Bike in the Argo Saronic region which lies in the southeastern “finger” of the Peloponnese Peninsula, a stimulating region to cycle.
In this predominantly rural region you bike directly to two World Heritage Sites, the Epidavros Theatre and the tombs at Ancient Mycenae. Enjoy healthy Mediterranean food and local hospitality. You immerse yourself in slow-moving Greece where most of the route is on back roads with negligible traffic.
Your favorite mainland town will be Nafplio, modern Greece’s first capital, with elegant neo-Classical Venetian homes and a towering 17th century fortress, the Palamidi. From Nafplio, the legendary sites of Ancient Mycenae and Epidavros Theatre are only about an hour bike ride away. You will also be endeared to the little islands of Spetses and Poros, both of which are low key and easy to discover on two wheels.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Epidavros
See Day 1 Logistics tab for how to reach the start point of the Argo Saronic self-guided tour.
There are two ways to reach the coastal town of Epidavros and both take you biking along the sea coast with stunning views of the Aegean Sea. Cycling the north to south route via a land transfer to the Corinth Canal is 55 km, 34 miles. Starting at Agio Theodoro involves more mileage but 15 km extra mileage, but it is mostly flat. 70 km, 43 miles, or even starting from the Corinth Canal . Cycling the south to north route via a sea transfer to Poros is less mileage but the transfer lasts longer so you don’t get an early start. 35 km, 22 miles
Day 2: Nafplio
A gradual gentle climb takes you to Ancient Epidvaros, the 3rd century BC outdoor theater seating 15,000 spectators with impeccable acoustics. Stand at the stage, whisper, and those high in the last row will hear you! After touring the grounds, it’s all downhill to Nafplio, the prettiest city in the Peloponnese. 45.60 km, 28 miles
Day 3: Nafplio
The rural route to ancient Mycenae passes through orange and lemon groves to bring you to the home of King Agamemnon who launched the Trojan War. When you’re back in Nafplio don’t fail to climb the 999 steps to the Palamidi, the formidable 17th century Venetian fortress. 43 km, 26 miles
Day 4: Spetses island
The route from Nafplio to Spetses (via Kosta port) is the most challenging of the tour but also exhilarating to reach the top of the climb at 608 m (1994 feet) and biking 83 km, 52.50 miles. Or for an extra fee our driver can be transfer you to the summit and bike the rest of the way 30.60 km, 22.70 miles to Kosta port to catch a 10 minute water taxi to Spetses.
Day 5: Spetses
Spetses is a small, classy island with beautiful mansions built by 19th century shipping magnates and wealthy merchants. Spetses has only one town which is car free and one asphalt road which circles the island. At the halfway point, stop to swim in a sea cave. 45 km, 28 miles
Day 6: Poros island
Take a water taxi back to the mainland and hug the sparkling coastline all the way to Galatas port to catch another quick water taxi to Poros. The 62 km route, 38 miles is somewhat flat until the 40 km, 25 miles point which begins a challenging 202 meter, 600 foot climb. The thrilling descent ends with a tremendous view of Poros from across the sea. 59 km, 36.60 miles
Day 7: Poros
Poros has two hilly cycling loops to choose from — or do them both! One route is 13.60 km, 8.40 miles. The other loop is 15 km, 9.30 miles and passes by the Temple of Poseidon whose ruins are not so interesting but the views are exceedingly scenic. In Poros, enjoy swimming at sandy beaches with sea sports, a weaving class, the archaeology museum, strolling the long harbor front.
Day 8: Departure
Leave the bikes in Poros and take a 90 minute high speed boat to Piraeus. Boats depart morning, afternoon and evening.
Supplemental Tour Information:
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 for 7 nights, 8 days, but it can be changed to add days or do the tour in less days. If less days, then you will only be spending one night at certain destinations instead of two.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Single Supplement 400 euros.
E-Bikes/ Hybrid/ Road Bikes
Total Mileage 347 km, 215 miles for standard 8 day tour
Highest Elevation 496 meters, 1627 feet
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