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Strata Tours invites you to stretch your legs and rekindle your soul with this wonderful retreat held on the beautiful and sunny island of Crete, Greece. Enjoy the serenity of Crete through guided walks and day trips, all accompanied by daily yoga classes, delicious food, and supportive and fun to be with hosts. Stelios and Angela will welcome you with the legendary Cretan hospitality and make your stay in Crete an experience you’ll never forget!
You will be staying at the Galini Beach Hotel which is located by a clean and calm beach, where you may enjoy the beautiful Kissamos gulf breeze. There are 25 rooms available, all equipped with air-conditioning, fridge, TV, Wi-Fi, private bathroom, balcony, side sea view, and some of them are equipped with a kitchenette also. The beach front hotel offers free sun-loungers and umbrellas and stunning views to Kissamos bay. Sea water is clean and clear and usually very warm. The beach is covered in golden sand and pebbles.
Spring is a wonderfully fresh season in Crete with pastures full of colorful wild flowers in which you can stand, take in the sights, and breathe the pure air. Snow lies on distant mountains giving the air an alpine quality, while locally the days are mild, making walking easy. The guided morning walks and trips take you away from the usual sight-seeing locations and you may not see another tourist all day.
The afternoons are yours to relax, enjoy the beach, pool, or swim in the clean sun-warmed sea. A little stack of books and a mini market is there for anything else you may need.
At the end of the day, usually before dinner, there will be a yoga session designed to give you a sense of well being. The yoga is equally suitable for newcomers and those who practice yoga regularly. It includes both physical exercises and breathwork to support mindfulness.
The price of this retreat includes three morning walks to the village and archaeological site of Polyrinnia, a mountain village, and the close by beach of Falassarna. It also includes two day trips to visit the old town of Chania and the beautiful sunny beach of Elafonissi.
Kissamos is a provincial town concentrating on its local business and agriculture and hardly touched by tourism. It is situated along a beautiful bay framed by the twin peninsulas of Gramvousa and Rodopos. Only 35 kilometers away from Chania and Elafonissi and 15 kilometers away from the most stunning beaches on Crete, Falassarna and Balos - Kastelli, Kissamos is ideally situated for exploring the western part of Crete.
The town has a long history dating back to the late Minoan period and in ancient times it was the harbor for the strong inland city state of Polyrinnia and later flourished during the Greek - Roman period. During the Venetian times it became a stronghold with its castle, Castelli di Kissamos.
The city centre is charming and the few hotels, taverns, and cafes along the seaside offer a splendid view out across the bay. The long sandy beach has clean and clear waters and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea during the day.
The price of this retreat includes seven breakfasts, six dinners, and four lunches. The breakfasts will be enjoyed at the hotel and are buffet style. All six dinners and two of the lunches will be enjoyed at the Cellar Taverna, which is famous for local Cretan cuisine, fresh fish, and seafood.
Specialties include many vegetarian dishes such as boureki and imam baildi (stuffed aubergines), grilled and roasted meats such us lamb in the oven in wine sauce, meze plates, and kakavia (a special Cretan fish soup).
The remaining two lunches will be enjoyed in a picnic style during your walks as described above in the schedule section.
During your free time you are free to relax, enjoy the beaches, the pool, or swim in the sea. You can explore the local markets and shops, taste the local cuisine, and engage with the locals.
Strata Tours also offers Jeep safaris guided and driven by their experienced and knowledgeable local guides in 4x4 jeeps, with three passengers in each vehicle. Organized throughout the year, the jeep safari days are perfect for the traveler who wants to explore the real Crete and get off the beaten track. The cost is 150 EUR per jeep and a delicious Cretan lunch is also included.
Sometimes people come away on holiday to get better and see their holiday as a time of recovery from the knocks of life. To aid that process Juliet offers you aromatherapy massage sessions, where oils focus on whatever your health issue is, or just for sheer relaxation. Lymphatic massage is also available to relieve anything from swollen ankles after flying to gentle aesthetic work.
Juliet’s partner, Dave offers kinesiology and therapies to help whatever may trouble you. If you want to address how to change your way of being from a culture of stress to a strategy for coping, he’s the friend to guide you. These treatments are special and you find yourself treated as a whole person. Often Juliet and Dave work together, so if you don’t know which treatment suits you best, just ask them.
Flights should be booked to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ).
Strata Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.