
we walk up to Zeus' cave.
Because of the high altitude, we will still see many interesting flowers.
. Today's walk brings us to a mountain close to Heraklion, Mount Stroumbolis
It is the easternmost foothill of Psiloritis, with stunning views of the White Mountains, Psiloritis, the Aretousa mountains and the Dikti mountains.
In Minoan times it was already known for its sanctuary on the summit, and it also now has two Greek orthodox churches, to which people make pilgrimages every year.
Later that day we continue to Zaros
, our next place to stay, at the foot of Mount Ida.
. After a short but scenically impressive transfer, we start the walk at the forest area above the entrance to the Rouvas gorge
, at the Agios Ioannis chapel. This gorge is very interesting, both for its geology and for its flora and fauna. The unique kermes oak wood surrounds us for almost the entire walk.
We end at the Agios Nikolaos monastery and its pond with trout and other fish, near the hotel.
. A transfer to the south today, where our next place to stay is Kalamaki
We will take a circular walk along the coast, with lots of fossils and splendid views of Mount Ida, the White Mountains and the Libyan sea and Matala
. A day off, with the possibility to do a beautiful coastal walk to Komo beach
, once upon a time the harbour of the Minoan palace of Festos. It's also possible to visit Festos.
. A beautiful circular walk from the village of Melambes
, with views of Mount Khedros and Mount Ida, as well as of the Libyan sea in the south. In the afternoon we can decide whether to continue walking towards Agia Galini.
. Today we drive to the Amari valley
, where we visit a Minoan excavation and a few Byzantine chapels with frescoes.
We also walk through the very green Patsos gorge with its steep cliffs, where we need to clamber here and there.
Maybe there is still some water left?
Our last place to stay is Spili
. From Spili, we walk to the plateau of Gious Kampous
We will see an impressive cultivation of pine trees and pass a small gorge, before we reach the plateau. A beautiful walk leads us via the small chapel of the Holy Spirit to another small gorge. Here we have a beautiful view on Spili, before we start the last descent.
. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and leave for the airport.
Due to the distance to the airport, your return flight should not be before 11.00
in the morning!
Date in 2019
Friday May 24 – Sunday June 2
780 € per person; single supplement 95 €
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