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/Welcome 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Tzagarolon 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.
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.
7th day/Free – Relax day (No Cycling)
Enjoy the facilities of your villa or shopping to Chania city
Dinner at traditional tavern with local dishes for goodbye ceremony
8th 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 Chania 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: Apokoronas region, West Crete, Chania, Traditional villages, Cretan Monasteries, Nature
- duration: 7 days
- on request: Yes
- location: Apokoronas region, Chania, Chania
* 2-4 participants: €1850 per person, 5-8 participants: €1490 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: 30 km, 310 m vertical gain, 310 m vertical loss
Route info - 3rd day
Cycling: 23 km, 315 m vertical gain, 510 m vertical loss
Route info - 4th day
Cycling: 50 km, 500 m vertical gain, 388 m vertical loss
Route info - 5th day
Cycling: 23 km, 330 m vertical gain, 488 m vertical loss
Route info - 6th day
Cycling: 27 km, 300 m vertical gain, 829 m vertical loss
7 day tour
Upon Request (All year round) - prior communication required
- 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
(*) Meals included:
- 2nd day: Breakfast, Light Lunch
- 3rd day: Breakfast, Light Lunch
- 4th day: Breakfast, Lunch
- 5th day: Breakfast, Light Lunch
- 6th day: Breakfast, Light Lunch
- 7th day: Breakfast, Dinner
- Transport to and from Crete
- All dinners
- 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.
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.