Cycling in Greece

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Trip code: 
MWH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Ride through beautiful mediterranean landscapes and past historical treasures

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

  • Cycle along idyllic coastlines 
  • Visit historic sights of ancient Greece
  • Discover Athens and its archaeological treasures

Key information

  • 5 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 80% tarmac, 20% dirt roads
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus leader. Min age 16 years
  • 7 nights hotels

What's included

  • Tour leader throughout 
  • All breakfasts 
  • Entrance fees to Acropolis and private guide
  • Support vehicle and driver
  • Bike hire
  • Flights (if booking flight inclusive)

What's not included

  • Visas and vaccinations 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
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Trip Notes

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Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 80% tarmac, 20% dirt roads

Day by day breakdown
Day 255.0km/34.0miles
Day 340.0km/25.0miles
Day 439.0km/24.0miles
Day 537.0km/22.0miles
Day 662.0km/38.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Athens.

    Start Athens. After meeting with our leader, there is time to walk around the Plaka, arguably the most picturesque part of Athens.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • 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. Our route around the city takes us at a relaxed pace to some of the must-see sites: the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, the Roman Forum and Tower of the Winds, the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus and towering Acropolis. 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 in which case the visit of Athens will be done at the end of the trip (on the last day before the flight).

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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. There is a short section of off road which takes us to Diaologefyro, here we can have a short break and take in the magnificent scenery. The views throughout todays 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 hotel before riding to join the group as they finish their visit). From Epidaurus we head inland and ride along quiet, undulating mountain roads and descend to the seaside town of Tolo. 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.


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 quite 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.


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Bus to Athens; guided tour of the Acropolis.

    From Loutraki, we take the bus to the centre of Athens and a metro to our hotel. Here we enjoy a guided tour of Acropolis before a free evening to sample some more delicious Greek food.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Athens.

    After breakfast the trip ends in Athens.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

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.

Weather

The Peloponnese is blessed with a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Clear blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures can be enjoyed for most of the year as the winters are quite short. During the summer (July and August) the temperatures can go up to around around 40c. May: pleasant daytime temperatures 17-28c night time 8-13c with a chance of some rain; spring flowers can be seen. June, September and October: daytime temperatures 20-32c, night time 14-19c; very dry, but a chance of showers in October.

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Is this trip for you?

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. 

 

 

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Accommodation

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.

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Expert Blog Entries

Forget feeling lethargic on your travels – cycling is one of the easiest ways to blend cultural and active expl

  • Reviewed October 2016
    Robert Hubbard

    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, 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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    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.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    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.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just experience this holiday and the ancient wonders of the Peloponnese together with some Greek hills!
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Robert Snow

    A wonderful holiday

    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.

    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 June 2016
    Frances Furnivall

    Amazing trip

    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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Epidavros and cycling around the coast near Napflio

    What did you think of your group leader?

    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.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    George Lambert

    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 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.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling the coastal path at Nafplio!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yannis and Kwstas did an excellent job all week. Yannis lead the group on his bike and provided plenty of insight into both ancient and modern Greek history. Kwstas followed the group in the van and proved an excellent mechanic and chef, and was v.fun to be around!
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Simon Tonks

    Cycling in Greece

    A wonderful way to see Greece beyond just the beaches and the Acropolis - though you get those as well. Mostly it was small towns , back roads through orange & olive groves, and historical sites in the countryside. Hotels were, Athens aside, beautifully located and near-empty. Going for a swim in the sea to cool down after the day's cycling was a regular event. It was my first cycling holiday but I needn't have worried. I'm someone who cycles for an average 2-3 hours per week and the pace was fine with regular stops for water and snacks. Some steep hills but they were fairly short and the bikes had 24 gears so everyone just went up them slowly. One particularly long but not steep climb on the way from Galatas to Epidavros was the worst bit.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The cycle path cut into the rocky cliff along the coast from Nafplio, ending with a paddle and lunch at a shelter (from the sun!) at the far end of a sandy bay

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yiannis the group leader was great - he was a fount of knowledge about all things Greek both ancient and modern. He also led the group at just the right pace. Kostas was the mechanic, support van driver, and lunch chef. Very friendly, he and Yiannis worked well together.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Padded shorts or a padded saddle cover!
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Nigel Broda

    Cycling in Greece

    A great trip with a mix to keep everyone happy. The support team were excellent and there was never a dull moment.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Taking a plunge in the sea following a day of riding and just before dinner..... heaven on earth.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Think about adding a few days to explore Athens as there is lots to see.
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Mike Hanrahan

    Wonderful Greek Experience

    A truly wonderful trip. Just the right combination of cycling, great swim opportunities and culture.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The many coastal routes where blue sky met azure seas providing the perfect inspiration to pedal. Wonderful warm blue seas to swim in at the end of most days. Seeing the Acropolis at sunset.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yannis did a really great job. He is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about Greece, has a great sense of humour and loves cycling too. He was ably assisted by Dimitris and Costas. They made a great team and looked after us well, nothing was too much trouble.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The inclines are many but gradual which made the uphill sections seem quite manageable with plenty of snack stops along the way.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I recommend any reasonably fit person to go for this trip, you won't be disappointed!
  • Reviewed June 2015
    Mary Holden

    Cycling in Greece

    This was a brilliant holiday. I've been on a number of Exodus trips before but this was my first cycling trip with Exodus. It won't be my last! We enjoyed good company, good weather and good cycling, with plenty of stops at interesting places, and we were very well looked after by Yiannis and Angelos.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the coastal ride to Epidaurus. Although it was hot and much of it uphill, the views were stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yiannis did a great job. I thought he achieved a good balance between keeping the group together and letting people go at their own pace.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    May was hot! I would be wary of June as it might be too hot for the cycling to be pleasant.
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Mary Kinoulty

    a Greek cycling adventure

    A fabulous holiday, with beautiful scenery, a lot of hills and excellent guiding from Yannis and Angelos. The trip went without a hitch and it was great to be on the bikes from start to finish.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best moments were cycling with beautiful views of the coast and spring flowers - roses in particular which I has never previously associated with Greece.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yannis was great , well organised, efficient., friendly and passionate about Greece. Angelos his support was also excellent - enthusiastic, encouraging and lunch was always a treat.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are plenty of hills so be sure to do some training before setting out.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great holiday with lots of ancient sites to visit and time to relax in the sea or pool or to sample the odd cocktail!
  • Reviewed May 2015
    Simon Freeman

    Sun, Sites & Greek salads

    With Yiannis guiding and Angelos supporting the trip was definitely one of my favourites. The cycling was at a steady pace with plenty of breaks and although there were a few hills they were not too extreme. This trip allows you to see many archaeological sites over the week whilst also seeing the stunning Greek scenery. Obviously a week's cycling needs to be rewarded and that is definitely achieved with the great food, drink & company.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling Sunday morning through the streets of Athens so seeing the sights without too many other tourists around. The many kilometres of cycling along the coast looking out to the Aegian sea. The great amphitheatre at Epidaurus.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yiannis did a great job of keeping the briefings short in the evening but still informative. He was obviously passionate about Greece and wanted to pass that passion on. As someone who knew little about Greek mythology the stories that he and Angelos told have given me an insight. Yiannis & Angelos did a fantastic job of keeping us fed, watered & our bikes in working order.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even in May it is already relatively warm (high 20s) but the regular breaks meant that this was manageable.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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