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Crete Mountain Explorer Ride


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Meeting: Avdou
Airport:   Heraklion International Airport      
Transfer: Heraklion (Iraklion) Airport by taxi or public bus    Distance: 40 km

How to travel to Crete
By Air: A direct flight to Heraklion, Kazantzakis International Airport. Or from Athens, by domestic flight to Heraklion Airport (flights go almost every hour). Domestic flights are offered by Aegean Airlines or Olympic Airlines.
By boat: A ferry service in between Crete and Piraeus (Port of Athens) is offered by Minoan Lines and Anek Lines. The ferry departs in the evening and arrives the next morning very early. During the high season there is also an extra service during the day.
Private transfers are available from the airport (International or domestic), and the port. Or you can take a local bus to the hotel.

Tack: English - Wintec
Horses: Arab, Berber, Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods, and Weslh ponies for children
Pace: Moderate with trots and canters. Occasional steep terrain, ~5 hrs/day. 160 km total
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 out of 5)    Intermediate
Age: Min 12
Weight: Max 210 lbs
Riders: Min 3 riders Max 10 riders


Riding Experience

This ride is suitable for intermediate to experienced riders.  You must be able to control your horse at a trot and canter riding outdoors in a group.

Pace & Terrain
The program includes 6 riding days with a total of 32 riding hours, averaging 5 hours in the saddle per day. We cover a total of about 160 km.
We travel for a week through the Dikti Mountain Range, over the Lassithi high plateau, the Cretan south coast and the Greek countryside. The trail includes 3 days of riding across the mountains (slow pace over rocky paths) and 3 days of active riding across flat plateaus or through the country side.

Tack
We use English saddles. Every horse has his own saddle and bridle custom fit for every horse, regularly maintained and refit to follow the changes in the horse body. For bridles, we use a broken or double broken K&K Aurigan bit.

Horses
Here we stable 18 lovely horses and 1 pony. We have Arabians, Thoroughbreds and Warmblood horses. These breeds have a long breath and a never tiring will for the long distance riding. They are beautiful and well-trained holiday horses. Always eager to go, very relaxed in the mind, surefooted in the mountains and human orientated.
For the children we have a Welsh B pony. A real children’s pony, very sweat, safe and with speed.
Our horses are trained following the classical dressage method (inspired by the Greek general Xenophon) to maintain the horse healthy and well balanced in its body. Or better explained by his own words: ‘Anything forced and misunderstood can never be beautiful.’
Our horse work very hard on the long distances and in a warm climate. We believe we must do everything we can within our reach to make them feel as good as possible.
On 5 hectares of land, we built the stables by using natural materials like stones and wood. The stables are designed to be as close as possible to the physical needs of the horses.
We feed our horses by placing the hay in a slow feeder on the paddock floor. This means our horses are eating all day long creating a natural grazing behaviour, preventing colics or stumic sores and creating a healthy darm flora.


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Crete Mountain Explorer Ride
Tour Code: IT-GR-LAS
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,535.00
Dates : March to November (except July & August)

Trip Rating :
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 Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 03/14 - 03/21 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 04/11 - 04/18 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 05/09 - 05/16 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 05/23 - 05/30 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 06/06 - 06/13 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 09/12 - 09/19 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
A 2021 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 3 /10 Reserve
B 2021 11/07 - 11/14 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (Low) 3 /10 Reserve
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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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