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4-day hiking trip in the Island of Crete, Greece

Medieval Castle in Sfakia

Enjoy a 4-day hiking trip in Greece with certified mountain guide Akis Parousis and discover the most beautiful places in Crete!

4 Days

May - Oct




* Discover the beautiful island of Crete.

* Enjoy the Mediterranean coastline and culture.

* Revel at the awe-inspiring locations of this amazing island.


Would you like to discover the most beautiful spots in Crete? Then join me on this amazing 4-day hiking trip in Greece!

Crete is a majestic island. Overlooking the glittering blue Mediterranean, it is the ideal location for a hiking adventure.  The island of King Minoas is also well known for its high mountains, magnificent gorges and canyons and extended trail network. Mythology, culture, history, food, and unique fauna and flora are all part of this island’s unique charm.  Join me to discover some of its best-kept secrets!

On this hiking trip, we will go along the south coastline of Crete and discover one of the purest and isolated areas of southern Europe.  Every day we will walk approximately 5 hours in some of the most awe-inspiring places of Crete. Splendid seaside beaches and mountain trails, overnight stays in traditional seafront villages, Greek hospitality, Mediterranean food, and exceptional wine will all be part of this adventure which everyone is welcome to join.

So, are you ready for a thrilling adventure in Greece? Then book your place now and join me on this 8-day program. I will be happy to be your guide!

I also offer a hut to hut Mount Olympus hiking tour, check it out!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Transportation start and back

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

<b>Please note that a minimum of 4 participants is necessary in order to run the group dates. </b>


Day 1: Meeting in Crete Island – Chania town – Samaria Gorge

Meeting in Chania town and transfer towards the trail head to Omalos Plateau
Today we will hike one of the longest and most beautiful gorges in Europe: The
famous Samaria Gorge.
A well marked trail runs 16 km of unspoiled nature inside the gorge, and exits at
the Mediterranean Sea.
Duration: 6 – 7 hours
Vertical drop: 1250m
The hike ends at the sea front village Agia Roumeli. Rest, relaxation, swimming
in crystal clean waters, Mediterranean food and overnight stay at the village.

Day 2: Again Roumeli – White Mountains – St. John

Breakfast at the guest house and start hiking.
The sea side trail runs the coast line through pine forest, and faces the
Mediterranean Sea. Afterwards, climbs the mountain south side towards our final
destination, the St. John mountain village, too far away from the civilization,
almost lost in time…
During our hike, the guests will be briefed about the wild herbs and flowers, the
history and mythology of the area.
Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Vertical ascent: 800m
Settle down in a guest house – dinner – briefing about the next day schedule.
Overnight stay.

Day 3: St. John – Aradaina Gorge

Breakfast at the guest house and transfer towards the entrance of Aradaina
The well marked trail runs the gorge through impressive rock formations, and
during the hike we will experience the Cretan nature, smell the Mediterranean
herbs and finally we will exit in a magnificent secret beach with crystal waters –
The Marble Beach.
Duration: 4 hours
Vertical Drop: 600m
Relaxation – swimming
Same afternoon, transfer with a boat towards Loutro village, the most iconic and
magnificent part of the south Crete. The small sea front village with magnificent
architecture welcomes the hiker’s. Now, we are too far away from roads and vehicles, isolated at the very south end of Europe.
Settle down in a sea front hotel – dinner – overnight stay.

Day 4: Loutro Bay – Sfakia

Breakfast at the hotel and start hiking towards Sfakia.
Via a magnificent sea side trail, we will cross the marvelous Sweet Waters
beach and finally we will access the historic Sfakia village.
Duration: 3 hours
The same afternoon we will enjoy the nearby Iligas Beach and typical Cretan
Early afternoon transfer towards Chania town
End of trip


Equipment you will need to bring

Water bottle



swim wear, sun screen, sun hat, towel, flop flops


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Santa Helena Beach Platanias Greece
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Minoa Palace Resort Platanias Greece
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Blue Beach Villas Apartments Platanias Greece
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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I come from Greece and always remember myself as a kid in the mountains…
Now, I am a Certified Mountain Guide HMGA, member of the Hellenic Mountain Guides Association (License number A.N 867/37, Nr 19 FEK (A)621-999/28-11-07) also a Mountaineering – Ski Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor, member of the Hellenic Federation of Mountaineering & Climbing (H.F.M.C).

My passion for the mountains led me on numerous hikes, ski tours, and rock and ice climbs in Greece, the Alps, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Bulgaria, with many new routes under my signature.

The beautiful valleys at the foot of Mount Olympus – Greece are my home, and the flanks above are the playground to follow my mountain love, may it be ice-climbing, ski touring, hiking, or alpine climbing. For me, it is the perfect terrain to train, play and guide.

I teach mountaineering, rock climbing, and ski mountaineering in various Climbing Schools & Mountaineering Associations, and I spend a lot of wintertime as a ski instructor. I love to share my passion with guests and guide hikers, mountaineers, climbers, and ski tourers all year round.

I am married to Mariza and we have a daughter and two sons together.
I speak Greek, English, and French.


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What people are saying about this trip



I booked the Crete hiking trip with 3 other friends and from the first contact with Explore Share and Akis - our guide - I realized that it would be a great experience. The chosen itineraries, the landscapes, the rhythm of pace and all the management of the trip was excellent. Akis took personal care for well-chosen accommodation, fine restaurants with Mediterranean foods and our on-time transfers. His passion for guiding was more than obvious on every part of the hiking trip. Although we were 4 people, we felt that it was a personal guided trip thanks to Akis behaviour. After this, Crete is one of my favourite hiking destinations with huge diversity and magnificent places to discover. Me and my friends, we thank Akis who revealed to us this hidden hiking and cultural paradise.

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