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Travel to Loutro 2019 

'There is a deep connection among human beings, 
all we have to do is open our minds to it' (Yanni)


Situated in a small bay, accessible only by sea, and surrounded by the rugged mountains of southwest Crete, Loutro is a destination of outstanding natural beauty. It is well worth the extra effort in getting there. Getting to Loutro is a three stage affair. Scheduled flights from various cities in the UK, fly direct to Chania, the nearest airport, or Iraklion. Depending on the time of arrival, an overnight pension in Chania or Hora Sfakion may be required, after which you may take the next morning's 10:30 ferry from Sfakia into Loutro.




Flights to Chania - 2019

Our course arrangements:

- The orientation dinners are on Sunday evenings at 20.00.
- The Courses & Retreats run over five days from Monday morning to Friday lunchtime
- With the readings dinner on Friday evenings
- The accommodation week runs Saturday/Sunday to the following Saturday/Sunday

 

Flight Options Summary - Research your flight options to Chania on these websites :

- easyjet flights at : www.easyjet.com 
- ryanair fliights at : 
www.ryanair.com

Almost all flight options involve either an early morning flight departure, or an overnight stay on arrival on Crete, and/or late evening return times. 


London - the flight of choice is likely to be the easyjet Gatwick-Chania Saturday pm flights, overnighting in Chania or Sfakia, arriving into Loutro on the Sunday morning ferry and returning the following Saturday/Sunday/Monday pm flights. Another option would be to take the easyjet Friday morning flight, overnight in Chania or Sfakia, or indeed in Loutro in a holding room, before taking up one's room reservation in Loutro over the weekend. ( Details below )

London Gatwick - Chania - easyjet - Saturdays : 
DEP 15:45 / ARR 21:40 Overnights Chania or Sfakia - Taxi share to Sfakia
RET following Saturday 22:20 / 00:25, or Sunday 22:55 / 01:05,
Or Monday 14:35 / 16:40 with an overnight Chania or Sfakia on Sunday night

London Heathrow - Chania - BA - Saturdays :
DEP: 07:25 / 13:25 RET : 14:20 / 16:30
Taxi share to Sfakia. Into Loutro 17.00-19.00
More expensive but more convenient for W London

London Gatwick - Chania - easyjet - Fridays : ( available from Fri June 15 )
DEP 08:00 / 13:55 RET - as for Saturday departures 
Overnight Chania Friday night or 16.00 bus to Sfakia / ferry to Loutro Saturday or Sunday
Or take the 16.00 bus from Chania to Paleohora and stay Friday & Saturday nights 
taking the Sunday morning coastal ferry into Loutro 

London Stansted - Chania - Ryanair - Fridays (10 nts stay)
DEP Friday 07.15 / 13.15
Overnight Chania Friday night. Bus to Sfakia / Ferry to Loutro Saturday or Sunday
Or take the 16.00 bus from Chania to Paleohora, stay Friday & Saturday nights 
Sunday morning coastal ferry into Loutro
RET Monday 13:05 / 15:25 Overnight Chania or Sfakia on the Sunday night

Manchester - Chania - Ryanair - Saturdays : 
DEP: 07.10 / 13:15 RET : 13.40 / 16:05
Taxi share to Sfakia. Into Loutro 17.00 - 19.00

Leeds / Bradford - Chania - Ryanair - Saturdays :
DEP : 07.00 / 13:00 RET : 13:25 / 15:40 
Taxi share to Sfakia. Into Loutro 17.00 - 19.00 

Birmingham - Chania - Ryanair - Saturdays : 
DEP : 14.55 / 20:50 RET : 21:15 / 23.25

Overnight in Chania. 08:00 bus from Chania 10:30 Ferry to Loutro
Taxi share to Sfakia. Into Loutro 17.00 - 19.00

East Midlands - Chania - Ryanair - Saturdays :
DEP : 13.00 / 19.00 RET : 19:25 / 21.35 
Overnight in Chania/Sfakia. 08:00 bus from Chania 10:30 Ferry to Loutro

Dublin - Chania - Ryanair - Saturdays : TBC - check online
DEP : 14.20 / 20:50 RET : 21:15 / 00:05. 
Overnight in Chania. 08:00 bus from Chania 10:30 Ferry to Loutro

Bristol - Chania - Ryanair - Sundays : 
DEP : 07/05 / 13;05 RET : 13.30 / 15:50 
Rush by bus or taxi to Chania bus station for 14.00 bus to Sfakia . 
Into Loutro 17.00 - 19.00

Ryanair flight packages - after selecting a flight on Ryanair, you'll be presented with 3 options : 
Standard Fare / Plus / Flexi-Plus. If you want to do carry on only Select Standard Fare and 
proceed through the options as they come up 3-4 pages later in the booking sequence. 
Options are available at that stage that are not in the Plus or Flexi Plus packages.
The 'Plus' option saves a few pounds if you have a 20kg case.
 
Flights to Heraklion - despite the E55 extra taxi transfer to Sfakia fare each way, cheaper more frequent easyjet flights to Heraklion from Gatwick and Manchester may now come into play. Two or three clients booking together could make Heraklion attractive.

Baggage Summary : Assume that the weights of carry on bags will be checked

Ryanair 

-  free carry on : 10 kg bag 55 x 40 x 20 + 1 small bag 35 x 20 x 20

 

- 20 kg hold bag at £60 = c. 30 kgs total

easyjet

-  free carry on 56 x 45 x 25 no weight restriction

 

- 20 kg hold bag at £52 = c. 30 - 35 kgs total

 



Taxi Shares - with London writers tending to choose the easyjet Gatwick Chania flights on Saturdays, and with 3 Ryanair flights arriving together on Saturday lunchtime, taxi sharing to Sfakia is more likely with these flights.  Otherwise it's an overnight in Chania and taking the bus the next day.  This will cost about the same as a taxi share from Chania Airport to Sfakia, but E40-50 less than taking a taxi on your own from Chania Airport to Sfakia.

Hotels in Chania : Flights arriving into Chania on Fridays or Saturdays offer the opportunity for a day or a half day in Chania, well worthwhile for first time visitors. Buses leave every hour from Chania airport into the town of Chania until 23.44.
Otherwise take a taxi approx. E20-E22 

Go to www.booking.com , search Chania with your date, select £0-£39, go to maximum zoom on the town map, locate the Omalos and Samaria hotels more or less next to the bus station on Kydonias, and book one of the hotels in that vicinity.  Or by the harbour in the Old Town if you don't mind the walk to the bus station - it's not that far.

Buses to Hora Sfakion ( Sfakia ) : Arrive at the bus station 30 minutes beforehand 
08:30 Sfakia bus for the 10:30 ferry to Loutro, or the 14:00 or 16.00 bus for the 16:30                   or the 18:30 ferry to Loutro. Double check Ktel bus schedules at : 
https://rethymnon.com/TheBus-Bus-Service-Crete/timetable.php?lg=2

 



Ferries from Sfakia to Loutro : 
Large Ferry / Old Harbour : 10:30 / 13:00 / 18:30
Small Ferry / New Harbour : for mid-afternoon ferries from 16:00-18:30

Taxi Boats : Sfakia - Loutro - E30-E40
Available at all times though beware of jacked up fares . 
Arrange through Sfakia Taxi if you are transferring with them. 

Left Luggage - Chania Bus Station : Left luggage lockers are available for those on a morning bus out of Sfakia, but on an evening return flight out of Chania Airport. The other alternative is to book a 'day room' at a hotel near the bus station in Chania - most hotels offer about half price for a 6.00 pm check out

Travel Insurance We cannot be held responsible for any accidents that may occur and all participants are required to be covered by full travel insurance. 

 

For a small fee, £15.00 Espirita can research flight options
and arrange your taxi transfers in Crete.

www.espirita.org.uk
espiritaorguk@aol.com