Crete Bike Tour

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8 Day(s)
Adv/Challenging
283 Km
avg 57 Km
Guided, Self-guided


Seven nights; Seven days. Challenging cycling on paved and gravel roads, with days of optional hikes. Friendly mountains and dramatic coasts, complemented with historically significant sites and an engaging and informed guide.

Crete, the central island in the eastern Mediterranean, boasts unique fauna, and "flowers of Crete"; a springtime miracle. Although it is the biggest Greek Island, it is very narrow. You can stand at heady heights and see the Mediterranean in both directions. From turquoise bays and beautiful beaches that enjoy 340 days of sunshine a year, you will ride deep into the land.

Here, 1000 years before the classical Hellenistic tradition evolved, the famous Minoan culture built astonishing palaces, developed a commercial empire, and established the oldest known alphabet. They developed profound arts and skills, and now the Iraklion Museum of Archaeology is considered one of the most important in Europe.

Conquerors of many ilks have since wanted to exploit the island’s key location for their purposes. Dorians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Venetians, Turks, and lately British and Germans have all fought for a stronghold here. Most have left their mark on the landscape, the dominant ones being architects from Venice. The proud people of Crete fought against them all, knowing they had little chance of victory, or even of survival. The remote villages in the mountains present music, legends, and traditions that are strongly related to heroic events from the past.

Come to cycle through these enchanted villages, to challenge the gorges and the mountains, or to relax with an unbelievable view from a mountain to the sea. Come to taste typical Cretan cuisine, to smell the heady fragrance of endless carpets of flowers in the meadows, to explore the incredible wall paintings in palaces that did not lose their royal impression through the passing of 3600 years; to adore the Griffon soaring over your head - and yes – to swim in the deep, crystal clear water of the Mediterranean. This is a life-time experience – a phenomenal combination of vacation and adventure.

Information

Tour Location

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

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided, Self-guided
Duration:
8 Days
Level:
Adv/Challenging
Terrain:
Hills, Mountains, Sealed/paved
Special Interest:
History
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 3195

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
283 Km
Riding Days:
5

Additional Information

Inclusions

7 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 3 dinners, 
guide and van support, 
maps/route notes, 
luggage transfers, 
applicable taxes

Options

Self-Guided tour available US 2745
Bike rental available: Hybrid/Mountain: US 270
Visit Festoes and Gortyn (an hour for each visit, plus two hours of cycling).
A visit to the museum of Vori (2-3 hours including the ride).
Checking Matala’s beach 
Hiking along Agio Farango Canyon (90 Minutes each direction).

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