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.
The Crete Mountain Biking tours offer cycling with 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 the pedaling, you may enjoy the spectacular views and smells of Crete, the island of contrasts!
Central Crete Self Guided Cycling - 8 days mountain biking in the "heart" of Crete
DAY 1: Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to the hotel in Heraklion city by the sea. In the evening we shall have a brief presentation of the whole trip and preparation of the bikes (Overnight in Heraklion)
DAY 2 (Total 53 Km, 3 km off road): After breakfast you shall cycle towards the inland of east Crete, passing through pastures and olive groves, traditional and agricultural villages. Crossing the Kasteli valley, you will reach the enchanting villages of Kalo Horio and Avdou and shall continue to reach the village of Ano Kera from where you will move to the largest plateau in Crete where you will overnight. (Overnight in Tzermiado)
DAY 3 (Total 49 Km, 15 km off road): From Tzermiado village you shall traverse the Lassithi Plateau in order to reach the other side of the plateau, at the village of Kaminaki. From there you will start the off road uphill route until you reach the Ebaros village (famous for its wine – based to a local saying) on the south side of the plateau. From there you will take the asphalt road to the south sea side village of Keratokampos where you will spend the night. (Overnight in Keratokampos)
DAY 4 (Total 78 Km, 57 km off road): Leaving behind the village of Keratokampos, you shall move along the Crete’s south coast to the village of Tsoutsouros and from there the ascent into the Asterousia mountain range commences. You will pass through the mountain villages of Ahentrias, Ethia, Mournia, Platanias, Kapetaniana, Loukia and Koumassa before you reach the sea at Tripiti beach! You may refresh yourselves in the azure waters of the Lybian Sea and you 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 you leave the south coast of Crete and you move towards north passing through the marvelous artificial lake of Faneromeni. From there you will keep going north until you reach the traditional Zaros village where you can visit its natural lake before you rest to the traditional agricultural lodge. (Overnight in Zaros)
DAY 6 (Total 48 Km, 14 km off road): This cycling day will bring you closer to the highest mountain range of Crete – Idi Mt. You will cycle towards Gergeri village from where the ascent to the NE side of Idi Mt. will start. From there you will start the descent to the traditional mountain village of Anogia. (Overnight in Anogia)
DAY 7 (Total 49 Km, 10 km off road): For the last cycling day you 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 you will continue to the north until Heraklion city where you will overnight. (Overnight in Heraklion)
DAY 8: This is the end of the trip. We transfer you to Heraklion airport at a convenient time.
Central Crete Self Guided Cycling Trip - Details
Price/Person: €910 (Single Supplement: €120)
(In case that you bring your own bike there is a discount of €100)
Price Includes: 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 (lunches & dinners), 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.
Period: Any date upon request from April to October 2012
Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast Basis. 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: 4-16 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 Cretan Adventures.
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