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Crete: Arkadi Monastery e-Bike Tour with Lunch

1. Crete: Arkadi Monastery e-Bike Tour with Lunch

Discover the beauty surrounding Rethymno as you cycle along the coastline. Just before you start the journey uphill, you will make your first stop at the Arsani Monastery. From there you will continue uphill through the olive groves, passing small picturesque villages before making your next stop to the village of Amnatos. There you can admire the mansion of Sanguinazzo, where you will discover above its main door the inscription which states "Initium sapientiae timor Domini". Your next stop is the Arkadi Monastery, which boasts a rich and prestigious history. You can learn about the resistance of the local people and the heroic acts of the monks, which will help you understand the significant role they played during the Greek revolution against the Ottomans. Following the monastery, you will be spoiled with a selection of traditional dishes in a traditional taverna. Due to the elevated location, you will also have breathtaking panoramic views over Rethymno and the Mediterranean Coast whilst you dine. Following lunch, you'll ride towards Pigi Village and make a final stop at Adele, before slowly making your way back to your starting point.

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Undoubtedly the highlight of a brilliant Crete holiday was the tour to Arkadi Monastery organised and led by the knowledgeable and professional Michalis of ebikes Rethymno. Suitable for all ages and abilities we cycled round the Rethymnon countryside making several stops at significant sites to learn for example the importance of the olive industry in the local economy and to visit buildings of historical importance. Before returning we enjoyed a delicious lunch of local specialities in a taverna overlooking the bay.

Our very pleasant cycling guide, Michaelis, guided us on beautiful country roads to the Arkadi Monastery. He was able to tell many interesting things about all kinds of things, including about olive cultivation, the history of Crete and much more. He left the pace with the e-bikes completely up to us and the Cretan dinner along the way was fantastic. An absolute must for every tour cyclist. Michaelis is very friendly and enthusiastic but never intrusive. This was a nice experience.

Very nice tour, even for inexperienced cyclists. Michaelis takes a lot of time and explains in detail the nature and surroundings of Rethymno! There were only two of us on the tour today, the climbs to the monastery are also easily doable for inexperienced people thanks to e-bikes. The tour was rounded off by an excellent multi-course critical lunch. We really enjoyed the tour with all its impressions and views.