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Rhodes-around the island by bike
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Rhodes-around the island by bike

Rhodes-around the island by bike

  • Ancient Kamiros
  • Petaloudes, the 'Valley of the Butterflies' (June-September) 
  • Massive crusader fortress in the city of Rhodes
  • Historic whitewashed elegance in the town of Lindos
  • Seven springs at Epta Piges  
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Route

Cycling routes on tarmac, with occasional short sections on unsurfaced tracks. In and around the town of Rhodes you will encounter some major roads with traffic.

Start: Kalavarda           Finish: Kalavarda

Day 1: Arrive on Rhodes
Day 2: Loop from Kalavarda (37 km)
Day 3: Via Petaloudes to the city of Rhodes (43 km)
Day 4: Walking tour in Rhodes or daytrip to cycle Symi Island (6/23 km)
Day 5: Via the east coast to Archangellos (39 km)
Day 6: Cycle trip to Lindos and back (52 km)
Day 7: To the west coast and Kalavarda (40 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrive on Rhodes

Travel to the Island of Rhodes and connect with an included transfer from the airport to your first hotel. Time permitting, you can jump right in and pedal off on an afternoon cycling circuit round town and out to the beach.

Day 2:    Loop from Kalavarda (37 km)

The week begins with a loop from remote Kalavarda on the island’s sparsely populated northwest coast. Cycling the coast road, your route hugs the seashore on its way to regal remains at the former city-state of Kamiros. Pause for a visit now or come back to the ruins this afternoon.

Mandriko’s authentic ‘kafenion’ makes an ideal spot for a coffee break and don’t forget to peek in at the charming church next door. Pedalling up and over a low hill, you roll down into the small fishing port at Skala Kamiros where ferries depart for the island of Chalki. From Skala you do a loop ride to the medieval fortress of Kritinia and snap a few photos from atop its immense walls. The panorama is far-reaching, with mind-blowing vistas of the Island of Chalki and its uninhabited neighbours. Catch a tailwind as you circle back to Kalavarda, with the sun warming your back and stop off at your choice of taverns on four different beaches.

Challange: 37 km, 440 m ascent, 440 m descent

Day 3:    Via Petaloudes to the city of Rhodes (43 km)

Head north and parallel the coastline to reach the unique colourful houses of Fanes, then ride inland to the Valley of Petaloudes (Greek for butterflies). This tiny paradise fills a lush green gorge with thousands of summer butterflies (June-September). Cycling with shade in cool forests, you come upon Maritsa and Pastida further north, two spots with excellent ‘tavernas’. Ride into Rhodes old city centre via an ancient gateway and meander along medieval lanes to your hotel situated within the historic city walls.

Challenge: 43 km, 385 m ascent, 385 m descent

Day 4:    Walking tour in Rhodes or daytrip to cycle Symi Island (6/23 km)

Stretch your legs in a different way on a wonderful walking tour of Rhodes ancient city centre, chock full of highlights, hidden corners and secret surprises. Or opt for a trip to the painfully picturesque island of Symi and cycle a tremendous 22-km traverse from the south coast Monastery of Panormitis across the entire island to its capital. Then revel in late afternoon light on the ferry back to Rhodes.

Challenge: 6 km on foot / 23 km by bike

Day 5:    Via the east coast to Archangellos (39 km)

Take off along the island’s eastern coast, stopping at the marvellously restored ancient Turkish baths of Kalithea. Pedal along the peaceful beachfront in Afandou toward spectaculary situated Monastery of Tsambika, built at the top of a 300-metre-high cliff. Today’s jaunt ends in the lively Greek town of Archangellos.

Challenge: 39 km, 375 m ascent, 200 m descent

Day 6:    Cycle trip to Lindos and back (52 km)

Cycle 3km to Stegna Beach and relax all day at the seaside or opt to visit Lindos by bike or public bus. This exquisite little village of white cubist houses sits elegantly at the foot of a vertical rockface crowned by the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. Two small ports nestle on either side of the village, ideal protection in ancient times, ideal photo shoot for modern days! Park your bike and inspect the Acropolis on foot, wandering past perfect columns, remains of ancient temples standing the test of time inside the medieval fortress.

Challenge: 52 km, 470 m ascent, 470 m descent

Day 7:    To the west coast and Kalavarda (40 km)

Ride first to the secret forest enclave at Epta Piges, with its seven springs, tempting tavern and exotic peacocks. A verdant valley leads up to the Monastery of Agios Nektarios with its refreshing spring water and giant plane tree. Next up is Eleousa, a remarkable ghost of a village built some 80 years ago by Italians, where many abandoned buildings are now sadly in poor repair. Glide along a great road running mountain slopes to Fountoukli, the oldest Byzantine chapel on Rhodes, then roll downhill toward the west coast passing Dimilia, the chapel-cave at Silas and Soroni as you pedal the coast to Kalavarda.

Challenge: 40 km, 500 m ascent, 600 m descent

Day 8:    Departure

Your self-guided cycling adventure comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport and departure from Rhodes. If you have a late flight, enjoy the use of your rental bike today on a cycling route from Kalavarda.

'standard' hotels

The hotels in Kalavarda and Archangellos are small, simple Greek family hotels: you will feel welcomed, the hotels are clean and do have air-conditioning. They are not luxurious though. In Rhodes town your hotel is more luxurious and located within the old city walls in the medieval city of Rhodes. 

In most cases you will stay in the standard accommodation that belongs to this trip. Occasionally an alternative accommodation will be confirmed to you. When an alternative accommodation is necessary,we always try to maintain the same standards and quality. When staying in an alternative accommodation, the cycling routes are never affected. 

Hotel Vouras
Hotel Vouras (Kalavarda)

Hotel Vouras is a very basic hotel run by a local family. The hotel is located in the village Kalavarda, a small village far away from the busy tourist resorts. The hotel is close to the beach (within walking & cycling distance). 

www.rodosisland.gr

Hotel Saint Michel
Hotel Saint Michel (Rhodes)

Hotel Saint Michel is located in the very center of the old town of Rhodes at a calm square. The building is an old medieval building of 700 years old with the modern comfort of our times. All 5 rooms are beautifully decorated in classic style.
The old town offers abundant opportunities for excellent dining. The yacht harbor Mandraki as well as the beautiful beach at the northern tip of the island are just 10 minutes walk away from the hotel. 

www.saintmichel.gr

Hotel Rosmari (Archangellos)
Hotel Rosmari (Archangellos)

Hotel Rosmari is a simple hotel with 18 rooms, located in the local town Archangellos. This village is 3 km from Stegna beach and is a typical Greek town. The hotel has its own tavern, but there are many more possibilities in the center of the town.  

Rosmari Hotel

Hotel Ataviros (Emponas)
practical info

This tour can be booked from April 16th until 22nd october. Daily departure, EXCEPT Mondays, EXCEPT period 23/07/2020 -26/08/2020

There are plenty of charter flights to Rhodes as well as domestic flights from/to Athens and Thessaloniki.

Traveling on a ferry from Piraeus is possible, but Rhodes is really far from Piraeus and you would definitely spend an overnight on board. 

Transfer from and to the airport are included in this trip.

HYBRID BIKES

Hybrid bikes, 24-speed, lock, pump, puncture repair kit including spare inner tube, luggage rack rear with paniers, bottle holder (no bottle), Computer meter. No helmet, no map holder included. Clients can bring their own pedals.

  • Bike model: TREK T-200 or Gazelle Medeo
  • Bike Type: Hybrid trekking bike with alu frame and 28" wheels and V-brakes
  • Gears: Adults bikes: 24  gears 
  • Suspension: No (some bikes YES)
  • Frame sizes: (Ladies): 45-50-55 cm (Gents): 50-55-65 cm

                             Male                                                 Female

    

                                                                 TREK

 

                             Male                                                 Female

                                                        GAZELLE MEDEO

NOTE: ask for discount for bringing your own bike.

E-BIKES RENTAL

E-bikes, 24-speed, lock, pump, puncture repair kit including spare inner tube, luggage rack rear with paniers, bottle holder (no bottle), Computer meter. No helmet, no map holder included. Clients can bring their own pedals.

  • Bike model: TREK T-200 E-bike
  • Bike Type: E-bike with alum frame and 28" wheels and V-brakes
  • Gears: Adults bikes: 24  gears 
  • Suspension: No (some bikes YES)
  • Frame sizes: (Ladies): 45-50-55 cm (Gents): 50-55-65 cm

                                         

                                                                   TREK T-200

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.

included

Included

  • 7 nights accommodation on B&B basis, 3 in Kalavarda, 2 in Rhodes town and 2 in Archangellos
  • Airport transfers vice versa
  • All luggage transfers 

Not included

  • Bike rental not included
  • Tourism taxes
  • Flights, public transportation and ferry tickets
  • Helmet, water bottle
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program 
  • Ferry to Symi is not included in the price.

Optional services (to be booked in advance)

  • Bike rental
  • E-bikes
  • Extra day bicycle
  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations along the way
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