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Cycling in Greece

Cycle through historic sights of ancient Greece



At a glance

* 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
* E-bikes available on request

Cycle through historic sights of ancient 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.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* 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)
* Flights (if booking flight inclusive)

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.

Start destination: Athens

End destination: Athens

Cycling profile

Day 1

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

Day 2

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.

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Day 3

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.

Day 4

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. 

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

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Day 8

After breakfast the trip ends in Athens.
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Customer Feedback

Great Trip!

Summary:
Excellent trip. A nice combination of historical sites and cycling. Our local
guides offered to provide guidance for the evening meals so the culinary
experience was also top notch.

The two guides were both very passionate about sharing their history and
culture. I can’t say enough good things about Dimitris Steriotis and
Dimitris Gotsis.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both group leader and support driver were excellent. Dimitris and Dimitris
were a good team that worked well together.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be open to eating with group. Do some long rides with uphill before you go.

Prepare to enjoy yourself.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Excellent trip, thanks very much.

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Awesome trip

Summary:
Our guides were great. They shared their passion for Greek History, Greek
culture, Greek food and cycling.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
When I was able to ride down switchbacks and think that it was fun, rather
than terrifying!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
I found both Dimitris ‘ to be very supportive. I am a relatively new
cyclist and they helped me get more comfortable with many aspects of cycling.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t be shy about sharing your meals! The guides picked well, the food
was terrific and the cost was reasonable. We got to taste many dishes this
way!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I think it would be terrific if Exodus could organize cycling jerseys for
sale to participants, that symbolize Greece in some way. That would be s
great souvenir for me.

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Cycling in Greece

Summary:
All accommodations were excellent
Bikes were in good condition, two flat tires reported the entire trip.
Some group members thought they were to heavy.
Snacks and meals were delicious, a good selection of Greek foods.
Side excursions good as well

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Personally I loved Poros island, the dinner we had on the seafront, with the
sunset, and our toes in the sand❤️

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

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

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Cycling In Greece

Summary:
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!

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
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.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

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

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Brilliant trip in beautiful Greece

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
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.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
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.

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Cycling in Greece

Summary:
Fabulous trip from start to finish. Both guides, Dimitris Steriotis (bike
leader), and Dimitris Gotsis (van support), were wonderful. They couldn’t do
enough to make our trip a special, fun, and very interesting. The culture,
historical locations, food, and new friendships were everything I had hoped
for. The trip exceeded my expectations. The entire group were wonderful
traveling companions, which only enhanced the experience.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Ascending to the entrance of the Acropolis and getting my first views of the
Parthenon.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Combined professionalism with a friendly attitude. Both guides were terrific!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you visit the National Archeological Museum next to hotel. I came
in a day early to do this. It’s worth it. Also, get in shape for some hill
climbs. The ride encounters some fairly challenging hills, but with some
moderate conditioning, it’s not a bad ride at all.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Go and have an adventure!

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Cycling in Greece

Summary:
The guides were fabulous , the group fun and the adventure grand.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The antiquities

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both guides, both Dimitris’s were great. They were knowledgeable engaging
and did a many things that made the trip more of an adventure and and an
experience I will never forget

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Our group chose to share dinners. This allow us to share our day’s
experience , get to know one another and eat more great food.

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Cycling in Greece

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The visits to three archaeological sites.
Firstly the ancient Theatre at Epidaurus, with such good acoustics that
someone at the top of the theatre can hear a coin drop.
Secondly Nemea, which was visually very beautiful and where the Hellenic
athletic games were held every 2 years.
And lastly and surprisingly thanks to our inspirational guide, the Acropolis
in Athens, which included the Erechtheion, the Parthenonand the Temple of
Athena Nike.
All the sites were in well kept grounds and those members of the European
Union over 65 pay a reduced rate.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We had 2 group leaders, Yannis and Constantinos (Cosmos). Yannis was the
Group Leader on the bike and for giving us our daily briefings. He was well
organised, warning us of all dangers and conscientious and solicitous of our
needs. He arranged for return of items left at every hotel – we moved every
day and usually left at 9am. I don’t know how he managed the puntuality of 16
of us. And his knowledge of Greek Mythology and churches was excellent, but I
still remain muddled!
And Cosmos, the Gentle Giant, brought up the rear in the van and arranged the
transfer of our luggage, gave rides to those who could not bear another hill
and produced Greek salads in the middle of nowhere..
Truly both guides socialised with us and looked after us professionly and
patiently, as did George from Head Office , who was charming companion on
this holiday.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The usual advice, don’t think you are going to lose weight on this trip
despite all the walking and cycling uphill.
Bring well soled shoes for the trip to the Acropolis – the marble is
slippery.
And Greece is a hilly country, so the route is more than undulating.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just experience this holiday and the ancient wonders of the Peloponnese
together with some Greek hills!

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A wonderful holiday

Summary:
Cycling in Greece provided a wonderful balance between absorbing the
architecture and culture of Greece, both ancient and modern, and enjoying the
beautiful landscapes and seascapes on two wheels. The organisation of the
whole trip was excellent so that everything went very smoothly but without
feeling over – organised. The route was hillier than I had first
anticipated (although I should have known as the vertical ascent figure was
provided for each day’s ride) but with the distances covered and the
relaxed pace, it made for extremely pleasant riding. Add to this the warmth
of the Greek people, the delicious Greek food and perhaps most importantly
the calibre of our tour leaders and the warm companionship of our fellow
cyclists and it truly was a wonderful holiday.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Too many to list!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

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Amazing trip

Summary:
I hadn’t been on an Exodus cycling trip before but after this week I would
definitely go again! Between the stunning scenery, delicious food and
incredibly knowledgeable group leaders it was an amazing week that I would
certainly recommend to anyone even if they have been to Greece before. We
spent 5 days cycling, visiting some of Greece’s most famous ancient sites and
ending up in a small picturesque town on the coast every night other than at
the end of Day 5 where we stayed in a lovely hotel up in the hills near
Mycenae. We had a great group and all ate together in the evenings where our
group leaders usually selected some typical Greek food for us to try which
was delicious. All in all a really amazing trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Visiting Epidavros and cycling around the coast near Napflio

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Yannis and Constantinos were as good as we could have hoped as group leaders.
Yannis had a huge amount of knowledge about all of the ancient sites we
visited as well as excellent general knowledge on a number of other topics
including politics, philosophy, art and geology so he was excellent company
and could answer every question we threw at him. Constantinos drove the van
behind us and prepared amazing lunches that were waiting for us every day as
well as providing constant snacks and water when we stopped for breaks. He
dealt with any bike issues that arose quickly and with great humour and was a
real asset to the trip.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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