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.
Visit historic sights of ancient Greece
Discover Athens and its archaeological treasures
Cycle along idyllic coastlines
Start Athens. After meeting with our leader, there is time to walk around
Exarhia, the lively area of downtown Athens.
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, 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
*Please note* that the ferry timetable is modified frequently at very short
notice. On occasion, we may have to take an early ferry.
Boat To Galatas And Scenic Coastal Ride To The Ancient Site Of Epidaurus.
In the morning, after a walking tour of the town of Poros, we take a boat to
the Peloponnese mainland. 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, the 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.
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.
After Visiting Nafplio, Today's Ride Takes Us Into The Heart Of The Peloponnese To Mycenae.
Nafplion, Peloponnese, Archaeological site of 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.
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 taste (a little!) before we continue on quiet country roads
to Corinth and then on to Loutraki, where we spend the night.
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.
After breakfast the trip ends in Athens.
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.
You will spend seven nights in two- and three-star hotels and pensions, often near interesting sights or by the Aegean. All rooms have en suite facilities.
Several of the hotels are a short walk from the beach, allowing plenty of opportunities to finish the day with a sea swim. One hotel has a pool.