Greece

Cycling the Coast of Eastern Crete

Trip code: C07CT 4 (1 reviews)

Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 3
Stretching

13.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

SUMMARY

  • Explore the serene beauty of Eastern Crete on two wheels, cycling along the spectacular coastline and through charming villages like Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, and Rethimno
  • Indulge in the exquisite flavours of Crete, sampling signature cheeses from local villages pairing them with indigenous wine or the traditional spirit Raki
  • Discover the island's rich biodiversity, from majestic golden eagles to vibrant bird species, making your journey a truly memorable one

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Bike hire included
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Car transfers as per the itinerary

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Discover the hidden gem of Greece in Eastern Crete, a place where authenticity and tranquillity blend seamlessly. Picture yourself cycling along the stunning coastline, the sun kissing your skin as you explore charming villages of Agios Nikolaos, Ierapetra, and Rethimno. This adventure promises more than just scenic rides - it's a gateway to a world of unique experiences.

Crete isn't just about its flavours; it's a haven for nature enthusiasts. If you're lucky, you can marvel at the sight of golden eagles and vultures soaring majestically above the White Mountains. Delight in the vibrant colours of bee-eaters, blue rock thrush, and golden orioles that grace the lower altitudes. Every moment promises a glimpse into the island's rich biodiversity.

For those in search of a literary escape, the globally acclaimed bestseller 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop serves as an ideal companion. Set against the backdrop of Crete, it immerses readers in a narrative that reflects upon the preciousness of human life, resonating with the spirit of the island itself.

As you pedal, indulge your taste buds in the delectable offerings of Crete. Savour local cheeses, each with a story from its village, and relish culinary wonders like Askordoulakous, a mountain delicacy transformed into mouthwatering salads. And don't forget to pair your meals with the national treasure - Raki, a drink that embodies the spirit of this picturesque island.

Your accommodations, carefully chosen, reflect the essence of Cretan hospitality. Where simplicity meets traditional charm, these family-run havens offer much more - prime locations, exceptional services, and unparalleled comfort. Experience Crete not just as a destination, but as a journey into the heart of genuine Greek life. Let the allure of Eastern Crete captivate your senses and spark your interest in adventures. Your next great story begins here.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrive in Heraklion

Arrive in Heraklion and transfer to your first hotel. Take some time to explore Crete's biggest city with over 3,000 years of history. Visit the famous 'Koule' (castle) which dominates the port or the intriguing archaeological museum of Heraklion.

You stay at Atrion Hotel 3*.

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Atrion Hotel , Heraklion

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Nestled in a serene corner of Heraklion, the 3-star Atrion Hotel offers a peaceful retreat just moments away from the city's bustling attractions. This modern gem provides a perfect blend of tranquillity and accessibility, just a short stroll from the Historical Museum, the vibrant seafront promenade, and Heraklion's iconic Venetian port. Indulge in the hotel's contemporary comforts, including a private balcony or veranda, air-conditioning, and a mini-bar. Unwind in the inner courtyard or enjoy the delightful Mediterranean and traditional Cretan cuisine in the elegant restaurant. The hotel's lobby bar offers a selection of exquisite cocktails and the finest Cretan wines. With free high-speed Wi-Fi access and foreign currency exchange on site, your stay at Atrion Hotel promises convenience and relaxation amidst Heraklion's charm.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2: Heraklion to Koutouloufari via Knossos (37km/23.0mi)

Soon after leaving Heraklion, you’ll reach Knossos. Known as the biggest and the most important Cretan archaeological site, Knossos is widely regarded as Europe’s oldest city. Here you can visit the Minoan Palace and surrounding remains before continuing to the traditional village of Koutouloufari.

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You stay at Ariadni Palace 3*.

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Ariadni Palace , Koutouloufari

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Ariadni Palace is your haven for peaceful holidays. This family-run retreat promises serenity and warmth. With well-equipped kitchenette facilities, a dining area, flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi, your stay is comfortable and convenient. Step out onto your private balcony or terrace, bask in the sun, and breathe in the quietude. Dive into the refreshing pool or sip a drink at the pool bar. Indulge in delightful meals at the traditional restaurant, renowned for its pizzas and authentic Greek cuisine crafted over two decades.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 3: Koutouloufari to Agios Nikolaos (42km/26.1mi)

Ride through spectacular mountain scenery, passing traditional villages like Vrahasi where it appears time has stood still. Visit the Vassilakis Estate in Neapoli to taste the locally produced olive oil before continuing into the picturesque capital of Agios Nikalaos, Lasithi.

If you'd like to enjoy an extra day cycling, we recommend adding an extra night in Agios Nikolaos to explore Elounda & Spinalonga (one of the most famous locations on Crete - 32km ride).

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You stay at Mantraki Hotel 3*.

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Mantraki Hotel , Agios Nikolaos

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Discover tranquillity in the heart of Agios Nikolaos at the delightful Mantraki Hotel. Situated just a brief stroll from the bustling town centre and the enchanting 'bottomless' lake, this family-run hotel offers the perfect blend of convenience and calm. Embrace the traditional Cretan architecture in these spacious and comfortable apartments, providing a true sense of home away from home. Enjoy moments of relaxation at the lovely bar or take a short walk to the nearby beach. Immerse yourself in the charm of typical Cretan style and experience a serene retreat at Mantraki Hotel.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 4: Agios Nikolaos to Ierapetra (35km/21.7mi)

Begin your cycle following the coastline before winding through the olive groves to reach the waterfront town of Ierapetra. Enjoy a swim in one of the golden beaches you’ll pass on todays ride. If time allows, you could also take a boat trip to the unique island of Gaidouronissi (book locally).

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You stay at Astron Hotel 4*.

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Astron Hotel, Ierapetra

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For over 30 years, Astron Hotel has epitomised genuine Cretan hospitality. This 4-star gem, steeped in tradition, invites you to a world of unparalleled comfort and warm service. Just a 5-minute stroll from Ierapetra’s vibrant shopping centre, cafés, and restaurants, Astron Hotel offers not just accommodation but an immersive experience. Explore local wonders and the natural treasures of Eastern Crete, using the hotel as your perfect base. Enjoy modern amenities including free WI-FI, soundproof windows, and panoramic views of the sea or the city. Experience the true essence of Cretan hospitality in this exceptional haven.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 5: Ierapetra to Tsoutsouros (58km/36.0mi)

Today is a long but beautiful route following the coast and passing through the intriguing villages of Myrtos, Tertsa, and Keratokambos. Enjoy a well deserved rest on the beach in the tranquil town of Tsoutsouros.

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You stay at Apollon Apartments 3*.

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Apollon Apartments , Tsoutsouros

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At Apollon Apartments, simplicity meets convenience. Stay comfortably in air-conditioned rooms equipped with essentials like an electric kettle, fridge, and kitchenware. Wake up to a continental breakfast and enjoy sea views from select rooms with balconies or terraces. Stay connected with free Wi-Fi. Outdoor amenities include sun umbrellas and beach chairs. The hotel also offers a lovely lounge area. Street parking is available for guests arriving by car. Apollon Apartments offers uncomplicated comfort for a relaxed stay.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 6: Tsoutsouros to Agia Galini (73km/45.4mi)

You'll be transferred to the start of today's ride in Kato Kastelliana. Cycle among the olive trees and through small villages before reaching the highlight of today - The Palace of Phaistos; this is a Bronze Age archaeological site of major importance on Crete. Continue to the small seaside town of Agia Galini.

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You stay at Petra Hotel 2*.

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Petra Hotel , Agia Galini

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Discover the essence of Cretan hospitality at Hotel Petra, the preferred choice for visitors in Agia Galini. Offering a blend of affordability, comfort, and convenience, this family-friendly haven welcomes travellers keen to experience the true spirit of Crete. Wake up to a delightful breakfast made from local produce, ensuring an authentic taste of the region. The rooms, equipped with a refrigerator and air conditioning, provide a comfortable retreat after your adventures. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool, and if you're arriving by car, there is free parking. Hotel Petra offers a warm, inviting atmosphere, making your stay in Agia Galini truly memorable.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 7: Agia Galini to Rethimno (40km/24.9mi)

A transfer this morning takes you up into the foothills of Mount Kedros and the lush, and lively, village of Spili. Once you've had your fill of the rejuvenating lions fountain, today's short ride takes you back to the north coast and the old Venetian town of Rethymno.

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You stay at Ideon Hotel 3*.

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Ideon Hotel , Rethimno

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Discover serenity at the 3-star Ideon Hotel in Rethymno, nestled just 800m from the beach. This family-run hotel offers a tranquil ambiance with an inner courtyard and an outdoor swimming pool. Indulge in Mediterranean cuisine at the main restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and a minibar, ensuring a comfortable stay. Enjoy seamless connectivity with free Wi-Fi and take advantage of the 24-hour front desk and concierge service. Guests can relax by the pool, savour a delicious breakfast, and benefit from free public parking nearby, making Ideon Hotel a popular choice for travellers seeking a peaceful escape in Rethymno.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 8: Depart Rethimno

Return to Heraklion airport.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £154.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £154.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Heraklion with EasyJet
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
  • Return private car transfers between Heraklion Airport and first/last accommodations
  • Upgrade to e-bike
  • Extra nights (recommended in Agios Nikolaos to explore Elounda & Spinalonga)
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: EasyJet London Gatwick to Heraklion, then transfer to first hotel in Heraklion (approx. 15mins).

Return: Transfer from last hotel in Rethimno to Heraklion airport (approx. 1hr 20mins), EasyJet Heraklion to London Gatwick.

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

The bikes and the app were brilliant. One bike was faulty on morning one and the local partner answered his phone straight away and told us how to fix the problem - (re position magnet on back wheel) He (Yiannis) was great . We had a great time and all the logistics worked . The app is incredibly precise and the fact that it beeps when you are off course reduced all our anxiety about map reading !! This was important as we had 4 days of extreme heat - 35/36 in the shade and didn’t want to get lost !! The bikes were good - robust tyres which was important as road surface v bumpy and rutted at times - no problem for us and great that no punctures were had . One exception : The driver who picked us up at Petra drove us to the wrong drop off point with the bikes - Spili - which was annoying so we cycled back half way so as not to miss all the bypassed route

Vanessa Wye, 1 Jun 2024

 


Self-guided cycling

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 3
Stretching

13.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1459

CHOOSE A DEPARTURE

Call: 01606 720199

 

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