Odysseia Stables

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Odysseia Stables
Equestrian Trails • Horseback Riding Tours
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
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Professional equestrian center offering quality day treks, 2 hour hacks, riding lessons and horse riding holidays. all horses happy, well trained and with forward going temperaments. Experienced guides to accompany you through the breathtaking countryside making your experience the very best in equine Crete.
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London, UK4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I would highly recommend visiting the stables for the 2 hour ride with Beau the guide. She was very knowledgable of the area, and incredibly caring and attentive to the horses. You could instantly see that this was somewhere where animal welfare was a top priority. The ride itself features beautiful views and winding trails up the mountains - a perfect evening activity.

Afterwards we decided to eat at the restaurant which was one of the best meals of our holiday, with an amazing view over the valley during the sunset. It is very affordable priced, with top quality service. Again, I would definitely recommend!
Written September 2, 2020
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Ealing, UK4 contributions
Aug 2021
We stayed at Hotel Velani for a week and rode at Odysseia Stables, which is overlooked by the hotel, every day.

Our daughters and I had amazing riding lessons from Vladimir and Beau who are gifted teachers. They encouraged our children, who grew a huge amount in confidence and ability in just one week. The energy they put into the teaching was extraordinary.

They made us feel so welcome around the stables, encouraging us to tack up our horses ourselves and giving us tips on how to do things right. They continually imparted lots of useful information to us so that we learnt lots about horses not just about riding.

The horses are beautiful and very well looked after. The stables are built beautifully by the owners Sabine and Manolis who have really thought about every detail.

We can't wait to go back.
Written August 7, 2021
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands500 contributions
Aug 2021
My daughter found this lovely place via internet. Up in the mountains you will find this romantic setting: Fantastic nice stables, with beautiful horses. A mixed staff of international people, who are super friendly. My daughter of 12 felt home within minutes. She loved the 2 hour trip!

In the meantime I could enjoy the lovely hospitality at the Velani restaurant and the fantastic view of the terrace. What an environment! Also the staff there was amazingly friendly.
Written August 19, 2021
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3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
Had a lovely ride through the mountains lead by the lovely Bo (fantastic guide, lovely to meet you!). The stables are beautiful and most importantly the horses are cared for superbly.
Was surprised to find the stables also has a restaurant, I did not eat here but it looks beautiful!
Views and scenery are amazing, staff are caring and attentive. Cannot recommend enough!
Thank you for a wonderful day Bo, Sabine and Manolis!
Written August 12, 2020
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De Pinte, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium10 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
At Odysseia Stables we did the guided Lassithy Trek. During a week time we crossed Crete on a horseback from the north to the south coast and back. A fantastic experience! Every day different landscapes: between the olive fields, across old villages, on a high plateau, wonderful long canters through a hilly landscape between mountain peaks over 2000m and sometimes along steep slopes. Very reliable and well-groomed horses. Highly recommended for anyone who loves trekking on a horseback!
Written May 8, 2016
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London, UK6 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
I did a 2 hour evening hack with 3 other riders and the leader Vladimir.
I am an experienced rider, but hadn’t done a lot of riding in the past 10 years. I was surprised to see that I seemed to know how to tack up the horse a little better than the attendant, but in any case, all was well.

For the first hour it was fantastic- walks, trots and canters across a beautiful countryside.

Then, I fell off my horse while galloping- a mistake made by me by leaning too far over while trying to swerve a tree. The horse was well behaved, it was a simple accident. I ended up injuring my arm and my ankle quite badly (small fracture).

Unfortunately this is where things fell apart. Vladimir was clearly completely panicked and had no idea what to do- he kept saying ‘I’m freaking out, we’re really far away, you have to get back on the horse, we can’t help’. He then kept trying to touch my ankle which wasn’t helpful. He really should have been trained in first aid.

I somehow managed to get back on the horse, but I was in a lot of pain. Vladimir continued to be rather oblivious and kept riding off ahead, which encouraged my horse to want to run...not very helpful.

Eventually, when it was clear that I was in too much pain to continue riding, Vladimir called the owner to come and pick me up in the car to take me back to the stables. The owner then said ‘can we pick up my children and their grandmother first’.....so I was stuck in the car in a lot of pain with no ice or anything while she ran her errands....

When we finally got back to the stables, an older gentleman who claimed he was trained in first aid proceeded to roughly grab my ankle, put ice directly onto my skin and tried to bandage it with an old dirty flannel (I am first aid trained, and all of these are mistakes.). My husband and I were furious and we just got out of there.

They refused to take payment, which was very good of them.

My main problem here is the fact that they have no real plan for accidents- and accidents do happen with horses. Nobody was first aid trained, the leader was freaked out and had no idea what to do, and the owner seemed more concerned with running her errands than tending to an injured customer.

It’s a beautiful stables, the horses are beautiful and well behaved (the accident was more my fault than the horse going too quickly), and I would recommend this place. But they need to review their accident policies and get some proper first aid kits and training. It’s imperative when working with sports like this.
Written August 10, 2018
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Dear Julia let me introduced my self as i am the oldest gentleman ,owner of the stables who try to help you. My name is Manolis i am 53 years old and i finished the sport university in Greece. I was coaching basketball teams till the level of A1 division (highest in Greece) working with professional NBA players. I spend the last 2 years of my studies learning about sport injuries ,how to trite and how to help athletes recover from injuries similar to yours as this the most common injure in basketball. In my carrier i work together with many orthopedic doctors and physiotherapists. Every year i follow first aid seminaries which is necessary from the Greek government to get working permission for our hotel. I had my self similar injures like yours as basketball player, one was very serious. The first think you have to do in this type of injuries is to cool them with ice or with cooling spray and then keep the injured part in a higher position than your hart level, together with a well placed bandage, with ice . These are the first thinks that helps to minimized the internal bleeding. Then is the time for the doctor. The problem is that probably because of having pane you didn't like even to touch your leg. You push my hands away even before touch it. Once i had your leg on my hands you push my hand away once again.Then your husband saw you in pane and try to help you by bringing your car as soon as possible. You step from my car to your car In 10 min and left. The 10 min we spend together i had the feeling you didn't like my help because you didn't trust me from the first moment. I think from my experience you was in an upset situation. When you left i gave you ice and a cloth that you mention as dirty ( i did't see that ) with the attention that you place it in between your skin and the ice to protect it from ice burn. Is the only think i had to do as it was very clear you didn't like my help. I even told you to lean backwards and put you leg high during driving. You told me is ok and you left as a normal car passenger. I saw that few meters further your husband stop the car and push your seat more back. When the accident happend my wife was on the way to pick up our doters. She turned back to come to you because of Vladimir's phone call .In the car she told you that she will cross from grandmother's house.The little girls was ready to come home and the house of the grandmother is on the way to the stables. No extra drive only to wait to get in the car. As i know the girls was already waiting on the door. Probably grandmother took an extra minute to get in the car as she had a knee replacement recently. When you left i felt very disappointed with all what happend. We like people enjoy when they come and visit us. That's why we didn't like to get paid as it way very clear you had not a good time even if it was not mistake of the guide or of the horse. Thank you for the visit and we wish all the best with your leg .
Written August 12, 2018
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Prospect, KY21 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
Trip of a life time!
Our unguided trek began Monday, May 11 when we had a three hour orientation ride to get used to our horses that were well trained and in great condition. May 12-17 we were on our own and, with directions, set off to ride 100 miles of beautiful country in many forms. Mountain trekking and beautiful hillside villages with an overnight in a village by the sea where, a swim in the sea was invited, was just part of the journey. Warm and friendly villagers and hosts at our overnights, were the norm. Also, riding at a trot and canter thru the olive groves was great fun. And, always, the views, either on horseback or savoring a picnic along the way, were incredible. Our hosts provided lovely meals and were gracious and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. Loved it!
Written May 25, 2014
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Athens, Greece1 contribution
Nov 2012 • Family
Amazing scenery on the slopes of Lasithi mountains. Maybe the best place on Crete for serious horseriding. The place is very well-run by the extremeley friendly Sabine and Manolis, who are always eager to take care of every minor detail of our horseriding programme. The horses are in top condition. You can also arrange for horseriding courses if you are a novice in the sport. Overall a great experience.
Written December 20, 2012
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Lincoln, UK235 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is a great circular trail ride in Crete. We did it unguided, a rare treat since so few places 'allow' this and insist on a guide.

The horses are lovely warm-bloods, not too large (a good thing - you'll be on and off quite a bit). They are very well-schooled and respond well to good riding unlike some others we've known (I'm thinking unguided riding with Green Mountain in Romania where the horses were really driving horses and not good under saddle). In fact they reminded me of the horses at Los Alamos in Spain, different breed, but equally well-schooled. Remarkably tough, they are in fantastic condition and win your respect. Sabine, the owner of the stables, does a good job of matching horse and rider, but that said, you also need to genuinely be able to ride the horses in all conditions and to accept and cope with your horse's weak spots and particular characteristics - especially if you go unguided (they do run guided trails round the same route).

The weather was perfect, some days hot, some cloudy and a dash of rain, an English summer. If you go in hotter weather be prepared for the heat reflecting off the stony tracks and you are nearly always riding on stony tracks.

The scenery is stunning, just what we like, mountains, gorges, the sea, the olive groves - fantastic views. Wild flowers, birds, bees and butterflies galore in Spring. Every day is different as they say in their info. Look at their film on Trip Advisor, it is representative of the experience.

Like one of our other favourite unguided trail riding holidays, Free Rein in Wales, Sabine leaves you to it once she has told you which your horse is, watching quietly while you get on with preparing yourself and the horse for the trail. Of course, like Free Rein, she'll intervene and advise if needed, but unguided riding is about coping by yourself and there is no trotting round the manage and being given advice on how to cope. Ultimately you can either manage or you can't. Your 'practice day' is also unguided and was a useful time to get to know the horses. Once on the trail, you can always ring Sabine for a word of advice or back up. and she is there, calm and authoritative - also just like Free Rein and Green Mountain. Arrows painted on trees direct you securely round Crete in a glorious treasure hunt (you have no idea what is round the next corner and the ride is full of visual surprises). I liked this approach once I got used to it as it meant we got lost much less than usual, but to be fair I like the Ordnance Survey maps of Free Rein as well, since they provide a sense of where we are in relation to the rest of the day. (Romania gave you maps, instructions and arrows - all of which were rather unreliable, but that's another story!)

I've reviewed the main hotel (Velani) separately, but essentially it's great, comfortable, beauitifully set, great hospitality/service and delicious food, We started calling it home and looked forward to the nights we spent there (the horses stay out on the trail and the riders get collected and brought back to base if there is nowhere local to stay). On two nights the overnight stop does have accommodation, but both hotels are basic - about as basic as all the hotels on the Romanian unguided trail we did. That said, they are clean and not as basic as hotels in inland Dominican Republic, lots better than the gites d'etape in the Pyrennees and both served great food.

Sabine and her husband Malonis run a really well-organised, professional business - thank you; we had a good time.
Written April 23, 2017
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23 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
Haven't been riding, just eating ;-) Wonderful view, great service and freshly prepared food!
👍Venue is great, you can also stay here over night with very reasonable prices!
Written June 4, 2015
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