Eastern Crete cycling tour, Greece

“Discover the history, culture and extraordinary natural beauty of Eastern Crete with a self-guided cycling holiday from Heraklion to Rethymno. Ideal for recreational cyclists hoping for a deeper insight into life on Crete.”

Highlights

Eastern Crete | Self-guided cycling | Heraklion | Knossos | Cretan aquarium | Ierapetra | Tsoutsouros | Palace of Phaistos | Agia Galini | Rethymno |

Description of Eastern Crete cycling tour, Greece

Beginning in the charming capital, Heraklion, you’ll embark on a Greek odyssey through ancient archaeological sites including Phaistos and Knossos, which is considered to be the oldest city in Europe. Every day brings new opportunities to dine in rustic taverns, dip in the sea, or detour from suggested routes in order to follow your own instincts of discovery. It’s also possible to add in extra days at various points in the itinerary.

Ride through picturesque mountain villages, learn about the history of olive oil production on Crete, and swim off golden sandy beaches. Explore the lovely town of Agios Nikolaos, sip raki with the locals, and sample an exquisite range of traditional Greek cuisine throughout. If it’s cultural immersion you’re looking for, there’s nothing like a self-guided trip to bring you closer.

Another aspect of this trip that you’ll love is the changing landscapes, which are particularly beautiful in late spring or autumn, periods that usefully avoid most of the crowds too. One day you’ll be cycling through the mountains, the next around a lake, or by the coast.

Finishing in Rethymno, founded by the Venetians, you can wind down by wandering the charming streets of the old town, watching the fishing boats bob in the harbour, or cycling out to see several archaeological sites in the area.

With daily rides of around 50km, and average daily climbs of up to 600m (and one of around 850m), this self-guided cycling holiday around Eastern Crete is well-suited to regular cyclists with a moderate level of fitness. Detailed maps are provided along with 24-hour support should you need it, and convenient luggage transfers between hotels.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Eastern Crete cycling tour, Greece

Environment

We believe in sustainable and responsible tourism, and we are committed to having the lowest possible environmental impact. As this is a cycling tour, we use the bike and the power of our feet, which is the most eco-friendly way of travelling, keeping the environment un spoiled. On top of that, we inform our guests not to litter on the destinations they visit, to recycle when it is possible and in general to follow responsible travel guide lines. To help offset the carbon emissions we also donate 10 euros per client which is shared between forestry commissions in the Peloponnese for reforestation after the deadly fires of 2007. In the winter time, we organise days where the companies members go to the nearest beaches and gather litters, in order to keep the beach clean and avoid any trash ending in the sea waters. We also as a company, gather plastic caps and donate them to a local club that helps children with special needs by buying them special trolleys.

Community

By employing only local guides and using only regional services we provide a form of tourism that benefits the community. We use local small companies- most of them family owned- for our tours, such as local hotels, restaurants, suppliers etc. The visitor also benefits by being able to come closer to authentic local cultures and traditions due to our unique local knowledge. We think tourism should be about respect and benefit to the local inhabitants and that responsible travellers will get more out of their holiday by giving a little bit back to the special places and people that they meet. But the most important thing for us, is that your presence here gives us a strong negotiation card for pressing the local authorities for the development of our area, such us constructing cycling streets, increase the local recycling program, improve social buildings etc.. Also, all of our employees in the office are locals.

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