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   SIX DAYS MTB SPECIAL TOUR

The best of the West
Cretes Wild West

A special week to fulfill every biker's secret dream. In six challenging stages we encircle western Crete, covering a total of 400 km and 9,000 vertical metres.

Day 1: Arrival

Individual travel to Hania, fitting of equipment followed by Welcome Dinner to meet all group members.

Day 2: Agia Marina - West Coast

We start our round trip off the MTB station in Agia Marina. Several crossings of the Coastal Range tickle our appetite for Cretan trails as we pass Yannis Horse Rinding Farm. Lush green vegetation and picturesque villages contribute to the general character of this biking day. In the afternoon we will reach the West Coast, just in time for a relaxing swin in the turquoise waters of Falassarna Bay. With a glass of Cretan wine and local specialities we enjoy a colourful sunset.

  • approx. 80 km/ 1,200 vertical metres, 25 % off-road

Day 3: Falassarna – Elafonissi

The challenge of the day is a rocky and remote mountain wilderness, until today a truly `white area on the map. We find our way uphill through a gorge marked by plane, chestnut and oak trees before a fast gravel downhill leads us back into coastal regions. The isolated white monastary of Hrissoskalitisa welcomes us before the exotic white and pink beaches of Elafonissi reward the dusty bikers.

  • approx. 65 km / 1,600 vertical metres, 60% off-road

Day 4: Elafonissi – South Coast

The third stage of our tour impresses us by unspoilt mountain villages which we reach via tough uphill trails. Demanding pistes ask for stamina and balanced riding skills. At the small white town of Paleochora at the shores of the Libbean Sea we may enjoy the easy charme of life on the Cretan South Coast.

  • approx. 60 km / 1,400 vertical metres, 80% off-road

Day 5: Paleochora – Sougia

Ancient trails connect the forgotten antique settlements along the isolated South Western corner of Crete. Desert like streches alternate with almost tropicallly rich ravines. Our goal, the 20-house-village of Sougia, takes its special atmosphere from the cristal clear waters of its pebble bay, an oasis of peace to laze away the sunny afternoon. For the more active minded there is always the possibilty to take a 90 minute hike to the sanctuary of ancient Lissos.

  • approx. 65 km / 1,600 vertical metres, 70% off-road

Day 6: Sougia – Kallergi Mountain Refuge

Today we cycle past the Gorge of Agia Irini with a commanding view of the majestic mountain range of the Lefka Ori. At the Basin of Omalos at 1200m we reach the heart of the White Mountains, where we can enjoy a breath taking view into the Samaria Gorge. A unique trail challenges our condition until we arrive at the Mountain Refuge of Kallergi on 1680m where we spend the night in almost Alpine fashion.

  • approx. 45 km / 2,000 vertical metres, 50% off-road

Day 7: Through the White Mountains

The last stage of our tour starts with an unforgettable crossing of these isolated mountains. Spicy downhills and trail passages characterise the descend into more hospitable regions. 14 long kilometers show the unspoilt wilderness of the White Mountains before speedy downhills on winding roads guide us back to the green slopes of the North Coast.

  • approx. 60 km / 700 vertical metres, 60% off-road

 

Organisation:

  • recommended dates: middle of April to end of May,
  • and end of September to middle of November
  • requirements: Sporting condition and skilled riding abilities.
  • prices: Tour-Programme (without flight) 1000,-
  • single room supplement 140,-
  • transfer from/to Hania Airport 55,-

The price includes:

  • 6 guided tours incl. KTM PRO MTB and helmet
  • luggage transfer throughout the week
  • repair service
  • 6 nights in hotels/pensions
  • in double bedded rooms, en suite bathroom
  • 1 night at mountain refuge
  • 7 x sports breakfasts
  • 7 x dinner incl. table wine
  • special T-shirt + bottle

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