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Agios Nikolaos Hiking

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Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

1. Richtis Waterfall and North Coast Tour

Take a tour to Richtis beach on the far side of Mirabello Bay and trek through the forest to the stunning Richtis waterfall. After pickup from your accommodation, enjoy the beautiful scenery on the 1-hour drive to the bay of Mirabello. Leave the asphalt and travel off road down to Richtis beach, hugging the mountainside.  Park at the bottom and enter Richtis gorge to start the 30-minute walk to reach the falls. Follow a trail through the forest, listening to the sounds of birds and running water. Stop to admire the incredible waterfalls, with time to climb up the stairs to the top of the falls, take photos, or swim in the cool waters.  When you are ready to leave, head back to the beach along the same trail. During the tour you’ll enjoy a traditional lunch at a local tavern, with wine and water included. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Elounda area.

Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

2. Crete: Sarakina Gorge, Forests, and South Coast Safari

This tour will take you high into the mountains of the Lassithi Range (or Dikti Range), offering you an abundance of stunning panoramic views. Picking you up from your accommodation at 10:00AM, you will then start your climb up through several very picturesque traditional villages, one of which you shall stop at for a short break to shop or grab coffee. You will next go off road and move on up through the Kroustas Forest to a point approximately 1,000 meters above sea level. From way up there you will be able to see both the Lybian Sea (south coast) and the Aegean Sea (north coast). You will also be able to view the stunning peaks of the snow capped Mount Spathi (2,140 meters above sea level, second highest on the island), whose north face is home of the Psychro Cave, birth place of the Greek god Zeus. The views you will encounter throughout your tour can't be beaten, and there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for photographs. Whilst in the mountains you will be taken to a traditional Greek taverna for a meze lunch with local wine, and at the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to your point of origin.

From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

3. From Lasithi Area: Richtis Gorge Experience

Your experience starts from Agios Nikolaos, heading east with the Gulf of Mirabello on your left side. You will then drive to Istron and the stunning beaches of Karavostasi, as wel as Agios Panteleimonasm Golden Beach Voulisma and the village of Kavousi. Following that, you will visit the Minoan settlement of Azoria where the oldest olive tree in the world is located. You will then explore the mouth of the mind boggling Richtis Gorge, where you will explore an amazing trail within the gorge see the falls of Richtis. The falls. will prove to be a provider of wonderful images, and will be well worth the effort of walking along the trail, which leads to a pebbled beach. The hike is very easy, even for young children, and on the way back you can stroll around the alleys of the picturesque village of Tourloti

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The tour was exceptional. Our guide picked us up near our hotel and we drove to richtis falls. The walk to the falls was challenging enough to be exciting but easy enough for anyone to do it. We had plenty of time to swim in the falls and then got lunch after. Lunch was a delicious array of Greek cuisine and our guide made sure to converse with us about different types of food. After the falls we went to see Krasi and the olive tree, which was fascinating. We then went to an olive farm and got to sample the products and browse. The tour was especially good because of our guide who made sure to educate us about the culture, history and the ecology of Crete.

Our full day adventure was incredible, our tour guide Michael was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable - from Cretan history and culture to Greek Mythology and vegetation. The hike through the gorge was exhilarating, not too long but not too short either! Michael was very helpful, guiding everyone up and down the gorge. The food at lunch was amazing - we stopped at a very local taverna (very authentic compared to other touristy one we have stopped at on different tours). However, we must mention the wasps flying around whilst try to eat really wasn’t nice. They had smoke to try keep them away but it didn’t work that well.

Our guide Rolf was with us in the hotel before his time. There was therefore an extra round through the city. On the excursion that followed, we received a lot more information from Crete, and Rolf looked after us very well here. The whole day was very enjoyable from start to finish. By the way, the food was tasty too. Thank you for the impressive day.

We really enjoyed the tour and walk in the gorge - and the dip in the waterfall. It Is a beautiful part of Crete. Our guide Rolf was very friendly and had lots of great stories about local culture, history and nature.

incredible day with a great guide...fall don't tell everyone otherwise I will have more room for next year...