2 independent reviews for Crete self-guided walking holiday, Greece

Reviews for Crete self-guided walking holiday, Greece

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review 30 May 2023

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The walk from Paleochora to Sougia was incredible. Especially after experiencing a thunderstorm the day and night before. The amazing views leaving and also descending into Lissos. The climb out and the back into Sougia, the gorge was breathtaking and photos just canít capture the magnitude. The Samaria Gorge, was an amazing experience, seeing snow on the top of mountains, pools of water and dry river beds!!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The holiday worked really well for us. Emmanouela and her team from the tour operator, liaised and tailored our trip. Provided us with maps, suggested options of walks. Talk to them before you go and also whilst youíre there. Take a few days off after your walk to appreciate the part of Crete youíre in. Enjoy the lovely food.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We hope so in terms of environmental impact. Because we used public transport only when necessary. We bought local products, produce and goods wherever we stayed. Supported local shops and eateries.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

It was great holiday and although challenging walks. Because of the support we had we felt energised and very pleased to have done it.

review 14 May 2023

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The entire holiday was very memorable. We loved being in a wild part of Crete - the gorges were amazing, the walks along the coast were simply beautiful and we finished the trip off with a day in beautiful Chania. The Samaria Gorge was incredible and it was great to miss most of the 'traffic' by walking up it rather than the usual way down.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Crete is a beautiful island, and the people were friendly and helpful throughout without being pushy. This is the first trip we have done which is self-guided moving from place to place and we were unsure as to how well it would work especially as the baggage went separately. However, it was extremely well run and organised and Emmanouela from the tour operator could not have been more supportive. Our only tips would be to consider the time of year to go. We were lucky as the Samaria Gorge had just opened but we knew it was a risk as we went so early in the season but it would be extremely hot in mid-summer. We started in Heraklion and the trip can either finish there or Chania, but the latter is a prettier city and we enjoyed traversing Crete from point to point.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes definitely. We stayed in hotels and other accommodation throughout, all of which was clearly run by local people (with the exception of the cities). Local buses, taxis and ferries were used to transport us and our baggage (as some of the destinations could not be reached by road). The food was locally sourced including the fruit, honey and jam, and the evening meals provided were at local restaurants - excellent! We chatted to the people who owned the accommodation and all were from families who had lived in the area for many years, which was lovely. They had a real pride in their country and were keen to conserve the environment. Also, we had the support throughout from the excellent tour operator who are based in Crete.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Literally, it was an amazing holiday. We went with our adult children (plus one) and they were equally entranced with Crete. We all loved the fact that we travelled across the country and saw such a variety of scenery, from gorges, to mountains, to the sea and finished in the beautiful city of Chania. We walked along three gorges, all of which were different in character, and along the coast which was spectacular; the small village of Loutro, in particular, was magical. The food was very tasty and locally sourced both in the accommodation and in local restaurants, the locals were really friendly and the tour operator was simply excellent, especially Emmanouela. It is a really well put together and organised itinerary.

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