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8 Days Hiking and Yoga Private Tour Crete Island, Greece

Unnamed Road, Kissamos 734 00, Chania, Crete, 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

  • Daily yoga class
  • Small groups up to 4 people
  • 4 hiking excursions tailored to your needs and preferences
  • 7 nights half board accommodation at a private venue 1.3 kilometers to the beach
  • Dedicated holiday facilitator for personal attention

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Greek, English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
Airport transfer included: Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
01:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This holiday will be accommodated in a quiet country house, only 1.2 kilometers from a pebble beach. House has a breathtaking view from its terrace, a vegetable garden, and a backyard with lemon and mandarin trees, plus all basic comforts (WC / shower / kitchen). You will have your own bedroom, but a shared toilet and bathroom. The early morning yoga meetings will take place in the backyard or on the roof-top terrace.

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 hiking 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 will be practiced daily, whenever possible outdoors, combined with the hiking tour.

Included excursions

In this retreat, there will be 4 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 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 the traditional costume and the Cretan idiom is widely spoken even in the 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 contribution 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 (breakfast and dinner) 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

Things to do (optional)

On your two free days, you can enjoy the beach near the venue (1.2 kilometers away) or choose amongst the many optional day tours offered. You can also stay and rest in the house and enjoy a massage treatment or take your book to the rooftop terrace and sunbathe. Deep tissue oil massage, foot massage, aromatherapy massage, or Thai massage treatments are available on request.

What's included

  • 4 hiking excursions tailored to your preferences and level of fitness
  • 7 nights accommodation in a country-house treated as guests, not tourists (your host, guide and Yoga instructor stays in the house)
  • Half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • All necessary local transfers including pickup/drop-off from/ to the international airport (CHQ) or port of Chania
  • Daily Hatha yoga class
  • Dedicated holiday facilitator ensuring personal attention

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 fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 40 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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