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Cycling in Greece

from $2,299.00

Cycle through historic sights of ancient Greece

  • Reviews 20 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    4 - 16
All about the Cycling in Greece.

When it comes to history, archeology and mythology, the Peloponnese is arguably the most interesting part of Greece. Our week of cycling is a journey through fascinating classical history and a superb variety of landscapes, from the azure blue of the sea to the green olive trees and vineyards of the heart of Greece. Starting and finishing in the buzzing city of Athens, the ride offers plenty of opportunities to discover some of Greece’s treasures, such as Poros Island or the beautiful town of Nafplio. Each day gives us the chance to sample excellent local food in various restaurants and tavernas and immerse ourselves in the Greek culture and lifestyle.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* Tour leader throughout
* All breakfasts
* Entrance fees to Acropolis and private guide
* Support vehicle and driver
* Local bike hire (e-bike can be requested, subject to availability, please inquire for prices)
* Airport transfers (at designated times)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Cycle along idyllic coastlines
  • Visit historic sights of ancient Greece
  • Discover Athens and its archaeological treasures
  • 5 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 95% tarmac, 5% dirt roads
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 years
  • 7 nights hotels
  1. Day 1 Start Athens.

    Start Athens. After meeting with our leader, there is time to walk around Exarhia, the lively area of downtown Athens.*Comfortable Hotel*

  2. Day 2 Explore Athens by bike; ferry to Poros Island; cycle to the beach for a swim.

    In the morning, we explore some of the main sights in Athens by bike and cycle down one of the major bike lanes of Athens. Athens is built on the slopes of a number of hills and valleys and although the distances are not huge on this tour there are a number of ups and downs before our final descent to Piraeus harbour through a busy road. Here we catch the ferry across the Argosaronic Gulf to Poros Island (approximately 2.5hrs). In Poros, we cycle around town and ascend to the temple of Poseidon, from where we enjoy amazing views of the island. We then head down to one of the many beautiful bays where we can enjoy a refreshing swim.*Please note* that the ferry timetable is modified frequently at very short notice. On occasion, we may have to take an early ferry.* *

  3. Day 3 Boat to Galatas and scenic coastal ride to the ancient site of Epidaurus.

    In the morning we take a boat to the Peloponnese mainland and, after cycling through olive groves and quiet hamlets, we start our ascent along one of the most dramatic coastlines in Greece, boasting breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. Our tour takes us through Ancient Trizina, birthplace of Theseus, the mythical hero that slayed the Minotaur. Here we can have a short break and take in the magnificent scenery.The views throughout today’s ride are fantastic and are our reward for the number of short steep ascents along the way, which eventually lead to a 5km long descent to the ancient town of Epidaurus. Palia Epidaurus (or ’Old Epidaurus’), to give it its full name, is built around a natural harbour and is our base for the night.

  4. Day 4 Optional visit to the theatre of Epidaurus, cycle to Tolo.

    After a short uphill ride of approximately 10km, there is an optional visit to the ancient site of Epidaurus (this visit is optional, you can relax at the shaded gardens or cafeterias outside the site, while the group finishes their visit). Epidaurus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is famous for its amphitheatre that was built in honour of Asklepius, the God of Medicine and son of Apollo and Coronis. The huge theatre, renowned for its size, symmetry and acoustics held up to 15,000 spectators in its peak. From Epidaurus we head inland and ride along quiet, undulating mountain roads and descend to the seaside town of Tolo.

  5. Day 5 After visiting Nafplio, today's ride takes us into the heart of the Peloponnese to Mycenae.

    Leaving Tolo, we make our way to Nafplio, one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Greece and capital of Modern Greece in the early 1800’s. Situated on the hillsides at the northern end of the Argolic Gulf, the town contains numerous neoclassical buildings as well as the Palamidi Castle. Riding to the heart of the Peloponnese, we leave the coast behind and make our way to the world famous site of Mycenae. The imposing Lion Gate, dating back to 1350-1200 BC awaits us on our arrival. Outside the walls we can see many of the wonders Mycenae is known for: the vault-shaped tombs of Lions, Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, and the Treasury of Atreus. An optional visit of the site is highly recommended.

  6. Day 6 Explore Nemea, famous for its wine; visit a vineyard; continue to Loutraki.

    A challenging start to today’s ride sees us climb on a road through vineyards to the Ancient Nemea; here we visit the archaeological site and ancient stadium before a long descent to Namea. The town is nowadays famous for its exceptional wine and we get the opportunity to visit one of the wineries, see the process and perhaps taste (a little!) before we continue on quiet country roads to Corinth and then on to Loutraki, where we spend the night.

  7. Day 7 Bus to Athens; guided tour of the Acropolis.

    From Loutraki, we take the bus to Athens city and a metro to Plaka, the picturesque historic downtown. Here we enjoy a guided tour of Acropolis before a walking tour of the city centre. Our route around the city takes us at a relaxed pace to some of the must-see sites:Monastiraki square and the Ancient Library, the Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch the Ancient Panathenaic Stadium, the Greek Parliament and the National Gardens, and the monumental 19th century buildings of the oldest Greek University.Free evening to sample some more delicious Greek food.* *

  8. Day 8 End Athens.

    After breakfast the trip ends in Athens.**

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Where you stay

Hotels & Pensions

You will spend 7 nights in 2 and 3 star hotels and pensions, often located near interesting sights or by the Aegean. All rooms have en suite facilities.

Several of the hotels are a short walk from the beach, there are several opportunities to finish the day with a swim in the sea. One hotel has a pool.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Breakfasts are generally buffet style Greek breakfast with bread/toast, butter, jam, fresh juice, milk, local yoghurt, honey and coffee or tea. We have not included any evening meals in the price of the trip to allow you more freedom over where and what you eat. There are some fantastic restaurants along the route and your guide will be able to recommend his favourite places based on your personal tastes and budget. Greek food has strong influences from Italy and Turkey, expect lots of vegetables, olive oil, bread and meats like lamb, chicken and pork.

This tour is classified Road: Activity level 3 (Moderate)

5 days cycling with an average distance of 47km (29 miles) per day.

There are no transfers to or from hotels on this trip, all the rides are designed to be door-to-door.

Road conditions are usually good, but in places the tarmac will be pot-holed and the conditions not quite as good. We aim to use quiet roads where possible, but sometimes we need to pass busy sections in order to reach the quiet roads on the other side. On Day 2 we will be cycling through Athens, where traffic can be intense but the leader will keep the group together and pre warn of any areas they know to be busy.

 

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Green and Blue

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment of the trip was the climb to Mycenae that was rewarding in seeing the structures that were over 3 and a half thousand years old. This included the informative museum that perfectly combined the myth and reality that makes up our views of this civilisation.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Christiana was exceptional and looked after us all perfectly. She sourced fantastic restaurants and made sure we had everything we could want and was not afraid to go above and beyond to help us. Giannis and Christos were also a great help and very friendly. They answered all our questions and were a fantastic source of knowledge.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would suggest any travellers to know that they are in for a good experience and great fun. That it combines cycling, nature, history and culture perfectly.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Cycling in nGreece

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is hard to pick the best thing about the trip but the best day had to be cycling from Mycenea to the Corinthian Canal - Beautiful countryside, a visit to a winery, undulating country roads, scenic views as we dropped towards the sea and watching the Corinthian Canal open to let a ship through. The highlight of the day was a picnic on a hump back bridge followed by an invite by a passing local family to drink coffee and biscuits in their garden (all 18 of us!!) to celebrate a Greek tradition of welcoming and respecting travellers. This was a true reflection of the Greek hospitality.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Christiana couldn't do enough to please us. She worked tirelessly to accommodate our every wish, from choosing the perfect restaurants and menus, finding fabulous picnic spots, arranging a Greek Music and dancing evening to telling us all the local history. She was brilliant and a real asset to Exodus.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a camera!!! Cycle a few hills before you go!!! Go in Spring, not summer. Don't expect to lose any weight despite cycling- the food is in abundance and too delicious to resist!!!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

cycling in Greece

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    All the cycling was fantastic with wild flowers everywhere and very little traffic. Great restaurants chosen by Christiana.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Christiana was very competent and enthusiastic. She kept good control of the group, and with the help of her two assistants, catered for all our needs. Every hill climbed was rewarded with fruit or a local snack.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The cycling was not too difficult but do some training before you go. A gel saddle or your own might be more comfortable than those provided.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take. lots of photos and enjoy the excellent food

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

CYCLING IN GREECE

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The palace and stay at Mycenae - and we're not history buffs!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    She was absolutely fantastic. She enabled us to experience 'real' Greece - the culture, cuisine, history, scenery & above all the people. Christiana, the tour leader, is obviously a very talented lady, sorting out problems on the hoof without any fuss, and the lunchtime kitty was a real bonus. She was unfailingly supported by the ever-smiling Christos.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We can thoroughly recommend this trip - you will experience a side of Greece unknown to most holiday makers.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    More cycling tours in Greece please - we would definitely come back.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

My Big Fat Greek Vacation

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were inspirational moments every single day of the trip. Whether it was seeing the actual rock from which Paul addressed the Corinthians, bicycling on the most beautiful stretch of coastline I have ever seen (near Nafplio) or simply cresting a challenging hill, the trip was filled with magical moments.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    I cannot say enough good things about our trip leaders, Yiannis and Kristos. Yiannis was generally in charge of bicycling with the group, acting as tour guide, and telling Greek mythological stories. Kristos was in charge of driving the van, bicycle maintenance and was in charge of everything food and alcohol related. Both did a masterful job keeping us safe, informed and well-fed. I was most impressed with how the two communicated with one another and synchronized their actions. It seemed as though Kristos magically appeared at the busier intersections and blocked traffic for us with the van. Yiannis was always aware of the traffic around us and masterfully directed traffic to keep us safe. I especially enjoyed hearing Yiannis' take on current events in Greece and respected his convictions and ideology. Both leaders possess a terrific sense of humor which is perhaps the most important trait for creating an enjoyable trip experience.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book your trip to Greece and be lucky enough to have Yiannis and Kristos as your trip leaders! You may want to ride a hill or two before you come. I'm from Iowa where the world is still flat so it took me a day or two to get used to the hills.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'd just like to say thank you to our trip leaders and to the group we traveled with. Peter, Mike, John, Reg, Mary, Kiran, Indu, Dave, kathy, Graham, Jan, Bob and Barb, you made the trip a fun and memorable experience for us. I don't know if we have ever traveled with a group demonstrating so much comradery without any drama. We love to book trips through Exodus because, as Americans, it gives us an opportunity to get to know people from the UK and other parts of the world. Best of luck to all! Come see us next time you get to Iowa.

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