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Walking Holidays in Crete

Located at the southern end of the Aegean Sea, Crete is the largest island among the archipelago off Greece. Western Crete touches the Mediterranean and even has its own Cretan sea within the Aegean. In Greek mythology, Crete is the birthplace of Zeus, King of the Gods. The island has a sense of ancient magic thatgoes beyond its beautiful scenery.

Why Choose a Walking Holiday in Crete?

Rugged coastal walks lead us to secluded golden-sand bays for a tranquil dip in mineral salt waters. Explore ancient civilizations as we continue inland. We’ll pass colourfully mosaiced Minoan palaces and domed Byzantine churches decorated with intricate frescos.

 Crete’s White Mountains frame a cloudless horizon, carving out dramatic gorges, sculpted plateaus, and soaring canyons. Visit the world famous Samaria gorge, and cross azure trickling rivers over small wooden bridges and cobbled stepping stones. 

A Week in Cretan Paradise 

We have the best guided tours in Crete, especially in the city of Chania. We will explore the bustling markets by the colourful Venetian harbour, then relax in a courtyard taverna to escape the afternoon sun. Vivid pink bougainvillaeas creep up honey-coloured walls as the smell of olive and citrus welcome you to the warm Cretan air. 

We’ll follow mule tracks across breathtaking cols to remote traditional villages nestled high in the hilltops. Soak in the local way of life browsing hand-made crafts and sampling freshly made delicacies. Try the Kalitsounia, sweet cheese pastries, drizzled with runny honey and cinnamon. 

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Cretan Trails & Tavernas

Cretan Trails & Tavernas

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Sep
    • Oct
  • 2025:
    • May
    • Sep

Crete, Greece's largest island, is a captivating tapestry of history, with scattered remnants of Minoan palaces, Byzantine churches, and Venetian fortifications preserving the rich tales of past civilizations.

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Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

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from £1,475

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Wild Crete

Wild Crete

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Oct
  • 2025:
    • May
    • Oct

Discover the breath taking landscapes of Crete on an exceptional multi-centre holiday. This journey takes you through the stunning island of Crete, known for its rugged and awe-inspiring terrain.

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Challenging

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks. 

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from £1,525

(7 nights)

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Kissamos - A Cretan Delight

Kissamos - A Cretan Delight

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Sep
  • 2025:
    • May
    • Sep

Discover the charm of Kissamos on a gentle walking holiday in Crete. Explore ancient sites, scenic plateaus, and beautiful harbours. Enjoy leisurely walks, delicious cuisine, and the allure of the Mediterranean. Unwind on sandy beaches and savour the essence of Greece.

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Grade 3

We still class this level as leisurely; walks are generally a little longer than level 2, with undulations but over a longer distance. Where sightseeing distances are longer, we take a full day with opportunities to stop, rest and refuel. Generally, itineraries involve easy countryside walking with plenty of breaks,   

Usual daily walks - Distance: 4 miles; Ascent/Descent 300m; Terrain: generally good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Half Day or Full Day walks. 

Coast & Islands

from £1,489

(7 nights)

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Crete's Villages & Coastline

Crete's Villages & Coastline

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Sep
    • Oct
  • 2025:
    • May
    • Sep
    • Oct

Experience a tranquil Eastern Crete holiday, based in a quiet beachfront hotel near Ammoudara. Enjoy a delightful blend of walks through picturesque villages, all set against the serene backdrop of rural landscapes.

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Moderate

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

Landscape

from £1,480

(7 nights)

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Cretes' Gorges of the South West (Self-Guided)

Cretes' Gorges of the South West (Self-Guided)

Departure dates

  • 2024: Jul - Oct
  • 2025: Mar - Oct

Endless views unfold over the deep blue Libyan Sea along Europe's most remarkable coastline, where untamed landscapes boast 2000-meter-high mountains plunging dramatically into the water.

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Challenging

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent and longer distances covered.  Whilst you will be mainly on paths, these may be rough, steep, and loose at times. We take the whole day to enjoy some fabulous walks.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 8 miles; Ascent/Descent 850m; Terrain: sometimes rough, loose or steep sections; Walking Time: 8hrs / Full Day walks. 

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from £629

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Crete- Coast to Coast (Self-Guided)

Crete- Coast to Coast (Self-Guided)

Departure dates

  • 2024: Jul - Oct
  • 2025: Mar - Oct

Explore the charm of "unspoiled Crete" as you traverse scenic walking trails adorned with wildflowers, meander through lush valleys, and explore stunning gorges. Immerse yourself in the local culture by connecting with residents, sharing a glass of wine, and savouring the renowned Cretan cuisine at authentic taverns.

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Moderate

Grade 5

Trips comprise of day walks with plenty of ups and downs, some steep and rough ground will be encountered at times and walks averaging 7 miles with 650m of ascent / descent. Some holidays will cover longer distances on easier paths, others will be shorter walks but have more demanding ascents and terrain.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 7 miles; Ascent/Descent 650m; Terrain: generally decent paths and tracks with some steeper sections; Walking Time: Day walks. 

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Complete Crete

Complete Crete

Departure dates

  • 2024:
    • Sep
    • Oct
  • 2025:
    • May
    • Sep

A chance to spend two weeks in Crete, walking in the mountain foothills and along coastal trails

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 4

Usually, your walk will take up the whole day at a moderate pace. Terrain will often be hilly and paths generally good. Note that on holidays in mountainous areas, expect some rougher paths. An average walk length is 6 miles but expect this to vary from as little as 3 miles on a sightseeing day and up to 10 miles on a full day dependant on the amount of ascent and decent required.  

Usual daily walks - Distance: 6 miles; Ascent/Descent 500m; Terrain: sometimes hilly and undulating on good paths and tracks; Walking Time: Day walks. 

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from £2,249

(14 nights)

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Why book a walking holiday with Ramble Worldwide

Travelling by road, it can be easy to miss the details in Crete; yet on foot, you can enjoy everything at your own pace. Ramble Worldwide can guide you to the best paths and landmarks on the island. We can tailor the experience to your preference, whether you enjoy a leisurely stroll or a more difficult hike.

“Very well organised from start to finish. Very challenging trails taking us places I'd never have found myself. Great food and beautiful scenery too.” (Verified FEEFO customer review)

Our experienced guides will lead you on a special adventure that goes off the beaten path. They will make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience with their expertise. With small, friendly, and informal groups you will enjoy a break that is both magical and exceptional. All travellers are welcome on our guided walking tours of Crete, whether you are part of a group or travelling solo.

After all, the world is more beautiful on foot. View our Cretan holiday packages and book your getaway today.

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