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4 Day Nature Exploration and Swimming With Horses Horseback Riding Holiday in Kapetaniana, Crete

Thalori Traditional Guesthouses, Kapetaniana, Kofinas, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Breathtaking Horseback Riding Holiday in Greece

Enjoy the Cretan landscape on horseback by choosing this holiday! Holidays in Thalori and Kapetaniana can be accurately described in one word: multidimensional. Besides, the unique combination of mountain and sea in Asterousia covers all tastes. Here, you will explore the village on the back of a horse, while getting the opportunity to witness the beauty of the place.

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 220 pounds / 100 kilograms
  • Tack type: English and Western tack
  • Horse breed: Arabian, English-Arabian, Cretan, and American


  • 4 days of horse riding
  • 20 hours of riding in four days
  • Explore the beautiful wild nature and feel the strong energy of the mountains
  • Pass through the ruins of old Minoan villages and visit abandoned Turkish villages
  • Ride to Tripiti with its long sandy beach, along the coast, and through the gorge
  • Possibility to swim with the horses, if you wish
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


4 days with instruction
Group size: 4-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Heraklion International Airport (US$50 per person)
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  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant

Thalori Traditional Guesthouses consists of 20 traditional houses, each with a distinctive personality. The houses are an integral part of the village, maintaining their Cretan architecture, combining traditional style with the comforts of today. The restaurant of the guesthouse serves local dishes made from local ingredients, while the list of recommended activities (in nature or not) and also the attractions of the area covers all tastes.

Thalori Traditional Guesthouses is an integral part of the residential complex of Kapetaniana. These traditional houses are renovated with respect to their Cretan architecture, maintaining the fortress and monasterial elements associated with the history of the settlement. At the same time, special care was given to the preservation of each house's distinct identity.

Stone and wood remain the dominant materials of the guesthouses, while the natural rock is integrated harmoniously even in their indoor areas. The wooden loft, the stone arches, the utilitarian recesses in the walls, and the stone-built fireplaces are some elements of traditional Cretan architecture which you will find here.

This authentic Cretan atmosphere is complemented by the woven and embroidered carpets and fabrics, the handmade curtains, and the traditional decorative objects.

At the same time, Thalori Traditional Guesthouses is endowed with modern amenities such as flat screen TV, sound system, kitchen, personal care items in the bathroom, etc. Thalori offers double, triple, quadruple, and quintuple guesthouses ideal for couples, groups of friends, and of course, families.


Day 1

Today, you will have a short-term ride around the village, exploring the beautiful wild nature and feeling the strong energy of the mountains.

Day 2

Today, the perfect riding tour begins. A circular route where you pass through the ruins of old Minoan villages - having some coffee and lunch - and visit abandoned Turkish villages awaits. After the long ride of about five hours, you look forward to dinner.

Day 3

You continue your magic tour to Tripiti with its long sandy beach, along the coast, and through the spectacular gorge. You will enjoy your coffee and lunch here and, if you like, you can swim with the horses on this beautiful beach.

Day 4

On the last day in this beautiful village, you will ride for about two hours around the area and then you have to say goodbye to your precious friends.


The village of Kapetaniana, Greece is built in a truly privileged position, in a natural "balcony" with breathtaking views of the Libyan Sea and the sacred peak of Kofinas. This is the place where the horizon meets the sea and the stone volume of Asterousia, history meets myth, and spirituality meets the modern Cretan hospitality.

You may walk through the picturesque streets of the village, part of which is Thalori’s Guesthouses, visit the wonderful pictorial church of Panagia, meet the friendly people of the village, taste the products they produce, and of course, enjoy the panoramic view which offers magical scenery year round.


During your stay, you will be provided with all meals. Alcohol and soft drinks are not included. The tradition, the local flavors and aromas, the recipes, the stone and wood, the stunning view, all these and plenty more make up the restaurant of Thalori.

At this welcoming venue with traditional aesthetics and a big stone-built fireplace, you can enjoy authentic dishes of the famous Cretan cuisine, cooked with fresh local ingredients and due respect to traditional preparation methods.

Start your day with an energizing Cretan breakfast, with fragrant honey and bread, hot pancakes, fresh milk, and local dairy products and, of course, do not miss lunch and dinner which include special hearty dishes and rich salads on a daily basis. The ingredients come from the vegetable garden, the herd of the guesthouse, and from local small producers of Asterousia.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 4x4 jeep trailing
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat or canoe riding
  • Canyoning
  • Climbing
  • Descending the Eligia Canyon via ferrata route
  • Hiking
  • Joining the cooking class
  • Mountain biking
  • Participating in rural / farming activities

What's included

  • 4 days of riding
  • 20 hours of riding in total
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 3 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers (43 EUR)
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Heraklion International Airport (HER)

  • From Heraklion International Airport (HER), take the exit for the National Road towards Heraklion - Rethymno.
  • Take the third exit you will encounter, and follow the National Road Heraklion - Mires, heading towards Mires.
  • Once you pass Agia Varvara and just before you get to Agioi Deka, follow the exit to Vagionia village and continue towards Loukia village.
  • After Loukia, ascend the Asterousia Mountains and continue until you reach the village of Kato Kapetaniana.
  • You have now reached your final destination, the complex of Thalori Guesthouses.
  • The total distance is 68 kilometers and it takes 60-70 minutes.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Heraklion International Airport (HER). Transfers from and to this airport are available upon request. The suggested price for the transfer is 170 EUR (for four persons).

Airport: Heraklion International Airport Airport transfer available: Heraklion International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
4 days / 3 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Monday November 2, 2020
(4 days / 3 nights)

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