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Greece Biking: The Mythical Magic Of Crete

Greece, Europe

from $3,998* per person 6 Days May, June, September, October
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Nikos kazantzakis international airport, nea alikarnassos, greece
  • Active & Adventure trips
Crete is for riding - and for relaxing. There's no ride too challenging. Bike to the top of every climb or hop in the van. Crete gives you options. Ride coast to coast across the lower mountains. Or shuttle a bit and enjoy a leisurely descent. It's up to you. Pedal quiet roads at high speed or savor tranquil moments at ancient seaside cafés. Let the gods decide. Bask on the beaches or climb high above them and earn the dramatic views. Make it yours and only yours.

    Picture-perfect seaside Rethymno
    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

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Greece, Europe

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Day 1 Picture-perfect seaside Rethymno, shaped by Venetian and Ottoman cultures  Enjoy an easygoing ride to the Aegean Sea or climb to traditional hamlets Stroll the narrow streets of Rethymno's old town - built by conquering Venetians, it's one of the best preserved on Crete.

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 Ready to cool off? Dip into the clear blue Mediterranean 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 Chaniá, whose history dates back to the Neolithic Age  The Ottoman fortress of Aptera affords remarkable views of 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 Soak up sunny skies and diverse natural beauty  Pedal on gently rolling terrain through groves of citrus and olive trees en route to the village of Mesklá  Ready for a challenge? Ascend 2,500 feet for breathtaking views of Chaniá and the sea below A final spin on the rocky Akrotiri Peninsula reveals a hidden seaside Monastery.

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