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

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.

  • Crete

  • 7 nights
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Landscape

  • June - October


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Walking grade

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.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".


Self-Guided Collection

Expertly planned, flexible walking itineraries, led by you, with accommodation, route plans, and luggage transfers all taken care of by us.


Holiday Highlights

  • Europe's most awe-inspiring coastal trail.
  • Omalos and the White Mountains.
  • Samaria Gorge and various other canyons.
  • Loutro, a village on the coast accessible without cars.
  • Picturesque beaches of idyllic beauty.

Endless views unfold over the deep blue Libyan Sea as you traverse Europe's most striking coastline. This untamed expanse is punctuated by 2000-meter-high mountains cascading steeply into the Libyan Sea, offering a backdrop of deep blue waters and clear skies, along with ample opportunities for swimming on deserted beaches.

Navigating through the imposing Irini Gorge, adorned with blooming oleander bushes, you ascend to the scenic plateau of Omalos for an overnight stay. Early in the morning, well before the arrival of large groups, you descend the world-renowned Samaria Gorge to reach the coast. Continuing eastward along the coastline, you arrive at the enchanting Loutro, Crete's most romantic village, accessible only by boat. Indulge in Greek 'mezes' on one of the seaside terraces and, for the final leg of the trip, venture into the awe-inspiring Aradhena Gorge – a challenging yet unforgettable trek.

  • Seven nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • All luggage transfers.
  • Transfer Paleochora to Azogirai on day two.
  • Transfers Sougia to starting point Irini gorge and Agios Theodoros (end of Irini gorge) to Omalos
  • Transfer Omalos to Xyloskala (start of Samaria gorge)
  • Route notes in English with maps.
  • Digital walk information with an app.
  • 24 hour assistance in English.
  • Flights, public transportation and other ferry tickets.
  • Airport arrival and airport departure transfers.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind. Allow 7 Euro for Samaria and Irini gorge.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program.

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes


Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1



Upon arrival in Crete, you can opt for a pre-arranged taxi from Chania Airport or use public transport from Chania or Heraklion Airport. The taxi journey from Chania takes approximately 1.5 hours, while from Heraklion, it extends to about 3.5 hours. Depending on your flight schedule, you'll have the opportunity for an initial leisurely walk through the charming coastal town of Paleochora. With a population of 1800, it stands as one of the largest villages on the southwest coast, featuring a Venetian fortress and several sandy and rocky beaches.

Day 2

Walk through the Anidri Gorge




Transfer Paleochora to Azogirai included.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    6.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Begin your day with a taxi transfer to the village of Azogires, marking the starting point for your walk along the 'Monastery of the 99 Monks' trail. Today's journey unveils a diverse array of landscapes, from olive groves to the serene hilltop village of Anidri, featuring a Byzantine church and the well-frequented schoolhouse tavern. Traverse the small gorge of Anidri, take in the tranquility of Gialiskari Beach, and follow a coastal stretch leading you back to Paleochora. Afterward, you have the option to enjoy a swim before returning to your hotel.

Day 3

Coastal walk from Paleochora to Sougia




Luggage transfer Paleochora to Sougia by ferry included.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Embark on today's journey commencing from Paleochora. Traverse a dirt track leading you into an untouched natural wilderness before progressing along a breathtaking coastal path (E4) with panoramic views of the sea. Your route will take you past the ancient site of Lissos, once a crucial harbor for the Dorian city of Elyros, boasting a peak population of 30,000. In ancient times, Lissos drew people seeking cures from its local waters. Take a moment to enjoy a picnic lunch at this historical site and take a therapeutic swim before continuing your trek eastward to Sougia, passing through a picturesque narrow gorge along the way.

Day 4

Mountain walk from Sougia to Omalos plateau




Transfer Sougia to start Irini Gorge and luggage transfer to Omalos included.

Please note this walk is above grade and the route notes should be read thoroughly to ensure you are aware of what the walk involves. 

  • Time

    6/7/8 hours

  • Distance

    7.4/10/13 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    Max 1200/100m

Today's adventure involves navigating through two remarkable gorges, ascending from sea level to an elevation of 1000m! You'll traverse the impressive Irini Gorge along a well-maintained path, with a demanding yet moderately steep ascent. After leaving the Irini Gorge behind, your journey leads you into the steeper Figou Gorge, where, from a certain height, breathtaking views await. The walk concludes at the chapel, 'Agios Theodoros,' where the hotel's minibus will be waiting to pick you up. Nestled on the Omalos plain, the hotel is surrounded by the awe-inspiring summits of the White Mountains.

Day 5

Samaria Gorge


  • Luggage transfer Omalos to Sougia, person drop off at Xyloskala included.
  • In case of heavy rains, the Samaria gorge can be closed. You will then travel with the luggage from Omalos to Sougia and take the ferry from Sougia to Agia Roumeli. There is a possible walk to the ‘Kastro’ from Agia Roumeli.  
  • In case the ferry Sougia-Agia Roumeli is not running due to strong winds, but Samaria gorge is open, guests take basic needs for 1 night with them to Agia Roumeli. Luggage will then be sent on day 6 from Omalos to Loutro, via Sougia / per ferry. In case on day 6, ferry is still not running, luggage is taken from Omalos to Chora Sfakion and arrives in Loutro from Chora Sfakion.
  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


The Samaria Gorge welcomes visitors from May 1st until the onset of autumn rains, typically around the end of October. 

Today, your journey takes you through Europe's longest and most renowned gorge, the Samaria Gorge. Opting to start either very early or quite late allows you to avoid the crowds who embark on the gorge as a day trip, providing you with the opportunity to appreciate the true beauty of this stunning natural wonder during quieter hours. Your overnight stay is in the seaside village of Agia Roumeli, situated at the gorge's end, offering ample time for your walk. There's still plenty of time for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear Libyan Sea before you head to one of the local taverns in Agia Roumeli for dinner. Please be aware that authorities may close the gorge in the event of extreme weather conditions.

Day 6

From Agia Roumeli to Loutro




Luggage transfer Agia Roumelo to Loutro by ferry included.

  • Time

    6 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Embark on a delightful coastal stroll filled with diverse landscapes. Begin by walking along the beach towards the Byzantine church of Agios Pavlos. As you ascend to a higher elevation, traverse through a fir forest, eventually leading back to the beach at "Marmara." Along the way, relish panoramic views of towering mountains to your left and the expansive sea to your right. Pause at the charming tavern on the small Marmara beach, perhaps indulging in a refreshing swim. Continuing along the coast from Marmara, anticipate another hour of scenic exploration before arriving at the car-free village of Loutro.

Day 7

Round walk from Loutro




Please note this walk is at the top of the grade and should be done with caution. Please read the route notes thoroughly to ensure you can complete the walk.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    9.7/5.4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent


Ascend using a steep zig-zag path to the village of Anopolis. From there, proceed to the ancient site of Aradhena, situated on the edge of the impressive Aradhena Gorge. Follow a spectacular trail down into the gorge, eventually reaching the coast. The last part of today's walk entails a path along the coastline leading back to Loutro. Opting for a shorter route of 4 hours, you can detour via the quaint village of Livaniana and then descend through the Aradhena Gorge to the sea. Depending on your flight departure tomorrow, you may need to travel back to Chora Sfakion by ferry today and on to Chania or Heraklion.

Day 8

Final day



After breakfast, today you travel back to Chora Sfakion by ferry in the morning and, from there, by public transport or pre-booked transfer to Chania or Heraklion Airport. 

Travel Details

The nearest airport to Western Crete is Chania Airport, but the larger Heraklion Airport (HER) is also possible. 

To reach Paleochora by public bus, it takes approx. 2.5 hours from Chania Airport or approx. 5 hours from Heraklion Airport. You may also book a private transfer from Chania to Paleochora by taxi with our reservations team.

At the end of the trip it's a 20-minute ferry crossing from Loutro to Chora Sfakion. From there you travel by public transport to Chania Airport in approx. 2 hours. The public bus from Chora Sfakion to Heraklion takes approx. 4 hours including a stop-over in Vrysses. You may also book a private transfer from Chora Sfakion to Chania Airport.


Accommodation information

Below is an example of the type of accommodation you will be allocated on this holiday. Your final accommodation list will be confirmed on your travel documents, these will usually be with you around two weeks prior to departure.

Hotel Aris or similar

Aris, a 3-star family-operated hotel, is located on the outskirts of the historic Paleochora town, merely a 5-minute stroll from both the town centre and the beaches. The breakfast buffet is available from 07:30 to 11:00 and can be savoured in the dining area, terrace, garden, or your room.  Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, toiletries, hairdryer, desk, safe, minibar and A/C. 

Hotel Syia or similar

Situated at the conclusion of the Irini Gorge, the charming seaside retreat of Sougia boasts a pleasant beach and exudes a relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of the 1960s. Hotel Syia's apartments and studios, positioned 200m from the shoreline, provide a comfortable accommodation option. Rooms are well equipped with ensuite facilities, A/C, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and Wi-Fi. 

Hotel Neos Omalos or similar

Nestled on the Omalos plain, the Neos Omalos hotel awaits your overnight stay at an elevation of 1100m. Even during the summer, the temperature remains pleasantly cool at this location. The rooms, while simple, are comfortable. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, TV, hairdryer, toiletries, heating and Wi-Fi. 

Pachnes Pension or similar

The recently established Pachnes Pension is tastefully decorated and situated in a tranquil location, just 200m from both the beach and the port of Agia Roumeli. Rooms are equipped with ensuite facilities, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.

Kyma Hotel or similar

Nestled along the stunning waterfront of the picturesque village of Loutro, on the southwest coast of Crete, Kyma Hotel is positioned 75 km south of Chania.

As a small and welcoming establishment, Kyma Hotel provides rooms and studios, each featuring balconies that offer captivating views of the beautiful turquoise bay and mountains. The hotel is complemented by a well-liked taverna situated at the water's edge, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner featuring local specialties and Mediterranean dishes.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

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.

The above statistics are generalisations of a day’s key walk, it does not include distance covered during general sightseeing or daily activity. Detailed information of the daily walking requirements are specified in the specific holidays ‘Daily Itinerary".

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 6 holiday.  A full day will generally take up to 6 hours walking, The distance covered on the full days is, on average, greater than you might normally expect at this grade.  However, this is mitigated by the average figures for the ascents and descents, which are lower than you would normally expect.  There are, of course, a couple of exceptions which breach the nominal Grade 6 criteria. For example, the descent through the Samaria Gorge involves little ascent but covers 1300 vertical metres down to sea level.  However, given that this descent is over 10 lateral miles the average gradient is only around 8%.  Nevertheless, over half the descent occurs in the first 2.5 miles.  This is steep but the trail is carefully designed with plenty of switchbacks to take the sting out of the descent and make the going easier on hips and knees.. The extra investment in effort for these two more demanding walks will be amply rewarded by the exceptional natural beauty of the rugged Cretan landscapes. The routes take in some remote areas of southern Crete. Paths are generally good, but be prepared for some steep and rough, uneven  ground.In addition parts of some of the trails are exposed on a couple of walks some basic scrambling will be necessary. You will need a good head for heights and be surefooted to make the most of this holiday.’

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

If your holiday does not include dinners (see itinerary) we recommend budgeting an additional £25-30 per day.

The currency in Greece is the euro.


Tips are not included in the holiday price. Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high.  We strongly recommend when receiving good service you make a tip to the local supplier.

Your Travel Details

The nearest airport to Western Crete is Chania Airport, but the larger Heraklion Airport (HER) is also possible. 

To reach Paleochora by public bus, it takes approx. 2.5 hours from Chania Airport or approx. 5 hours from Heraklion Airport. You may also book a private transfer from Chania to Paleochora by taxi with our reservations team.

At the end of the trip it's a 20-minute ferry crossing from Loutro to Chora Sfakion. From there you travel by public transport to Chania Airport in approx. 2 hours. The public bus from Chora Sfakion to Heraklion takes approx. 4 hours including a stop-over in Vrysses. You may also book a private transfer from Chora Sfakion to Chania Airport.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

Should you have decided to book any overseas flight arrangements through us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.


After booking your holiday, expect to receive a confirmation and holiday information sheet soon after.

Once you've settled your balance, about 2 weeks before your holiday, you'll get instructions on how to log into your ActiveNav App. Grab your Apple or Android smartphone and head to the app store for a quick download. Once installed, the app grants you access to all route information and provides guidance on how to navigate it.

Around 2 weeks prior to your departure, you'll also get a destination manual & road book. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on your walking route and interesting facts about the areas you'll stay in. Alongside, a trip voucher will confirm all the services booked for you, complete with the names and addresses of your hotels and other service providers. Be prepared to present this voucher as confirmation at your accommodations, and don't forget to bring along a valid form of ID.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.


The holiday is on a bed & breakfast basis. Items for lunch are available in the local shops; at Omalos you may ask for a packed lunch at the accommodation. In the evening you have a wide choice of seaside taverns at all locations. In Omalos there is a limited choice, but the restaurant of the hotel itself offers good, local dishes.

In general all of our self-guided holidays are on a bed and breakfast basis with breakfast provided at your accommodation. Depending on the route you are walking and access to local services such as restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, your itinerary may include packed lunches, dinners or a mix of both. Please refer to the individual itinerary and what is included for accurate information.


In this part of Crete the choice of accommodation is limited. The accommodations we have chosen are optimum choices having in mind the atmosphere, comfort and hospitality. All rooms have private facilities and almost always a balcony or terrace.

  • Hotel Aris offers clean rooms with balcony or terrace and is near the sea. The friendly owner Aris guarantees a pleasant stay.
  • The small seaside resort Sougia is at the end of the Irini gorge. There is a huge beach and you will experience a laid-back atmosphere. The apartments & studio’s of hotel Syia are located 200m from the seaside and offer a comfortable stay. Because of very limited availability in the village you may be allocated at a similar accommodation.
  • On the Omalos plain you overnight in the hotel Neos Omalos at 1100m. Even in summer it is not hot at this spot. Rooms are basic, but comfortable.
  • Agia Roumeli is the small village at the end of the famous Samaria gorge. No organized trips through the gorge include an overnight in Agia Roumeli, so it is nice and quiet at night. The Pachnes Pension is new and pleasantly furbished. It is 200m from the beach and the port of Agia Roumeli.
  • Loutro: car free and splendid views on the scenic bay. You stay in a pension with tavern in well-maintained rooms with a balcony overlooking the deep blue sea, the white-washed houses and the mountains.

Footwear & Kit List


Footwear is a walker’s personal choice; however, we suggest lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good, moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support and may be essential for some walks.

Luggage Transfers

On a self guided holiday, the days you walk from one property to another, your main luggage will be transferred for you as part of your holiday arrangements. This leaves you free to just carry what you need for the day. Please refer to your individual itinerary for which days your luggage will be transferred. Before you leave your accommodation in the morning, please speak with your host for where the luggage should be left and by what time. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Compass
  • Map case
  • Whistle
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Water bottle - at least 2 litre capacity (more may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat
  • Mobile
  • Power Bank for charging mobile if needed.
  • Phone charging lead

This list is not exhaustive, and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Greece

Electricity in Greece is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at  https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information


Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Greece

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Greece. 

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may also wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

There is a low to no risk of malaria in Greece. Malaria risk is from May to October and is very limited; confined to the villages of the Evrotas delta area in Lakonia district. Please seek advice from your doctor or travel clinic.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust is passionate about making the outdoors more accessible for more people from all communities. We grant funds to many organisations and have recently partnered with Mind Over Mountains, Adaptive Grand Slam and other groups to create an enduring impact on people’s lives and to support them to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, the Trust makes many small grants to local organisations such as Ramblers Groups, Walkers are Welcome, My kind of Books and recently provided a small grant, via his scouting group, to enable a young man whose family had fallen on hard times to complete his DofE Gold award.

Patron of the Trust is the renowned explorer, Mark Wood. Over 20 years Mark has undertaken expeditions to some of the most remote parts of our planet. Our shared values make for an exciting partnership, and we believe that by standing shoulder to shoulder we can encourage people from all communities to enjoy being active outdoors in whatever way suits them best.

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.


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  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

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No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January


    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February


    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March


    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April


    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May


    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June


    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July


    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August


    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September


    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October


    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November


    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December


    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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