Crete Trail of the Gods

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
    days
  • 7
    nights
  • Riding Time
  • 6
    days riding
  • 5-7
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 2 - 10
    Guests per group

Crete Trail of the Gods

Ride Overview

The Trail of the Gods Ride on the island of Crete in Greece will take to fascinating archeological sites and allow you to see much of the beautiful interior.  This is the largest island in the Greek archipelago and is surrounded by the clear blue of the Mediterranean Sea.  Riders will stay in different inns one of which is on the seashore.  The interior is made up of mountains going as high as 7,000 ft. and fertile valleys where there are groves of olive and fruit trees as well as other crops.  Local farmers still use donkeys and horses to cultivate their land and agriculture is possible all year in the southern part of the island. Horseback riding in Crete allows you to have a personal experience in all that the area has to offer.

This moving journey allows you to go right across the island and to ride on the beach where you can swim with your horses when the weather permits.  Everywhere you will find fresh local food specialties beautifully prepared and served with delicious local wine.  You will ride in comfortable saddles on forward going Thoroughbred and Arabian horses with plenty of endurance to do long canters and climb the mountains.  In the back country you may encounter shepherds tending their flocks of sheep and goats in the wild, rugged highlands where it is not suitable for farming.   Here in the back country, life must be much the same as it was when Theseus killed the Minotaur.  You will have a chance to experience something of the Greek spirit of celebrating life as portrayed in “Zorba the Greek”.  Your competent guides can give you a wealth of information about the area.

 

Accommodations

The base for this ride is the hillside equestrian hotel situated above the Langada valley with the red peaks of the Dikti Mountains rising up behind. On nights 3 and 5 you stay at different accommodations closer to the coast, which allows you to see more of the country.

Meals & Drink

Dinner a la carte will be at local restaurants, from dinner on the first day, through breakfast on the last day. Special dietary needs can usually be arranged with advance notice. Please let Equitours know your needs.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses are Arabs, Thoroughbred and Thoroughbred crosses and Dutch and Greek warm bloods. They are fit and well suited to the countryside and long trots, canters, and some gallops when permitted by the occasional steep and rocky terrain.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Thoroughbred and Thoroughbred crosses, warm bloods and a local breed
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate
  • Tack:
    All purpose English saddles
  • Weight limit:
    200 lbs

Activities for Non - Riders

While riders are on horseback, there are no separate activities planned for non-riders, who can enjoy the accommodations and region independently. From the hotel, non-riders can enjoy routes for walking and biking and for extra cost bird-watching with guide, paragliding, Swedish massage, Thai massage or aroma therapy.
For groups your hosts can also organize speleology (caving), as well as mountain climbing.
Beyond the hotel, a 18 hole golf course only 7 km away, and different water sports can be found along the coast.

Meeting Point

Heraklion airport or ferry port.

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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1.800.545.0019