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Cycle The Myth
PELOPONNESE

Road Cycling Tour of Mythical Peloponnese Greece
 

We invite you to discover the magic and myths of the Peloponnese. Enjoy second to none local “filoxenia” and hospitality.

 

The route takes you deep into the Peloponnese taking in the rich culture and history of the area. The cycling will be challenging but you will be rewarded with amazing views, varied terrain and great food as well as an insight to the culture and history. It really is not to be missed. It is not every day you get the chance to cycle a myth!!

WHEN ?
 

 2023 :
18-27 MAY

 2024:

10-19 APRIL

 6-15 NOVEMBER

 

Custom Dates:

We run tours throughout the year For private groups groups of 6 or more.

Contact us for availabiliy

ITINERARY:
 

Day 1

NO CYCLING .You will be picked up in Athens in the morning and transferred to the starting point in Loutraki. Meet the GCH team and then enjoy a spa in therapeutic thermal waters and a 20 minute body massage to get you fully relaxed ready for the tour ahead. We will have our pre – tour briefing, as well as the opportunity to set up and check the bikes and equipment before dinner.

Day 2 Loutraki –– Mykines – Nafplio

77 km / 712 m

A Fairly easy ride to start your tour, giving you a chance to visit the rich archaeological site in the Mykines where your Tour guide will show you around. We then continue cycling towards Nafplio, the capital of the First Hellenic Republic, where we will spend the night. Enjoy dinner and an evening walking around Nafplio.

Day 3 Nafplio – Ag Ioannis

51.6km / 992 m

As you start to go into the mountains the riding gets a little bit tougher, although the scenery makes it worthwhile. Today your destination is the village of Ag.Ioannis where you will sample local life and Greek “filoxenia” staying in a traditional stone houses.

Day 4- Ag.Ioannis – Leonidio

65km / 831m

Today we head south towards the picturesque village of Leonidio for a medium level ride to the town of Leonidio where we will stay for 2 nights .

Day 5 -Leonidio – panagias Elonas monestary

30 km / 612m

From Leonidio we continue on for a visit to the unique monastery of Panagias Elonas. This will be a climb of around 15 km with a total elevation of 600m- but well worth the visit! Alternatively as we head back to Leonidio you can take a day off the bike ! A 3 course dinner will refuel you ready for tomorrows ride

 

Day 6- Leonidio – monemvasia

91 km / 1804m

Make sure you eat a good breakfast today as you have almost 2000m of climbing to do. Some big climbs  up to an elevation of 1000m , the highest point on the tour before descending down to the unique Byzantine castle of Monemvasia.

Day 7 Monemvasia - Gythio

65km / 667m

A flatter ride today as you head west and arrive at the beautiful fishing town of Gythio. We will stop on the way at Valtaki beach and a chance to view the shipwreck “Dimitris” and also enjoy a dip in the sea weather permitting.

Day – 8 Gythio – Stoupa

82.6 km/ 1409m

Some hills again today because I know how much you will have missed them yesterday! An early start as we will get the chance to visit the spectacular underground river caves at Diros with a 40 minute guided tour before continuing your ride towards Stoupa, one of the oldest settlements in the Peloponnese.

Day 9 Stoupa – Kalamata

42 km / 678 m

Back on the road today for a steady ride north to the 2nd largest city on the Peloponnese Kalamata, home of the famous  Kalamon olives

DAY 10

Today you will be transferred by mini bus back to Athens taking with you a lifetime of memories and experiences.

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What's Included
 

Tour includes:

  • Transfer to and from starting and end points

  • Basic spare parts. Inner tubes, cables, spokes

  • Full Vehicle support and luggage transfer

  • 9 x nights’ Accommodation in 4 or 3 * hotels OR private villa

  • 10 X Breakfast

  • 9 x 3 course dinner with wine, beer and soft drinks unless otherwise indicated on the itinerary

  • light snacks , Energy bars and electrolyte drinks for the rides

  • Entrance fee to museums ,archaeological sites and tours as indicated on the

itinerary

  • Licensed tour guide at archaeological sites

  • Personalized GCH cycle jersey

  • Map of the area

  • TCX or GPX files for each days route

  • Spa and massage on day 1

Not included:

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance (*mandatory for each participant)

  • Bike hire

Prices
 

€2260 per person per tour based on 2 people sharing twin room

€450 single person supplement

£300 – carbon bike hire (optional)

Extra Info
 

  • Exact itinerary and activities may be subject to change depending on availability

  • Distances and elevation are Approx. and may vary slightly depending on exact location of destination accommodation and starting points

  • Vehicle support will be a VW T5 van with 2 passenger seats available for emergencies or support on the rides.

  • Difficulty: The tour is a medium to high challenging tour designed for people who are experienced cyclists comfortable with cycling 6 hours a day with some challenging  hills

  • Flight info: You Will have to fly to Athens international airport and aim to arrive at least one day prior to the tour start and at least one day after.

  • Hotels in Athens before and after the tour are not included