Hiking tours - Balos Travel, Kissamos, Chania, Crete

Hiking & Archaeological tours

Chania old city

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HIKING & ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURS

The area is abundant with places where you can walk through nature and admire its peaceful and wild beauty. The alternations of nature, the flora and fauna, the streams, all compose a beautiful picture well-worth visiting through hiking.

There are designated and delimited trails for hiking lovers who comprise the main part of incoming tourism mostly during spring and autumn months from all around Europe.

The development  of hiking  and creating newroutes  is  far:

– The general  topography
  The climatic  conditions
– And  the  “human” and  warm  attitude  of the owners of  rooms  and hotels that  have won  in the purity and  the warmth of  their  permanentand repeated  visits  of tourists  inaccommodation  as if they  are  their owncottage.

  1. ANCIENT PHALASARNA (FALASARNA)

You certainly know ‘Falasarna’ the beach, but do you know ‘Phalasarna’ the ancient harbour-town?

Ancient Phalasarna was a wealthy Cretan town located on the once important trade route between the Aegean Sea and Ptolemaic Alexandria. It minted its own coin, it was engaged in several wars, its inhabitants werealsopirates and for centuriesafteritsabandonmentitwasconsidered a lost city!

This archaeological site is a very rare one and it embodies an exciting part of the Cretan history. So, if you want to ‘decode’ and understand it with the help of an archaeologist/tourist guide and not just wander around its ruins, then this tour is for you!

Together we will explore the tombs, the winery, the fortification towers, the quarries, the harbor’s quays and basin and we will bring back to life the splendor of Hellenistic Phalasarna, the military conflict with the Romans, as well as its peculiar geological past.  The area will provide an inspiring background to our archaeo-walk as the site is surrounded by olive groves, the imposing rocky promontory where the acropolis used to be and, of course, the sea.

THIS TOUR…

wis a private one and escorted by an archaeologist/ licensed tourist guide

wcan be combined with a visit at the archaeological museum of Kissamos, where, among other artefacts, we can see several findings from the excavations at Falassarna

whas also a family-friendly version! If requested, the tour will be adapted to fit for the needs of our younger friends through games and hands-on activities

wis designed in a way that allows to keep the proper physical distances at all times

whas a duration of approximately 2 hrs (ifwevisitalso the museumadd an extra hour)

wisrecommended for morning hours

wis offered in English and in Italian

wdoes not include transport

For further info and prices, contact us

2. ANCIENT POLYRRHENIA

This is an opportunity to combine an easy hike with archaeology and nature! Polyrrhenia, located only 7km south from Kissamos and once one of the most powerful hilltop ancient cities of western Crete, awaits for you to explore it. The picturesque village is a blend of traditional old houses, some of them with embedded ancient remains, an Hellenistic and Roman aquedust, Venetian archways , fortification towers and rock-cut houses and cisterns. On the way to the ancient acropolis of Polyrrhenia there is a 19th-century church, which is built with curious inscribed blocks and some impressive Hellenistic and Byzantine fortification walls.

But how did this hiiltop city-state manage to survive throughout those troubled periods and preserve all of those traces? What was its relation with the strong ones of each period? Whats the meaning of its name and was there a cult on Nymphs? and where are the temples of its acropolis?

The reward for anyone that walks up to the top of the acropolis hill will be the breathtaking views from the highest summits of the white Mountains to the deep blue sea of Kissamos gulf.

THIS TOUR…

wis a private one and escorted by an archaeologist/ licensed tourist guide

wcan be combined with a visit at the archaeological museum of Kissamos, where, among other artefacts, we can see several findings from the excavations at Polyrrhenia

whas also a family-friendly version! If requested, the tour will be adapted to fit for the needs of our younger friends through games and hands-on activities

wis designed in a way that allows to keep the proper physical distances at all times

whas a duration of approximately 2.5 hrs (ifwevisitalso the museumadd an extra hour)

wisrecommendedeither for morning or for evening hours

wis offered in English and in Italian

wdoes not include transport

For further info and prices, contact us

3.ANCIENT APTERA

Most of us know, or have heard of the ‘Minoan civilization’ that flourished in Bronze Age Crete. But how many know what happened after the Minoans on this island? How did its inhabitants react to the fall of the Minoan palatial centers, who were the ‘newcomers’ and how did they mingle with the ‘locals’? In what ways did the society change in the following centuries? What was its new political organization, where did the money come from and to what gods did the people believe in?

The archaeological site of Aptera, at 15 km east of Chania, can offer the answers to the questions above and to many more. The exploration of its several, considerablyvariedand well-preserved ruins, including a theatre, fortification walls, a cemetery, water reservoirs, a fortress, a monastery and WWII pillboxes, will built a fascinating narration that will introduce you to the Cretan history through an educational yet entertaining time-travel, only to be interrupted by the breathtaking views at the White Mountains and the bay of Souda.

 

THIS TOUR…

wis a private one and escorted by an archaeologist/ licensed tourist guide

wcan be combined with a visit at the archaeological museum of Chania, where, among other artefacts, we can see several findings from the excavations at Aptera

whas also a family-friendly version! If requested, the tour will be adapted to fit for the needs of our younger friends through games and hands-on activities

wis designed in a way that allows to keep the proper physical distances at all times

whas a duration of approximately 2 hrs (ifwevisitalso the museumadd an extra hour)

wisrecommended for morning and evening hours (site isclosed on Tuesdays, ticket 4eur/2euros)

wis offered in English and in Italian

wdoes not include transport

For further info and prices, contact us

4.HISTORICAL CENTRE OF CHANIA

If you look for an engaging historical tour in Chania, check out this idea!

Walk with an archaeologist-tourist guide into Chania’s old town and see its five millennia of history and prehistory unravel before your eyes. Minoan neighbourhoods, Hellenistic walls, bombarded Ottoman bathhouses, Latin inscriptions, a church with the symbols of two religions, imposing Venetian bastions, boot-makers shops, knife-makers shops, underground cisterns, a Venetian harbour and an African village are just a part of the multicultural mosaic of the town’s past and of its architectural treasures.

Keeping a safe distance from the crowded areas, we will explore the town and unlock its secrets by learning all about the fascinating historical events that took place here and the numerous human stories connected to them, until every ruin becomes meaningful.

 

THIS TOUR…

wis a private one and escorted by an archaeologist/ licensed tourist guide

whas also a family-friendly version! If requested, the tour will be adapted to fit for the needs of our younger friends through games and hands-on activities

wcan be combined with a visit at the archaeological museum of Chania

wis designed in a way that allows to keep the proper physical distances at all times

whas a duration of approximately 2.5 hrs

wisrecommendedeither for morning or for late evening hours

wis offered in English and in Italian

wdoes not include transport

For further info and prices, contact us

 

5.TRADITIONAL VILLAGE TOPOLIA

This hiking trip combines the magnificent landscape with a close look to the traditional Cretan life.

The trip starts with a visit to a typical Cretan house where you will be warmly welcomed. You will listen to old and modern stories about the Cretan life.

A truly amazing landscape with paths twisting and turning through the mountains of western Crete

 

THIS TOUR…

  • Every Thursday 9:00 or 16:00. 
  • Approx 8km
  • A walk of approx  3 hours suitable for adults and children.
  • Short stop in Milia.
  • Meal included
  • Guided tour

In the area of Kissamos there are also many organized trails. Ask our office !!!

Our English speaking driver/guide is informative, experienced and friendly

Important Information

Hiking is designed for people in physical fitness, able to walk through narrow paths or rough unmade trails with constant alternation on the ground morphology.

Sturdy comfortable footwear is essential. (Hiking boots are advisable or trainers, as these might be preferable to some people)

Please, make sure of your having adequate water, sunscreen cream and a hat.

 

Have a nice hike!