Zoraïda's Horse-Riding
Kavros - Crete - Greece







German
Riding Holidays - 6-days trail - Unguided Trail
8 days, 6 days riding - North - South Trail

For whom?

This is the perfect choice for those who can appreciate longer trail rides. The scenery is absolutely amazing! A very varied trip of outstanding beauty with the voice of silence often saying it all! Genuine Cretan hospitality and a delicious Cretan cuisine will surely impress you.

Spread over 6 days, with a total of 37.5 riding hours. This concerns an unguided trail. A detailed road book and very clear road indications are available for a smooth ride. This holiday is only suitable for fit advanced riders able to take care of a horse by themselves.

When?

Choose those dates that are the most convenient for you! Guaranteed departure starting from 2 riders. Due to the heat this trail is not available during July and August.
For a guided version of this trail, please see below.

Riding Program

Day 1: Arrival and welcome. Free time to relax before the great adventure starts. The night will be spent in Georgioupoli.

Day 2: Around 8.30 we will start this horsey adventure through the countryside making our way up to Kastelos and riding through the almost abandoned village of Patima, to reach the greenery of Argiroupoli village. As at every lunch break, the horses will be unsaddled and put in a shady place, so they can eat and rest from 3 to 4 hours. The village of Argiroupoli is well known for its springs, ancient mills, avocados and associated products. Amidst these delightful surroundings - green, even in the middle of the summer - we will enjoy typical Cretan dishes, listening to the sound of the waterfalls. After lunch, there is plenty of time for a stroll or a visit to the local Museum of Village Life.
Continuing on our trip, we will ride through the village of Kato Poros which has been renovated in traditional style and the fun will continue along shady dirt tracks through unspoiled countryside. This magnificent trail will lead us to the village of Aghios Vasilios, where we will spend the night.

Hours riding: 7, morning & late afternoon, large lunch break, some small stops during the ride.

Day 3: This day offers a completely different scenario. We will start off riding through the peaceful Kotsifou Gorge, surrounded by an impressive mountain plateau and enjoying splendid views over the Libyan Sea. Passing through the heart of the popular tourist village Plakias, we will make our way to the quiet bay of Ammoudi, where we will have lunch. There is time to relax on the beach, go for a swim (alone or with your horse) or to go diving (not included).
With our batteries recharged, we will then pass through the winding tracks of Lefkoghia and follow the ancient aqua duct down to the famous Preveli Monastery. After a short visit with splendid views we will head on further towards Ammoudi, passing the even older ruins of Kato Moni Preveli.
The night will be spent at the beach of Preveli from where you may choose to take the 10-minute walk to the famous Palm Beach or enjoy a cool swim (with or without your horse). A delicious dinner will be provided at the local tavern near the sea.

Hours riding: 7, morning & late afternoon, large lunch break, some small stops during the ride.

Day 4: The Lybian Sea with the rough coastline, mountains rising steeply from the shore, is the perfect backdrop to our ride. Our route will treat us to vistas of open stretches of unspoiled countryside. Following the superb coastline we will reach Triopetra, where you can enjoy a well deserved free afternoon.

Hours riding: 3, in the morning, stop during the ride.

Day 5: We will follow a dirt track winding through the hills and countryside that will bring us to Crete's place of miracles: the Monastery of Agias Antonios, in the middle of nowhere... We will enjoy the peace and quiet during our short stop, before continuing towards the traditional village of Akoumia, where we will have lunch. Afterwards, our track will gently lead gently over the hills, to the villages of Kendrochori and Kissos and through the fields of the Ghious Kambos plane. Admire the natural habitat of sheep and goats, also home to many species of birds and plants. This area is also well known for its excellent cherries. Dinner at the entrance of the Patsos Gorge. The night will be spent in the traditional village of Spili.

Hours riding: 7, morning & late afternoon, large lunch break, some small stops during the ride.

Day 6: Leaving Patsos, we will ride through the oak tree valley towards Gouladiana for lunch. Riding all day in quiet, natural surroundings, admiring the pureness of nature and the simplicity of village life on Crete. Night will be spent in Agios Konstantinios.

Hours riding: 7, morning & late afternoon, large lunch break, some small stops during the ride.

Day 7: Another off road adventure to Karoti, then further downhill all the way to the beach. A perfect location to have a swim with the horses if the sea is calm enough. The horses will appreciate their lunch break in the shade while the riders will enjoy a delicious lunch at a beach tavern. Relaxing on this sandy beach is next until it is time to saddle up and round off this unforgettable trip with an amazing sun set beach ride. The night will be spent in the picturesque village of Georgioupoli.

Hours riding: 6.5, morning & late afternoon, large lunch break, some short stops during the ride.

Day 8: Free time & departure.

Accommodation
Accommodation for 7 nights in a studio or hotel is included.

Food
Food & drinks are not included.
The daily transfer of your luggage and food drops for the horses are included.

Flight & hotel transfer
Flights are not included. However, the transfer from the Chania airport or Souda harbor, to and from the hotel, is included.
Transfers from Heraklion are subjected to a 50.- € surplus per person (both ways included).

Price per person
In Twin room: 1,230,- €
Single supplement: + 190.- €

For a guided version of this trail a minimum of 2 riders is required. In this case, the price will be 1.509 € per person.
Dates for 2018:
13th of May - 20th of May 2018
23rd of June - 30th of June 2018

For reservations and possible questions do not hesitate to contact Kristy. German, English, French and Dutch spoken.