The Lassithi Trails Ride traverses the same enticing route as the Trail of the Gods, but there is one very important difference. It is unguided horseback riding in Greece for people who are adventurous and confident enough of their own resourcefulness and horsemanship to handle the trip without a guide.
The way is well marked and the friendly local people are happy to give directions, but you are entirely independent on a journey of discovery which has its own strong appeal. You must depend on your guide books and information from local people you meet along the path for a better understanding of what you are seeing. Your gracious hosts are happy to answer questions you might have.
Though the Cretan terrain is rugged it has olive orchards and vineyards, with great local pride in the quality of its olive oil. What it lacks in soil, it more than compensates for with coastline. No town in Greece is more than 75 miles from the water, with hundreds of coves and inlets, bays and gulfs. In mythology, Zeus, the god of Greek gods was born in a cave in the Lassithi plateau, which you ride over on the trail. Many of the Greek heroes and gods had a real or mythological relationship with this wild and beautiful part of Greece.
For the experienced rider this is an adventurous trail of 160 km using maps, trail markers and written directions. You are responsible for care and feeding of your horse during the week. Upon reaching the sea there may be time to swim with the horses, and later sleep with the sound of the sea lapping at the shore.
A minimum of two riders traveling together is required.