Captivating Crete

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9 Day(s)
Mod/Advanced
330 Km
avg 47 Km
Guided

Tour operator:  CycleGreece

Europe's most southern terrain

Biking guided tour to Minoan ruins, a highlight of the Captivating Crete tour.  At Knossos you will learn from the professional guide that the peaceful Minoan empire was the first civilization on European soil and King Minos’ chair was replicated for the chief judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.  Throughout the tour you encounter Minoan ruins left and right.

This tour is for cyclists accustomed to climbing ascents ranging from 1500-2500 foot (450-760 meters).  Captivating Crete has flat sections hugging the sea coast, hilly sections near the sea and mountains in the rural interior where passing vehicles are less frequent.  Average daily mileage is 50 km / day.

The most endearing part of the tour is your immersion into the local culture.  In a Greek language class you learn to greet the locals, “Kali Mera!”   There is a cooking class where you learn to prepare healthy Cretan cuisine.   Tasting raki, Crete’s national spirit akin to Italy’s grappa, is unavoidable.  Indeed, it is rude to turn down the first and second offerings.   You can pass when a third round is extended.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Greece
Region:
Greek Islands
From:
Hania
To:
Herakleion

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Supported, Bike Included
Duration:
9 Day(s)
Level:
Mod/Advanced
Terrain:
Road bike tour, Major climbing
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
EUR 2980
Single Supplement:
750 euros

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
330 Km
Riding Days:
7
Month(s):
May, October

Additional Information

Inclusions

7 nights accommodations: 3-4 star hotels
1 Ferry transfer: overnight ferry with private cabin and bath, from Piraeus to Hania
Bikes: Specialized road bike. 
Bike gear:  helmet, water bottles, handlebar pouch, odometer
Bike Routes
Cue sheets
CycleGreece jersey: short sleeved, rear pockets, locally made
CycleGreece lite backpack
Trip packet:  useful and interesting information about the region
Support vehicle:  “Sag wagon” with bilingual driver.  
Tour Leader / Bike Guide
All Meals
Archaeology tour:  Private tour with professional licensed guide at Knossos and Herakleion Archaeology Museum
Entrance fees
Cretan Cooking Class:  led by local chef
Wine Tasting Session:   includes tour of winery
Gratuities & 24% VAT taxes

Exclusions

Airfare to/from Greece
Departures from Crete
Transfers to/from Athens airport to Athens
Alcoholic beverages (other than house wine)
Drinks and coffee at café pit stops
Travel insurance – required. 

Options

7 nights Self-Guided tour option also available
7 nights Drive & Bike option also available
Carbon Tarmac bikes are available as an upgrade for 400 euros.   
Electric bikes are available as an upgrade for 300 euros.  
Add-ons:
4 Night Libyan Sea Coast Hiking.
1 day Samaria Gorge Hike.

Booking Conditions

400 euros deposit per person

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