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Crete Mountain Explorer Ride

Crete Mountain Explorer Ride
Crete Greece

Ride across Crete through the mountains to the Libyan Sea.

Surrounded by the clear and blue Mediterranean seas and with its rough and wild rolling landscape of mountains reaching 2,5 km high, you will find horseback riding here on Crete is rather special. Here you ride in the coveted silence and peace that only a tiny island covered with olive-trees, historical sites and timeless myth can offer. 

From the moment you arrive on the hillside of the 4-star country hotel you will immediately be enchanted by the stunning panoramic views of a countryside which beckons for you to mount up and hit the trails. Imagine riding through the Gorge of Gonies, climbing up from sea level to 1100 meters high, or trekking across the remote Lassithi Plateau, a beautifully fertile plateau between the tops of the Dikti Mountains. Enjoy the pleasing views of a quaint local countryside comprised of white windmills still irrigating the lands, rough yet friendly shepherds supervising their herds and workers whom continue to tend to their fields traditionally with their donkeys under the hot Mediterranean sun. Ride along the pretty olive groves and wine yards and pass through Greek villages which have been curiously caught in tradition and time. Traverse desert lands that have been cultivated by the Southern winds of the very close and mysterious continent of Africa. Meet the largest colony of Egyptian Vultures in Europe, nestled up high in mountains. And if conditions are just right, you can take a refreshing swim in the beautiful Libyan Sea with the horses and after we will follow the Anapodaris River and the impressive 5 km gorge it has carved out from the solid Earth. There will also be time to visit the nearby and charming town of Avdou and partake in a drink of Ouzo with the locals at the village square. The trail is an adventurous one - 100 miles through the Dikti Mountains - 6 riding days and 32 riding hours.

There is a Self Guided trip Option available any time with 2+ riders from March-May and Sept to Dec - suitable for Experienced riders ONLY

The Unguided Option - truly alone with horse and nature
Only for the very experienced rider who has complete knowledge horse care it is possible to do this trail without our guide. You will have the help of a map, a route description and painted arrows on every cross road marking the entire trail while all your personal luggage needed are taken in your saddlebags. 2 times during the week you will be able to have a luggage change.
For this option there is a minimum of 2 guests required for safety reasons.

The route for the unguided trek is exactly the same as the route of the guided trek.

Progressive Ride (no camping)
Family Vacation

Meeting: Avdou
Airport: Heraklion International Airport
Transfer: Heraklion (Iraklion) Airport by taxi or public bus
Riders: Min 3 riders
Max 9 riders

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    Crete Mountain Explorer Ride
    Tour Code: IT-GR-LAS
    8 days / 7 nights
    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 2024 03/24 - 03/31 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Expired
    A 2024 04/14 - 04/21 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Reserve
    A 2024 05/12 - 05/19 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Reserve
    A 2024 05/26 - 06/02 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Reserve
    A 2024 06/09 - 06/16 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Reserve
    A 2024 09/08 - 09/15 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Reserve
    A 2024 09/22 - 09/29 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Reserve
    A 2024 10/06 - 10/13 8d / 7n 8 day ride (High) 3 /9 Reserve
    B 2024 11/03 - 11/10 8d / 7n 8 day ride (Low) 3 /9 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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