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Greece Family Breakaway Bike Tour

From Coast to Coast on Mythical Crete

  • Explore picture-perfect seaside Chania, with roots dating back to the Neolithic Age
  • Be transported to another time as you visit ancient sites and Old World villages
  • Savor family dinners of fresh seafood and other local delicacies
  • Soak up sunny skies and diverse natural beauty
  • Discover a fascinating mélange of Greek, Turkish and Venetian cultural influences

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 and your family explore this ancient Mediterranean island from coast to coast.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Sunny skies and diverse natural beauty are the order of the day Taste olive oil—the heart of Greek cuisine—in its purest form at an organic farm  Pedal on rolling terrain past tiny villages and through groves of citrus and olive trees Admire breathtaking sea views from the Rodopou Peninsula and enjoy a long wonderful descent to the coast amid a montage of remarkable scenery  Soak up the Mediterranean sun on the beach in sleepy Kolymbari.

Day 2 Set off on an unforgettable family ride on tranquil roads through forests and a pristine river valley  Discover ancient villages before a thrilling downhill through Theriso Gorge—Crete's version of the Garden of Eden  Explore historic Chania and learn about its remarkable Minoan, Venetian and Turkish influences on a walking tour  Savor fresh seafood and other local delicacies while overlooking the colorful Venetian port in Chania, whose history dates back to the Neolithic Age.

Days 3-4 Visit centuries-old caves, monuments and battlegrounds —sites of deep cultural and historic significance for modern Cretans  Bike along a freshwater creek past olive groves and vineyards and through forested hills down to the Aegean Sea  A memorable farm-to-table lunch awaits at a picturesque traditional farm  Dip your toes in the sea or continue on two wheels, climbing to traditional hamlets  Stroll seaside Rethymno's historic center, shaped by Venetian and Ottoman cultures and one of the most charming and best preserved on Crete  Find paradise at the Blue Palace, complete with private pools and beachfront dining.

Days 5-6 Wander narrow streets and traditional artisan shops in charming hilltop Kritsa, one of the oldest villages in Crete  Sip coffee alongside locals in Plaka  A dip in the Mediterranean might be the perfect finale to your ride  Make a splash as you explore the sea by kayak or find your balance in a yoga class by the beach  Watch the sunset on a 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 include Greece in our Breakaway collection: the very best biking routes on Crete woven together with luxury hotels, superb cuisine and rich cultural experiences. Ambitious riders can opt for some challenging routes 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 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.  
$3,998 - $4,198
pp dbl. occ.
(+$750 to $1,070 for sgl. occ.)

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Iraklion, Crete/Iraklion or Chania, Crete

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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)

Rimondi Estate

Rimondi Estate

Rethymno (1 night)

This boutique hotel in the heart of the old town blends Venetian and Ottoman architectural styles with ultramodern luxuries. (pool)

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 include Greece in our Breakaway collection: the very best biking routes on Crete woven together with luxury hotels, superb cuisine and rich cultural experiences. Ambitious riders can opt for some challenging routes 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 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.

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

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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 route ratings 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.

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.

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.

The Best Leaders in Greece

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Greece, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

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.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

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.

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.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, 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 a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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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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