Central & South Crete

Description

Cycling in central and south Crete with the olive groves and vineyards of the area. We can bring you to experience the huge variety of panoramas of the area. We remain in the central & south Crete, in an up & down ride where each corner will reveal a different view. Heraklion region and south Crete has a hot-summer-Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm to hot and dry with clear skies. Dry hot days are often relieved by seasonal breezes. Winters are very mild with moderate rain. Because Heraklion is further south than Athens, it has a warmer climate during winter but cooler during summer because of the Aegean sea and its high mountains (48 summits above 2000 meters - 6000ft). Hottest months are June, July, August and early September. The best months for cycling are all the rest with best been during the winter! This is an amazing trip to join. From the mountains to the Lybean sea with a total of 5290 meters of elevation!

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 apart from the 5th Day. You can spend that day hiking as an alternative. The area has some superb hikes. 

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 and they got experience with mountain biking.
DISTANCE: Approximately 230-250 km
ELEVATION: 5290 m uphill
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 4 persons upon request.

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

Day 1 - 34km
1030 meters uphill & 660 downhill
Day 2 - 45km
700 meters uphill & 1110 downhill
Day 3 - 32km
570 meters uphill & 630 downhill. Most of the day we cycle off-road (dirt roads) with magnificent views.
Day 4 - 27km
1020 meters uphill & 330 downhill
Day 5 - 17km
750 meters uphill & 750 downhill. Don’t be fulled with the just 17km. Those are one of the best! Ending on a superb beach in the south to spend the day. The whole distance is taken place off-road (dirt roads).
Day 6 - 43km
730 meters uphill & 980 downhill
Day 7 - 31km
480 meters uphill & 790 downhill
Interested for the trip but with a guide?

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