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Half Day Hiking Trip At Omalos Plateau & Rikia Hills, this is a circular half-day hiking trip in the central part of West Crete, at Omalos Plateau, with panoramic views towards the north coast, historic footpaths, ancient cypress trees and superb nature.
- Small Group
- 1-4 Hours
- Trekking & Hiking
- Wildlife & Nature
We will start from a meeting point on the main road, towards Omalos mountain plain, from where we follow a well marked pahth through tall cypress trees. This path takes us towards a shephard's hut "mitato" from where we are treated to panoramic views of north coast.
Then, we will continues gently uphill allong a historic cobbled footpath "kalderimi" that was once used by the locals and their mules as a passageway through the hills. We reach a small, mountain plain wht a stone built water cistern and then continue to the highest point of the hike, from where we will enjoy the stunning views of White Mountains (or Lefka Ori).
The last part of our hike is down a small, paved road through ancient cypress trees again that leads us back to startiing point.
This tour could take place even in the hot months of July-August as it has trees and plenty of shade, and is on the way to Omalos, so it can be combined with a visit to Xyloskalo in the afternoon to enjoy the view of Samaria Gorge or even with lunch in one of the taverns of Omalos.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the regulations that have been put in place by the Greek Government concerning social distancing and personal protection against COVID-19, the prices of some excursions are subject to change, depending on the current, legal number of passengers allowed in transfer vehicles (cars and minibuses) on the day of the excursion. Feel free to contact us for further details and personalized offers.
- This is a circular hikiing tour, so you could use even your own car rental
- Hiking through a shephard's hut "mitato", historic cobbled footpath "kalderimi could be a unique experience
- Stunning mountain and sea views and varied scenery
- Small groups (max.8-10 persons)
- English/French-speaking host/guide
- Transfer to starting point
- Personal expenses
Dates & Prices:
- Please ask us for more details about prices, since this is subject to group capacity
- This trip can be organized from April to October.
- We do not have a fixed/weekly program, all trips are upon request and depend on availability.
- If you are a family, a bigger group? We can customize this trip according to your wishes.
- For cancellations over 20 days before the excursion date, any amount paid is refunded.
- For cancellations up to and including 20 days before the excursion date, no amount paid is refunded.
Good to know:
Hiking time (approx.): 3hrs + stops
Duration: approx 3-4 hrs
Altitude at start: 995m to 1250m
Altitude at end: 995m
Walking on: Path (sometimes uneven terrain, earth, and stones), dirt track, paved stone path.
Suitable for: Anyone in good health who enjoys hiking, children over 10 yrs.
Don´t forget: Hiking boots (closed/sports shoes), sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, water, snack/fruit, camera, hiking poles (advisable), swimwear/beachwear/beach shoes.
PLEASE NOTE: If excursions have to be cancelled due to unsuitable weather (heatwaves, high winds, heavy rain predicted etc), then any amount already paid is refunded. The decision to cancel rests with our Partner Travel Agency. Often, weather conditions can differ greatly from one location in Crete to another (e.g. north to south) so do not be put off by weather conditions where you are staying in Crete. Please note that weather conditions can only be predicted 1-2 days prior to the excursion date, especially at the beginning and end of the summer (April/May and October). On the date of the excursion, each participant will be asked to sign a “Participant agreement, release, and acknowledgment of risk” statement in order to participate in the excursion.
Health issues: If any participant suffers from any severe allergy (e.g. to bee stings) or has medical/health issues we need to be aware of, it is important to let us know in advance. This is clearly a safety measure, personal information is by no means violated and all discretion is exercised.
Insurance: The partner travel agency is covered by Professional Liability Insurance. Each participant is advised to take out health/travel insurance before traveling to Crete.
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