Daily itinerary 10 day
FLOWER TOUR EAST & CENTRAL CRETEDay 1
. Arrival at Heraklion airport, by 18.00
at the latest.
We drive by minibus to our first hotel close to Malia
, east of Heraklion.
. Today we start our walk close to the village of Archanes.
We use an old foot path up Mount Youchtas
, with wild orchids and other flowers everywhere. Having arrived at the summit, we can expect a spectacular flight show of griffon vultures, nesting in the area.
. First, we visit the Minoan Palace, then we take a walk along the coast near Malia. We will see an enormous variety of coastal vegetation. We continue our trip to Kritsa, for a brief visit to of one of the most beautiful Byzantine churches in Crete, with very good frescoes.
Then one of the highlights of this tour: the almost unspoiled plateau of Katharo
with fields of wild orchids and other flowers.
. Today we walk in the area of Kalamafka
A bizarre landscape with erect stones everywhere. Again, wild orchids to be seen, as well as the pink and yellow asphodel.
Maybe we will also find the peony.
. Transfer to Spili
. We drive, via the famous Arkadi Monastery
, to Patsos for a brief visit to the Patsos gorge. We can expect specialised vegetation here. At the end of the afternoon we drive to Spili, our next and last place to stay.
. Today we will make our first acquaintance with the well-known plateau of "Gious Kampous", close to Spili.
After a thorough examination of what we can see and photograph here, we continue to the village of Gerakari, in the Amari valley.
. A circular walk from the village of Mournes. We visit two Byzantine churches with frescoes and again there will be an abundance of wild orchids to be expected during our walk!
Today we will return to the hotel early. Time for an inventory?
. We drive to the south today, to visit the two parallel gorges of Kourtaliotiko and Kotsifos
. Here vegetation specially adapted to gorges is to be expected!
On we go to the monastery of Preveli. After a brief visit we walk high up along the river of Maglo Potamos, with a fantastic view of the palm beach. We end the walk in Plakias, where there is the possibility of a short coastal walk.
. This time we go on foot to the high plateau of "Gious Kampous". We walk through a beautiful little valley with among others the Cretan pipe flower. Having arrived at the plateau we can look to see if we can find different flowers from our previous visit.
Afterwards, we drive to Vatos and Kerames where we hope to see some more new blooms.
. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and leave for the airport in Heraklion.
Date in 2020
Friday April 10 - Sunday April 19
780 € per person; Single supplement 95 €
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