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Self-Guided Hiking Crete & Santorini

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Fondas Spinthakis

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Self-Guided Hiking Crete & Santorini

Discover two of the most famous Mediterranean Islands! This 10-day trip starts from Crete, Greece's largest island with mythical mountains, deep gorges and a unique history dating back to the 4000-year-old Minoan civilization. We will continue to the jewel of Cyclades islands, the spectacular Santorini, with its whitewashed cubist-shaped houses, the dramatic volcano and the breathtaking views of what once originated the legend of Atlantis.

DAY 1

Arrive in Chania

Arrive in Chania. Explore the old “Venetian style” city of Chania with its picturesque harbor.

Chania - 1 night
DAY 2

Walk through Agia Irini gorge

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the entrance of Agia Irini gorge, for your first hike. Ag.Irini gorge leads to the village of Sougia and provides a nice and quiet path next to a stream, full of pines and chestnut trees. Sougia is a beautiful village on the southern coast of Crete where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear waters of Mediterranean Sea. (Estimated walking time: 4 hours ) (Distance: 12.5klm) Overnight Sougia Read more

Sougia - 2 nights
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DAY 3

Walk to the ancient town of Lissos

Cultural walk through the beautiful gorge of Selinou, thick with brilliant pink oleanders and carob trees, to the ancient city of Lissos. Lissos was an important center of hydrotherapy in ancient years, which flourished in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine era. Here you will visit a well-preserved temple with mosaic floor dedicated to the God of medicine Asklipios and you will have much to admire by making a small loop around the city. Refresh yourselves in the cove and return to Sougia. Estimated Walking Time: approx. 3 hours) (Distance 7 km) Overnight in Sougia Read more

Sougia - 2 nights
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DAY 4

Walk through Samaria gorge

You will be transferred to Omalos plateau, the starting point of Samaria gorge. Samaria is the largest gorge in Europe and one of the most beautiful that nature can provide. The walk is on a good path in shady pine forest and beside a melodic stream. You reach the small village of Agia Roumeli, where you can relax and enjoy a swim before taking the ferry to the charming village of Loutro. (Estimated walking time: 6 hours) (Distance: 16 klm.) Overnight in Loutro Read more

Loutro - 2 nights
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DAY 5

Relaxing day – Optional hikes

Relaxing day to spending it either in Loutro or in the crystal waters of "Marmara" beach. For the people that wish to walk, an optional walk is available. Either they will follow the ancient path until Anopolis village, a historic area from where the revolution against the Turks began in 1866, and return back to Loutro or they can extend the hike to cross Aradena gorge (very beautiful and slightly more difficult than the previous gorges). In the way back to Loutro they can swim in the crystal waters of "Marmara" beach. Overnight in Loutro Read more

Loutro - 2 nights
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DAY 6

Transfer to Heraklion

15 minutes boat-ride will take you from Loutro to Hora Sfakion from where will be transferred to Heraklion. In the afternoon you can visit Knossos, the magnificent archaeological area holding remains of a Minoan city that thrived 3500 years ago, and the famous palace dated 1700-1450 B.C. and/or the Archaeological museum of Heraklion. Overnight in Heraklion Read more

Heraklion - 1 night
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DAY 7

Boat to Santorini

Today you will ride the ferry all the way to Santorini island. Santorini, the most beautiful of the Greek islands, with its stark, white, cubist-shaped houses perch atop ochre cliffs, with endless stretches of beach with sand or shingle and its dramatic volcano surrounded by the Aegean Sea, compose the jewel of Cyclades. In the afternoon you can visit the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri which was destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BCE and buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine Frescoes and many objects and artworks. The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato's story of Atlantis. Overnight in Santorini Read more

Santorini - 3 nights
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DAY 8

Walk from Fira to Ia

Starting from Fira, the capital of the island will initially walk through the small-whitewashed houses on the narrow winding alleys, to Imerovigli. You will continue on a path till Ia having on your left-hand side the breathtaking view of the islands of Nea Kameni (with the volcano in the middle) the island of Palea Kameni and the island of Thirasia. (3-4 hrs walk) Overnight in Santorini Read more

Santorini - 3 nights
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DAY 9

Explore the volcano and the hot springs

Today will embark on a sailing boat to go to the island of Nea Kameni. Explore the volcano of Nea Kameni and enjoy the breathtaking views of what once originated the legend of Atlantis. Our boat trip will continue to Palea Kameni, where we will swim at the hot springs and visit the island of Thirasia. (20 min walk) Overnight in Santorini Read more

Santorini - 3 nights
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DAY 10

Depart

This is the end of our trip. You may explore the city of Fira. End of Services

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Chania
Hotel Arkadi Hotel
Day 2
Location Sougia
Hotel Santa Irene
Day 4
Location Loutro
Day 5
Location Heraklion
Day 6
Location Santorini

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • All accommodation with breakfast (9 nights in double rooms)
  • Boat ticket from Heraklion to Santorini with high speed boat
  • Transfer from Chania airport
  • Transfer from Santorini port to hotel
  • Land transport throughout the trip in Crete
  • Baggage transfers
  • English hiking description
  • Maps and information
  • Third party insurance
  • VAT

Package excludes

  • Air tickets to Crete and from Santorini
  • All meals (lunches & dinners)
  • Group transfer to Santorini airport
  • Entrance fees in Samaria National park,
  • Entrance fees in Agia Irini gorge
  • Transport throughout the trip in Santorini island
  • Boat ticket to Loutro
  • Boat ticket to Nea Kameni (day 9)
  • Entrance fees in Museums, and other sites of interest that are not included in the itinerary (i.e. monasteries, caves, etc)
  • Anything that is not listed above.

More information

  • Single supplement: Low Season 210€/person, High Season 250€/person
  • The trip can also be organized for July and August. Please contact us so as we can send you the relevant costs depending on the availability of the hotels.
  • 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 Cretan Adventures.

REVIEWS

14 Reviews

Cathy C., United States

We arrived home earlier this week and we wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had on the trip. Everything went very smoothly, we loved our accommodations, all the transportations links were so easy, and best of all, the hikes were incredible. We couldn’t have had a better experience!

Joe J., United States

We had a wonderful time in Greece. The arrangements were excellent. The hiking trips were fantastic and the food was some of the best that I had ever had. Truly an awesome adventure that I would recommend to anyone.

Caroline V., United Kingdom

We enjoyed our holidays in Crete so much that we are already planning to return next year

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