Walking holidays in Crete

Walking holidays in Crete

Exploring Crete at a leisurely pace

No other Greek island offers the diversity of landscape and history of Crete. From great mountain peaks, still snow-covered into late spring, to gentle valleys of vineyards and orchards, to long beaches, this is an island of exceptional visual appeal.  The timeless village of Vamos, set against the spectacular backdrop of the White Mountains, is the chosen location for the week and accommodation is at the tranquil Arosmari Village Retreat.


Gentle walks with Simpson Travel

Our aim is to present a truly inspirational break for small, select groups of 6-8 guests in a relaxed and informal environment.  All of these gentle circular routes, which start from Arosmari Village Retreat, will be conducted at a leisurely pace giving every opportunity to take photographs, sample home-made produce and interact with local villagers.  If you are travelling with a partner or companion who is not a walker, they can enjoy their own time at Arosmari, yet share the friendly atmosphere of the group. Please view the details of our walking holidays in Crete


Your guide

Trish Scott has spent the last nine years exploring the Apokoronas area of Crete.  She lives in Kaina, near Vamos, and is very well placed to pass on her knowledge and experiences of this most breathtaking corner of western Crete.


Departure date

Our walking holiday in Crete takes place 9-16 October.


Price per person based on two people sharing a cottage:

£875 pp Basil, Bay, Fennel and Oregano Cottages (single supplement £75)
£895 pp Mint Cottage (single supplement £85)
£955 pp Rosemary and Thyme Cottages (single supplement £100)
£1,025 pp Arugula Cottage (couples only)

Non-walkers deduct £100 from per person price.

Included in the cost of your holiday:

  • 4 half days’ guided walks (walkers only)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch on 4 days – picnic or taverna (walkers only)
  • 2 picnic lunches on free days
  • 2 evening barbecues
  • Return flights
  • Shared taxi transfers



For more information and booking, please contact our Greece specialists on 020 8392 5852 or complete our enquiry form, detailing the activity in the additional comments box, and a member of our team will contact you.


Your accommodation at Arosmari Village Retreat

Arosmari Village RetreatArosmari Village Retreat is a haven; a cluster of stone and cypress wood cottages with a beautiful garden at its heart, set in the timeless village of Vamos.  Here, among roses, jasmine and lavender are many secret corners to paint, read, meditate or sleep the afternoon away. Touches of the rural past: a shepherd's hut, a threshing circle and even a small chapel are spread among the olive trees and lawn. An extra dimension is a small spa for guests including a Turkish Hammam and treatment room for a combination of traditional massages and therapies with scented oils (payable locally).


For non-catered evenings

There are several tavernas in Vamos within walking distance of Arosmari.