Day 1 - Psiloritis summit (hiking)
Our trip officially begins in the morning at the Heraklion city where our staff will meet you. Exact meeting time will be determined depending participants flights. We can collect you from any place in Heraklio or elsewhere in Crete uppon request.
A relaxed morning discussing the preferences of the group and designing the activity week according to weather, abilities and thoughts of everyone in the group.
Once everybody is ready for departure we will enjoy a great drive across Heraklio prefecture until we reach Psiloritis mountain. This is an one and a half, max two hours driving. Our target for the first day will be the highest summit of Crete, Timios stavros summit at 2456 meters.
The view from the top is outstanding. In a clear day you can see almost the whole island.
The whole hike takes approximately of 5 hours.
Overnight in tents or small apartments depending the group needs.
Day 2 - Asterousia mountain range coast (sea kayak)
After breakfast, we will outfit everyone with paddle, PFD (personal floatation device) and sprayskirt, then head across the street to the beach where we will offer basic kayaking instruction if needed otherwise we will start paddling for our first destination. If we stay in small apartments instead of tents there is a chance to drive for a while until we reach our destination.
Today's paddling takes place in one of the most remote places in Crete with some superb beaches and outstanding scenery.
We will start paddling from Kaloi Limenes towards Agiofarago gorge and then to Martsalo beach or even further if the weather is ok.
The total distance is about 11-15km.
There will be plenty of time to practise rescues and eskimo roll if you wish.
Day 3 - Asterousia mountain range (rock climbing)
Time for some rock climbing today! We will spend the day at 800 meters in Asterousia mountains doing various climbing routes in excellent limestone.
There are routes for all levels (from 4a up to 8a). Our guides will lead the routes so you have nothing to worry.
Day 4 - Lasithi Plateau (hiking)
After some really good rock climbing in Kapetaniana area, today is a day for hiking in the famous Lasithi plateau.
Lassithi plateau had over than 10000 windmills some years ago, used for pumping out water for the locals to water their fields (mainly for growing potatoes).
You will have the chance to experience a small journey through mythology by visiting Dictaion Andro, the cave where Zeus was born.
You will also have time for a short walk in the plateau to see the windmills.
Optionally you can hike the Mt Karfi for viewing ancient settlement.
Overnight in Lassithi.
We will hike about 3 hours this day. Driving takes aproximately 2 hours to reach the Lasithi plateau.
Day 5 - Dikte summit (hiking)
From Lassithi plateau you will ascend the highest summit of mountain Dikti (2148m).
During the ascent you 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 an unbelievable view of Lassithi plateau and the east area of Crete.
Overnight in Lassithi or close to Agios Nikolaos city. This depends the weather as on the next day we will paddle in eastern Crete.
Day 6 - Spinalonga island (sea kayak)
Paddling from Elounda to Spinalonga island will be our trip for the 6th day.
The island was subsequently used as a leper colony from 1903 to 1957. It is notable for being one of the last active leper colonies in Europe. The last inhabitant, a priest, left the island in 1962.
The paddling distance is about 15km and can be extended if the group want it.
Day 7 - Agiofarago (climbing, hiking, swimming)
One of the best climbing areas in Crete will be todays destination. Agiofarago is a gorge located in the south part of Heraklion and it has more than 200 routes already in place.
Great limestone (sharp at some parts) with a wonderful beach for swimming and snorkelling. There are options for climbing, hiking and swimming if you like.
We will spend the whole day in the area and we'll drive back in Heraklion late evening or we can camp there if you wish.
Day 8 - Heraklion (sightseeing)
We will depart for Heraklion in the morning giving time for a visit the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum and Knossos.
Knossos archaeological area holding remains of a Minoan city that thrived 3500 years ago and the famous palace dated 1700-1450 B.C., excavated by Sir Arthur Evans at the beginning of this century.
We are always available to adapt/tailor this tour or design a similar one according to your needs! Do not hesitate to contact us for any request!
- type: Hiking, Water Element, Adventure, Guided Trips/Tours
- activities: Hiking,Sea Kayak, Rock Climbing,Sea Kayak,History/Archaeology, Activities/Sports, Adventure
- tags: Nature, Cretan beaches, Cretan mountains & gorges, Archaeology, Sea
- duration: 8 days
- on request: Yes
- location: Psiloritis, Asterousia, Dikte mountain ranges and coastal areas, Heraklio, Lasithi/East Crete
990€ without accommodation (1250€ with accommodation in small apartments)
3-4 bookings: 790€ per person
Relatively Easy in usual conditions
(*) Been able to hike for 4-6 hours per day & enough stamina to paddle a kayak for about 12km per day. Rock climbing experience is not required
8 days, 7 nights
Every month from March to late November.
It is also possible during the winter months Upon Request (contact us for details)
- Guides (local)
- Ground transportation
- Lodging (based on double occupancy, single supplement applies)
- All kayaking and climbing equipment & instruction apart from climbing shoes
- Air or ferry to Heraklion on the island of Crete
- Lunches, drinks and any kind of food
- Personal clothing and accessories
- Baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes and gratuities.