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Panorama Ride on Crete

Itinerary for Panorama Ride on Crete

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
After arriving to our hotel, enjoy a welcome tour through the stables, a dive in the pool, and evening dinner in the Restaurant. In the evening, we will have a briefing on the trail route.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Country Hotel Velani****

Day 2 : Ancient Lyttos Ride
We ride up to visit the archaeological site of the ancient city of Lyttos giving an excellent view over the valley of Kastelli. The city of Lyttos (meaning high, tall), was a strong town and a rival of Knossos. The army of the city joined the Trojan War and the city was already mentioned by Homer as Lyktos. During the roman period Lyttos was an autonomous city with great fame. It had an aqueduct, theatre, and an acropolis; nowadays little can be seen of this as excavations of the site has not been done. The site has 2 churches. After the visit, we ride along the remains of this roman aqueduct. 
Riding: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country Hotel Velani****

Day 3: Olive Ride
We make an active trip in north direction up the hills of Sfendili. We cross the Byzantine church of Avdou and ride quick over the plateau of Mochos where we are greeted with an excellent view to the Psiloritis Mountains, highest peaks of the island (2.5 km).
Riding: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country Hotel Velani****

Day 4: Lake Aposelemis River Ride 
A man-made damn was closed in 2015, creating a 3km long lake. The water attracts all kinds of birds and animals, creating a very special biotope. We follow the lake's edges and ride along the abandoned village of Sfendily, which is now half sunken into the surface of the water.
Riding: 4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country Hotel Velani****

Day 5: Red Rock Ride
A steep climb up the mountain gives you an excellent view over the stables and the Langada valley. We ride through Kerm Oak forest to visit the mysterious Church of the Saint Fotini, which is hidden deep in a cave.
Riding: 2.5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country Hotel Velani****

Day 6: Vulture Gorge Ride
We ride through the gorge of Gonies to start our spectacular climb to the Greek village of Kera at 800 meters. Here we make a lunch break in Restaurant Niki before we start our decent along the springs of Kera. 
Riding: 5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country Hotel Velani****

Day 7: Cypress Ride
The last day we ride out through a very quiet beautiful valley full of olive groves. We ride along a small cypress forest and make some steep descents with the horses, which we now fully trust.
Riding: 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Country Hotel Velani****

Day 8: Breakfast and Departure
Enjoy breakfast at our hotel before heading off to your next adventure.
Meals included: Breakfast

Non-Riding Activities (available at additional cost)
- Paragliding (only for experienced flyers)
- Hiking
- Caving
- Mountain climbing
- Mountain biking
- Birding
- Yoga onsite
- Cooking classes onsite
- A 18 hole golf course is located 5 miles away
- The wide sandy beach of Anissaras is 10 miles away

Wellness (available at extra cost)
Also possible to reserve in the hotel are massages and wellness treatments, given by a professional therapist.
The different massage offered are relaxing (Swedish Massage), deep tissue (Cretan Massage) or Yoga based (Thai Massage). Massage can be combined with aroma therapies and/or body treatments. All products used are 100% organic and made with Cretan herbs and olive oil. Already from Minoan times the use of herbs from the rich Cretan land combined with essential oils and olive oil were used as a base for massages of relaxation and well being.
A massage can be booked in the hotel, prices starting from 50 euro for a hour. Prices are depending on massage type, duration and products used.
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Panorama Ride on Crete
Tour Code: IT-GR-SRCR02
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,190.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
B 2020 01/01 - 03/21 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (Low) 1 /10 Reserve
A 2020 03/22 - 06/30 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 1 /10 Reserve
A 2020 09/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 1 /10 Reserve
B 2020 11/01 - 12/13 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (Low) 1 /10 Reserve
A 2020 12/14 - 12/31 8d / 7n 8 day ride, AP (High) 1 /10 Reserve
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Crete General
Tack: English - Wintek
Horses: Arab, Thoroughbred, Warmbloods.
Pace: Moderate with occasional steep terrain...

Airport: Kazantzakis International Airport (HER)
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