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 20 m 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)
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.
3rd day (Lasithi plateau)
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.
4th day (Albatros – Mochos - krasi - kera - Malia)
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.
5th day/Optional (Free – Relax day)
Enjoy the facilities of your hotel or shopping to Heraklion city
6th day (Peza – Knossos, 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.
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 are able and always at your disposal, to design together routes that will meet any experience of your dreams. This route can be tailored upon request to fit your needs!
- type: Biking
- activities: Cycling (lifestyle)
- tags: Cretan Monasteries, Lasithi plateau, Wine tasting, Nature, Sightseeing, Beaches
- duration: 7 days
- on request: Yes
- location: East & Central Crete, Herssonisos, Lasithi Plateau, Heraklion, Heraklion inland, Heraklio, Lasithi/East Crete
* 2-4 participants: €1100 per person, 5-8 participants: €990 per person, 9-20 participants: lower prices as number of people increases, communicate with us for more details
* This is an all inclusive package. Check included services for details
Easy tours allow you to experience a new activity and culture in a relaxed environment. If you are after a peaceful holiday with a light introductory focus on one or more activities an easy tour is a great option. Routes chosen will be easy and often ridden entirely at your own pace. This biking is suitable for most families.
Fitness required: An average level of fitness is required.
Route info - 2nd day
Cycling: 45 km, 200 m vertical gain
Route info - 3rd day
Cycling: 30km, 265 m vertical gain, 379 m vertical loss
Route info - 4th day
Cycling: 30 km, 250 m vertical gain
Route info - 6th day
Cycling: 23 km, 220m vertical gain
5-7 days tour
Upon Request (All year round) - prior communication required
- 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
- Transport to and from Crete
- Drinks (except water while riding)
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fees to Museums and other site
Your safety is our partner's priority. However, all adventure tourism involving road cycling, mountain biking s inherent risks, dangers and hazards. While we will ensure your trip is as safe as possible, not all risks, dangers and hazards can be anticipated or avoided.
We ask you to carefully read and fully understand the "Terms and Conditions" and "Customer Declaration" section on your tour booking form. Your signed consent to these terms is required to complete your reservation.
Multiday trips only: A deposit of 20% of the tour price is required for us to reserve your place on your tour. On receipt of your deposit, we will email you a confirmation letter to verify your travel arrangements and advise final payment details.
Booking forms - Customer Declaration
Our partner requires all tour participants to complete a booking form in full. Failure to provide full details of your travel plans may result in miscommunications of your exact travel specifications. Also customers must complete a Customer Declaration form in order to accept the terms of the tour.
Multiday trips only: The balance for all our partner tours must be paid no later than 20 days prior to tour departure.
Inclusions and Exclusions
All tours have some basic inclusions and exclusions. There can be some changes in order the booking suits your needs better.
Tour cancellation policy
Multiday trips only: All tour cancellations will require notification in writing to our partner reservations by the person participating on the tour in case unforeseen circumstances force you to cancel your tour.
- Cancellations received 60 days or greater prior to tour departure will result no loss of the tour deposit.
- Cancellations received between 60-30 days prior to tour departure will result in full loss of tour deposit per person.
- Cancellations received between 30–20 days prior to tour departure will result in a 50 loss of the full tour price per person.
- Cancellations received less than 10 days prior to tour departure will result in 100 loss of full tour cost per person.
Our partner will in most circumstances allow the transfer of the deposit or tour payment to another tour departure (subject to availability).
Our partner does not give any refunds for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips or services not used.
Our partner reserves the right to modify tour itineraries in situations such as adverse weather, or to better suit client requirements. Our partner shall not be held responsible for any damage, expense or inconvenience caused by late arrival of public transport, schedule changes, strikes, vehicle breakdown, Acts of God, or other conditions beyond our control.
As a traveler you have the responsibility to a trip appropriated to your interests and ability. Our partner guides reserve the right to reject any participant from a tour for reasons of inability or behavior endangering the safety and the welfare of him/herself or others, without this being a reason for refund. By making the deposit payment you are deemed to have accepted our partner Terms and Conditions.