Ride Overview - Footpaths of Zeus Ride
This Isle of Crete horseback riding vacation is a mystical venue for the experienced rider! You will enjoy a Greek adventure trail of 160 km through mountain areas down to the Libyan Sea. A week-long ride with an experienced guide starting with a quick canter over the Lassithi high plateau. See the biggest colony of vultures in Europe which make the high mountains home. Sleep on the south coast where fresh fish meals and swim with the horse. The trail includes three days over mountainous areas, traveling slowly as you descend and ascend over rocky paths. Following this, three trail days at a faster pace as you ride over the flat plateau or through the countryside with its villages, olive groves, vineyards and ancient sites holding timeless myths. RIDING IN GREECE
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Ride Itinerary - Footpaths of Zeus Ride
Arrival, a welcome at the 4**** hotel, a dive in the pool and evening dinner in the Restaurant Velani. Also, a briefing about the trail route. Check-in to the hotel is 2:00 PM.
You will begin your trip headed north; ride up the hills of Sfendili. Cross the Byzantine church of Avdou, over the plateau of Mochos and enjoy an excellent view of the Psiloritis Mountains, highest peaks of the island.
The trail starts with a spectacular climb. After riding through the gorge of Gonies, climb up from sea level to 1100 meters, over an old donkey route. In the past, this was the only possible path to the Lassithi Plateau. Enjoy the breathtaking views and eat a lunch cooked in a traditional oven. In the evening, ride over the Lassithi Plateau. This fertile Plateau between the tops of the Dikti Mountains is known for its white windmills irrigating the land. Meet the locals still working with their donkeys on the land. Overnight in Magoulas.
Today you will cross the Dikti mountain range, headed south. Peaceful and serene, experience the special feeling of being alone with the horses, the mountains, nature. Overnight in hotel, the horses will stay in the mountains
Ride downhill through a desert land dried by the south winds out of Africa to the clear blue water of the Libyan Sea to relax with a refreshing dive. Go for a swim with the horses (As long as the sea conditions permit). You will sleep next to the sea and of course eat fresh fish from the wood-fired oven. Overnight in Keratokambos.
Ride along the sea and then turn inland again. You will follow the Anapodaris River, along with a 5-km long gorge. Suddenly the land becomes more friendly, hilly with many olive and wine yards. Cross through villages and let the horses drink in Lake Ini. Overnight transport to the Hotel.
You will ride back to Avdou through typical Greek countryside. Pass Greek villages where time seems to stand still. Feel welcomed to stop and drink an Ouzo with the Cretans at one of the village squares.
Breakfast and departure. Check-out of the hotel is noon.
Ride Details - Footpaths of Zeus Ride
Dates: March 14th – 21st, April 11th – 18th, May 9th – 16th, May 23rd – 30th, June 6th – 13th, September 12th – 19th, October 10th – 17th, November 7th – 14th
2022: March 13th – 20th, April 3rd – 10th, May 1st – 8th, May 22nd – 29th, Lune 12th – 19th, September 11th – 18th, September 25th – October 2nd, October 9th – 16th, November 11th – 13th
Best Riding Months: late April – early November
Meeting Place: Heraklion Airport
Riding Days: 6
Maximum Daily Riding Hours: 6
Riding Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Horses: Arabic, Berber, Thoroughbred, Dutch Warm Blood and Greek Warm Bloods
Group size: 3 – 10
Accommodations: 4**** and 3***
Non-riding Activities: Paragliding (experienced only), golf, hiking, caving, swimming, mountain biking and mountain climbing
*Price: Low season: $1,475.00 per person, double occupancy
High Season (3/19 – 10/29, 12/16 – 1/8): $1,560.00 per person, double occupancy
$235.00 single supplement
*This price will fluctuate with the dollar/euro exchange and will be fixed at your final payment.
Includes: 7 nights accommodations, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, luggage transfer, horse, tack and guide
Not Included: airfare, drinks, desserts, transfers to and from the airport (50 Euro each way)
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Footpaths of Zeus Ride
Isle of Crete, Greece