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Sacred Sites Biking Tour, Greece (8 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 8 - 16 people
Destination(s): Greece  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: June - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2850 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2850 Euro (EUR)

No one comes to Greece without paying homage to at least one ancient ruin, and some of Greece’s most legendary sacred sites lie right in the Peloponnese. Extensive biking enables you to visit a series of archaeology sites. You bike to the 3rd century BC Epidavros Theatre which once was the largest healing center in the ancient world. You also bike to Mycenae where King Agamemnon ruled who launched the Trojan War. It’s a thrill for the inner athlete in every cyclist to bike to Olympia home of the original Olympic Games. Nature predominates on this tour that crosses the Arcadian Mountains where traditional villages steeped in local culture abound. Many say the Peloponnese is the true Greece. Come judge for yourself!

Day 1: Nafplio
A World Heritage Site on your first cycling day in Greece! Bike to 3rd century BC Epidavros Theatre, Greece largest ancient theater seating 15,000 with impeccable acoustics. Coast down to elegant Nafplio, modern Greece’s first capita and the prettiest city in the Peloponnese. 89.70 km, 55.40 miles

Day 2: Nafplio
Your second biking day in Greece takes you to a second sacred site. Bike directly to Ancient Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon who launched the Trojan War. In Nafplio, experience the famous Nemean wine varieties, climbing 999 steps to Palamidi Fortress, visit local artisan shops. 43 km, 26 miles.

Day 3: Dimitsana
Nafplio to Dimitsana is the hardest cycling route of the entire tour. It is also the most rewarding as you climb into the Arcadia Mountains and experience traditional local mountain villages, such as, in the little town of Dimitsana with its red tiled roofs seated along the Lousios Gorge. 103 km, 64.50 miles

Day 4: Olympia
From Dimitsana to Olympia there’s a thrilling descent hugging the Lousios Gorge. You are now leaving the Arcadia Mountains to lower elevations. The biking route is flatter but with several hills too. At the end, before you know it, you are cycling past the ancient Olympic Stadium. 76 km, 50 miles

Day 5: Lampei
Morning tour of ancient Olympic. A professional guide makes the site come alive. Its Temple of Zeus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Afternoon biking returns to the mountains, traditional villages, goat herds, gushing water sources. 42.25 km, 26 miles

Day 6: Kalavrita
Deep cycling in mountain territory, mostly following a ridge with 1-2 steep ascents and descents to make the ride entertaining. The day’s highlight is Cave of the Lakes, a series of subterranean lakes inside a huge cave. Enjoy Kalavrita, a charming mountain village full of tradition. 74.50 km, 46 miles

Day 7: Athens
The last cycling day has many miles, but the route is mostly downhill and flat hugging the Corinth Gulf coast. We end up at Loutraki Bay at the sea for swimming and a farewell dinner at fresh fish taverna. Vehicle transfer to Athens or Athens Airport Sofitel Hotel for those with flights early next morning. 118 km, 73 miles

Day 8: Departure

Supplemental Tour Information:
Due to morning departure on Day 1 prepare to arrive at least one day early to Athens to test ride the bikes.
Bike mileage listed for each day is that day’s standard bike route. Depending however on the cycling level of the participants, routes may vary by adding mileage or minimizing mileage with vehicle transfers.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Single Supplement: 750 euros.
Total Mileage 546 km, 340 miles for standard route.
Highest Elevation 1103 m, 3618 feet.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2006

We are the only tour operator in Greece providing multi-day cycling tours through all regions of Greece. It is our mission to show you an authentic Greece while you cycle through the rural countryside or around the Greek isles. We introduce you to delicious Mediterranean cuisine, local produce and handicrafts,...

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