The Lassithi Trails of Crete – Unguided

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

The Lassithi Trails of Crete – Unguided

Ride Overview

The Lassithi Trails Ride traverses the same enticing route as the Trail of the Gods, but there is one very important difference.  It is unguided horseback riding in Greece for people who are adventurous and confident enough of their own resourcefulness and horsemanship to handle the trip without a guide.  The way is well marked and the friendly local people are happy to give directions, but you are entirely independent on a journey of discovery which has its own strong appeal.  You must depend on your guide books and information from local people you meet along the path for a better understanding of what you are seeing.  Your gracious hosts in the various inns are happy to answer questions you might have.

Though the Cretan terrain is rugged it has olive orchards and vineyards, with great local pride in the quality of its olive oil. What it lacks in soil, it more than compensates for with coastline. No town in Greece is more than 75 miles from the water, with hundreds of coves and inlets, bays and gulfs. In mythology, Zeus, the god of Greek gods was born in a cave in the Lassithi plateau, which you ride over on the trail. Many of the Greek heroes and gods had a real or mythological relationship with this wild and beautiful part of Greece.

For the experienced rider this is an adventurous trail of 160 km using maps, trail markers and written directions. You are responsible for care and feeding of your horse during the week. Upon reaching the sea there may be time to swim with the horses, and later sleep with the sound of the sea lapping at the shore.

A minimum of two riders traveling together is required.


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. All purpose English saddles are used
  • Horse Breeds:
    Arab, thoroughbred crosses, Dutch warmbloods
  • Trip Pace:
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    190 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 base 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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