cycle directly to legendary ruins in the Peloponnese
Sacred Sites on this tour: Temple of Poseidon, Ancient Corinth, Ancient Nemea, Ancient Isthmia, Ancient Mycenae, Epidavros Theatre, Ancient Olympia
Overnight Destinations: Athens, Corinth, Nafplio, Dimitsana, Olympia, Lampeia, Kalavrita, Pireaus
Rural cycling prevails. Tour highlights include 3rd century BC Epidavros Theatre, once the largest healing center in the ancient world and Ancient Mycenae where King Agamemnon ruled who launched the Trojan War. Athletic competitions were held in four cities; on this tour you visit three of them — Olympia, Nemea, and Isthmia, but regrettably no time for Ancient Delphi.
After a vigorous bike tour which ends on Thursday morning, we recommend the Hydra Island Escape for three nights of pure R & R.
|2019 Dates||May 19-30,
|Duration||11 nights, 12 days
||Hydra Island Escape see Add-on tab|
|Arrival transfer||see Extras tab
|Tour Start Point||Athens
|Tour End Point||Piraeus
|Total Mileage||676 km, 419 miles|
||1103 m, 3618 feet|
|Rating||Active to Advanced see Rating System
Sacred Sites 11 nights, 12 days
Day 1 Athens
Arrival to Athens, one of the world’s oldest capital cities. The welcome dinner takes place in the Plaka, the center of historic central Athens.
Day 2 Athens
Temple to Temple ride. Start at the Temple of Athena (Acropolis) to take the car-free bike path to the coast and follow the coastal road to the tip of the Attica peninsula to the Temple of Poseidon. 70 km, 43 miles Lunch at a fish taverna. Vehicle transfer back to Athens. Riders do not enter Acropolis (it would take too much time) but do enter the small Temple of Poseidon site with its magnificent 360 degree views of the Aegean . Look for Lord Byron’s signature carved in the marble Temple column.
Day 3 Corinth — Kalamaki Beach
At Perama port we catch the 20 minute ferry to Salamina island where the important Battle of Salamis took place that changed the course of Western Civilization. Cycle across the island to catch a ten minute ferry back to the mainland, hugging the mostly flat coastline to Corinth Canal for terrific photo ops. A final stop is Isthmia, one of four sites where athletic competitions were held in ancient times. 62 km, 38 miles
Day 4 Nafplio
Cycle to three archaeology sites in one day! Bike to Ancient Corinth where St. Paul preached and then to Ancient Nemea, site of one of four Olympic-style games. Finally, cycle to Ancient Mycenae for private with professional guide. After the tour, bike to Nafplio, the prettiest little city in the Peloponnese and modern’s Greece’s first capital. 82.70 km, 51 miles
Day 5 Nafplio
Bike to the healing site of Epidavros Theatre for a private tour with professional guide, 26.80km, 16.60 miles. On the return route, a detour to lovely Vivari beach with lunch at seaside taverna, swimming in sea. 45.15 km, 28 miles. Before dinner, learn about Greek wines in a wine tasting session with a local professional.
Day 6 Dimitsana
Today is the hardest day of the tour, biking deep up into the Arcadia Mountains, a region brimming with tradition, history and mythology. 107.60 km, 66.80 miles
Day 7 Dimitsana
After yesterday’s long haul, today is a rest day. Option to bike to the amazing St. John the Baptist Monastery, 30 km, 18 miles, hike a dirt path 4 km in the Lousios Gorge to visit the “Secret School” and Philosopho Monastery. Lunch in cute little Stemnitsa village.
Day 8 Olympia
From Dimitsana to Olympia there’s a thrilling descent hugging the Lousios Gorge. You are now leaving the Arcadia Mountains to lower elevations. The biking route is flatter but with several hills too. At the end, before you know it, you are cycling past the ancient Olympic Stadium. Pre-dinner honey tasting at a honey farm 76 km, 50 miles
Day 9 Lampeia
Morning tour with professional guide at ancient Olympia whose Temple of Zeus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Afternoon biking we return to the mountains, traditional villages, goat herds, gushing water sources. Lunch is at Foloi, a rare oak forest inhabited by centaurs! 54km, 33.50 miles
Day 10 Kalavrita
Bike Lampeia to Kalavrita, cycling a mountain ridge with lunch at a special river side taverna with fresh trout. After a guided tour inside the fascinating Cave of the Lakes, a steep 15 km climb ensues approaching Kalavrita. Don’t worry your hotel has spa services, including massages. 76.50 km, 47.50 miles
Day 11 Piraeus
Leaving Kalavrita cycle down the mountain and along the flat coast hugging the sea all the way to Loutraki Beach 115 km, 71 miles. Vehicle transfer to Piraeus port with a farewell dinner at one of the loveliest marinas on the Athenian coastline.
Day 12 depart
Add-on Hydra Island Escape
May 30 – June 2 after Sacred Sites Tour
October 12 – 15 before Sacred Sites Tour
Hydra is one of Greece’s most popular islands for many reasons. For one, it is very near Athens, only a two hour sea transfer. For two, it is car-free, not even any motorcycles, which means serenity prevails. For three, it is an artists island, a place where talent gravitates as reflected in the beautiful architectural landscape. The fact that artists abound means fine shopping whether for original clothes, jewelry, or artwork all crafted in distinct Greek tones.
Swimming at four different beaches where the water is very blue and very pristine
Hiking various trails including up to Prophet Ilias Monastery where the guerrilla leader Kolokotronis was held in a cell that still commemorates his presence there.
Visiting museums, including the Deste Foundation’s Slaughterhouse art gallery, the Historical Museum with a focus on Hydra’s naval history and the elegant 18th century Lazaros Koundouriotis Mansion.
Horseback riding tours to the monastery or a beach
Strolling one of Greece’s most gorgeous island towns, walking the labyrinth streets, getting lost and not caring because it’s always easy to head for the sea
On day 4 you return to Piraeus port.
760 euros per person based on double occupancy for 2-4 persons
720 euros for single person
3 nights accommodations: 4 star hotel on Hydra, upscale hotel with swimming pool in beautiful, romantic, restored old mansion.
Luggage transfers: Between Hydra port and Hydra hotel.
2 sea transfers: Piraeus to Hydra on Day 1 and Hydra to Piraeus on Day 4
Transfers between airport and Piraeus port
- All meals except breakfasts
- Port & airport transfers
- Activities on Hydra
- Travel Insurance. See Extras tab
Cost in euros based on double occupancy
|Sacred Sites Tour Cost
||4290 euros per person
|Sacred Sites Single Supplement
11 nights accommodations: 3-4 star hotels, primarily family owned and operated, ranging from boutique hotels to seaside upscale hotels. Tasteful, clean, air-conditioned, private bath, abundant hospitality, comfort. All accommodations are standard doubles with option for upgrade. All accommodations serve breakfast, usually buffet style. Tour prices are based on double occupancy
Bikes: Specialized road bike. Triple chain ring, 27 gears, carbon fiber fork. Carbon Tarmac bikes are available as an upgrade for 400 euros. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade for 350 euros. Regular pedals or toe clips on request. You are welcome to bring your own clip-in pedals and shoes. See Our Bikes and Our Gear
Bike gear: helmet, water bottles, handlebar pouch, odometer
Support vehicle: “Sag wagon” with bilingual driver who is also a bike mechanic. Vehicle carries spare parts, floor pump, ice cooler, water, nutritious snacks, bike tools, first aid kit, day packs, luggage and gives you a lift if you get tired
Tour Leader / Bike Guide: Tour Leader handles all the tour logistics and rides with the group
- Breakfasts are included at each hotel
- Ten lunches — you choose from the menu
- Eleven dinners consisting of 2-3 appetizers and salad chosen by us and shared by the group. You are offered an entrée choice, usually a meat, fish or vegetarian dish. Dessert, house wine or beer, water or beverage
Archaeology Guide: Private tour with professional guide at Epidavros Theatre, Ancient Mycenae, and Ancient Olympia
Entrance fees: Temple of Poseidon, Ancient Nemea, Epidavros Theatre, Mycenae, Olympia, Cave of the Lakes
Wine Tasting Session: Wine tasting with local expert in Nafplio
Honey Tasting Session: Honey tasting at a honey farm in Olympia
Bike Routes: Options (1) RideWithGPS tour routes to upload to your iphone or Android with voice narration – bring your own bike mount (2) GPX tracks to download to your device – bring your own bike mount
Cue sheets and cue sheet holders turn by turn directions plus distance/elevation profiles
Trip packet: useful and interesting information about the regions, packing tips, general travel info for Greece
CycleGreece jersey: short sleeved, rear pockets, locally made
CycleGreece lite backpack: 17” x 13”, 43cm x 33cm
Gratuities & VAT taxes
- Airfare to/from Greece
- Transfers to/from airport – See Extras tab
- Alcoholic beverages (other than house wine)
- Drinks and coffee at café pit stops
- Travel insurance – required. We are official Travel Guard agents and can book a policy or provide a quote for U.S. citizens. See Extras tab
- Tips for CycleGreece guides and drivers, at your discretion
Carbon Road Bike
- Upgrade to a Specialized Tarmac Sport, carbon fiber frame and fork. Cost is 440 euros for a 12 day tour. See Our Bikes and Our Gear for more info
- For travel insurance for U.S citizens, we are official agents of Travel Guard. Contact us to receive a policy quote. Cost of coverage depends on various factors including your state or residence, your age, dates of travel. Travel insurance is not provided for flights booked using frequent flyer mileage. Some policies require booking within 15 days of paying your trip deposit, such as, cancel for any reason or coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.
Airport Transfer On Arrival
- Private transfer from Athens Airport to Athens hotel. You are met at the arrivals exit by one of our team holding a sign with your name on it. We wait for you regardless of how late your plane may arrive. No waiting in taxi or bus lines. 170 Euros per transfer for up to 8 persons.
An indicative hotel for the Peloponnese Self-Guided is the family run Kynaitha Hotel in Kalavrita with balconies overlooking the town plaza.
We select the accommodations for guided tours based on quality, comfort, cleanliness, hospitality, location and charm. Most of the hotels on this tour are family owned and operated.
Hotels are included in the tour cost based on double occupancy. A single room entails an additional cost. Standard double rooms are provided but upgrade options are available.
All hotels are dependent on availability. In the event of no occupancy, we patronize comparable accommodations in the same location.
Guided tours require a deposit of 400 euros per person with the balance due 90 days prior to departure.
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