Peloponnese: wonderful ancient seaside.
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Self-guided tour
Arrival in Vytina
Individual arrival in Tripoli. By plane to Athens or Kalamata. A transfer from the airport to the hotel (about 3 hours drive) can be booked on request.
Look forward to a wonderful bike ride through the Peloponnes mountains. Setting off from Vytina, you will cycle along small roads through rugged mountain scenery, green forests and small dream-like places until you get to the lively town of Tripoli, the region’s capital.
Look forward to the first day tour through the plateau around Tripoli. Marvel at the wealth of the earth, because you will cycle through vast apple orchards, small fruit meadows and scattered vineyards. Entirely surprising you are suddenly in one of the most important caves in Greece, which is open to the public only since Dec 2012. Marvel at magnificent stalactite creations and enjoy the coolness of the earth before you will get to know a selection of red-, rose and white wines at a winery in Kapsia (excl.). Other highlights of your round trip are the excavations of the ancient city of Mantinea and the church which was built only in 1972 with its absolutely unconventional, surreal looking architectural style, with classical, Byzantine and Minoan elements and a confusing number of columns, glass windows, domes and corners. Enjoy your evening in one of the many taverns in the historical center of Tripoli.
Overnight in Tripoli.
Today you leave Tripoli, the capital of the Peloponnese and soon you reach the ruins of the Temple of Athena Alea in Tegea. Through vast olive groves you cycle on through Parnonas Mountain along the Tanos River. You roll from a height of 600 meters down into the picturesque old fishing village Paralion Astros with its long pebble beach and tranquil waterfront restaurants. Shortly before today's destination you should definitely visit the small monastery Loukos. The monastery which was built in the 12th century is surrounded by tall, slender cedars. Visitors can not assume what blooms behind the whitewashed walls of the monastery and what well-preserved frescoes from the 16th Century are hidden in the small, 800-year old church. Opposite the monastery attracts a short visit to the current excavations of the ancient city of Eva where you can see the remains of the structure with the villa of Herodes Atticus where already 80 sculptures and approximately 1,200 square meter colourful mosaics were uncovered. Overnight in Paralia Astros.
A beautiful bike course on the coast road expectes you today. Again and again you will be fascinated by magnificent views of the turquoise sea, small fishing boats and the wide bay of the Argolic Gulf. You cycle on with light ups and downs till you reach the sea resort Mili and here you can enjoy a nice lunch on the beach and take a swim. Just in the entrance of Mili, you will pass over the lake of ancient Lerna where Hercules killed the Lernean Hydra, the mythical beast that possessed many heads. You can also visit the archaeological site of Ancient Lerna that contains pre-historical and Bronze Age remain. Then you cycle further through the fertile plains to Argos, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Impressive here is not only the formidable fortress high up on the mountain Lárissa, but especially the archaeological site at the foot of the mountain. Marvel at the remains of the ancient amphitheater built into the mountain, one of the biggest in Greece, before cycling the last flat kilometers to Nafplion. Look forward to this dream destination with its narrow old streets, the beautiful harbor promenade and the marbled main square surrounded by many cafes. Not for nothing Nafplion is now considered the most attractive city in Greece in a picturesque location. Overnight in Nafplion.
Today, after a few kilometers it is worth a first stop at the huge castle remains at Tiryns, which was considered as one of the most important centers in the Eastern Mediterranean in the Bronze Age. Then you cycle through the lovely countryside, surrounded by orange and lemon groves, till you reach Mycenae, a fortress with old walls which was built 3360 years ago. Mycenae is one of the most important cities of antiquity, it was a long time the center of Greek civili-zation. The increase at the edge of the mountainside is quickly forgotten as you marvel at impressive excavations and important findings. The world-famous Lion Gate and the shaft graves are among the major cultural and historical attractions of Greece. Overnight in Nafplion.
The last bike tour 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 old amphitheater, which could hold up to 14,000 viewers in its time! Epidaurus was first of all a Medical and Healing Centre and was dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing. A visit to the theater was an important part of the healing process. Discover in Epidaurus, and as well remains of the ancient city with temples, porticoes, houses, shops and spas. After an extensive tour you jump on your bikes. Mostly downhill you hurtle through mountainous karst landscape and through the wide 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 Nafplion.
Departure or extension
Transfer to the airport (can be booked), or extension program, if desired.
You cycle to 99% on paved roads and only a few km on gravel roads. The fertile plateau of Tripoli and the flat region between Nafplion and Agros are crossed by small and very small asphalt roads and also on the few passages on wider roads is almost no disturbing traffic. Overall, the region is sparsely populated and is therefore ideally suited for low traffic pleasure-cycling. At each stage there are some short and some long slopes to master, but overall the descents dominate. With a basic physical condition this "moderate" tour is easy to accomplish and enjoy.
One thing is certain: As cycle tourist you are still exotic in the Peloponnese. In the villages the children predominate in the saddle and outside the city on the mostly deserted streets we will meet almost no local cyclists. Most certainly you will receive admiring glances when you stop in a tavern along the way. For sure the locals will quickly involve you in hospitable conversations. As a cyclist, you are very close - to the people, to the beautiful scenery and the sights.
- Accommodation as already mentioned
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Well elaborated route
- Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- Bus transfer Nafplion – Epidauros incl. bike
- GPS support routing (tracks and equipment on bail)
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Athen or Kalamáta airport
- From the airport, is a transfer option available (takes about 3 hours from Athens). Reservation necessary, payable in advance:
Airport Athen – Vytina € 100,- per person, min. 2 persons.
Nafplion – airport Athen € 80,- per person, min. 2 persons.
Where visitor's tax is due, it is not included in the tour price!
The minimum number of participants is 2!