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Supported Self-guided Cycling Tour in Greece

The extremely rich culture of Crete combined with the hospitality of the locals is the perfect combination to create unforgettable memories! This is a "supported tour" in which there will be a van transferring luggage and stopping at certain points throughout the route. To fully enjoy this tour, you should be in good physical condition. You will have to cope with a few steep ascents!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Starts in Anogia
  • Ends in Rethymno
  • Total Distance: 132 Miles / 212 Kilometers (elevation: +5.252 meters, -7.729 meters / +17.231 feet, -25.358 feet)
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike (included)
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 40 EUR per day per person
  • Private tour

Highlights

  • 5 days of moderate cycling tour
  • Daily distances vary between 32 to 52 kilometer
  • Fully equipped hybrid bike rental is included
  • Supported with van transferring luggage and stopping at certain points
  • You will have GPS and maps with routes and complete information about the area
  • 24-hour telephone support is available
  • Daily breakfast and unlimited water
  • 7 nights accommodations in family-run hotels and guest houses unique to this area

Skill level

  • Intermediate

5 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

You will be accommodated for 7 nights with daily breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels. You will be staying in family-run hotels and guest houses unique to the area and no chain hotels!

Program

Upon your arrival, you will be supplied with your GPS device with routes, maps, road book, etc, and your bike with all the necessary equipment such as panniers, helmets, service kit, locks, etc. From then on you will have the freedom to spend your time in any way you wish. Whether you decide to wake up early or start later, you cycle at your own pace and stop anywhere that catches your interest on the proposed route. In this way, you are not obliged to follow a specific schedule but can just follow at your own tempo.

In addition, each day, they'll take care of your luggage transfer, so you don’t have to carry anything extra with you. They provide 24-hour telephone support in case of emergency just to be sure everything runs smoothly. Please note that if at any stage of the tour, you feel tired, they will load the bike on the trailer and you can be in the support vehicle with Crete Bikes.

Day 1: Arrival day

Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Anogia - Axos - Livadia - Kryoneri - Apladiana - Mourtzana - Melidoni - Perama

On your first day, explore the village of musicians and their Lyra players at Anogia, where Jorgos Skoulas will entertain you with some tunes. Short snack stop at the weaving center of Axos before you bike amongst vast olive groves to the so-called "Old Road" that once was the only connection from Heraklion to Western Crete.

Along charcoal production areas, cycle your way through these enchanting sights with stops for lunch and refreshments to reach Melidoni and its famous cave. You will finish your stage at Perama and continue by bus to the hotel. Towns and villages visited are Anogia, Axos, Livada, Aimonas, Krioneri, Tsachiana, Agridia, Kampos Doxarou, Apladiana, Mourzana, Agia, Melidoni - Cave, and Perama then back to the hotel.

Points of interest (POI) on the route are the Folk Art Museum of Alkibiades Skoulas at Anogia, the traditional village square of Anogia, the art of weaving at Axos, charcoal production sites near Melidoni, and the cave of Melidoni.

  • Distance: 56 kilometers / 35 miles
  • Ascent: 779 meters / 2556 feet | Descent: 2045 meters / 6709 feet

Day 3: Charkia - Margarites - Viran Episkopi

The tiny mountain village of Charkia is your starting point to reach Arkadi, the most famous monastery on Crete. Only three monks are left, maybe one of them can guide you through the premises. Up and down the hills along the Northern slopes of Mount Ida, you will arrive at the pottery village of Margarites. A famous master of traditional pottery is Eleni Kavgalaki who will show you some of her art.

A short relaxing break at a mulberry-shaded Taverna with a brilliant view to the north coast will let you regain strength. The bike ride through rural villages and a stop at one of the oldest olive trees of Crete will bring you to the old road again.

Towns and villages visited are Charkia, Archea Eleftherna, Kinigiana, Margarites, Chani Alexandrou, Kalergos, Laga, Tripodo, Vergiana, and Viran Episkopi. The points of interest (POI) on the route are the Monastery of Arkadi, the Roman cistern of Archea Eleftherna, the pottery village of Margarites, and an olive tree that's approximately 1000 years old at Vergiana.

  • Distance: 39 kilometers / 24 miles
  • Ascent: 857 meters / 2812 feet | Descent: 1285 meters / 4216 feet

Day 4: Apostoli - Gerakari - Spili - Mixorouma - Frati - Plakias - Souda Beach

During the transfer to the bike start, try to get a glimpse of the crocodile that was given freedom by a private person at the Phragma dam, the water reservoir for Rethymno. Pass a newly built social center at Anasouvari amidst the hills and its very old chappells before reaching your starting point at Apostoli. Slightly ascending the hills, your eyes get caught by a brilliant lookout point. Lovely Amari Valley is worth some pictures.

Via Gerakari, the cherry center of Crete, the next stopover are the orchids of Ious Kampos, spread over a wide flat meadow. From the water-spitting lion heads of Spili to the waterfalls of the Kourtaliotiko gorge. A must to walk down to the five springs at the bottom. The wide-swung beach of Plakias and the hidden resort of Souda are invitations to test the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea.

Towns and villages visited are Apostoli, Agia Fotini, Meronas, Gerakari, Spili, Dariviana, Mixorouma, Frati, Asomatos, Lefkogia, Plakias, and Souda Beach. Points of interest (POI) on the route are The Dam (water reservoir of Rethymno), the social center of Anasouvari, the lookout point of Amari-Valley, 21 water-spitting lion heads of Spili, Kourtaliotiko Gorge with 5 Big Springs, and Sandy Bay of Souda.

  • Distance: 42 kilometers / 26 miles
  • Ascent: 1506 meters / 4941 feet | Descent: 1451 meters / 4760 feet

Day 5: Minoan Cemetary of Armeni - Ag Fotinos - Ag Ioannis - Kotsifou - Selia - Korakas - Frangokastello

The late Minoan cemetery of Armeni with its 120 tombs built into the soft sandstone is our starting point with the bikes. Leaving the main road after a few hundred meters we pass hilly areas and delightful countryside. The affiliation of Greece with the EU reflects in broad newly constructed roads that are rarely used by traffic. Down the narrow gorge of Kotsifou widens the view to the Libyan Sea, you might even spot the southernmost inhabited point of Europe the island of Gavdos.

Moderate hills to reach the southern shores at the remote village of Korakas. You'll leisurely pass up and down along the coastline. With a sigh of relief, throwing off your sweaty outfit, plunge into the floods just beneath the fortress of Frangokastello, a former fortification against the pirates coming from Africa during the 16th century.

Towns and villages visited are Armeni, Agios Georgios, Fotinos, Agios Vasilios, Agouseliana, Agios Ioannis, Kanevos, Selia, Rodakino, Korakas, and Frangokastello. Points of interest (POI) on the route are the late Minoan Cemetary of Armeni, Kotsifou Gorgem, the Church of the Rock in “Agios Nikolaos”, the look-out point of “Selia”, Korakas Beach, the hidden taverna of Yannis, the fortress of Frangokastello, and the shallow lagoon of Frangokastello.

  • Distance: 44 kilometers / 27 miles
  • Ascent: 1180 meters / 3871 feet | Descent: 1536 meters / 5039 feet

Day 6: Myriokefala - Argyroupolis - Filaki - Dramia - Kournas - Georgioupolis - Episkopi - Gonia - Atsipopoulo

Starting from Myriokefala, the little church of Panagia, and after a visit to this Byzantine beautiful church, head towards Argyroupolis. Its ancient name is “Lappa” and was a city-state some 2000 years ago; it's worthwhile taking a stroll around the so-called Akropolis before descending to the idyllic waterfalls just below the village.

Biking along a romantic little valley with a small creek we are heading north to the village of Kournas, given its name to the freshwater lake. It takes us up to the hills again. 800 meters wide and approximately 30-40 meters deep is the only natural lake on Crete, stop and enjoy the view and shoot some pics before continuing finally to the north coast at Georgioupolis.

If someone wants a refreshing swim, why not! Relaxation and refreshments before we ride back eastwards via Episkopi through hilly and remote landscape towards Atsipopoulo, which is near Rethymno. The towns and villages visited are Myriokefala village, Argyroupolis (Lappa), Filaki, Dramia, Kastellos, Kournas, Kavalos, Georgioupolis, Episkopi, Agios Andreas, Gonia, and Atsipopoulo. Points of interest (POI) on the route are the Akropolis of Lappa, the waterfalls of Argyroupolis, the freshwater lake of Kournas, and the little bay of Kalivaki at Georgioupolis.

  • Distance: 53 kilometers / 33 miles
  • Ascent: 779 meters / 2556 feet | Descent: 2045 meters / 6709 feet

Day 7: Day-off

This is the day when you can enjoy and do your own thing. As you will be in the town of Rethymno you can also go shopping.

Day 8: Departure

"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

Location

This cycling holiday takes place in Crete, Greece.

Food

Daily breakfast and unlimited water every day will be provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • VAT 24% and all taxes
  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast in hotels of 3* or 4*
  • An English-speaking guide that drives the support vehicle
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Hybrid bike rental equipped with helmet, water bottle cages, map holder, rear rack with double panniers, and repair kit
  • Insurance
  • Unlimited water
  • Transfer of bikers and bikes at the starting point of the excursion
  • GPS and maps with routes per booked room
  • Complete information about the area
  • 24-hour telephone support

What's not included

  • All dinners and lunches
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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