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loutros, one of the gems hiking in crete

Greece

How to even begin to describe Greece? Lately, the news has been all bad; unemployment, austerity, immigration from Africa, debt and almost getting kicked out of the Euro Zone. For many, this has been reality, but the economic hardships have shown the world how resilient the Greeks truly are. A reverse exodus is underway, with many young, educated Greeks returning to their ancestral homes and using their skills to kick start the tourism industry. Greece is not just Athens and the Acropolis but 6000 islands, a rich history going back to the Minoans ( 4000 years) and Europe’s first advanced civilization. 16,000 kilometres of coast, black, white and  brown sand beaches, ruins in every shape and form, an unimaginable variety of food and the generosity of its people. Remember Linear A and B? Greece. The Minotaur? Greece. Plumbing and ventilation? Greece. Homer? Greece. Feta Cheese? You get the picture.

Being the birthplace of Europe, Greece has been a player in European events from the beginning. Metaphorically speaking, Greece has been a bridge between Europe and Asia Minor and has acted like a sponge, soaking up influences from all over the world. Its lands have been invaded by the Persian, Goths, Romans, Venetians and more recently, the Nazis. But the Greeks have recovered and thrived. 

The news portrays the Greeks as sloths, tax dodgers and willing to take a handout from the EU. There is of course some truth to this, but generally speaking, the reality on the ground is very different.

Modern-day Greece is on every tourists’ radar. Who has not seen images of the sunset on Santorini, the Acropolis in all its glory and bronzed bodies enjoying the beaches of Mykonos, Corfu and Crete? 

 

CRETE

Our journeys to Greece focus mainly on the island of Crete, the largest and southern-most island located in the Libyan Sea. Why Crete? Some of the best coastal hiking in Greece can be found on the south coast of the island of Crete, the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the incredible Museum of Archeology, the Battle of Crete during WWII and beautiful cities such as Hania and its covered market combine to make a 10-day hiking trip more than just a walk. Cretans have always been independent and often rebelled against their oppressors and are proud of their traditions, cuisine and hospitality. Accommodation is a mix of small, boutique hotels and family-run inns, where the food is local, fresh and often served family style.

 

Crete can be busy during peak tourist season during the months of July and August, but heading to the south coast during the shoulder season of April/May and September/October sees far fewer visitors. Many of the villages on the south coast are only accessible by boat or on foot, keeping the day-trippers at bay. Tiny hotels such as the one in Marmara make for an unforgettable experience, where our host Chrisostomos, serves up freshly-baked breads and charcoal roasted lamb in his waterfront restaurant. Sea-food is abundant across the bay in the minuscule hamlet of Loutros, reachable by taxi boat or on foot. Moderate walks along the coast allow for plenty of swimming , beach combing and relaxing, working up an appetite for a late meal in one of the many tavernas on the south coast. 

 

 

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Italy

Dolomites Hiking Extravaganza

This Dolomites hiking trip focuses on the area around Cortina, Corvara, and the Fassa Valley. Most days are day-trips with some hikes from one hotel to another.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
20
2018
Aug
10
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
07
2018
Price: CAD $4350
via ferrata dolomites

Dolomites Sampler

The Great Dolomites Traverse - South Tyrol: Italy meets Austria: Charming Alpine Villages, Hiking below Sun-drenched Limestone Cliffs, Gourmet Cuisine.

Jul
08
2018
Aug
25
2018
Sep
08
2018
Price: CAD $3850
hike gran paradiso traverse

Gran Paradiso Hiking Traverse

Gran Paradiso National Park is known for having an abundance of wildlife and beautiful scenery

Jun
21
2018
Jul
04
2018
Aug
18
2018
Price: CAD $3550
tre cime di lavaredo, dolomites trek

Hike the Dolomites Traverse

A classic hiking traverse for all levels, private tours available.

Jun
24
2018
Jul
01
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
12
2018
Sep
16
2018
Price: CAD $3850
in champoluc, tour de monte rosa

Hike the Tour de Monte Rosa

Hike around one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, the Monte Rosa Massif between Switzerland and Italy.

Jul
22
2018
Jul
29
2018
Aug
12
2018
Aug
26
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: CAD $3950
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Jul
16
2018
Price: CAD $3995
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: CAD $3450

Slovenia

hiking in slovenia

Slovenia Hiking Tour

Jul
16
2018
Price: CAD $2950

Switzerland

Matterhorn, Haute Route Hike

Haute Route Classic Hike

The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the classic alpine treks, no mountaineering required.

Jun
29
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
19
2018
Aug
27
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: CAD $5050
hiking bernese oberland

Hike in the Bernese Oberland

Hike through the Bernese Oberland in the Swiss Alps from Meiringen to Kandersteg.

Jun
24
2018
May
08
2018
Aug
12
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: CAD $4700
theodulpass zermatt

Hike the Essential Alps

A guided 10-day hiking tour in Switzerland and France, combining the best alpine hikes around Chamonix, Zermatt & Grindelwald, using only public transport.

Jun
17
2018
Jul
01
2018
Price: CAD $5950
cabane des dix swiss alps hike

Hike the Haute Route, Huts & Inns

Our Walker's Haute Route Huts & Inns Itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the best hiking tours in the Swiss Alps.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: CAD $4250
in champoluc, tour de monte rosa

Hike the Tour de Monte Rosa

Hike around one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, the Monte Rosa Massif between Switzerland and Italy.

Jul
22
2018
Jul
29
2018
Aug
12
2018
Aug
26
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: CAD $3950
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Jul
16
2018
Price: CAD $3995
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: CAD $3450

Canada

Icefall Lodge hiking Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies Lodge Adventure

Hike in Banff, Lake Louise, and off the beaten track at Icefall Lodge, a helicopter fly-in lodge in the stunning Lyell Mountains

Jul
22
2018
Aug
26
2018
Jul
13
2018
Price: CAD $4500
hiking lake o'hara canadian rockies

Hike the Canadian Rockies

Hike the best around Banff and Lake Louise National Parks

Jul
15
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
26
2018
Price: CAD $3750

Mexico

view from tent espiritu santo

Baja Express Adventure

Kayaking experience for Beginner and Intermediate Paddlers out of Laz Paz and Espiritu Santo Island.

Jan
18
2019
Jan
26
2019
Feb
08
2019
Feb
22
2019
Oct
19
2018
Oct
26
2018
Nov
02
2018
Nov
09
2018
Price: CAD $1800
espiritu santo family holiday

Baja Family Getaway

Fully supported with kayaking guide and cook, and boat accompanying the group and kayakers.

Feb
09
2019
Mar
02
2019
Mar
24
2019
Mar
29
2019
Apr
05
2019
May
04
2019
Price: CAD $1950
kayaking baja california, mexico

Kayak Loreto, La Paz & Espiritu Santo Island

Great guided Baja California sea kayaking trip based in La Paz and on Espiritu Santo Island.

Mar
02
2019
Mar
09
2019
Mar
23
2019
May
04
2019
Price: CAD $2650
baja california kayaking and snorkelling

Sea of Cortez Getaway

Fully catered sea kayaking in Baja California, Mexico, from Espiritu Santo Island just off La Paz

Feb
09
2019
Mar
02
2019
Apr
05
2019
May
04
2019
Price: CAD $1950

Patagonia

torres del paine national park, patagonia

Full Patagonia Adventure

Trekking in Patagonia: Full Patagonia Adventure: Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine

Jan
12
2019
Jan
23
2019
Mar
08
2019
Price: CAD $6150
lodge in patagonia

Patagonia – Wild & Scenic

Starting in Buenos Aires, the trip includes Cerro Torre & Fitz Roy, Torres del Paine National Park, and Perito Moreno Glacier

Jan
13
2019
Feb
23
2019
Mar
08
2019
Price: CAD $4990

France

above lac blanc, tour du mont blanc

Chamonix Hut Trek

The Chamonix Aiguilles Rouges near the Mont Blanc Range. Perfect for any hiker, including families.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
21
2018
Price: CAD $2300
aiguille verte and les drus, chamonix valley

Chamonix Trails

This hiking tour is led by local Chamoniards who have years of experience and will make sure you have the time of your life.

Jun
30
2018
Jul
21
2018
Aug
04
2018
Aug
25
2018
Price: CAD $2900
poppy fields provence walking tour

Country Walks in Provence

Walk through Provence and live the French way of life: Visit St. Remy de Provence and Avignon, vibrant Provence markets and Côte de Rhones wineries.

Mar
28
2019
May
01
2019
May
09
2019
May
23
2019
Price: CAD $5150
Matterhorn, Haute Route Hike

Haute Route Classic Hike

The famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the classic alpine treks, no mountaineering required.

Jun
29
2018
Aug
05
2018
Aug
19
2018
Aug
27
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: CAD $5050
theodulpass zermatt

Hike the Essential Alps

A guided 10-day hiking tour in Switzerland and France, combining the best alpine hikes around Chamonix, Zermatt & Grindelwald, using only public transport.

Jun
17
2018
Jul
01
2018
Price: CAD $5950
cabane des dix swiss alps hike

Hike the Haute Route, Huts & Inns

Our Walker's Haute Route Huts & Inns Itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the best hiking tours in the Swiss Alps.

Jun
29
2018
Jul
22
2018
Aug
24
2018
Sep
02
2018
Price: CAD $4250
cliffs of etretat, Normandy walking tour

Normandy – Coast, Culture & Cuisine

Our Normandy hiking tour leads through medieval towns and along the famous sandy D-Day Beaches.

May
05
2019
May
26
2019
Aug
26
2018
Sep
16
2018
Aug
25
2019
Sep
15
2019
Price: CAD $5030
Hiking up the Mont de la Saxe Ridge

Tour du Mont Blanc Express

Hiking around the Mont Blanc Range - one of the Alps' finest hikes through Switzerland, France and Italy.

Jul
16
2018
Aug
20
2018
Sep
03
2018
Sep
17
2018
Jul
02
2018
Jul
16
2018
Price: CAD $3995
peuterey noir, tour du mont blanc

Tour du Mont Blanc, Huts & Inns

Walk the famous Tour of Mont Blanc, (TMB), through the French, Italian & Swiss Alps around the Mont Blanc Range

Jul
15
2018
Jul
28
2018
Aug
18
2018
Sep
01
2018
Price: CAD $3450

Greece

phoenix near loutros, crete

Coastal Walks in Crete

A wonderful walking tour for hiking aficionados, foodies, and culture buffs. Perfect holidays during Spring and Fall along Crete, Greece's southern island.

Apr
21
2019
May
05
2019
May
19
2019
Jun
04
2019
Oct
01
2018
Price: CAD $3500

Russia

kamchatka trekking tour

The Kamchatka Peninsula

Guided Hiking and Trekking in Russia, on the peninsula of Kamchatka also known as the ring of fire.

Jul
07
2018
Jul
15
2018
Price: CAD $6450

Scotland

hiking scottish highlands, torridon inn

Hike the Scottish Highlands

Guided Hiking and Walking Tours traversing the Scottish Highlands staying in charming Scottish Inns along the way

Aug
16
2018
Aug
26
2018
Aug
31
2018
Price: CAD $3950

Nepal

everest villages trek, ama dablam,

Everest Villages & Base Camp Trek

Guided Trekking Tour to Everest Base Camp and the Khumbu Region in Nepal: Hike below Mount Everest, Nuptse and Ama Dablam in the Sherpa homeland.

Apr
13
2019
Oct
20
2018
Price: CAD $4800
machhupichare, hiking annapurna sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary

Hike to Annapurna Basecamp below the Annapurna amphitheatre, ringed with many peaks over 7000m

Oct
21
2018
Nov
04
2018
Jan
29
2019
Apr
15
2019
Price: CAD $3500
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