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!
East Crete Self Guided Cycling - 8 days mountain biking in Crete
DAY 1. Arrive in Heraklion: Meet at Heraklion airport and transfer to our hotel in the town center. In the evening we shall have a brief presentation of the whole trip. (Overnight in Heraklion)
DAY 2. Cycle from Sissi to Elounda: After breakfast we shall be transferred to starting point of the biking trip. Leaving behind the village of Sissi, we shall pass from the village of Milatos, where we can visit the historic Milatos cave to continue to one of the most wild-beautiful corners on Crete, the Mirabello province. Passing through old isolated villages, deserted flourmills, monasteries and chapels, we shall cross “Aforesmenos” cape and cycle on coastal areas that offer us breathtaking views to the bays of Elounda and Spinalonga Island. (Overnight in Elounda)
DAY 3. Cycle from Elounda to Kritsa: Today we will start cycling heading south-east towards the inland of Crete. Passing from small villages and enjoying the view to the North coast we will reach the village of Kritsa where those interested in Cretan and Greek history will have the chance to visit the triple-aisled church of Panagia Kera with the most outstanding Byzantine frescoes of Crete. (Overnight in Kritsa)
DAY 4. Cycle from Kritsa to Lassithi plateau: Leaving Kritsa behind we will ascend to the plateau of Katharo, one of the smaller plateaus that surround the bigger plateau of Lassithi and admire the breathtaking view to the North coast and the town of Agioa Nikolaos. When we reach the plateau of Katharo we will continue downhill via dirt road to Lassithi plateau, the birthplace of Zeus and the valley of 10000 windmills. Although not in use anymore we will have the chance to see some of these windmills close to the 20 villages that are dotted around the periphery of the plateau. (Overnight in Lassithi)
DAY 5. Cycle from Lassithi plateau to Avdou:Today we will have the chance to cycle around the periphery of Lassithi plateau, interact with the locals and explore the small villages that are built on its periphery. Our trip will continue with a descent, from asphalt or dirt road, to the small village of Avdou. (Overnight in Avdou)
DAY 6. Cycle from Avdou to Archanes: Starting from our hotel we will cycle through the mainland of Central Crete by country roads and passing from olive groves and small villages we will reach the beautiful village of Archanes. (Overnight in Archanes)
DAY 7. Cycle from Archanes to Knossos and Heraklion: Our last cycling day will bring us to the ancient palace of Knossos located to the outskirts of Heraklion. Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and has been the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture. Following our visit to Knossos we will continue south to the town of Heraklion where our biking trip ends.(Overnight in Heraklion)
DAY 8. Departure:: This is the end of the trip. We transfer you to Heraklion airport at a convenient time.
East Crete Self Guided Cycling Trip - Details
Low Season: (April - June & October)
High Season: (July - September)
- 2-3 participants €985
- 4-8 participants €810
(Single Supplement: €130)
- 2-3 participants €1030
- 4-8 participants €840
(Single Supplement: €160)
(In case that you bring your own bike there is a discount of €80)
Price Includes: All accommodation (7 nights in double rooms) with breakfast, group transfers from/to Heraklion airport, transfer from Heraklion to Sissi, detailed maps and information, Mountain bikes, Helmets, 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 AIG Europe Limited. In case a participant is already covered by their insurance under better conditions for the chosen activities and is unwilling to be covered by AIG Europe Limited, 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 2016.
Accommodation: Bed and Breakfast Basis. 3 - 5 star 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: 2-8 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 Cretan Adventures.
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