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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Crete?
One of the most common questions among trekkers visiting Crete is how to actually get to the island. Luckily for all of us, it is not that hard. Here are your options:

By plane
Crete has three airports. The most common airport to fly to in Crete is Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, 4kms away from the city of Heraklion. Flights arrive at this airport directly from international destinations, Greece & Europe. 

By Boat
Throughout the whole year, you can get at least one ship per day making the trip from the port city of Piraeus to Heraklion. During Summer, the trips increase to two or three voyages per day. Also, during high season, there are other ferries available running between Crete and the other Greek Islands including Rhodes, Karpathos, Kassos, and Khaliki.
When is the best season to trek in Crete?
We organize our walking holidays in West Crete, Greece all year round apart from July and August when it can be quite warm. Spring and autumn are the best times of the year for walking. In spring nature is at its most abundant. The island is covered with a blanket of wildflowers. During the walks, you can also discover rare orchids. The colorful butterflies are a feast for the eyes; you smell herbs like thyme, oregano, and sage. In the summer, it is a little drier but in autumn the first rains bring a new shower of flowers and amazing autumn colors.
How hard are the trails on Crete?
The walks during our walking holiday in West Crete, Greece are graded as easy to moderate. We will walk mainly on paths of moderate gradient with ascents of up to 500m in a day. The terrain can be stoney and rocky so hiking boots and walking poles are essential. We will walk up to 5-6 hours including stops to rest and for lunch.
How much should I tip my tour guide?
Tipping in Greece is expected in most places, but it is by no means obligatory. Of course, there is no set standard for how much to tip when you got a good service. As regards tipping your tour guide, tipping between 2 to 5 Euros per person, per day of trek, is a good reference.
What should I pack for my trek in Crete?
Packing the right clothes and equipment is always one of the most crucial parts of getting ready for a trek. Here is a summary of what you should bring with you for this trekking adventure in Greece:

- A pair of comfortable and waterproof hiking boots,
- Walking poles,
- A hat that provides effective cover from the sun,
- Sunglasses to protect the eyes from UV exposure,
- Comfortable and warm clothes that are suitable for walking,
- an all-weather light waterproof jacket,
- A swimsuit and beach towel
- A camera!
How do you select a reliable trekking operator in Crete?
The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why Bookatrekking.com does the selection for you. We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on Bookatrekking.com are reliable.
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