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7 Days Coastal Cycling Tour in Messenia, Greece

Kalamata, Province of Messinia, Peloponnese, Greece

Countryside and Coastal Cycling Holiday in Greece

On this cycling tour, you will embark on an extraordinary and unforgettable adventure in the southern most part of Greece, simply known as Messinia in the Peloponnese. While here, you will cycle on nice coastal roads and some hilly terrain passing through many historic remains and regions such as the old Venetians and Byzantine castles in Methoni, Koroni, and Pylos.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Mostly flat, some hills
  • Starts and ends in: Kalamata
  • Difficulty level: Easy to moderate (Cyclist doesn't need to have certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will have to handle some hilly terrain and ascend to 200m above sea level over 7 km stretch. 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 117 Miles / 189 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Touring bike 27 gears
  • Maximum 12 participants

Highlights

  • 5 days of cycling
  • 27 gears Touring bike rental included with paneers
  • Visit castles,bike through olive and citrus groves, and experience long sandy beaches
  • Luggage transfer and 24-hour support vehicle
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily hearty breakfast
  • Airport transfers from Kalamata

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


5 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Greek
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Kalamata International Airport
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay in three to four star hotels. All accommodations have been selected by Cycle Green Tours and are checked in person and validated according to their high standards, like cleanliness, quiet location, hearty homemade breakfast, comfortable beds, and close to all amenities.

All accommodations are family owned and employ friendly locals. You are always greeted by the owners upon arrival where they offer you a cold glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, usually from their own trees, and they are always available for anything you may need.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kalamata

Transfer from Kalamata Airport (KLX) or Athens International Airport (ATH) on request to your local family run hotel. Have bike testing and adjustment as well as a little warm-up tour through the beautiful city of Kalamata.

Kalamata is in the heart of the Messinian Bay. It has a long beach just in front of the coastal road, a big local market, a unique nightlife, many water front beach bars, and a Frankish castle in the center of the city and its old town.

Day 2: Kalamata to Petalidi and Agios Andreas (49 kilometers)

After breakfast, you will cycle your way along the only coastal road, passing through many small villages in the heart of agriculture country. Many fields of produce are visible which the farmers take advantage of, with small roadside shacks selling their daily hand-picked vegetables / olives / local wines they have produced themselves.

The first stop for coffee is to the bustling fishing village of Pedalidi. It hosts a weekly hustle and bustle farmers market on Fridays as well as a daily fish market. The locals are visible in the many street lined cafeterias, discussing Greek life while enjoying their frappes.

Continuing along with the ever blue sea right in your view, make your way to the first stop to Agios Andreas. A welcome glass of fresh squeezed orange juice greets while you sit at the taverna that faces the harbor. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you want.

Sunbathing and swimming on two different sandy beaches, hiking around the foothills, or visiting the local 800-year old church just around the corner. The evening comes alive in this little town many locals come out to eat or walk around the harbor enjoying the sunset.

Day 3: Agios Andreas - Finikounda (32 kilometers)

On this day we are biking from Ag. Andreas on the coastal road and have a few hills to do. The first 5 km cycling, the road is some what hilly to Koroni and then we cut into the hillside and ascend to 200 m above sea level over a 7 km stretch, the views are fantastic when we reach the plateau, where we enjoy a nice picnic and break before descending 7 km to Finikounda - a quaint fishing village with a long sandy beach, an ideal paradise for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts. This lovely village hosts some wonderful shopping for the ladies.

Day 4: Finikounda to Pylos (30 kilometers)

After a refreshing sleep in Finikounda and a hearty breakfast, you will bike for 10 kilometers and the first coffee break to Methoni. There you can explore the perimeter and inside of this Venetian castle. After this short break, you will cycle towards Pylos on the coastal road or as an alternative road, through the hills (for our more adventurous cyclists).

Pylos is the third most important historical town and has a medieval castle like Koroni and Methoni. You will have a great view over the Navarino Bay, where Russian, French, and English battle ships destroyed the Ottoman and Egyptian ships and set Greece free from occupation.

Once you've booked into your beautiful hotel with an amazing view of the bay, you are free to go exploring in Pylos or watch the sunset with a cocktail at the hotel by the infinity pool.

Day 5: Pylos to Marathopoli (38 kilometers)

You´ll feel like a king and queen this morning after a quiet and more than comfortable sleep. The day starts with a full delicious breakfast in this family run establishment and then cycling through the many olive groves this area boosts. Our route takes us through Gialova, a windsurfing and kiteboarders paradise, and on to the most famous beach called Voidikila and right beside it lies a bird sanctuary. The whole region is under protection status and is home to over 254 types of birds like herons, cormorants and flamingos. Our passage through the narrow watermelon lined road has us arriving in Marathopoli for the end of this day. Once you´re settled into the beautiful hotel, you are free to lounge around the pool, swim in the sea or go for a long walk along the sea shore. This quiet seaside town also comes alive in the evenings, and has a new and trendy sea front restaurant offering a new twist on Greek cuisine while you sip local wine and take in this wonderful ambiance.

Day 6: Marathopoli- Filiatra- Kyparissia to Kalo Nero (38 kilometers)

It will be difficult leaving this place, while we breakfast and take in the most relaxing view of the bluest water looking out onto the harbor. But we must leave to make it to our last destination. Cycling on to Filiatra for a picnic under the little "Eiffel Tower" a smaller version that stands out on main street. It was built from a local man as a tribute to Paris.A short coffee break in the bustling town of Kyparissia before we continue to bike to Kalo Nero, a small seaside village, which is surrounded by 25 km long beaches, which are the nesting grounds for the Carretta - Carretta, the endangered sea turtle of the Mediterranean Sea. They lay around 80 - 100 eggs in early summer and they hatch in later autumn usually around the full moon. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to witness this rare and beautiful occurance while on tour. After arriving you have the day free to do as you please, the pool, sea and long walks on the endless sandy beaches are all waiting for you to enjoy and relax.

Day 7: Kalo Nero to Kalamata

After breakfast at the hotel in Kalo Nero, it's time to hit the road back to the Kalamata Airport (KLX). or Kalamata bus station.

Perhaps you wish to stay in Greece for a little while longer, enjoying a few days more in this peaceful area in and around Kalo Nero or head to Athens and check out the world famous Acropolis, the Plaka or the Parthenon. Everything is possible, just ask Cycle Green Tours so they can give you other suggestions to help make this holiday the best ever.

Skill level

Beginner easy to moderate

  • Can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • Assistance required
  • Comfortable with curves and leans
  • Basic experience with surfaced roads
  • Short distance ascents and descents

Location

This cycling tour will take you from Kalamata to Petalidi, Agios Andreas, Koroni, Foinikounta, Methoni, Pilos, Gialova, Filiatra, Marathopoli, and Kalo Nero in Greece.Greece is one of Europe's cycling destination, which has been so far kept secret. Greece has over 11 million people, most of them residing in the major cities like Athens and Thessaloniki.

The southern part of Greece (the Peloponnese) has a great countryside with sparse traffic, but wonderful cities, pristine beaches, and five star hotels. The Peloponnese has it's spring in February and stays warm until November, where the water temperature is warmer than the air. That translates to a longer biking season!

Food

During this tour, your daily breakfast is included in the price. The breakfast is hearty, usually serving fresh farm eggs, Greek yogurt with local honey, fresh baked bread with homemade preserves, sweets, local cheese, fruit, coffee, tea, and fresh juice. Traditional Greek cuisine consists of lots of fresh and seasonal produce. Many of the dishes are vegetarian or vegan but there is also a wide variety of meats and seafood.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

What's included

  • 5 days of cycling
  • German or English speaking guide
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transfers from and to Kalamata International Airport (KLX) or Kalamata bus station
  • Luggage transfer
  • 24 hour support vehicle
  • Bike rental

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Lunch, dinner, and beverages
  • Insurance
  • Airport transfer from Athens
  • Cycling helmet (bring your own)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kalamata International Airport (KLX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Cycle Green Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kalamata International Airport Airport transfer included: Kalamata International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
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