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Crete Mountain Explorer Ride

Accommodations for Crete Mountain Explorer Ride

This is a progressive ride, so nights are spent in different accommodations.

Accommodations are in small hotels and guesthouses with private facilities.

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1 & 2: Country Hotel near Avdou
Night 3: Hotel Dionissos in Magoulas or Hotel Kourites in Dzermiado
Night 4: Country Hotel near Avdou
Night 5: Giannis Rooms (previously known as Finikas Rooms) in Keratokambos
Nights 6 & 7: Country Hotel near Avdou

Country Hotel near Avdou
The hotel suits its surroundings. It is built with real natural stones collected from the land it stands on, which give it a robust and natural look. The main building houses the reception and a café with a large balcony on which you can drink your Greek coffee or Rakí. In the main building, you also find the Restaurant with its large terrace overlooking the riding place and the valley. The terrace is surrounded by moveable glass walls and a roof that can be opened or closed depending on the weather conditions.
Next to the main building lays the naturally formed large swimming pool of 100 m2 (130 – 160 m deep) with a separate children pool of 11m2 (40 cm deep). The pools are open year round but are not heated. There is also a Jacuzzi with a lounge area that can be rented by the hour during the summer months (comes with Cretan sparkling wine and a fruit platter).
Private outdoor massages and wellness treatments are also available at an extra fee.  
The 12 hotel rooms are grouped into 2 bungalows each housing 6 rooms. The rooms are large and comfortable and all have a tremendous view over the valley. All rooms have central heating and air conditioning, a fridge, a flat screen TV with international channels, a private bathroom with hairdryer as well as coffee and tea making facilities.
Since 2020 the rooms feature new luxury cotton satin bedding, anti-allergic duvet and summer cotton sheets as well as 2 pillow choices (soft and hard).
The hotel has WIFI on the entire property.
Laundry is available for an additional fee.

Taverna Hotel Dionyssos in Magoulas
This small hotel offers simple accommodations on the Lasithi Plateau. All rooms feature a balcony with a view, a private bathroom and a free Wi-Fi access.

Giannis Rooms in Keratokambos
Tonight you sleep in air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and great views over the sea. The accommodations are basic but comfortable. There is no Wi-Fi access.

Room Occupancy
Triple rooms are available in Avdou.
If we are unable to find another rider to share a room with you, the single supplement fee does not apply.

All meals are included but drinks are to be paid extra (water, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks not included).

The chef will prepare traditional Cretan/Greek food with local products. The hotel’s restaurant has its own vegetable, herb and fruit gardens. Ripened under the Cretan sun and grown organically they have a rich and delicious taste. Food is prepared with extra virgin olive oil from our own olive grove.
Some of the local produce used in the restaurant includes meat from the free ranging goats and sheep of our neighbors, cheese made by the local shepherd, homemade raki and honey from a local beekeeper.
Meals are cooked in our wood fire oven and include many vegetable, mezedes, or grilled meat.
All meals are served with good Cretan wines (to be paid extra), made with grape varieties that have been used since Minoan times.
Dinner is your choice from the menu and includes a starter, main dish and salad. Drinks, desserts and other foods are not included.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

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Crete Mountain Explorer Ride
Tour Code: IT-GR-LAS
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,625.00
Dates : March to November (except July & August)

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
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.
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.
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 Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 03/13 - 03/20 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2022 04/03 - 04/10 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2022 05/01 - 05/08 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2022 05/22 - 05/29 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2022 06/12 - 06/19 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2022 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2022 09/25 - 10/02 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2022 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
B 2022 11/06 - 11/13 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (Low) 3 /10 Reserve
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Crete General
Tack: English - Wintec
Horses: Arab, Berber, Thoroughbreds, Warmblo...
Pace: Moderate with trots and canters. Occas...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Heraklion International Airport
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