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The island of Crete offers a rare mix of splendid beaches, amazing mountain landscapes, vibrant towns and cosy villages inhabited by warm-hearted locals, all this spiced with genuine local cuisine, excellent wine, and perhaps a shot of raki!

The south-west part of the island is characterized by a unique landscape of scenic gorges and a coast full of secluded beaches and deep blue waters. During the last walk of the trip, you explore the impressive Aradena Gorge, a challenging but rewarding walk you’ll never forget.

Ultimate Northern Greece

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  • Budget
    $3,600
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Time to Travel
    January - Aril
  • Type
    Aventure
  • Language
    Italian
  • Destination
    Euro

Greece is mostly known for endless beaches and islands but mainland Greece’s northern Pindos Mountains boast.

Your journey around the Dutch tulip fields starts and ends in Amsterdam, with city stops at Haarlem and Leiden in between. The tulip reveal happens on day three, when your route takes you through Bollenstreek, boasting tulip fields of every colour.

They have been grown here for over 400 years, where excavated dunes and sea air create the perfect growing (and cycling) conditions. E-bikes are also available.

Highlights

  • Captain‘s greeting and welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner and farewell cocktail
  • Daily cabin cleaning, towels and bed linen
  • Full board: breakfast buffet, lunch on board (non-cyclists) or packed lunch (cyclists), afternoon coffee break, dinner (2/3 dishes to choose), evening snack
  • Trip manager on board (does not cycle with the group)

What's Included

  • Bus transport from and to Oslo
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches and five dinners
  • Detailed tour description
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Tour Plan

After breakfast, you are transferred to Glengoyne Distillery for a tour and tasting session. You are then transferred to Drymen to begin your walk on the West Highland Way, taking in views over Loch Lomond from the top of Conic Hill before descending into Balmaha for your evening stay.

  • Accommodation: Westcord Fashion Hotel or similar
  • Optional hotel upgrade: Westcord Art

Your walk today takes you along the east side of Loch Lomond, clinging to the water’s edge along much of the way. This is a lovely, low level and relaxed stage as it meanders past pebbly beaches and giving you plenty of time to take in the surrounding scenery and wildlife.

  • Cycling for the day: 53km
  • Accommodation: Hotel Lion d’Or or similar
  • Optional hotel upgrade: Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg in Santpoort-Noord (includes dinner)

From Rowardennan, the path heads into thick woodland. There are two options here: the easier being the wide forest track which follows the contours up and down the hill; or the more time consuming, narrow path which skirts over rocks and exposed tree roots along the banks of the loch. The rocky and uneven path continues along the loch, hugging the water’s edge amidst ancient oak forest. The loch becomes noticeably narrower as the path approaches Inverarnan.

  • Cycling for the day: 38km
  • Accommodation: Tulip-Inn Leiden Centre, Golden Tulip Leiden Centre, Fletcher Wellness Hotel or similar

Soon after leaving Inverarnan, the path runs alongside the picturesque, fast-flowing River Falloch before a long stretch on an old military road. The route here closely follows the West Highland Line railway and eventually passes underneath the tracks as the path nears a coniferous forest. The route continues through the forest along a winding, undulating path, eventually crossing the road and River Fillin. Views of the surrounding mountains are wonderful. A well-maintained path follows the River Cononish before reaching Tyndrum.

  • Cycling for the day: 63km
  • Accommodation: Westcord Fashion Hotel or similar
  • Optional hotel upgrade: Westcord Art

Take a steep serpentine path up to the village of Anopolis, from there walk to ancient Aradena, situated at the edge of the impressive Aradena Gorge. A scenic path goes down into the Aradena Gorge all the way to the coast. The last part of today’s walk takes you along the coast back to Loutro. A shorter route today is possible via the tiny village of Livaniana and then descending through the Aradena Gorge to the sea. Depending on your flight time on the following day, you may need to travel back to Chora Sfakion by ferry today, and on to Chania or Heraklion.

  • Walking for the day: 16km, 4h, max ↑­­­­840m ↓840m
  • Accommodation: Kyma Hotel or similar Loutro
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