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Crete Coast to Coast

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.4 Read 28 reviews
  • Discover the less touristy side of the Greek Island of Crete
  • Staying delightful guest houses in the traditional village of Vamos
  • Absorbing the lush and green agricultural landscapes of the Apokonoras plain
  • Making your way through the lesser-known and magnificent gorge of Sfakia
  • Swimming in the deep blue and clear waters of the Libyan Sea
Discover a diversity of unspoilt landscapes as you walk from the north to the south coast on the Greek island of Crete. Explore secluded and pristine beaches, the Lefka Ori or White Mountains, the fertile and green Apokonoras plain and the impressive Sfakia and Aradhena gorges, world-renowned phenomenons whose incredible landscapes were formed many centuries ago due to seismic activity. During the walks you will feel truly immersed in traditional areas of Crete that few tourists get to see. Walking through olive groves and row upon row of cypress trees you will be enamoured by the white-washed and cobblestoned villages, Greek Orthodox monasteries and churches and surrounding peaks that will be snow-capped during the spring. Also enjoy delicious Greek food in the local tavernas.

What To Expect

This walking tour explores traditional parts of Crete that a regular visitor does not often see. It is a real insider’s view into its landscapes and traditions. Not only this, but you will also discover many different walks along the coast, in the mountains and through gorges. This is all rounded off by excellent Greek food and wine.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island

Grade & Terrain

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. Although the daily distances are not that far, it has been rated moderate as there are quite significant elevation gains and losses, especially towards the middle and end of the tour, although there are options on some of the more difficult days offering easier walks. Although the paths are quite well-kept the terrain in Greece tends to be very stony and rocky, especially during the gorge-walking and in Loutro. After wet weather the paths can also become slippery especially in the gorges and extra care should be taken. You will mostly be walking on unsurfaced tracks, footpaths, mountain trails and on some tarmac roads.

Navigation

Much of the walk is not way-marked however you will be supplied with detailed route notes and maps so you will have no problem finding your way each day.

Accommodation Information

This 7 night, 8 day Crete Coast to Coast self-guided walk in Greece includes 7 nights in comfortable hotels, guest houses and pensions. All of the hotels have been specifically chosen for their atmosphere, comfort and hospitality. All rooms have private facilities and in most cases a balcony or terrace.

Alternative accommodation

During the high season, you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the description. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard as those described.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. This walk is also suitable for solo walkers although there is a single supplement payable.

Included
  • 7 Nights guest houses, hotels and pensions
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers including one by ferry from Loutros to Chora Sfakion
  • Transfer Chora Sfakion to either Chania or Heraklion centre or airport, plus other transfers to and from the beginning or end of walks
  • A transfer on Day 1 from Chania Airport to Vamos
  • Detailed maps, information pack and route notes, including a booklet “Discover Vamos...on Foot” which you will receive on arrival at your first hotel
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our area manager in Greece and our office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and fromChania/Heraklion
  • Ferry ticket from Loutros to Chora Sfakion (cost is approximately €4.50)
  • 7 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Mountain rescue / emergency assistance
Extras
  • Additional nights before or after the holiday

When To Go

April, May, June, September and October are the best time to walk in the Greek Islands as July and August are too hot for most people. Please note that at the very beginning and end of the season (early April and end of October) any swimming pools at accommodations may be closed and restaurant offerings may be more limited during this time.

Getting to the Start

The nearest airport is Chania. There are many flights to and from the UK and from other gateways in Europe. From here an included transfer brings you to your accommodation in Vamos. Alternatively, you may also fly into Heraklion Airport, which is further away but there is a direct public bus service from here to Vyrsses. We can then arrange a transfer from Vrysses to Vamos.

Getting from the End

On the final morning you will take a boat from Loutros to Chora Sfakion (not included in price- approx 4 euros). Please check the ferry website for more information on times and prices.  The ferry takes about 20 minutes and from Chora Sfakion a private transfer is included to either Chania or Heraklion centres or airports. The journey from Chora Sfakion to Chania Airport takes around 1H30, and to Heraklion Airport about 2H15. Please make sure that there is a ferry that leaves Loutros to Chora Sfakion in order to catch your flight on the final day, or you may either need to spend the last night in Chania, or pay a an additional cost for a boat taxi if you need to leave earlier.

Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. On Day 6 the luggage transfer from Chora Sfakion to Loutro is via a ferry, which is very common in this part of Crete and is very safe. Please bear in mind that luggage is not always handled gently, so please pack accordingly. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

General Information

Transfers: If you fly into Chania Airport an included transfer brings you to your accommodation in Vamos. If you fly into Heraklion, you can take a public bus to Vrysses, (which is the closest place the bus goes to) and a transfer from here to Vamos is included. This itinerary includes a few transfers, some of which are necessary to get to and from the walks. On Day 2 at the end of the walk you will be transferred from Georgioupolis to Vamos, on Day 3 you will be transferred and picked up in Nippos, and on Day 4 there is a short transfer to Imbros to the start of the walk. At the end of the tour on Day 8, you will take a short 20 minute ferry ride to Chora Sfakion (not included) and from here a transfer to Chania (approximately 2 hours) or Heraklion (approximately 3 hours) is included.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Vamos Day 2 Vamos to Georgioupolis - 12 km 6.9 miles / 11 km Day 3 Loop walk from Nippos - 14 km 8 miles / 13 km Day 4 Lefka Ori Mountain Walk - 16 km 10 miles / 16 km Day 5 Through the Sfakia Gorge - 16 km 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 6 Chora Sfakion to Loutro - 6.6 or 10.2 km 6 miles / 10 km Day 7 Loop walk from Loutro - 8.7 or 15.7 km 5 miles / 8.6 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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