Hi Teri, Thank you for your invitation. Congratulations to you and Tore. We wish you nothing but the best as you embark on this new journey. Unfortunately Demetris and I will be unable to attend but will be thinking of all of you on your special day,
Can't wait to spend this super special day with you two! Ben and I have booked all our flights and are finalizing the Crete hotel/airbnb now. We will be arriving on Thursday afternoon (fingers crossed no flight cancelations!) and leaving Sunday night. So excited for a Greek wedding in GREECE! ahhhh! <3
Looks like John and I are going to be able to make the wedding at this point. Looking forward to being there for your special day Teri and Tore!
Looking forward to spending this special day with you! Nouno Demo, Stella, Anastasia and Katerina
We looking forward to be a part of your special day Love Stella & Mike Tsimenidie
We are booked and very much looking forward to this very special event!!! Lots of love xoxo Sam Stephanie Victoria John Kathryn.
Teri and Tore, Love this SITE. Great idea! We are booking. We will leave on Sat July 9th for a couple of weeks. We will be there for the pre parties. George, Lindsay, Katie, and Annie.
Congratulations! Looking forward to sharing wonderful memories with you.
The planning begins! To all our family and friends you have already shown so much love and support for Teri and Tore. I feel so blessed, and humbled. Here is to the year ahead Teri, Mom and Dad love you and Tore so much. <3
Congratulations on your wedsite! We are honored to be a part of your special day. Thank you for choosing wedsite.com to share your wedding plans and experiences with your friends and family.
We would love if everyone could stay relatively close to each other :D
Click the hotel names listed below to be taken to their site!
The bride, groom, and her parents will be staying at the Seaview Hotel and Apartments:
Germaniko Pouli, Khania 731 01, Greece
+30 2821 097606
Below are some other nearby suggestions. Keep in mind there are many hotels in this area. Click the hotels to visit their website!
Renieris Hotel (we have stayed here in the past and were very satisfied!)
Lofos Psathi 1, Kato Stalos Chania – Crete, Greece 73100
Tel. +30 28210 68763
Fax. +30 28210 68765
Aγιοι, Chania 731 00, Greece
Agii Apostoli Chania
Kato Daratso, Crete
Kato Makris Tihos, Daratso, 73100 Chania - Crete, GR
+30 28210 87150
Fax: +30 28210 87153
On Monday July 9th, we'll be taking a group trip with those interested, to Samaria Gorge. Everyone is welcome :D The National park contains the longest gorge in all of Europe- 16 km! After that we can eat all of the gyros we could ever dream of ;)
It will be a day trip and much walking so bring comfy shoes with you in those luggages :D
Below is the itinerary for the day and a very detailed explanation of what will be expected. Please let us know if you will be joinging so we can arrange enough transport :D
Tour starts from the North Coast, Chania
06.00 Pick up
07.00 First stop Omalos Plateau.
08.00 Begin hike Xyloskalo (1.200 m)
14.00 End hike at Agia Roumeli (it depends on how fast you walk)
16.40-17.00 Meeting with the guide (at the set meeting point)
17.30 Departure Agia Roumeli to Sougia
18.10 Arrival to Sougia
20.00- 20.30 Arrival at your Hotel
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU ON THIS WALK
A water bottle which you can refill on the way, available every 2 to 3 km, good drinking water!
Good shoes. These don't have to be hiking boots but you won't be contributing to your enjoyment by wearing
tennis shoes or sandals
Some food (light lunch and some fruit juice). There is no food available inside the National Park
A jumper for the early morning: it can be cold at 1200m
Long-sleeved shirt for people with sensitive skin
Swim-gear and sandals
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE AND HOW FIT DO YOU NEED TO BE ?
You will probably need 5 hours although some may need a little longer, especially if you take a long time covering the
first 2 km which are very steep and require a little bit of experience and strong knees to walk at a good pace.
Add to this time to rest, to look, take photographs and you can count about 6 or 7 hours to walk the entire distance.
The walk is long but it is not a difficult walk. Still, every day people get into trouble or end up having an experience
which is far from pleasant. The most common factors are:
people who never do any exercise and suddenly want their body to walk 16 uneven km without protesting
bad shoes creating blisters and / or foot-ache
knee problems that develop during the steep descent at the beginning of the walk and have no time to get
better once that original strain is over.
The trip cannot be recommended for any person, with a history of knee problems, high blood pressure, cardiac and
pulmonary problems, for pregnant women and for anybody who suffers from vertigo/fear of heights.
VARIOUS BITS OF ADVICE
Drink plenty water!
Avoid stopping for a rest just below high cliffs
Avoid resting for more than 15 minutes (especially if you are not used to this sort of walk) because your
muscles will start to stiffen up and you will find it pretty hard to get going again.
Whilst in the village of Samaria take a quiet walk around it, you will probably catch a glimpse of the kri-kris.
The young ones get used to seeing people every day and are not that shy.
Go slow during the first 2 km of the walk.
Always look at where you are going. When you want to look around first stop and then look. It takes only a
split second of inattention to trip on a stone, fall down and hurt yourself.
The village of Samaria has a telephone for communication with the police, a pharmacy, and two mules to
transport injured persons.
THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITES ARE NOT PERMITTED
Radios, singing, excessive noise, the disposal of rubbish in places other than those provided, smoking
anywhere other than the rest points, the consumption of alcohol.
- Extra charge for the entrance fee in Samaria – 5,00 € / boat ticket to Sougia 10,00
EMERGENCY NUMBER : +30 6936 926673
07.30-08.00 Arrival at Xyloskalo, the entrance point into the National Park.
The name Xyloskalo means "wooden staircase" (or ladder) and originates in the fact
that in the past, the inhabitants of the gorge had built a sort of staircase out of pieces
of wood and tree-trunks in order to get in and out of the gorge. This is because the
entrance of the gorge is a very steep drop which would otherwise have had to be
climbed. Today, there is a stone path winding down steeply for the first 2 km, with a
wooden parapet to prevent accidents.
The altitude at Xyloskala is 1250 m and most of the walk is in the shade so that the heat
is not an issue at the beginning. After about 1,7 km (the 14 km through the National
Park are marked by milestones every km) you arrive at the first rest place and spring,
Neroutsiko, in the shade of large plane trees. From then on the walk down becomes a
little less steep and eventually you reach the bottom of the valley. Still walking in the
shade you will cross the riverbed two or three time until you arrive at another tributary.
A few minutes’ walk further on is the rest place of Agios Nikolaos, with water, toilets
and a guard post. This is a very ancient place where there was a temple of Apollo. The cypresses standing there are
slightly over 2000 (!) years old. You have now been walking about 3,5 km (about 1,5 hours from the starting point).
From Agios Nikolaos to Samaria (another 3,5 km), you will cross the river several times and pass two springs where
you can refill your water bottle. This is an easy part of the walk, in the shade and the path is pretty smooth. After
climbing up a little and walking a while above the river, you go down into the riverbed again and after a few hundred
meters walking in pebbles you reach the village of Samaria, across the wooden bridge on your left. Samaria is the main
resting place for most walkers, with shade, benches, water, a guard. Take a walk around the ruined village. If you walk
quietly, you are very likely to see quite a few "kri-kri’s" (wild goats) at the edge of the village, especially young ones.
They get quite used to people and are not at all shy.
An advice is not to stop for more than 15-20 minutes, unless you are a practiced hiker, because otherwise your legs
might start seizing up and you will find walking again difficult.
The village of Samaria was inhabited until 1962, at which point the
National Park was created and people were forced to leave. It had been
inhabited for thousands of years by wood-loggers (there are some
remains of sawmills in the gorge) and was also a place where the
partisans fighting the Turkish invaders could retreat. During the winter
Agia Roumeli is not accessible through the gorge because there is far
too much water in the river. There was only a difficult mountain path
leading from Samaria to the sea. So when you sit in the (probably
crowded) village of Samaria, have a thought for what life must have
been for these people.
To carry on with the walk you need to cross the bridge again and turn left. Less than half an hour later the walk takes
you into the riverbed again. This is the beginning of the gorge proper. For the next hour (or two depending on how
fast you walk) you walk mainly in the riverbed (it can be tiring your feet if the sole of your shoes is thin), crossing the
river on stones or makeshift bridges a number of times. The cliffs tower above you. This is without doubt the most
impressive part of the walk. At km 11 you arrive at the shaded clearing of Christos, where you will find the last spring.
A few minutes on you get to the "Gates", this very famous and very narrow part of the gorge. It must be one of the
most photographed place in Crete!
Once through the Iron Gates the gorge widens considerably and after another 2,5 km you reach the guard post (where
you must surrender your ticket stub) and are out of the National Park, where you can find a stand for refreshments
and little snacks. Afterwards you will pass the old village of Agia Roumeli. From then on, the path is very easy: flat and
no stones but also no shade. Another 2 km until the Libyan Sea. Soon you see the sea in ahead of you and get to the
new village of Agia Roumeli and the cooling sea.
17.30 Departure from Agia Roumeli to Sougia
18.10 Arrival to Sougia and board the bus
20.00-20.30 Arrival at your Hotel
The after party is only a 7 minute drive from the church!
Below is the Google Maps link for the exact location:)
If anyone needs assistance booking the trip, feel free to contact the travel agent below. Email him and tell him you are attending Liza Kourtis' daughter's wedding in Chania. He will reply with the best time to book your tickets. Please include your email, number of tickets you need, and your itinerary.
Direct phone # 416-485-6329
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teri and Tore launch their personal wedsite at Tore-Teri.wedsite.com.
Looking so very much forward to seeing all of you so soon! For those joining the hike on Monday the 9th, please meet at this location for a bus pickup at 6 am.
Germaniko Pouli, Khania 731 01, Greece
We have just been given the total cost per person of 42 Euros each. 22 covers the bus fee, 15 for the entry of the national park, and 5 for the ferry. It covers the entire day of sightseeing with the addition of a tour guide who speaks both English and Greek.
The bus will take us up a mountain where we will make our journey descending down through the gorge. There will be much to see and after a long hike we will arrive at the ocean where we can take a refreshing and most rewarding dip! There are also restaurants and places to eat here. We will be given an hour to spend before boarding the ferry which will take us to the buses at a new location.
Please wear the right shoes and bring a water bottle which can be refilled along the way.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to call, email, or Facebook us!
+47 920 50 192
Welcome to our online invitation:)
We thought this may be an easier way of sharing our wedding plans with everyone. Please check out the pages so that you can get all the deets about where to go, where to stay, and what we have planned for us to do together. This is a special time not only because we're getting married, but because people are coming from far and wide to be with us and to have a great time. We plan to make the most of every moment! Thank you for being with us <3 :D