When travelers fantasize about Greece they usually conjure up stark whitewashed island villages surrounded by a blinding blue sea. That’s the Cyclades. Blue and White, just like the Greek flag. Our bike tour uses ferries to hop from island to island.
Read a day by day account of the Cycle Cyclades tour in Odyssey magazine.
The 4 night Santorini Hiking add-on offers Cyclades in all its glory with cultural activities and land and sea excursions. You hike along the volcano’s caldera ridge to witness the watery horizon 360 degrees. Sail into the caldera and ascend a volcanic peak. In a Cyclades cooking class, discover the unique local foods. We introduce you to Santorini’s marvelous wines grown in volcanic soil.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Syros
Early morning departure on a ferry to Syros, the capital of the Cyclades islands. Syros is known for its many beaches and elegant capital, Ermoupoli which means “trading city.” A warm-up short Kambos ride ends at the entrance to the car-free medieval neighborhood Ano Mera. scenic warm up ride 12 km, 7.5 miles.
Day 2: Syros
Today’s ride makes a big loop in the southern half of Syros starting with a 204 meter ascent (670 feet), the highest point of the day. The route goes from one beautiful beach to the next finally stopping at Vari Beach for lunch and swimming in the protected bay. 36 km, 22 miles
Day 3: Mykonos
Mykonos is famous for its party scene, its high end shopping, its cool vibe. It offers a stark contrast to the other low key simple elegance of the other Cyclades islands. Biking is minimal on Mykonos — a ride to Elia Beach for swimming at a fine sandy beach and a classy Mediterranean lunch. 24 km, 15 miles.
Day 4: Paros
A morning local boat takes us to the ancient sanctuary of Delos island, a World Heritage Site to its explore its extensive grounds. Lunch in Mykonos harbor, then catch a ferry to Paros. We bike to the hotel in Naoussa, check in, then bike and hike the dirt path to the 1887 Korakas Lighthouse. 12 km, 7 miles, 45 minutes hike.
Day 5: Paros
Our main destination is adorable Antiparos island, a 10 minute ferry hop from Paros. Depending on the season, there could be a pit stop at the unique Valley of the Butterflies. In Antiparos, we bike ride to the famous cave and descend by foot to its bottom, Back on Paros, bike the southern coast. 58 km, 36 miles
Day 6: Naxos
Morning ride to Lefkes, the highest village on Paros. Take a ferry to Naxos, arriving in time for lunch and to walk to the Portara. There are a number of biking options in Naxos, including to an olive oil museum, a 6th century BC “kouros,” or the protected Alyki juniper forest. 23 km, 14 miles in Paros, 23 km, 14 miles in Naxos.
Day 7: Naxos
Today is the tour’s highest cycling day, up to 1633 feet. En route there’s a stop at a marble kouros (ancient Greek male statue) left unfinished in its quarry. At cute little Halki, sample the “kitron,” shop at an olive wood store, visit the art gallery. Cycle to Aria Springs and hike up to Za Cave. 48.55 km, 30 miles
Day 8: Departures
Take ferry or flight to Athens.
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 700 euros. E-BIKES/HYBRID BIKES/ROAD BIKES.
Total Mileage 346 km, 215 miles for standard route.
496 meters, 1627 feet
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