Greece Guided Bike Tour

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Greece Guided Bike Tour

Tour Dates: May 16 – 24, 2018

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This tour will be accompanied by Chuck & Judy Nichols

Join Chuck and Judy Nichols on an exciting bike tour on the Peloponnese Peninsula of Greece. This scenic 8-day cycling adventure is filled with fun riding, gorgeous views, ancient ruins and fabulous food! The tour is fully supported with a local guide and van driver.

The Peloponnese is a region the Greeks call “the real Greece.” Here, you will find a relaxed local culture, small hill towns, charming seaside villages and a Mediterranean landscape filled with vineyards, olive orchards and archaeological sites. Traditional Greek food is plentiful with fresh seafood, Souvlaki served with tzatziki, moussaka and Greek yogurt served with local honey.

Greek culture, amazing archaeology, great riding, comfortable accommodations and a chance to see the real Greece from the seat of a bicycle!

This scenic 9-day bike tour will be filled with fun riding, gorgeous views, ancient ruins and fabulous food! The tour is fully supported with a local guide and van driver. Last year Chuck and Judy explored the Peloponnese and were amazed by what they found. Rather than the posh resorts everyone envisions, this region is what the Greeks call “the real Greece” with small hill towns and sea side villages, a relaxed local culture and quiet coastal and forest roads perfect for cycling. There were no steep coastal cliffs to climb; rather the landscape was a pleasant blend of mountain scenery, rolling hills and coast roads decorated with vineyards, olive orchards and archaeological sites. Traditional Greek food was plentiful with fresh sea food, skewers of grilled pork called Souvlakia which is served with Tzatziki, and Mousaka, made from layers of fried egg plant, potatoes and spicy minced meat. And to treat your taste buds, there is Greek yogurt, scrumptious local honey and feta cheese.

Greek culture, amazing archaeology, great riding, comfortable accommodations and a chance to see the real Greece from the seat of a bicycle; this will be a memorable NEW BIKE TOUR and one we hope to share with you this coming May!

2018 Tour Price: €2,000 Euros/pp double occupancy

Single Supplement: €250 Euros
Hybrid bike Rental: €85 Euros
Road bike Rental: €125 Euros
E-bike Rental: €250 Euros
Helmet Rental: €20 Euros

Price Includes:
  • 8 nights lodging with breakfast
  • all lunches and dinners
  • van support with bilingual driver/guide
  • transfer from Athens at the start and return to Athens at the end of tour
  • entrance fees to Archaeological sites
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, beverages, tipping for local guides

* The Greece Guided Bike Tour is also available as a Charter Tour – call for details

Tour Difficulty

This is a moderate tour with some hills. Daily distances will be between 35 – 60 km. We will have the support vehicle that will be available to give riders a lift.

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid, Road Bike or E-Bike

Tour Highlights

  • Gorgeous coastal riding
  • Hillsides covered with vineyards, olive and fruit trees
  • Ancient Greek archaeological sites
  • Delicious and nutritional cuisine
  • Beautiful beaches

“I loved this trip to Greece. The biking was just challenging enough and the balance of beach days, biking and touring was perfect! The villages we visited were charming and historical. The food was delicious and plentiful. Our hotel rooms were roomy and comfortable and hotel staff were very gracious and helpful.”

~ Sue P. (Bike Tour of Greece)


While we strive to create the most accurate itinerary possible, the nature of international travel demands that participants remain flexible to any changes. We will do our best to substitute activities and services of equal quality for those listed.

Day 1- Athens

Arrival in Athens, settle into the hotel, late afternoon group meeting followed by a welcome dinner. Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations in Athens. Our hotel is conveniently located to enjoy the sites in Athens.

Day 2 – Transfer from Athens to Vytina

We transfer from Athens to Vytina by van, do a bike fitting and enjoy our first ride near town. Vytina is one of the 44 traditional settlements of Arcadia in the heart of Peloponnese, and its architecture features the local black limestone. This village played a significant role during the Greek war for independence against the Ottomans. Hotel in Vytina.

Day 3 – Vytina to Tripoli, 36 km

This route passes through the forest on the western side of Maenalon Mountain as we head south to Tripoli. According to mythology, Maenalon Mountain is the home of the god Pan, a half goat and half man figure who was worshiped in ancient times. Along the way, we will pass through the beautiful villages of Alonistena, Piana and Davia where there is a chance to stop in one of the traditional taverns to enjoy the locally produced meat, cheese and wine. Our destination is Tripoli, the capital of Arcadia in central Peloponnese. This modern town still manages to maintain the relaxed Greek way of living away from mass-tourism. Hotel in Tripoli for 2 nights.

Day 4 – Tripoli – Round Trip, 47km

(Ancient Mantinea-Wine Tasting-Kapsia Cave) Today we will be riding through vineyards and apple orchards en route to the ancient city of Mantinea, an archaeological site with an ancient Greek theater, which could hold up to 6,200 spectators. Nearby is the surreal church of Saint Fotini, which was built using an eclectic combination of Classical, Byzantine and Minoan architectural styles. Mantinea has a long history of wine making and here we can taste Moshofilero, an intensely aromatic white wine. Next, we ride to Kapsia to visit an amazing cave with multi-colored stalactites and stalagmites before returning to our hotel in Tripoli.

Day 5 – Tripoli to Paralio Astros, 57 km

We depart from Tripoli and pass through Tegea, a small village with a 10th century Byzantine church and an ancient ruin from the Hellenistic era. Continuing on our descent to the sea, we pass through the Parnonas Mountains in a river gorge dotted with olive orchards and charming small villages. Our destination is Paralio Astros, a small fishing village with a picturesque harbor, hilltop castle and taverns where you can always find fresh fish and other homemade local specialties. Hotel in Paralio Astros

Day 6 – Paralio Astros to Nafplio, 45 km

This amazing coastal ride follows the Argolic Gulf to Mili, a small seaside resort town where you will find the archaeological site of the ancient Lerna ruins dating back to the Bronze Age. This is also the location of the ancient lake of Lerna where Hercules killed Lernea Hydra, the mythical beast with many heads. The ride turns inland and continues through fruit orchards before we arrive in Argos, the hometown of Hercules. There, up on Larissa Mountain, stands an imposing fortress with Cyclopean walls. At the foot of the mountain, you can visit the ancient theater of Argos, one of the biggest in Greece. We finish the day in Nafplio where we will spend three nights. Nafplio is a beautiful seaside town with narrow old streets, a marbled main square, neo-classic buildings, sidewalk cafes and the Palamidi, an immense fortress that overlooks the town. Hotel in Nafplio.

Day 7 – Naplio to Mycenae – Round Trip, 51 km

Our ride heads northward to Tiryns where we will see the remains of a huge castle. From there we cycle through orange and lemon groves to the ruins of the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae. Long ago, Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization. The Acropolis of Mycenae is built from Cyclopean-size stones, and the world renown Lion’s Gate is a massive structure along with other impressive excavations. We return to Nafplio for the night

Day 8 – Naplio to Epidaurus, 42, km

The last day of biking begins with a transfer to the ruins of Epidaurus, a true historical gem! In addition to its impressive and wonderfully restored amphitheater, said to hold 14,000, Epidaurus is thought to be the birthplace of medicine. This was one of the most important healing centers of antiquity, and it has a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing. After leaving Epidaurus, the route is mostly downhill through a mountainous landscape that passes through a pistachio growing region. We finally reach the coast and make our way back to our hotel in Nafplion for our last dinner together.

Day 9 – Transfer to Athens

After breakfast, we will transfer you back to Athens. Please let us know if you would like our help arranging hotels and tours in Athens or reservations at any of the wonderful seaside destinations located throughout Greece.