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AGS Crete 2023 tour

The Mediterranean region is one of the world's hotspots of plant diversity, and Crete makes no exception. The largest Greek island boasts over 1600 species of plants, of which ten percent are endemic - a fact reflected by plant names such as Tulipa creticaCyclamen creticumCampanula cretica and Viola cretica among others.
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The tour will focus on the central and western part of the island with day trips to well-known sites like the Orchid fields at Spili, the Omalos plateau, Akrotiri peninsula, Cape Kakomouri near Plakias, Imbros gorge and Paleochora.

Spurred on by winter rains, a cornucopia of annuals, perennials, hardy orchids and various bulbs should be in full flower at the time of our visit. To mention but a few: Tulipa doerfleri and Tulipa saxatilisOphrys tenthrediniferaAnemone coronariaArum creticum, Ranunculus asiaticus, etc.

The tour will spend five nights in Rethimno and the last two at a hotel in Chania.

Day 1. Arrive in Crete, transfer to hotel in Rethimno

Day 2. A visit to the Mynoan cemetery at Armeni in the morning followed by an exploration of the countryside at Spili, a village renowned for the diversity of orchid species to be found here in fields where wild tulips also grow.

Day 3. We will drive south to Plakias and visit Cape Kakomouri. A short detour to Preveli is also planned.

Day 4. Prepare your walking boots for a descent through the Imbros Gorge.

Day 5. We will spend the day visiting sites like Alones, Kotsifo Gorge and Kali Sikia in search of wild peonies

Day 6. After spending all day exploring the Omalos plateau the tour will transfer to the hotel in Chania

Day 7. A trip down to Paleochora on the south coast, via Topolia Gorge

Day 8. Morning visit to Chania and Akrotiri peninsula before an afternoon flight back to the UK

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