1st day/Welcome day (No Biking)
Welcome to Heraklion Crete’s capital.
Heraklion is a modern city with squares and secular streets, several shops, coffee shops, intense night life and with multicultural profile, the city combines archaeological treasures and the image of the city with the urban rhythms on the other side.
The Old Town makes you trip to the past, surrounds you with Venetian walls.
We welcome you from Heraklion airport and check in at Hotel. In the afternoon you will be able to walk and sightsee through the city.
We have our Meeting in the evening for dinner and get to know each other.
We are starting with cars our tour from Heraklion early in the morning and heading to Strouboula plateau, and then we start our journey to Psiloreitis Mountain, a nice pathway that gives us the opportunity to see the geological diversity of this mountain with the rich alternation of landscapes.
As we continue our course, we pass the village Gonies , towards for village Anogia (altitude of 750m) which is a special place inhabited by hospitable people who remain faithful to the traditional way of life.
Following an ascent pathway with lot of natural beauty we can see Mitata, low round houses made from stones.
In location with altitude 1200 m we can see a small stone church of Agios Yakinthos (St Hyacinths), protector of love through the years.
We continue our sightseeing to the magnificent landscape of huge oaks, passing by the Zominthos archaeological place and of the meadow of Koursonas.
Accommodation and dinner in a traditional guesthouse in the village.
After breakfast we start a challenging route climbing from 1,563 m to 1.032m to Skinakas.
A route with magnificent view of the south side of Psiloritis mountain, where we can see the majestic forest of Rouvas.
Then we follow a nice pathway through oaks, maples, pines and cypresses, on our way to Gergeri village.
We continue to the village Nivritos, lake Votomos area with great view and shelter for many aquatic birds, and at last we finish our tour on Zaros a rich floral village.
Accommodation in a guesthouse of the village.
We are leaving Zaros village , following a beautiful road through the valley of Messara towards Phaistos, which in Minoan times was the center of southern central Crete.
Towards to our journey, we see the Odigitria΄s monastery.
We cross the natural beauty of Agiofarago, several meters away we can see beautiful beach with crystal clear water when we have the opportunity to swim and some rest.
Then, as we follow the pathway, we can see the Libyan sea, until we arrive at Lentas.
The village has a special beach with pebbles and crystal clear waters, in addition of a majestic mountain scenery all around and we are sure it will win your attention.
Accommodation in the village.
We are starting a demanding, but a special pathway.
We are heading to Trypiti beach. As we discover Asterousia Mountain.
We continue with an excellent view on beautiful beaches, ravines, gorgeous and dangerous cliffs which leads to the sea, in Europe there is no place similar to this.
We are finishing our tour on Kapetaniana traditional village (altitude 800 meters).
The location of the village is unique as it combines the element of unique mountain views and the views of the Libyan Sea.
In the afternoon, optionally we can climb to the top of Kofinas.
Accommodation in a traditional guesthouse.
We are going to cross a fantastic downhill route from Kapetaniana to the seaside village of Agios Ioannis (St. John.)
Then we will cross the beautiful pathway to the cave of St. Anthony, from now on and for a few places it might be needed to cross the pavement carrying our bikes because of the inaccessibility of the pavement. We are going to pass a small pine forest and oak trees until we reach the Koudoumas Monastery.
The monastery is built on a secluded seaside location in a unique place.
We arrive at Sopata (altitude 1023m) and continue with our bicycles our tour in the way to Paranumfoi village and Mournia and Ethia as well. We will combine a break in this picturesque village.
Then there is a pathway on our way to Achendrias and we will descent to the Mesochorio village having the magical image of the plain of Messara.
Finally we are transfered by our bus to Archanes village.
Accommodation in a traditional guest house.
Archanes village – Katalagari village – Peza village.
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, monuments , and local villages boasting important examples of traditional architecture.
Accomontation in Heraklion.
8th day (No Biking)
Valediction and transfer to airport.
(*) 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: Mountain Biking
- tags: Psiloritis Mountain, Geology, Architecture, Cretan villages, Nature, Asterousia mountain, Cretan Monasteries, Cretan beaches
- duration: 8 days
- on request: Yes
- location: Psiloritis Mountain, Anogia, Zaros, Asterousia Mountain, Lentas, Kapetaniana, Heraklion inland, Archanes, Rethymno, Heraklio
* 2-4 participants: €1500 per person, 5-8 participants: €1350 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
Hard tours are designed for the more experienced participant wishing to push themselves and experience new challenges. Routes will longer climbs and more technical skills.
Fitness required: A high level of fitness is required.
Route info - 2nd day
Distance: 45,2 km
Min. elevation: 401 m
Max elevation: 1178 m
Elevation ascent: 1227 m
Elevation descent: 629 m
Route info - 3rd day
Distance: 44,4 km
Min. elevation: 700 m
Max elevation: 1569 m
Elevation ascent: 868 m
Elevation descent: 1581 m
Route info - 4th day
Distance: 62,9 km
Min. elevation: 4 m
Max elevation: 338 m
Elevation ascent: 1325 m
Elevation descent: 1608 m
Route info - 5th day
Route info - 6th day
Route info - 7th day
8 days tour
Upon Request (All year round) - prior communication required
- Accommodation: 7 nights in 4stars traditional houses (twin share)
- Meals as listed in the itinerary
- Group transfers to and from Heraklion airport
- Tour guide(s): number dependent on group size
- Wilier bike and helmet
- Support vehicles
(*) Meals included:
- 1st day: Dinner
- 2nd day: Breakfast , Light Lunch
- 3rd day: Breakfast , Light Lunch
- 4th day: Breakfast , Light Lunch
- 5th day: Breakfast , Light Lunch
- 6th day: Breakfast , Light Lunch
- 7th day: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner
- 8th day: Breakfast
- Transport to and from Crete
- Drinks (except water while riding)
- Personal expenses
- Entrance fees to Museums and other sites
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.
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