Pristine beaches, deep mountain gorges and vestiges of great civilizations. Like a gift from the gods, Crete is a cyclist's paradise. Find your rhythm as you pedal seemingly forgotten roads on the outskirts of bustling port towns. Bike to the top of every climb. Or savor tranquil moments at seaside cafés. It's always up to you. Let yourself be charmed by old-world villages and olive groves. And at every turn, revel in the island's legendary hospitality as you explore this mythical land from coast to coast.
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 & ShuttlesCrete 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 seaside winters can leave the roads weathered and worn. Also note that some routes follow quiet winding roads with little or no shoulder.
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.
Day 1 Stroll the seaside city of Rethymno's historic center, shaped by Venetian and Ottoman cultures and one of the most charming and best preserved on Crete Enjoy an easygoing ride past olive groves and vineyards as you make your way down to the Aegean through forested hills Dip your toes in the sea or continue on two wheels, climbing to traditional hamlets.
Day 2 An unforgettable coast-to-coast ride between the island's two impressive mountain ranges Before entering the Kourtaliotiko Gorge, listen for the sound of kourtala (claps) as wind zips through high caves A dip in the Mediterranean might be the perfect finale to your ride Discover the inviting square, spring-fed waterfalls and ancient ruins of Argiroupolis.
Days 3-4 Savor fresh seafood and other local delicacies while overlooking the colorful Venetian port in Chania, whose history dates back to the Neolithic Age Take the high road above the coast for dazzling views of the Kiliaris Valley and Souda Bay Sample organic olive oils at a family-owned farm before biking to the shoreline, sharing the road with flocks of sheep.
Days 5-6 Sunny skies and diverse natural beauty Pedal on rolling terrain through groves of citrus and olive trees en route to the village of Meskla Ready for a challenge? Ascend 2,500 feet for breathtaking views of Chania and the sea below Then enjoy a long wonderful descent to the coast amid a montage of remarkable scenery Ride the rocky Akrotiri Peninsula along the seaside and through a small town whose beach was featured in Zorba the Greek.
- Picture-perfect seaside Chania
- An unforgettable coast-to-coast ride
- Savor fresh seafood and other local delicacies
- Soak up sunny skies and diverse natural beauty
- A fascinating mélange of Greek, Turkish and Venetian cultural influences
Rimondi Estate (2 nights): This boutique hotel in the heart of the old town blends Venetian and Ottoman architectural styles with ultra-modern luxuries. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)
Casa Delfino (3 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)
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/10-15 Price: $3998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/24-29 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/4-9 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/11-16 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/18-23 Price: $3898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $910 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/25-30 Price: $3698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $810 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $5,098 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $3,998 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $3,698 pp dbl. occ.|
All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.
Guest Trip Reviews
All of my expectations that I had set before going on the trip were greatly exceeded. Crete's drastic topography and landscape offered some of the most extraordinary biking I can imagine from deep gorges to grueling mountain climbs followed by seemingly endless downhills to relaxing coastline rides. The accommodations and food were top-notch, I felt myself having to continually having to reevaluate my expectations as each day of the trip seemed to be a little better than the last.- Pittsburgh, PA
Excellent, as usual. My wife and I love to travel but hate to plan. With Backroads you just show up as you have done all the work. This was our first real international trip (we have gone to PEI) with Backroads. It's a wonderful way to see the world.- Chapel Hill, NC