Crete, Greece 

September 30-October 7

Join us in the gorgeous environment of Crete, Greece for a week long adventure and yoga trip. During this trip you will be able to kayak in the ocean and hike the Samaria Gorge. This trip will allow you to experience authentic Greek food and connect with some of the locals to better understand the culture. With yoga everyday and massage, this trip will truly be the trip of a lifetime. 

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Itinerary 

Day 1: Our yoga adventure begins when we’ll greet you at the airport. Plan to arrive around 9:30-10:00 AM at the Nikos Kazantzakis Heraklion airport on the Greek island of Crete, a short flight or overnight ferry from Athens. We will then travel a short distance to Knossos, the ancient Minoan palace just outside of Heraklion. We will have a tour of Knossos followed by lunch at a neighboring taverna. From there, we will cross the island of Crete and arrive at Matala on the south coast. Tonight, we'll get to know each other over welcoming drinks, share a communal dinner, and review maps and the itinerary for the week to come. We'll have a chance to answer whatever questions you may have before we settle in for our first night's slumber. 

Day 2: We begin our day with a relaxing session of yoga on a large balcony of the family-owned inn, then, all limber, we’ll outfit everyone for kayaking and conduct an introductory clinic on the shore before paddling to Red Beach, a secluded spot just over the hill from Matala. There, we’ll have a chance to swim and relax on the beach, enjoying the local scenery, rock carvings, and customs - be aware that clothing is very optional at Red Beach - as well as a special ancient Minoan spa treatment. Depending on conditions, we may extend our kayaking to another beach north of Matala for a lunch stop, or we’ll return to Matala for lunch at your choice of seaside tavernas. Prior to lunch, there will be a chance for some swimming and some thrilling cliff-jumping for the most adventurous souls in the group. You'll have some free time before our afternoon yoga session. Tonight, we'll end the day with a beautiful sunset hike followed by dinner at our favorite taverna in Matala. 

Day 3: This morning, we’ll get a very early start and head to Festos, the Minoan palace ruins just outside of Matala. From there, we’ll drive to the start of the famed Samaria Gorge, Europe’s deepest gorge for a four-to-five hour hike. We will have a brief session of muscle-sparing stretches prior to entering the gorge itself. After our hike through this incredibly beautiful, unspoiled area, we’ll spend the night at the base of the gorge in the traditional town of Roumeli on the coast of the Libyan Sea. 

Day 4: We will start the day with a yoga session on the wide deck overlooking the sea. Today you have options: either relax your legs and spirit on the sunny beach, paddle to a pristine nearby beach, or hike up to two different Venetian fortresses overlooking the bay at Roumeli. Whatever you choose, we’re sure you’ll enjoy this charming town and the warm, welcoming small hotel where we stay. Once again, there will be another yoga session in the afternoon and a well-earned dinner will round out the day. 

Day 5: This morning begins with our morning yoga session on the deck. Then we’ll depart Roumeli and paddle along the coast to the small, beautiful seaside village of Loutro, only reachable by foot or by sea - there is no road. Along the way, we'll pass Agios Pavlos, an ancient seaside chapel commemorating the visit of St. Paul to that very spot. Lunch today will be at the quaint beach of Marmara, a spectacular spot for cliff jumping from the marble cliffs which the wind and waves have sculpted into swirling shapes. An option exists to take a ferry today instead of hiking or paddling. 

Day 6: Our yoga session in the morning will most probably be in the ruins of an ancient Venetian fortress which guards the entrance to Loutro Bay. From Loutro, we’ll hike or paddle to Chora Sfakia with a pause at Sweetwater Beach where freshwater springs bubble up from underneath the pebbles. A small taverna adorned with a mermaid built just offshore and reached by a short bridge will provide us with a reviving cappuccino or other beverage. There will be the option to remain at Sweetwater for several hours or to press on to Chora Sfakia and lunch at one of our favorite traditional tavernas. Tonight, dinner is on your own at your choice of restaurants in Loutro. 

Day 7: We will have a morning session of yoga again overlooking the sea. There will be paddling and hiking options, including the possibility of paddling or hiking to another small village, Phoenix, located about an hour away on foot, or go a bit farther and hike into the Aradena Gorge. The afternoon will provide our usual yoga session, followed by our final dinner together. 

Day 8: After breakfast and a final yoga session - be sure to note your accomplishments from the beginning of the week, we will paddle, hike, or ferry to Chora Sfakia and shuttle to Heraklion. Depending on departure times, you may have a chance to visit the renowned Heraklion Archaeological Museum before heading to the airport to catch departing flights. **This itinerary is subject to change.

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Package 1: Double Occupancy

 

$3,195

Included: Guides, ground transportation, support vehicle, lodging, most meals (breakfasts and dinners), and entry fees into Samarian and other Gorges.

Not Included: Air or ferry to Heraklion, lunches and drinks, personal clothing and accessories, entry fees into ruins, full medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes and gratuities.

Package 2: Single Occupancy

 

$3,695

Included: Guides, ground transportation, support vehicle, lodging, most meals (breakfasts and dinners), and entry fees into Samarian and other Gorges.

Not Included: Air or ferry to Heraklion, lunches and drinks, personal clothing and accessories, entry fees into ruins, full medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes and gratuities.