our holidays

ACTIVE CRETE holiday weeks offer you the opportunity to relax in one of the most beautiful places of the Mediterranean, doing walking and/or painting or yoga but also having enough time for other activities you choose yourself (swimming in the sea, reading a book by the hotel pool etc). In our INSIGHT week you will have the chance to dip into several aspects of Cretan life such as cooking Cretan dishes.

The area of Kissamos where our holidays take place is part of the European Programme NATURA 2000 which aims to protect its rich natural heritage and to promote eco-tourism.

The accommodation of our guests is in several hotels (depending on the holiday), top rated by world famous hotel booking sites. They all have a swimming pool and a garden. A very generous breakfast is included in the holiday price.

There are several tavernas near the hotels, top rated by international holiday rating sites, offering excellent local food at prices of 10-15 Euros per person including local wine. There are shops in nearby Kissamos.

We offer our guests four different holiday week types:

 a. Walking holiday weeks

Five mornings of long walks of medium difficulty lasting approximately 5-6 hours. These will take place in the hills, the valleys, the beaches, the town of Kissamos and the surrounding area, as well as going through traditional villages and little known Ancient sites. They are particularly beautiful in the Spring and Autumn with the abundance of flowers and plants. Each expedition starts at 9:00 am at the hotel and ends between 14:30 and 15:30 pm at the hotel. Each walk has regular rest stops.

For the detailed programme of this week type click  HERE

b. Painting holiday weeks

Five days of opportunities to enjoy painting and sketching a variety of subjects in the beautiful Cretan landscape. This is a chance to share insights, see things afresh and above all to have a wonderful and relaxing holiday. All activities are of course optional and flexible.  Artist Camille Marquand (camillemarquand.com) will be on hand to help out if desired.

For the detailed programme of this week type click HERE

c. Walking and painting holiday weeks

These holiday weeks contain :

  1. Five mornings of leisurely paced walks of light to medium difficulty lasting from 2.5 to 4 hours. These will take place in the hills, the valleys, the beaches, the town of Kissamos and the surrounding area, as well as going through traditional villages and little-known Ancient sites. They are particularly beautiful in the Spring and Autumn with the abundance of flowers and plants. Each expedition starts at 9:00 am at the hotel and ends between 13:00 and 14:00 pm at the hotel. Each walk has regular rest stops.
  2. Four afternoons of painting workshops for beginners and more advanced artists, sketching with either the medium you have brought with you (for example pastels, oils or watercolour) or the medium we provide (pencils, pastels and acrylics). Each workshop starts at 17:00 and ends at 18:30. On Saturdays in the late afternoon we exhibit our paintings and have a party.

There is the freedom to opt out from either the walks (one or more or all), the painting workshops or the communal meal.

For the detailed programme of this week type click HERE

 d. Yoga holiday week

Five days of a blend of Hatha Yoga with Anusara alignment , Bhakti Flow and Therapeutic Yoga in a  tranquil setting beside the sea or in the hotel garden.  There will be guidance in Meditation and Mandala Making. Individual needs will be taken into account so all students of any level can develop and practice yoga at their own pace in a safe and enriching way within the group.

For the detailed programme of this week type click HERE

 e. Yoga & hiking holiday week

This holiday week contains :

  1. Five mornings and five evenings of yoga and meditation sessions with Krishna (http://www.krishyoga.com/).
  2. Four mornings of leisurely paced walks of light to medium difficulty lasting from 2.5 to 4 hours. These will take place along the beaches, in the hills, the valleys, the town of Kissamos and the surrounding area, as well as going through traditional villages and little-known Ancient sites.  Each expedition starts at 10:00 am at the hotel and ends at about 14:00 pm at the hotel. Each walk has regular rest stops.

For the detailed programme of this week type click HERE

  f. Insights holiday week

This week’s holiday invites guests to dip into Cretan life and to enjoy activities like sketching the scenery, cooking some Cretan dishes, learning about the ancient and modern skills of olive oil and wine production and more about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet; to learn some of the language, about Cretan herbs and to try the fun of Greek dancing. All activities are of course optional and will be combined with a little walking in the countryside or by the sea. Swimming, reading, eating out and relaxing are of course other choices in the guests’ free time.

For the detailed programme of this week type click HERE

All the above holiday weeks contain one free day, which is an opportunity to relax or alternatively explore the charming old city of Chania built around its picturesque harbor or the famous Balos beach at the top of the Grambousa Peninsula by a short boat trip from Kissamos port. For other options we can help you choose.

There is the opportunity to eat together every day at local tavernas : time to share in conversation, stories and delicious local food.