Active Holidays in Crete - 8 Days / 7 Nights
Arrive in Crete.Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to the hotel situated at the coastal village of Gouves. Depending the time of your arrival you will have time to rest from the journey or go to the beach. In the evening we will have a brief presentation of the whole trip and will continue with dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Gouves.
Hiking & Caving. After breakfast we will drive towards the largest plateau of Crete - Lassithi plateau. Starting from the village of Tzermiado we shall pass through the small and beautiful “Nissimos” valley to reach the sacred summit of Karfi, which offers spectacular view to the north coast and a Minoan settlement. From the summit we shall descend back to Tzermiado where we have the chance to experience a small journey through mythology by visiting Dictaion Andro, (optional, entrance fees 4€ p.p. as per 2013 not included), the cave where Zeus was born. Overnight in Gouves.
Sea Kayaking. Our sea adventure day starts from our water sports base at Elounda bay. At the base, we shall be informed about the right technique to paddle the two-seated sea-kayaks and we shall embark to our kayaks to stroke with a gentle slow row to the island of Spinalonga. After a swim break at Spinalonga’s beach we shall explore (without guiding) the historic island that was a massive fortress for the Venetians and became later a leper colony,(optional, entrance 2€p.p as per 2013). We shall paddle back to our water sports base where will have free time to rest and swim or even to participate in other water sports and fun activities such as windsurfing, water skiing, pedaloes, banana boats etc (on extra charge) Overnight in Gouves
Rock Climbing & Swimming. Hike through the historic gorge of Agiofarago before emerging at the crystal clear waters of Mediterranean Sea in the unique beach of Agiofarago and discover your spirit of adventure by participating in our Rock Climbing activity!!"Agiofarago" means "Gorge of Saints". This gorge used to be the shelter of the monks of the near-by Monasteries. On the sea cliffs there are climbing routes that are bolt - protected as well as routes that require natural protection (on nuts etc), for all abilities. Our experience and enthusiasm for rock climbing, gave some spectacular climbing routes on the cliffs and the rocks of the area. We invite you to participate in this unique fun activity – Rock Climbing, which builds group spirit and self-confidence. Just dare to do it and you will be amazed of what you can achieve!!! Overnight in Gouves.
Free Day.This is a free day to spend it as you wish either relaxing at the beach or at the hotel or (optionally on extra charge) by visiting the archaeological museum of Heraklion with the treasures of the Minoan civilization and Knossos palace, to enjoy the magnificent archaeological area holding remains of the Minoan city that thrived 3500 years ago and the famous palace dated 170-1450 B.C., excavated by Sir Arthur Evans at the beginning of this century. Overnight in Gouves.
Mountain Biking.With the gentle whir of our pedaling we explore the largest plateau of Crete - Lassithi plateau! At the foot of Dikti mountain range, we cycle around Lassithi plateau, the birthplace of Zeus and the valley of 10.000 windmills. Although not in use anymore we will have the chance to see some of these windmills close to the 20 villages that are dotted around the periphery of the plateau. Depending on our team we may pedal for about 2½ hours on asphalt and dirt roads on a relatively flat route covering approximately 10-20 km, visiting traditional villages and enjoying spectacular views and smells of Crete’s countryside. Overnight in Gouves.
Free Day.This is a free day to spend it at your leisure Overnight in Gouves.
End of Services.This is the end of our trip. Transfer back to Heraklion Airport.
Please bear in mind that the itinerary can be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather, trail conditions) to ensure the safety and the well being of the group. The final hiking selection is left up to the Tour Leader in charge.
Transport: By air-conditioned vehicles.
Accommodation: Hotels with private facilities, on Bed and breakfast basis.The trip net prices are based on double occupancy.
Activity Level: The hikes offer a moderate trek with a maximum of 4 hours walk on rocky footpaths. No previous experience is needed to any of our activities.
Necessary Equipment: Daypack (approx.25-35 lt), trekking shoes, mountain clothing (waterproof wind jacket, polar fleece sweater etc.), water bottle, hat, sun cream, sun glasses, swimming suit, casual clothing
Knossos Palace and Heraklion Archaeological Museum visit will be upon request on extra charge paid on the spot. Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, on Mondays opens at 13:00hrs
The Best Time to Travel...
We recommend the months of April - October
Pick-ups from the international airport in Heraklion Crete, Nikos Kazantzakis (HER).
All accommodation with breakfast.
Services of the tour leader.
Group Transfers from/to Heraklion Airport, on arrival and departure.
All transports throughout the trip.
All outdoor activities as mentioned in the program.
Personal accident Insurance.
Flight / Boat transport to and from Crete.
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.
Entrance fees in Museums and other sites of interest (i.e. monasteries, caves, etc) unless stated differently.
Personal expenses and drinks.
Visit to the Archaeological Museum and Knossos Palace on day 5.
Everything that is not listed above.
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