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Central Crete Ride


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Our programs are quite flexible and there is no specific order in which we do the rides.

The 8-day program includes 6 riding days (about 21.5 hours of riding total):
- 1 full day ride with lunch (about 5.5 hours)
- 4 half-day rides (about 3 hours each)
- 2 beach rides (about 2 hours each)

Full Day Ride with lunch
This daytrip is a well mixed cocktail of wooded countryside, traditional villages and a pleasant escape in ancient times. It will lead us to the evergreen spring-village of Argiroupolis. Lunch is served in a tavern near a little waterfall. Enough time for a stroll in this remarkably green village, well known for its springs, ancient mills, avocados and associated products. We will also visit the Chapel of the Five Virgins, the excavations around the chapel and the 2000 year old Plantain tree.

Half-day Rides
Ride & Swim
Leaving early in the morning guarantees an almost empty beach to ride on and a very mild sunshine: perfect riding conditions which we will fully exploit. The ride itself will be on saddled horses, the swimming bareback. As the swimming will take place at the end of the beach ride it will offer a very welcomed refreshment for both riders and horses. Experience the unique sensation of floating on a swimming horse!

Kournas Lake
Perfect for those who adore riding through the unspoiled Cretan countryside. Mainly over dirt roads and through olive groves, we will ride up towards the village of Kournas. Making our way down to the lake, will give us the opportunity to admire its full beauty from a bird's eye view. The turquoise colours and the surrounding mountains guarantee you an absolutely amazing view.

Woodland Ride
This ride will take you to the wooded area near the village of Kournas itself. Enjoy a more intriguing country ride in the wooded and partly shady area around the traditional village of Kournas at an altitude of 200 meters, in the foothills of Mount Dafnomadara. Fantastic landscapes and an escape back in time!

For you 4th ride, you will get to choose your favorite half-day ride.

Beach Rides
On a long sandy beach intoxicated by the smell of freedom, you will enjoy a dream-like harmony. You can either go on an early morning beach ride or enjoy a sunset beach ride.



The 7-day program includes 5 riding days (about 13 hours of riding total):
- 1 half day ride (about 3 hours)
- 2 extended beach rides (about 3 hours each)
- 2 sunset beach rides (about 2 hours each)

Half-day Ride
Perfect for those who adore riding through the unspoiled Cretan countryside. Mainly over dirt roads and through olive groves, we will ride up towards the village of Kournas. Making our way down to the lake, will give us the opportunity to admire its full beauty from a bird's eye view. The turquoise colours and the surrounding mountains guarantee you an absolutely amazing view.
This ride can be done either in the morning or in the late afternoon.

Extended Beach Rides
Leaving early in the morning guarantees an almost empty beach to ride on and a very mild sunshine: perfect riding conditions which we will fully exploit. The ride itself will be on saddled horses, the swimming bareback. As the swimming will take place at the end of the beach ride it will offer a very welcomed refreshment for both riders and horses. Experience the unique sensation of floating on a swimming horse! Once we and the horses are dried off, we will re-saddle and ride back through the outskirts of Kavros village and green countryside.

Beach Rides
Enjoy a ride on a long sandy beach intoxicated by the smell of freedom, you will enjoy a dream-like harmony.


Non-Riders
Non-riders are welcome to join this trip. Please inquire about rates and activities.
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Central Crete Ride
Tour Code: IT-GRZO01
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,740.00
Dates : April to October

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
CIntermediate
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
EAdvanced
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
   
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
   
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
   
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
   
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
   
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
   
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
E 2021 04/01 - 05/10 8d / 7n 8 day ride, HB (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2021 04/01 - 05/10 7d / 6n 7 day ride, HB (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2021 05/11 - 05/26 8d / 7n 8 day ride, HB (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2021 05/11 - 05/26 7d / 6n 7 day ride, HB (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
A 2021 05/27 - 09/28 8d / 7n 8 day ride, HB (High) 1 /6 Reserve
B 2021 05/27 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 day ride, HB (High) 1 /6 Reserve
C 2021 09/29 - 10/13 8d / 7n 8 day ride, HB (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
D 2021 09/29 - 10/13 7d / 6n 7 day ride, HB (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
E 2021 10/14 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day ride, HB (Low) 1 /6 Reserve
F 2021 10/14 - 10/31 7d / 6n 7 day ride, HB (Mid) 1 /6 Reserve
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Tack: English tack with saddle bags (Western...
Horses: Mixed breeds
Pace: Varies depending on riding level - all...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Chania airport
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