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Sparta and the Mediterranean Coast

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  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.
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  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

Explore the beautiful southeast part of Peloponnese, Laconia, with a bike trip that combines the golden Greek beaches, with Greek history and culture.

Beginning from the famous military city-state of the ancient world, Sparta, you will head south and pass by Elafonisos, with one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean Sea, and you will end up to the unique castle town of Monemvassia.

Idyllic landscapes, turquoise water, endless beaches and history will keep you company in every step of this exciting ride.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Sparta
Arrival to Athens National Airport and transfer to Sparta, the capital of Laconia (transfers available for additional fee). Laconia is well known as the kingdom of King Leonidas, whose imposing statue stands in front of the stadium of the town, and for the 300 brave Spartans who fought against the numerous Persian armies in Thermopylae in 480 BC.

Sparta is built at the foot of Mount Taygetos at an altitude of 216 meters. The city sits next to Evrotas River, and a valley of orange, olive, lemon, and other trees extends around the city. You will have the chance to walk around and explore the nightlife of the city. You can visit the ancient Greek theater of the Spartans, which has the capacity for 16,000 spectators and the temple of the Chalkoikos Athena together with the other ancient Greek and Byzantine remains in the Acropolis of the city.

For the cuisine lovers and also lovers of tradition and culture, the olive oil museum is another interesting choice! There you can see exhibits that narrate the evolution and development of the production of olive oil and olive harvest, two products that are so connected to Greek culture. In case you arrive late in Sparta and you will not have time to visit any of the above, you can do it probably in the next morning before your departure.
Overnight in Sparta

Day 2: Sparta – Mystras – Gythio (42 miles/67km, elevation gain 830m / elevation loss 1026m)
In the morning, we will deliver the bikes to the hotel. After we make sure that everything is ready and you are comfortable with your bike, you will leave the capital of Laconia and head to the great Byzantine city of Mystras, the "Wonder of Morea" as it is said.

Mystras stands in a beautiful green landscape on the top of a 260m hill overlooking Sparta. The settlement was formed during the times of crusaders' invasion to the Byzantine land of Peloponnese, and in 1962 it came under the Byzantine control. Breathtaking medieval ruins, Byzantine churches, partially preserved mosaics, monasteries and palaces, and narrow streets will surely impress you. Bear in mind that if you wish to explore completely this corner of magnificent Laconia you will need 2 to 3 hours.

You continue cycling south among orange and olive groves before you arrive to Gythio, a small seaside town with a picturesque port full of traditional fish taverns. The inhabitants of Gythio, who are in majority fishermen, provide these taverns with fresh fish on a daily basis so you can taste straight from the sea.

While south in Kranai Island you can face the endless deep blue sea from the marble octagon lighthouse, built in 1872. According to Homer and Pausanias, Paris and Helen spent the night in Kranai Island before their journey to Troy. Small fishing boats and three-story neo-classic buildings dominate the place, giving a multicultural and Aegean glamor to it.
Overnight in Gythio

Day 3: Beach tour – Gythio (48 miles/78km, elevation gain 1180m / elevation loss 1177m)
This day is dedicated to the marvelous beaches that surround Gythio. You roll southerly to Mavrovouni, Vathi, Kamares, and Skoutari beaches. Do not hesitate to dive into the crystal water of the Laconian Bay or sunbathe on the pebbly beaches. Just pick the beach that you like the most and make a stop! Alternatively, if you prefer not to cycle a lot, you can spend the whole day on the beautiful beach of Mavrovouniwhere you can find taverns, beach bars, watersports, etc., and relax by the sea.
Overnight in Gythio

Day 4: Gythio – Elia (24 miles/38km, elevation gain 287m)
Today you leave Gythio and cycle by the sea east to Elia, passing by traditional settlements such as Asteri and wandering through the fertile Laconian land which is filled with orange and olive groves. Elia is a small fishing village known for the deep blue coasts, the incomparable natural beauty, and the unique sunsets for the romantic at heart. At the small picturesque port you can see the boats and the local fishermen returning from a day of work. We suggest a visit to the Byzantine tower located on top of the cliff as the views from up there are unparalleled.
Overnight in Elia

Day 5: Elia – Neapoli (32 miles/51km, elevation gain 708m / elevation loss 707m)
After a good breakfast you hop on your bike and cycle south to Neapoli. On your way along the country road, you roll through villages and diverse crops.

Alternatively, for those who are more fit, you can choose to ride along an almost undiscovered part of unique coast for 10km! It is a demanding route, but you will be fully satisfied by the experience as you will roll right by the amazing deep blue of Laconian Bay, feeling the touch of Greek sun on your face.

Neapoli or Vatica is a town with great nautical tradition and an island aura as white traditional buildings dominate the place. Its long, tree-lined seafront is full of taverns, cafes, and bars where you can stop and take a break after biking. Apart from that, Neapoli is the base for sightseeing in the vicinity.

One of the most impressive monuments is the Petrified Forest of Agia Marina, approximately 15km east of Neapoli, between Agios Nikolaos and Cape Malea. Right by the sea, you can explore a forest of fossilized palm trees, turned to stone due to a rare natural process. If you would like to visit it, you could go by either bike or taxi.
Overnight in Neapoli

Day 6: Neapoli – Elafonisos Island – Neapoli (35 miles/57km, elevation gain 304m / elevation loss 304m)
Today you will bike up to the small port of Pounta from where you take the ferry to Elafonisos, a small island with few inhabitants, situated just opposite Neapoli. This is a top destination in Peloponnese, a real gem of South Greece, with the most beautiful sandy beach in the Mediterranean Sea!

Upon arriving at the port of Elafonisos, the first thing you see is the picturesque church of Saint Spyridon, and you can smell the freshly made traditional seafood in the taverns nearby. You can cycle through the island or swim and relax on the lace sandy beach. It is a real heaven on Earth!

Opposite Elafonisos, on the bottom of the sea, lies the ancient submerged settlement of Pavlopetri, the oldest sunken city in the world.
Overnight in Neapoli.

Day 7: Neapoli – Monemvasia (17 miles/27km, elevation gain 427m / elevation loss 392m)
On today's ride, you will take the new coastal road from Neapoli to Monemvasia through dense vegetation and amazing views until you reach the highlight of this trip, the Castle-town of Monemvasia.

Optionally, if you are fit and confident enough, you could try riding your bike to reach to the top of Kryovrisi, at an altitude of 600m., although this might be demanding for most. From Kryovrisi, you start a wonderful downhill route with breathtaking views until you reach the unique Castle-town of Monemvasia.

It is time to explore the final touch on the portrait of Laconia, the cross-road of civilizations through centuries, as Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Ottomans have left marks of their domination on the rock. Even though cars and bikes are not allowed inside the castle-town, a tour on foot is absolutely necessary. Once you enter the castle through the unique entrance, you will be impressed by the walls, the old mansions, the narrow cobblestone alleys, the churches, old short arches and marble imperial thrones.
Overnight in Monemvasia

Day 8: Departure
After a good breakfast, you will take your luggage, and get ready for the transfer back to the airport. If you wish, you can add some more activities on this trip, like a guided tour to the Acropolis of Athens, or just stay a couple of days in Athens.

Route map

Maps reflect your approximate overnight locations and do not reflect your actual cycling route.

Dates

Saturdays: Apr 6-Oct 26, 2019
Low season: Apr 06, 2019 - May 10, 2019, Jun 22, 2019 - Aug 30, 2019, Oct 19, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019
High season: May 11, 2019 - Jun 21, 2019, Aug 31, 2019 - Oct 18, 2019

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€740
High season surcharge
€60
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€140
Bike Rentals
Hybrid trekking bike
€80
Road bike
€120
Electrically assisted bike
€230
Extra Nights, Athens
Per person, double occupancy
€150
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€130
Extra Nights, Sparta
Per person, double occupancy
€50
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€80
Transfer
Transfer Athens airport to Sparta (per vehicle, up to 4 persons)
€220
Transfer Monemvasia to Athens airport (per vehicle, up to 4 persons)
€280
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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.
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  • 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.
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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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