Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   9 June 2019

BettyBoop (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Mountainous adventure. | The horse matching seemed a little off, with one rider changing horse after the first day. Other riders who requested a very forward going horse were given steady, sensible and easy horses whilst others who wanted the opposite were given more challenging animals which could not be ridden on a loose rein safely. Although I didn't feel that my horse entirely matched my request, I enjoyed riding him and I felt safe for the entire holiday.

I was very happy with the pace of the ride, there were lots of opportunities for some great canters and gallops up the hillside and through olive groves. There was some challenging riding over very uneven and slippery rocks though the horses managed this very well.

The saddles were very comfortable although they could do with better maintenance. The numnahs were in need of a wash as they were very stiff and rubbed on the horses backs causing sores. The grooms were very attentive however and looked after the horses very well - I think they just needed more help maintaining the tack. The horses themselves were amazing to ride, they were very fit and beautiful to look at. They never struggled with the terrain or the steep climbs despite poor shoeing. They were cold shod by Manolis and my horse in particular had very poor feet and lost two shoes on the trail which were replaced a bit haphazardly with shoes that didn't fit.

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

How would you rate your room(s) for comfort and facilities?
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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

The hotel was great to back to after a long day in the saddle. It was very comfortable, the rooms were clean and airy. It was a great relief to have air conditioning as well.

The food at Velani hotel was really tasty and homemade. My only slight issue was that the riding groups had no choice in what they ate and we were given very similar foods every night.

Before Your Holiday

Did you have all of the information you needed to:

Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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How could we improve the quality of pre-holiday information that we send?

The pre-holiday information was very useful and I can't think of how it could be massively improved in any way.

Do you have any other feedback for us?

Overall I had an amazing time riding my incredible horse through beautiful landscapes. I would recommend this holiday to anyone who has a good sense of adventure. I really felt like I'd achieved something when we rode back in the yard at Velani on the final day - it was hard work at times but definitely worth it.
[ITS comment: We are really pleased you enjoyed your holiday on the Lassithi Trek and thank you for your constuctive comments, which we will follow up.]