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11 Days The Ultimate Odyssey Bike Holiday in Greece

Alkyon Resort Hotel & Spa, Vrachati 200 06, Greece

Adventure Cycling Holiday Greece

Grab this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Greece through cycling its most scenic routes. Discover the white marble columns, gnarled olive trees, turquoise blue skies, and radiant sunsets which are reflections of Greece. Archaeological monuments reflect Greece's glorious past, and the donkeys, sheep, and goats will remind you of a simpler age that cherishes village life and generous hospitality.

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Terrain: Flat and rolling sections, but a few challenging options are offered
  • Difficulty level: Easy (cyclist does not need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day to challenging (cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 337 miles / 540 kilometers
  • Type of bike: Trek bicycle
  • E-bike: Available for rent at 400 USD

Highlights

  • Cycling rides daily
  • Boat ride to Keri sea caves
  • Witness picturesque landscapes
  • Visit to museums and famous attractions in Greece
  • Friendly and multi-lingual cycling guide
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 10 nights accommodation

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8 days with instruction
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Accommodation

In this cycling holiday, you will be provided 10 nights of accommodation in four-star and five-star hotels. The itinerary is designed so that most hotel stays are two to three nights long. Five nights of lodging are in luxury class hotels, while five nights are in A-class hotels.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

In the morning, you will be arriving at the hotel, and by 12:30 p.m, you will be transferred to ancient Corinth for guided village tour and hike through the Acrocorinth. There will be an orientation, and you will spend the night in a five-star luxury class Hotel Alkyon near the Corinthian Gulf.

Day 2: Nemea (36 miles / 58 kilometers)

On this day, you will ride through vineyards to ancient Nemea for guided tour of this athletic and religious site.

Day 3: Mycenae and Epidauros

You will have a tour to archeological sites at Mycenae and Epidauros. Your guide will bring to life the ancient Mycenaeans, chronicled by Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. You will have lunch in Nauplion and enjoy a presentation of the Ancient Greek Theater.

Day 4: Diakofto and Kalavrita (42 miles or 62 miles / 67 kilometers to 99 kilometers)

You will follow Corinthian Gulf to the beach village of Diakofto. You will cycle through scenic cog rail train ride to mountain village Kalavrita.

Day 5: Poseidon Palace (36 miles or 47 miles / 58 kilometers or 75 kilometers)

You will have an exquisite ride through mountain villages to five-star luxury class Poseidon Palace seaside hotel, with a stopover to see the sheep and goats.

Day 6: Zakinthos Island (23 miles / 37 miles)

You will take a ferry to Zakinthos Island for a three-night stay, and in the afternoon, you will ride through vineyards, olive groves, and small villages, with a chance for wine tasting and traditional pottery.

Day 7: Remote regions and spectacular vistas (36 miles or 51 miles / 58 kilometers or 82 kilometers)

Explore remote regions and spectacular vistas, including most photographed overlook in Greece.

Day 8: Keri (35 miles / 56 kilometers)

You will ride across the island for small boat ride to Keri sea caves and have the chance to swim off the boat around the caves. Optional wind surfing and scuba diving is available. (35 miles)

Day 9: Olympia (25 miles or 48 miles / 40 kilometers or 77 kilometers)

You will cycle to Olympia, the site of ancient Olympic Games. You will stay in a splendid 4-star A class Hotel Europa which overlooks the village and the Alphios River.

Day 10: Alphios River to Vassilaki (20 miles or 35 mile / 32 kilometers or 56 kilometers)

In the morning, you will ride past ancient Olympic stadium, along Alphios River to Vassilaki. Glimpse old Greece as you encounter flocks of sheep and goats, as well as old men and women traveling by donkey. In the afternoon, you will have a guided tour of the archeological site and museum at Olympia.

Day 11: Departure

Transfer to Ancient Corinth via the picturesque Peloponnese. Midday arrival and lunch, and then you will get transferred to Corinth train by 01:00 p.m. There is an option to visit archeological ruins in ancient Corinth.

Bike information

This tour includes use of a customized Trek bicycle, fully equipped for touring. Odometer, trunk bag, map case, lock, and pump are also included.

Included excursions

  • Guided village tour and hike through the Acrocorinth
  • Guided tour of the athletic and religious site of ancient Nemea
  • Tour to archeological sites at Mycenae and Epidauros
  • Presentation of the Ancient Greek Theater
  • Boat ride to Keri sea caves
  • Guided tour of the archeological site and museum at Olympia

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Greece. You will visit places including the archeological sites of Mycenae and Nemea, the theater at Epidauros, Acrocorinth, Poseidon Palace, the island of Zakinthos, the Zakinthos shipwreck, Keri sea caves, Alphios River, the ancient Olympic Stadium, the museum at Olympia, and Nauplion.

Poseidon Palace

At the heart of the Olympus Mountain, close to one of the most beautiful beaches, right next to most famous landmark, is the venetian Castle of Platamon, and here lies the Poseidon Palace, most famous for its easy going staff and vacation you will never forget. Enjoying the sun and sea has never been so easy.

At the beach of Poseidon Palace, you will find the most complete service, great seaside, and easy-going staff.

Europa Hotel

The Hotel Europa is built on the top of Drouvas Hill in Ancient Olympia, at the foot of which there is the Sacred Alti with brilliant monuments and the stadium of the Ancient Olympic Games.

The silent, humble hill whose top our hotel decorates, has been a long-standing witness and a privileged spectator of the events that took place in this divine valley, that spreads out so beautiful and idyllic between two rivers, Alfeios and Kladeos. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Valley of Alfeios River from your private balcony.

Relax in your spacious room, appointed with marble floors and a lovely seating area. Benefit from free wireless internet access and breakfast included in your rate. Relax around the beautiful outdoor pool with the pool bar and enjoy excellent flavors from the traditional Greek tavern in the garden. The garden provides a relaxing setting after a day of sightseeing.

Europa Hotel is the ideal destination for lovers of nature and tranquility combining the harmony and positive aura of the scenery with the impeccable service of our attentive and friendly personnel. Either alone or with company the cozy, family-like environment will make you feel at home.

Food

Daily breakfast and dinner are included in the cost of the packages.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On the last day of the tour, there is an option to visit archeological ruins in ancient Corinth.

What's included

  • All cycling rides
  • Bike hire
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinners
  • Support vehicle for transporting luggage, equipment, snacks, drinks, and overall assistance
  • Detailed maps, route descriptions, and cultural information on a daily basis
  • Services of a multi-lingual guide and assistant
  • Services of Expert bicycle mechanics

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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