The Highest Summit of Crete - 8 Days / 7 Nights

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The Best Time to Travel ...
We recommend the months of April - October. We use the international airport in Heraklion Crete, Nikos Kazantzakis (HER).

Our Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Heraklion.
Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to your hotel.
In the evening we will have a brief presentation of the whole trip and will continue with a dinner at a traditional tavern. Welcome to the gastronomic reality of the authentic Cretan cuisine!
Overnight in Heraklion.
Day 2 River Trekking & visit Preveli palm beach.
This is our river-trek day. We will cross "Kourtaliotis" gorge from its source to "Preveli" Palm Beach. On the way will come across an abandoned olive oil mill, a Venetian bridge, and hippy huts. The exit of the gorge gives an unforgettable picture, as the river comes out in the sea through the forest of palm trees. In summer days we will live the amazing experience of walking this gorge through the actual river (3 hours walk).
Overnight in Plakias.
Day 3 Ascend Mt. Psiloritis, the highest peak of Crete.
Starting early in the morning, our minibus will bring us at the mountain hut of the highest mountain of Crete. Following the E4 path, we will reach the very top (2.456m) in approximately 3-3 ½ hours. From the highest summit we can enjoy a full view of Crete. We can stare at both Kritiko Pelagos (Aegean Sea) to the north and Liviko Pelagos (Mediterranean Sea) to the south, all the islands that surround Crete, and of course all the mountain ranges of the island. Returning by the same path back, we then travel to Sivas village at the south area of Heraklion. (6 hours walk total).
Overnight in Sivas.
Day 4 Walk through Agiofarago gorge.
"Agiofarago" means "Gorge of Saints".This gorge used to be the shelter of the monks of the near-by Monasteries. We will walk through the gorge that leads to one of the most beautiful and quiet beaches of Crete at Liviko Pelagos. There we have the chance to see the cave - house of a monk, a local hero during the revolution of 1866. We will also be impressed by the view of a natural lagoon connected underground with the sea. (1 ½ hours walk).
Overnight in Sivas.
Day 5 Drive to Lassithi plateau.
After breakfast we drive to the largest plateau of Crete. Lassithi plateau had over than 10.000 windmills some years ago, used for pumping out water for the locals to water their fields. We will 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. We will also have time for a short walk in the plateau to see the windmills.
Overnight in Lassithi.
Day 6 Ascend Mt. Dikti at 2.148m.
From Lassithi plateau we will ascend the highest summit of mountain Dikti (2.148m). During our ascent we will have the opportunity to see some pairs of Eagles flying over the cliffs of the impressive west face of the mountain. The summit offers us an unbelievable view of Lassithi plateau and the east area of Crete. We descend by the same route until Agios Georgios village to Lassithi plateau. (6-7 hours walk).
Overnight in Lassithi.
Day 7 Visit Knossos & Archaeological museum.
Today we drive back to Heraklion, and will visit Knossos, to enjoy the magnificent archaeological area holding remains of a Minoan city that thrived 3.500 years ago and the famous palace dated 170-1.450 B.C., excavated by Sir Arthur Evans at the beginning of this century. In the afternoon we are free to explore the city of Heraklion or to continue our culture excursion by visiting the very interesting archaeological museum, with exhibits from the Minoan period.
Overnight in Heraklion.
Day 8 Departure day.
This is the end of our trip. Transfer back to Heraklion Airport.

Important Notes

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 – Guide in charge.
Transport: By air-conditioned vehicles.
Accommodation: Hotels 2* or 3* on HB basis, in the main cities and local inns and village pensions throughout the trip (all with private facilities). The trip Net prices are based on double occupancy.
Food: Breakfast in the hotels and a nutritious dinner at local taverns or at the hotels/local inns/village pensions with a preset menu of traditional Greek and Cretan dishes. Vegetarians are welcomed on the trips but we need to be notified upon reservation in order to arrange their food.
Activity Level: The two gorges offer easy treks with a maximum of 3 hours walk. For Mt. Dikti and Mt. Psiloritis, participants need to be in good physical condition with a bit of experience, as we walk for approx. 6-7 hours (mostly uphill) on the big mountains and remote terrain.
Necessary Equipment: Daypack (approx.25-35l), trekking shoes, mountain clothing (waterproof wind jacket, polar fleece sweater etc.). Water bottle, gloves, hat, sun cream, sun glasses, swimming suit, casual clothing.
The archaeological Museum of Heraklion, on Mondays, opens at 13:00 hrs.

Includes

Services of the tour leader – guide.
All accommodation with breakfast (7 nights in double rooms), 7 dinners.
All transports throughout the trip (including arrival and departure transports).
Professional licensed English Speaking guide (for the visit to the archaelogical site of Knossos and Heraklion Museum).
Entrance fees in Knossos Palace and the Archaeological museum of Heraklion.
Personal accident Insurance.
VAT.

Not Included

Flight / Boat transport to and from Crete.
Pic nic lunches, Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.
Personal expenses.
Entrance fees in Museums and other sites of interest (i.e. monasteries, caves, etc) unless stated differently.
Everything that is not listed above.

 

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