8 days in western Crete

Palaiochora – Kokkinos Pirgos

From: Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
Price: 1000€. 3-4 bookings €790 per person, 5+ bookings 690€ per person.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights.
Dates: Every month from April to November. It is also possible during the winter months (contact us for details)
You can always book a custom trip, just contact us.
Minimum participants: 2.
Maximum participants: 6 or more if most of the participants are experienced paddlers.
Overnight: In tents and small apartments.
Included: Guides, ground transportation, lodging (based on double occupancy, single supplement applies), all kayaking equipment & instruction.
Not Included: Air or ferry to Heraklion on the island of Crete, lunches, drinks and any kind of food, personal clothing and accessories, baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes and gratuities.

Itinerary

Day 1: Our trip officially begins in the morning at the Heraklion city where our staff will meet you. Exact meeting time will be determined depending participants flights. We can collect you from any place in Heraklio. Once everybody is ready for departure we will enjoy a great drive across north and south west Crete down to the Palaiochora village. This is a three and a half hour driving. There will be an optional kayak instruction session and we'll enjoy welcome drinks while viewing the incredible sunset and make our introductions. We will review the itinerary for the week and answer whatever questions you may have.

Day 2: After breakfast, we will outfit everyone with paddle, PFD (personal floatation device) and sprayskirt, then head across the street to the beach where we will offer basic kayaking instruction if needed otherwise we will start paddling for our first destination, the beach of Sougia. This is a distance of 13km. In Sougia you can either stay in small apartments/hotel or camp. It is a fantastic beach for swimming and snorkelling. If the weather is really good and the group wants we can move on and camp in the extraordinary beach of Domata. This is definitely one of the best beaches in Greece. If we end up following this route we will end up doing around 20-22km.

Photo 1: With water at 27oC during the summer there is no reason not to roll!

Eskimo Roll Crete

Day 3: Early morning we will start paddling towards Agia Roumeli (this is where the famous Samaria gorge ends) and Agios Pavlos beach. The small 10th Century chapel built in honor of St. Paul is a remarkable site and traditionally wonderful photo opportunity. We then paddle to reach Marmara beach where we stay for the night (overnight in tents). If weather is good and the group want to paddle a little bit more we might end up staying in Loutro. The only access is by kayak or any other boat and by foot.  Loutro is a place for those people who want something different.
For example there are no big hotels with swimming pools. There are no overcrowded streets, restaurants and beaches, there are no cars! The paddling distance for the day is around 15-20km.

Day 4: From Marmara beach or Loutro we will start paddling towards Chora Sfakion and then Fragokastelo. The first very exposed to winds destination is Frangokastelo. If we manage to reach the area without strong winds we will move on to Rodakino where we are going to stay. Overnight either in tents or small apartments. This is a paddling distance of 18-25km.

Photo 2: Remote beaches like this are many on the trip.

Chania

Day 5: Next paddling destination is either Plakias or Preveli beach. This will depend from winds as the trip from Fragkokastelo to Preveli is the most demanding in terms of winds. Paddling distance will be something between to 5-15km. If we stay close to Plakias there is an option regarding overnight in tents or small apartments. If we end up in Preveli we will need to stay in tents as it is a remote place. Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix, is located at the exit of the imposing Kourtaliotikos Gorge, where the Great River (Megas Potamos) is flowing. A great place to wash out our kayaks and gear from salty water!

Day 6: Heading out from Preveli, our next stop is Agios Pavlos. This is a distance of 12km. If weather is windy this part of the trip will have some big waves as it is exposed in west winds which are common in the area. A great place to improve your skills! Overnight in tents or a small apartments.

Photo 3: One of our camp sites, not bad?

Kayak camp

Day 7: From Agios Pavlos we will start early morning paddling towards Agia Galini (12km distance). This is a great paddling with some superb caves and a lot of rocks to play.
Overnight in Agia Galini either in tents or small apartments. If weather is good and the group wants to paddle more we will keep paddling untli we reach the village of Kokkinos Pirgos. This is another 6km of paddling and our final destination.

Day 8: If we stay in Agia Galini we will paddle early morning towards to Kokkinos Purgos where our jurney ends. The car will depart for Heraklion between 1-4 pm, giving enough time for catching late afternoon flights.

Photo 4: One of the best caves in Crete

Caves paddling kayak Crete

Important information: This itinerary is subject to change. As with all adventure travel, some activities are dependent on appropriate wind and water conditions. But fear not - we have many alternative activities available in case the weather is not cooperative.