Lassithi Trek - Crete

Lassithi Trek

5 star rating   15 September 2019

Sarah (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Fantastic Trek | The riding was fantastic. I think Sabine matched us pretty well with our horses. My horse, Evropi, was very responsive and easy to ride but also quite forward and lots of fun. All of the horses on our trek seemed forward and responsive, and everyone seemed quite happy with their mounts. Luckily the people on the trek were well-matched in terms of riding ability, so we had lots of lovely fast riding. The terrain is often quite rough but I never felt unsafe, even when cantering over very uneven stony ground, because our horses were so sure-footed and confident.

A new experience was going swimming with our horses - something I'd never done before and which was enormous fun.

Our guide, Vladimir, was fantastic and clearly has a natural affinity with horses. He was very careful and safety conscious, but at the same time making the trek fun and interesting with lots of long canters. He also kept a close eye on everyone to make sure we were all happy and enjoying our trip. Vlad and Yanni were up early every morning to feed, groom and tack up our horses. This is something we riders could have done ourselves - and it's a good way to bond with your horse - but we appreciated their hard work.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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Velani is a lovely hotel in a beautiful setting and Sabine and Manolis fantastic hosts. The other staff at the hotel, especially Nikos, May, and Yanni, were infallibly kind, friendly and helpful. My room was spacious and comfortable with a nice patio to sit on and enjoy the view.

The other two places we stayed at during the trip were nowhere near as nice as Velani, but they were perfectly comfortable and served their purpose.

The food during the whole trip was amazing, but particularly the food at Velani courtesy of Manolis's great cooking. I'm a vegetarian and I was very well catered for. Everything was lovely and fresh and delicious. In fact, I think I managed to put on weight despite all the riding.

Before Your Holiday

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This was my first trip with In the Saddle and I'm already researching my next one! I loved every minute of it.