You can select one of the two choices:
1) Pass through the St. Irene's Gorge and relax on Sougia beach at the end of the walk.
2) Guided tour of the Old City of Rethymno
A stunning drive of 1 hour approximately (43 km from Chania) to the White Mountains is required to reach the gorge of St. Irene (Agia Irene), which is located in the south-west of the island of Crete. It is 7.5 km long and 45–500 m deep, in a forested area with steep mountain cliffs, and is easy to walk. Its crossing takes three hours and the path in the gorge was improved considerably a few years ago and is, for the most, without difficulties and easy to follow with plenty of shade. There are several resting places where you can also get water. Although the gorge of Agia Irene is less spectacular than Samaria gorge, it is far less crowded, very beautiful and completely satisfying. Good walking shoes, sunscreen cream and a hat are essential. Where the end of the gorge the conference bus will wait to take you to the near seaside village of Sougia (5 km from the gorge’s end) where there is a beautiful beach where you can enjoy a memorable and refreshing swimming in the waters of the Libyan Sea and/or have lunch or refreshments at small taverns and cafes in the village.
Please note: The entrance fees (~2 €) into the gorge of St. Irene and lunch/refreshments costs (5 to 20 €) are covered by the participants.
The Village of Sougia