Eastern Crete

Description

Cycle through the spectacular highland plateau of Lasithi (900 meters altitude), the Kritsa village with its famous Byzantine churches and the impressive massive of Dikti mountain. You will visit among others the Psychro Cave. The cave is famous in Greek mythology as the place where Amalthea, nurtured the infant Zeus with her goat's milk. The archaeology attests to the site's long use as a place of cult worship. The nurse of Zeus, who was charged by Rhea to raise the infant Zeus in secret here, to protect him from his father Cronus is also called the nymph Adrasteia in some contexts. It is one of a number of caves believed to have been the birthplace or hiding place of Zeus. The route has a total ascent of 6690 meters and 6670 meters of downhill makes a total of 13360 meters!

This cycling tour has been designed especially for e-bikers. Most of the route follows quiet side roads and occasionally dirt roads. The latter include many stones and a steep slope thus you need to have a good mountain bike skills. If you don’t cycle often off-road or don’t have any experience with mountain biking there is a possibility to skip those parts. You do however need to be fit enough due to steep terrain.

Along with a repair kit, you will be given a compact charger in case you need to charge the battery on the way. The routes are planned to start and finish with one charge. This, however, might not be possible if you use most of the time the higher modes (emtb-turbo). If that is the case you will need to make a stop for at least an hour and a half to recharge. Re-charging stops will be given to you at the beginning of the trip.

The tour is suitable for children from the age of 16.

CLASSIFICATION OF THE TOUR: Self-guided tour
DIFFICULTY:  For cyclists that they do cycle every month
DISTANCE: Approximately 310 km
ELEVATION: 6690 m up and 6670 down
DURATION: 7 Days / 6 Nights
STARTING POINT: A few km outside of Heraklion city.
ACCOMMODATION: In small apartments & hotels (based on double occupancy twin bedrooms).
LUGGAGE TRANSFER: Included from hotel to hotel

We suggest travel insurance. If you don’t have any please get in touch with us.

  • 6 nights accommodations in small apartments and or hotels
  • Transport of your luggage from hotel to hotel
  • Possibility to wash the bike every day
  • A safe place to store the bike at night
  • Repair Kit
  • Transfer from Heraklion to our starting point
  • ebikes (mountain bikes) 29er with 500w battery
  • Compact ebike charger
  • GPS with the route
  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

By Sea: To reach Crete by sea, you can take a ferry from Piraeus Port, which is near Athens. At Crete, there are two main ports; Heraklion and Chania. Take the ferry that stops at the port closest to your hotel (Heraklion in our case). There are daily departures from Piraeus Port to Crete and the journey takes about 9 to 10 hours. The ferry departs from Pireaus at 9 pm every day. Crete is also connected with other Greek islands like Santorini, Milos and The Peloponnese.

By plane: The quickest way to reach Crete is by flight. Most major cities in the world have daily flights to Athens. From Athens, you can take a domestic flight to Crete’s Heraklion or Chania airport. During the summer months when tourists are pouring in, there are frequent charter flights. First charter flights usually start by the end of March and latest by late November.

Heraklion airport is only 4 km away from the city centre while Chania airport is at a distance of 145 km from Heraklion. You can take the public bus or we can arrange a taxi driver to pick you up. Get in touch with us to inform you about the cost as that changes over the years.

You can check the flights to and from Crete on this link.

Package price per person in a double room with breakfast – 990€ – Booking Form
Package price per person, double room with breakfast – 1100€
High season (July & August) surcharge, per person – 75€

Starting Dates for 2020

1-7th of April
10-16th of April
18-24th of April
3-9th of May
13-19th of May
25-31st of May
1-7th of June
9-15th of June
19-25th of June

July & August upon request.

1-7th of September
9-15th of September
18-24th of September
1-7th of October
9-15th of October
18-24th of October
25-31st of October
1-7th of November
9-15th of November
18-24th of November

NON-SCHEDULED ARRIVAL DATES: minimum of 3 persons upon request.

To get an idea about the temperatures on the island please visit this link.

Eastern Crete Ebikes
An overview of the route & the elevation profile
Interested for the trip but with a non ebike?

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