Start: Mousata (Kefalonia) Finish: Argostoli (Kefalonia)
Travel to Kefalonia, arriving at the airport or bus station, and connect to a transfer to your first accommodation in Mousata. Have your hire bike fine-tuned by a bike rental rep from the shop based in Argostoli, then relax by the pool or try your bike out on a short loop in lovely green surroundings.
Take off on a trip to Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, pedalling quiet rural roads to typical villages like Keramies, Metaxata and Kourkoumetata. Take a break when you reach Argostoli, catch your breath replenish your energy with a perfect Greek frappe. Chance of spotting sea turtles swimming round the fishing boats at the port, if you make it there early!
Cycle up to 200m to ride the mountain ridge above Argostoli and try not to be too distracted by the phenomenal views! Or stop for a breather and snap a few supreme shots of the south coast and the Greek isle of Zakynthos. The road from Lakithra leads down to the olive-tree studded Monastery of Agios Andrea, where you pick up a well-maintained dirt track riding uphill to Karavados and back to Mousata.
Challenge: 4 hours, 37 km, 600 m ascent, 600 m descent
Today you move into the island’s eastern sector, starting with a scenic stretch to Poros. Rolling along on a nearly flat road, you can concentrate on immense Ionian Sea vistas and spot the neighbouring island of Zakynthos. From pretty Pastra you start down toward the coast. Then opt for an extra short loop via the seaside resort of Skala, if you fancy a bit of beach time or a chance to marvel at mosaics from a Roman villa. The shorter route runs directly over to Katelios, a picturesque fishing village with an interesting sea turtle information centre. Passing an area spared in the dramatic 1953 earthquake, you glide happily back to Mousata.
Challenge: 48 or 56 km, 600 or 700 m ascent, 600 or 700 m descent
Cycle a cinematic panorama along the Bay of Argostoli the famous vista point overlooking Myrtos Beach. Stop along the way for a few fun pics of the village where film character Pelagia lived (played by Penelope Cruz in the movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’). From Myrtos Beach you cross the island bearing gradually south to emerge on the other side. The final slow descent dips down to the idyllic fishing village of Agis Efimia, where red-roofed white houses run right down to the water and local boats moor along the beach promenade.
Challenge: 46 km, 500 m ascent, 600 m descent
Today you take it easy, riding a lovely loop from Agia Efimia. Glide down to Karavomilos Bay and do a different sort of pedalling, in a little ‘kaiki’ boat on sky-blue Lake Melissani. Rolling among olive groves and vineyards you cycle uphill to the authentic villages of Poulata and Chaliotata, where you can savour an aromatic Greek coffee at a local café. On the section to Sami, stop off to see the dramatic formations which adorn huge natural cupulas at Drogarati Caves.
Still feeling energetic? Then opt for the extra loop to a perfect line of pristine sand edged with turquoise: Andisamos Beach. You’ll have to cycle 150m in ascent and descent, just the right amount to warm you up for a swim! This impossibly beautiful site was also a backdrop for scenes from the 2001 film 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'. Since you certainly can just not get enough of splendid coastlines, the last section runs back along the Bay of Karavomilos to Agia Efimia.
Challenge: max. 35 km, max. 450 m ascent, max. 450 m descent
Get ready as today’s route is without a doubt the most impressive of your entire journey. Strike off cycling north to the tip top of the island and the fanciful fishing village of Fiscardo. Passing the Assos Peninsula, you can opt for a detour west to see its sturdy fortress. Then you take a cyclist’s dream of a road thrilling to stunning views from the clifftops. Pretty Fiscardo, the island’s darling, owes it claim to fame not just to its beauty, but also to its enormous good fortune being the only Kefalonian village to survive the 1953 earthquake. Here you have yet another film setting surrounded by dense cypress forests. Your return route goes via the east coast through a complete contrast of barren landscapes, tiny remote villages and -of course- absolute gob-smacking views to the island of Ithaka.
You may shorten the trip with 20km in case you don’t drive all the way up to Fiscardo.
Challenge: 61 or 41 km, 1000 or 700 m ascent, 1000 or 700 m descent
It’s a demanding last day of cycling on Kefalonia and what a way to end the week! Take the coast road to Karavomilos then cycle up and up, winding among olive groves and vineyards to the authentic villages of Poulata and Chaliotata, with supreme views to the island of Sami.
Next a tough climb surges up to the col below Mt. Aenos, followed by an exhilarating descent into the Valley of Omala, Kefalonia’s chief wine-producing area. The internationally acclaimed Robola white wine is born here. Visit the local vintners’ coop to see how it’s made . . . and how it tastes! Be sure to stop in next door at the Monastery Agios Gerasimos. It’s beloved cathedral is the island’s main centre for the Greek Orthodox faith. Rolling down from Omala you come upon yet another fabulous lookout, the Byzantine Castle of St George.
Challenge: 43 km, 800 m ascent, 800 m descent
Plan for an early morning visit the local archaeological museum or relax with a coffee on the lively town square. A transfer is included from your hotel back to the airport.
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 before and/or after the trip.
Felix Residence Hotel Kefalonia was planned and constructed by it’s owners – architects at 2001 and is running every year since then. Through it’s internal and external facilities, Felix Residence is transpiring pure Italian design class. Wooden constructions, materials, illuminants, hand crafted and painted ceramics from the famous Amalfi artisans…
In Argostoli you will stay in Hotel Mouikis, a nice 3* hotel with new furnishing and an elegant and warm atmosphere. Shops are nearby and you have a good view over the Argostoli harbour.
This tour is bookable starting on any day of the week from May to the end of October . The best time to travel to the Greek islands is between May and June and September to the beginning of November. In the summer months it gets very hot. Active travelers should either go in the spring time (when nature is at its best) or after summer.
You can reach Kefalonia by plane or by ferry via Patras. From many European countries there are direct charter flights to Kefalonia Airport. You may travel via Athens as well. In that case you have to travel from Athens Airport to Kifissou bus station from where busses depart to Kefalonia six times daily. The duration of the trip is 7 hours, including the ferry crossing from Kylini to Kefalonia. Please ask us for more information in case you plan to travel this way.
Direct charter flights
There are numerous direct flights from European countries to Kefalonia Airport.
Travel via Athens per domestic flight
It is also possible to arrive at Athens Airport and from there get a domestic flight to Kefalonia
Airport. Every day there are several flights available from Athens to Kefalonia. They are operated by: Aegean Airlines, Cyprus Airways and Olympic Air. Trip duration: 1 hour. The above is also applicable for the return flight.
For arrival in Athens International Airport, then bus and boat
You have to travel from Athens Airport to Kifissou busstation from where busses depart to Kefalonia at least three times daily. Duration of the trip is 7 hours including the ferry crossing from Patras to Kefalonia or from Kylini to Kefalonia. Please ask us for more information in case you plan to travel this way.
RENTAL 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, helmet, first aid kit. No map holder included. Clients can bring their own pedals.
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.
CUBE TOURING HYBRID 400
We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.
(*) NOTE: E-bike supplement will be different depending on model selected (Devron or Cube models)