Birthplace of Zeus and the cradle of Europe's earliest civilization, Crete is justifiably known as the â€œGreat Islandâ€. Fabulous beaches and crystalline seas are just the beginning of the story. The mountains, which dominate the view as you approach, consist of dozens of peaks over 2000m of altitude and present a stunning scenic backdrop to life on the western side of Crete. There are few places in the world where high mountains so close to the sea are combined with an often perfect climate.
Our trip starts in Chania, probably the most charming city of Crete, and from there we will head towards White Mountains (Lefka Ori). They borrow their name from the shining bleached limestone in summer and the rich snow cover in winter. For the next week we will hike a network of ancient paths and shepherd trails. We will follow the southern coastline, climb to summits, and submerge to the depths of some of the prettiest gorges of the island, including the most famous one, Samaria. On a hot summer day, heading down to the mouth of a gorge is the ideal hike. We will walk shaded from the sun's ferocity, looking forward to a welcome swim at the end as a reward.
Be amazed at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae
Soak the past and present of Nafplio’s old town
Sleep in boutique guesthouse, built in total harmony with the architecture of the area
Paddle at the coastline of Nafplio and enjoy incredible views of the city
Dates: From May to October
Days/Nights: 7 days / 6 nights
Price: Contact us for price
Single supplement: Cost based on request. Availability limited.
Condition grading: Moderate to strenuous
Drive towards Nafplio and visit Mycenae and Epidaurus on the way
World heritage-listed Mycenae is one of the most ancient places in Europe. As you walk through the 13th-century BC Lion Gate -the oldest coat of arms in the world- it's easy to sense that the ancient Greek myths have a strong connection with reality. Spend the morning visiting the archaeological site with a specialized guide and after lunch drive to Epidaurus which was famed and revered far and wide for centuries, from ancient Greece to the Roman empire, as a place for miraculous healing.
In the afternoon stroll in Nafplio, once a capital of the newly-liberated Greece, graced with attractive narrow streets and elegant Venetian architecture.
Overnight in Nafplio, Grand Sarai (B,L,D)
Athens center to Mycenae 120km / 1h 45min
Mycenae to Epidaurus 40km / 45 min
Epidaurus to Nafplio 23km / 40 min
Sea Kayak in Nafplio and drive back to Athens
Kayaking offers a wonderful way to explore the coastline around Nafplio, while paddling in the crystal blue waters. We will meet our sea kayak guide and after a demonstration to learn about proper kayaking and safety techniques, we get our life vest and paddles and hop in our kayak. The first site we visit is the famous fort of Bourtzi, built in 1473, on a tiny inlet right in front the town and then we paddle towards Karathonas beach, rewarded with the breathtaking views of the dominant cliffs covered in succulent vegetation with the fortress of Palamidi as its crown at the top. During the tour we will have opportunities for swimming and snorkeling and we will also stop in a secluded beach for delicacies and refreshment while we soak up the sun.
Around midday we will return back to Nafplio for a much deserved lunch and then we will drive back to Athens.
Sea kayaking duration: 4 hours of Total Activity - 1,5h of relaxed pace paddling
Nafplio to Athens 140km / 2 hours
Price includes: All accommodations as listed (or similar) based on double occupancy
Hotel taxes and service charges
All transportation during the trip
All activities mentioned in the program
Entrance fees to the Mycenae archaeological site and Epidaurus archaeological site
Tourist guide for the archaeological sites Mycenae and Epidaurus
Services of a guide throughout the tour
Transport and handling of one reasonably sized suitcase and one carry-on per person
Included meals: Breakfast, lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary, snacks during activities.
Not Included: Domestic and/or international air fare
Travel or emergency evacuation insurance
Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
Alcoholic beverages and meals other than outlined in itinerary
Visas if needed
Transfer to and from the airport/port
Other items of a personal nature
Anything not mentioned in above program
We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.
This trip level is Easy Active and is suitable for most people that are in fairly good physical condition. The itinerary includes walking tour in Nafplio, the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus, and a day of Sea Kayaking with about one and half hour of paddling.
Trips designated "Easy Active" are perfect for first-timers, or travelers looking for a mild physical challenge. A typical day will consist of 1-3 hours of activity. Concerning the Sea Kayaking, no previous experience is needed.
Getting There & Away: Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos, is about 27km east of Athens. Athens is connected with direct flights with various cities in Europe, North America and Asia.
Getting around: We can arrange for a transfer from the airport to your hotel. If you want to come by yourself, the metro and the suburban rail provide quick connections to central Athens (1 hour / 10 euro’ ticket). The bus option is cheaper though it takes longer (1h 30 min / 5 euro’ ticket). You can also take a taxi (1 hour / 35-50 euro’).
Simple, nutritious and flavorsome, the food is one of the pleasures of travel through Greece. Rustic Greek Cuisine reflects the history and bounty of its diverse regions and relies in the fresh, seasonal home-grown produce and generally simple, unfussy cooking that brings out the rich flavors of the Mediterranean.
Greece's relaxed and hospitable dinning culture makes it easy to get into the local spirit. Greeks love to eat out and share impossibly big meals family style. Given the long summers and mild winters, alfresco dining is central to the dining experience. Service could be slow by Western standards, but why being in rush either way.
As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own. Note that alcohol and soda are not included.
Spring, summer and fall in Greece are sunny and warm. The daytime temperatures average 25-30 C though temperatures in the 35s are possible in the summer months. Nighttime temperatures cool off slightly to 20° C.
Greece has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the "layering system", if it is hot you can "peel off" layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly
"dress up". The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgement and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.
Please consider taking along the following items on your trip.
Duffel bag or rolling luggage
Daypack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho
Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
Sun hat or baseball cap
Casual, comfortable shoes for evening
Sunscreen and lip protection
Sunglasses and retainer strap
Security pouch or money belt
Camera, memory and batteries
Reading and writing materials
Motion sickness remedies
Personal first-aid kit
Electric adapter plug/converter
This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.
CURRENCY & BANKING
Greece has adopted the Euro as its currency. The easiest way to obtain local cash is from an ATM. Greek ATMs accept cards bearing the Cirrus, EC, Euro card, Visa and Plus symbols. If you take cash, US or Canadian Dollars can be easily exchanged at banks. Most major credit cards, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
It is advisable to have some Euros with you upon arrival to be used for a taxi if necessary.
You may want to check the website www.xe.com for current exchange rates.
You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of your trip. Please make sure that you have blank pages in your passport for your visa (if required), entry and exit stamps (one for each). Please make a copy to take with you in the event yours is lost or stolen and keep it separate from your actual passport.
Currently a Greek Tourist Visa is not required for citizens of Canada, United States, Britain and Australia. If you hold another passport, please check online http://visacentral.com/visas.php