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Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Santorini & Crete
Dolce Tempo Journey among Sun-Splashed Mythical Greek Isles
Two ancient Mediterranean islands. According to Greek mythology, the birthplace of Zeus and the land of the Minotaur. Today they’re legendary for a different set of reasons. Sparkling seas and inviting beaches. Epic mountaintops and seaside villages. Incredible hospitality, fresh cuisine and sumptuous lodgings. Your fate is calling. Get ready for an adventure of mythical proportions.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels
Start Heraklion / End Santorini
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Refreshingly Active Adventures
Journey back in time through old-world villages and historical sites as you walk and e-bike through groves of olive trees and orchards of apricots, figs and pomegranates.
Explore the vestiges of ancient civilizations on these islands. Discover the mythology that lives and breathes in the hillsides and forgotten caves of Crete, and go beyond the beaches on whitewashed Santorini.
Unique Hotels & Delectable Dining
Celebrate the natural bounty of the Mediterranean with wine tastings, lingering terrace dinners and village tavern lunches on these two idyllic isles—and indulge your senses in our luxurious hotels with spa treatments and poolside afternoons.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Begin your e-biking journey with a spin through classic Cretan landscapes of villages and olive groves | Be welcomed by monks at the Areti Monastery in Karydi | Enjoy a leisurely lunch among the gardens of this spiritual sanctuary | Cool off with a swim in the dazzling sea or relax in your private pool at our palatial resort | Pause for a coffee or cold drink at a local taverna | Explore the majestic Kritsa Gorge, where lush vegetation grows from sheer rock walls | Spend an afternoon on neighboring Spinalonga Island learning more of its layered history, or consider some beach time and testing your skills on a stand-up paddleboard | Visit enchanting Kroustas and e-bike through the surrounding olive groves | Immerse yourself in village life and enjoy dinner and drinks at your leisure | Pamper yourself at the spa or find your balance with a yoga class.
Luxurious bohemian atmosphere and private infinity pools with stunning views of the sea are just part of what makes this island resort feel so appropriately named. (pool, spa)
Cross the sapphire Cretan Sea and arrive to picturesque Santorini in style | Wander the white-and-blue alleyways of the postcard-perfect town and enjoy a coffee served with a sea view | Walk the path that leads to the island’s volcanic caldera, with no shortage of viewpoints for photos | Arrive to our chic home for the next two nights, Santo Maris Oia | Sample local wines made from grapes grown in the island’s volcanic soil | Visit Thirasia Island | Take one last morning walk to say goodbye to this unforgettable island.
Overlooking the dazzling Aegean Sea, this chic oasis blends elegant style with the authentic feel of this enchanting Greek isle. (pool, spa)
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. View cancellation policy
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Dolce Tempo: What to Expect
Our easygoing Multi-Adventure tours make adventuring a breeze—perfect for beginners or occasional bikers/hikers, or anyone who is interested in exploring the world actively. With dedicated Trip Leaders, support vans and GPS-supported routes, the day is yours to decide. Find an unbeatable blend of walking and biking routes (2-4 hours of activity, 10-30 miles of biking, 2-7 miles of walking) with other fun-filled activities such as kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, camel riding and more. On trips with biking, custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly!
This region’s landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys; the continuously rolling terrain and varied road conditions (as well as summertime heat) can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. While Crete can appear at first arid and unpopulated, the local encounters and the strategic stops we make along the way reveal a different and rich story. Bits of history are woven throughout the landscape and we have chosen paths and routes that highlight this heritage.
Available Bike Options
On this Dolce Tempo trip, most travelers choose to ride one of our custom titanium e-bikes. If you prefer to enjoy the daily rides without electric assistance, you can select another bike. See all options below.
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
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.
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.
We travel by public ferry across the Aegean Sea to access the wonders of Santorini Island. Be prepared for the possibility of wet windy conditions and bring seasickness medication if you think you'll need it.
Crete and Santorini are popular tourist destinations with busy peak seasons, especially during the summer months and on national holidays. We've planned our itinerary to take you off the beaten path, but crowds are common on these small islands. And keep in mind that summer heat can make biking and hiking more challenging.
While biking and hiking and kayaking trips are at the core of popular adventure travel offerings, they are not for everyone. So Backroads, a company that has long been the leader in active travel trips, has come up with an array of softer adventures for 2021.