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From Rethymno: Hiking Adventure in Crete w/ Lunch

Product ID: 93189
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Hiking in Crete is a unique and a different way to admire and experience the landscape of the island and get a feel for it.
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Duration 6 hours
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  • See the Cretan countryside
  • Explore a unique route through Cretan nature
  • Enjoy a fabulous Greek meal at a traditional village
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After you are picked up from your hotel, your hiking adventure will start from approximately 2 kilometers from Spili village, at a location on the foothill of Kedros and at an altitude of 450 meters. There is a fountain there where travelers can have a sip of water before they begin their walk up and along the hill. You will follow a path that is full of wild olive trees, holm oak trees, hollies and a wide selection of bushes, herbs and wildlife. Pass along some beehives where you can see how the locals breed their bees and collect honey and at the end of this path, you will reach the dirt road towards Kissos village.

Continue along this path, where you can admire more wildlife before entering the Vatolakus woods, and area of approximately 600 acres that was created in 1985 by the Forest Department of Rethymno. It is a wonderful forest with a variety of flora and with trees such as pine, cypress, Aakakies and wildlife. The path here is quite uphill and ends on the road to the plateau. This dirt road crosses the gorge of Kissos and the imposing rock of “Red Detis,” where many wild birds gather, such as falcons, hawks and vultures. There is a natural “clock” visible, where locals can tell the time by looking at it from above. As you proceed, follow the road across "Gious Kampos," which is located in the northwestern part of Mount Kentros between Spili, Kissos and Gerakari village with good road access from all three villages. It is on an altitude of about 800 meters and is considered a paradise for botanists and it is visited by many countries to study the rich flora, especially the many orchid species that thrive. Take the road back and head towards Kissos village. Go on a small detour and visit the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, an important religious pilgrimage of Rethymnon, which reopened recently and became operational after approximately 200 years.

After your visit at the monastery, turn around and end your adventure at the historic village of Kissos at an altitude of approximately 630 meters, one of the highest villages of Rethymno prefecture. Below the central square of the village between two ancient plane trees, lies the old aqueduct or old fountain, as it is characteristically called. It is a work of art with a number of decorative elements, which attracts many visitors. After your hiking adventure is over, it is only logical that you will have built up an appetite. You will now head towards Vatos village (a 10 minute drive) and to Vangelio's house where its owner will invite you into its premises and create a unique family atmosphere. Vangelio will share some stories about Cretan culture and history and make you feel just as if you are visiting close relatives or friends. Lunch will be served with all the dishes made of genuine pure Cretan products such as olive oil, vegetables, cheese, meat, wine… and of course, all the ingredients are fresh and local. The experience will come to an end at approximately 16:00, when you will be driven back to your original starting point.
  • Transfer to and from your hotel for areas around Rethymno. For more distant areas, the transfer is upon request and there may be an additional cost
  • Backpack, water bottle and a traditional 'hook' walking stick for your support during the hike
  • Traditional lunch at Vatos village
What’s Not Included
  • Anything that is not specified in the program as included

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• It is necessary to wear athletic shoes with socks
• The participation of persons with serious illnesses is prohibited
• Participation of children up to 8-years-old is not allowed and children 9 to 13-years-old have a 50% discount
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Product ID: 93189