OSTERIA CRETE

OSTERIA CRETE

Water

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GREECE

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31 Aug - 09 Sep 2018

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START LOCATION

CHANIA

END LOCATION

PALAIOCHORA

DAYS

10

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

60KM | 37MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1000M | 3300FT

A new cycling destination with captivating scenery and a warm welcome is emerging on the Greek island of Crete. The amazing sight of the snow-capped Lefka Ori mountains as you ride beside the sparkling Mediterranean Sea will accompany you as you explore the western side of the island. The roads are good with little traffic and a pleasure to ride in typical mild, Mediterranean weather. On top of this, delight in delicious, authentic Cretan food, great hospitality and high quality accommodation. The Osteria boys will have some legendary tales to tell after this Greek odyssey!

NOTE | Hire bikes will not be Cipollini on Crete.

PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR
CONFIRMED DEPARTURE | 4 PLACES REMAINING!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | DINNERS | WELCOME LUNCH | EXPERT GUIDES AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING JERSEY, BIB-KNICKS, SOCKS | DAYPACK | AIRPORT TRANSFERS | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE FRI 31 AUG | CHANIA WELCOME RIDE DAY TWO SAT 1 SEP | CHANIA LOOP TO THERISO DAY THREE SUN 2 SEP | CHANIA LOOP TO LAKKOI DAY FOUR MON 3 SEP | SAILING EXCURSION DAY FIVE TUE 4 SEP | KISSAMOS LOOP TO SFINARI DAY SIX WED 5 SEP | KISSAMOS LOOP TO AFRATA DAY SEVEN THU 6 SEP | KISSAMOS TO PALAIOCHORA DAY EIGHT FRI 7 SEP | PALAIOCHORA LOOP TO SASALOS DAY NINE SAT 8 SEP | PALAIOCHORA LOOP TO PLEMENIANA DAY TEN SUN 9 SEP | GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL CHANIA INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE CHANIA INTERNATIONAL

FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE FRI 31 AUG | CHANIA WELCOME RIDE

This is an easy loop ride, perfect for getting the body moving after travelling. We'll introduce you to the locals as we ride fairly even terrain with brilliant views of the countryside, winding through the traditional villages Kydonia.
DISTANCE | 40KM | 25MI
ELEVATION | 100M | 330FT

DAY TWO SAT 1 SEP | CHANIA LOOP TO THERISO

Our first day's ride is on flat terrain. After an easy warm-up, we'll take a quiet road through the famous gorge of Theriso. Scenic roads wind through traditional villages and past local cafes where we'll take a little rest. There will be an extraordinary view on the top of the mountain before the final descent of the day.
DISTANCE | 52KM | 32MI
ELEVATION | 1100M | 3600FT

DAY THREE SUN 2 SEP | CHANIA LOOP TO LAKKOI

What a ride! The wild scenery is captivating, and the road provides a challenge. A solid course which includes a wonderful combination of mountains, gorges and natural springs along the way.
DISTANCE | 75KM | 47MI
ELEVATION | 1200M | 3900FT

DAY FOUR MON 3 SEP | SAILING EXCURSION

A day off the bike as today we have the chance to experience Crete on a sailing adventure from Kissamos to Balos. Seeing the island from the sea is wonderfully scenic way to rest the legs ready for the days ahead. Early morning transfer from Chania to Kissamos. Lunch is included in today's cruise.

DAY FIVE TUE 4 SEP | KISSAMOS LOOP TO SFINARI

An adventurous day's ride on the borders of Western Crete. An undulating route through quaint villages and diverse scenery provides much to enjoy!
DISTANCE | 68KM | 43MI
ELEVATION | 1200M | 3900FT

DAY SIX WED 5 SEP | KISSAMOS LOOP TO AFRATA

A delightful day to enjoy the Cretan countryside as we ride a short but challenging course. We'll break for lunch in an enchanting village where the views and delicious local dishes will make you forget your legs!
DISTANCE | 62KM | 38MI
ELEVATION | 900M | 2950FT

DAY SEVEN THU 6 SEP | KISSAMOS TO PALAIOCHORA

Today we ride past the village of Vouves where we'll see the most ancient, thousand year old olive tree of Crete. We traverse the Chania prefecture from the North to the South. Let's hope for a tail wind!
DISTANCE | 67KM | 42MI
ELEVATION | 1200M | 3900FT

DAY EIGHT FRI 7 SEP | PALAIOCHORA LOOP TO SASALOS

We continue our Greek odyssey with a testing ride. Again it's a shorter but quite demanding course, but achievable by everyone. Only a total of 1000m to climb! This is a route where you can again really enjoy the Cretan countryside. We'll replenish ourselves with a lunch stop in the old school in Anydrus village, followed by spectacular views of a magnificent gorge.
DISTANCE | 79KM | 49MI
ELEVATION | 1500M | 4900FT

DAY NINE SAT 8 SEP | PALAIOCHORA LOOP TO PLEMENIANA

A terrific day's ride once more exploring a little more of the border of Western Crete. Our last ride has its challenges as we discover lovely villages, each with their own character, before finishing in plenty of time for our final feast on this wonderful island!
DISTANCE | 67KM | 42MI
ELEVATION | 1300M | 4250FT

DAY TEN SUN 9 SEP | GOODBYE

Time to say farewell, until next time!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | LUNCHES | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | GUIDE GRATUITIES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

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