Messara Tour

Messara Tour

Description

Self Guided Ebike Tour for the winter! This is most likely the warmest cycling trip you can do in the winter in the whole of Europe!. Fancy riding with a t-shirt in the middle of the winter? If yes, this is your trip! Since 1500 BC the Messara plain has extended by up to 6 km due to a buildup of alluvial sediment. Clays from Messara have been found to be the source of significant amounts of Minoan pottery; soil and rock types from the fringes of Messara, particularly the foothills of the Asterousia Mountains at the south and the foothills to the north within the Psiloritis Mountains. In the Messara, olive trees, vineyards and horticultural crops are grown everywhere. Part of the products grown here are placed on the domestic market. Α substantial part of the produced olive oil is then exported to European markets. The Messara Plain is also home to the indigenous Messara horse.

This is the best 4 days of cycling holidays you can have in the middle of winter anywhere in Europe. Period! With temperatures up to 20oC during February-March is difficult to beat!
Most of the route follows quiet side roads and occasionally dirt roads. This trip is based on a single hotel (private house) accommodation. Every day there is a different route planned. The Messara trip is recommended for winter months due to a very mild winter in the area. Summer months (June-August) if you are brave enough you are welcome to join! Temperatures under the sun can get up to 40-45oC midday. During winter is a superb place to spend your holidays.

The planned routes are simply amazing. You will visit some of the best beaches in the area along with some great mountain ascents. 

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 35-60km every day
ELEVATION: From 300 to 1200 meters per trip/day
DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
STARTING POINT: A few km outside of Heraklion city.
ACCOMMODATION: In one apartment that can accommodate up to 6 persons or 7 in a portable bed if the group is up to that number. Non-cyclists are welcome to join and they get a 50% discount.
TRANSFER: Included (From Heraklion to the starting point and back)

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

  • 3 nights accommodations in a single apartment (can fit up to 6 persons or one more (7) in a portable bed.
  • Transport of your luggage
  • 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 & back to the airport
  • ebikes (mountain bikes) 29er with 500w/625w 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:

For a group of 4-7, the cost is 290€ per person with traditional local breakfast – Booking Form

For a group of 2-3, the cost is 350€ per person with traditional local breakfast – Booking Form

We can run the trip all year long any date that suits you on request. We do require a minimum of two persons. A single traveller is welcome to join but if we don’t have any other bookings during the same period you will need to cover the cost of the extra participant.

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

An overview of the accommodation

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Interested for the trip but with a non ebike?

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