Daily itinerary 8 days walking tour
A TASTE OF THE WHITE MOUNTAINSDay 1
. We meet at Chania airport at the latest at 18.00 hrs.
We drive by bus to the hotel on the Omalos plateau
which is our resort all seven nights of the tour.
. We descend to the typical Cretan villages of Lakki
. The walk leads along tracks, cross country and through a small gorge, partly through forested areas.
Time: 4,5 hrs - 500 m downhill
. Today we walk in between the high plateau of Omalos and the Irini gorge. We descend via the so-called 'Kings Road
', part of a centuries-old footpath, to the beginning of the gorge, where we have a picnic. Afterwards we walk uphill through the very imposing Figou gorge. A walk through very typical landscapes.
Time: 4 hrs - 550 m up and down
. By minibus we drive to the coastal resort of Sougia.
From here the walk leads to Lissos
, which is a small paradise, known for its natural beauty as well as its archeological finds. Once it was a Roman bath resort. Part of the walk leads through a lush gorge and from higher places we have splendid views of the Libyan Sea.
Time: 3 hrs - 150 m up and down
Possible alternative: a walk through the Samaria gorge
Time: 5 hrs - 1200 m downhill
. Today we walk uphill from the hotel to the Kallergi refuge
at 1650 m. Magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and into the Samaria Gorge will be our reward!
We descend from the other side to get back to the hotel.
Time: 3.5 + 2 hrs - 600 m up and downhill
. First we drive from the Omalos plateau to the village of Agia Irini. Our walk for today starts here. We walk through the imposing and green Irini gorge
, mostly descending between steep slopes.
In Sougia we have time for a refreshing swim.
Time: 4.5 hrs - 650 m downhill
. Starting from the hotel, we have a beautiful circular walk today, through an unspoiled area
with splendid views!
First we have a stiff climb to do, then we cruise across several small plains. Afterwards we gradually descend towards the other side of the Omalos plateau. A walk through varied mountainous scenery with colourful rocks and vegetation.
Time: 4,5-5 hrs - 300 m up and downhill
. After enjoying breakfast we end our 8-day White Mountain experience. Transfer to Chania airport.
: It is necessary to be sure-footed, since large parts of the walks are on stony terrain. You should be in good health and have a good level of fitness, as well as proper footwear!
Date in 2018
600 € per person; additional charge single room 75 €.
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