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Self-guided 15-day Eastern Crete Cycling Tour Level 3

  • 15days
  • Greece

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Eastern Crete Cycling Tour 15-day Self-guided

Crete is rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful destinations in Greece. And this tour combines history, culture, mountains, beaches, lakes, good food, lots of raki and Cretan music! You will begin in Heraklion, the capital, and you will follow the coast passing through Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, Tsoutsouros and finally Rethymno. On the way you will visit the most important archaeological sites of Crete, Knossos and Phaestos, the impressive remains of the Minoan civilization which flourished about 4000 years ago. In addition you will have the chance to relax by the beach, taste the local food in the numerous taverns and restaurants, but mostly just immerse yourself in Cretan hospitality.

Tour Character: Level 3

This tour is of moderate difficulty. It is created for recreational cyclists; however, you must have a standard/good level of fitness to feel comfortable. The daily distance is around 50km (check daily program) and the daily total climb averages no more than 600m with the exception of one day (860m). Of course in case you will need help, we provide 24h telephone support so we will step in and help.

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • Accommodation for 14 nights 
  • 6 breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • GPS and maps with the routes, information about the area
  • 7-day 24h telephone support
  • Transfer of bikers on day 6 and day 7

Not included in the Tour:

  • Flight tickets
  • Transfer from Airport or Port (can be arranged by request)
  • Excursions on your free time
  • Entrance fees in archaeological sites and museums 

BIKE RENTAL per week:

  • Trekking bike: 80EUR
  • Road bike 120 EUR
  • E-bike 280 EUR
  • Tandem bike 240 EUR
  • Helmet 10 EUR

Please book your bikes when you book the tour: [email protected]

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  • Day 1

    Arrival-Heraklion

    Arrival is at Heraklion airport or port and upon request we can transfer you to your hotel. You have the day free to explore the city at will, perhaps visiting the famous “Koule” (castle) dominating the port, or the archaeological museum. Heraklion is the biggest city on Crete and is the provincial capital. It has over 3000 years of history and you will leave wishing you had spent more time in her ancient lanes. Delivery of your bikes and equipment takes place during the evening and you spend the night in Heraklion.

  • Day 2

    Heraklion

    Spend your day in the town visiting the attractions such as the archaeological or you could take a cycle ride. You can cycle up to Rogdia, a hill village with nice taverns and an amazing view of the sea and the city. You can also pass through the traditional village of Arolithos with its traditional kafeneio, tavern and even a café with swimming pool.

  • Day 3

    Heraklion-Knossos-Ano Hersonissos/Koutouloufari 37Km | +430m

    Today we start our cycling trip and very soon arrive at Knossos. Not only the biggest and the most important of the Cretan archaeological sites, but also the greatest expression of Minoan architecture known to man, Knossos is an integral part of European history and as such it is known as Europe’s oldest city. Once there you can visit the Minoan palace and surrounding remains from 2000-1400 BC. We continue our ride and drop in at the Cretan aquarium where you can experience the Mediterranean Marine world with its hundreds of fascinating species. Finally, we arrive in either Ano Hersonissos or Koutouloufari, two traditional Cretan villages that, although having some tourism, have managed to retain their authentic character.

  • Day 4

    Ano Hersonissos or Koutouloufari 35km | +840

    There is acycle ride up to one of several mountain villages, our route takes you through traditional regions and magical scenery. Or maybe a day at the beach and further exploration of the town.

  • Day 5

    Ano Hersonissos/ Koutouloufari – Agios Nikolaos 41Km | +591m

    Get ready for a day in the saddle! Travelling through spectacular mountain scenery you´ll pass traditional villages like Vrahasi, where time has stood still, as the road will take you down to Agios Nikolaos, the picturesque capital of Lasithi. On the way, you can visit the Vassilakis Estate in Neapoli, where you can taste the traditionally produced olive oil, visit the olive museum and see an original olive mill from 1865! Upon arrival in Agios Nikolaos you can walk around the “lake”, around the old port and explore the loveliest town in Eastern Crete.

  • Day 6

    Elounda and the Island of Spinalonga 32km | +498m

    In one of the most famous locations on Crete. Once you reach Plaka you can take the short boat ride to Spinalonga. The island was once used as a fort and ended its days as leper colony under Venetian rule.

  • Day 7

    Agios Nikolaos-Lerapetra 37Km | +462m

    Today you will begin your cycle ride following the coast and then winding your way through the olive groves eventually come to your destination in Lerapetra, an important town on the south-east Cretan coast. Swim at one of the golden beaches that you will pass or continue onto the town centre with its cafes and the restaurants. Note: If you have rent an e-bike, it is preferable to take with you the bike charger in order to charge the battery if needed.

  • Day 8

    Lerapetra

    Follow the coast at your leisure, parking your bicycle at any beach you choose. Alternatively, take a boat trip to the island of Gaidouronissi just opposite Lerapetra. The island is a unique experience with its golden beach and the hazel waters.

  • Day 9

    Lerapetra-Tsoutsouros 57Km | +860m

    This is going to be your longest and highest climb, however, there are so many amazing places along the way that you'll find yourself stopping regularly having a good excuse for a sneaky rest. You’ll have a great day! The route is mainly coastal and passes through beautiful villages like Myrtos, Tertsa and Keratokambos and eventually ends up in the tranquil town of Tsoutsouros. This day is a mixture of coastal landscapes, picturesque villages and quiet roads.

  • Day 10

    Tsoutsouros

    Cycle if you want, but we recommend a rest after yesterday’s cycling. Of course there is the beach and later the traditional tavernas and restaurants of the town will offer you a truly authentic Cretan experience and don’t forget to taste the local raki!

  • Day 11

    Tsoutsouros-Phaistos-Agia Galini 73Km | +740m

    Get in the car for a transfer 500 meters altitude high on the mountain and then some kilometres (optionally) closer to our final destination, in Mesohori. Stronger cyclists can start earlier adding an extra 8km to the days ride. Otherwise jump in the car and will take you 500m up to have gentler start to the day. You’ll ride among the olive trees on the plateau and pass through small villages in the area reaching the highlight of the day: The Palace of Phaistos. This is a Bronze Age archaeological site of major importance. Continuing your journey you will arrive in Agia Galini, a small seaside town on the hilly Cretan coast.

  • Day 12

    Agia Galini - Matala - Agia Galini 55km | +770m

    You can relax by the beach and enjoy the taverns and cafes, or you can cycle to Matala (55km | +770m both ways), a small village in the south to see one of the best beaches on Crete.

  • Day 13

    Agia Galini-Rethymno 47Km | +760m

    And so, we come to our last day on our bikes. Unless you insist, we will transfer you to one of 2 mountain villages to avoid the steep (500m) climb which you will be confronted with. We will leave you on the summit or take you on to Spili village to shorten the route. Passing through the mountain villages of the Rethymno Province you will come to the artificial lake of “Limni ton Potamon” which means “of the rivers”. Crossing the dam give you a good opportunity for a stop either to enjoy the scenery or try the local taverns, or both. You then continue to Rethymno, the capital of the province with its historical past. The city was founded by the Venetians and wandering within the old town you will soak up the atmosphere of its noble past. Of course, no visit is complete without a walk around “Fortezza”, the Venetian Era citadel! The small shops, bars and taverns complete the atmosphere and don’t forget to taste the raki once again with Greek meze!

  • Day 14

    Rethymno

    Today you can enjoy the long beach in front of the town or walk through the centre with its museums and cultural attractions. Alternatively, cycle to ancient Eleftherna (47Km and a climb of +685m) a major archaeological site. The city was founded in 9th century BC high in the mountains and has an amazing museum. 5Km further you can visit to the 1000 years old Arkadiou monastery (52Km/+770m) where the Greeks blew themselves up so as not to surrender to the Ottomans in 1866. Today it is a European Liberty Monument as designated by UNESCO.

  • Day 15

    Departure

    We Greeks don’t like to say goodbye. Instead we prefer to say "Εις το επανιδείν" which means that we hope to see you again some time!

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Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Mar 28 2020 Apr 11 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Apr 04 2020 Apr 18 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Apr 11 2020 Apr 25 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Apr 18 2020 May 02 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Apr 25 2020 May 09 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
May 02 2020 May 16 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
May 09 2020 May 23 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
May 16 2020 May 30 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
May 23 2020 Jun 06 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
May 30 2020 Jun 13 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Jun 06 2020 Jun 20 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Jun 13 2020 Jun 27 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Sep 19 2020 Oct 03 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Sep 26 2020 Oct 10 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Oct 03 2020 Oct 17 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Oct 10 2020 Oct 24 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Oct 17 2020 Oct 31 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Oct 24 2020 Nov 07 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Oct 31 2020 Nov 14 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Nov 07 2020 Nov 21 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€
Nov 14 2020 Nov 28 2020 10 Single rooms 1,560€
Double rooms 1,280€

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