Daily itinerary day
FLOWER TOUR EAST CRETEDay 1
. Arrival at Heraklion airport, at the latest at 18:00 hours.
We drive by minibus to our first hotel in Amoudara
, a small suburb to the west of Heraklion.
. The walk today starts close to Archanes
, a village in the most famous wine-making region of Crete, where we also find excavations of Minoan graves.
On our walk to the summit of Mount Youchtas
, symbol of the sleeping Zeus, we expect to see many orchids! We continue beside a river until we reach a beautiful Roman aqueduct.
. We drive to the highest and most well-known part of the Lassithi Plateau
where windmills used to grind the corn. Not far from here our walk starts at the village of Lagou. We walk uphill to the top of Karfi Mountain, where ruins of the late Minoan village can still be seen.
Going gently downhill along an ancient footpath we come to the Lassithi Plateau at the village of Tzermiado
. On this day we will change hotels and drive to the south.
Our first stop will be at the excavation of the Minoan Palace of Malia. We will also take time to look at the typical coastal vegetation which has an abundance of flowers in early spring!
We drive on to the village Kalo Chorio, where we will make a relatively easy round walk.
First it goes uphill along an old donkey path. We will have our picnic under pine trees and surrounded by orchids. The second part of the walk is downhill on country roads with beautiful views over the Mirabello Bay, Agios Nikolaos and Spinalonga.
At the end of the day we will arrive in Mirtos
. Today we drive uphill into the interior of Crete along a beautiful scenic route.Kalamafka
is the start for our round walk, along gravel and dirt roads.
It looks as if big rocks have been scattered all over the landscape.
Pine trees give a green shade to this rugged and impressive scenery. Today we have time to enjoy and photograph all this beauty as well as doing some botanizing. We will notice remarkable differences between the flora in the north and here in the south. Driving down to the hotel again, we will stop several times to enjoy the views.
. First we drive to the village of Kritsa to visit the church Panagia Kera with possibly the finest collection of frescoes in Crete.
Literally one of the highlights of our walking trip will be the walk on the Katharo Plateau
at 1100 meters. It is famous for its large variety of flowers. While driving slowly up through a very old forest of Kermes Oak trees we see parts of the old footpath.
We may also see the famous Cretan Arum.
On the high plateau we will walk along the river and higher up, in order to see as many species as possible! Transfer to Agios Nikolaos
. Via the authentic village of Pano Elounda we reach the ridge with the old wind mills.
After Pines we will have wide views over Mirabello Bay
and the island of Spinalonga
. We look around on the hills as well as along the coast to discover more flowers!
. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye and leave for the airport in Heraklion or to Rethymno.
Due to the distance to the airport, your return flight should not be earlier than 11 in the morning!
Date in 2019
600 € per person; Single supplement 75 €
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