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Santorini & Crete Multi-Adventure Tour

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Sun-Splashed Mythical Greek Isles

From $5,299 - $6,099 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,150 for sgl. occ.)

Beaches, deep mountain gorges and vestiges of great civilizations. Like a gift from the gods, Crete is a cyclist's paradise. Ride quiet roads on the outskirts of bustling port towns. Hike rugged island terrain and savor tranquil moments kayaking on the sea. Then journey across the Aegean to breathtaking Santorini. Ancient Mediterranean islands, world-class hospitality, luxurious coastal retreats. This trip is legendary.

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Greece

Start Heraklion, Crete / End Santorini

Santorini & Crete Multi-Adventure Tour Map

Highlights

  • Pedal through vestiges of great civilizations in Crete, an island known today for its stunning scenery and legendary hospitality
  • Hike amid the iconic blue and white colors of Santorini and then watch the sunset from the beach at our paradisiacal hotel
  • Journey back in time as you visit historic sites and old-world hamlets set amid orchards of apricots, figs and pomegranate
  • Celebrate the Mediterranean flavors of local cuisine, savoring delicious fresh dishes honed by deeply rooted cooking traditions
Greece

Start Heraklion, Crete / End Santorini

Santorini & Crete Multi-Adventure Tour Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Start your Cretan journey biking past tiny villages and citrus groves | Visit the Areti Monastery in Karydi, a fortified site still inhabited by monks | Savor a glass of sparkling wine during a sunset cruise | Hike tranquil paths through coastal gorges and an idyllic Mediterranean countryside | Soak up the sun over lunch at a waterfront eatery | Cool off with a swim in the dazzling sea at a white-sand beach or relax in your private pool at our luxurious resort.

Day 3 Explore the ancient ruins at Lato, a well-preserved archaeological site with extraordinary panoramic views of Crete's mountains and valleys | Bike quiet roads from the island's rugged interior to the Aegean Sea | Sample regional dishes and enjoy Cretan hospitality at a local taverna | Hop aboard a boat for an excursion to neighboring Spinalonga Island | Find your balance in a yoga class by the beach or pamper yourself at the spa.

Days 4-6 Ferry across the jewel-toned Sea of Crete to awe-inspiring and alluring Santorini | Wander through its picturesque mazelike walkways, past the island's signature blue and white buildings that climb uphill like an architectural bougainvillea | Hike one of Santorini's most scenic volcanic trails | Take in iconic vistas and a peaceful morning from your kayak | Visit a wine museum and taste crisp, volcanic soil-grown local varietals | Luxuriate in the elegant simplicity of Santo Maris Oia, a Greek Isle oasis | Capture the beauty of the Cyclades during a walking photography tour for a perfect lasting memento.

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.

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2019 June

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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.

2019 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,299 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,999 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $7,699 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $8,999 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $11,499 pp dbl occ

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The sky’s the limit! Tell us what your dream trip would be and we'll make it happen! Whether you're looking for a honeymoon trip for 2, a 30-person family reunion or a 100-person corporate trip, we can do it all. A dedicated Custom Trip Consultant will work closely with you to bring your dreams to reality. Call us at 800-462-2848 to speak with your Custom Trip Consultant or click on the button below.

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Prices

From $5,299 - $6,099 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,150 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere & Casual Hotels*

Blue Palace Resort and Spa, Crete, Greece
Blue Palace Resort & Spa

Plaka (3 nights)

Santo Maris Oia, Santorini, Greece
Santo Maris Oia

Santorini (2 nights)

* Casual Hotel

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Greece

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Premiere & Casual 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 View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Blue Palace Resort and Spa, Crete, Greece

Blue Palace Resort & Spa

Plaka (3 nights)

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

Santo Maris Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santo Maris Oia

Santorini (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

This exclusive retreat dazzles and delights with understated elegance, world-class service and plenty of traditional Santorini décor.  (pool, spa)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity 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 Biking 11* 700 23 1500
Other Areti Monastery Visit (30 Minutes)
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 500 5 1000
3 Biking 12* 700 20* 1700 32 2400
Other Tour of Lato Archaeological Site (45 Minutes)
Other Walking Tour of Spinalonga Island (1.5 Hours with Round-Trip Boat Ride)
4 Walking/Hiking 3* 600 6 1000
Other Ferry to Santorini (3 Hours)
5 Walking/Hiking 3 900
Kayaking (3 Hours)
6 Other Sunrise Walking Tour (2 Hours)
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

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

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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 sea sickness 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. Keep in mind that summer heat can make biking and hiking more challenging.  

Why Travel with Backroads in Greece

Great Bikes Included

Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

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 GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. 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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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.

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 sea sickness 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. Keep in mind that summer heat can make biking and hiking more challenging.  

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