Evia is Greece’s second largest island, yet it does not attract mass crowds like other Greek islands. This is good news for family cyclists seeking serene country roads in scenic, uncrowded environments. Much of Evia has an old-fashioned feel, as if time stopped last century. The island is blessed with lots of fresh water from Evia’s mountains, making for cool, shady retreats and an abundant local food supply.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Karystos. Welcome to Greece! We assemble at the airport and transfer to Rafina port. The 1½ ferry ride on the Aegean Sea provides beautiful views of the Attiki mainland and offers a good opportunity to engage in child-oriented games to get to know everyone on the tour. Our destination is the southern Evia town of Karystos, a charming place where fishermen sit under mulberry trees repairing their nets. We have our welcome dinner at a seaside restaurant.
Day 2: Karystos. The area around Karystos has attractive flora and fauna, including eagles, nightingales, chestnut groves and bubbling brooks. Our first day of bicycling takes us to the village of Platanistos where an old stone bridge sits over a creek whose waters originate from the natural springs on Mt. Ochis. Big plane trees line the banks of this leafy oasis and kids and adults alike are tempted to wade in the cool stream. We return to our hotel in Karystos and dine at one of the innumerable outdoor restaurants along the natural port harbor. Total distance: 25 km, 15.5 miles.
Day 3: Karystos. We bike to the village of Mili with its marvelous Red Castle, a 13th century fortress. Nearby is the amazing Kalyvia Cave which stretches for three kilometers underground with rivers and lakes. It gets chilly down there so bring some extra clothing. Back on our bikes we visit the Bourtzi, a Venetian castle that was once connected by a tunnel to the Red Castle. After lunch a kaiki (simple traditional slow passenger boat) takes us around Petalii Islands where Picasso once resided. The turquoise waters make an irresistible pit stop for a swim. Total distance: 15 km, 9 miles.
Day 4: Eretria. We transfer to the north of Evia to Kimi, an old seafaring town with picturesque homes, great views from its cliffs and a folklore museum with colorful local costumes. Morning biking in the surrounding areas of Kimi takes us through traditional villages along the coast where you’re apt to see dried octopus hanging everywhere. We have lunch near the Kimi port and a possible afternoon dip in the sea. Late afternoon we transfer to our beach front hotel in Eretria, a town with many fascinating ancient sites. Total distance: 20 km, 12 miles.
Day 5: Rovies. Early morning transfer to Prokopi, a quiet town nestled in aromatic pine trees in a mountainous region. We encounter rare and beautiful vegetation cycling along a sparkling, shaded creek with a skyline dominated by sycamore trees. We come to a natural spring and a hidden church. Shortly after Mandoudi, we make our way to the sea for a luscious swim at Kria Vrisi. We transfer to Rovies to our beach front a dinner of local specialities. Total distance: 15 km, 9 miles.
Day 6: Rovies. A short transfer takes us back up into the hills to Kerasia, meaning cherry tree). Our route includes enchanting waterfalls with wooden walkways along a river banks whose banks are lined with pine and plane trees. A Monastery Osiou David and untouched-by-time villages makes today’s ride so endearing. Dinner is at a restaurant on a pebble beach that is a great place for collecting seashells. Total distance: 23 km, 14 miles.
Day 7: Edipsou Loutra. Our last day of biking is really special. We take a dreamy coastal route hugging the sea to reach the famous cosmopolitan little community of Edipsou Loutra, a lively spa town blessed with almost 80 natural therapeutic thermal-springs. For centuries, these sulphur healings waters have attracted people from Socrates to Greta Garbo. We have our farewell dinner to Greece at a seaside taverna where we share our fond memories of our memorable journey. Total distance: 20 km, 12 miles.
Day 8: Departure.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- All dinners with local house wine. All breakfasts. Some lunches depending on the tour.
- All domestic land and sea transportation from tour's designated starting point to tour's end point.
- Transfers to/from the airport
- Lightweight, triple chain ring Road Bike or Hybrid Bike depending on the tour. All bikes come with odometer, 2 water bottles and cages, map holder, rear rack on request.
- An experienced local guide
- A support vehicle ("sag wagon") with driver, snacks, ice cooler, first aid kit, bike tools and spare parts, floor pump and a lift.
- Map of the region with daily, detailed cue sheets
- Entrance fees to major points of interest, such as museums or archaeological sites.
- Gratuities, tips and taxes.
- Airfare to/from Greece or to designated starting/ending points
- Transfers to/from the airport in non-designated hours.
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