Once the home of Europe's earliest civilization - Minoan civilization, the island of Crete is the land of legends - Zeus, Minotaur, Daidalos and Ikaros, Zorba and the land of the most spectacular scenery in Europe.
Our Crete Mountain Biking tours offer cycling with our mountain bikes on dirt roads, old trails and isolated asphalt roads in Crete, to visit traditional villages and mountainous and coastal areas.
With the gentle whir of our pedaling, we enjoy the spectacular views and smells of Crete, the island of contrasts!
Crete Biking itineraries:
Central Crete Biking - 8 days mountain biking in the "heart" of Crete
DAY 1: Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to our hotel in Heraklion city by the sea. In the evening we shall have a brief presentation of the whole trip, preparation of our bikes and shall continue with dinner at a local restaurant (Overnight in Heraklion)
DAY 2: (Total 53 Km, 3 km off road). After breakfast we shall cycle towards the inland of east Crete, passing through pastures and olive groves, traditional and agricultural villages. Crossing the Kasteli valley, we shall reach the enchanting villages of Kalo Horio and Avdou and shall continue to reach the village of Ano Kera from where we will move to the largest plateau in Crete where we will stay. (Overnight in Tzermiado)
DAY 3: (Total 49 Km, 15 km off road) From Tzermiado village we shall traverse the Lassithi Plateau in order to reach in the other side of the plateau the village of Kaminaki. From there we will start our off road uphill route until we reach the Ebaros village (famous for its wine – based to a local saying) on the south side of the plateau. From there we will take the asphalt road to the south sea side village of Keratokampos where we will spend our night. (Overnight in Keratokampos)
DAY 4: (Total 78 Km, 57 km off road) Leaving behind the village of Keratokampos, we shall move along the Crete’s south coast to the village of Tsoutsouros and from there our ascent into the Asterousia mountain range commences. We will pass through the mountain villages of Ahentrias, Ethia, Mournia, Platanias, Kapetaniana, Loukia and Koumassa before we reach the sea at Tripiti beach! We may refresh ourselves in the azure waters of the Lybian Sea and we will cycle to Lentas village, for the last part of the day. (Overnight in Lentas)
DAY 5: (Total 49 Km, 22 km off road) Today we leave the south coast of Crete and we move towards north passing through the marvelous artificial lake of Faneromeni. From there we will keep going north until we reach the traditional Zaros village where we can visit its natural lake before we rest to the traditional agricultural lodge. (Overnight in Zaros)
DAY 6: (Total 48 Km, 14 km off road). This cycling day will bring us closer to the highest mountain range of Crete – Idi Mt. We will cycle towards Gergeri village from where the ascent to the NE side of Idi Mt. will start. From there we will start our descent to the traditional mountain village of Anogia. (Overnight in Anogia)
DAY 7: (Total 49 Km, 10 km off road). For our last cycling day we shall follow the way to the east side of Idi Mt. in order to reach the lower villages of the range. From there, through Kroussonas village we will continue to the north until Heraklion city where we will stay. (Overnight in Heraklion)
DAY 8: This is the end of our biking trip in Crete. We transfer you to Heraklion airport at a convenient time.
Central Crete Biking Trip - Details
Price/Person: €1140 (Single Supplement: €120)
(In case that you bring your own bike there is a discount of €100)
Price Includes: Services of the tour leader – guide, Support vehicle with repair kits and pumps, all accommodation (7 nights in double rooms) in BB basis, group transfers to and from Heraklion airport, Mountain bikes, Helmets, (SPD pedals on request), baggage transport, personal accident insurance, VAT.
Not Included: Transport to and from Crete, all meals, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, personal expenses, entrance fees in Museums and other sites of interest (i.e. monasteries, caves, etc).
Insurance: Everyone participating in any of Cretan Adventures events/activities is covered by personal insurance through CHARTIS GREECE. In case a participant is already covered by their insurance under better conditions for the chosen activities and is unwilling to be covered by CHARTIS GREECE, they must notify in paper the above to Cretan Adventures one day before the event (excluding weekends or holidays), the latest.
Cretan Adventures is not responsible for any accidents or mishaps directly or indirectly related to the tour.
Available Dates: Any date upon request from April to October 2012.
Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast. Hotels in the main cities, local inns and village pensions throughout the trip (all with private facilities). The trip prices are based on double occupancy.
Group Size: 6-16 participants.
Note on Itineraries: Please bear in mind that the itinerary can be altered for numerous reasons beyond our control (e.g. harsh weather, trail conditions) to ensure the safety and the well being of the group. The final cycling selection is left up to the trip leader.
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