Hike & Wild Swim in West Crete - 8 Days

Swim & Hike West Crete

See both above and below the surface with this 7 day hike & wild swim active holiday.

Hike gorges, forests, rough tracks, through olive groves and along old villagers paths to really get under the skin of this fantastic natural area of Crete. When you have worked up a sweat, the clear, cooling blue water will be there waiting for you! Guided wild swims each day mean that you have the benefit of our local experience to enjoy the best, little known swimming spots.

Whole body experience, immersed in nature.

Personalized small groups.

Breath-taking scenery, unforgettable experiences.

Scheduled dates

June 5th – 12th 2021 | From 1250€ 1188€

July 3rd – 10th 2021 | From 1400€ 1330€

August 21st – 28th 2021 | From 1400€ 1330€

October 2nd – 9th 2021 | From 1050€ 998€

Other dates are possible, contact us for availability!

Overview

Spend a week wild swimming in the sparkling, clear blue Cretan sea.

Hike through gorges, forests and sand dunes between swims accompanied by experienced local guides, then satisfy your appetite each day with freshly cooked, delicious local specialities.

Increase distance over the week to a final challenge: a 3.7km open water swim to “Limpet Island” off Falasarna beach.

We are flexible.
We have fixed dates but you can ask us about coming on your preferred dates.
We offer multi-day tours that include accommodation, but if you have your own favourite place to stay, we can organise just the activities, ask us.

Join us on one of our scheduled dates

June 5th – 12th 2021 | From 1250€ 1188€ (single supplement €***)
July 3rd – 10th 2021 | From 1400€ 1330€
August 21st – 28th 2021 | From 1400€ 1330€
October 2nd – 9th 2021 | From 1050€ 998€

or contact us to book this trip for your own dates!

Highlights

  • Experience all the scents and sounds of nature
  • Enjoy the wilderness of the famous E4 path
  • Hike the Gorge of Vultures
  • Snorkel over a WW2 shipwreck
  • Swim in sparkling blue waters
  • Marvel at the colours of Elafonissi beach
  • Explore off the beaten path and in little known spots

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival

Airport transfer from Chania to your accommodation in Kissamos.
Briefing with information about the coming days.

Evening: Welcome Dinner with traditional Cretan fresh food.

Day 2
Gorge of Vultures and Kissamos bay

Morning: Hike Sirikari gorge, along a partly-shaded narrow footpath. Watch griffon vultures that nest on the cliffs.
Approx. 2 hours walk.

Afternoon: Gentle intro swim in Kissamos bay, over seagrass meadows. 1.5 Km / 45minutes (can be longer). Visit to sandstone seashore fossils and 6 myo hominid footprints. Total: 3 hours

Day 3
Full day: The villager's path plus sea cave swim

Hike on the old villagers path through Mediterranean maquis, admiring the multi-coloured geological formations. We’ll pass small coves, carob and strawberry tree woods, pebble beaches with rock chapels. Approx. 2 hours walking.

Arriving in the small village of Ravdoucha we’ll stop for lunch at a beachside taverna before swimming along the coastline, passing deep sea caves, old mining pylons, thick Poseidonia seagrass meadows, small beaches and tiny rock chapels before landing on a pebble beach.

2 – 3.5 Km / 1 – 2 hours swimming

Total time from the morning, incl. Lunch: 8 hours

Day 4
Full day: Kambos gorge & Cape Crow swim

Hike remote & beautiful Kambos gorge, on the West Coast, to it’s sea exit on a secluded cove. Approx. 2 1⁄2 hours walking.

Then plunge into the deep blue waters for a swim around Cape Crow, following the rocky cliffs to the village of Sfinari, on the Wild West coast. Approx. 1.5km / 45 minutes swimming

Total time from the morning incl. lunch: 8 – 9 hours

Day 5
Wonders of the West

Explore the secret beaches and coves of the West coast. Swim around the coast between natural sea pools with very rich sea-life. See
the only native palm-trees of Europe.

1.6 or 3 Km, 45 – 90 minutes swimming.
Total excursion time: 4 – 5hours

Afternoon: Leisure time in Kissamos

Day 6
Full day: The Falassarna Swim

Swim out to Limpet island and come back completing the Falasarna triangle in crystal clear waters, brushing the vertical cliffs enclosing the bay.

3.7Km, 90 minutes swimming. (There is a shorter option of 2.5Km, 1 hour swimming)

Visit to ancient Greek harbour that was raised 6m above sea level by an earthquake. Snorkel to a WWII shipwreck sunk in shallow water near the coast.

Total time from morning incl. Lunch: 7 – 8 hours

Day 7
Full day: Elafonissi and the E4

Hike along a section of the E4 path into the juniper forest on the South Coast, a semi-tropical setting with sand dunes along the coast.
1-2 hours walking.

Swim Elafonissi, the dreamy pink-sand lagoon with sparkling clear sea.
4.5Km | 2 hour swim. There is a shorter option of 2Km | 1 hour swim.

Total time from morning incl. Lunch 8-9 hours

Day 8
Departure

All good things must come to an end, and our adventure ends in the town of Kissamos with your last breakfast at the accommodation and then it will be time to say our “see you soons”.

We’ll transfer you to Chania airport for your flight home, with your head full of the stunning scenes and unforgettable experiences of the last week.

Accommodation

We work with a number of tested and trusted accommodation providers around West Crete.

In Kissamos our preferred accommodation is in a family run, 3* beachside hotel with swimming pool. Rooms are comfortable, clean and the majority offer sea views (always our preference when available). A delicious fresh breakfast is offered each morning in the communal spaces and the hotel also has a bar with light snacks available during the day. The hotel is located in a quiet residential area just on the outskirts of Kissamos town, and is easily walkable to beaches, tavernas, bars, cafes and shops.

Our standard accommodation choice is for shared rooms with twin beds, although single rooms (supplementary cost) or double beds (e.g. for couples) can be requested. If accommodation at our preferred option is not available we will provide accommodation of a similar standard at other local hotels.

For tours that include accommodation in other locations around Crete and West Crete, our preference is for twin rooms in family run rooms, small hotels or occasionally country villas. Amenities of course vary place to place. We always prioritise comfort, cleanliness and location to ensure you get a friendly welcome and a good night’s rest. Waking up to a great view is the cherry on top.

We are happy to provide full details of the chosen accommodation for your specific trip on request. Arranging your own accommodation is also possible on request. Please note that our accommodation choice is flexible, so if you have a strong preference for a specific accommodation we may be able to accommodate that – ask us!

Included

  • Accommodation and breakfast for 7 nights
  • 6 days of guided swim-hike activities around West Crete
  • Airport transfers to/from Chania airport
  • One taverna meal per day
  • Snorkel masks & snorkel wetsuits (if required)
  • Local information

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals not indicated
  • Personal swimming & hiking equipment (e.g. tow floats, swim hats, wetsuits, towels, hiking poles)
  • Other personal extras

We’d like to welcome everyone to the life-changing Cretan outdoors.

For this reason, we want to make it as easy as possible to book the experience, and to get a refund in case travelling is difficult.

We need to make the best of it, even and especially as the times are uncertain.

  • Book now, free to cancel until 30 days before departure
  • Pay balance at 30 days before departure
  • Full refund in case travel restrictions are in place
  • 20% deposit
  • 50% refund for cancellation between 30 and 7 days before departure for reasons other than travel restrictions
  • Maximum 15€ fee per booking cancellation
  • Option to bring your non-active partner/friend with you
  • The programme requires a reasonable level of general fitness. We’ll be on the move for a few hours every day. We’ll have breaks during and between activities. Most activities can be adjusted in difficulty level / distances to accommodate differences.
  • Small groups of maximum 8 participants
  • Subject to minimum number of participants. We’ll notify you when the minimum number has been reached and the trip is guaranteed to run
  • Full refund in case minimum number of participants not reached

Itinerary note:
Activities & routes listed in the itinerary are weather dependent. We will always try to stick as close as possible to the itinerary but the activities and may be rearranged or substituted in case of need.

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Hike & Wild Swim in West Crete
Price From
1,250 1,188 Per Person
1,250 1,188 Per June
1,393 1,330 Per July - August
1,050 998 Per October
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June
1,188 Per June
July - August
1,330 Per July - August
October
998 Per October
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