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From: Heraklion, Crete
Price:$ 2,995

Based On Double Occupany. Single Supplement Applies.


Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Dates:
May 18 - 25, 2017
October 10 - 17, 2017

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Duration:
8 Days, 7 Nights
Activities:
Rock Climbing
Skill Rating:
3
Van Supported:
Yes
From:
Heraklion, Crete
Price:
$ 2,995

Based On Double Occupany. Single Supplement Applies.


Minimum Age 9
Included: Guides, ground transportation, support vehicle, lodging, most meals (breakfast and dinner), all climbing equipment except shoes (harness, helmet, ropes, quickdraws, anchors, etc.).
Not Included: Airfare or ferry to Crete and from Santorini, personal clothing and accessories, personal climbing shoes, full medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes, and guide gratuities. Single Supplement: $600.

Discover what the famous islands of Santorini and Crete have to offer: world class climbing with zero crowds. This is the climbing community’s best kept secret! Climb above remote beaches on sea-side cliffs, explore the high walls of deep canyons, and drop down into an amazing geologic wonder with a 130 foot rappel into a secluded deep-water pool. Rejuvenate after long days of climbing with famous Greek cuisine, beautiful sunsets, refreshing local wines and the company of your fellow travelers and the welcoming locals. Whether or not you have climbing experience, your guides will provide amazing climbing and cultural experiences. Their local knowledge makes any trip to Greece a once in a lifetime experience.


Itinerary:

Day 1: Our trip officially begins at 10:00 AM on the first day at the Heraklion Airport where The Northwest Passage staff will meet you.  From the airport, we will head to Knossos, the mysterious ancient Minoan palace just outside Heraklion. We will then enjoy a scenic drive acoss Crete down to the beach town of Matala on the south coast.  In Matala, we will settle into our rooms, explore the little town, and then head up to a seaside taverna for cocktails and fellowship with our fellow group members and soon-to-be close friends.

Day 2: We will kick off the climbing by staying close to Matala and venturing out to nearby Agios Farago. As we hike down this secluded canyon, we will take advantage of its great sport climbing opportunities. We will do safety checks and training to make sure that all participants are able and ready for some great climbing. The old church of Agios Antonios is a historical site in the canyon with a well that is still operational. After climbing our way down the canyon, we will end up at a beautiful beach and an expansive view of the Mediterranean to the south. We will swim, relax, and climb above the sea. Before we leave, we will hike up above the beach to the amazing deep water pool. This geologic wonder provides us with a once in a lifetime opportunity: a 130 foot rappel into water! This is a must do! That evening we will relax in Matala with a big Cretan dinner at one of our favorite tavernas.

Day 3: We will start early this morning and drive up to Kapetaniana. After dropping off our luggage at the pension (Bed and Breakfast), we will head out and climb some of the many routes that lay close to this tiny mountain town. That evening we will dine with Luisa and Gunnar, our hosts at the pension. At night, we can enjoy their wood fired sauna!

Day 4: Wake up prepared for a full day in Kapetaniana. After breakfast we will head out for Mount Kofinas, 1246M. There are multiple routes to the summit, all around 5 pitches and requiring traditional climbing gear. Your guides will help choose the best route for you and lead you up this spectacular mountain. There is also an easy hike, which serves as our descent route, if you would rather walk to the summit. Back in Kapetaniana, we will dine at this little town’s only taverna.

Day 5: Wake up for your last day in Kapentaniana. After breakfast, we will pack the van and head out for a little more climbing in the area. After climbing, we will head out and towards Heraklion to catch our ferry to Santorini. This trip is relatively quick and will get us to our next island by dinner time.

Day 6: Our first morning on Santorini, we will head out to the nearby cliffs of Perissa beach. This expansive wall is well established and has single and multi-pitch routes, and the proximity to the beach makes this area a paradise. That evening, we will dine in Perivolos and explore this little coastal town.

Day 7: Our last day of climbing for the trip, and we will make it a great one! We will head up from Perivolos and over towards Kamari, stopping at the historic Ancient Thira on the way. We will explore Kamari’s many cliffs and might even head up the infamous Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a challenging multi-pitch route. We will end this day back in Perivolos with a great last meal, sharing stories and memories and saying goodbye to our new friends.

Day 8: Depending on flight and ferry schedules, we could fit in some climbing this day. Otherwise, we will transport the group to the airport and ferry port and say goodbye.

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


Clothing & Equipment:

This is all you will need - anything else is unnecessary baggage and will only be extra weight to carry.

  • 3-7 t-shirts, some synthetic
  • 1 shirt, long sleeved
  • 2-3 pair shorts (some quick drying)
  • 1 pair of synthetic pants if you like climbing in pants instead of shorts
  • Sun/rain hat
  • Sneakers/boots/approach shoes
  • Climbing shoes (a must have!)
  • Rain gear just in case! or windbreaker jacket
  • 1 pair sport sandals or flip flops
  • Bathing suit(s)
  • Underwear, socks
  • Casual clothes for evenings (shorts/summer dresses are fine)
  • Clean change of clothing for the trip home

 

Miscellaneous

  • Passport (be sure to check expiration date, must be more than 3 weeks  after your return date)
  • Toiletry kit- toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, sunscreen, face cream, nail clippers, moleskin, baby powder, soap, washcloth (most hotels don’t provide them) etc.
  • Personal medication kit- ibuprofen, aspirin, vitamins, band-aids, Dramamine®, cold/sinus meds if prone to colds
  • Climbing pack (25-40L, comfortable for long approaches)
  • Collapsible walking stick for optional hikes
  • Sunglasses
  • Chums/Croakies® to keep glasses on your head
  • Water bottle (optional- bottled water is plentiful and cheap
  •   Camera
  • Small towel (e.g. PackTowel® works well)
  • Small travel alarm clock


Optional Equipment:

  • Personal harness, belay device, etc. if you are more comfortable with your gear
  • Guidebooks
  • Mask and snorkel (can be purchased inexpensively)
  • Field glasses – binoculars