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Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

1. Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

This tour will take you high into the mountains of the Lassithi Range (or Dikti Range), offering you an abundance of stunning panoramic views. Picking you up from your accommodation at 10:00AM, you will then start your climb up through several very picturesque traditional villages, one of which you shall stop at for a short break to shop or grab coffee. You will next go off road and move on up through the Kroustas Forest to a point approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. From way up there you will be able to see both the Lybian Sea (south coast) and the Aegean Sea (north coast). You will also be able to view the stunning peaks of the snow capped Mount Spathi (2,140 meters above sea level, second highest on the island), whose north face is home of the Psychro Cave, birth place of the Greek god Zeus. The views you will encounter throughout your tour can't be beaten, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs. Whilst in the mountains you will be taken to a traditional Greek taverna for a meze lunch with local wine, and at the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

2. Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

Take a tour to Richtis beach on the far side of Mirabello Bay and trek through the forest to the stunning Richtis waterfall. After pickup from your accommodation, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the 1-hour drive to the bay of Mirabello. Leave the asphalt and travel off road down to Richtis beach, hugging the mountainside.  Park at the bottom and enter Richtis gorge to start the 30-minute walk to reach the falls. Follow a trail through the forest, listening to the sounds of birds and running water. Stop to admire the incredible waterfalls, with time to climb up the stairs to the top of the falls, take photos, or swim in the cool waters.  When you are ready to leave, head back to the beach along the same trail. During the tour you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch at a local tavern, with wine and water included. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Elounda area.

From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

3. From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

Your experience starts from Agios Nikolaos, heading east with the Gulf of Mirabello on your left side. You will then drive to Istron and the stunning beaches of Karavostasi, as wel as Agios Panteleimonasm Golden Beach Voulisma and the village of Kavousi. Following that, you will visit the Minoan settlement of Azoria where the oldest olive tree in the world is located. You will then explore the mouth of the mind boggling Richtis Gorge, where you will explore an amazing trail within the gorge see the falls of Richtis. The falls. will prove to be a provider of wonderful images, and will be well worth the effort of walking along the trail, which leads to a pebbled beach. The hike is very easy, even for young children, and on the way back you can stroll around the alleys of the picturesque village of Tourloti

From Ierapetra: Hiking in Crete

4. From Ierapetra: Hiking in Crete

Hike or walk in southeastern Crete with its beautiful mountains and breathtaking views of land and sea. Olive groves, chapels and villages turn up in the rich and varied landscape. Peace and quiet in a tranquillity where all you hear is the wind and the goat bells. Spend time in nature, take in greenery and views, enjoy the present. Both body and soul get rest and recovery, new energy and power. Let your thoughts wander over the mountains. Marked hiking trails are rare in Crete. After some years of hiking, an excellent range of personal and unique hikes have been collected. With a hiking leader, you can relax, do not have to worry about getting lost and will experience hidden gems. The hiking leader will give information about the area, culture and history that will enrich your hiking experience. The hikes begin in Ierapetra, in southeastern Crete, away from the main tourist areas. Here, the pace is calmer and everyday life goes on. The area is rich in sights with such charming villages, historical landmarks and nice beaches. Enjoy the wonderfully delicious food and the famous Cretan hospitality. The hikes follow mainly small dirt roads. The hiking season runs from early September to mid-June. Welcome to the magical island of Crete.

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The tour was exceptional. Our guide picked us up near our hotel and we drove to richtis falls. The walk to the falls was challenging enough to be exciting but easy enough for anyone to do it. We had plenty of time to swim in the falls and then got lunch after. Lunch was a delicious array of Greek cuisine and our guide made sure to converse with us about different types of food. After the falls we went to see Krasi and the olive tree, which was fascinating. We then went to an olive farm and got to sample the products and browse. The tour was especially good because of our guide who made sure to educate us about the culture, history and the ecology of Crete.

I really recommend this tour!!! Have booked a few tours, but my son (8 years) and I liked this one the most! Rolf our guide was just great with his many languages and friendliness! The hike through the forest was exhilarating and arriving at the waterfall just breathtaking! Eating together the homemade Greek cuisine is just great! You rarely get it like this as a tourist! Many many thanks to Rolf and also to the great group we were traveling with! Wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty! Water shoes are recommended at the waterfall because of the many stones.

It was a beautiful tour. We were picked up right in front of the hotel. We learned a lot about the island and also about the history of some places. I found it very interesting and beautiful to visit villages that are outside of tourism. In the gorge itself we had to climb a bit to get to the waterfall. Our guide did that very well, he waited for the slower ones and helped them. We were amazed by what we were allowed to see. Such a beautiful piece of earth.

incredible day with a great guide...fall don't tell everyone otherwise I will have more room for next year...

A superb walk between land and sea, off the beaten track... extraordinary!