Cycling the Coast of Eastern Crete

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  • Holiday code
    C07CT
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    , and
  • Activity level
  • From $2390per person, tour only
  • Departure months
    JFMAMJJASOND
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • 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
  • Optional Upgrades
  • 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)
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, coastal routes, island exploring

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Cycling the Coast of Eastern Crete

  • 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

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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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

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.
Overnight Atrion Hotel, Heraklion (breakfast included).

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.
Overnight Ariadni Palace, Koutouloufari (breakfast included).

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).
Overnight Mantraki Hotel, Agios Nikolaos (breakfast included).

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).
Overnight Astron Hotel, Ierapetra (breakfast included).

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.
Overnight Apollon Apartments, Tsoutsouros (breakfast included).

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.
Overnight Petra Hotel, Agia Galini (breakfast included).

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.
Overnight Ideon Hotel, Rethimno (breakfast included).

Day 8: Depart Rethimno

Return to Heraklion airport.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Apollon Apartments , Tsoutsouros

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.


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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.


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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.

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Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback and pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. Below is a small selection of reviews we've received from our satisfied customers.


Brian Peattie, 07/04/2024

Very slick and helpful


06/02/2024

Very prompt, responsive and helpful throughout the booking process. I would highly recommend Headwater.


Simon Hammond, 12/11/2023

Megan was very knowledgeable about the trips and helpful in recommending the most appropriate trip for us, as beginners.


10/06/2023

Would recommend them. Tok som time to get final confirmation, probably because of our late booking. But otherwise excellent service.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels

All breakfasts

Bike fitting and briefing at the start of your holiday

Headwater navigation app for your smartphone

Bike hire

Luggage transfers between hotels

Car transfers as per the itinerary


How to book:

To book this holidays speak to our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'book now' or 'check availability' button below.

To book this holiday call our sales team on 0044 1606 720199 or click on the appropriate 'Book now' or 'check availability' button below.

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Holiday details

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Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed by Headwater rep.

Departures
Saturdays only from 20th Apr 2024 to 26th Oct 2024, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

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