Day 1 - Meet and Greet
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 – Off we go
Loutraki – Mykines – Nafplio 60 km / 590 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.
Meals: B, D
Day 3 - Filoxenia
Nafplio – Ag Ioannis 51.6km / 1109m
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 family stone houses. Dinner will be hosted by a local family in their home serving a Traditional meal.
Meals –B, D
Day 4 - Up to the Monastery
Ag.Ioannis – Leonidio 96.2km / 1336m
Today we head south towards the picturesque village of Leonidio for a medium level ride. We have the option upon arriving at Leonidio to continue on for a visit to the unique monastery of Panagias Elonas. This will be a climb of around 10 km with a total elevation of 518m- but well worth the visit! A 3 course dinner will refuel you ready for tomorrows ride.
Meals B, D
Day 5 - Byzantine Castle
Leonidio – Monemvasia 91 km / 1704m
Make sure you eat a good breakfast today as you have almost 2000m of climbing to do. A 10 km climb up to an elevation of 600m before descending then following the coast south to the unique Byzantine castle of Monemvasia.
Meals –B, D
Day 6 - Shipwrecked
Monemvasia - Gythio 71.2km / 481m
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 another dip in the sea.
Meals: B, D
Day 7 - Magical Cave
Gythio – Stoupa 62.6 km/ 1109m
Some hills again today because we 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.
Meals: B, D
Day 8 - Olives
Stoupa – Kalamata 52 km / 726 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 9 - Olympia, home of the Games
Kalamata - ancient Olympia 109 KM / 935M
The last leg of the tour and a long ride finishing in Ancient Olympia, home of the Olympic Games. Lots of food and drink tonight as we celebrate the end of our tour!
Day 10 - Homeward bound
Today you will be transferred by mini bus back to Athens taking with you a lifetime of memories and experiences.
Cycle 588Km and 7990m elevation over 8 days of cycling taking in all the spectacular scenery the Peloponnese has to offer. Ancient archaeological sites and truly natural beauty will keep your mind off the hills. Suitable for keen and experienced cycle tourists happy to spend long days in the saddle and willing to tackle challenging hills, this is a medium to hard level tour.
A combination of 3 and 4 star bike friendly hotels apart from Day 3 which will be village guest houses or a private villa.
Breakfast (B) will be served buffet style at the hotel or as a takeaway lunch box depending on the day’s itinerary. For lunch, you will be given energy snacks and drinks for the ride, plus there will be opportunities along the route for a lunch stop or to purchase food . Dinner (D) will be 3 course meals served with wine, beer or soft drinks, either in the hotel restaurant or in a local Taverna. With a focus on traditional Greek food using fresh local produce, in traditional Greek style most of the meals will be served sharing “family” style in the middle of the table.
All Dietary requirements can be catered for.
Spring 2023 Tour
Arrival date is 18th May 2023. Departing on 27th May 2023.
(9 Nights Accommodation)
If you would like us to arrange a custom tour for your group outside of these dates then please contact us using the link below
£1770 pp per tour
Price based on 2 sharing twin room (same sex for solo travellers). Single person supplement £300. Optional bike hire available starting from £200 per tour for Alloy frame. £300 per tour for higher spec Carbon frame Minimum 4 people required to run the tour Maximum people 16.
To secure your place we ask for a deposit payment of £400 per person The remaining balance is to be paid up to 6 weeks before the tour starts. Payments to be made via Paypal at no extra cost