Crete Guided Walking Holiday

Enjoy the beautiful hills, stunning coast and hellenic heritage of western Crete


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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £998.00 - 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

2019 Crete Guest Booklet

Walk in the dramatic landscape and rich history of western Crete, and follow trails through olive groves to shaded tavernas and wonderful beaches. Explore the White Mountain foothills and Crete's spectacular gorges, including an opportunity to descend the famous Samaria Gorge when conditions allow. Spot eagles and vultures soaring above rocky paths that run between high cliffs. 

There is a wide range of culture bursting at the seams on this wonderful island. Through witnessing Cretan dancing, such as Pentozales and Syrtos, you get a feel as to how traditional ways are still expressed throughout generations, and how it has impacted upon the island.

Holiday highlights

  • Complete the dramatic Samaria Gorge walk, 16km long and full of spectacular scenery in the middle of Samaria National Park
  • Beautiful foothills, stunning coastline and Minoan heritage will captivate walkers 
  • Enjoy our luxurious former olive press hotel nestled in a peaceful hamlet near Kolimbari
  • Join in with Cretan Dancers during an evening demonstration
  • Visit the Venetian city of Chania on your free day

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board - continental breakfast and evening meal

In pictures...


Spillia Village in Crete, Greece

Spilia Village is a luxury 4-star traditional hotel.

Our award winning partner hotel is situated in a peaceful location, nestled into the landscape surrounded by citrus orchards and olive oil groves and just 3km inland from the traditional Cretan village of Kolimbari.

This family owned hotel has been lovingly restored in a traditional way using local stone and wood.


Greek hospitality awards 2016 and Best Greek boutique Hotel gold award   

Greek Hospitality Awards 2016

Gold Award Best Greek Boutique Hotel.  


Your room

Spilia Village has 30 comfortable en-suite rooms. All have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, direct dial phones, 2 channel radio, satellite TV, mini bar, safe deposit box, laundry service, and hairdryer.

In common with most European hotels, tea and coffee making facilities are not available in the bedrooms; however hot drinks can be purchased from the bar/café. Twin rooms comprise one double bed and a day bed/sofa bed. 
Spillia Village bedroom


Spillia Village swimming pool Spilia Village has two swimming pools: an indoor and and outdoor pool in a garden setting.

There is a pool bar, open during the daytime.

The hotel has its own gym, sauna, hamam.

Internet access and WiFi are free of charge.


Our holidays at Spilia Village are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

A self-service buffet is available each morning including a wide range of options.

Evening meal
Dinner is served in the traditional Taverna "Halara" (a structure dating from the Venetian period). The Taverna serves local style cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms and villages. Jugs of tap water, tea and coffee are served with the evening meal.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
Ingredients for your picnic lunch can be bought from the local shops. On some walks it will be possible to eat in a local tavern; your leaders will advise.
Spillia Village dining room

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

We’ll enjoy a leisurely meal and then you may also like to join your leader for an evening stroll, listen to local musicians, relax with a book in a quiet lounge or linger after dinner with a drink purchased from Reception.

One evening there is an opportunity to learn about local olive oil and honey and its products.



Holiday itinerary

Crete Guided Walking Holiday

Our experienced guides offer the choice of two different walks each day. Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness.

We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort. Our guides are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km) sometimes on rugged paths. Up to 1,300 feet (300m) of ascent and 2,000 feet (600m) of descent in a day.

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Harder walks: 7 to 11 miles (11-17½km) over undulating limestone hills and rugged gorges. Up to 2,100 feet (570m) of ascent and 4,000 feet (1,200m) of descent in a day.

Day 1: Arrival day

Depending on your arrival time at the hotel, you will have time to meet your fellow guests over the first evening meal. As there are two arrival flights to this destination your leaders will explain more about the walks after breakfast on day two.


Day 2: Rodopos Peninsula

Option 1: A crossing of the Rodopos Peninsula

Crete Gonias monastery

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Ascent: 300 feet (90m)

The walk in a nutshell: A gentle introduction to the west of the island. We cross the Rodopos peninsula from the west to the east coast finishing with a refreshing drink at the beachside Kolimbari.

Don’t miss: The Gonias Monastery and museum, one of the best preserved monasteries on Crete.

Option 2: The spine of the Rodopos Peninsula

Goats, Rodopos Peninsula, Crete

Distance:  8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the fairly undiscovered spine of the Rodopos peninsula via old goat paths and quiet dirt tracks and see how the population of the area make a living growing vegetables and farming sheep.

Don’t miss: Mountain goat spotting, spy them scrambling over the rough, rocky terrain.


Day 3: Sirikari and Polyrinia

Option 1: Sirikari and Polyrinia

Crete Sirikari Gorge

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Ascent: 300 feet (90m)

The walk in a nutshell: Discover the deep, scenic gorge of Sirikari passing abandoned buildings and looking out for eagles and Griffon Vultures which nest in the cliffs. We ascend to explore the ancient village of Polyrinia before we go onto Kissamos by coach for a refreshing drink and/or swim.

Don’t miss: Sitting amongst the flowers on the terrace of the unique little teashop in Polyrinia and eating a freshly-baked cake – yum!

Option 2: Sirikari down to Kissamos

Kissamos Bay taverna Crete

Distance:  8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m)

The walk in a nutshell: We follow the stunning Sirikari gorge route as the easier group do, to reach ancient Polyrinia. We go on to the Gulf of Kissamos on a wide ridge with extensive views of the Gerokinos and Rodopos peninsulas. We reach the sea at Kissamos for well derserved refreshments at a taverna.

Don't miss: Stunning views of the turquoise Gulf of Kissamos and beyond to the Aegean Sea. When you reach it, take the chance to dip in a toe, or more, with a swim. 


Day 4: South coast gorges

Option 1: The Imbros Gorge

Imbros Gorge walk Crete

Distance: 4½miles (7km)

Ascent: no ascent and 2,000 feet (600m) of descent

The walk in a nutshell: We explore the beautiful Imbros gorge. One of the shortest and most stunning Cretan gorges and is a delightful descent with high cliffs and shady trees. We come out in the village of Komitades where we take the coach to the capital of the region - Chorio Sfakion. Here there are tavernas, shops and a pleasant beach.

Don’t miss: Relax with a boat ride to the delightful resort of Loutro, a pretty blue and white village only accessible by boat.

Option 2: The Samaria Gorge

Samaria Gorge the gates, Crete

 Distance:  10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 100 feet (30m) and 4,000 feet (1,200m) of descent

The walk in a nutshell: Following an early start and a coffee with a view high up in the mountains at Omalos, we follow the deep and dramatic Samaria gorge right down to the sea. The iconic Cretan walk, this is one for the bucket list! We should arrive with time to enjoy a drink or a swim in the Libyan Sea before taking the afternoon ferry to Chorio Sfakion.

Don’t miss: The most famous part of the gorge is the stretch known as ‘the Gates’, where the sides close in to a narrow passage and soar up to a height of 980ft (300m). 


Day 5: Free day

Your free day is an opportunity to relax around the pool or on the nearby beach. Alternatively explore the charming Venetian city of Chania built around its picturesque harbour.


Day 6: Milia & Topolia

Option 1: Milia & Topolia

Chania mountains

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (350m) 

The walk in a nutshell: We immerse ourselves in the foothills of the mountains of the Chania region. We visit the restored village of Milia with terrific views of the surrounding hills before we continue onto the charming whitewashed village of Topolia.

Don't miss: Stop at the taverna in Milia for refreshing home-made lemonade, or perhaps lunch, and soak up the magnificent view.

Option 2: High Country around Milia

Chania mountains topolia

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the mountainous Chania region on foot. We too ascend to Milia for a refreshing drink, walking through remote and peaceful countryside to a wonderful plateau for lunch before making our way on good paths and quiet roads to the small village of Topolia which means ‘place of olives’.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the feeling of serenity as you explore this wild and beautiful area of Crete. 

Day 7: Snowy mountain villages

Option 1: Snowy mountain villages

Crete Meskla Church

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 500 feet (150m) and 1,200 feet (360m) of descent

The walk in a nutshell: From the historic village of Theriso we walk up to Zourva and enjoy a meze lunch with dramatic views of the White mountains. We descend via a wooded valley and orange groves into Meskla.

Don't miss: Seek out the wonderful Sotiras Christos Church or ‘Church of Christ Saviour’ (pictured) in Meskla,

Option 2: The White mountains

Eating lunch Amelias Taverna Crete

Distance:  10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m) and 1,500 feet (450m) of descent

The walk in a nutshell: Follow shepherd’s tracks up into the White Mountains and reach the head of the valley before walking to Zourva and join the easier group for a memorable lunch. Continue down into Meskla, a small traditional village that was once the site of an ancient city. 

Don’t miss: Both walks can linger over a typical Greek meze-style lunch with a view in the acclaimed Amelia’s tavern – a great way to celebrate the holiday. 

Your optional evening activity:

Crete Honey and olive oil evening presentationCrete is home to 30 million olive trees and the Cretans have harvested it to make olive oil since the early Minoan period in 3500BC. Today olive oil is an integral part of the Cretan diet and it is thought to contribute to the populations long life expectancy.

Enjoy a talk from a local couple who grow, hand harvest and press their own organic olive oil and produce their own honey on a nearby farm. They’ll bring along some of their delicious products to sample and buy if you wish.


Day 8: Departure Day


Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will brief you every evening about the following day’s walks.

Local area

Crete has about 600,000 inhabitants, of which over a third live in the towns of Heraklion, Chania and Rethymnon. The rest of the island is sparsely populated, with unspoilt villages and isolated hamlets. During this holiday we’ll explore the western end of Crete in the province of Chania. Heading west from the city there is a flat coastal plain which has developed as a popular holiday destination. Here you’ll find the resorts of Agia Marina, Platanias and Maleme. Further west is the village of Kolimbari, the nearest settlement to our hotel. Beyond Kolimbari the rocky and sparsely populated Rodopos and Gramvoussa peninsulas jut north into the sea and denote the end of the main tourist resorts.

Our base for the week is Spilia, a small hamlet 3km inland from Kolimbari. Kolimbari is a quiet fishing village with several good restaurants by the harbour and is still relatively untouched by tourism.


The bustling city of Chania presents quite a contrast to the calm of the Cretan countryside and is a fascinating destination for your free day. There is a good local bus service from Kolimbari. The bus runs every half hour and takes around 45 minutes to reach Chania. You’ll arrive in Chania’s busy main bus station from where the old town and harbour are within easy walking distance. The old town is a maze of narrow streets lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Though busy with tourists, Chania is also very much a working city. The centrepiece is the main harbour, from where there are regular boat trips available. The cafés that line the harbourside are an attractive place to take refreshments and watch the world go by. Other interesting sights in Chania are the Venetian defences and the indoor market – a hive of bustle and activity.

Car hire

Hire cars can be arranged through the hotel and are a good way of exploring further afield. You may want to head to the superb sandy beach at Elafanisi or the coastal town of Paleochora on the southwest corner of Crete.


For a relaxing day you may prefer to spend time around the hotel pool or private beach. This is a shingle beach – be warned that the water shelves quite steeply. The hotel is on the outskirts of Kolimbari, which boasts a handful of shops as well as seafront open air restaurants.     

Shops & facilities

There is a small shop in Spilia which sells a few basics for packed lunches. You will be given the opportunity to visit Kolimbari and its harbour bars, ATMs and shops during your vist.



We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.


Travel by plane


‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Heathrow to Chania airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour to the Hotel Spilia Village.




Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Chania airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £15.
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £60.00 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach



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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
4 Sep 2019 CRLCL - Crete Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £999.00 £998.00 Holiday Guaranteed to run - book now - few places left Book Now
4 Sep 2019 CRLCL - Crete Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 4 Sep 2019, 6:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Sep 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Chania Crete Island

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 11 Sep 2019, 1:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 11 Sep 2019, 3:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Chania Crete Island
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,299.00 £1,298.00 Holiday Guaranteed to run - book now - few places left Book Now
18 Sep 2019 CRLCL - Crete Guided Walking - Without Flights 7 £999.00 £999.00 Book Now
18 Sep 2019 CRLCL - Crete Guided Walking
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound


  • Depart: 18 Sep 2019, 6:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Sep 2019, 12:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Chania Crete Island

Flight - Return


  • Depart: 25 Sep 2019, 1:45 p.m.
  • Arrive: 25 Sep 2019, 3:55 p.m.
  • Depart from: Chania Crete Island
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,299.00 £1,299.00 Book Now

Prices are per person


  • Double room for sole occupancy: £26 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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