2020 Gentle Crete Walking and Yoga

4th -10th Oct 2020 (Sun - Sat)
6 Nights Bed and Breakfast - £900

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Our women’s walking and yoga holiday in Crete offers the chance to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Crete at a leisurely pace. Crete, the 5th largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, offers a diverse landscape of rugged mountains, enchanting beaches which run alongside the captivating turquoise sea. The holiday allows plenty of free time for relaxation, contemplation, swimming and generally enjoying your surroundings. There will be a yoga session in the morning followed by a gentle walk of between 2.5 and 4 hours. On the walks, we will discover splendid scenery alongside archaeological sites, medieval chapels, quaint fishing ports, local crafts and much more. On returning from the walk you have time to yourself before meeting again in the early evening for a further yoga session before dinner in a local taverna. Our yoga teacher teaches a blend of Hatha Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Bhakti Flow and Therapeutic Yoga. Her teaching is soft and intense at the same time. By giving very precise directions, she helps participants to deepen their practice with safety and ease.

For this holiday we stay at the Sunny Bay Hotel in an idyllic position right on the bay of Kissamos, 37 km west of Chania. The hotel is virtually on the beach and has a lovely swimming pool. All rooms have balconies so that you can relax and enjoy the sun. www.sunnybayhotel.com

Price includes: 6 nights bed and breakfast ensuite accommodation; 1 evening meal; airport transfer meeting any flight. Single ensuite rooms available if you book early – £20 per night supplement

Not included: flight to Chania; lunch; 6 dinners; any local transport; any entrance fees

Customer Feedback “We had a lovely time.  The yoga was wonderful, the walking was beautiful, the hotel was very nice, and food was very good.  Camille and Iakavos were amazing as was Zena.  We saw beautiful views and learned about their history.  We even got to visit their neighbor and buy local olive oil.”  Janice

Detailed Yoga & Hiking Holiday Programme

Day 1
  • Transfer from Chania airport and check in.
  • 18:00-19:30 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 20:30-22:00 : Welcome dinner at a traditional beach taverna.
Day 2
  • 7:30-9:00 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 9:00-10:00 : Breakfast.
  • 10:30-14:00 : From our hotel we walk eastwards along the beach of Kissamos bay to Korfalonas and Platanaki. We make a stop for coffee at a beachside taverna and walk further to the seaside village of Nopigia where we stop for a swim in the clear blue waters of the Cretan sea. There is the option to have lunch in a local traditional seaside taverna or walk further to ancient Mythimna’s archaeological site and the medieval church of Agios Georgios, which was built on the ruins of ancient Roman baths still visible today. We return to our hotel by public bus.
  • 14:00-18:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 18:00-19:30 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 19:30 – … : Free time for enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.
Day 3
  • 08:00-9:00 : Breakfast.
  • 9:00-15:00 : We go by public bus to the village of Koleni. Walking through the village we find the old soil road towards the beautiful old settlement of Mesonisi which leads to the dramatic Rokka gorge. We can carry on under the shade of its giant, rocky sides and spreading trees to the part of the gorge called “ the Gates”. On our return we have lunch in a traditional local taverna and catch the bus back to Kissamos.
  • 15:00-18:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 18:00-19:30 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 19:30 – … : Free time for enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.
Day 4
  • 7:30-9:00 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 9:00-10:00 : Breakfast.
  • 10:00 – … a free day to rest or do further walking or sightseeing on your own. You could enjoy the many attractions of Chania, or visit famous Balos beach by a short boat trip or hire a car to explore further a-field or …
Day 5
  • 7:30-9:00 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 9:00-10:00 : Breakfast.
  • 10:00-16:15 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 16:15-21:00 : We go by public bus to the village of Drapanias which we walk through. We find the way uphill into the olive groves and reach Cherethiana which is a typical, small, picturesque Cretan village at an altitude of 160 meters. We walk through the village and have a break for a coffee if the local Cafe is open. Then going downhill we reach the cave chapel of Michael the Archangel, nestling under the shade of a plane tree from which the old church bell is hanging. From here we take the road to Potamida in the valley and turn back towards the sea, passing the famous natural clay marls on our right which tower above the fields. We visit next the mill museum where we will have a break and then walk further to the village of Kaloudiana, where we can have dinner at one of the local tavernas before we take the public bus back to Kissamos town.
Day 6
  • 7:30-9:00 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 9:00-10:00 : Breakfast.
  • 10:00-14:00 : We will go by public bus to Nopigia. We walk past the open air theater to the little chapel of Panagia Myrtidiotisa and then along a rough path over stones and rocks towards the little medieval chapel of Agios Vasilios on the Spatha peninsula. The blue sea is always beside us. We will encounter only a few sheep and goats and enjoy great views towards the Gramvousa peninsula across Kissamos bay, with the Spatha mountain on our right. On returning to Nopigia there is the opportunity to stop for a delicious meal at a seaside taverna before getting the bus back.
  • 14:00-18:00 : Free time for lunch, relaxing, enjoying the beach and/or swimming.
  • 18:00-19:30 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 19:30 – … : Free time for enjoying the evening in the nearby tavernas.
Day 7
  • 7:30-9:00 : Yoga and meditation.
  • 9:00-10:00 : Breakfast.
  • Check out and transfer to Chania airport.

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