"The best of Chania in 4 days with your own private local guide!"
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…
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!
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.
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!
The guides, Annie and Melita, were fantastic and showed me a part of Greece I never would have seen. I especially loved how they took care of ordering our food and introduced to us to the Cretan delicacies. Meeting new, like-minded people is always a highlight of a group tour. Wonderful holiday in all ways. A great value. Thanks!”
Dina & Ralph, USA
“Thanks to beautiful Crete, dazzling blue and white, splashing of vibrant flora. But always a generous people, even in the face of tourist rudeness. We are so blessed by Loutro and its people! And without you – your creative problem solving, your commitment to choosing special activities, your willingness to spend all your time with us, your positive attitude and energy, our experience would have been so different. Many efharistos!"