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Cycling in Greece

from $1,879.00

Cycle through historic sights of ancient Greece

  • Reviews 7 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 26/07/2019
5/5

A wonderful holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to list!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Yannis and Kostas were excellent. Yannis led the group on his bike and he clearly had a passion for all things Greek and an extensive knowledge of the history, politics, geography, geology ------- of Greece. Kostas drove the bus, sorted out any mechanical problems, provided delicious lunches and was a great back-up for Yannis. They were both warm, friendly and encouraging as well as being very efficient in the way they operated. A great team.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Cycling in Greece

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Personally I loved Poros island, the dinner we had on the seafront, with the sunset, and our toes in the sand❤️
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide was great (Niovi), she was always smiling and cheerful, she was able to turn us into a relaxed cohesive group. We had lots of laughs.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware of the climate when you are planning to travel. Our trip was mid September and we rode in temperatures in the mid 30C.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Because it was very warm by 10am, it would have been a more pleasant cycle to start earlier in the morning when possible.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
4/5

Cycling In Greece

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We loved visiting the ancient Theater of Epidarus as well as being able to visit a local organic vineyard and see the production in action, as well as sample some fantastic wine! Also, just some of the breathtaking views of the ocean from our hotel room.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    As I have mentioned above I cannot say enough good things about our lead guide, Niovi. She went beyond her job duties to help us in a stressful time of need. She was very personable and tried to met all the needs of our group members which is a difficult task with 16 people!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Please make sure you read the travel description of this trip and that you are physically able to ride a bike at least 25-35 miles comfortably and can climb hills. This trip is described as a moderate difficulty level and if you are not as fit as you should be then request an ebike so you can fully participate.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exceptional trip with many opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Greece.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Brilliant trip in beautiful Greece

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Acropolis on the final day is very special, but just cycling around the amazing coastline and hills of the Peloponnese and taking in the colourful Greek history.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The leaders were outstanding. Dimitris, Dimitris and Niovi. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they worked very well as a team looking after the group. The trip ran smoothly and without a hitch, the food they provided was excellent and they just took care of everything - I could not fault them in any way.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take swim wear as most afternoons you'll be able to take a swim in the sea after your day in the saddle.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Great Trip!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It is literally hard to pick as there were three categories of highlights: Favourite site: the theatre at Epidarous Cycling: the km downhill stretch into the pistachio orchard Meal: Petite Planette Other fav: swimming in the Aegean Sea
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both group leader and support driver were excellent. Dimitris and Dimitris were a good team that worked well together.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be open to eating with group. Do some long rides with uphill before you go. Prepare to enjoy yourself.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Excellent trip, thanks very much.

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