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 riding hours. This concerns an unguided trail. A detailed road book and 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.

Riding Program

Day 1: Arrival and welcome. Free time to look around the village of Georgioupoli, walk along the beach or to the nearby Lake of Kournas. The night is spent in Georgioupoli.

Day 2: This exciting and varied 6-day trip across the island starts with an unforgettable beach ride along the long sandy beach of Georgioupoli. For those who have always dreamt of galloping along the shoreline, this will be a dream come true. We then make our way up to Kastelos and ride 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 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 ride through the village of Kato Poros which has been renovated in traditional style and the fun continues along shady dirt tracks through unspoiled countryside. This magnificent trail leads us to the village of Aghios Vasilios, where we spend the night.

Hours riding: 8, morning & late afternoon, large lunch break, some small stops during the ride.

Day 3: This day offers a completely different scenario. We 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 make our way to the quiet bay of Ammoudi, where we have lunch. There is time to relax on the beach, go for a swim (alone or with your horse) or go diving (not included).
With our batteries recharged, we 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 head on further towards Ammoudi, passing the even older ruins of Kato Moni Preveli.
We spend the night 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 is 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 treats us to vistas of open stretches of unspoiled countryside. Following the superb coastline we reach Triopetra, where you can enjoy a well deserved free afternoon.

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

Day 5: We follow a dirt track winding through the hills and countryside that brings us to Crete's place of miracles: the Monastery of Agias Antonios, in the middle of nowhere...We enjoy the peace and quiet during our short stop, before continuing towards the traditional village of Akoumia, where we have lunch. Afterwards, our track leads 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 is spent nearby.

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

Day 6: Leaving Patsos, we 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 is 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, from where we go downhill to Petres for lunch. For those who can't get enough of Crete's outstanding natural beauty, there is also a short visit to the Gorge of Petres where we walk through the riverbed to a private waterfall spa. Plenty of time left for sunbathing and swimming with the horses. Afterwards the accent is on beach riding: from Petres back to Georgioupoli in the late afternoon until sunset. The night is spent in the picturesque village of Georgioupoli, where we round off this amazing and unforgettable trip.

Hours riding: 5, morning & late afternoon, large lunch break, some small 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 airport or harbor, to and from the hotel, is included.

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

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