Hiking programs

  1. Summer with the Muses of Crete!
  2. Two islands of the Aegean See. (difficulty level 1)
  3. Two islands of the Aegean See. (difficulty level 2)
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SUMMER WITH MUSES OF CRETE:

Duration: 8 days.
Dates: 05 juillet – 12 juillet 2019.
Price: 850 euros.

We offer a week in Western Crete with beautiful hikes on the island of contrasts, through mountains, olive groves and long the steep South Coast. Every day we discover secrets of the local gastronomy. The hikes are of an average of 3 hours to fully enjoy nature, wild flowers and herbs, beautiful gorges, beaches and bays by the turquoise blue sea.

Day 1: Arrival in Chania, one of the most beautiful old Venetian port of the Mediterranean Sea. Free time. Dinner together. Stay for two nights in Chania.

Day 2: Kydoni Gorges: Hike through a gorge with a dense vegetation, ending up in a small oasis, the Botanical Gardens of Chania, where we will try old Cretan recipes and local wines. In the afternoon we drive back to Chania.

Day 3: The South Coast Nymph: Early departure by bus to Paleochora, a place with a very different atmosphere. Paleochora is a lively small town and unique in it’s kind. We will make a nice hike of a few hours with a picnic break. In the evening dinner in the charming little town where we stay for two nights.

Day 4: Coastal hike: This is a fantastic coastal hike with pretty little coves, ideal for swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea. We cross the beaches with forests of cades (Juniperus oxycedrus) of a particular beauty. In the afternoon we take the boat back to Paleochora.

Day 5: Tarra, ancient settlement: We take the boat to Agia Roumeli. We hike from Ancient Tarra upstream of the Samaria Gorge, the deepest in Europe. We have lunch at the village. Boat to Chora Sfakion and transport to the Anopolis plateau, located in the Lefka Ori mountains, where we settle for two nights.

Day 6: The White Mountains: Transport to the foot of Mount Pachnes. Hike to the highest peak of the Lefka Ori, we cross an enchanting landscape composed of countless mountains with 57 peaks over 2,000 meters.

Day 7: From the mountains to the sea: We hike from the high plateau of Anopolis down to the South Coast and we continue along the coast passing by the magical beach “Glika Nera”, till we reach the small town Chora Sfakion, where we take the bus to Chania. Dinner and Hotel in Chania.

Day 8: day of departure. Transfer to the airport.

Practical information:

Including:

• 7 nights accommodation in a double room with breakfast in cozy small guesthouses. (individual room is possible with an extra charge).

• 6 times lunch and 7 times dinner (day of arrival dinner only, day of departure breakfast only).

• All excursions with guide, walks and workshops.

• Transfers to and from the airport of Chania, Crete (Daskalogiannis).

• Transports of the program by public or private bus, boat, taxi.

• Transportation of your luggage from hotel to hotel.

Not included:

• The flight: You can book your flight for example, with Aegean Airlines to Chania/Crete with transfer via Athens. (Good connection). Or by charter flight to Chania/Crete.

• You are expected to arrange a travel- and cancellation insurance yourself.

• Drinks.

General information:

  • Nature of activity: The hikes are of a maximum of three hours and in mountain area. One has to take into account the terrain, there are many stones on the paths and therefore good walking shoes and sticks are recommended. The hikes are not difficult for anyone with a good physical condition. Hiking participation is at your own risk.  
  • Accommodations: We stay in local pensions and family hotels. Rooms with private bathroom.
  • Meals: We provide breakfast, lunch and dinner every day with local products and specialities.
  • Luggage: For your comfort, luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel. Make sure that you carry no more than one normal size suitcase. A backpack of at least 20 liters is required to take your hiking equipment.
  • In case of force majeure: For reasons of weather conditions, the guide reserves the right to make program changes and will not be held responsible in case of force majeure such as bad weather or strikes. We will always choose the best alternative for you. 
  • Minimum participation: To make the trip possible, there must be a minimum participation of six people. You can register with the registration form. You will be kept informed of the number of participants. As soon as there are enough participants, the trip will be confirmed  and you can book your flight. The earlier you sign up, the cheaper your flight will be!
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TWO ISLANDS OF AEGEAN SEE (difficulty level 1):

Duration: 10 days.
Dates: on request.
Price: 995 euros.

Visit on foot two beautiful islands of Cyclades, Naxos and Amorgos. We walk by ancient paths to meet the fascinating history of the islands with Minoan remains, marble statues of ancient Greece, churches with beautiful Byzantine frescoes, and the beautiful Venetian towers typical of the island. The hikes are of an average of three hours with every day the possibility to swim. We discover the beautiful landscapes but also the culture, traditions and local flavors.

Dag 1: Arrival in Naxos:  Transfer to the hotel and we visit the beautiful old town of Naxos or a pretty village in the interior of the island, this depends on the time of arrival the boat.

Dag 2: Chora: Departure for the island of Amorgos by boat. We arrive at  the port village Katapola, where we will stay for 5 nights. We will go by bus to visit the beautiful small town Chora, and walk back by the beautiful old “Path of the Mills” from Chora to Katapola.

Hike: 1 hour.

Level:1 shoe.

Dag 3: Katapola – Minoa – Varsamitis Monastery – Chora: A very nice hike by old trails. We discover the landscape of Amorgos. We leave directly from the hotel on foot. We visit the archaeological site Minoa, the Monastery Varsamitis and the beautiful small town of Chora. Lunch in Chora. Bus back to Katapola.

Hike: 3,5 hours

Level: 1 shoe.

Dag 4: Profit Ilias and Monastery Chozoviotissa: Bus to Chora. Climb to the highest point of the island, the Profitis Ilias, visit of the Chozoviotissa Monastery and afternoon to the beach “Santa Anna”. Return to Katapola by bus.

Hike: 3 hours

Level: 1 shoe.

Dag 5: Broutsi – Ancient Arkesini – Moro Creek: A beautiful hike to the impressive remains of Ancient Arkesini, lunch in the small village of Broutsi, descent to Moro Creek for a swim. Transfers by taxi to Katapola.

Hike: 3 hours.

Level: 1 shoe.

Dag 6: Aigiali and Lagada: Transfers to Aigiali. Hike from Aigiali to the pretty village Lagada and return by Pano Potamos to the beach of Aigiali. Swim. Return by bus to Katapola.

Hike: 2,5 hours.

Level: 1 shoe.

Dag 7: Visit Kouros of Naxos: Boat to Naxos where we will stay three nights. Arrival at the port and transfer by bus to Chalki, a historical village in the center of the island. We follow ancient paths, visit the gigantic marble statues, the Kouros, and finally reach Melanes. Return to Naxos City by bus.

Hike: 3,5 hours.

Level: 1shoe.

Dag 8: Chalki- Xiloskalo – Chalki: Visit Chalki, the village of Cédras liqueur and the beautiful small Byzantine churches. We continue the hike by a path through the countryside while passing through small villages with an unique character.

Hike: 3 hours.

Level: 1 shoe.

Dag 9: Mount Za: Ascent to 1001m, the highest point of the island and from where we have a 360 degree panoramic view. Evening in Naxos.

Hike: 4 hours.

Level: 2 shoes.

Dag 10: Departure: Transfer to Naxos airport.

Practical information:

Included:

  • Accommodation: 9 nights in a pension and a hotel. The price is for a double room. (Single room possible with a supplement).
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners. (day of arrival dinner only, day of departure breakfast only).
  • All tours and hikes with an English and German speaking guide.
  • Airport Transfers.

Not included:

  • You buy your own flight. For example at Aegean Airlines with stopover in Athens or a direct charter flight.
  • Your insurance. Make sure you have travel and cancellation insurance. *
  • Drinks.

General informations:

  • Types of activities: Workshops are for everyone, no specific knowledge required. Take into account sometimes stony trails and be equipped with good hiking shoes and eventually sticks.
  • Accommodation: Pensions and hotels. Rooms with bathroom.
  • Meals: Daily delicious meals based on local specialties.
  • Minimum participation: For the trip to be possible, a minimum participation of 6 people is required. You can register by the registration form. You will be kept informed of the number of registered members. As soon as we have the minimal of participant, you can buy your flight. Book early for a better price for your flight.

* For reasons of weather conditions, the guide reserves the right to make program changes and will not be held responsible in case of force majeure such as bad weather or strikes. We will always choose the best alternative for you.

* The hikes are not difficult for anyone with a good physical condition. Hiking participation is at your own risk.

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TWO ISLANDS OF AEGEAN SEE (difficulty level 2):

Duration: 10 days.
Dates: on request.
Price: 995 euros.

Visit on foot two beautiful islands of Cyclades, Naxos and Amorgos. We walk ancient paths to meet the fascinating history of the islands with Minoan remains, marble statues of ancient Greece, churches with beautiful Byzantine frescoes, and the beautiful Venetian towers typical of the island. The hikes are of an average of three hours with every day the possibility to swim. We discover the beautiful landscapes but also the culture, traditions and local flavors.

Dag 1: Arrival in Naxos:  Transfer to the hotel and we visit the beautiful old town of Naxos or a pretty village in the interior of the island, this depends on the time of arrival of the boat.

Dag 2: Departure for the island of Amorgos by boat. We arrive at  the port Katapola, where we will stay for 5 nights. We will go by bus to visit the picturesque small town Chora, and walk back by the beautiful old “Path of the Mills” from Chora to Katapola.

Hike: 1 hour.

Level:1 shoe.

Dag 3: Katapola- Ancient Arkesini- Broutsi- Moro Bay: Departure from the hotel to visit an historical part of the island. Following ancient paths we will discover archeological sites from the Cycladic period. We will end up at a small shepherds-village for our lunch. Following, we will walk to a nice little beach for a swim. Return to Katapola by taxi.

Walking time: 4 hours plus visiting time.

Level: 2 shoes.

Day 4: Over the ridge of Amorgos: Transfer to the Chozoviotissa Monastery. Beautiful hike on the ridge of Amorgos from Chozoviotissa to Aegiali passing by the small village of Potamos, where we will have our lunch. Arrival at the village of Aegiali with the eventual possibility to swim, before taking the bus back to the hotel.

Walking time: 4 to 5 hours.

Level: 2 shoes.

Day 5: The other side of Amorgos: Transfer to Aigiali. Hike from Aigiali to the pretty village Lagada. We continue along the old paths, we pass by an old Monastery and we continue our walk by an impressive path to reach a small church at the end of a ridge, called Stavrós. After a picnic, we take the way back to Aigiali. Return by bus to Katapola.

Walking time: 5 hours.

Level: 2 shoes.

Dag 6: The Kouros of Naxos: Boat to Naxos. Arrival at the port and transfer by bus to Chalki, an historical village in the center of the island. We follow ancient paths, visit the gigantic marble statues, the Kouros, and we will end up in the village Melanes. Return to Naxos City by bus.

Hike: 3,5 hours.

Level: 1shoe.

Dag 7: Mount Za: Ascent to 1001m, the highest top of the island with a breathtaking 360 degree panoramic view. Evening in Naxos.

Hike: 4 hours.

Level: 2 shoes.

Ascent: 700 m.

Dag 8: Villages of Naxos: The hike follows ancient trails through the countryside while passing old olive groves, beautiful oak trees, hidden Byzantine churches and small villages with each its own character.

Hike: 3 hours.

Level: 1 shoe.

Day 9: Apeiranthos – Agia Kyriaki – Moutsouna: We drive by bus to Apeiranthos. From there we take the old road down to the emery mines, a rather surrealistic landscape. After a pic-nic, we walk further through the valley to the small fishing village Moutsouna. Free time to relax and a good dinner in the harbor, after which return to the hotel by private transport.

Walking time: 5 hours.

Level: 2 shoes.

Dag 10: Departure: Transfer to Naxos airport.

Practical information:

Included:

  • Accommodation: 9 nights in a pension or a hotel. The price is for a double room. (Single room possible with a supplement).
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners. (day of arrival dinner only, day of departure breakfast only).
  • All tours and hikes with an English and German speaking guide.
  • Airport Transfers.

Not included:

  • The flight. You can book your flight for example at Aegean Airlines with stopover in Athens or choose a direct charter flight.
  • Your insurance. Make sure you have travel- and cancellation insurance. *
  • Drinks.

General informations:

  • Types of activities: Workshops are for everyone, no specific knowledge required. Take into account sometimes stony trails and be equipped with good hiking shoes and sticks.
  • Accommodation: Pensions and hotels. Rooms with bathroom.
  • Meals: Daily delicious meals based on local specialities.
  • Minimum participation: For the trip to be possible, a minimum participation of 6 people is required. You can register by the registration form. You will be kept informed of the number of registered members. As soon as we have the minimal of participants, you can buy your flight. Book early for a better price for your flight.

* For reasons of weather conditions, the guide reserves the right to make program changes and will not be held responsible in case of force majeure such as bad weather or strikes. We will always choose the best alternative for you.

* The hikes are not difficult for anyone with a good physical condition. Hiking participation is at your own risk.