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Wild Crete

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.

  • Crete

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Landscape

    Coast & Islands

  • May

    Oct

  • Average group size: 10-12

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Walking grade

Grade 6

This is a Grade 6 holiday which includes 5 full days and one half day’s walking.  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. The term ‘Wild’ in the title of the tour is used to give you an accurate depiction of parts of the trails that are covered. Paths are generally good, but be prepared for some steep and rough, uneven  ground. The maximum altitude reached walking on this holiday is 1631m (summit of Koukoule).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.’

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk in the spectacular Samaria Gorge National Park.
  • Visit the iconic Kallergi Hut with views over Gingilos, Volakias & Samaria Gorge.
  • Walk parts of the E4 path to explore deep gorges and imposing summits.
  • Discover the rural nature of Crete's southern coast, accessible only on foot or by ferry.
  • Enjoy coastal walking to inaccessible villages.
  • Relax in seaside tavernas with traditional cuisine.

Discover the Lefka Ori (White Mountains), the wild, remote, high limestone range that dominates the spine of West Central Crete.  Discover also the canyons and idyllic coastal routes between villages, some only accessible on foot or by sea. Wild Crete offers great hiking, sometimes strenuous, sometimes on exposed rugged trails but always rewarding.  The tour will include the exploration of deep, narrow gorges, walking high trails with stupendous views of imposing summits.   Much of the tour follows the E4 (European Walking Route 4) path; particularly on the coastal stretches.

On the second day of the tour, from the initial base in Paleohóra, sail by ferry to Sougia from where you follow the E4, via the archeological site of Lissos, back to Paleohora.  After a second night there, transfer by coach to the mountain village of Omalos and its adjacent plateau for a day’s walking in the Western Lefka Ori.  Ascend the Koukoule feature with stunning views of Gingilos and Volakias. On the way down  visit the iconic Kallergi Hut with wonderful views of the entrance to the Samaria Gorge.   Overnight in a traditional taverna in Omalos, a village situated inland on the mountain plain.

From Omalos, descend into the Samaria Gorge National Park for the 13 mile walk to the village of Agia Roumeli on the coast of the Libyan Sea 1300m below. The gorge boasts diverse and spectacular scenery, the abandoned village of Samaria and a number of remote shrines. . Overnight in of Agia Roumeli then head East on the coastal E4 past the shrine of Agios Pavlos, the secluded beach at Marmara Bay to the village of Loutro. The next day, from Loutro, we retrace our steps somewhat in order to ascend the Aradhena Gorge.  It’s not quite on the same scale as the Samaria Gorge but challenging nonetheless and with great scenery. After a second night in Loutro there is another, shorter, hike on the E4 to Hora Sfakia and a coach transfer to Chania for the final night of the tour.

Please note: Some of the walks in this programme are weather dependant. If the weather does not permit the group from walking an alternative will be offered where possible. Some walks on this holiday involve some minor, easy scrambling. 

Due to the remoteness of Southern Crete, with only small villages dotted along the coast, accommodation is limited and while the properties we have chosen may offer simple (but comfortable) facilities, we have chosen hotels best suited for their location and access to the walks and restaurants. 

  • Return flights from London to Chania
  • Airport transfers.
  • Baggage transfers between centres.
  • En suite accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half Board with dinners taken at local tavernas.
  • All local transport costs required for the itinerary.
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

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

15150

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

Paleohora

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

You arrive at Chania airport, on Crete's north-west coast and transfer by road to Paleohora (approx. 2 hours) where we stay for 2 nights' accommodation. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time for an orientation walk of Paleohora before dinner at a local taverna

Transfer Time = 2h 30m

Day 2

Paleohora

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    10.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    400m

Taking the ferry one way, you walk between Sougia and Paleohora with time to visit the classical site at Lissos.

Day 3

Omalos

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    605m

Today you ascent to the summit of Koukoule which include a short, easy scramble. You visit the iconic Kallergi Hut with wonderful views of Gingilos, Volakias and into the Samaria Gorge. You return with a gentler walk across the Omalos Plateau. 

Day 4

Agia Roumeli

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    90/1300m

The Samaria Gorge beckons today and you'll descend into the National Park today as you walk to Agia Roumeli for one night’s stay. The walk starts amidst almost alpine scenery with fir covered slopes before heading down into the rocky and dramatic gorge. There is a nice spot close to your hotel for a rewarding swim this afternoon.

Day 5

Loutro

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    9 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    410m

Today you follow the E4 (European Walking Route)  as you walk the coastal path to Loutro for 2 nights' accommodation. En route stop to visit the shrine at Agios Pavlos and have a drink at the adjacent café.

Day 6

Loutro

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    8.25 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    755m

Today's walk is a beautiful ascending the Aradhena Gorge, which encompasses terrain and scenery that epitomises "wild Crete". You will end at a beach with time for a swim before returning to Loutro.

Day 7

Chania

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    4.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220m

Leaving Loutro, the final walk takes you along the coast to Hora Sfakion, where you have time for lunch before taking the coach to Chania for the final night of the tour. . After your hotel check in, there will be time to explore the lovely Venetian harbour and enjoy a waterside drink. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Day 8

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

After breakfast you transfer to Chania airport for check-in and return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

7th May 2024 - 14th May 2024 (7 Nights)

8th Oct 2024 - 15th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Chania 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 2hrs30 mins
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.


Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Pal Beach

The Hotel Pal Beach is fantastically located just in front of the beautiful Pachia Ammos beach in Paleohóra, on Crete’s south west coast. It is ideally placed to access local walks and the village’s cafes and bars.

The hotel’s bedrooms all have a balcony and a side sea view. All rooms are en suite with a shower and have a/c (operational from 1400-2400 daily), ceiling fans, mini-fridge, radio and telephone. The hotel has a safe at the reception, which is free of charge and is accessible 24hrs a day. There is free Wi-Fi in the reception and snack bar areas, but not in the rooms. Hairdryers are available to use from the reception.

Hotel Exari

A 24 room, traditionally built hotel with panoramic views over the Omalos Plateau. The hotel offers a coffee bar, breakfast room, and a restaurant with a fireplace (for the chilly nights). Rooms are simply furnished but all are en suite, and have a TV. This simple hotel is situated in the perfect location for the walk programme and offers all that is needed for your one night stay. 

Pension Samaria

This simple family run hotel is located just 70 metres from the beach of Agia Roumeli, the Pension Samaria offers air-conditioned rooms with a private balcony and an on-site taverna serving traditional Cretan cuisine. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the rooms. This hotel is in the perfect location for the walking programme.

Hotel Madares

The Madares Hotel is a family owned hotel located on the water front in the south Cretan village of Loutro. Rooms can offer 1 double or twin bedded options and have a mini-fridge, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, tv and air conditioning. Most rooms offer great views and benefit from a semi private or private balcony. All rooms are accessed by steps. You will also find a lovely sea facing terrace terrace and the Madares Taverna serving home-made and Cretan dishes.

Hotel Kriti

The vibrant, walled Venetian harbour town of Chania offers an array of tavernas, shops, markets and beach right on the doorstep. Whether shopping for souvenirs to take home, visiting a museum on your free day, catching the local bus up into the hills or savouring traditional Greek dishes or an afternoon coffee at a water-side restaurant, you will be spoiled for choice here.

The contemporary Hotel Kriti is located in one of the best spots in Chania, being on the very edge of the Venetian Harbour. The excellently reviewed hotel offers easy access to the town’s restaurants, museums, beach, Market Square and shops. All rooms are en suite with a hairdryer, TV, A/C, free Wi-Fi and mini-bar. The hotel has a swimming pool, bar, snack bar and breakfast room, where they serve a buffet breakfast each morning. 


Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 6 holiday which includes 5 full days and one half day’s walking.  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. The term ‘Wild’ in the title of the tour is used to give you an accurate depiction of parts of the trails that are covered. Paths are generally good, but be prepared for some steep and rough, uneven  ground. The maximum altitude reached walking on this holiday is 1631m (summit of Koukoule).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.’

Walks & Excursions

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

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.

Entrance Fees

You may wish to budget for entrance fees, such as the Samaria Gorge (approx. €5pp) as well as lunches, drinks and any souvenirs you may wish to buy.

The currency in Greece is the euro.

Banks and ATM facilities may not be available in all centres on this itinerary. We suggest you take some euro in cash with you and your leader will then be able to guide you on obtaining additional cash during the holiday.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Chania 
  • Airport transfers by road c. 2hrs30 mins
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that 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.

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.

Meals

Buffet breakfasts and dinners are included in the holiday charge.  Dinners will be taken in tavernas, providing an opportunity to enjoy local dishes. Lunches are not included in the holiday cost. Picnic lunches can be bought from nearby supermarkets or a day’s walking may include lunch at a taverna. The meals on this holiday are a wonderful addition to the walking, and the menus are chosen so that you are able to sample a wide variety of the Greek cuisine. The locally produced Cretan wines are an excellent accompaniment to the meals.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

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:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • 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)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

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

Maps, Guidebooks & More

  • Insight Guides `Crete' by Gerhard Sasse - Published by APA Publications. 
  • Crete, Its Past, Present and People by Adam Hopkins - Published by Faber and Faber.
  • The Villa Ariadne by Dilys Powell - Published by Hodder and Stoughton.
  • Travellers Guide to Crete by John Bowman - Published by Jonathan Cape, London.
  • The Companion Guide to the Greek Islands by Ernle Bradford - Published by Collins, London.
  • The King Must Die by Mary Renault - Published by Sceptre/Hodder.
  • ‘Under Mount Ida’ A journey into Crete by Oliver Burch - Published by Ashford, Southampton.
  • The Eagles of Crete – Colin Janes – Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

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.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

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

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

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 primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

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.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Greece

  • Capital

    Athens

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Greek

  • Time Difference

    UTC +03:00

  • Flight duration

    4hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 91mm

  • February

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 78mm

  • March

    11°C

    Avg. Rain: 65mm

  • April

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 43mm

  • May

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 29mm

  • June

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 15mm

  • July

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 10mm

  • August

    26°C

    Avg. Rain: 11mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 28mm

  • October

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 71mm

  • November

    14°C

    Avg. Rain: 94mm

  • December

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 106mm

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