- Tour distance:160 km
- Tour duration: 9 nights, 10 days
- Tour difficulty: Easy, Moderate - Rider type B
- Month: June-September.
Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Santorini
The Cyclades are group of islands situated in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. The archipelago contains 2,200 islands, islets and rocks, only 33 islands are inhabited. The Cyclades are best known for the islands of Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. The Cyclades share the same architecture of small whitewashes cubic houses with flat roofs, wooden colored doors and windows with floured balconies.
The multitudes of narrow streets are particularly charming and magic. The Cycladic architecture is explained by the fact that the houses had flat roofs and a cubic shape to resist against the strong winds. They were painted in white to cool the high temperatures of summer time. The houses were built very close to one another for protection against the pirates. It also shows the strong communal spirit of the era.
Mykonos. Famous for the excellent beaches and vibrant night life. Little Venice and the Windmills are one the most photographed places in the world. Paros. A very touristic and a typical example of Cycladic island with picturesque villages and beautiful beaches.
Naxos. The largest of the Cyclades islands Naxos has green valleys, a lively harbor town and probably the best beaches in Greece. Santorini. No other island in the world offers such contrasting colors and impressive scenery.
Nothing can prepare you for the uniqueness of this island.
Day 1: Athens. Welcome in Greece. Meeting point in Syntagma Square in front of Greek Parliament. We start with a 3 hour walking day tour from front of the Greek parliament, in the center of Athens, visiting Parthenon and the New Acropolis museum. In the afternoon we stroll towards Thissio area, Plaka and Monastiraki flee market.
Day 2: Mykonos (7 mi/11 km 45 min ride). Boat to Mykonos. Settling in the hotel and fit the bikes. We walk about the town visiting the Windmills, Paraportiani church, have coffee at Little Venice and cycle to a beach for a swim. A day tour to sacred Delos Island is optional.
Day 3: Paros (6,5 mi/10 km 45 min ride). Boat to Paros. We cycle to our Hotel at picturesque Naousa, a small fisherman’s village, stopping at Vongovardas Monastery. There are plenty of beaches close by that one can explore, the biggest that of Santa Maria.
Day 4: Paros (30 mi/50 km 5 hr ride). Today we cycle to Lefkes village, the capital of Paros during the Byzantine Empire. We continue to Pounta where a ferry boat takes us to Antiparos island. We visit the famous cave, the Venetian castle and ride along the coastline to Ag. Georgios village.
Day 5: Naxos (8 mi/13 km 1 hr ride). Boat to Naxos. Free time in the harbor town Hora to explore the medieval alleys of the Castle and the Apollonian Portara gate. In the afternoon we cycle to the nearby beaches of Ag. Prokopios and Ag Anna for a swim.
Day 6: Naxos (35 mi/56 km 4 hr ride). Today is the longest ride of the tour. We cycle to Chalki village, where we visit a Kitro distillery and continue towards lovely Apirathos village up in the mountain passing by Filoti village. The view is astonishing on our way back from the Northern side of the mountain passing by Moni village.
Day 7: Santorini. A high speed ferry lasting two hours takes us to unique Santorini. We stroll about the town of Fira, full of little shops and cafes, enjoying the stunning view. We take a 2 hour late afternoon hike on the "old path" from Fira arriving in Oia to catch the world famous sunset of Oia.
Day 8: Santorini. We visit Akrotiri, where the archaeological settlement of the pre-historic Thira is situated. A guided tour at Boutari’s wine yard is a must since it is the oldest wine yard of the island.
Afternoon swimming at Vlyhada beach.
Day 9: Santorini. Today we hike Thirasia an unpopulated island that takes us back to Greece of 1950´s. We continue for a swim in the warm waters of Palea Kameni at the center of the caldera. For the brave a donkey ride, right on the edge of the cliff, takes us back to Fira.
Day 10: End of tour, transfer to Santorini Airport.
- Cost: 3,600€, 400€ single occ.
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