• Surprising beauty in Athens’ hidden green corners
• Optional guided bike tour beneath the Acropolis
• Island-hopping in the Saronic Gulf
• Lush and lively Poros Island
• Aegina, tasty capital for pistachio nuts
Cycling routes on tarmac roads, we have selected quiet country lanes wherever possible.
Start: Athens Finish: Piraeus
The order of this itinerary may change according to the ferry connections available.
Start in amazing Athens, nothing short of an age-old miracle. Settle in at your hotel then take off to explore it all. An optional guided city cycling tour can be booked in advance for this evening. Athens’ well-matched balance of ancient and modern takes on a unique ethereal quality at dusk.
Jump in the taxi to Piraeus, where you catch the ferry for a 2,5-hour journey to Poros taking your bike and bags with you. Ferry timetables vary throughout the year and, if no ferry available on a given day, you might travel by hydrofoil (Flying Dolphin) or high-speed boat (Flying Cat). Due to lack of space on smaller boats, bikes may be transported to Poros separately.
Option of taking a morning bike tour of Athens or, if you get to Poros early, time for an afternoon cycling route to the monastery of Zoodochou Pigis, a loop to the beach or a circuit round the town.
Challenge: 3 hours, 15 km (plus an optional 8 km), 350 m ascent, 350 m descent
Today you go west into central Poros, beginning with a coastal section with an optional stop at a former Russian Navy base. Riding up in gradual ascent through lovely wooded terrain, you come to a small plateau, one of the few arable areas on Poros. Add an optional loop to the gracefully enduring Temple of Poseidon archaeological site and stand in awe beneath its sturdy columns. The day ends with a tough descent down into the town of Poros.
The route includes an optional one-hour walk on a stony path to the restored lighthouse situated at the western tip of the island.
Challenge: 3 hours, 17 km plus optional 3 km walking, 375 m ascent, 375 m descent
You and your bike start by sailing on a little pontoon boat to Galatas, where your cycling route begins. Ride fertile farmland and zoom uphill to Taktikoupoli. Once you catch your breath, steady yourself for a rather steep descent down to the coast. Pedalling along to protected wetlands at Psifta, you stop to reflect in peace and quiet. Then cycle back to Galatas and get the ferry ‘home’ to Poros.
Challenge: 5 hours, 31 km, 250 m ascent, 250 m descent
Depending on ferry timetables, you might have time for a cycling or walking tour on Poros before you get the boat to Aegina. Once settled in on this next island, start by exploring the town by bike or take a swim in the crystal-clear sea.
Amble around Aegina and check out the archaeological site and museums. Or pedal 10km south along the coast to picturesque Perdika, a colourful symphony of red rooftops and bright blue windows against a deep blue sea. In summer take a fishing boat to the uninhabited Island of Moni and rent a beach bed to soak up some therapeutic sunshine. Alternatively, opt for a walking route inland to an ancient olive grove or up to the summit of Mt Ellanios (elevation 532 m).
Challenge: 2 hours, 20 km, 50 m ascent, 50 m descent
Today’s tour takes you inland to visit the island’s patron saint at the gorgeous Monastery of Agios Nektarios, a popular pilgrimage site for Greek-Orthodox believers. Rolling downhill toward the east coast, you attack a short ascent to the tempting Temple of Aphaia (elevation 165 m) then coast down to the seaside resort of Agia Marina. Pedalling to Portes you meet a steep ascent to tiny Anitseo and well-deserved breather at the local tavern. Just down the road, a striking Byzantine church sits upon the former temple to Zeus Hellanios and you ride Aegina’s west coast back into town.
Challenge: 6 hours, 36 km (with an optional 4 km), 400 m ascent, 400 m descent
Catch a ferry back to the mainland and have your hire bike collected at the port in Piraeus. Get a taxi or public bus to Athens Airport for the journey home. Return flights should be booked for departure at 14:00 hrs or later.
All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
Below you find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, we book a similar alternative for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. We can also book a hotel in Athens for you after the trip.
A modern 4-star hotel with a pleasant 'vibe' and superb views from the rooftop terrace over the city of Athens and the Acropolis. On the rooftop you also find a small swimming pool.
This completely renovated hotel is conveniently located in the area Perlia within walking & cycling distance from lively Poros town. Great views on the harbour and the mountains of the Peloponnese, a lovely pool and spacious rooms. The owners Takis and Zefi offer great hospitality!
Hotel Danae is a 3-star well-maintained hotel, just 1 km distance from Egina town on the coast. Completely refurbished in 2008 it offers a comfortable stay in simple decorated rooms with balconies overlooking the sea or the lovely surrounding fields. There is a well-sized swimming pool.
This trip can be booked from April until the end of October. Departures daily. April and after 15 Oct upon request and depending on ferry schedules 2020.
The nearest airport to start this tour is Athens
Arrival in Athens
From Athens airport you can easily reach your hotel by public transport.
You may also book a private transfers from/to the airport by taxi with S-Cape.
Departure from Piraeus
At the end of the tour, you travel from Piraeus to Athens Airport by public Expres bus, or you can take a taxi.
Hybrid bikes, 30-speed, lock, pump, puncture repair kit including spare inner tube, luggage rack rear with paniers, bottle holder (no bottle), map holder (one per booking). Not included: Computer meter, helmet.
E-bikes, 24-speed, lock, pump, puncture repair kit including spare inner tube, luggage rack rear with paniers, bottle holder (no bottle), and Computer meter. No helmet, no map holder included. Clients can bring their own pedals.
We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.
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