From your holiday base in Kato Gouves you have three included full day tours with guided walks allowing you to really discover the beauty and variety of Northern Crete. The scenic Kounavi Gorge, the open-air museum at Lychnostatis, wine tasting, the amazing views on Mount Ida – these are just a few of the highlights for you to enjoy. And when you’re not appreciating the magnificent Cretan countryside on a guided walk there is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities of your four star hotel in Kato Gouves.
- 7 nights half board in 4* Astir Beach Hotel
- 3 guided walking tours
- Services of a tour representative
- Return direct flights including transfers
No single room supplement
Day One: Flight to Heraklion, short transfer to your hotel for seven nights half board accommodation in the resort of Kato Gouves.
Days Two to Seven: Free in Kato Gouves with three tours with guided walks.
Walk 1: The Northern Crete Countryside. After breakfast meet your local walking guide and depart for an introductory tour of Northern Crete and its countryside. When you get to the vineyards around the villages of Skalani and Mirtia your walk starts through the Kounavi Gorge. A scenic path goes along and over the water stream through lush vegetation and abundant wild flowers. At the end of the gorge you continue through olive groves and vineyards to the traditional village of Skalani where you have free time for lunch. The guided walk through the Kounavi Gorge is approximately 5 miles with ascents/descents of 150m/220m. The day’s tour includes a total of 46 miles by coach.
Walk 2: Traditional Crete. After breakfast you visit to the open-air museum at Lychnostatis which offers an insight into authentic Cretan life. In a guided tour through the compound you can marvel at Cretan architecture and the old traditional life style. You then travel into the Pediados region where your guided walk starts near the village of Potamies. The walk covers fertile ground between thousands of olive trees, with splendid views on the mountain peaks, and passes a church before reaching the small and lovely village of Karouzano where you have an included lunch. The guided walk from Potamies to Karouzano is approximately 5,5 miles with ascents/descents of 100m/200m. The day’s tour includes a total of 32 miles by coach.
Walk 3: Mount Ida – the East slope. A scenic drive along olive groves and vineyards brings you to the east slope of Mount Ida, Crete’s highest mountain. The walk starts near the village Assites, set in an agriculture region. During the walk you visit a ceramic workshop and the Antonios church from where there is a spectacular view of the narrow gorge. The walk is mostly downhill over dirt roads and paths between olive trees and vineyards. The walk ends in the village of Siva where you have a wine tasting. The walk is approximately 6 miles with ascents/ descents of 100m/300m. The day’s tour includes a total of 44 miles by coach.
As well as the included walks there will be an optional tour in the west of Crete including a visit to the Arkadi monastery – one of the island’s most famous due to the holocaust it suffered in 1866. You also visit the pottery village of Margarites next to a beautiful green ravine, and have a walking tour of the city of Rethymnon through the charming old quarter including the harbour and the narrow streets and squares with Turkish and Venetian architecture.
Day Eight: Free time until departure for the airport and your flight home
THE LAVRIS HOTEL 4*, Kato Gouves (seven nights)
The Lavris Hotel features a bar, cosy lounge with television, restaurant, and a room for reading, playing cards or table games. Outside are two fresh water swimming pools with sun beds and one indoor pool, a pool bar, a snack bar/ tavern and a minimarket. Your comfortable room is in one of the 2 storey units and has a shower or bath and toilet. Rooms have telephone, hairdryer, safe (extra charge), internet (extra charge), television, minifridge, air-conditioning and a balcony or terrace. Views vary – some have sea view, others pool view or garden view. The hotel is approx. 500m from the beach. There is a bus stop 150m. away, and it is 5 minutes walking to the village centre. The picturesque old village Gouves is approx. 1 mile walking. (www.lavrishotels.com – see Bungalows)