The ancient Minoan civilization on Crete was one of the first to create a functional sewer system, but you'll be staying above ground in the fresh air on this eight-day itinerary for the whole family. After a tour of the mythology of Athens, you'll fly to Crete for six days of hiking, beaches, and city tours that will transport you through history.
Private Hike to Samaria Gorge, Chania
- Hike the largest gorge in Europe
- Learn about Crete's flora & fauna
- Discover the South shores of the Chania region
- Enjoy a swim at the Lybian sea
- Explore the amazing nature inside the gorge
Know before you go
What you'll do
The first half is mainly a rocky stairway down. To ensure a safe and comfortable journey, proper footwear is absolutely essential. Regular shoes simply won't cut it, so make sure to equip yourself with appropriate hiking shoes or boots to tackle the terrain confidently. On the next section of the trail, you'll cross the river by stepping stones. There'll be plenty of restroom breaks and opportunities to refill your water bottle from natural springs on the way. So you can take in the stunning scenery and stay hydrated and refreshed throughout your adventure. The journey continues down through huge rising cliffs and several wooden bridges until you reach the end.
The gorge ends up at the village of Agia Roumeli. Your guide will be waiting for you to give you your ferry tickets at the designated meeting point. Here, you'll have plenty of time to rest while waiting for the ferry. You can have a recovery swim at the beach or have lunch in one of the many tavernas you'll see around. After the one-hour ferry trip, the bus will be waiting for you at the port to take you back to Chania and drop you off at your hotel.
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- English-speaking driver and mountain guide
- Bottled water per person
- Transport by air-conditioned minibus/minivan
- Trekking poles / Hiking sticks, if necessary
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Private Rethymnon Villages Excursion
The Arkadi Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery. The current catholicon (church) dates back to the 16th century and is marked by the influence of the Renaissance. This influence is visible in the architecture, which mixes both Roman and baroque elements. As early as the 16th century, the monastery was a place for science and, had a school and a rich library. Situated on a plateau, the monastery is well fortified, being surrounded by a thick and high wall. The monastery played an active role in the Cretan resistance of Ottoman rule during the Cretan revolt of 1866. 943 Greeks, mostly women and children, sought refuge in the monastery. After three days of battle and under orders from the hegumen (abbot) of the monastery, the Cretans blew up barrels of gunpowder, choosing to sacrifice themselves rather than surrender. The monastery became a national sanctuary in honor of the Cretan resistance. 8 November is a day of commemorative parties in Arkadi and Rethymno. The explosion did not end the Cretan insurrection, but it attracted the attention of the rest of the world.
After that you will visit Eleftherna, an ancient city-state in Crete, which lies 25 km southeast of Rethymno. Archaeologists excavated the site, located on a narrow northern spur of Mount Ida, the highest mountain in Crete. It flourished from the Dark Ages of Greece’s early history until Byzantine times.
In the systematic Eleftherna project, a team of archaeologists from the University of Crete led by Prof. N. Stampolidis has been in charge since 1984. Surveys and systematic excavations have revealed the city’s settlement patterns, sanctuaries and necropolis in Orthi Petra, even stone quarries in the surroundings of the Prines hill. The discovery of the remains of four females in Orthi Petra was declared one of top 10 discoveries of 2009 by the Archaeological Institute of America. The Museum of Ancient Eleftherna, directly linked to the archaeological site, was inaugurated in June 2016.
The next stop will be at Margarites, a scenic traditional Cretan village. You will walk on the stone paths of the village and admire the pottery traditional shops around. Then, leaving Margarites, you ‘ll have lunch in Asteri village. The unique restaurant with the folklore private collection and the traditional Cretan delicacies will take your breath away.
Itineraries with Private Hike to Samaria Gorge
Cover a range of terrain across Greece with this athletic 10-day itinerary. Start in Athens with a day trip up to Meteora's monasteries in the sky, then sail to the Cyclades to hike and bike on the shore. Stop in Crete to trek the towering Samaria Gorge before you return to Athens.
Explore Greece from the top down, starting up on the Athenian Acropolis. After a mythology tour of the city, head to the Cyclades to see Mykonian farms, archaeological sites, and the famed Santorini caldera. Spend four days on Crete and return to the mainland to learn the ancient myths of Delphi, Meteora, and the Peloponnesian peninsula.
Travel almost the entire length of Greece on this fun itinerary. You'll start with the myths of Athens, then travel to the modern nightlife mixed with traditional farms of Mykonos and Santorini. The ferry to Crete will take you back to the Palace of Knossos and era of stone villages, then return to Athens to use the city and neighboring Nafplio as your base for expeditions to even more ancient monuments.