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Cycling in Greece

Cycle through historic sights of ancient Greece



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* 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

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

Flight prices available from NeenanCycling. Contact us for details

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)

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:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

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

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).

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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. 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.

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 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.

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 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.

Day 7

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.
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Day 8

After breakfast the trip ends in Athens.
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Date: 2018-05-052018-05-12

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Customer Feedback

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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An excellent all-round trip

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Cycling the coastal path at Nafplio!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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!

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Cycling in Greece

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Padded shorts or a padded saddle cover!

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Cycling in Greece

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

Rating: 4

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

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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Think about adding a few days to explore Athens as there is lots to see.

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Wonderful Greek Experience

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

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
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.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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

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

Answer:
I recommend any reasonably fit person to go for this trip, you won’t be
disappointed!

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Cycling in Greece

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

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

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
May was hot! I would be wary of June as it might be too hot for the cycling
to be pleasant.

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a Greek cycling adventure

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
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.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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

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

Answer:
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!

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Sun, Sites & Greek salads

Summary:
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.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
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.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
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.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

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

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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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