Excursions

CYCLING TOUR

Arkadi Monastery – Margarites Pottery Village -Picnic lunch – Melidoni Cave – Swimming and Snorkeling

First, we collect you by bus from your hotel and drive to the monastery of Arkadi.
Before we set off on our bikes you will have a chance to visit the historic and very famous monastery. Arkadi played a very important part in Crete’s history of resistance against the Turks and you will also be able to see a fascinating collection of icons, weapons and clerical items in the museum. We then get on our bikes and cycle through stunning scenery, olive groves and orange trees, passing through the villages of Amnatos, Kyrianna, Loutra and the lovely village of Asteri. Here you will get a glimpse of how Cretan people still live and work in the traditional way. We then pass through Hamalevri and eventually arrive at Stavromenos and Scaleta, where the bus will be waiting to take us to Margarites. But before we get on the bus you can enjoy a nice coffee next to the sea.

After a pottery demonstration from Eleni Kavgalaki and the unique chance to watch her demonstrating with such a beautiful way how pottery is being made. After the demonstration and the visit in the shop where you can buy souvenirs for your beloved ones back home, you can enjoy a beautiful lunch, relaxing just outside the pottery factory under the trees, in nature.

After lunch and just outside the village we get back on the bikes and you will get a chance to explore this beautiful location, which has been famous for its pottery for centuries. Then we cycle down to Perama, before hopping back on the bus to drive to Melidoni and visit the famous cave. The history of this amazing archaeological site goes back thousands of years and it is said to be the mythical home of Talos, the giant bronze protector of Crete. From here we get back on the bus and visit a sandy beach, where you can snorkel, swim or just laze in the sun before we take you back to your hotel at the end of a perfect day.

If at any stage of the day you wish to hop onto the bus for a rest, no problem. We just put the bikes on the trailer and continue.

We recommend you bring swimming costumes, money (not credit cards) for coffee breaks and the extras and wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Included in the price: Guide, insurance, bike hire and equipment, support vehicle, lunch and use of snorkelling equipment.

Extras to be paid separately: Entrance to Arkadi and entrance to the Melidoni Cave.


USEFUL INFORMATION

  COST:
- Adult 59 Euros/ per person

- KIds: 29.50 Euros/ per person
(07 years old till 14 years old)

- Children: till 06 years old
(free of charge but they cycle with their parents
I put a child seat at the back of the bike)

MORE INFORMATIONS :
Snack during a break.

Entrance fees: 
For archaeological sites/museums, escorts/guides and meals are not included.  

Do not forget to bring along: 
Money for souvenirs and shopping, a bottle of water, a hat.