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Lassithi Plateau East Crete Lifestyle Cycling Rating image Duration: 1 day(s) Click to expand or collapse info button Click to expand for more info
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Lassithi plateau is a dreamy destination on the inland of Crete where the 10.000 white-sailed windmills, which still make a splendid sight against the mountains, used to break the otherwise green landscape. Located in a peaceful and fertile region, it is surrounded by the wild mountains of Dikti and several smaller plateau. The views of the surrounding mountains of Selena and Afendis Christos are majestic. The altitude ranges from 800 to 850m, making Lassithi one of the few residential areas in the Mediterranean at such a high altitude. The 18 villages of the plateau are built at the foot of the surrounding mountains, leaving the plains free to be cultivated, and they are connected by road. Actually, this beautiful route is ideal for cycling as there are no large hills and, along this, we’ll have the chance to visit all the attractions of the plateau. The most important attraction of Lassithi is the Cave of Psychro, mainly known as Diktaean. The cave has played an important role in ancient times, due to a myth that put the birth of Zeus here . Also, according to the legend, inside that cave, Zeusmated with Europa, who gave birth to Minos, the King of Knosos.
The tour ends in the beautiful traditional village Plati.
Every season in this area has its particularity and it has something unique and special to offer to the visitor.

Route data :
Distance : 29 km
Min. elevation : 812 m
Max elevation : 875 m
Elevation ascent : 265 m
Elevation descent : 379 m

MEALS : LUNCH

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Wilier mountain bike & helmet
  • tour guide(s)
  • transfer from / to HERAKLION
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water while riding
  • a support vehicle with all equipment follow the team during the tour


TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • personal expenses and drinks
  • Entrance fees to Museums and other sites
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In the Shadow of Psiloritis (1 day) Central Crete Lifestyle Cycling Rating image Duration: 1 day(s) Click to expand or collapse info button Click to expand for more info
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Tour begins from the plateau of Nida , one of the largest in Crete, located at an altitude of 1472 meters, in the heart of Psiloritis Mountain . We will ride around the plateau , to admire the wonderful landscape.Also there, we will meet small stone buildings, where the shepherds used to make their delicious cheese (they still do). The “Mitata”, as they are called, are of particular architectural importance, because they are built with stone walls. Also, the temperature inside them remains almost steady, all year round. We also visit the cave of Ideon Andron, where according to legend, Zeus was raised. Our next stop is the church of Saint Yakinthos, the patron saint of lovers ! Enjoy the magnificent downhill route to Anogia. The area has a special interest from the aspect of the natural environment. It offers a large variety of landscapes, interesting natural formations, rare fauna and flora.
Route data :
Distance : 32 km
Min. elevation : 717 m
Max elevation : 1472 m
Elevation ascent : 315 m
Elevation descent : 1033 m

MEALS : : LUNCH

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:
TOUR INCLUDES:
 Wilier mountain bike & helmet
 tour guide(s)
 transfer from / to HERAKLION
 Lunch
 Drinking water while riding
 a support vehicle with all equipment follow the team during the tour

TOUR EXCLUDES:
 personal expenses and drinks
 Entrance fees to Museums and other sites
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Mirabelo East Crete Lifestyle Cycling Rating image Duration: 2 day(s) Click to expand or collapse info button Click to expand for more info
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1ST day
Meet at Heraklion in the morning towards Milatos, a charming traditional village 50 km east of Heraklion.Coffee time and breakfast on the beach of Milatos with a perfect view at the sea.We start from the village of Milatos and ascend to Milatos cave, where in 1823 Turks massacred their inhabitants.As we continue by passing through villages of the area, which most of them retain their traditional architecture Stone houses have arched entrances, ornate walls from stone and beautiful monasteries.We make a stop at Fournoi village for coffee and resting. Ascend to the village of Karudi, which very close we see the Kardamoutsa and Aretiou monastery, architecture of Agion Oros with interesting collections of Byzantine icons of the Cretan Philosophy.Passing through the villages and Skinias and Louma we arrive at Vrouha village and descend to the Plaka beach. This route offers a panorama of the bay of Elounda and Spinalonga island with perfect waters.

Route data :
Distance : 61,6 km
Min. elevation : 1 m
Max elevation : 559 m
Elevation ascent : 1418 m
Elevation descent : 1413 m

2ND day
We are Starting from the capital of the prefecture, the cosmopolitan city of Agios Nikolaos. We take a short walk through the town and head west towards Kritsa village.
Kritsa (altitude of 300 meters) is at the root of Kokkinos Braxos (red rock ) located on Kastelli village. The village has beautiful view of Mirabello Bay. As we leaving Kritsa we are heading north and 3 km we see old city of Lato, placed on a overlooking the sea and Lassithi mountains.
As we Descend and continue our journey from small traditional villages of the area, we offer a panorama of nature with aromatic pines and eucalyptus.
We arrive in picturesque Neapolh, a small town with a beautiful public garden and neoclassical mansions. We continue with the last part of our journey, by passing from the traditional and beautiful Latsida and Vrachasi village, and at last we arrive at the beach of Milatos. Transfer returns us to Heraklion.

Route data :
Distance : 46,4 km
Min. elevation : 1 m
Max elevation : 426 m
Elevation ascent : 965 m
Elevation descent : 964 m

Total 2-day Route data :
Distance : 108 km
Min. elevation : 1 m
Max elevation : 559m
Elevation ascent : 2383 m
Elevation descent : 2377 m

MEALS:
1ST DAY : LUNCH, DINNER
2ND DAY : BREAKFAST , LUNCH

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation in AGIOS NIKOLAOS
  • Wilier mountain bike & helmet
  • tour guide(s)
  • transfer from / to HERAKLION
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Drinking water while riding
  • a support vehicle with all equipment follow the team during the tour


TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • personal expenses and drinks
  • Entrance fees to Museums and other sites
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Greek Islands Cruise - Bike Tour East Crete Lifestyle Cycling Rating image Duration: 7 day(s) Click to expand or collapse info button Click to expand for more info
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LEASURE BIKE-CRUISE TOUR IN GREEK ISLANDS

1st day :  Arrival day – Crete  - the island of contrasts and myths

Arrival at Heraklion, Crete. You'll be transferred from the airport to your  hotel .In the evening, your designated guide will meet you to discuss the details of the upcoming trip with the rest of the group.

Crete is the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, marks the southernmost point of Europe. The proud and hospitable Cretan people is renowned for culture, innovative spirit, and their cuisine. Crete combines mountain and sea, the old and  new, ancient and contemporary history. It is a crossroad of cultures due to its geographical strategic position. It is one of the most popular Greek destinations.

Majestic snowy mountains with unique caves, fertile plateaus and gorges that lead to hidden beaches, small valleys with olive groves, hills with castles and whitewashed chapels clinging to cliffs, dense forests and parched rocky place with thyme, lakes and rivers with waterfalls, isolated villages and cosmopolitan cities, countless archaeological and historical sites and modern resorts ... All these make up the island of contrasts and myths ....

Accommodation in Heraklion  at  5* hotel

2nd  day : Adventure day in central Crete (touring – cycling – hiking)

Departure early in the morning from the hotel for  Agios Ioannis , a fishing village to South Central Crete. From that point we start a 2 –hour hiking route , to Koudoumas monastery, which is settled in front of one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete.  This route is wonderful and unique with marvelous landscape and  panoramic view to Libyan sea and Asterousia mountains.  Rest and swim to Koudoumas Beach. We continue our tour with a MTB cycling route to Abas waterfall with a height of 145m! Especially when it has rained before, the waterfall is very surprising in the arid landscape of Asterousia. The view to the sea and the awe-inspiring vertical cliffs is amazing.Lastly, only a few people know that this inaccessible point of Asterousia hosts the largest colony of preying birds in Europe. The birds find refuge in the gorge of Ambas, away from human and next to the water. We end our adventure tour to the traditional village of Achendrias . There in Nikitoula’s tavern we will have the opportunity to taste traditional home-made dishes . Tastes that will be unforgettable to you. Return late in the afternoon to Heraklion .

Accommodation in Heraklion  at  5* hotel

3rd day  : Knossos – Archanes – Skalani  (cycling on the wine roads)

Today we’ll cycle through rural roads to the inland of Heraklion prefecture , and we’ll have the opportunity to visit areas with a rich variety of archeological , historical sites and monuments , and local villages boasting important examples of traditional architecture.. Also we will visit a famous winery , open to the public, for wine-tasting.

Departure late in the evening by our boat for Santorini (accommodation on boat)

4th day : SANTORINI - The precious gem of the Aegean!

This little Aegean island at the south end of the Cyclades, is rich in history and legends from the past. In recent Greek history is yet known for the famous captains, her time was flourishing trade, and sailed the seas to Russia, England, France, Italy. Today it is on the front lines of the global tourist interest.

Thousands sunsets, thousands of unforgettable memories, endless heartbeats, colors of blue, red and gold flooded the sky.. this is Santorini. Many poets have written about it, countless artists have tried to capture the beauty of this island. There is nothing that can describe the unsurpassed magic of Santorini.

We will cycle on a magnificent route all around the island ,from the whitewashed villages of Imerovigli and Oia until Kamari and Akrotiri  ,passing  through  all traditional villages ,the archaeological sites and the famous beaches of the island .

Accommodation in Santorini  (on boat)

5th  day : Ios – The island of dream !

Welcome to Ios, one of the most beautiful Cycladic islands,  a popular tourist destination known for both the intense nightlife, as well as for its beautiful beaches, the traditional villages, the hospitality, the good food, smile and tradition!
Local Beauties
The most famous attraction of Ios, is the famous tomb of Homer, which is located in Plakotos, north of the island.
Among the countless beaches of Ios, the cosmopolitan Mylopotas, where you can enjoy swimming in your meal by the sea, Manganari, where swimming in crystal clear waters, is a unique experience that every guest deserves to live! Agia Theodoti offer an exotic experience and should definitely visit the settlement Psathi. At the port, the bay beach is organized and continuing the street, you can reach the Koumbara, an outstanding beauty beach.
The traditional settlement of Chora is paved, preventing entry to vehicles to enjoy the traditionally built houses of Ios and the unique view from the highest point of the Country, Virgin Gkremniotissa.

Accommodation in Ios (on boat )

6th day : Milos -  Explore the amazing geological formations

Intense volcanic activity thousands of years ago,  gave Milos the current geological features that are full of contrasts and great beauty. In modern times Milos is famous thanks to the famous statue of Venus, but also thanks to its impressive landscapes, which too often the modern advertising has used. Among the advantages of Milos is good food, many beautiful beaches, traditional villages and browsing options that will not let you get bored.

Milos addition to the beautiful beaches, we will have the opportunity to visit very important archaeological sites and museums and traditional settlements. In Apple will not miss us and the nightlife and culinary delights as well as regional cuisine and local products of Milos, will reward us with the above.

Accommodation in Milos (on boat )

6th day : Milos – Kimolos

Satellite-Island of Milos, which is very close and connected by boat, Kimolos is the secularism of the Cyclades and is ideal for quiet vacations. We get lost in the winding streets with whitewashed joints between white houses with flower gardens that make up an authentic Cycladic scenery and a rest in the small picturesque plateitses Theoskepasti, in Campos or School. In the Village we will find low-profile solutions for coffee and food . You will cycle to the medieval castle, the oldest settlement on the island and admire the view from there. Kimolos hasn’t organized beaches with beach bars, but quiet beaches, with sand or pebbles and turquoise waters. In just 37 square kilometers of finally we will discover quite a few surprises.

Departure late in the evening by our boat for Crete (accommodation on boat)

7th day : Crete

Arrival at 07:00 in the morning at Heraklion port .

It's time to say goodbye after our tour of the beautiful and diverse islands of Greece. We will escort you to Heraklion Airport in due time for your return flight. We wish you a safe journey home, carrying the fond memories of your visit with you.

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EAST CRETE - HERSONISSOS East Crete Lifestyle Cycling Rating image Duration: 7 day(s) Click to expand or collapse info button Click to expand for more info
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East  Crete - Hersonissos

Conveniently located in the centre of the island of Crete, Hersonissos provides easy access to the most important sights of the island such as the Minoan palaces of Knossos and Festos, the plateau of Lassithi, and the picturesque towns of Ag. Nikolaos and Elounda.

The Albatros Spa & Resort hotel  is a family owned and run Resort hotel, offering high quality standards in combination with the traditional Cretan hospitality and friendly atmosphere

The hotel is ideally located away from the hustle and bustle of the centre of the town, only 20m away from one of Crete’s most attractive beaches. Nevertheless, the world famous town of Hersonissos, known for its nightlife entertainment, is just a 5-minute walk

This trip offers easy cycling tours for every one. There's a balance between time cycling, and time sightseeing,...! A fascinating way to learn more about the landscape ,culture and the people of Crete.

1st day (No cycling)

Arrival at Heraklion, Crete. You'll be transferred from the airport to the hotel .In the evening, your designated guide will meet you to discuss the details of the upcoming trip with the rest of the group.

2sd day :  Vrahassi – Agios Nikolaos - Elounda

Cycling: 45 km,   200 m vertical gain

Starting from Vrahassi village we continue by passing through small villages of the area, which most of them retain their traditional architecture. We arrive at the capital of the prefecture, the cosmopolitan city  of Agios Nikolaos. We take a short walk through the town and end to the Plaka beach. This route offers a panorama of the bay of Elounda and Spinalonga island with perfect waters.

Meals:  Lunch

 

3rd day :  Lasithi plateau

Cycling: 30km, 265 m vertical gain, 379 m vertical loss

Lassithi plateau is a dreamy destination on the inland of Crete where  the 10.000 white-sailed windmills, which still make a splendid sight against the mountains, used to break the otherwise green landscape. The 18 villages of the plateau are built at the foot of the surrounding mountains, leaving the plains free to be cultivated, and they are connected by road. Actually, this beautiful route is ideal for cycling as there are no large hills and, along this, we’ll have the chance to visit all the attractions of the plateau. The most important attraction of Lassithi is the Cave of Psychro, mainly known as Diktaean. The cave has played an important role in ancient times, due to a myth that put the birth of Zeus here .

Meals:  : light  Lunch

 

 

4th day : Albatros – Mochos - krasi  - kera - Malia

Cycling:  30 km,  250 m vertical gain,      

This morning we start our trip from the hotel and shortly afterwards , we enjoy the panoramic view of Hersonissos beneath us and begin to ascent up the steep winding road that leads to Mohos , a beautiful traditional village. Later we enter to the mountain village Krasi  and ascend to its square with the huge old plane-tree , for  small rest and coffee break. Next we visit the historic Kera Kardiotissa Monastery. The beautiful stone-built church of the monastery is dedicated to the Nativity of Mary. We end our day-trip visiting the  archaeological site of Malia , an important Minoan city and housed  the third largest Minoan palace, after Knossos and Phaestus.

Meals: : light  Lunch

 

5th day : Free – Relax day

Enjoy the facilities of your hotel or shopping to Heraklion city

(if the group doesn’t want free day we can add a trip in this day)

 

6th day  : Peza – Knossos ,on the wine roads

Cycling:  23 km,     220m vertical gain,       m vertical loss

Today we’ll cycle through rural roads to the inland of Heraklion prefecture , and we’ll have the opportunity to visit areas with a rich variety of archeological , historical sites and monuments , and local villages boasting important examples of traditional architecture.. Also we will visit a famous winery , open to the public, for wine-tasting

Meals: light  Lunch

 

 

7th day  Departure Day:  No cycling

It's time to say goodbye after our tour of the beautiful and diverse island of Crete. We will escort you to Heraklion Airport in due time for your return flight. We wish you a safe journey home, carrying the fond memories of your visit with you.

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

TOUR INCLUDES:

Accommodation: 6 nights in Albatros Hotel and Spa (twin share)

  • Light lunch while  riding
  • HB(breakfast – dinner ) are offerred in buffet style in main hotel restaurant
  • Welcome cocktail during info meeting
  • Group transfers to and from Heraklion airport (days 1 & 7 only)
  • Tour guide(s): number dependent on group size
  • Support vehicles
  • Wiler bike and helmet

 

TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • Transport to and from Crete
  • Drinks (except water while riding)
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fees to Museums and other site

Minimum Group size for this tour is 4 persons

 

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WEST CRETE - APOKORONAS West Crete Lifestyle Cycling Rating image Duration: 8 day(s) Click to expand or collapse info button Click to expand for more info
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 West Crete -  Apokoronas

This trip offers a scenic cycling tour through west Crete's sunny coastlines and marvelous hillsides, complemented with the fun and support of a guided tour.

 

1st  Day (No cycling)

Arrival at Chania, Crete. You'll be transferred from the airport to your hotel, “Apokoron Luxury Villas”, a group of five independent stone-built villas situated on a hill overlooking the traditional village of Gavalochori, 25km east of Chania. The villas are among the largest and most luxurious in western Crete offering the very best accommodation for your vacation. In the evening, your designated guide will meet you to discuss the details of the upcoming trip with the rest of the group.

2nd Day

Cycling: 30 km, 310 m vertical gain, 310 m vertical loss

We begin our trip by visiting the beautiful seaside villages Almyrida and Kalyves, where we can enjoy the local sandy beaches. We then move on into the lush green region of Apokoronas and ride through the numerous traditional villages which are connected by narrow winding roads and easy picturesque routes, providing heartwarming biking scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch

 

 3rd Day

Cycling: 23 km, 315 m vertical gain, 510 m vertical loss

We ride for another day through the villages and unspoiled countryside of the Apokoronas region. Xirosterni, Kefalas , Drapanos  Kokkino Chorio and Plaka are only some of these beautiful villages we’ll discover together. Cycling is the best way to enjoy the scenery in this area and learn about the life in the old days as well as the present time.

Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch

 

4th Day

Cycling: 50 km, 500 m vertical gain, 388 m vertical loss

Starting from Gavalochori, we first visit the traditional village Vamos with its beautiful old streets, flowery gardens and shady trees. Then follows a fantastic downhill route, boasting a panoramic view of Georgioupolis; a seaside resort located in a lush valley full of rivers and springs. Our next destination is Lake Kournas, the single natural lake found in Crete, located in an enchanting landscape surrounded by tall mountains and dense olive groves.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

5th Day

Cycling: 23 km, 330 m vertical gain, 488 m vertical loss

Today we will cycle around the beautiful Akrotiri peninsula and its quiet surroundings: the sandy beaches, small villages and renowned historical monasteries like Agia Triada of Jagarolon and Gouvernetou monastery.  We will end the day in the popular resort Marathi, a striking beach with clear, turquoise blue, shallow water and a view of the White Mountains.

Meals: Breakfast , Light Lunch

 

6th Day

Cycling: 27 km, 300 m vertical gain, 829 m vertical loss

This morning we drive to Askifou plateau, one of the most immersive and authentic areas of Crete. The wild surrounding mountains and the serenity of the valley, form a magnificent landscape all year round. We start from Imbros village, riding down a fantastic windy road with panoramic view of the Libyan Sea. We head on to Sfakia, a fishing village in an area dominated by walloping mountains in a land that is mostly rocky, steep and inaccessible. Via a 12 km asphalt serpentine road climbing the steep mountains of Sfakia, we discover the authentic Crete through a visit to Anopoli and the gorge of Aradaina. In the present day, the other side of the canyon is accessible via an iron bridge crossing over the gorge. The height of the bridge is so grand that it is often used for bungee jumping, since it is the second higher in Europe after the Verzasca dam in Switzerland.

Meals: Breakfast, Light Lunch

7th day : Free – Relax day

Enjoy the facilities of your villa  or shopping to Chania city

Dinner at traditional tavern with local dishes  for goodbye ceremony

Meals:  Breakfast , Dinner

8th day:  Departure Day

Chania  - No cycling

It's time to say goodbye after our tour of the beautiful and diverse island of Crete. We will escort you to Chania Airport in due time for your return flight. We wish you a safe journey home, carrying the fond memories of your visit with you.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Tour Inclusions and Exclusions:

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation: 7 nights in Luxury villa (twin share)
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Group transfers to and from Chania airport (days 1 & 8 only)
  • Tour guide(s): number dependent on group size
  • Support vehicle
  • Wilier bike and helmet

 

TOUR EXCLUDES:

  • Transport to and from Crete
  • All dinners
  • Drinks (except water while riding)
  • Personal expenses

·         Entrance fees to Museums and other sites

 

 

Prices:

Per person in double room 

single room : extra 20% to the following prices


·        minimum Group size for this tour is 4 people

PERIOD

4 PERSONS IN

VILLA  AFRODITI

6 PERSONS

IN VILLA AFRODITI

8 PERSONS

IN VILLA ALKIONI

18/4-25/4/2016

1.890 €

1.650 €

1.490 €

23/5-30/5/2016

1.890 €

1.650 €

1.490 €

13/6-20/6/2016

2.100 €

1.750 €

1.590 €

11/7-18/7/2016

2.290 €

1.850 €

1.690 €

19/9-26/9/2016

2.100 €

1.750 €

1.550 €

24/10-31/10/2016

1.890 €

1.650 €

1.550 €

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