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8 Day Hiking and Yoga Tour Crete Island

Azure Beach Villas, Nopigia village, Kissamos, Chania, 73400, Greece

Adventurous Yoga in nature Greece

Travel and Do is offering a yoga and hiking holiday in Crete. Crete has a reputation as the most favorite incoming holiday destination, because of its unparalleled hospitality, landscape variety, crystal clear waters, traditional mountain villages, authentic cuisine, rich history and culture, and unique folk art and music. Join Travel and Do for a well-deserved break from your daily life.

Meet the instructors

Yannis
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Highlights

  • 7 nights quiet seaside accommodation
  • 6 guided hiking tours
  • Dedicated Driver/Guide/Holiday facilitator for utmost personal attention
  • 5 early morning Yoga sessions (in price included but optional for late sleepers)
  • Small groups up to 6 people

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Greek
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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Accommodation

Check-out Time:
11:00

During this retreat, you will be staying at Azure Beach Villas in Nopigia village, Chania, Greece.

Program

This retreat combines yoga and hiking to create a refreshing and rejuvenating holiday experience. Your retreat leader is a 300-hour certified yoga teacher and a hiker. Having the most diverse landscape of all the Greek islands, Crete has a lot to offer to hike lovers. Walking the Cretan footpaths, you will be dazzled by breathtaking views over the Aegean Archipelago or the Libyan Sea, encounter the famous wild goats of the highlands, and enter a time travel in Crete's picturesque mountain villages. Hiking is not just a sport, but mainly a natural and sustainable way to reach a land's hidden culture and treasures. Yoga is optional and will be practiced daily before breakfast time.

Included excursions

In this retreat, there will be six hiking excursions where you will experience some of the natural wonders of Crete, like a cave, a gorge, a secluded beach, or a forest. You will visit picturesque mountain villages and rest amongst the locals at a traditional "kafeneeo" at the village square or taste authentic local recipes in a non-tourist tavern.

Instructors

Yannis Sampsonidis

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in a rural seaside village, 20 kilometers west of Chania city, on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece. “Out in the dark blue sea, there lays a land called Crete, a rich and lovely land, washed by the waves on every side..." says the famous Homer in “The Odyssey”.

Crete is perhaps the most famous travel destination of Greece, especially among those who seek the traditional side of the Greek culture. Offering a unique and diverse landscape, a chance to come close to the local customs, native people with authentic hospitality and the Cretan cuisine, famous worldwide for its taste and health benefits, Crete is a "must explore" for the conscious travelers of today.

Although globalization, tourism, and economic growth have inevitably changed the way of life in Crete, especially in the large urban centers, to a modern and cosmopolitan style, the Cretans still preserve the bonds with their rich folk traditions and cultural heritage. The Cretan dances are still danced at every opportunity and the "marinade" and the "Ritika" songs resound in every celebration.

In the countryside, many old Cretan men and women wear traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in large cities. There is an exceptional artistic production in traditional sectors such as pottery, embroidery, jewelry, etc, and of course the very special Cretan music.

Arts and literature had always played a significant role in the life of the Cretan people. Famous painters like El Greco, Michael Damaskinos, writers like Nikos Kazantzakis, poets like Vincenzos Kornaros and Odysseas Elitis, composers like Mikis Theodorakis, Manos Hatzidakis and Giannis Markopoulos are Cretans or of Cretan origin.

Today there are many important Cretans with significant contributions in all aspects of the cultural life in Greece. Extra virgin olive oil, legumes, and vegetables still constitute the base of the local cuisine as they have done for thousands of years and make the Cretan cuisine renowned worldwide for its benefits on longevity and good health.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Swimming

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck

Services

  • Car rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Mosquito net
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

Food

Half board (dinner and self-made breakfast) is included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Seafood
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Spa treatments

Optional massage treatments on request. The following massage treatments are available:

  • Thai oil (whole body deep tissue massage)
  • Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal energizer and belly detox massage)
  • Head, face, and neck massage
  • Back, chest, and shoulders massage
  • Arms and hands massage
  • Hips and legs massage
  • Thai foot massage

What's included

  • Pickup / drop-off from / to Chania port or airport (CHQ)
  • 7 nights quiet accommodation near the sea
  • Half-board meals: Self-made breakfast and dinner
  • 6 guided hiking tours (4-8 hours long) tailored to your preferences and level of fitness
  • All local transfers by private A/C vehicle
  • Dedicated driver / guide / holiday facilitator for utmost personal attention
  • Gorge entry / admission where applicable
  • 5 early morning Yoga sessions (in price included but optional for late sleepers)
  • Small groups up to 6 people
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

What's not included

  • International arrival or departure transfers
  • Travel or medical insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport. There are numerous direct charter flights to Crete, departing from many cities in Europe. Alternatively, you can fly from almost any big European city to Athens and further fly to Crete using Olympic Air or Aegean Air. Early booking is advisable.

Arrival by ferry / boat

After landing in Athens, go to the port of Piraeus by Metro and get a boat to Crete (daily connections). It is important to know that it takes about 1.5 hours to reach the port of Piraeus by metro after you have landed. From the port of Piraeus, you can buy a high-speed ferry ticket (the ferry to Crete takes about 8 hours) to Chania (Souda port). Collecting you from the Chania port is included in the price.

Airport: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis") No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30.25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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