Luxury Santorini & Crete Walk & Cycle 6D5N, Fully Guided

From A$9,300.00 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

Immerse into a memorable and thrilling Mediterranean island escape as you explore the Greek isles of Crete and Santorini. From heart-stopping panoramas and iconic landmarks, to mouth-watering cuisines and exquisite wine tasting, enjoy the sweet bliss of ocean paradise on this 6-day active hike and bike adventure.

Your adventure starts from in Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete. Ignite your imagination and satisfy your soul with a history laced in mythical tales and told through ancient sun-bleached ruins. Escape to island life swooning at the majestic beauty of Crete where days melt from one to the next, filled with miles of pristine coastlines of Santorini. You begin your journey in Heraklion with a shuttle to the small village of Limnes. Immerse into village life as you bike amongst small villages and olive orchards. Tap ...

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the intricate natural beauty of Crete, the scenic villages, silvery olive trees, and more
  • Explore the neighbouring village of Thirasia
  • Take in and capture breathtaking panoramas of the Santorini island from vantage points
  • Walk in comfort with two support vans and three tour leaders on each departure for an average 6:1 guest-to-leader ratio
  • Visit the historically significant and stunning Areti Monastery, and dwell in its unique, tranquil atmosphere
  • Savour tasty, delightful Greek cuisine
  • Make sure to push your jaw back up as you behold Santorini in all of its stunning glory
  • Experience the freedom to enjoy the best of this region at your own pace with multiple walking options to choose from each day accommodating varied activities

What's Included

  • All meals as specified in itinerary
  • All luggage, shuttle and hotel transfers
  • Brief orientation in front of the GDM Megaron Hotel, Heraklion on Day 1
  • 5 nights accommodation in 5 star hotels on a twin share basis
  • Professional guiding: two support vans, 6:1 guest to leader ratio on average
  • Hiking and biking as stated in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Comprehensive travel planner with pre-trip information
  • Fully equipped Backroads titanium bike including helmet and accessories

Itinerary

DAY 1 WELCOME TO CRETE!
Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Plaka (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 TRAVERSE THE ANCIENT DORIC SITE OF LATO & KRITSA GORGE
Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Plaka (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 EXPLORE & ENJOY THE UNFILTERED BEAUTY OF CRETE
Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Plaka (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4 FAREWELL CRETE, HELLO SANTORINI!
Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Oia (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 EXPERIENCE TRADITIONAL GREEK LIFE ON THE ISLAND OF THIRASIA
Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Oia (5*)
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 GOODBYE SANTORINI
None
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Please contact us for private departures and group bookings. Single Supplement is available on request.

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How To Get There

The departure point is Heraklion, Crete

The finish point is Santorini

Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Herakion. The nearest international airport to is Heraklion Airport, 3 km away. Other nearby airports include Santorini Airport which is 123.2 km.

Weather & Climate

Crete and Santorini enjoy a Mediterranean climate. Spring and autumn are pleasant, with the potential for sunny and hot days. Temperatures tend to be cooler on the coast and in the interior mountains, where windy conditions can cause the mercury to drop lower still. July is the hottest month in Santorini with an average temperature of 26°C (79°F) and the coldest is January at 12°C (54°F).

Rainfall, gusty winds and cooler temperatures are highly likely in March and April, so come prepared with some warmer clothes and waterproof breathable rain gear. Although rainfall is rare between May and October, Crete is mountainous and weather changes can occur suddenly, so we still recommend bringing that rain gear! On most days from May onward, you'll be comfortable biking in a short-sleeved jersey and hiking in a T-shirt. (When you head out in the morning, you might want to wear a lightweight jacket or vest, arm warmers and knee/leg warmers.)

Hiking Level

The routes on this trip are rated Levels 2-4.

Level 1, 2-5 hours, 3-8km (2-5 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 244m (800 ft)

Level 2, 2-4 hours, 6-11km (4-7 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 396m (1300 ft)

Level 3, 3-5 hours, 8-14km (5-9 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 610m (2000 ft)

Level 4, 4-6 hours, 10-18km(6-11 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 914m (3000 ft)

Level 5, 5-7 hours, 11-21+ km (7-13+ miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1219m (4000+ ft)

Biking Level

The routes on this trip are rated Levels 2-4.

Level 1, 2-3 hours, 13-35km (8-22 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 305m (1000 ft)

Level 2, 2-4 hours, 29-51km (18-32 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 671m (2200 ft)

Level 3, 3-5 hours, 42-68km (26-42 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1036m (3400 ft)

Level 4, 4-6 hours, 58-87km(36-54 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1341m (4400 ft)

Level 5, 5-7+ hours, 77-113+ km (48-70+ miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1341m+ (4400+ ft)

Bike Options
Other Information

Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 120 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 120 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

Single Supplement
All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

General Cancellation Policies
- Outside of 120 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
- Within 120 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

Liability
The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

Child Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Cancellation by The Tour Operator
The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a tour with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the tour has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour up to 60 days prior to departure if the minimum number requirement is unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the tour or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

Force Majeure
'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

Evacuations
In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

Travel Insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.

 

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