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Greece Bike Tour

Greece's Mythical Crete Coast to Coast

  • Witness vestiges of great civilizations in seaside Chania, with its spectacular old town and Venetian Harbor
  • Explore the island from coast to coast and feel the embrace of Crete's legendary hospitality
  • Journey back in time as you visit historic sites and old-world hamlets set amid orchards of apricots, figs and pomegranate
  • Experience the local cuisine like a Cretan, savoring delicious fresh dishes honed by deeply rooted cooking traditions

Beaches, deep mountain gorges and vestiges of great civilizations. Like a gift from the gods, Crete is a cyclist's paradise. Pedal quiet roads on the outskirts of bustling port towns. Bike to the top of every climb. Or savor tranquil moments by the sea. And soak up Crete's legendary hospitality as you explore this ancient Mediterranean island from coast to coast.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Pedal past tiny villages and citrus groves | Taste olive oil at an organic farm | Admire breathtaking sea views from the Rodopou Peninsula on a long descent to the coast | Soak up the sun on the beach in sleepy Kolymbari.

Day 2 Set off on tranquil roads through forests and a pristine river valley | Discover ancient villages before a thrilling downhill through Theriso Gorge | Sample local Syrah, Mourvèdre and rosé at a winery | Explore historic Chania and learn about its remarkable Minoan, Venetian and Turkish influences | Savor fresh seafood and other local delicacies in the colorful Venetian port of Chania.

Days 3-4 Visit centuries-old caves, monuments and historic battlegrounds | Spin along a freshwater creek down to the Aegean Sea | Enjoy lunch at a picturesque traditional farm | Go for a swim or bike traditional hamlets | Stroll seaside Rethymno's, one of Crete's most charming towns.

Days 5-6 Wander narrow streets and artisan shops in pretty hilltop Kritsa, one of the oldest villages in Crete | Sip coffee or raki alongside locals in Plaka | Explore the sea by kayak or find your balance in a yoga class by the beach | Savor a glass of sparkling wine during a sunset cruise to neighboring Elounda and Spinalonga Islands | Crete's natural beauty is on full display on one last ride along the coast. 

We're pleased to offer such a unique option for active travelers: the very best biking routes on ancient Crete woven together with luxury hotels, superb cuisine and rich cultural experiences. Seasoned riders can opt for some challenging rides up from the coast - or you can take advantage of our extra van support by shuttling up the hills and enjoying a downhill spin on the other side! Either way, the history is incredible, the views are breathtaking and you end up on the beach!
Jeff Cantarutti - Regional Manager - Greece

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Shuttles

Crete is renowned for its spectacular mountain ranges and dramatic gorges. The routes on this trip take you through the best of this diverse landscape, with some steep ascents and descents. Level sections of riding are few and far between, and the winters can leave the roads weathered and worn. Also note that some routes follow quiet winding roads with minimal shoulder and few guardrails.We'll flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles to give you a boost (and to bypass some busier areas), but you should be comfortable with some long downhills or hopping in the van for a lift. 

Shuttle Time

In order to access the most scenic biking routes and significant points of interest on this trip, strategic shuttles are incorporated into several days of our itinerary. Most will be limited to an hour or so at a time, but on some days you can expect to spend a bit more time in the shuttle. Rest assured that we have planned our itinerary to make the most of our time on this spectacular island. So sit back and relax, knowing that someone else is doing the driving, and enjoy the beauty of the journey.  
$4,098 - $4,298
pp dbl. occ.
(+$750 to $1,120 for sgl. occ.)

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6 days, 5 nights
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6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

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Chania, Crete/Iraklion or Chania, Crete

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the Dates & Prices tab.

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Casa Delfino

Casa Delfino

Chania (2 nights)

It's a short walk to the Venetian harbor from this elegant 17th-century mansion, once home to a ship captain and his family. (spa)

Grecotel Creta Palace

Grecotel Creta Palace

Rethymno (1 night)

A luxurious modern seaside hotel featuring elegant rooms and private access to tented cabanas and umbrellas on a white-sand beach. (pool, spa)

Blue Palace Resort and Spa

Blue Palace Resort & Spa

Elounda (2 nights)

Luxurious bohemian decor and private pools with stunning views of the sea are just part of what makes this island resort feel so appropriately named. (pool, spa)

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We're pleased to offer such a unique option for active travelers: the very best biking routes on ancient Crete woven together with luxury hotels, superb cuisine and rich cultural experiences. Seasoned riders can opt for some challenging rides up from the coast - or you can take advantage of our extra van support by shuttling up the hills and enjoying a downhill spin on the other side! Either way, the history is incredible, the views are breathtaking and you end up on the beach!

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 18* 700 23* 1700 41 2400
2 21* 1800 26* 2800 47* 4600
Walking Tour of Chania (1.5 Hours)
3 20* 1300 26* 1500 32* 2600
4 11* 1100 14* 2000 28* 1800 31 3700
5 14* 1000 20* 2600 29* 2000 35 3500
Sunset Cruise (2 Hours)
6 13 1500
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Greece

No One Else Bikes in Rural Crete

Well, other than a few locals. This unique biking trip, designed by Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale, takes you well off the beaten path, exploring remote mountain villages and along stunning coastlines. As you ride on quiet roads though an amazing diversity of landscapes, you'll soon see why Tom loves biking this island.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Greece—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

Navigate Your Way in Greece

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Greece. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Greece trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Greece, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Greece trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,998 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,398 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,998 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,498 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,298 pp dbl occ

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