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Greece: The Peloponnese Peninsula

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  • 7 nights | 31 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €735
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Tour Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This is a fascinating bike trip for the admirers of Greek Archaeology and cultural experiences. It is unique as you start biking high in the mountains and you end up cycling next to the sea for a couple of days. It combines the magnificent fir trees of Mainalon mountain with the marvelous endless beaches lying along the Argolic Gulf.

You will visit some of the most important archaeological sites in Peloponnese such as Epidaurus with the famous theatre, Mycenae that conquered during the Bronze Age, ancient Mantinea, ancient Tegea, Argos, ancient Lerna with the homonymous lake where Hercules killed the mythic beast, and the walls of ancient Tiryns.

Your destination is the Central-Eastern Peloponnese where the mythical perpetual mountains meet the fantastic blue sea. Your start point is Vytina, a small traditional village in the mountains, among the trees where you have the chance to breathe the fresh air and listen to the sound of the birds. The next day you will cycle from Vytina through the mountains, most of it uphill passing through picturesque villages and then downhill to Tripoli, a small purely Greek town still unaffected by mass tourism, located in the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula.

Passing by the small picturesque fish village of Paralio Astros you end up to the dreamy seaside town of Nafplio situated in the eastern part of Peloponnese where you spend four amazing days. You will experience not only modern Greece but also the Classical one. So pack your bags and get ready for this unforgettable tour!

A note about weather: From as early as March, the day temperature is well suited for comfortable cycling and in April you can already expect balmy evenings. As of May, the sea temperature is pleasant for a longer bath and in June shady spots are already desired on the Peloponnese. High temperatures and busy season is in July and August, which is also when the locals are in large numbers on the water. Suddenly, from September leaves the hustle and pleasant temperatures are dominant again. Also, October is still a good travel month, with crystal clear water and respite from the heat.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival in Vytina
Vytina, which is abeautiful traditional settlement, played an important role during the Greek Independence War in 1821. The village is located at the foot of the mountain range Mainalo at an altitude of 1,033 meters and thanks to its excellent nature, is considered one of the most famous tourist resorts of Peloponnese and one of the best in Greece. The winter is often covered with snow and offer a unique insight to the visitor. When you arrive, you will get your bikes and equipment at the hotel.
Overnight in Vytina.

Day 2: Vytina – Alonistaina – Piana - Tripoli (29 miles/47 km)
In the morning, you will begin the trip to Tripoli. The route, uphill at the beginning, will take you through mountain Mainalo, a magnificent cycling route among fir trees to the village of Alonistaina, 6 km southeast of Vytina. Alonistaina is situated at about 1200m elevation, making it one of the highest villages in the Peloponnese and is considered to be a traditional settlement.

After a small stop to enjoy the beautiful landscape, you continue to Piana, another traditional and historical settlement, at 1090m elevation. In the centre of the village built on a big rock, you will find the big church of Saint Georgios. The body of the church is made of stone and it was a fort in 1821 during the Greek War of Independence. It is worth walking round the church to admire the view of the plain downhill. Next to the church you will find a traditional café that we recommend, and have a rest, drink coffee or have a snack. In the historical village of Piana, Theodoros Kolokotronis, the Greek general and the preeminent leader of the Greek War of Independence (1821–1829) against the Ottoman Empire, organised the Greek troops that supported the Battle at Valtetsi, and later dominated the town of Tripoli.

After visiting Piana you continue cycling downhill to Tripoli. Tripoli, the capital of Arcadia in central Peloponnese, built in an altitude of 650m in the plateau of Mantinea. It is a modern town that nowadays manages to maintain the pure Greek way of living away from mass-tourism! It used to be the capital of Peloponnese during the Ottoman Empire due to its strategic geographical location in the centre of the peninsula with a significant role during the Greek Independence War (1821-1828). You will have the chance to walk around the promenade center of the town, before you return to the hotel and get ready for the following 5-day exciting ride.
Overnight in Tripoli.

Day 3: Tripoli round trip (29 miles/47 km)
You will cycle through scattered vineyards and apple trees until you discover the excavations of the ancient city of Mantinea, one of the most important ancient Greek cities regarding its size and conservation.

You can walk around the preserved archaeological site and admire the sanctuaries in the center of the city and the ancient Greek theater which could hold up to 6,200 spectators. On the opposite side of the site you shouldn't miss a visit to the extravagant surreal church of Saint Fotini which combines several architectural elements (Classical, Byzantine, and Minoan) and was built in 1972.

Viniculture in Mantinea has a long history so if you are a wine lover do not forget to make a stop at two traditional local wineries and have some wine tasting if you wish. You may taste our local wines including one of the world's finest wine selection: "Moshofilero" produced in the blessed land of Mantinea even from ancient times! The flat ride continues through small fruit crops, before your arrival at Kapsia settlement.

There, a true underground marvel of nature is situated, the Kapsia cave which is registered among the ten most notable Caves of Greece. Multi-colored stalactites and stalagmites created gradually through millions of years, bright red, yellow and sky blue bring out masterpieces of unequal beautifulness made by Mother Nature. Then return to Tripoli passing through the narrow provincial roads!
Overnight in Tripoli.

Day 4: Tripoli – Ancient Tegea – Paralia Astros (35 miles/57 km)
Today you leave Tripoli, and pretty soon you arrive through the meadows at Tegea settlement, another very important city-state of ancient Greece. What is unique here is the fact that you can see history in layers! The Byzantine church of Madonna Dormition built in the mid-10th c. AC is constructed exactly over the ruins of the ancient theatre dated the Hellenistic era and using parts of it! You can also see the Agora and on the south the temple of Athena Alea, one of the most celebrated temples of the Classical period and the second larger ancient temple after the one of Zeus in ancient Olympia!

You continue the descend towards the sea cycling through Parnonas Mountain among olive groves, passing by picturesque small villages and visit olive oil factories if you wish. On your way you will also meet the ancient city of Eva where lays the recently excavated ruins of Herodes Atticus mansion with dozens of sculptures and partially colorful mosaics to see.

Soon you arrive in Paralio Astros, a beautiful small fishing village with no more than 900 inhabitants built almost artistically along the so called «Island» peninsula. You can spend the rest of your day swimming or sunbathing on the sandy beach, wandering around the streets, visit the castle on the top of the hill or walk by the picturesque harbor which accommodates small boats. Don't forget to relax at the cafes and taverns where you can always find fresh fish and other homemade local specialties.
Overnight in Paralio Astros.

Day 5: Paralion Astros – Nafplio (28 miles/45 km)
Today get ready for an amazing coastal ride towards Nafplion. Fascinating images of deep blue sea expect you today while cycling along the Argolic Gulf coastline with slight ups and downs. Soon you reach Mili, a small seaside resort where you can relax enjoying a beverage or a meal facing the sparkling sea. In addition you can visit the archaeological site of Ancient Lerna with exhibitions of prehistoric and Bronze Age.

The lake of ancient Lerna where Hercules killed the mythical beast with the many heads, Lernea Hydra lies just in the entrance of Mili. The ride continues through the vast plains before you arrive in Argos, one of the oldest Greek cities, hometown of Hercules. There, up on Larissa Mountain, the imposing fortress stands with the Cyclopean walls while at the foot of the mountain you can visit the ancient theater of Argos, one of the biggest in Greece.

You continue for the last kilometers to Nafplio, the famous and incomparable seaside town where natural beauty, history and modern way of living are all combined harmonically; narrow old streets, the marbled main square, neo classic buildings, modern cafes, the vivid night life and of course the dominating castle "Palamidi" and the Bourtzi fort in the sea! The beautiful promenade right along the characteristic harbor is full most of the day with small fishing boats and luxurious yachts.
Overnight in Nafplio.

Day 6: Round Trip to Mycenae (32 miles/51 km)
Today, riding through the beautiful countryside you are going to explore the great city of the Bronze Age, Mycenae, over 3500 years old! On your way, you can make a stop at the huge castle remains at Tiryns, which was considered to be one of the most important centers in the Eastern Mediterranean. Then you cycle through orange and lemon groves, till you reach Mycenae, the kingdom of mythical King Agamemnon, which was for a long time the center of Greek civilization.

The Acropolis of Mycenae-fortress with the old Cyclopean walls was built 3360 years ago in an altitude of 280m. The uphill part at the edge of the mountainside is quickly forgotten as you marvel at impressive excavations and important findings.

The world-famous Lions Gate at the main entrance of the Acropolis which constitutes the first example of monumental sculpture in Europe and the shaft graves such as the well preserved vaulted Atreus Grave, Agamemnon's father, are among the major cultural and historical attractions of Greece.
Overnight in Nafplio.

Day 7: Excursion to Epidaurus (26 miles/42 km)
The last biking day of your journey begins with a transfer to Epidaurus, which counts to the historical highlights of every trip to Greece. You will quickly understand why. You will be impressed by the huge and well-preserved, over 2300 year ancient theater, which could hold up to 14000 viewers in its time and in which nowadays during summer time hosts theatrical plays! Epidaurus is considered to be the birthplace of medicine as it was the most important healing center of antiquity with a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing.

A visit through the archaeological site indicates the view that ancient Greeks had about medicine and healing which concentrates on the principal: "healthy mind in healthy body". Watching theatre plays was an important part of that process.

You will also discover the remains of the ancient city with temples, porticoes, houses, shops and spas. After having met Epidaurus you cycle mostly downhill through mountainous landscape and through the vast pistachio growing region to the coast. Enjoy again a dip in the crystal clear sea water and look forward to another night in Nafplion.
Overnight in Nafplio.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, you will depart from Nafplio. A transfer to the airport can be booked for an extra cost, you could extend your stay in this beautiful destination.

Route Map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Saturdays: March 30-Oct 26, 2019 (minimum 2 persons)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€735
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€140
Bike Rentals
Hybrid trekking bike
€80
Road bike
€120
Electrically assisted bike
€230
Tandem bike
€240
Transfer
Transfer from/to airport (Athens to Vytina), per vehicle up to 4 persons
€200
Transfer from/to airport (Nafplio to Athens), per vehicle up to 4 persons
€160
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Discover Peloponnese Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy:

When a reservation has been partially or entirely paid off, you shall e-mail us the cancellation as soon as possible. Note that your cancellation will be valid only if you receive our confirmation within the next 24 hours.

  • For cancellations made at least 21 days prior to the onset of your trip or your arrival, no cancellation fees apply, save for a 25.00 euros fee for file expenses and administrative costs, you will be reimbursed depending on the way you made your payment.

For cancellations done less than 21 days prior to your arrival, the cancellation reimbursement is the following:

  • 10-21 days prior to arrival: 50% of the total cost
  • 0-10 days prior to arrival:  100% of the total cost
  • No-show: 100% of the total cost

Moreover, it must be stressed that no reimbursement applies in cases where you do not make use of the pre-selected services due to your own choice or mistake (e.g. you lost your flight, you are not ready at the time set for your transportation appointment or you are late in waking up or you give wrong details about your arrival, etc.). In case a service is not provided due to our or our collaborator's fault, either the corresponding amount will be reimbursed or there will be some sort of other compensation.

In case there are changes or cancellation due to weather condition or other reasons of force majeure, then again upon communication with our company, there will be a readjustment of your schedule, based on the new prevailing conditions and given that this is feasible, otherwise no reimbursement will be made for services not provided due to the foregoing conditions.

In these conditions "the company " shall mean the tour operator and the "client" will mean the person in whose name the booking is made and accepted.

1. Save for the itinerary given to the client and the accompanying brochure no other agreement, representation or promise of any kind shall form part of, alter, vary, supersede or operate as a waiver of these conditions or any of them unless expressly made or accepted by a Director of the company in writing.

2. There will not be any contract between the company and the client until:

a) The company receives a completed and signed "Booking Form" and the necessary deposit, and

b) the booking has been confirmed, accepted and invoiced by the company, and

c) the company has received the final payment on time and has sent a voucher.

Our office does not assume any liability if you proceed to booking without having arranged all the travel documents required for your destination. You are personally responsible for any problem that may arise due to lack of visa or an expired passport or health documents that could result in your not being allowed to travel, or in your being charged for cancellation.

8. Should the company make any major change or cancel the booking after the date when the final payment is received the client will have the following choices:

a) purchasing another available holiday from us

b) cancelling the holiday and refunding all monies paid to us as of that day

9. As your reservation concerns a specific confirmed package, you shall know that if you want to make any changes (e.g. dates, number of persons etc) our company reserves the right to charge some procedural expenses. If your package is charged with a price increase due to a different period that may occur, then you will be charged the whole amount of the increase.

10. The Company shall have the right to cancel a tour by not less than two months notice prior to the commencement of the tour in the event there is insufficient number of persons undertaking the tour.

11. The Company shall be entitled to cancel the booking on giving written notice to the client if the Company is hindered from carrying out fully its obligations hereunder by circumstances beyond its own control including but without limitation strikes, labor disputes, whether or not involving employees of the Company, suspension of supplies, governmental or quasi governmental intervention, accidents, acts of God, national or local disasters, war or civil strife. Should one or more of these acts occur, and the client is stranded abroad, then it is the obligation of the airline, but not the company to provide accommodation. If the company is obliged to cancel a tour owing to one or more of the above, then the Company will retain all monies to cover existing and future costs pertaining to the tour but will make all reasonable endeavors to rerun the tour as soon as is feasible, the date being set by the Company.

12. Our company accepts reservations by people over 18 years old. In a contrary case, we reserve the right to refuse handling the request.

13. All personal details you give us will be registered in our client list and will be strictly used for your personal reasons. These details can be used exclusively by us in order to inform you about programs and offers that may be launched from time to time or other news that may be of interest to you. If you do not want to receive such information and offers, please send us an e-mail or call us.

14. Arkas Travel, as a tourist agency together with its collaborators who operate as our representatives at the different destinations included in our services, have limited liabilities.

Neither our agency nor our collaborators bear any liability for any accident, illness, delay or other impact due to damage or any other reason whatsoever caused outside of the strict context of our services. Our company and representatives will in no case assume the responsibility for any additional cost that may arise due to delay or sudden change occurred by unpredictable factors. The Company's prices are based on these conditions and reflect the limitations upon the Company's liability which they contain. The Company shall not be liable to the client for any damage or consequential loss where booking is cancelled or in any circumstances  whatsoever for damage caused to the clients negligence, breach of duty or other wrongful act or omission by any independent contractor engaged by the Company.

The client expressly agrees that the liability of the Company hereunder is limited to a sum not exceeding the monies paid to the Company for the services provided hereunder. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary the company will pay damages calculated in accordance with Greek law in respect of death and bodily injury suffered by any member of the party strictly within the premises of the booked holiday package caused by the negligent act or omission of its employees or by one of its suppliers, provided that they were acting within the scope of or in the course of their employment and on the company's business.

As mentioned above, any agreement/collaboration between you and the Company is exclusively subject to Greek law, and the Courts of Tripoli have exclusive jurisdiction.

15. The Company reserves the right to exclude or eject as it reasonably thinks fit any clients from the tour whose behavior or appearance it shall consider objectionable, disruptive or otherwise unacceptable to other clients on the same tour.

16. The Company reserves the right to vary travel accommodation lectures and excursions where necessary provided that such alternative arrangements are of similar quality.

17. The company reserves the right to take photo and/or video shots from this trip. The client agrees that this material can be used without additional permission from the client for promotional reasons(website, tv, promotional videos, social media, magazines, advertising cards etc) of the company's products.

18. The Company shall use its reasonable endeavors to provide suitable arrangements in the event of delay at the outward or homeward points of departure but it is the responsibility of clients to ensure that they hold adequate insurance for any additional costs incurred as a result of such delays and alternative arrangements.

19. The client agrees to:

a) Not permit anything to be done to the rented property that might lead to damage or to vitiation of any contract of the insurance of the property. The cost of replacement of ant broken, damaged or lost items during the tenancy shall be charged and paid for by the client prior to his departure.

b) Not to sub-let the accommodation.

20. These Terms and Conditions contain some exclusions and limitations of liability. If any part of the conditions proves to be not valid or unenforceable, the rest of the conditions will remain valid. The invalid or unenforceable condition will be deemed as supplanted by an enforceable and valid form conveying the same meaning.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 11
  • 4 Star 2
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.1
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4.5
  • Bikes & equipment 4.5
  • Hotels or boat 4.5
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 4.3
  • Tour documents 4.5
  • Local tour company services 4.8
  • Route selection 4.8
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Manuel and Maria November 14, 2018

Great way to explore hidden gems of Greece!!!

We love feeling like locals, eating like locals, seeing the country the way locals do. Mostly away from touristy places. This was exactly what this tour was about. Combining Greek history, mythology, archaeology, authentic Greek food in authentic tavernas, experiencing warm Greek hospitality, revelling in the natural beauty of the mountains and the warmth of the sea. What more can I say? It was an incredible trip made possible by the Arcas team, local to Greece, coordinated thru bike tours.com. Thank you so much!!!

happyPedals November 5, 2018

Interesting, varied, a great trip

You will see different landscapes, from the more mountainous interior to the coast. There are chances to see many historical sites. The GPS is a must for the trip, you will get lost if you don't have it. I strongly recommend bringing your own small pump which can handle both Presta and Schraeder. The pumps we were given were a bit dodgy, and handled only Presta although we had some Schraeder valves on our tires and just one spare tube (Presta). We came across some aggressive stray dogs but weren't attacked. I carried a stick on my bike just in case. As a woman I would have been a bit anxious doing this ride alone, I was happy to have a partner with me. The hotels were mostly family-run or small and felt friendly and welcoming. There were many great restaurants in the destination towns. Staying 3 nights in the final town with 2 loop trips was great - the hotel was good and you didn't have to keep packing and unpacking. You *must* carry the hotel list with you - the GPS will not lead you directly to the hotels and the hotel names are not part of the map binder. You will see some beautiful scenery and also some abandoned and derelict buildings and piles of garbage. Some days you ride on somewhat busy roads with very narrow shoulders, but we found that drivers were courteous. If you are going to use the Metro in Athens, do some research about the level of organized pick-pocketing there and take precautions. This was a rewarding trip for someone who loves biking and history and exploring.

Tim and Lisa September 26, 2018

Wonderful trip

The route was fantastic, with gorgeous scenery, some amazing long downhill stretches, and major archaeological sites. Roads usually had little to no traffic and uphills were never overwhelming (I didn't ever wear the reflective vest I brought or have to walk). All of the accommodations, staff, and breakfasts were very nice and sometimes great. We enjoyed all of the suggested stops and towns we stayed in. It would have been impossible to come up with a comparable route on our own. The Trek bikes were in good shape. The only problem we had was that one day we encountered burrs or thorns which caused repeated punctures (apparently a seasonal hazard).

JBxx August 14, 2018

A perfect way to see working class Greece with lots of history

We ( 3 couples) did the self guided tour . The bikes were comfortable and worked very well.. The route instructions and GPS were easy to follow. The route took us through rural / agricultural Greece , with daily visits to one or more spectacular historic site. The riding as advertised was light to moderate. The Hotels were good to excellent - The Grand Sarai in Nafplio was excellent. We were fortunate that the weather was good - in fact a few very hot days - but lots of water dealt with that. We made some great new temporary friends that were doing the same tour.

Jim n Anne July 5, 2018

Follow In the Footsteps of the Ancient Greeks

This tour was scenic, engaging, varied, enjoyable, rewarding. The route was well planned; we would arrive at the highlight of each day's ride just at noon when the big groups had left for lunch so we didn't have to contend with crowds. The Greek people are friendly, happy, and agreeable. The routes were scenic and just challenging enough. The rental bikes were well suited for the terrain and conditions, and the available GPS was a valuable aid. We loved the accommodations, and the luggage service was flawless.

Julane June 26, 2018

5 Stars!

5 Stars! We highly recommend Greece: The Peloponnese Peninsula for its incredibly beautiful and spectacular landscapes, ancient history, significant archeological sites, and charming hotels in charming towns. Every Greek we met was friendly and helpful; the food was fresh and tasty; the culture was interesting. We were fortunate to be on this tour during Easter week and were able to observe several traditional practices including a religious procession and a community concert. The services offered by the local tour company, Arcas Travel, were top-notch: GPS routes along the coast, up and down mountains, through olive and citrus groves; well-maintained bikes; transfers to the start and finish of the tour; assistance a phone call away. It was a perfect cycling holiday!

kdorman June 21, 2018

Amazing Trip!!!

This was my first cycling tour - and it completely converted me - this is the best way to see/experience a country. Love the fact that you use local biking companies - they really know their country and how best to see it!

KBogg June 21, 2018

Great itinerary

Well planned tour with excellent hotels
Local bike tour staff were amazing

LewB November 16, 2017

October Must Be Best

My wife and I totally enjoyed our first bike tour together with the very pleasant Peloponnese itinerary. We had beautiful views on quiet roads through villages and hills. Every effort biking uphill was rewarded on the downhill, and with nice flat stretches in-between. The four nights based in Nafplio gave us the time to enjoy the special charms of that town. The local operator was great and BikeTour's guidance is reliable.