We try to explain everything and answer all your questions as you browse through our site, but if there should be something that you’re not sure about then please contact us or look through the frequently asked questions below.
How far do we cycle each day?
A typical daily distance that we cycle on our tours is 30 kms, although some days are shorter. All our routes are thoughtfully planned routes to show you the very best of Crete in the greatest possible comfort. This means minimising, as far as is possible, the number, length and severity of the climbs on all our tours and maximising the time spent on tranquil, almost traffic-free, back-roads.
What is the weather normally like?
The weather in Crete is characterized by mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. The climate of Crete is a temperate Mediterranean climate .There are significant differences between the coastal zone and the mountainous areas, as well as between the west and the east part of Crete, when it comes to the weather conditions. The mountains of Crete form an East-West barrier to prevailing northerly winds and they trap the clouds sweeping down the aegean. The result is that it may be grey and wet in the north, but sunny on the south coast where often the clouds do not extend over the sea.
- Coastal zone: Dry summer, mild winter. The rainy season starts in late October and lasts till March or even April. Snowfalls are extremely rare in the coastal zone of Crete, especially so in the eastern part of the island.
- The east part of Crete is drier and warmer than the west part .This is obvious in the vegetation. Chania is a lot greener than the desert-like Sitia area.
- The same difference applies between the north coast and the south coast of Crete, with the south coast being drier and warmer.
Can I bring my own bike?
Yes, of course you can bring your own bike, although our bikes are of a high quality and we do carry spares for them so you should never be in the position of being without a bike. If you want to bring your own saddle by all means do so and we’ll gladly fit it to our bike for the duration of our tour.
How do I get there?
Nowadays most visitors seem to come to Crete directly by plane, especially by charter. There are however a number of other options:
Charter flights from Europe are quite numerous from some time in April until the end of October. There are a lot more flights to Heraklion than to Chania, making them often cheaper (and not as heavily booked) as flights to Chania.
Bear in mind that charter flights are not always cheaper than scheduled flights (especially with children who rarely get a price reduction) and that they give you far less flexibility in choosing your travel dates. They give you of course the convenience of a direct flight with no stopover in Athens. Chania airport has recently become a hub airport for Ryan Air and that has added a lot of new destinations.
Scheduled flights :Almost all scheduled international flights transit through Athens where you must take a scheduled domestic flight to Heraklion or Chania. These are quite frequent
Transiting through Athens :Athens is a large congested city with a high level of air pollution. It also offers some superb museums and renowned archaeological sites and is worth a stopover, at least once. You can continue your journey from Athens to Crete by plane or ferryboat from Piraeus. Athens airport offers good public transport connections to the city center as well as to the port of Piraeus.
Ferryboat from Piraeus: There is a regular ferryboat service from the port of Piraeus to Heraklion and Chania. Ships depart every evening around 8.00 or 8.30 (times vary a little depending on the season) and arrive very early morning (generally between 5.00 or 6.00 am). The ships are quite modern, cheaper than flying and can be quite romantic (if they are not too crowded). Avoid weekends and especially the beginning and end of holidays. If you want a cabin it is often safer to book in advance.
A word of caution: in winter (but at other times too) the sea is often stormy and it is not unusual for the ferries to be delayed, sometimes for days, until the storm passes. If you must return by a specific date go by air - planes can fly in much worse weather conditions and are only grounded when winds reach gale forces
What clothing should I bring?
We want you to be comfortable on your Cycle Tour and therefore recommend, that if nothing else, you invest in a decent pair of cycling shorts with some form of padded liner. These can be purchased from most quality cycling stores and are usually available in either a tight fitting lycra style or a loose more casual style. An alternative would be to wear just a regular pair of shorts with a pair of padded undershorts. With regards to the rest of your clothing, anything that you feel comfortable wearing, which may consist of leisure/cycling garments or just regular tee-shirts, shorts and trainers/sneakers. Remember to pack at least one warm top-layer just in case and also something for the evenings, although it’s not necessary to bring your best cocktail dress and tuxedo as the evenings are quite relaxed and informal.
Do I have to be very fit to do the tours?
Our tours are aimed at the leisure cyclist with a reasonable level of fitness, although certain tours require a little more physical exertion than others. We don’t glue your feet to the pedals so at any time during the day you’re free to get off and retire to the support vehicle.
How big is the group?
In order to give a personal service to all our customers we do like to quote a maximum of 12 people, although circumstances could dictate that more were possible on certain tours. The minimum number is 4 and this is in order to create a good group atmosphere and this could be made up of singles and couples. We do reserve the right to cancel any tour, with a minimum of five weeks notice, if we fail to get the minimum number of customers.
Will I need travel insurance?
All customers must have suitable travel insurance, which we recommend provides them with appropriate cover for cycling in Greece and to medical cover.
Do I have to carry my clothes each day?
No, our support vehicle will transfer all luggage not needed for the days ride onto the next hotel. Should anybody want to do a spot of souvenir shopping then the vehicle will always be on hand to convey those larger objects.
What other things should I bring with me?
We advise you to bring sun-tan lotion/cream, a pair of sunglasses (sometimes the lighter lens variety are preferable for cycling as even if it’s a dull day they protect your eyes from dust and insects), a hat, perhaps a small amount of Euros as sometimes in the more remote places it’s difficult to find cash dispensers and your sense of adventure!