8 days south east Heraklion to Lasithi

From: Heraklion, Crete, Greece. You can find during summer months direct flights, if not, you can come via Athens either by boat (9 hours) or by airplane (45 minutes).
Price: €790 per person, 4+ bookings €690 per person
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights.
Dates: All year long.
Minimum participants: 3.
Maximum participants: 6.
Overnight: In tents. Some days might be possible to stay in small apartments only if the trip is taken place in summer months.
Included: Guides, ground transportation, all kayaking equipment & instruction.
Not Included: Air or ferry to Heraklion on the island of Crete, lunches, drinks and any kind of food, personal clothing and accessories, baggage and trip cancellation insurance, airport taxes and gratuities. Camping equipment, food and food preparation i.e. this trip is self catering. You can buy canisters for the stove from Crete.

This trip is suitable to experienced paddlers only. You need to meet all critiria below. If you are in doubt for any of them please choose any of the other multi day trips as this one is more demanding.

Requirements:

  1. Been able to paddle with an average speed of 6 km per hour
  2. Been very comfortable in sea state 4, force 4 (check here for convertion if not familiar with sea state and force)
  3. Know to perform an assisted rescue (any) in the above conditions
  4. Been able to track a kayak without a rudder (we use skeg only boats aka British style)

Winds up to force 4/5 are very common during the trip and you need to be able to paddle in those conditions. We will try to avoid them but it will be impossible to not paddle on those conditions at some point. Part of the trip faces strong katabatic winds and need super attention. This is where you can get benefit from our experience, to paddle safely in a wonderful coastline. 

1st day of the trip will be spent to make a plan for the trip, answer any of your questions and practise rescues and group communication as this is essential. We will buy food and water from the small villages that we will meet across the paddling trip. Supplies for 2 days are usually enough as we can get supplies along the way. If the weather is good on the first day we will try to cover some distance.

The trip take place in one of the most wonderful parts of Crete passing as we paddle close to Asterousia mountains (1243 meters the highest summit) and Dikti (2148 meters). Many remote beaches along the way. The largest part without an option for landing is about 15km.

During the winter months the ground temperature varies from 8oC to 20oC while the water at 15oC. Dry suit is not required as most likely you will be too warm when is sunny. During summer months ground temperature might go up to 42oC on a very warm day and sea temperature at 27oC (during September).