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Arrive at the hotel and settle in for the week. There may be time for a swim before dinner.
Ride to the archaeological site of the ancient city of Lyttos with views over the valley of Kastelli. (The army of the city joined the Trojan War.) During the Roman period Lyttos was a city with great fame and a rival of Knossos. It had an aqueduct, theatre and acropolis. Lyttos was mentioned by Homer as Lyktos. Nowadays little can be seen of this as excavations of the site have not as yet been completed. After your visit, ride along the remains of the Roman aqueduct, returning to your comfortable hotel base for the week. (4 hours in the saddle).
Ride up the hills of Sfendili and cross near the Byzantine church of Avdou, then ride briskly over the plateau of Mochos. The Psiloritis Mountains in the distance are the highest peaks of the island (8,200 ft.). (4 hours in the saddle).
In 2015 the Langada Valley was turned to a lake by man-made dam in the Aposelemis River. The water created habitat for a variety of animals, which you may glimpse as you ride around the 3 km lake's edge. Ride to the abandoned village of Sfendily, which is now half submerged beneath the lake's surface. (4 hours riding).
A steep climb up the mountain with excellent views over the stables and the Langada valley below. Ride through Kerm Oak forest to visit the mysterious Church of the Saint Fotini which is hidden deep in a cave. (2.5 hours in the saddle).
Ride through the gorge of Gonies to start your spectacular climb to the Greek village of Kera at 800 meters. Here you have a lunch break in the Restaurant Niki. After lunch ride down along the springs of Kera and return to your lodgings for another peaceful night. (5 hours in the saddle).
Your final ride takes you out through a quiet beautiful valley of olive groves, and along a small cypress forest. Make some steep descents before returning for a swim or relaxation in the serene setting before your farewell dinner. (3 hours riding).
Departure after breakfast, or when necessary for outbound flights.
THIS ITINERARY IS FLEXIBLE. CHANGES MAY OCCUR DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.