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Crete: Birds, Flowers & Minoans

19 Apr — 26 Apr 2022 | Tour Director: Kevin Hand

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Tour Director

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Kevin Hand,

MSc, MCIEEM

conservationist, ornithologist and environmental consultant

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 0710 on Easyjet, arriving Heraklion 1310.Transfer to Agios Nikolaos for five nights at Hotel Miramare.

Day

2

Morning talk followed by coastal town of Elounda (waders, migrant pipits, larks in former salt-pans) and peninsula of Spinalonga (sunken city of Olous). Afternoon: boat trip to Venetian island fortress of Spinalonga, followed by cliff walk (wild gladioli, endemic orchids, birds of prey).

Day

3

Minoan Palace of Malia (marsh shore with short turf covered in Cretan camomile and catch fly). Afternoon visit to the famous Minoan Palace at Knossos.

Day

4

Lassithi Plateau (large, fertile mountain plateau with panoramic views) for orchids, upland plants and fruit groves with optional visit to Dhiktean Cave (birthplace of Zeus).

Day

5

Morning: ruins of Gournia (unusual Minoan town), rocky coastline in search of Cretan ebony. Afternoon: gigantic gorge mouth at Monastiraki (chough, Alpine swift).

Day

6

Orthodox Easter Sunday - Selinari Gorge (chapel, monastery and vulture colony), Rethymnon, Agia Lake (waders and migrant water-birds) then transfer for
two nights at Neos Omalos Hotel in mountains of western Crete.

Day

7

Across Omalos Plateau to Samaria Gorge, exploring little-known paths, searching for mountain plants (endemic Cretan tulip, aubretia, yellow Star-of- Bethlehem, centuries-old cypresses), with possible sightings of bearded vulture and agrimi (wild goat).

Day

8

Depart Chania 1435, arriving London Gatwick 1635.

Tour Dates

19 Apr — 26 Apr 2022

Days

8

Cost

£2045

Tour Code

CRET-22

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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES

Participants should have a good overall level of fitness for this tour, as a number of visits will involve negotiating rugged or uneven terrain.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £270.

Cost of £2045 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £165.

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