Arrive at least one day early to Athens to test ride the bikes.
Leave your luggage in the hotel and it will be transferred to your next destination.
The itinerary below is standard, but it can be changed to add days or delete destinations. For example, if you want to stay two nights in the Arcadia Mountains in Dimitsana, either add one more day to the tour or delete the second night in Kalavrita.
Day 1: Napflio
Nafplio is the prettiest city in the Peloponnese. You will yearn to stay more than two nights, but you must move on. En route cycling to Nafplio you make a pit stop at the day’s highlight, the 3rd century BC Epidavros Theatre whose acoustics are impeccable.
Day 2: Nafplio
The rural route to ancient Mycenae passes through orange groves to bring you to the home of Agamemnon who launched the Trojan War. On your return to Nafplio don’t fail to climb the 999 steps to the Palamidi, the formidable 17th century Venetian fortress. 48.50 km, 29.80 miles
Day 3: Dimitsana
Today is all about climbing. The first mountain is “bald,” no trees, which permits a panoramic view of a series of distant mountains reminiscent of sea waves. After lunch in Tripoli, you climb into the heart of Arcadia where the landscape is more verdant and the villages charming. 118.50 km, 73.70 miles,
Instead of biking to Olympia tomorrow, option to stay a second night in Dimitsana instead of two nights in Kalavrita. With a second day in Dimitsana you can bike to the trailhead of the Lousios Gorge and spend the day hiking to a fascinating monastery in a cliff and the “secret school.” See the video on this page of the lovely bells at the monastery.
Day 4: Olympia
Before leaving Dimitsana make a visit to the truly fascinating live-action water power museum which brings alive what pre-industrial life was like in Arcadia. The ride ends cycling past the Ancient Olympia stadium, the ruins lying within a discus throw of your bike route. Tour the grounds and its great museum. 77 km, 47.80 miles
Day 5: Lampei
If you didn’t have time to tour Ancient Olympia yesterday you can do so this morning because Lampei is less than a four hour ride. Lampei is a true mountain village with no bank, no post office, no pharmacy, but it does have a guesthouse and the residents hang out at several cafes and the Balcony taverna. No tourists! 42.25 km, 26 miles Add 8 km, 5 miles for a side detour to the marvelous Foloi Oak Forest.
Day 6: Kalavrita
.You’re in the middle of the Peloponnese, up in the mountains, but riding a ridge so it is basically flat almost the entire ride, except for the last ten miles when you face a steep ascent for about ten miles. Before tackling that climb, best to stop at the natural phenomena known as Cave of the Lakes, a series of underwater lakes inside a cave. 74.50 km, 46 miles
Day 7: Kalavrita
A hilly route surrounded by imposing mountains. Your destination is a little village church whose interior will amaze you. We’ll keep it a secret until then. Be sure to visit the Kalavrita museum detailing the German massacre of the town’s male visitors during World War II which is still a very potent memory to the locals. 51 km, 32 miles
Day 8: Departure Athens or Athens Airport
The longest cycling day is the last day of the tour, from Kalavrita to Loutraki. But don’t fret, it is mostly downhill and all flat hugging the Corinth Gulf sea coast biking eastward towards Athens. End the ride at the glorious Loutraki Bay with its expansive beach and seaside fish tavernas. 112.50 km, 70 miles
Day 8 Logistics We meet you in Loutraki for a transfer back to central Athens as part of your tour price. Alternatively, for a fee, we can meet you in Xylokastro which shaves some mileage off your ride so you bike only 72.50, 45 miles If you have an early morning flight the next day, for an additional modest fee, we can also transfer you to Athens Airport to overnight either at the Holiday Inn (20 minutes shuttle to airport) or the Sofitel (walk across the street to terminals). Contact us for info about transfer fees fees.
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