Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.

Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.
Seeing the world by tandem bicycle.

Santorini, Greece by Tania Mousinho on Unsplash

Crete & the Cyclades, Greece, May 12-25, 2024 

Crete & the Cyclades, Greece

Hania Lighthouse, Crete

Hania Crete Lighthouse by Adrien Delforge on Unsplash

Windmills, Oia, Santorini

Windmills, Cyclades, Vesela Vaclavik on Unsplash

Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete

Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete, by Egor Myznik on Unsplash

Some Highlights of this Tour:

Our tour of the Greek Islands focuses on Crete and the Cyclades, known for their natural beauty, rich history, traditional villages and fabulous food. Few places offer the diversity and proximity of Greece’s archipelago. One could spend an entire summer hopping around the islands sampling everything from the remote and mountainous to the chic and cosmopolitan. The combination of islands along with the carefully planned routes and activities will allow us to experience the amazing diversity that these islands have to offer. Exciting rides, culture and history, majestic views, special culinary stops and visits, plus enough free time to allow for swimming and relaxation.

This tour has been curated for Tandem Bicycle Tours by our guide, Yorgos, a Greek native with 20+ years in the travel and tourism industry, as a bike guide, tour planner/designer and as a cruise director. High speed ferries, the most reliable means of getting around the Aegean, will transport us from island-to-island. This allows us to overnight on the islands at a selection of elegant accommodations to fully experience our time in these unique and special places. Plus our planned meals offer a food-lover’s variety of all the traditional recipes for which the region is known.

Highlights include:

May 12: Arrival Day, Hania, Crete
After arrival in Hania, we will assemble bikes and get ready for our Greek island adventure. Hania, arguably the most beautiful town on the island of Crete, is a port with a charming old town and a picture-perfect lighthouse built by the Venetians. Leave some time to enjoy the ambiance of Hania's Venetian quarter. Tonight we'll enjoy a welcome dinner as we prepare for our time together.
Lodging: Hotel Kriti

May 13: Hania to Rethymno
61.1 km - 944 m gain
Today we cycle to Rethymno, one of Crete's most enchanting towns. Explore Rethymno's 16th century fortress and the maze of ornate lanes of the Ottoman-Venetian quarter.
Lodging: Aquila Port Rethymno

May 14: Rethymno to Bali
41.0km - 561 m gain
We leave the coast this morning and travel inland along quiet roads stopping in sleepy villages that are nestled among the region's olive groves. Our destination is Bali, not the famous island in Indonesia, but a charming resort town, halfway between Heraklion and Rethymno. Bali is small and scenic and one of the prettiest beach resorts in Crete. The landscape in parts might make you think of the Amalfi Coast (especially when the bougainvillaea is in flower).
Lodging: Nostos Beach Boutique Hotel or similar

May 15: Bali to Heraklion
51.8 km - 1,052 m gain
Our final ride on Crete will lead us to the island's capital. Heraklion is also home to one of Greece's most impressive historical sights, the Minoan Palace of Knossos, and its must-see Archaeological Museum, which we'll visit after our ride today.
Lodging: Megaron, Historical Monument Hotel

May 16: Crete to Santorini
30 km - 846 m gain
This morning we leave Crete by ferry that will take us to Santorini in time for a memorable bike ride to the archaeological site of Akrotiri for our guided visit. We should be in our elegant hotel in time for a quick swim and a photogenic sunset.
Lodging: SantAnna Luxury Suites

May 17: Fira to Oia or Hike the Santorini Caldera
24 km - 522 m gain
Today is a day of choices. You can cycle to the cosmopolitan village of Oia (pronounced "eeah"). Or you might like to "switch gears" (pun intended) and take to the trails on foot. The views from Santorini's caldera are breathtaking. Alternatively, you can enjoy some rest and explore the colorful side streets of Fira. A special dinner tonight where you will sample some of the island's most famous agricultural products and culinary treasures.
Lodging: SantAnna Luxury Suites

May 18: Santorini to Naxos
24.7 km - 476 m gain
Our ferry will take us to Naxos for another beautiful ride and our comfortable hotel at a walking distance from the Agios Georgios Beach and Naxos Town. Naxos will be our home base for the next three days.
Lodging: Nissaki Beach Hotel

May 19: Naxos Loop Ride
40.0 km - 603 m gain
Our next ride on Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades islands, will connect the dots between some of the island's most authentic villages like Sagri, Halki and Potamia, each of which will tempt you to get off your bikes and explore on foot. The views from our ride's summit will give you a glimpse towards the neighboring islands of Paros, Delos and Mykonos, all of which we will visit in the following days.
Lodging: Nissaki Beach Hotel

May 20: Naxos to Paros
51.6 km - 741 m gain
We ferry to the neighboring island of Paros, known in antiquity for its high-quality marble, which was used to create some of the most beautiful ancient statues. You will have the chance to peek into one of the ancient quarries as we ride to the photogenic port town of Naoussa. This afternoon we will ferry to Mykonos. Mykonos is the great glamour island of Greece, but it also has a quiet charm. Whether you are interested in great beaches, fine dining, culture and museums or photography, you will enjoy our visit to this famous Greek island.
Lodging: Porto Mykonos Hotel

May 21: Mykonos to Delos
Rest Day
We have a short ferry crossing to the sacred island of Delos, which, according to Greek mythology, is the birthplace of the twin gods, Apollo and Artemis. Delos was also one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean during the Roman era, and at one time was home to 30,000 inhabitants. This archaeological site is exceptionally extensive and rich, so we will plan a walking tour among the ruins. We will be back on Mykonos tonight.
Lodging: Porto Mykonos Hotel

May 22: Naxos to Tinos
22 km - 483 m gain
We leave Mykonos this morning and head to Tinos, an up and coming destination among foreign visitors. The contrast between the two islands couldn’t be more different. Whereas Mykonos is famously home to hedonism and decadent living, Tinos has a distinctly religious heritage. On today's ride. we will stop and visit the Panagia Evangelistria Church, the most important religious center of all of Greece.
Lodging: Lithos Luxury Suites and Tinos Resort

May 23: Tinos Loop Ride
35 km - 924 m gain
The less-touristy island of Tinos will amaze you with its natural beauty and its 40 marble-ornamented villages. There’s a strong artistic tradition on Tinos, especially for marble sculpting, as in the sculptors’ village of Pyrgos in the north, near the marble quarries. Tinos is also known for its dovecotes, beautiful structures-the oldest ones are believed to be from the 18th and the 19th Century- used for the breeding of pigeons.
Lodging: Lithos Luxury Suites and Tinos Resort

May 24: Tinos to Rafina
6.9 km - 64 m gain
Our island adventure is almost over as we ferry to the mainland. Our final hotel is only 200 meters from the port of Rafina, which will allow enough time to enjoy yet another seaside town. After packing bikes, we will celebrate with a wonderful final dinner together this evening.
Lodging: Avra Hotel

May 25:
Departure for home or other destinations.

Tandem Bicycle Tours strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads/bike paths for cycling and to avoid busy roads as much as possible. Ferry schedules are published in Spring of each year and we will not know the exact schedule until Spring of 2024. The itinerary (the order in which islands are visited) may change depending on the final ferry schedules and weather conditions. While we do not expect much to change, please be advised that some small changes to this itinerary may occur.  The description listed here is a very good approximation of our trips but hotels and routes may change marginally to improve the trip experience.



Local Greek Cuisine

Greek Salad by Loes Klinker on Unsplash




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