Crete - Lassithi Trek

  • Open Feb-Jun, Sep-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 6 days of riding | 3 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Heraklion
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

Crete - ridingThis seven night trail takes you 200km over different terrain through the Dikti Mountain Range to the Libyan sea on the Cretan south coast. The trail starts in the mountains and rich fertile plateaux, then on reaching the sea you return through the Cretan countryside with its villages, olive groves and vineyards.

It is a circular route starting and ending at Odysseia Stables and you will stay two nights in the villages of Avdou, Magoulas and Keratokambos during the trail.

The horses at Odysseia Stables include Arabs, Thoroughbreds, Warmbloods and Andalusians, ranging in height from 14.2hh to 16.3hh. Chosen specifically for their temperament and stamina, they are sure-footed in the mountains and relaxed but eager on the trails.

The pace is varied, depending on the terrain. Much of the trail follows rural tracks through the mountains and there are opportunities to canter. There are some steep sections and times when you may need to dismount and lead your horse. Each day you will be riding for between three to six hours, covering 200 km in total.

Crete - ridingYou should be a competent rider, capable at all paces over uneven terrain, and happy to help care for your horse on the trail.

The riding style is English, on a loose rein.

Hard hats are mandatory.

There is a rider weight limit of 90kg (14st).

The trail starts and ends at Velani Country Hotel, which is a short walk from Odysseia Stables.

There are twelve spacious, en-suite rooms each with either a private garden or verandah. Each room has a hairdryer, a television, a fridge and air con.

There is large infinity pool as well as a separately located children’s pool.

The estate has its own vegetable, herb and fruit garden providing the restaurant with fresh produce each day. Olive oil is also produced from the olive groves.

During the trail you spend five nights at Velani Country Hotel and two nights in guesthouses. Your luggage is transferred by vehicle.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Lassithi Trek 29 Mar 2020 - 5 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 4 Apr 2020 - 11 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 26 Apr 2020 - 3 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 10 May 2020 - 17 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 24 May 2020 - 31 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 7 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 6 Sep 2020 - 13 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 20 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 27 Sep 2020 - 4 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 11 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Lassithi Trek 1 Nov 2020 - 8 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,411.15 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation (in a room with a garden terrace at Velani Hotel); meals (from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day); riding.
It is possible to upgrade to a Panorama Room at Velani Hotel and please ask us for details.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $202.42 (2019) or $242.90 (2020). There is no single supplement if you are willing to share.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Transfers; drinks; desserts & ice cream; gratuities.

NEAREST AIRPORT Heraklion.

TRANSFERS We can arrange transfers from Heraklion airport - €50 per vehicle each way (up to 4 people).


Getting There

Flights can arrive and depart at any time.

Transfers can be arranged from Heraklion airport, a journey of about 40 minutes (€50 per vehicle each way, payable locally). Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car and self-drive to the hotel. We recommend this option for guests on a centre based holiday.

It may be possible to share the transfer with guests arriving at a similar time but we are not likely to know that until nearer the date.

Room check-in is from 14:00 on the first day and check-out is by 10:30. Guests arriving or departing outside these times are welcome to use the public areas.

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Location

In the Dikti Mountains, about 40 minutes south east of Heraklion.


Weather & Climate

The climate in Crete is primarily Mediterranean with hot and sometimes humid summers and mild winters. Most rain falls from January to March but, as you are riding in the mountains, you should be prepared for rain at any time and cool temperatures in the evenings.

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Guest Review

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 on the final day - it was hard work at times but definitely worth it.

Bethan, Herefordshire

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Chris Day
Chris Day
In June 2018 I stayed a few nights at the Velani Country Hotel which is used for five nights of the Lassithi Trek. On the other two nights riders stay at guesthouses in a different area of the island.

Lassithi Trek Riding Specialist

Chris says

This trail through the high mountains of the Dikti Range gives fabulous views of the island in all directions.

My Top Tip

The weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, so you should always be prepared and dress in layers. Sun screen is a must when you are riding at altitude.

Email: chris@inthesaddle.com

Chris Day
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