Chania short break walking holiday

Chania short break walking holiday

  • Apr - Oct
  • Small Groups
  • 3-5 days
  • Customizable

"Discover the best of Chania in four days with your own private local guide!.."

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At the heart of the Mediterranean, lies Chania, one of the longest inhabited cities dating back to around 2,700 years BC and the Minoan civilisation. Every step you take leads to a fascinating monument or a reminder of one of the numerous civilisations that passed, as each invader left their mark on history, architecture and culture. Walking around the old town of Chania feels like exploring a lively, open-air museum.

But this 4-day private walking tour is not just a historical adventure, but an ecological, cultural, culinary and learning experience! Our guide aims to take you away from the touristic areas and show you the hidden gems of Chania.

Instead of walking the famous gorge of Samaria with hundreds (and many times thousands) of hikers, you will walk down our favourite gorge and soak in all the natural wonders and smells of the unique and endemic herbs and flowers of Crete undisturbed.

Our guide finally wishes to give you a hands-on experience of typical Cretan daily life and a feel for the “magic” and “spirit” of the island, its people and its amazing culture. You cannot leave without exploring inland, the mountainous villages and agricultural way of life and tasting the local olive oil, wine and local delicacies!

When you return home you can say with confidence that you have seen all of Chania off-the-beaten track sites, experienced its unique nature, got to know the local culture and tasted the amazing cuisine everyone is talking about!

Here is an example of what you will experience during your private Chania short break walking holiday…

Join our Chania short break walking holiday and you will:

images Walk and explore the history, culture and unique natural world of Chania district,

images Discover areas of unique natural beauty with your own private guide,

images Hike one of the most beautiful gorges in Crete,

images Walk to magical parts of the islands that you would never discover on your own,

images Learn about the local herbs and plants, birds and other members of the animal kingdom, above and under the water!

images Stroll through traditional Cretan villages and olive groves,

images Experience customs and traditions, cultural happenings, local feasts with Cretan music and dance,

images Sample organic, home-made food locally produced wherever you eat,

images Swim at the emerald waters of the Libyan sea,

images Stay at traditional family run guesthouses and taste the unique Cretan hospitality,

images 3 days walking & exploring plus 1 free day… adapted to fit your schedule

This unique Chania short stay walking holiday is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the Cretan nature, history and culture, off-the-beaten track… while enjoying the great outdoors to the maximum.

Our recommended itinerary is subject to changes according to the weather conditions, other special events taking place during the week as well as the wishes of our guests. The enjoyment of our guests and their safety are always our priorities. Although there is no need for prior experience, a reasonable level of fitness is required.


Flexible itineraries are available based on the needs of our guests. We can organise a more challenging or a more relaxed-pace itinerary offering you more time to relax and enjoy the mountains, beaches, villages and nature of Chania district and West Crete. 4, 7 and 10- day itineraries are offered.

We will reserve for you a lovely authentic family-run guesthouse at a very picturesque location within the historical Old town of Chania. The owners are very hospitable and helpful and are known to provide the most delicious breakfasts and meals. We’ll send you full details.

We look forward to show you the best Chania and West Crete has to offer

The combination of natural beauty and culture but also the hospitality of the residents will make this holiday unforgettable for you.

We organise our Chania short stay walking holiday between April and October.

The best time to visit:   

  • April to mid June: for wild flowers, sunshine and moderate temperatures. The Easter period is recommended as it’s one of the most important celebrations in Greece and you’ll have the chance to experience traditional feasts and gatherings.
  • September to end of October: for warm seas, gentle weather and autumn flowers. Grapes and olive harvests.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@nofootprint.gr.

CHANIA SHORT STAY WALKING HOLIDAY FEES

4-day walking holiday staying at family-run guesthouse at the historical centre of Chania:

All prices are per person for two people sharing a standard double room.

  • 2 people – Low Season EUR 616 High Season EUR 659
  • 4 people – Low Season EUR 436 High Season EUR 523

Supplement for single rooms:

  • Low Season EUR 275
  • High Season EUR 319

We offer group and special offers. Please contact us for further information…

The fee includes:

  • 3 guided walks at Chania town, Samaria or Ag. Irini gorge, Cretan countryside
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • 24% VAT
  • Transfer from and to the airport/port
  • Transfers to and from our starting and ending walking points
  • Client’s information brief by e-mail
  • An arrival briefing on the island of Crete
  • Introduction to the Cretan biodiversity & local flora and fauna
  • 24 hour support on the island for any troubleshooting or advise

The fee doesn’t include:

  • Flights or ferry to Crete and Chania
  • Lunch and supper
  • Meals of the guide

Book your walking holiday at Chania…

Itinerary

DAY 1: WALK AROUND CHANIA AND EXPERIENCE A LIVELY, OPEN-AIR MUSEUM!
Meeting at your hotel at the Old town and orientation. On your first day you will explore the Old Town of Chania, most of which was built by the Venetians in a bid to recreate a “Venice of the east”! Thousands of years of history and diverse civilizations, from the Minoans, Myceneans and Dorians to Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians and Ottomans, have blended together forming this beautiful town which today feels like a lively, open-air museum. You’ll walk along the waterfront and the famous picturesque Venetian harbour, through the alleys of the three major neighbourhoods where once Christians, Muslims and Jews used to coexist… you’ll explore the ancient ruins, the Byzantine wall, the Venetian fortifications and buildings and Ottoman mosques and dwellings, myths and legends about invasions, occupations, resistances and independence will come alive and fascinate you.

You’ll also be introduced to the local culture and communal life; you’ll visit the Municipal Market for local products, you’ll meet and discuss with local people, you’ll sample local products and drinks. The tour will end with supper at one of our favourite local taverns where you can listen to live traditional music!
DAY 2: HIKE AN IMPRESSIVE GORGE AND DISCOVER THE UNIQUE NATURAL WORLD OF CRETE
The wider area of Chania is known for the impressive gorges crossing the White Mountains. Since ancient times the locals used these gorges as shortcuts connecting ancient cities. Later on, they served as refuges in times of war, and today they are important natural reservoirs of the local flora and fauna and part of the European E4 trail network.

Agia Irini is a gorge of exceptional beauty but less known and frequented than the gorge of Samaria, allowing the visitors to enjoy the calmness and natural sounds. Starting from the village of Agia Irini we’ll hike 7,5km mainly downhill, through tall, century-old cypresses, pine and kermes oak trees, oleander and chaste tree shrubs, as well as slopes full of sage and other herbs and colourful endemic flowers, especially during spring.

Our guide will introduce you to the most common species of flowers and herbs, such as marjoram, savoury, sage and thyme and to the wide variety of birds which inhabit the gorge, such as quails, woodcock, hoopoes, thrushes and swallows, owls, hawks and ravens. Griffon vultures are common passers-by up in the sky. Upon exiting the gorge we’ll continue south to visit the beautiful sandy beach of Sougia where you can enjoy a swim at its crystal-clear waters as well as a well-deserved lunch overlooking the Libyan Sea.
DAY 3: VILLAGE HOPPING THROUGH A NATURAL PARADISE HIDDEN IN THE HEART OF CRETAN MAINLAND
Today we will visit the countryside of Chania and the region of Apokoronas, extending from the foothills of the White Mountains north to the coast of the Chania. This is one of the most fertile areas of Chania, due to the abundance of water coming from the mountains, with beautiful villages scattered around which have preserved their cultural traditions until today.

Starting from Douliana village you will walk on a 7km “dreamy” trail towards a ravine, in dense vegetation and rare plants. You’ll continue towards the old village of Tsivaras enjoying scenic landscapes of olive groves, vineyards and seasonal crops till you reach the traditional village of Gavalochori, where you will enjoy a drink at the local cafenio.

A visit to the local cheese-maker or the Agricultural Cooperative of Women’s shop to learn about traditional customs and practices and admire traditionally made textiles and local products is well worth it. At the Cretan villages you always find the most delicious local dishes prepared with seasonal products… and this how another lovely day walking will end!
DAY 4: FREE DAY
We have allowed for a free day for you to relax and explore the sandy beaches and coves of the northern district of Chania. The options are endless and we will be happy to recommend excursions or activities for your last day. Contact us at info@nofootprint.gr

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