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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.