Central Crete Ride

Crete Greece: (IT-GRZO01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/greece_crete_central_stationary.aspx

Introduction
Crete Greece
This is the perfect trip for those who want to ride quite a lot during their holidays, but still want to have plenty of free time for relaxing, sightseeing or shopping. 

This tour lets you explore the lovely and varied sceneries surrounding the village of Kavros. Even though this is a stationary holiday, the rides really offer lots of variety with the beach rides remaining one of the true highlights. 
In addition to riding, you will get to experience genuine Cretan hospitality and delicious Cretan cuisine.

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent in the same location.

Description
The package includes accommodation in a 3* hotel. It is possible to upgrade to a 4* hotel for an extra fee. Both hotels are located in Georgioupoli, about 10 minutes drive away from the stables. Every day, we will transfer you from your hotel to the stables.

The 2 hotels are part of the same group. All bedrooms are furnished to a high standard and come equipped with the following equipment: Air conditioning (individually adjustable), Private Bathroom with hair dryer, Flatscreen TV with international channels via satellite, Refrigerator, Balcony or terrace with stunning sea views, Free Wi-Fi access, VoIP phone for internal and long distance calls & a safe.
Just a few meters away from your room, you will reach the inviting Corissia Park, our beautifully tended park which is right on the sandy beach. In Corissia Park you will find our swimming pool with an integrated children's pool, the sea-view restaurant with terrace, a pool / snack bar with partly roofed seating, a sun terrace and a large lawn for sunbathing.



3* Hotel
The family-run hotel has a total of 77 rooms, which are distributed in several nearby residential buildings.

4* Hotel (available with upgrade)
The family-run hotel has 63 rooms and 6 suites spread over 4 floors. There is a roof terrace with a cocktail bar and a unique 360 panoramic view over the bay of Georgioupolis as well as a garden area with swimming pool.
All rooms have beautiful sea views.

Room Occupancy
Solo travelers are required to pay a single supplement fee. In case we can pair you with another solo rider, this fee might be waived.



Meals
The package includes half-board (breakfasts and dinners).
If you choose the 8-day program, there is 1 lunch included on the day-long ride. Otherwise, lunches need to be paid locally.

Breakfasts and dinners are served at your hotel buffet style.


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

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding



Horses
Our herd of 19 horses are gentle, forward going and well-looked after.
Great care is taken of the selection of the horses according to each person's riding ability and preference, we are convinced that we can pair you up with the right horse.

Riding Level
For your own safety and everybody's fun, please choose your riding level HONESTLY! Riders will be put together with other riders of an equal riding level.
Beach rides are always at your own responsibility. As we are riding on a public beach, you must be able to steer your horse at all gaits.
This holiday is suitable for intermediate riders - able to control a horse at all gaits in the outdoors - and advanced riders, who will definitely enjoy some lovely canters!

Itinerary


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.


Rates and Dates for Central Crete Ride

Rates include:

Accommodation in a 3* hotel, Half-board (breakfast and dinner), 5 or 6 riding days depending on program & Transfers from/to Chania or Souda
Helmets can be borrowed locally

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
     
    20218 day ride, HB€1495$0
  • A
    20218 day ride, HB (High)€1460$1740
    • Single supplement€555$660
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (dbl)€140$170
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (sgl)€815$970
  • B
    20217 day ride, HB (High)€1060$1260
    • Single supplement€405$485
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (dbl)€105$125
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (sgl)€595$710
  • C
    20218 day ride, HB (Mid)€1205$1435
    • Single supplement€345$410
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (dbl)€195$235
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (sgl)€685$815
  • D
    20217 day ride, HB (Mid)€875$1040
    • Single supplement€255$305
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (dbl)€140$170
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (sgl)€500$595
  • E
    20218 day ride, HB (Low)€1115$1330
    • Single supplement€280$335
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (dbl)€110$130
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (sgl)€480$570
  • F
    20217 day ride, HB (Mid)€810$965
    • Single supplement€205$245
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (dbl)€80$95
      Ugrade to 4* hotel, pp (sgl)€355$425
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfer from/to Chania airport or Souda harbour included 0 $0
2021 Transfer from/to Heraklion, pp, return 60 $70
2021 Non-riders - inquire for rates 0 $0

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

Dates Note: This trip can run anytime based on availability

Rates do not include:

Upgrade to 4* hotel, Transfers from/to Heraklion & Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Central Crete Ride (IT-GRZO01):

In case you cannot attend your trip as scheduled due to Covid -19 restrictions, you can  postpone your trip to a later date in 2021 or 2022 (no price difference except if booked on a special offer).

There are protocls in place at the hotels and stables but they change very quickly. In case you want to learn more about current protocols, get in touch with us.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting:
Airport: Chania airport
Transfer: Chania airport or Souda harbour

Climate:
                                            Georgioupoli area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

59

60

63

70

77

86

89

88

83

75

68

61

Average Low Temperature (°F)

47

47

49

54

60

68

72

72

67

61

55

50

Average High Temperature (°C)

15

15

17

21

25

30

32

31

28

24

20

16

Average Low Temperature (°C)

8

8

10

12

16

20

22

22

20

16

13

10

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

10

9

6

2

1

0

0

0

1

3

6

9

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The island of Crete has a temperate Mediterranean climate. This means it experiences hot, dry summers and mild winters. Crete has the mildest climate of anywhere in Greece. Average temperatures are at their peak in July and August while January and February see the coldest temperatures of the year on average.

Different parts of Crete can experience very different weather patterns, due to the weather barrier created by the mountain ranges that stretch from east to west across the island. The south is on average a couple of degrees warmer than the north and is also drier. Similarly eastern Crete is drier and warmer than those regions in the west.

Crete straddles 2 climatic zones – Mediterranean and North African. Southern Crete falls into the North African climate zone, enjoying warmer weather and averaging over 2800 hours of sunshine a year. The varying climates on the island are reflected by the landscape and vegetation. The south can be very arid, especially in summer, while the north is more green and verdant. Southern Crete’s similarities with the North African climate are evident in the fact that African swallows remain year round rather than migrating south.

Sea temperatures around Crete are generally warm, and bathers can always swim comfortably from May right up to November. The water remains above 20 ºC during these months, peaking at 25 ºC in high summer. The sea temperature will drop to about 15 ºC in February before beginning to warm again with the onset of spring.

Spring
Springtime weather on the island can still see a number of rainy days, especially in the North, though clear and mild days are frequent as well. Temperatures can begin to hit the 20 ºCs and the sea begins to warm up.

Summer
Summer begins in earnest from June. The period June to September sees almost no rainfall and average temperatures of around 25 ºC. Daytime temperatures in mid summer are often in the low 30 ºCs, though it can sometimes reach up to 40 ºC!

Winter
Winter months, especially December to February, can be quite wet. In winter the temperature rarely falls much below double figures in lowland and coastal Crete. Normally, snow is very rare anywhere on the island apart from in the higher mountains. The mountainous regions can experience heavy snowfall in winter due to their high elevation. Snow can often remain on the higher peaks such as Mt Ida until June.

Autumn
Temperatures begin to cool off in late September again and the now dry island begins to receive some much needed rainfall. Early autumn is a pleasant time with calm, clear days. The weather becomes more unstable from November on as rainy and windy days increase, though sunny days with temperatures in the low 20s C are not uncommon.


Special note – Sirocco wind
The winds that visit Crete have an important role in shaping the island’s weather patterns. Cold, wet and windy winter days are experienced when the strong northern winds hit the island. The sirocco winds arrive from the southeast bringing hot, sand filled air from the deserts of Africa. When the sirocco winds arrive the island becomes very dusty and hot and visibility can fall. However, when they blow in winter they bring warm air and pleasant temperatures. Southerly winds in the summer months can sometimes bring stifling temperatures of up to 45 ºC. On other summer days the welcome ‘meltimi’ winds arrive from the north-west bringing a much needed cooling breeze to the island. When the wind blows from the east, Crete usually experiences calm and clear weather.

What To Bring:
There are many swimming opportunities on this ride so we recommend bringing a swimsuit and beach towels.

Riding trousers, boots and chaps can be rented locally for a small fee.
 
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!). No jeans.
Riding boots that are also comfortable for walking. Mini chaps.
Riding helmet. Best if you bring you own. We have simple helmets for free in the stables.
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra film or batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm