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The south coast of Crete is a place of exceptional beauty and varied landscapes. Untouched nature, archaeological highlights, crystal clear blue sea and sandy beaches wait to be explored. Experience the mountainous world of the Island of Minos by bike or e-bike, hike through the world-famous Samaria Gorge and enjoy a boat trip to the Elafonisi National Park. A further unforgettable cruise takes us from Sougia to Paleochora. Here we have great bathing spots and vibrant sunsets to look forward to. And what would Greece be without its delicious, local cuisine accompanied by traditional drinks, music, and Greek dance? After all, Crete is the birthplace of the well-known Syrtaki!
TO NOTE: This trip is already updated for the 2023 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2022.
Just 50 meters from Pachia Ammos Beach in Paleochora and 100 meters from the center, Hotel Relax awaits you with an outdoor pool, a spacious sun terrace and a rooftop garden with sea views. Relax offers nice apartments with free Wi-Fi and a furnished balcony and air conditioning, as well as a bathroom with shower and hairdryer. A flat-screen TV is also available. Please note: Hotel booking is subject to availability. If the prefered Hotel is not available, we will provide an equivalent substitute.…
For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…
All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable. …
Basic tour price: from 1690 euro
Please consider that the final tour price may vary based on your room choice, and any additionally selected services. If your preferred departure date is not listed below, you can also book this trip as a group and send us a suggested date.(from 6 people and more)
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Returning Islandhopper's are rewarded: as of the third tour booked directly via Islandhopping you will receive our 5% SEA-you-Again discount for bookings placed before the 31.12. (The SEA-YOU-Again discount applies to all tours in our program which are booked directly via Islandhopping given that the previous bookings actually took place).
As this tour is operated by a third party partner, not all regular Islandhopping discount offers apply.
This tour starts and ends in Paleochora on Crete. Arrival by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to travel.
The nearest airport is Chania Airport (CHQ), approx. 75km away from Paleochora.
When booking your flights, please choose a return flight that leaves no earlier than midday, if possible, to ensure a stress-free journey home.
Of course, it is also possible to take a ferry to Crete. Ferries to/from Crete run from/to Athens, from/to the island of Kythira in the south of the Peloponnese and from/to numerous islands of the Cyclades. The nearest ferry port is in Chania, about 75 km from Paleochora. For information about all domestic ferry connections please visit www.greekferries.gr
To get to your hotel in Paleochora, you either can book an exclusive transfer (prices and availability on request) or a collective transfer from Chania Port or from the Chania Airport to your hotel and back (only available on the official arrival and departure days). For all transfers, please make a reservation with our office team, indicating your exact flight details and hotel address.
Transfer prices can be found under ‘Additional Optional Services’.
Address for navigation system:
Relax Hotel, Pachia Ammos, Palaiochóra 730 01
Travelling to Crete by car can take an extremely long time and can be fairly costly. Therefore, we would suggest only driving to Crete if you are planning on spending a longer time either on Crete or in other Greek regions. Ferries to/from Crete run from/to Athens, from/to the island of Kythira in the south of the Peloponnese and from/to a number of the Cyclades islands.
Should you travel by car, free parking is available at the Relax Hotel in Paleochora.
We would be happy to arrange additional nights in Chania for you, which for numerous reasons is considered the most beautiful city on Crete. The old town, built by the Venetians in the 16th and 17th centuries around the city’s imposing port, is an architectural jewel. Sandy beaches close to the city as well as the varied surroundings including the Akrotiri Peninsula and the Balos Lagoon promise a stay that is as eventful as it is relaxing.
As many flights to Crete require connecting flights in Athens, a longer stopover in the Greek capital is also recommended. We would be happy to arrange additional nights with breakfast in Athens. The 2004 Olympic Games held in the Greek capital had an incredibly positive effect on the lively 5-million-strong metropolis. Large areas of the city centre were converted into pedestrian zones and a vast archaeological park was created around the Acropolis. A stroll through the many winding alleys of the Plaka, the charming old town quarter, is a wonderful way to spend a warm summers evening.
You can also extend your Crete Hotel & Bike Tour with our 3-day extension program in the Greek capital. With so much to see in Athens, this 3-day extension program allows for a true all-round experience in the city of seemingly countless possibilities. Transfers are included as well as two overnight stays in a hotel in the city centre, a guided bike tour through Athens, entrance to the Acropolis, and dinner at a typical Greek tavern.
This tour is offered exclusively in English.
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.
Cycling tours Level 3: The cycling routes require a good fitness level from the participants. The routes have a length of 10 - 20 mi./17 – 33 km through hilly or mountainous terrain. There are, however, no time constraints. The bike tours generally have a total of about 1,000 - 2,300 feet/300 – 700 m of elevation and though there are some longer climbs you are, of course, allowed to push your bike. Most of the roads we cycle along are asphalted and mostly traffic free. Your tour guide will inform you in detail about the requirements needed for the individual tours each day. Should you decided at any point that you do not want to take part in one of the tours, you are free to take a half or a full day off to swim or use the time as you wish.
Hiking Level 3: The hiking tours require a high level of fitness from participants. The routes have a length of 3 - 10 mi./4.5 – 16 km and lead through mountainous terrain. However, there are no time constraints. The hikes will mostly lead through gorges or along well-developed trails. Your tour guide will inform you of the requirements for the planned tour each day. We strongly recommend that you bring good hiking boots. Flip-flops or similar shoes are not suitable for the hikes offered. Should you prefer to skip the hike and spend a half or a full day swimming or enjoying another activity you are most welcome to do so.
On our regular cycling tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bicycles. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that also the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5 ft.) for hybrid bikes.
For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure Cruises in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member.
The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.
Should you however wish to bring your own bicycle with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and spare tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.
We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.
Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logisitical handling thereof.
Catering on this tour includes 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners. An ample breakfast is served every morning in the hotel. Lunch is included on all days which have activities either in traditional Cretan restaurants serving local dishes or as a barbeque on route. During the week, four of the dinners are not organized by Islandhopping so that you can choose where you would like to eat. There are numerous beautiful taverns in Paleochora where traditional cuisine can be tasted and enjoyed. Your tour guide will be happy to give you recommendations for restaurants for these days if requested.
Internet is available at all times in your hotel in Paleochora.