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6 Day Beautiful Mountain Riding Holiday for Groups in Kapetaniana, Crete
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Thalori Traditional Guesthouses, Kapetaniana, Kofinas, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Horse Riding Holiday in Greece

Enjoy the Cretan landscape from the back of the horse by choosing this tour! Holidays in Thalori and Kapetaniana are 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 horseback 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
  • Horse breed: Arabian, Englisharabian, Cretan and American

Highlights

  • 4 days of horse riding
  • Ride through the nature reserve around Mount Kophinas
  • Enjoy stunning views over the Asterousia Mountains and the sea
  • Ride to Tripiti with its long sandy beach along the coast
  • Delicious breakfasts, meal, and dinner
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

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 the distinct identity of each house - guest room.

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 still some elements of the 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 are 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.

Program

Day 1

You may have on request transfer or arrival afternoon in the village. After you have made yourself comfortable in the house, your hosts will show you the village, the stable, and of course, the horses. In the evening, you will enjoy the first delicious dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will ride around the village with stunning views over the Asterousia Mountains and the sea. In the afternoon, you will set out for a ride in the lonely mountains of the Asterousia. You will witness the unforgettable views. In the evening, again, you will have a delicious meal in the restaurant in the village.

Day 3

Today, you will embark on a ride through the nature reserve around Mount Kophinas. You will pass the ruins of old Minoan villages and visit abandoned Turkish villages. After the long ride of about five hours, you will look forward to the dinner.

Day 4

You will enjoy a day where you will have some time to relax. You will have a small ride of about two hours, laze by the pool, or stroll through the village. You may want to look at the ancient frescoes and icons in the 14th-century church. You will have another ride in the late afternoon.

Day 5

Today, you will ride to Tripiti with its long sandy beach along the coast and through the spectacular gorge. If you like, you can swim with the horses.

Day 6

The farewell of the village, its inhabitants, and the horses are difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, today, your riding holiday ends in Greece.

Note: The changes to this tour is possible.

Location

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 the 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 each time of year: from Kofinas bathed in crimson colors at sunset to one of the most spectacular starry skies you've ever seen, and from the spectacular storms with hundreds of lightning fading at the Libyan Sea to the incessant passage of clouds with background the meeting of the horizon, mountain, and sea.

Food

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-day horse riding
  • Breakfasts, meal, and dinner
  • 5 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Airport transfers

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). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The suggested price for the transfer is 170 EUR (the course of 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.
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