2 independent reviews for Western Crete cycling holiday

Reviews for Western Crete cycling holiday

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review 27 May 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Wild flowers by the roadside - unexpected. Breakfast at the Riverside Hotel in Georgioupoli. My wife getting to the top of the hills before me, relaxed and breathing due to the great decision to use an E-bike. Do it if you have reservations about the hills! Lovely people. Laminated luggage tags made by Maria at the Patrakis Seaview in Palaiochora. Whole house to ourselves in the mountain village of Kefali. Courtesy of Irene at the Panorama Apartments.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Think about two nights at Palaiochora. Cycle down from Omalos on the first day. Catch a bus back up the mountain early next morning and walk the Samaria gorge, finishing with a boat ride back to Palaiochora. If travelling in early 2019 then check out the roads - one on the way to Kissamos was washed out by the February storms and we had to find an alternative - which was easy to arrange and a pleasant ride. Also, check out the boat availability from Palaiochora to Elafonissi. Consider an E-bike if you have reservations about the hills.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Lots of involvement of local people : accommodation, cycle provision, restaurants, taxi drivers, ice cream vendors, .....

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Very good. One or two small improvements could be made to make it excellent.

review 26 Sep 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Staying in the mountain village, Kefali (Inachoria). The accommodation was perfect (renovated local house with balcony). The hosts of Panarama where very welcoming and also ran a great Restaurant. Nice relaxed place to stay at the end of a days cycle.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

We did the 6 day cycle over 2 weeks, so allows you soak up some of the local sights on the rest day. Plenty of additional information provided Re circular cycles from the towns. On the rest day in Paleohora, we took the local 06:00 bus (7) back to Omalos to walk the Samaria Gorge (5). You end up in Ag Roumeli, where u can take the ferry back to Paleohora (17). Great day out if you have your walking boots. The bike provided were perfect for the terrain, light hybrids (Trek) with 18 gears.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes. Local hotels, bike rental and taxis to ship luggage.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Superb. Really enjoyed the cycling and didnt encounter too much traffic on the back roads except when approaching the larger towns and beach resorts. Id highly recommend taking 2 weeks if u have the time.

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