Is This Holiday for You?
Jules Verne On Foot is all about exploring a region at a relaxed pace, blending fascinating local culture with breathtaking scenery and peaceful walking trails.
Physical rating – This tour involves five days of low altitude walking, including one very short walk, and is rated as Moderate. This means it includes walking and other activities requiring a moderate level of fitness to enjoy. Walks range from 2-9km (1.2-5.5 miles) in length with a maximum ascent of 160m and a maximum descent of 380m. There is an option to walk 14kms (8.75 miles) with a 1200m descent for the full Samaria Gorge route on day 4 – this version is rated Challenging. You should be confident in your ability to walk for up to 5 hours (7 hours for the full Samaria Gorge route) including frequent breaks and time to admire the spectacular views. Maximum elevation on this tour is approximately 1700m.
Terrain – Walking routes generally follow easy dirt roads and gravel tracks with some loose stones, as well as a few narrower singletrack footpaths that may be steeper and rockier in places requiring a good level of balance, so the tour is unsuitable for those with knee or joint issues.
Weather – Our departures avoid the summer months when temperatures are uncomfortably hot for walking. You can anticipate temperatures ranging from 18-28 degrees C (64-82 degrees F) but should be prepared for unseasonably hot or cold conditions, as well as the chance of rain.
What to pack – Proper walking boots or trekking shoes with grippy soles (trainers are unsuitable). Waterproof/breathable jacket. Lightweight fleece or windstopper jacket. Sun hat/cap, sunglasses, sunscreen. Warm hat and gloves. Small rucksack (around 20 litres or more in capacity). Refillable water bottle or hydration bladder. Walking poles (optional). Swimwear and a small towel. Any personal medication.