Join Cretan Wild and Tour de Trails on a running adventure of a lifetime as we explore all the best running trails that Crete has to offer
3RD – 10TH SEPTEMBER 2024
Best of Western Crete – technical and rocky underfoot.
approx 5,000M ascent – stunning inland mountains and the southern coastal E2 trail
The TdT Crete trail run tour offers seven runs over eight days covering up to 110km exploring the western region of Crete, an ancient island known for its mythology, hidden beaches, coves and coastlines, deep gorges and mountain ranges that soar up from sea level to azure skies.
2453m – Pachnes (2nd highest mountain in Crete)
15-25km days on rocky terrain (run when you can, hike fast when you can’t)
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In between running we will stay in quaint, quirky but always super comfy 3-4* Hotels. Rooms will be twin share and include an en-suite. Single occupancy tariff is not available on this tour due to the limited accommodation in villages.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the tour price. Alcohol and extra drinks are to be paid by guest.
AU$4950 twin share in hotel accommodation *$1000 deposit taken at time of booking
• 7nights 3*/4* Hotel Accommodation
• Private Bus Transfers as required to get to accommodation/around the island
• Ferry/Private Charter Boat costs
• On ground luggage transfer
• Guides x 3
• Emergency management (sat phone, first aid kit etc carried by guides)
• Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinner x 7
• Wine tasting/lunch in Paleochora
• Tour de Trails Buff
• Flights / transfers to Chania (Crete)
• Alcohol & additional food
• Extra drinks
• Souvenirs & extra activities
About Chris Ord:
As the owner, director and guide for trail run tour and event company, Tour de Trails (www.tourdetrails.com), Chris has a long history of ensuring his day-to-day office is outdoors and on trail wherever possible. Establishing Tour de Trails more than ten years ago, Chris has designed, curated and hosted trail running trips across the globe from Bhutan, Croatia, Greece, England, and France to his home country of Australia.
In addition to producing trail running tours with a difference, Chris is the Race Director for eight Australian trail running and multisport events, including two 100km ultras.
A journalist and magazine editor by trade, Chris has written for numerous adventure and outdoors publications over a period spanning more than 20 years. He proudly established Australia’s first trail running magazine, Trail Run Mag, publishing and editing it for nine years and has been involved in several adventure documentary film projects.
Chris is also a specialist consultant, advising government and tourism bodies on how to best develop trail and nature-based tourism. “Trail auditing is the best part of that job – basically I get paid to go and run trails to assess their condition and sutability!”
Since running his first ever marathon distance with the renowned ‘Marathon Man’, Dean Karnazes, Chris has completed many more trail running adventures, from running Kokoda Track, to multiday missions in Kashmir, India, and the Nepali Himalaya, to assisting his co-guide and partner, Mish, to run the 235km Larapinta Trail end to end.
His favourite form of trail running is multidays “for the social aspect and the adventurous places it takes you”, and his favourite distance is around the half marathon mark “with the odd ultra thrown in there.
A past track and field athlete, Tour de Trails’ co-guide Mish found her passion for the trails relatively recently but has taken to them like Kilian Jornet to an epic mountain peak.
Since taking up trail and ultra running four years ago, Mish has ticked off impressive feats including running the 135km Cape to Cape track in Western Australia and the 235km Larapinta Trail in Northern Territory end-to-end in one go.
Meeting Chris further entrenched her in the trail running lifestyle and she has since taken on partnership in Tour de Trails and helped design and guide tours in England, Crete France and Bali. She is also on hand at most Tour de Trails events, managing logistics and keeping runners happy and safe – perfect grounding for her role as a guide on Tour de Trails run tours across the globe.
A Hoka One One-sponsored athlete, Mish’s shtick is “not at all about the winning. It’s all about adventure and exploring for me.”