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E-Bike & Hike Treasures of Crete

Discover Crete Island on foot, by e-bike and boat

Crete is a place of exceptional beauty and varied landscapes, untouched nature, archaeological highlights, crystal clear blue sea and sandy beaches wait to be explored. Our Treasures of Crete trip does not miss any of the island’s highlights!

Experience the mountainous world of the Island of Minos by e-bike, visit the ancient city of Knossos, explore the picturesque port of Rethymnon, hike through the world-famous Samaria Gorge and enjoy a boat trip to the Elafonisi National Park.

A further unforgettable cruise takes us from Sougia to Paleochora. Here we have great bathing spots and vibrant sunsets to look forward to. Last but not least, a stay in Chania, the most beautiful town in Crete, is the perfect way to end our trip.

And what would Greece be without its delicious, local cuisine accompanied by traditional drinks, music, and Greek dance? After all, Crete is the birthplace of the well-known Syrtaki!  Your cozy accommodations during your visit in Heraklion, Paleochora and Chania will top off this multifaceted journey, and you can enjoy being pampered by the warm Greek hospitality!

 


Highlights

  • Cultural highlights: Explore Knossos and the old town of Chania
  • The largest canyon in Europe: Hike through the Samaria Gorge
  • Plenty of panoramas: Look forward to picturesque bike tours and hikes
  • Get your boogie on: Learn the national dance Syrtaki, which originates from Crete
  • Shimmering blue: Enjoy wonderful swimming breaks in beautiful bays
  • Culinary diversity: Cretan cuisine is a firework of flavours


9 days/8 nights
May, Jun, Sep
Challenging
Heraklion
Heraklion
Persons: 8+
Age: 12+

Included Activities

  • Guided tour of Knossos and the Archaelogical Museum of Heraklion
  • Guided city tours in Rethymnon and Chania
  • Guided bike tours with e-bike
  • Guided hikes through famous gorges
  • Boat trips to Agia Roumeli, Sougia, Lissos, and Elafonisi
  • Greek evening with live music and delicious delicacies

Dates

  • 4-12 May – 2.099€
  • 25 May-2 Jun – 2.099€ 
  • 15-23 Jun – 2.299€ 
  • 7-15 Sep – 2.299€ 
  • 21-29 Sep – 2.299€


DAY 1
(Sat) Heraklion (Arrival) (D) | Arrival at Heraklion, the capital of Crete, whether by plane or car is to be organized individually. A transfer from Heraklion airport or the ferry port to the hotel in the countryside can be arranged on request (for a fee).

Check in is possible from 3pm onwards. Enjoy the beautiful nature in the surroundings of the Village Heights Resort or have a refreshing swim in the pool. In the evening a lavish dinner awaits us in the tavern of our hotel, where everyone has the opportunity to get to know each other. Afterwards, the tour guides give an overview of the week to come and all planned activities.

DAY 2
(Sun) Heraklion Archaeological Museum – Knossos – Rethymnon – Paleochora (B, L, D) | A day filled with culture and history begins with a guided tour in the remarkable Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, which houses unique collections from the Neolithic period (7000 BC) to Roman times (3rd cent. AD). A highlight are certainly the masterpieces of the Minoan culture, the oldest civilisation in Europe!

Our next guided tour takes place at the Palace of Knossos. The island’s most important archaeological site is a must-see in Crete and will take your breath away. Then, we visit the picturesque old harbour town of Rethymnon for a late lunch and an afternoon walk. Finally, transfer to Paleochora, where we have dinner together and check in at our hotel.

DAY 3
(Mon) Anydroi Gorge (aprx. 11 mi./18 km by e-bike & 4 mi./6.5 km on foot) (B, L) | After breakfast, we start our first e-bike ride that leads us to the 99 Holy Fathers Monastery and we hear the story of St. John the hermit and the Holy Fathers.

Later on, our hike of approximately one hour begins. Along the way there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy beautiful panoramic views. When we reach the village of Anydroi, we enjoy delicious Cretan dishes for lunch. Afterwards we continue our hike through the Anydroi Gorge until we reach a secluded sandy beach.

Here the blue seas lure us in for a swim before we head back to the hotel by transfer bus. In the evening, our tour guide invites us to join a guided tour through Paleochora. Here you can end an eventful day with an individual dinner in town.

DAY 4
(Tue) Ancient Lissos (aprx. 20 mi./33 km by e-bike & 2.8 mi/4.5 km on foot) (B, L) | Today’s tour is a wonderful combination of biking, hiking and boating. An incredible nature experience awaits us on this cycling tour through the mountains of Paleochora.

We start today’s tour again from Paleochora and cycle up to the mountain villages of Prodromi and Temenia. Here, we take a well-deserved break for lunch at a great mountain tavern, which serves traditional Cretan cuisine including a very tasty specialty: a homemade chestnut stew.

A relaxed descent is then followed to the starting point known E-4 track to the ancient city of Lissos, where the incredibly well-preserved sanctuary of the god of healing, Asklepios and a newly excavated amphitheater.

Following our visit to this archaeological site, we board a charter boat sail to a cave. Here we will have the opportunity to take a dip in the shimmering waters before returning to the port of Paleochora, where dinner is on an individual base.

DAY 5
(Wed) Samaria Gorge (aprx. 10 mi./16 km on foot) (B,L) | A trip to Crete without visiting the famous Samaria Gorge is unimaginable. A walk through this gorge allows for an unbelievable nature experience and also gives us a physical challenge.

There are approximately 1,200 meters of elevation along the hike and the walk itself lasts around 6.5 hours. In the morning, we take a transfer bus to the starting point of the hike at the top end of the Samaria Gorge. On the way we enjoy a picnic in the canyon to restore our energy levels.

The village of Agia Roumeli lies at the lower end of the Samaria Gorge where we enjoy a late lunch in a traditional tavern. There is also time for a swim before we board the exclusive charter boat which takes us back Paleochora, where you later may go for an individual dinner.

DAY 6
(Thu) Sklavopoula – Paleochora – boat trip to Elafonisi (aprx. 10.5 mi./17 km by bike) (B, L) | Another day full of adventure! After a late breakfast, a transfer shuttle takes us to Sklavopoula where we visit a small church from the 13th century. This church is incredibly well preserved and even the frescos, picturing the torments of hell, are still visible.

From there we cycle on through picturesque landscapes with a relaxed midday break before heading back towards Paleochora. After lunch we take a privately chartered boat to visit the natural paradise of Elafonisi, a dreamy place in the middle of the Mediterranean.

The exotic, white sand beaches and the turquoise waters found on both sides of the peninsular are reminiscent of the Caribbean. The island is strewn with dunes, water lilies and junipers. Various rare species, such as the endangered Caretta Caretta turtles are able to live here, their nests under official protection. These are more than enough good reasons to spend some time in Elafonisi to swim and enjoy a coffee or a cool drink. Dinner is to be arranged individually.

DAY 7
(Fri) Sougia (aprx. 9 mi./15 km by e-bike & boat excursion) (B, L, D) | Today we can look forward to a very relaxed program after the efforts of the previous day. The program includes a transfer to the mountain top village of Prodromi, followed by a downhill bike tour to Sougia.

Here our charter boat is waiting and will take us to a wonderful bay. On land we will enjoy a BBQ for lunch at a hidden spot in the forest.

Afterwards we will have plenty of opportunity to swim before the boat takes us back to Paleochora. Here we can relax for a while before experiencing a true Greek evening with Cretan delicacies and live music.

DAY 8
(Sat) Paleochora – Chania (B, L, D) | Once we have our breakfast and even a swim by the sea, a transfer takes us to a small village in the mountains where following its exploration, we enjoy a traditional lunch in a local tavern (one of a kind experience).

Afterwards, we head to Chania, the most beautiful and fascinating city in Crete. After checking into your hotel, you will take a guided tour of the fascinating old town of Chania with its world-famous Venetian harbour. During a last dinner together, you can look back on eventful days that have taken you from one highlight to the next on legendary Crete. The night is spent in Chania.

DAY 9
(Sun) Chania – Heraklion (Departure) (B) | Goodbye Crete! After breakfast, check out of the hotel and return home or extend your holiday on Crete individually. If you are already on your way home today, our collective transfer will take you back to Heraklion airport. If possible, please book a flight that departs after 1 pm to have a stress-free journey home.

E-Bikes

Our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, mainly with Bosch motors and extra range, characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. They make even the toughest uphill climb fun and are great at spreading smiles on the faces of our guests.

Carefully selected accommodation

Ano Ηersonissos: Village Heights Resort (all rooms with private facilities)

Space, comfort, freedom and a breathtaking mountain world awaiting you in your first accommodation in Crete. Enjoy a wonderful stay at the Village Heights Resort located in the countryside, 30km east of Heraklion. A beautiful landscape surrounds the resort creating a vibe of tranquility and relaxation. All rooms have a fully equipped kitchenette, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, pool and bathroom towels, Cretan welcome amenities .

 

Paleochora: Hotel Relax (all rooms with private facilities)

Just 50 meters from Pachia Ammos Beach in Paleochora and 100 meters from the center, Hotel Relax awaits you with an outdoor pool, a spacious sun terrace and a rooftop garden with sea views. Relax offers nice apartments with free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony and air conditioning, as well as a bathroom with shower and hairdryer. A flat-screen TV is also available.

 

Chania: Hotel Porto Veneziano (all rooms with private facilities)

In Chania, you will stay at the Porto Veneziano Hotel. A private balcony overlooking the old Venetian harbour of Chania and the hotel’s eco-friendly equipment (Coco-Mat) are just some of the things that make this hotel special. The delicious breakfast made from Cretan recipes will also give you a great taste experience. Free Wi-Fi is available. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the hotel.

 

Please note: Hotel booking is subject to availability. If one of these hotels is not available, we will provide an equivalent substitute.

How difficult is the tour?
Cycling tours Level 1:

E-biking tours (Level 1): The cycling routes require a good fitness level from the participants. The routes have a length of 10 – 18 mi./17 – 28 km through hilly or mountainous terrain.

There are, however, no time constraints. The bike tours generally have a total of about 1,000 – 2,300 feet/300 – 700 m of elevation and there are some longer climbs too. Most of the roads we cycle along are asphalted and mostly traffic free.

Your tour guide will inform you in detail about the requirements needed for the individual tours each day. Should you decided at any point that you do not want to take part in one of the tours, you are free to take a half or a full day off to swim or use the time as you wish.

Hiking Level 3: The hiking tours require a high level of fitness from participants. The routes have a length of 3 – 10 mi./4.5 – 16 km and lead through mountainous terrain. However, there are no time constraints. The hikes mostly lead through gorges or along well-developed trails. Your tour guide will inform you of the requirements for the planned tour each day.

We strongly recommend that you bring good hiking boots. Flip-flops or similar shoes are not suitable for the hikes offered. Should you prefer to skip the hike and spend a half or a full day swimming or enjoying another activity you are most welcome to do so.

What are the age requirements for this tour?
This tour is suitable for adults and young people over the age of 12. Please note we can only provide bikes for people who are 4’9 ft. / 150 cm or taller.

What language is the tour conducted in?
Due to our international audience all our Crete tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

What meals are included in the basic tour price?
Catering on this tour includes 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners. An ample breakfast is served every morning in the hotel.

Lunch is included on all days which have activities either in traditional Cretan restaurants serving local dishes or as a barbeque on route. During the week, four of the dinners are not pre-organized so that you can choose where you would like to eat. There are numerous beautiful taverns where traditional cuisine can be tasted and enjoyed.

Your tour guide will be happy to give you recommendations for restaurants for these days if requested.

Are changes to the tour itinerary possible?
We reserve the right to make changes to the route in the case of changing wind and weather conditions as well as for reasons of organisational necessity.

How do I get from Heraklion Airport to the Village Heights Resort in Ano Chersonissos?
The airport of Heraklion is approx. 20 km away from Ano Chersonissos. We offer individual transfers between Heraklion and Ano Chersonissos on the arrival day of your tour (see additional services).

What should I pack for this tour?
You will need the following items:

  • Cycling clothing including helmet
  • Hiking boots
  • Swimsuit and beach towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Small backpack for hiking tours

BASIC TOUR PRICE

From 2,099€ per person in a double room

Single rooms can be booked for an extra charge of 500 €/tour.

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 9-day hotel, e-bike and hiking tour
  • 1 night in a double room at the Village Heights Resort in Ano Chersonissos
  • 6 nights in a double room at the Relax Hotel in Paleochora
  • 1 night in a double room at the Porto Veneziano Hotel in Chania
  • 8 x breakfast, 7 x lunch, 4 x dinner (as in description)
  • Bottled mineral water and soft drinks during activities described
  • Guided tour of the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion and of Knossos
  • Guided city tours in Rethymnon and Chania
  • Guided e-bike tours and hikes as in program
  • Escort vehicle on all e-bike tours
  • All minibus transfers during the trip (as in description)
  • Private boat charter on 4 days
  • Greek evening with dinner and live music
  • Entrance for group visits to museums and archaeological sites
  • English and German speaking tour guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to Crete
  • Meals other than those included in the description above
  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Entrance for individually visited sights
  • Beach towel (if required) – please bring your own
  • Tips for tour guides

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Single room surcharge: 500€/week
  • E-bike: 180€/week
  • E-Bike insurance against damage of theft: 20€/week (not insured: gross negligent damage)
  • Transfer from Heraklion Airport to your first hotel in Ano Chersonissos: price on request
  • Individual transfers on other dates than arrival & departure day or other routes: price on request
  • Additional nights in Crete: price on request

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