|Arrival City||Herakleion or Hania|
|Arrival transfer||yes, from airport or port|
|Departure City||Hania or Herakleion|
|Departure transfer||Yes , to airport or port|
|Tour Start Point||Arhanes or Hania|
|Tour End Point||Hania or Arhanes|
|Number of hotels||1|
|Luggage Transfers 1|
|Maximum Pax||no max|
|Total Mileage||30 km/19 miles|
|Average Daily Mileage||15 km, 9 miles|
|Elevation Gain||1500 m 3000 feet|
|Elevation Loss||100 m, 500 feet|
Day 1: Tzermiado
The Lassithi Plateau, one of the highest farming areas in Greece, once had 20,000 windmills which only a generation or so ago were still in use, which gives you an idea of how traditional this region is. Make a giant loop of the plateau, stopping at Diktion Cave to marvel at the gigantic stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 2: Tzermiado
Descend almost 3,000 feet to the coast to the Minoan palace city of Malia. Most alluring are the giant earthenware pithos jars, as tall as you and the scent of orange blossoms as you enter the archaeology site. Stop for lunch in Krasi, known for its humongous plane tree and fresh water springs.
Day 3: Arhanes
10 Day Tour: Heading west, over mountain ridges, cycling on back roads with goats and donkeys. Listen for the sound of their bells. Your destination is Arhanes, a one-time Minoan village whose contemporary residents continue many of the same traditions, from growing grapes for wine to idling around shady trees.
8 Day Tour: Transfer from Herakleion to Arhanes. Cycle a rural route which includes a stop at the Museum of Nikos Katzantakis, Crete’s beloved novelist and author of Zorba the Greek. Enjoy a dinner at a converted olive oil factory.
Day 4: Arhanes
Visit the famed Minoan palace city of Knossos and the Herakelion Archaeological Museum with priceless frescos. Ancient Minoa was the first civilization on European soil. By all accounts it was a peaceful empire.
Day 5: Zaros
En route stop at Vathypetro, a Minoan villa dating back to 1600 BC. The ride from Arhanes 1245 feet (380 meters) ascends to the cheerful mountain village of Zaros 1394 feet high (425 meters). Zaros is known for its bottled mineral water, fresh trout and the E4 (European) hiking route. Optional afternoon hike in the Rouvas Gorge.
Day 6: Rethymno
Back country roads, lots of climbing, breathtaking scenery characterize today’s ride. Advanced cyclists can detour to Spili, 1358 feet high (414 meters), a delightful mountain village of cobblestone streets, an amazing Venetian fountain and local crafts and produce. The day’s final destination is Crete’s best kept secret, Rethymno.
Day 7: Rethymno
A bike ride into the low portions of the Psiloritis Mountains. Visit Melidoni Cave and learn its poignant history. Rethymno’s old city has an imposing Venetian fortress, car-free alley-like streets, great restaurants with traditional Cretan cuisine and a fourteen kilometer sandy beach.
Day 8: Hania
The ride to Hania runs parallel to the sea on a mountain ridge before descending down to the flat coastal road via the incomparable Therissos Gorge. Hania’s beautiful harbor with Venetian architecture is dominated by a mosque surviving from the 400 years of Ottoman occupation of Crete. Take time for a bit of shopping in Hania – handmade knives or gold jewelry.
Day 9: Hania
The ride climbs from sea level to 3600 feet but it only takes about 3 hours to ascend these 23 miles, and half that time to return. Gradually the scenery dramatically changes to alpine-like forests. Omalos is where hikers overnight to get an early morning start on descending the Samaria Gorge which you may opt to do at the end of your cycling tour.
Day 10: Departure
Participants are required to sign our Waiver.
Participants are required to agree to the Booking Agreement
All costs are in euros. Click here for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Euros per person:
|Cost for 1 Rider||1300 euros|
|Cost for 2 Riders||1400 euros|
|Cost for 3 Riders||1200 euros|
|Cost for 4+ Riders||800 euros|
Self-guided clients carry their own gear, like pump, tubes, patch kit, etc. whereas on a guided tour, the driver/ mechanic takes care of break-downs
|Road Service||Spare tube||1 per person|
|Accommodations||5||Rear rack||on request|
|Breakfast||daily||Patch kit||1 per group|
|Luggage transfers||4||Tire Irons||1 per group|
|Bike-rider transfers||2||Multi-tool||1 per group|
|Bike||road or hybrid||Hand pump||1 per group|
|Pedals||regular or cages||GPS device||1 per group|
|Water bottles||2 per person||Cue sheets||per person|
|Handlebar pouch||1 per person||Maps||1 per couple|
|Odometer||1 per person||Trip Folder||1 per couple|
|Helmet||1 per person||Mobile phone||1 per group|
|Lock||1 per person||CycleGreece jersey||1 per person|
Airfare to Greece
Transport to/from Crete
Meals except breakfast
Optional Services. Please send me info:
- Pre-tour logistics (hotels, destinations, transport, etc)
- Post-tour logistics
- Licensed guide at Knossos or Malia
- Traditional Crete Cooking Class
- Olive Oil Tasting Session
- Wine Tasting Session
- Samaria Gorge Hike
- Imbros Gorge Hike
As Greece’s largest island with an extended network of rural roads, Crete offers cyclists exquisite routes through mountain villages that eventually descend to the sea. A must-see are the ancient Minoan palace cities of Knossos and Malia, or unheralded ruins, such as the mysterious Armeni cemetery near Rethymno.
Crete has its own delicious cuisine, its own dialect, its own traditional music. It’s practically its own country!