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 a 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 the nature.
After the 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 snorkeling equipment.
Extras to be paid separately: Entrance to Arkadi and entrance to the Melidoni Cave.
Please note that all visits are optional.
Part 1: Arkadi - Skaleta
Margarites - Perama
ARKADI – MARGARITES - MELIDONI
Full day tour, incl. swimming at the Beach
comfortable Clothes / Shoes
Springtime / Autumn warm Sweater / Jacket, long Pants
Money for Coffee Break / Extra Drinks
07:45 Hour We start the pickup of our guests
09:15 Hour Arkadi Monastery Short Tour.
10:00 Hour The tour starts.
10:20 Hour Village of Amnatos.
11:15 Hour Coffee Stop at Asteri village
12:00 Hour Switch to the accompanying Bus in Skaleta.
12:30 Hour Pottery Village of Margarites.
12:35 Hour Pottery Demonstration in Margarites.
13:00 Hour Barbecue in the wild nature.
14:00 Hour We leisurely cycle to Perama.
14:30 Hour By Bus to the Cave of Melidoni.
15:00 Hour Visit of the historic Cave.
15:45 Hour By Bus to the Beach of Bali, bathing Time
17:30 Hour Returning to the first Hotels in Panormo, Skaletta.
The time data provides some guidance, shifts of even an hour are possible due to delays.
Tour length by bike: 27 km / including 20 km downhill.
Note: During the bathing time in Bali diving Masks and Snorkels can be borrowed free of charge.
Price: € 59.00 Adults / Children 6 - 14 Years 50% discount. 0-6 years free of charge on a baby sit adjusted in one of parent's bike.