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The birthplace of Zeus and the cradle of Europe's earliest civilization, Crete is justifiably known as the ''Great Island''. Few places in the world possess high mountains so close to the sea combined with an often perfect climate.

Fabulous beaches and crystal clear seas welcome you to this great island. The mountains, which dominate the view as you approach, consist of dozens of peaks over 2000 meters high and create a stunning scenic backdrop to life on the western side of Crete.

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We love Chania and we're sure you will too! This place is a perfect setting for the White Mountains as a background, a lively harbor, historical remains, busy market, and nearby beaches that make it the ideal spot to start our magnificent journey. We meet in the afternoon at your hotel for an introductory talk and our first dinner together in a traditional restaurant. Cretan cuisine plays a starring role and we have spent many hours enjoying countless delicacies, researching this important aspect. Overnight in Chania, Kriti Hotel (D)
Get ready to enter the White Mountains through the narrow gorge of Agia Irini. We hike in areas high in humidity and shade sustained by a variety of plants, and gigantic ancient plane trees grace a large clearing halfway up. We end up at Agia Irini village. From there we transfer to Omalos plateau. In the heart of Omalos, at an altitude of more than 1000 meters, we enjoy the evening breeze listening to the jingling of the occasional goat's bell. Overnight in Omalos, Hotel Neos Omalos (B,L,D) Hiking distance: 7km / Hiking Duration: 3h 30min Driving from Chania to Entrance of the gorge 70km, 1h 30min
Take a deep breath of the mountain fresh air and gear up for today's high ascent. We climb Mt. Gingilos the legendary peak overlooking Samaria with its 2080 meters high summit. It's north face, a near-vertical slope of solid rock looks scary, but we follow the path around the back in order to reach the summit with only a little scrambling. Lammergeiers, the biggest birds in Europe, from Samaria gorge, glide past this cliff top so often at midday on their foraging trips it is well worth keeping an eye out for them. Overnight in Omalos, Hotel Neos Omalos (B,L,D) Hiking distance: 9km / Hiking Duration: 6 Hours
'Kalimera!'' How about a dip in the clear turquoise waters of the South coast? Yes! But first, we have to trek through Samaria, Europe’s longest gorge which leads us to our goal over trickling streams, through forests of scented pines and the ''Iron Gates'', the narrowest point where the rocks on either side are 600m high. After a 16km descent, we'll reach the welcoming resort of Agia Roumeli, with its much appreciated fine pebble beach and sparkling sea, in which we stay for the next two days. Overnight in Agia Roumeli, Hotel Pachnes (B,L,D) Hiking distance: 16km / Hiking Duration: 6h 30min
At the location of Agia Roumeli once stood the religious center of Tarra. A church was built many centuries later named Agia Roumeli and that was the name given to the village as well. The village is the perfect hideaway and the best spot to rest before continuing our trip. During the Ottoman times, a castle was built on a hill overlooking the village and if you want a bit of exercise you can do the short walk there. Overnight in Agia Roumeli, Hotel Pachnes (B,L.D) Hiking distance: 4km / Hiking Duration: 2hours
If you've already fallen in love with the blue waters you may start your day with a morning dip or swim. Then, it's time to hike again towards the mountains, with awe-inspiring views on our way, at one of the best-preserved coastlines in all of Europe. A cozy hostel in Agios Ioannis, a village well hidden in the forest with only 15 inhabitants, has its doors open for us. In the evening you can participate in an optional short hike to the Papakefala summit to enjoy the tranquil sunset. Overnight in Agios Ioannis, Hotel Alonia (B,L,D) Hiking distance:10km / Hiking Duration: 4h 30min
In the morning wake up to the quietness our mountain hideaway offers and savor a few moments over a steaming cup of coffee as the dew disappears in the morning sun. From Agios Ioannis, we head down to the Aradena gorge where the rocky riverbed is forced into an extremely narrow gap between sheer walls almost all the way down. This is a superb hike and the sense of achievement at the end is immense. Passing the beach of Marmara we follow the coastal path which leads to the picturesque harbor of Loutro. A short ferry ride to Sfakia town follows and from there we drive to Chania city where we are going to have our farewell dinner. Overnight in Chania, Kriti Hotel (B,L,D) Hiking distance: 12km / Hiking Duration: 5 Hours Driving from Chora Sfakion to Chania 70km, 2 Hours
After a mighty Mediterranean breakfast, and a Greek coffee, it's time to say goodbye (B).
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