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BIRD REFUGEES
Daily birdwatching trips around Crete

Crete has a fantastic variety of birds species, including not only its numerous residents, but also the migrants, which stop over on Crete during their migrations to and from Africa and Europe. It is the southern most ecosystem of Europe and an important bridge between Europe and Africa for migratory species.

The diversity of habitats and the richness of the environment on Crete for bird-life, results in an impressive species list and many unexpected surprises, especially during spring and autumn migrations. The range of habitats, including mountains and gorges, scrubland, the marine environment, coastal strip and cliffs, estuaries, freshwater lakes both natural and artificial, streams and seasonal rivers, result in an impressive diversity of wildlife.

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WILD FLOWERS
Daily botanical tours around Crete

Flower enthusiasts have the opportunity to see some of the remarkable 1700 wild plants found on the island (larger than the UK which has around 1500). Even more exciting is that one tenth of these are endemic (found nowhere else in the world)!

Our botanical tour is based in the Amari valley, half an hour south of Rethymno, and focuses on orchids and endemic tulips of the Amari Valley and the Gious Kampos plateau. We will also identify other flowers, birds and butterflies, as well as visit historical sites and Byzantine churches, always at an easy pace.

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INTO THE WILD
Wild-life holiday

At the south-easternmost point of Europe, Crete is a natural experiment; a small piece of land created by powerful forces of nature. Right at the union of the African and the Eurasian tectonic plates, the island has been created by their continuous pressures distributed unevenly along the rift. In a close distance from three continents (Europe, Asia, Africa), differing in terms of climate, fauna, flora and culture, Crete has been widely affected from their influences. In addition to the above, the isolation provided by the sea and the high mountain-ranges render Crete a unique arc of civilizations, geology, wild life and cultures.

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THE GIFT OF NATURE
Ecotherapy holiday

A multi-day ecotherapy program applied on the wild nature of Psiloritis Natural Park, with the contribution of local communities, led by professional ecopsychologists.

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SHARE ACTIVITIES WITH LOCALS
All year round rural activities


Experience the convenience of the stone-built shepherd shelters (mitata), made to house the local families and their rural activities. Distinct Cretan traditions and lifestyle, cheesemaking, raki distillation, local recipes, as well as wild life and lots of walking paths constitute a unique experience for every visitor.

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THE SHEPHERDS' SCHOOL
Multi-day workshops on the shepherds’ craft of Akolyta Plateau

The shepherds’ school is a multi-day program introducing visitors to mountainous living taught by the nomadic shepherd families of Akolyta, South Psiloritis at 1700 m. Visitors learn traditional cheese making, overnight with the shepherds, explore the endemic flora and wild life of the area. The ridge of Psiloritis, the Kamaraiko cave in the homonymous forest and the astonishing geology of the mountain reinforce the experience.

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GORGEOUS GORGES
Guided walk through the Platania and Patsos gorge

The gorges of Amari valley offer unique experiences for the excursionist as they combine the wilderness of the Cretan mountains with the rich flora and fauna of the island.

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CRETE FROM ABOVE
Guided walk to the peak of Mount Psiloritis, the highest mountain of Crete

Meet Mount Psiloritis (or Mount Ida) the mountain that rises to 2456m, the highest point on Crete, the place where Zeus was raised, refuge for rebels throughout numerous battles and wars, and the natural home of shepherds and wildlife. A walking route right at the heart of the Cretan countryside which is very interesting in terms of flora and geological features. It is of no coincidence that Mount Psiloritis is within the UNESCO Global Geoparks. Psiloritis offers an amazing experience to those who try to know it better by walking its many paths and peaks, and there you can see some of the most impressive wild landscapes of Crete – large caves, deep gorges, small plateaus, pine and oak woods and bare alpine zones.
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WALKING HOLIDAYS
Multi-day walking holidays around Crete

Walking holidays composed by a selection of coastal paths, mountain tops, forests, high plateaus, valleys and gorges. The program combines walking through Crete’s most spectacular ecosystems with taking part in cultural, agricultural and gastronomical activities, interacting with the local communities.

Throughout the holiday you will experience:

- A wide range of fine Cretan cuisine and wines
- Swimming and relaxation opportunities
- Stunning wild life, including a wide variety of endemic plants, big birds of prey colonies, insects, butterflies, reptiles and more

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CRETE IN A GLIMPSE
A half-day visit to the mythical mountain of Giouchtas (795 m)

Giouchtas’ sovereign position, above the largest valleys of Crete and among Psiloritis and Dikti mountains, constitutes an observatory of the island’s wild fauna, endemic flora, astonishing relief and agelong history. It is a calcareous mountain sculptured by nature in the shape of a laying human profile. The peculiar pattern is probably the origin of the myth on the ground of Jupiter (Zeus) was buried there.

On a half-day trip, we explore:

The mountain’s geology comprised of numerous steep cliffs, caves and peaks, which have given rise to myths related to Zeus in the ancient past.
The long history of Crete from the viewpoint of a Minoans’ sacred mountain
A high biodiversity of Cretan and Greek endemic species of flora and fauna. Within the 380 plants found on Giouchtas (1/5 of the Cretan flora), 21 of them are endemics of the island.
One of the most worthwile places to watch a Griffon Vulture colony (right below our feet) and a rich variety of local and migratory birds.

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