Self guided walking tour

Trail of the gods

Self-guided walking week through the Dikti Mountains to the Libyan Sea on the Island of Crete in Greece

The walking trail brings you to the most remote areas of the Dikti mountains at an altitude of 1700 metres, before descending to sea level where you can swim in the Libyan Sea.
This self-guided walking holiday is suitable for the experienced walker who likes to be independent. Without the group you have the advantage of creating your own rhythm, stopping for cultural experiences and interactions with the locals.
What better way to see a country by foot.

The trail is easy to follow with the help of painted arrows, a route description and a map. The trek’s accommodation is in small family hotels en route as well as the Country Hotel Velani on some nights making a friendly connection with the locals.
Your luggage is transported every day leaving you only to carry a small rucksack with your lunch and water.

The trail is mainly along dirt tracks with multiple climbs making the trek suitable for the experienced walkers. The hikes last around 6 hours on average. The roads are covered with stones and need good hiking boots with ankle support.

Itinerary:

Day 1.
Arrival, a welcome to Country Hotel Velani, a dive in the pool and evening dinner in the Velani Restaurant. A briefing about the trail route.

Day 2. Church of Agia Foteinie. 8 km, walking time 2h, elevation 350 metres.
Visit the church of Agia Foteinie, this mysterious little church is hidden at the end of a 20 metre long cave. This walk involves a steep climb followed by a return downhill all on an easy path.. For the visit in to the church a torch or lighter is needed.
Overnight in Avdou in Country Hotel Veláni.

Day 3. To the Lassithi Plateau, 23 km, walking time 6h, elevation 800 metres.
The trail starts with a spectacular climb. After walking along the Rosas gorge of Gonies we climb up from sea level to 1100 metres, hiking along the old donkey route, in the past the only possible path to the Lassithi Plateau. We enjoy the breathtaking views and eat a lunch cooked in a traditional oven.
At the end of the day we cross the Lassithi Plateau. This fertile plateau between the tops of the Dikti Mountains is known for its white windmills irrigating the land. Meet the locals and see some still working with their donkeys on the land.
Overnight in Magoulas, Hotel Dionissos. A small family run hotel.

Day 4. Over the Dikti Mountains, 25km, 6h walking, elevation 600 metres.
Today we cross through the Dikti Mountain Range in a southerly direction. Nothing but nature; experience the special feeling of being alone in the wilderness with just the mountains, the birds and some rough but friendly shepherds.
End of the day transfer by car to Country Hotel Velani in Avdou.

Day 5. To the Libyan Sea, 27 km, 7h, elevation 100 metres, descending 600 metres.
We walk downhill through a desert land dried by the warm, southern winds that blow across from Africa until we meet the clear blue water of the Libyan Sea for a refreshing dive. We sleep next to the sea and of course here we eat fresh fish.
Overnight in Keratokambos, Finikas Rooms.

Day 6. To Lake Ini, 22 km, 6h, 300 metres.
First we walk along the coastline and then we turn inland again. We follow the Anapodaris River high up along the edge of its 5-km long gorge. Still now the water is cutting the gorge deeper; we grow dizzy from its depth. Suddenly the land becomes more friendly, hilly with many olive and vinyards. We cross through villages and end our day at Lake Ini.
From here transport to Country Hotel Velani in Avdou.

Day 7. To the Langada Valley, 23km, 6 walking, elevation 50 metres.
We walk back to Avdou through the Greek country side. We cross Greek villages where time stands still. Feel welcome to stop and drink a Raki with the Cretans at one of the village squares. Next to our path rise the Dikti Mountains, which we will not soon forget.
Overnight in Avdou, Country Hotel Veláni.

Day 8. Breakfast and departure.

Every day your luggage is transported to the next hotel.
The minimum number of participants is 2 people.

Included in the holiday is your accommodation on a basis of a double room, full board, transfers, and 24/7 assistance. Not included are the drinks, and airport transfer.

Price is 550 euro p/p for a week.
Single room supplement 175 euro p/p for a week.

 

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View from the paragliding take off above Country Hotel Velani in Avdou
Self guided walking holidays of a week in Greece Crete at Country Hotel Velani.
Oleander flowers during the self guided walking week in Crete Greece.
Walk to the church of Agia Fotini in Avdou Crete
Wild brown goat in tree on Crete Greece.
Walk around the estate of Country Hotel Velani and see the many Cretan Orchids.
After the walking tour relaxing and raki time.
A panoramic view from Country Hotel Velani in Crete Greece.
Country Hotel Velani is located close to the greek village of Avdou in Crete.