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Santorini & Crete Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Kids & Teens

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Sun-Splashed Mythical Greek Isles

From $5,399 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,480 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 on the sea. Then journey across the Aegean to breathtaking Santorini. Ancient Mediterranean islands, world-class hospitality, luxurious coastal retreats. This family trip is legendary.

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Start Heraklion, Crete / End Santorini

Santorini & Crete Family Multi-Adventure Tour Map

Highlights

  • Ride through a legendary landscape and vestiges of great civilizations on the stunning island of Crete
  • Hike and explore amid Santorini's iconic streets, then splash around or simply sit back at our exquisite hotel
  • Kayak around Spinalonga Island, where Venetian ruins blend with remnants of an ancient acropolis
  • Engage in a fun cheese-making experience and tasting at an organic olive oil farm – just for kids!
Greece

Start Heraklion, Crete / End Santorini

Santorini & Crete Family 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 | Hike rugged paths through coastal gorges and an idyllic Mediterranean countryside | Engage with locals at a co-op where they teach ancient cooking methods | Kids learn to make cheese and olive oil at an organic farm | Grown-ups savor sparkling wine and other regional varietals.

Day 3 Bike quiet roads from the island's wild interior to the Aegean Sea | Sample regional dishes and enjoy Cretan hospitality at local cafés | Take in tranquil vistas of Spinalonga Island from a traditional sail boat and then explore on foot with a local guide | Find your balance in a yoga class by the beach or pamper yourself at the spa | Cool off with a swim in the sea of in your private infinity pool at our luxurious resort.

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 | Kayak the bays of the region's famously unique red, white and black-sand beaches | Hike one of Santorini's most scenic volcanic trails | Luxuriate in the elegant simplicity of our hotel, a Greek Isle oasis | Listen to ancient instruments and mythological stories | Capture the beauty of the Cyclades during a sunrise walk 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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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.

Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more Guests: from $5,399 pp dbl occ
    • 9 Guests: from $5,899 pp dbl occ
      • 8 Guests: from $6,099 pp dbl occ
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From $5,399 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$1,480 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere 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)

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 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 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)

Santo Maris Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santo Maris Oia

Santorini (2 nights)

Overlooking the dazzling Aegean Sea on a quiet side of the island, this chic oasis blends elegant style with the authentic feel of this enchanting Greek isle. (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 12* 700 18 1600
Other Monastery Visit (30 Minutes)
2 Walking/Hiking 3* 500 4 600
Kids Olive Oil Farm Visit & Cheese-Making (1.5 Hours)
Other Lato Archaeology Site Visit (45 Minutes)
Other Yoga (1 Hour)
3 Biking 16* 1500 22* 2600 30 3000
Other Spinalonga Island Cruise & Walking Tour (1.5 Hours)
4 Walking/Hiking 3* 600 6 1000
Other Ferry to Santorini (2 Hours)
5 Kayaking at Akrotiri (3 Hours)
Other Symposium Visit at Megalochori (2 Hours)
6 Other Sunrise Walking Tour (1 Hour)
 

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)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (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

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.

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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