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The magic of Crete lies in its natural beauty majestic, sweeping mountains and emerald-blue seas. Lyrical bells of grazing sheep and the aromas of wild herbs add to the Mediterranean magic. With its unique history, friendly people, and natural beauty, Crete is indeed a land of legends and an ideal cycling destination.
We explore the old city of Heraklion with its Venetian remains and visit the Archeological Museum to see fabulous Minoan pottery jewelry. Here we will relive the reign of King Minos.
The Extreme Crete tour differs from the Land of Zorba tour in intensity and challenge. Extreme applies to challenging rides, as well as the extreme exhilaration and exuberance one may experience. Climbs take riders to a new level of beauty with sparkling seas. The rugged island interior offers a unique appreciation for unspoiled regions. We take you to remote places the average tourist does not visit.
Extreme Crete is not for the faint of heart. Distances average 60 miles with climbs of 4,500 – 7,000 feet on a daily basis. Rides are on paved roads. The tour can be negotiated with either a road or hybrid bicycle.
Couples with different cycling abilities may choose either Crete trip: Extreme or Land of Zorba.
May 2 -13
October 10 – 21
Includes Trek hybrid bicycle, fully equipped for touring.
Atlantis Hotel; Iraklion, Crete
Almyrida, near Hania, Crete
Hilly with challenging mountain grades, 4,500 to 7,000 feet of climbing daily!
(Includes all breakfasts, 9 dinners, most with wine)
Arrival in Heraklion, Crete, at Atlantis Hotel (A Class). Orientation.
Explore Venetian ruins of Heraklion; guided tour of Archeological Museum. Cycle to Lassithi Plateau. (37 miles)
Descend to Malia before climb overlooking Potami River Valley and return to Lassithi Plateau. (55 miles)
Ride from Lassithi Plateau to Ierapetra.Descent to Libyan Sea. (61 miles)
Ierapetra to Matala. Coastal views of the Libyan Sea; climb to AnoViannos, flanking Mt. Dikti .Ride through Plain of Messara to Matala. (77 miles)
Matala Kamares Valley loop ride. Cycle the Mt. Ida Massif. Shorter option to archeological sites of Phaestos and Gortys or a 3-hour beach walk. (30 or 63 miles)
Matala to Spili; ride through Kourtaliotis Canyon. (62 miles)
Loop ride through Amari Valley. (64 miles)
Coastal ride to sea village HoraSfakion and AgiosIoannis. (61 miles)
HoraSfakion to Almyrida. Climb through remote villages to crest overlooking Souda Bay. (57 miles)
Samarian Gorge hike. (10 miles downhill) Swim the Libyan Sea. (5-6 hour walk)
Tour ends in Almyrida after breakfast.
having worked for many years in the bio medical field, Shane has successfully established an organic farm, Camman Acres. This local CSA is growing quickly, so we hope to keep him well entertained with tours, before the farm corrals him. His forte is having fun and relaxing with guests, and he’s excellent at teaching the nervous traveler how to find the perfectly hopped IPA. Check out www.cammanacres.com and tell we sent you.
Peter is principally responsible for our Austria and Germany programs. His quick wit and affinity for the good life make him a pleasure to tour with. He also leads wine tasting tours through Burgundy, France. His fluency in German and French, attention to detail, and fun loving nature make him a perfect fit for these departures. Maria assists Peter on the Austria and Lake Constance cycling programs. She offers a unique insight on these two beautiful regions. Check out Peter’s new gallery in England: http://www.petermartingallery.com/
Ron’s hobbies include growing orchids and cooking. He claims to speak five foreign languages poorly. His forte is having fun and relaxing with guests, and he’s excellent at teaching the nervous traveler how to consume raki, a Cretan specialty. He currently holds the two-man record for schlepping luggage.