Western Crete biking vacation

“A self-guided Western Crete cycling vacation spanning mountain and coastal scenery, culture, history and Cretan cuisine. Enjoy a unique itinerary crafted for travelers that prefer a more immersive experience.”

Highlights

Western Crete | Self-guided cycling | Chania | Omalos | White Mountains | Samaria Gorge | Palaiochora | Elafonissi beach | Inachoria | Kissamos | Aptera | Georgioupoli | Kournas Lake | Rethymno |

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2018: 20 Oct, 27 Oct, 3 Nov, 10 Nov
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Western Crete biking vacation

Environment

We believe in sustainable and responsible tourism, and we are committed to having the lowest possible environmental impact. As this is a cycling tour, we use the bike and the power of our feet, which is the most eco-friendly way of traveling, keeping the environment un spoiled. On top of that, we inform our guests not to litter on the destinations they visit, to recycle when it is possible and in general to follow responsible travel guide lines. To help offset the carbon emissions we also donate 10 euros per client which is shared between forestry commissions in the Peloponnese for reforestation after the deadly fires of 2007. In the winter time, we organise days where the companies members go to the nearest beaches and gather litters, in order to keep the beach clean and avoid any trash ending in the sea waters. We also as a company, gather plastic caps and donate them to a local club that helps children with special needs by buying them special trolleys.

Community

By employing only local guides and using only regional services we provide a form of tourism that benefits the community. We use local small companies- most of them family owned- for our tours, such as local hotels, restaurants, suppliers etc. The visitor also benefits by being able to come closer to authentic local cultures and traditions due to our unique local knowledge. We think tourism should be about respect and benefit to the local inhabitants and that responsible travelers will get more out of their vacation by giving a little bit back to the special places and people that they meet. But the most important thing for us, is that your presence here gives us a strong negotiation card for pressing the local authorities for the development of our area, such us constructing cycling streets, increase the local recycling program, improve social buildings etc.. Also, all of our employees in the office are locals.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Staying in the mountain village, Kefali (Inachoria). The accommodation was perfect (renovated local house with balcony). The hosts of Panarama where very welcoming and also ran a great Restaurant. Nice relaxed place to stay at the end of a days cycle.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We did the 6 day cycle over 2 weeks, so allows you soak up some of the local sights on the rest day. Plenty of additional information provided Re circular cycles from the towns. On the rest day in Paleohora, we took the local 06:00 bus (€7) back to Omalos to walk the Samaria Gorge (€5). You end up in Ag Roumeli, where u can take the ferry back to Paleohora (€17). Great day
out if you have your walking boots. The bike provided were perfect for the terrain, light hybrids (Trek) with 18 gears.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Local hotels, bike rental and taxis to ship luggage.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Superb. Really enjoyed the cycling and didn’t encounter too much traffic on the back roads except when approaching the larger towns and beach resorts. I’d highly recommend taking 2 weeks if u have the time.

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