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Introduction

Hike through rugged forest, kayak to picturesque fishing villages and uncover the natural beauty of Crete on this compact trip jam-packed with adventure. Trek along trails deep into Samariá Gorge and witness the views at Agia Irini. Paddling your kayak past magnificent scenery to secluded beaches, you'll have plenty of chances to dive in and savour the turquoise waters. Encountering Crete and enjoying a meal with a local family will allow you to explore a side of this idyllic island that few travellers get to know.

  • Kayaking through Mediterranean waters
  • Hiking through magnificent scenery
  • Exploring ancient settlements and charming fishing villages.
Duration: 8 days
Start/Finish City: Chania to Chania
Service Level: Standard
  • Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences
  • Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character
  • Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience
  • All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Physical Grading: 3
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Itinerary

Route map for Crete Hike & Kayak (EGCH)

Day 1 Chania

Arrive in Chania at any time. As your fellow travellers are arriving at various times throughout the day, there are no planned activities other than a group dinner and info session, so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Look out for a message at reception from your G Adventures representative detailing when and where to meet for the welcome briefing.

Crete is Greece’s largest island, filled with stunning scenery and friendly people. Although most tourists only see the major towns on the north coast, we will be visiting some of the smaller towns of the South-western coast and interior, where our walks take place. Crete has an interesting and full history, beginning with the Minoan culture, which flourished from about 2800 BC and suddenly disappeared around 1450 BC. Crete then passed through the hands of the Romans, Genoese, and Venetians before the Turks finally conquered it in 1670. It became a British protectorate in 1898 after much social and civil unrest, and was finally united with mainland Greece in 1913.

Day 2 Paleochora - Sea Kayaking (B)

Estimated Travel Time: 2 hours

We leave the city of Chania by public bus and head south across the island to Paleochora. After checking in at the hotel, we get wet with the sea kayaks. Basic lessons will be taught on safety, paddling technique and sea orientation. Then we’ll be free to explore the local beaches and dive in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea.

Paleochora was built on the ruins of ancient Kalamidi. In 1282 the Venetians built the historic Kastello Selino, after which the Selino district was named, previously known as ’Orina’. The township we know as Paleochora was finally established at the end of 1800.

The fortress, which dominates a small peninsula and commands a lovely view over the Libyan sea, was built and destroyed again and again by the Venetians, the Turks, Barbarossa’s pirates and later by Cretan rebels and finally Germans during the Second World War. At present Paleochora is a lively rural community, with lots of sun-seekers thanks to the great beach and warm sea. Paleochora is also the starting point for boat trips to Sougia, Agia Roumeli, Samaria Gorge, Sfakia and Gavdos island.

Paleochora is very close to the three gorges of Southern Crete: Samaria, Agia Irini (St. Irene) and the Anidri gorge.

Day 3 Sougia / Lissos – Sea Kayaking (B)

Today we leave Paleochora and paddle towards the remote community of Sougia. On the way there we make a stop to explore the ancient Roman site of Lissos, noted for its temple architecture and graves.

The ancient seaside town of Lissos is famous for its curative springs. This place also used to produce distinctive gold coins, on which the head of the goddess Diana and a dolphin were minted. After exploring the compact site, we then complete our day paddling to Sougia, where we can sample some fresh seafood for dinner.

The name Sougia originates from the Greek word "sis" (pig), so we find ourselves in “Pigtown”. It appears that over the centuries there was a systematic rearing of pigs in the forests of oak surrounding the site. The bed of the waterfall of Lakou Zografou divides the remaining ruins of the old town into two parts.

On the western side there once was a well-defended port which today, with the geological rise of western Crete, has disappeared. Most buildings in Sougia were on the eastern side, where even today we can see reservoirs, relics of ancient houses, hot springs and parts of the city walls. The ancient town flourished both in the Roman times and during the Byzantine period.

East of Sougia is the famous gorge of Tripiti, with a beautiful bay at the exit from the ravine. Today, Sougia is a cosy picturesque harbour, which offers a great beach and many taverns to choose from. Worth visiting is the village church, which contains several 6th century mosaics of Saints.

Day 4 Omalos - Hike (B)

Estimated Travel Time: 40 minutes by minibus; 3-4hrs hike

Today we leave Sougia and the seaside, heading inland, to walk up the rugged Agia Irini gorge. Our walk involves a climb of around 600m on a well-marked path. The scenery is memorable and quite different from previous days. We will arrive at the top of the gorge for lunch, before jumping aboard our minibus to head to the highland outpost of Omalos in the Lefka Ori (or White Mountains) where we'll spend the night.

The famous plateau of Omalos is surrounded by the high crowns of the Lefka Ori (White Mountains) at 1,040-1,250m above sea level. The plateau of Omalos is the physical border between three prefectures of Chania, namely Kydonia, Sfakia and Selino. The plateau was an important rebel stronghold during the two and a half centuries of resistance to the Turkish occupation, and also during later wars against invaders.

From the plateau and specifically from the spot known as Xyloskalo at 1,250m, the trail along the world famous Samaria gorge begins. In Xyloskalo there is a forest outpost and information centre (small museum) about Lefka Ori and Samaria.

Opposite, towering above Xyloskalo, is the peak of Gigilos (2,080m). In ancient times it was believed to have been the location of the throne of the Cretan-born god Zeus. West of Gigilos in the peaks of Agathopi (1,768m) and Psilafi (1,984m) it was believed that Zeus, the head of the Greek pantheon, organized horse races. In the recent past, the peaks of Agathopi have hosted slalom ski races.

One of the most beautiful routes in Lefka Ori is the climb to the top of Gigilos, about two and a half hours of slow, steady walking. This route is of medium difficulty and rewarding. Half-way to Gigilos (one hour from Xyloskalo), there is the spring of Linoseli (Seli of the Hellenes) where the water at 1,500m is icy cold all year round. In ancient times there was a famous Oracle there. Also nearby is Demonospilio, which, according to Greek tradition, was a cave where many demons resided.

Day 5 Samaria Gorge / Agia Roumeli - Hike (B)

Hike: 18km, approx. 5-6hrs (steep downhill, rocky path (well-maintained); river-bed; woodland track)

Today we set off after breakfast to hike the famous and spectacular Samaria Gorge. The first part of the walk is the steepest but the path is very well maintained, so about an hour later we should reach the bottom of the gorge and follow the riverbed. We will make a stop to eat our packed lunch by the river. After around 6 hours of walking, we’ll reach the fishing village of Agia Roumeli where we spend the night. There will be plenty of time for swimming or just resting on the beach when we reach the coast.

Samaria Gorge is well known in Europe as a unique geological formation. It is the deepest and narrowest gorge on the continent. At one point, it's width is less than 2.5m and the height of the stone walls exceeds 600m at many points. The natural beauty of the area overrides any feeling of exhaustion during the walk.

Agia Roumeli is a small settlement at the exit point of the Samaria gorge. The village is built on the ancient site of Tarra, mentioned by many ancient writers as a small but independent-minded town. It used to mint its own coins, on one side depicting the Cretan mountain goat and an arrow, and on the other side a bee. Agia Roumeli is very remote, connected with neighbouring towns and villages only by sea or footpaths.

Day 6 Loutro//Lykos – Sea Kayaking (B,D)

Leaving early as usual, we paddle from Agia Roumeli to Loutro, a fishing village nestled in a lovely cove. In about an hour we reach the marvelous small church of Agios Pavlos where we take a small break. Our next stop will be at Marmara Beach where we will have lunch, and a good opportinity to swim. After Marmara, it will take a little more than an hour to reach Loutro, today’s destination.

The seaside village of Loutro is situated at the end of Cape Mouri, where the ancient city of Finix once stood. The village was named after the baths (Loutra) found in the area, from which water was directed to nearby Anopoli. Loutro also served as the port of ancient Anopoli. Later it became the winter time port of the town of Sfakia, due to the fact that the enclosed bay and the small island in its entrance create a natural harbor where ships can be safe even in very bad weather conditions. Loutro is completely inaccessible by major roads, with sea and mountain paths being the only transportation routes. Please note, on occasion we may stay in the village of Lykos rather than Loutro.
Lykos is a tiny and remote fishing village and a great way to get a real insight into local life in this region.

These mountains rearing straight up from the sea, deep wooded gorges, ravines and valleys have been the site of many heroic deeds, ancient civilizations, and constant intrigue for thousands of years. Today the village of Loutro is a magnet for tourists, especially for other Cretans who escape the crowded and noisy northern regions of Crete, for peace, fun, and relaxation. Loutro is their secret holiday hideaway not yet discovered by the average tourist.

The majestic scenery, crystal clear Mediterranean water, friendly people and peaceful atmosphere all make Loutro an ideal place to relax after all the distance we have covered. This evening we will enjoy dinner with a local family who will share with you the secrets of home cooked Cretan cuisine.

Day 7 Sfakia / Chania (B)

Estimated Travel Time: 2 hours

Continue paddling from Loutro to Sfakia, the easternmost point we will visit on the coast. We stop at the stunning and pristine Sweet Water beach for a swim and then finally reach Sfakia, an old village bordered by the tall peaks of the White Mountains.

Due to its geographic position, Sfakia is isolated from the rest of Crete, on the steep shores of the Libyan Sea. It is known for playing a key role in the revolution and liberation of the island from the Turks. Today, it is a picturesque, large village, built amphi-theatrically above the harbour. There are no indications of habitation in ancient times, only the Venetian castle of the 15th and 16th centuries survives.

The fortress was once used as the residence of the Providore, (administrative leader in the years of Venetian dominion). It was renovated and used by the Turks. Owing to the barren soil, the inhabitants’ main occupation was navigation and commerce. Worth visiting are the temples of Agios Georgios (St George) and Agion Panton, which have remarkable murals.

From Sfakia we return to Chania by public bus, crossing Imbros gorge and the beautiful plateau of Askifou, then circling around the White Mountains to bring us back into bustling Chania for our final night on the town with your new-found friends.

Day 8 Chania (B)

Depart at any time.

What's Included

Sea kayaking around Paleochora, Sougia and Loutro, Hiking in the Samaria and Agia Irini Gorges, dinner in a local family home.

Highlights

Kayaking through Mediterranean waters, hiking through magnificent scenery, exploring ancient settlements and charming fishing villages.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

1. In the case of rough sea conditions, some kayaking segments of the trip could be replaced with hiking to the next destination.
2. You are required to be a good swimmer, but no previous kayaking experience is necessary. An introduction and training session will be provided.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting - we think it's the best of both worlds.

Group Size Notes

Max 12, Avg 10

Meals Included

7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

On this trip, you have 7 continental breakfasts and 1 dinner included. The breakfasts will vary depending on location, with the larger in-town hotels providing a substantial buffet-style breakfast with a wide selection of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, meats and cheeses etc. The smaller, rural hotels offer a simple continental breakfast of bread, jam, juice, tea and coffee.

One evening we are treated to a traditional home cooked meal in Loutro.

Dinners in Greece will generally consist of a shared starter (something typical such as Greek salad or tzatziki), followed by a main course (meat or vegetarian option), traditional desert and a glass of local raki to round off the experience.

Meal Budget

Allow EUR145-190 for meals not included.

Transport

Walking, kayak, public bus, minibus

About our Transportation

Transport to and from Chania on Days 2 and 7 will be by public bus. Double kayaks and necessary equipment will be provided for kayaking days - if you prefer a single kayak, you may reuqest one on arrival depending on availability.

Local Flights

If required all local flights are included in the cost of your tours unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.

Solo Travellers

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accommodation

Hotels (7 nts)

My Own Room

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

About Accommodation

On this trip you can expect to stay in small, rural family-run hotels and apart-hotels (with the exception of the start and finish hotel, which is a slightly larger city hotel), which will vary a little in standard and facilities (2-3 stars). They may not all have elevators or air-conditioning, but most importantly all are locally-run, with bags of character and you will always find a warm Cretan welcome from staff - often with a glass of raki thrown in!

Joining Hotel

Hotel Kriti,
Nikiforou Foka & Kiprou,
73100, Chania, Crete, Greece
Tel: (+30) 28210 51881-3-5,
Fax: (+30) 28210 41000
email: info@kriti-hotel.gr

Joining Instructions

Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, so you may arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during when no activities are planned.

Your CEO will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. The CEO will contact you at the hotel on Day 1 and make sure you are settled comfortably. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.

Chania has its own national/international Airport, situated approx. 15-20mins drive from the town centre. There are regular flights from Athens and other European cities. A taxi from the airport to the hotel costs approx. €15-20.

Please note Chania is apprx. 2.5-3hr bus journey from Heraklion Airport.

Chania port is situated in Souda Bay, approx. 15mins drive from the city centre. Overnight ferries depart from Athens (Piraeus) daily. A taxi from the port to the hotel costs approx. €15-20.

Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your CEO (if you are not on a group tour please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier). If you are unable to get in touch with your leader, please refer to our emergency contact details.

Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Representative (Crete)
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-6pm Local Time): +30 28210 53309 or +30 28210 50939
After office hours emergency number: +30 6932 252890 (George Antonakakis)

G Adventures Office, London, UK
After hours emergency number: +44 7817 262559

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call either the G Adventures Local Representative (if one is listed below) or our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

AIRPORT TRANSFER 
If you have purchased an arrival through G Adventures or if an arrival transfer is included in the cost of your tour, please note that:

Your arrival transfer has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer however we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Representative (Morocco)
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time): +212 (0)528 824898
After hours emergency number: +212 (0)661 429700

G Adventures Local Office London, UK
Emergency number: +44 7817 262559

If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with our 24 hour Sales team, who will happily assist you.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0844 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 01805 70 90 30 00
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999

Finishing Point Hotel

Hotel Kriti
Nikiforou Foka & Kiprou
Chania
Crete - Greece

+30 28210 51881

What to Take

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We highly recommend using a backpack or light sports bag, whichever you find easiest to carry, plus a small daypack. Luggage space on public transport is limited. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them between transport and hotels (max. 15-20 mins walking), hopping on and off trains and public buses and up and down stairs.

Checklist

Suggested Items:
•Light fleece top
•Light windproof/waterproof jacket
•Small towel and swimwear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for mild to hot weather (See also "What to Take" and "Local Dress" sections of this dossier)
•Sturdy walking shoes
•Sport sandals
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries (biodegradable)
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Pocketknife
•Money belt
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine,
Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect
repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Optional Items:
•Camera and film
•Reading/writing material
•Binoculars
•Cover for backpacks

Documents:
•Passport (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•EUR cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your CEO where the closest laundromat is. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.

Visas

Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements.

All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period.

For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. As a visitor to the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Finland, Italy, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland) you will enjoy the many advantages of this unified visa system. Generally speaking with a Schengen visa, you may enter one Schengen country and travel freely throughout the Schengen region during the validity of your visa. There are limited border controls at Schengen borders, if any at all.

Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement.

A Schengen visa is applied for at the Embassy or Consulate of the Schengen country in which you will be spending the most nights on your trip to the Schengen space. If you are only visiting one country on your trip then you apply for your visa at the Consulate of this Schengen country.

Spending Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Greece. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies. Do not rely on credit or debit cards as your only source of money. A combination of euros, travellers cheques and cards is best. Always take more rather than less, as you don't want to spoil the trip by constantly feeling short of funds.

As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com

Emergency Fund

Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an 'emergency' fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Departure Tax

Usually included in international air ticket

Tipping

It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides. You may do this individually, or your CEO will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from €3-5 per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO or skipper did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €20-25 per person, per week can be used.

Optional Activities

Chania:
Archaeological Museum - €2
Naval Museum - €2
War Museum - €3
Folklore Museum - €2
Scuba Diving - €50-80

Health

Please note inoculations may be required for the country visited. It is your responsibility to consult with your travel doctor for up to date medical travel information well before departure.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that quite often we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. When selecting your trip please carefully read the brochure and itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings for trip specific information. G Adventures reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our CEO they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Safety and Security

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your CEO has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your CEO will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

We take all prudent measures in relation to your safety. For ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling, please visit:


www.gadventures.com/travel-resources/safety/

Trip Specific Safety

Like anywhere in the world, major cities have areas safer than others, use common sense, be aware of your surroundings and mind your personal belongings.

Medical Form

Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at:

www.gadventures.com/medical-form
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A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Planeterra-The G Adventures Foundation

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Planeterra Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through support of international charities, local organizations and community projects in the places that we visit on our tours. G Adventures matches all individual donations and pays all administration costs, which means that 100% of each donation is doubled and goes directly to support our projects. For more information about Planeterra and the projects we support, or to make a donation, please visit www.planeterra.org

Planeterra Dollar-A-Day Program
Our Dollar-A-Day Program provides travellers with the opportunity to help us give back to the people and places visited on our tours by donating one dollar per day for the duration of their tour. 100% of these proceeds will go directly to support our Planeterra projects.

To participate in this program please indicate at the time of booking that you would like to participate in G Adventures’ Dollar-A-Day program, either by clicking the check box online, or by advising your G Adventures specialist or travel agent. (Note: Donation will be charged in the currency of your booking)

Feedback

After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next G Adventures trip if your feedback is completed on-line within 30 days of finishing your trip. Your tour evaluation will be e-mailed to you 24 hours after the conclusion of your trip. If you do not receive the tour evaluation link in the days after your tour has finished, please drop us a line at customerservice@gadventures.com and we will send it on to you.

Newsletter

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Travel Forum - The Watering Hole

Be sure to stop by The Watering Hole, our adventure travel forum. If you're interested in meeting others booked on your upcoming trip, check out the Departure Lounge section of our forum and introduce yourself. Otherwise, just drop in at anytime to share some travel tips, ask questions, meet other travellers and quench your thirst for travel. Our forum is located at wateringhole.gadventures.com.