DATES & PRICES

Days = 8

13 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019

Londonn - London Price = £1595

Heraklion - Heraklion Price = £1395

Deposit = £200

Single Supplement = £165*

 

* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.

TOUR SUMMARY

Day 1

to Chania and the Akrotiri Peninsula

Day 2

The Rhodopou Peninsula & Marathokefala

Day 3

Elaphonisos Island and Topolia Gorge

Day 4

Deliana Gorge and Milia

Day 5

Sirikari Gorge and Polyrhinia

Day 6

A Scenic Drive to Anapoli and the Aredenia Gorge

Day 7

Imbros Gorge

Day 8

Departure

CRETE

Mediterranean Autumn

Wildlife Holiday Tour Autumn Bulbs Crocus, Stenbergias and Cyclamon on Crete with Greentours

Crete in October offers winter sunshine and warm seas, and after the first October rains there comes autumn colour from Colchicums, Crocuses, Sternbergias and Narcissi.

In shaded valleys we’ll find pink Cyclamen graecumAutumn Ladies Tresses and the purple endemic Crocus oreocreticus, mauve with three long red stamens. Swallowtails and Clouded Yellows are still on the wing as we enjoy two more cyclamen found in the west of Crete – Cyclamen hederifolium and Cyclamen confusum. On beaches along the North Coast and the tiny island of Elaphonisos (linked to the mainland by a sand bar) we shall find the sweetly scented Sea Daffodil Pancratium maritimum. Scythe-winged Eleonora’s Falcons hawk overhead. There are woodlands of Chestnut and majestic Plane trees, Strawberry Trees and gnarled and ancient Junipers. On the Rodopou Peninsula we will see extensive populations of Cyclamen amongst the ripening olive groves and we will stop for a meal at one of Crete’s finest tavernas on Crete hidden in a tiny cove.

We shall explore dramatic gorges, with Griffon Vultures, Red-billed Chough and hopefully Lammergeiers overhead. The endemic purple Origanum dictamnus will be in flower amongst chasmophytes such as Inula candica and the endemic Ebenus cretica. We can find Sternbergias sicula, and the delicate white flowers of Allium callimischon subspecies haemostictum with red-dotted petals. Sweetly-scented Narcissus serotinus and pink Colchicum pusillum adorn many hillsides. Narcissus tazetta and the strange and tiny flowers of Biarum davisii emerge from rocky outcrops. Also in flower at this time will be Mandragora autumnalis, Ranunculus bullatus, Arisarum vuglare, Clematis cirrhosa and Erica manipuliflora. Large flowering spikes of Sea Squill Charybdis maritima, and drifts of the delicate Autumn Squill Prospero autumnale will be common. We’ll look for Crocus laevigatus and the endemic Colchicum cretense, as well as the Cretan Goat or Kri Kri. We will be able to explore the archaeology of Crete’s long history, with frescoed chapels, the wonderful Venetian town of Chania, and the Roman cisterns and aqueducts of Polyrinia. We will, of course, be sampling the excellent Cretan cuisine in the local tavernas throughout this trip. 

INFORMATION

Focus

Plants, especially autumn bulbs, birds and butterflies, and Cretan culture and food

Leaders

Fiona Dunbar, Paul Green,

Walking

Usually gentle, however on some days we’ll walk a couple of miles or so, and on the Imbros Gorge day there is a downhill walk of some five miles. There will be another option with less walking on this day.

Included in the Price

All flights. All transport and meals in Greece. Services of your leaders. Please note: Drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature such as travel insurance, are not included.

Group Size

One leader for a group of up to 6, two leaders up to the maximum group size of 12.

Accommodation

For the first five nights of the tour we’ll stay at the Grand Bay Hotel in the small town of Kolymbari. It is in a quiet location and has a pebbly/sandy beach in front, and a swimming pool. The rooms are modern and comfortable, en-suite and with free wi-fi in the rooms. There is a very good buffet breakfast spread and we’ll visit some excellent sea front tavernas and shops a few minutes walk away. At Anapoli we have two nights at the welcoming Kopasis Rooms, which have balconies with stunning views over the magnificent gorge there. All rooms on this tour have en suite facilities.

Flights

UK return flights are direct from London Gatwick or Manchester* to Chania. Add-ons are available from various UK airports*. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports* are available.

*These routes may incur a supplement.

Climate

Warm and sunny with blue skies for the most part, although some rain and cloud can be hoped for, not least by the flowers!

How to Book

Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. Flower, butterfly and bird checklists are available.

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