Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Santorini & Crete
Introducing Dolce Tempo From Backroads
Santorini & Crete Multi-Adventure Tour
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Santorini & Crete
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Santorini & Crete
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Santorini & Crete
Santorini & Crete Multi-Adventure Tour
Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour Santorini & Crete
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Santorini & Crete Easygoing Multi-Adventure Tour

Dolce Tempo Journey among Sun-Splashed Mythical Greek Isles

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-2

Premiere Hotels

From: $6,399 - $6,799 pp dbl occ

($1,850 for sgl occ)

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.

Greece Santorini and Crete Easygoing Multi-adventure Tour
Greece Santorini and Crete Easygoing Multi-adventure Tour


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.

Immersive Travel
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.

Introducing Dolce Tempo From Backroads
Dolce Tempo
The Backroads Experience
The Backroads Experience
Backroads Trip Leader
Meet Our Leaders


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-3

Begin your e-biking journey with a spin through classic Cretan landscapes of villages and olive groves | Cool off with a swim in the dazzling sea or relax in the pool at our palatial resort | Sip a glass of sparkling wine and learn a traditional Cretan dance | Pause for a coffee or cold drink at a local taverna | Explore the majestic Kritsa Gorge, where lush vegetation grows from sheer rock walls | Explore the ancient ruins at Lato, a well-preserved archaeological site with extraordinary panoramic views of Crete’s mountains and valleys | 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 | Be welcomed at the Areti Monastery in Karydi | Visit the enchanting seaside town of Elounda and enjoy lunch at a local taverna | 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.

Blue Palace Resort and Spa, Crete, Greece
Blue Palace Resort & Spa
| Premiere Hotel

The luxurious contemporary atmosphere, private beach club and outdoor pool with stunning views of the sea are just part of what makes this island resort feel so appropriately named. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6

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 Pure Oia Suites & Villas | 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.

Santo Maris Oia, Santorini, Greece
Santo Pure Oia Suites & Villas
| Premiere Hotel

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.

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Activity Level: 1-2

Our Dolce Tempo activities allow you to leisurely explore local hidden gems and to get away from the crowds, experiencing the essence of your location on your own terms and at your own pace. Easier than our other trips, but still wonderfully active, itinerary options typically include 2-4 hours of walking, e-biking or other excursions per day. On e-bike routes, our custom electric-assist bikes allow you to pedal effortlessly. Your trip is fully supported with dedicated Trip Leaders, vans, meticulously selected routes and downloadable GPS files available for use on your own device.

Route notes

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. 

Daily Activity Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Level 1 | 8 miles | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 15 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 600 ft. gain
Tour of Lato Archaeological Site (45 minutes)
Walking Tour of Spinalonga Island (1.5 hours with round-trip boat ride)
Day 3
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 1800 ft. gain
(1 hour)
Day 4
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 900 ft. gain
Ferry to Santorini (2 hours)
Day 5
Level 1 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Thirasia Island Visit (half day)
Day 6
Sunrise Walking Tour (1 hour)

What's Included

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. (click the arrow to see all available options)

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, this custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Also Included

  • 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

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. 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. 

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. Please note 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.

Ferry Crossing

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.

Summer Heat & Crowds

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.

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