Southern Greece Cycling Holidays; Peloponnese and Delphi

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8 DAYS
LEVEL 2
07/04/2019, 05/05/2019, 09/06/2019, 30/06/2019, 08/09/2019

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Delphi: The Navel of the world
  • Olympia: The cradle of the Olympic Games
  • Bassae: The temple of Epikourios Apollo
  • Mistras: Byzantine ruins, with frescoed churches
  • Mycenae: The citadel of Atrides
  • The theater of Epidaurus: A marvel of acoustics and harmony
  • Nafplion: The picturesque old capital
This adventure holiday is a cycling archeological tour to the South of Greece. For 8 days you enjoy cycling though typical mediterrannean landscapes of unparallel beauty, whilst you visit the cultural highlights of Southern Greece.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome

Arrival in Athens. Check in to your hotel in the historical center of the Greek capital. Overnight in Athens.

Day 2: The Mountain of the Nymphs and a Byzantine monastery

In the morning transfer to the departure point of our first cycling tour, at the region of Boeotia. Cycling (1) along the slopes of Helicon Mountain, till the byzantine monastery of Osios Loukas. Transfer at the plateau of Desfina and go cycling again, through typical Mediterranean landscapes, towards the Corinthian gulf (2). Swimming opportunity at the end of the ride. Transfer to Delphi; a picturesque town built on the slopes of Mount Parnassos. Overnight in Delphi.
(1) 27km; +500m/-650m; asphalt; moderate
(2) 10-15km; +150m/-600m; asphalt; simple to moderate

Day 3: The navel of the world.Trip to the Peloponnese

During the antiquity, Delphi considered to be the “navel of the world”, where the famous Apollo’s oracle was located. In the morning we visit the archaeological site and museum. Then, we go cycling through the sacred olive grove, towards Itea (3). Swimming opportunity. Transfer, via the coastal road by the Corinthian golf and the cable bridge over the Antirio-Rio straights, to the west part of the Peloponnese and the port-town of Katakolo. 2 overnights in Katakolo.
(3) 16km; -500m; asphalt with small parts of dirt; simple to moderate

Day 4: The cradle of the Olympic Games

In the morning transfer to Anc. Olympia, in order to visit the site where, in 776 B.C, the first Olympic Games took place and where every 4 years (for over a millenary) they were organized. After visiting the archeological site, we go cycling (4) in the countryside of the legendary land of Elis, partly following Alpheios river, towards its Delta. Swimming stop at the end of this cycling tour.
(4) 25km; +110m/-130m (mainly flat); mainly asphalt with small parts of dirt; moderate

Day 5: Wonderland Arcadia

In the morning, transfer to Bassae, where into the mountainous solitude we visit the temple of Epikourios Apollo; a real masterpiece! Afterwards, we go cycling (5) through the peaceful Arcadian landscape towards Karytaina, a picturesque provincial town with a beautiful castle. Transfer Mystras, at the foothills of Mt. Taygetos. Overnight in Mystras.
(5) 42km; +280m/1010m; asphalt; moderate

Day 6: The stunning Byzantine citadel of Mystras

In the morning we take our time to visit the byzantine citadel of Mystras. Afterwards we go cycling in the legendary land of Laconia (6), through the valley of Evrotas river, covered mainly with olive and orange groves, until we reach the sanctuary of Apollo of Amycles. Transfer towards the north-east and the departure point of the second cycling tour of the day, near Achladokampos, between Arcadia and Argolide, from where we go downhill, on a road with stunning view to the gulf of Argos (7). 1 overnight in Tolo.
(6) 15km; -527m; asphalt; simple
(7) 15km; -575m; asphalt; moderate

Day 7: Argolis, land of legends

Today, we explore two archeological sites of major importance: Mycenae and Epidaurus; the historical highlights of Argolis and go cycling (8) in a hilly landscape and along the coast of the Argolic gulf. There will be time for swimming! Transfer to Athens, via the Canal of Corinth. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Athens.
(8) 27km; +120m/-480m; asphalt; moderate

Day 8: Goodbye!

Farewell or holidays extension or next adventure!

CYCLING

- 8 generally easy to moderate bicycle tours 15- 42km, on low traffic asphalt roads with small dirt sections.
- Not intended for professional athletes but for cyclist in good shape

ACCOMMODATION

7 overnights in well maintained, middle class hotels, typical pensions and traditionall guesthouses

RATES

From 1395 EUR

SERVICES
- Transfer and excursions, as described in the program
- 7 overnights in double/twin rooms with private WC and shower
- Meals: Breakfast in the hotel (except in Athens), picnic or light meal in a tavern for lunch (optional*), dinner (menu) in traditional tavern or the hotel (optional*)
- A well-maintained Trekking bicycle
- Tour leader for the whole tour and for the cycling
- Professional liability insurance
- VAT 24% and all taxes

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to/from Greece
- Entries in museums and excavation sites
- Cultural guide for the visits on the arch. sites
- Transfer from/to the airport
- Snacks / Drinks / beverages / tips
- Travel insurance

EXTRAS

Single room supplement : 150-160 EUR

NOTES

If you wish guided visits in the archeological sites, service is booked in advance and paid on the spot.

OFFERS

- Special rates for clubs, groups, families
- Triple or quadruple room on request and upon availability

Ask also for our long version of the Southern Greece Cycling Adventure, of 14 days!
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  • Delfi
  • Olympia
  • Mystras
  • Nafplio
  • Mycenae
  • Ancient Epidaurus
  • Athens
 
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