FAQs - Crete
Have a question about our trips to Crete? Below we've listed some of our most popular queries, but if you want to know something we haven't covered, please reach out to us by email or telephone via our Contact Page. We're super happy to chat about any specific needs you may have.
Updated: 9 December 2018
What level of fitness is required to participate?
There is no pre-requisite fitness level required. The week is aimed at improving your fitness and health, no matter what your level. However, some experience and knowledge of the movements used in a strength and conditioning program like CrossFit ® is a must.
How much training is there?
We schedule two workout sessions a day; usually a cardio session and a skills session, combined with the workout of the day. You can do as much or as little exercise as you like; the equipment is available 24/7 and there are lots of opportunities to run/swim/hike in your spare time.
Can you accommodate my dietary needs?
We can accommodate a wide variety of needs. Please highlight your specific needs with us during the booking process.
I can’t swim. Can I still participate?
Yes, of course. None of the workouts we do require you to swim. If you’re not confident in the water, the sea can just be a beautiful backdrop for your workout.
I have an injury/I’ve recently been ill. Can I still participate?
You should always seek and follow the advice of your physician about what and how much you can do. We’ll ask you about your health and fitness during the booking process. Injury and illness need not be a barrier to joining the trip, but we’ll want to discuss the specifics of your situation to make sure you’ll be able to get the most from the trip without making your condition any worse.
When should I book my flights?
We advise you to book your flights as soon as you receive confirmation that your trip is definitely running. (Once we reach the minimum number to make a trip viable, we guarantee departure and immediately send out an email to all participants to let them know.) If you are flying same-day, you need to arrive in Heraklion by about 1:15pm on your departure date to meet the group transfer to the accommodation.
What documents and visas do I need?
Generally, citizens of the EU, USA, Canada and Australia can enter for tourist purposes with just a valid passport (or ID document for EU nationals) but you should still check to confirm the current situation for your nationality. All other countries’ citizens should check to see their requirements and apply for any visa through the local Greek Embassy.
You should also make sure your passport/ID document is valid for at least the length of your time in Greece - ideally for a while after too.
Our 2019 trips happen shortly after the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union and at the time of writing it was not clear what the situation would be for travellers from the UK entering EU countries. If you are a UK citizen, please pay close attention to government updates and the Greek Embassy in the UK.
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. Travel insurance is mandatory for all our travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. Your travel insurance should cover you for CrossFit-type activities such as gymnastics and weight-lifting as well as (if you enjoy the water) water-sports such as swimming, kayaking, paddle-boarding, water-skiing and jet-ski. With most holiday insurance, these items are not included in the base policy, but are usually part of the first-level "activities" upgrade.
Your insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of £2,000,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. You must provide proof of your travel insurance no later than 7 days prior to the trip taking place, failure to do so will mean you will not be able to join the trip.
What should I bring?
Packing light is usually best. Bring a selection of workout gear and casual clothes for warm weather. (There are no formal nights!) A pair of long trousers and a long-sleeved top are good for the cooler evenings though, when there are mosquitoes around.
We’ll send you a suggested packing list about a month before departure.
What are the excursions?
We run several, included, excursions. Our trips usually include a short walking tour of the local town, Elounda, along with outings to some of the island’s more scenic spots via boat or car. These trips include a chance to either chill, hike or do some swimming/snorkelling. Details of the excursions we've prepared for your departure will be included in the itinerary we send about a month before departure.
What else is there to do on the island?
Four thousand years ago, Crete was the centre of Europe's first advanced civilisation. The island is rich with history and natural beauty. Check out the Palace of Knossos and the Minoan ruins at Gournia, the magnificent waterfalls at the Richti Gorge or the delicious local cuisine in the nearby villages. Find more ideas at Incredible Crete.
Can I extend my trip?
There is lots more to do on Crete to make it worth spending time here before or after your trip with us! Explore the Venetian influence in the West of the island and the picturesque old town of Chania. Maybe enjoy the island’s natural beauty by spending a day hiking through the Samaria Gorge National Park. Crete sits midway between Greece, Turkey and Egypt, so you could go on to Athens or Istanbul or take a ferry to one of the many shining islands in the Aegean. Check out the Greek Tourist Board site for ideas you can combine with your week on Crete.
Can I reserve all the spaces on the trip for my group?
We always want to make sure everyone has the best time on our trips. So, if there’s no-one else already booked, then yes. Drop us a message about your group and when you’d like to travel and we’ll agree with you whether your group can join an existing date or whether we’ll set up a departure especially for you.