Cycling in Greece

Cycling in Greece

Start: Athens Finish: Athens

Visiting: Athens, Poros, Galatas, Epidaurus, Tolo, Nafplion, Peloponnese, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Nemea, Loutraki, Mycenae, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Piraeus, Acropolis, Corinth


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: MWH

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 16

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • iconVisit historic sights of ancient Greece
  • iconCycle along idyllic coastlines 
  • iconDiscover Athens and its archaeological treasures

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Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Athens.

Location: Athens

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

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


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

Location: Athens, Poros

Meals: Breakfast

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
swim.
*Please note* that the ferry timetable is modified frequently at very short
notice. On occasion, we may have to take an early ferry.

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

Location: Galatas, Epidaurus

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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

Location: Epidaurus, Tolo

Meals: Breakfast

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. 


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

Location: Nafplion, Peloponnese, Archaeological site of Mycenae

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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

Location: Nemea, Loutraki

Meals: Breakfast

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.

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

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

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.

* *

icon Day 8 : End Athens.

Location: Athens

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast the trip ends in Athens.
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What's Included

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    Entrance fees to Acropolis and private guide

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    Tour leader throughout 

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    Flights (if booking flight inclusive)

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    All breakfasts 

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    Local bike hire (e-bike can be requested, subject to availability, please inquire for prices)

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    Support vehicle and driver

What's Not Included

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    Travel insurance 

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Visas and vaccinations 

Food

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.

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What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

2 and 3 star hotels

What is the maximum group size?

16

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

16+ Age people can go on this tour.

Reviews

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Wonderful scenery and cycling on generally traffic free and quiet roads. Very competent leader and 2 assistants who could not do enough for everyone. Wonderful food and good hotels. Wonderful scenery and cycling on generally traffic free and quiet roads.

Very competent leader and 2 assistants who could not do enough for everyone.

Wonderful food and good hotels.

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This was our first trip with Exodus Travels and to Greece. This was an excellent way to really see the countryside of Greece. We went to many local places ....more This was our first trip with Exodus Travels and to Greece.

This was an excellent way to really see the countryside of Greece.

We went to many local places that your average tour bus trips would not go.

We had a larger group of 16 people so we were fortunate to have two fantastic guides (Niovi and Demitrius) as well as a wonderful driver.

(Also named Demetrius) This trip is highly recommended if you want to see more of the local culture of Greece.

My only suggestion is to definitely upgrade the quality of bikes used on this trip.

On our last day of the trip my husband had a small medical emergency.

Niovi helped us handle this situation with complete professionalism and ease.

She helped us locate a private doctor in Athens (on a Saturday!) stayed with us, and helped with translation with the doctor.

We both will be forever grateful for her assistance!; ....less
Great cycling trip and super food
This was our seventh cycling trip in Europe but our first with Exodus. It was up there with the best of our past trips. The bikes were good (brand ....more This was our seventh cycling trip in Europe but our first with Exodus.

It was up there with the best of our past trips.

The bikes were good (brand new), the hotels as good or better than expected and the guides were excellent.

We managed the climbs ok and felt increasingly confident as the week progressed.

One of the nice things about this trip is being by the sea.

A real highlight was the food organised by Niovi and Demetrius - the snacks, lunches and the dinners.

Delicious, good value and time effective.

We were a small group and all were good company.

We recommend this trip!; ....less
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This was a most amazing trip filled with beautiful scenery, Greek archaeology and fantastic Greek food and traditions. The cycling was quite challenging (for me because I find hills difficult!!!) ....more This was a most amazing trip filled with beautiful scenery, Greek archaeology and fantastic Greek food and traditions.

The cycling was quite challenging (for me because I find hills difficult!!!) although I didn't have to get off and walk or push so it was 'do'able.

However, the reward at the top of spectacular views and the tremendous exciting descents made it all worth while! Greek achaeology was everywhere, hotels were great and the food delicious.

It was the perfect time to go as I have always visited in August before so we saw a Greece that was green, lush and covered in wild flowers of every colour imaginable.

The aroma from the orange blossom should be bottled!!! Altogether, very enjoyable.

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Cycling in Greece
This is the Review of Amanda Hubbard.I think this holiday was the 20th trip I have taken with Exodus and most have been extremely good. This trip ranks as excellent, ....more This is the Review of Amanda Hubbard.

I think this holiday was the 20th trip I have taken with Exodus and most have been extremely good.

This trip ranks as excellent, together with recent cycling holidays in Croatia and Romania.

Not only did Helios, the Greek God of the Sun, smile on us and give us October days of sun, blue skies and gentle breezes, but we were also blessed with a friendly group of fellow travellers and 2 excellent guides, Yannis and Constantinos (Costos) and their boss, Yiorgos (George) from Head Office in Athens.

It was amazing how much activity we crammed into each day and this was not just cycling, but visits to archaeological sites and museums and even a tour of a Nemea Winery.

And we also had time to eat the most delicious food, which included picnics prepared by Costos and sumptuous meals at well chosen restaurants.

I would recommend this holiday for those, who enjoy not only cycling but also soaking up sun and Greek culture.

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Brilliant trip in beautiful Greece
A brilliant trip from start to finish. The cycling is a nice mix of countryside, coastal and a few hills thrown in. You also get to see Greece away from ....more A brilliant trip from start to finish.

The cycling is a nice mix of countryside, coastal and a few hills thrown in.

You also get to see Greece away from hustle of tourists.

The cycling is all on mostly quiet roads and through a couple of towns although you're not on any busy roads for more than a few minutes.

The food is also excellent, and you also get some excellent local knowledge on just about everything from Greek mythology to which is the best Olive oil to buy to take home.

I highly recommend this trip.

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An excellent all-round trip
This was my first Exodus cycling trip and I was thoroughly impressed from start-to-finish. The trip involved five 50-70km days and a 6th day which involved a morning of rest ....more This was my first Exodus cycling trip and I was thoroughly impressed from start-to-finish.

The trip involved five 50-70km days and a 6th day which involved a morning of rest in Loutraki and an afternoon/evening of sightseeing in Athens.

We were on the road from 9am -5/6pm each day; stints of cycling along beautiful coastal or mountain roads were split up with fantastic lunches, visits to cultural sites including the theatre at Epidavros and the citadel at Mycenae, and a trip to a winery.

We ate as a group in excellent restaurants each evening, and the hotels were all comfortable.

There were two nights in Athens (one at the start, one at the end), four in coastal resorts (good for swimming) and one in Mycenae, where the hotel had a pool.

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This was a really interesting & fun trip. The cycling was varied enough to suit all of us. This was a really interesting & fun trip.

The cycling was varied enough to suit all of us.

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Cycling in Greece
A marvellous group including 4 Canadians, 2 from the USA and 9 from the UK. We seemed to gel from the start and it was a pleasure to talk with ....more A marvellous group including 4 Canadians, 2 from the USA and 9 from the UK.

We seemed to gel from the start and it was a pleasure to talk with everyone.

There was a remarkable consistency in the fitness of the group and so very little hanging around even after some of the longer climbs.

Very much enjoyed the cycling and thought the "moderate" rating was spot on.

Distances were typically around 40 miles in a day.

I found the hills quite manageable; some fairly long climbs but they tended to be steady climbs followed by some exhilarating long descents.

There were cultural stops on most days at ancient sites and there was free time to explore.

The guided tour on the final day at the Acropolis was particularly enjoyable.

Excellent hotels with very friendly staff.

Lovely views across the bay from one hotel; another hotel was situated right on the beach; in one hotel run by the family the breakfast included home-made specialties.

Enjoyed the food.

The group leader normally ordered a selection of local specialities for starters and on a couple of occasionally the main courses which gave the opportunity to taste genuine Greek food.

We had a kitty for the lunch snacks fruit and drinks so again sampled many Greek specialities.

The weather was the icing on the cake.

A little windy and cloudy on the days of arrival and departure but for the most part clear sunny days and warm but not stifling.

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Green and Blue
The trip was amazing with excellent weather and views. It was a perfect time to visit with the entire countryside erupting into vibrant colours. Included in this was visits to ....more The trip was amazing with excellent weather and views.

It was a perfect time to visit with the entire countryside erupting into vibrant colours.

Included in this was visits to fantastic archaeological sites that were interesting and gave a real idea of the varied and interesting Greek History.

The food was exceptional and in great abundance, perfect for providing the necessary calories to get over the challenging but not impossible climbs.

These gave a real sense of achievement in climbing these and really brought the group together in shared experiences.

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