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Kefalonia-explore the island by bike
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Kefalonia-explore the island by bike

Kefalonia-explore the island by bike

  • Dramatic rocky coastline 
  • Countless villages (said to be 365!, one for each day of the year) Lively town square of Argostoli
  • Vineyards of unique Robola Vines
  • Rural landscape in the North 
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Route

Start: Karavados (Kefalonia) Finish: Argostoli (Kefalonia)

Day 1: Arrival on Kefalonia and transfer to Mousata
Day 2: Round trip to Argostoli (37 km)
Day 3: Round trip to Skala (48 or 56 km)
Day 4: Karavados - Agia Efimia (46 km)
Day 5: Round trip to Sami (35 km)
Day 6: Round trip via Fiscardo (61 or 41 km)
Day 7: Agia Efimia - Argostoli (43 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival on Kefalonia and transfer to Mousata

Arrive at the airport or bus station of Kefalonia. Our transfer awaits you and takes you to the first accommodation in Mousata. Fine tuning of the bicycles according your needs by a representative from the bike shop (based in Argostoli).  You can relax at the swimming pool of the accommodation or maybe you want to make an afternoon short trip through the green surroundings to try out your bicycle? That is possible as the bicycles are available right away after your arrival. 

Day 2:    Round trip to Argostoli (37 km)

Todays trip takes you to Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia.  On your way to Argostoli, you peddle via quiet, rural roads and pass from the typical villages Keramies, Metaxata en Kourkoumetata. In Argostoli you may relax on a seaside terrace with a typical Greek Frappe. Big chance to meet seaturtles near the fishing boats in the port, at least, if you are an early bird!

From Argostoli you ascend to a 200m mountain ridge from where you have splendid views on the south coast and Zakynthos. After the village Lakithra you descend towards the valley and come along the Monastery Agiou Andrea. After the Monastery follows a section via a dirt road in good condition ascending through to Karavados and back to Mousata 

Challenge: 4 hours, 37 km, 600m ascent, 600m descent

Day 3:    Round trip to Skala (48 or 56 km)

Today you will cycle to the east of the island. The route towards Poros is a wonderful trip to start with. You peddle via a scenic road, without considerable height differences, whilst enjoying breathtaking views over the Ionian sea towards neighbor island Zakynthos. At the village of Pastra, you descend towards the coast.  You can opt for a short extra loop via the seaside resort Skala where you can relax a bit on the sandy beach and visit the mosaics from a Roman villa.  The shorter route takes you directly to the pittoresque fishing village Katelios where you may visit the Seaturtle information center.

You pass an area where there are still houses from before the major earthquake dating back to 1953. From Katelios you cycle back to Mousata

Challenge: 48 or 56 km, 600m or 700m ascent, 600m or 700m descent

Day 4:    Karavados - Agia Efimia (46 km)

You cycle towards Argostoli and follow the scenic route along the Bay of Argostoli until the most famous viewpoint of Myrtos Beach. On your way you pass the village where Pelagia lived (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).
From Myrtos Beach you make an island crossing and come along numerous traditional villages before making your descend towards the idyllic fishing village Agis Efimia, your second location of this tour.

Challenge: 46 km, 500m ascent, 600m descent

Day 5:    Round trip to Sami (35 km)

An easier tour today in the surroundings of Agia Efimia. You can cycle along Karavomilos Bay and visit Melissani Lake. With a small boat (in Greek: Kaiki) you peddle on the sky-blue lake. Via olive groves and vine yards you ascend to Poulata and Chaliotata: authentic villages where you can sip a Greek coffee in a local café. Then you descend to Sami and may visit the Drogarati Caves on your way down.
From Sami you can make an optional loop to the lovely beach of Andisamos. To reach this beach, you will have to ascend and descend 150m. Andisamos beach was the set for part of the movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' in 2001.
Along Karavomilos Bay cycle back to Agia Efimia.

Challenge: max. 35 km, max. 450m ascent, max. 450m descent

Day 6:    Round trip via Fiscardo (61 or 41 km)

No doubt today’s trip is the most impressive one. You cycle to the utmost northern fishing village of Fiscardo. The route passes from Assos peninsula with its fortress (optionally detour to Assos). Then you follow the great coastal road with tremendous views on the cliff coast to Fiscardo. This is the prettiest village of the island, because it is the only village that survived the 1953 earthquake. Besides it is surrounded by a dense wood of cypresses. Pelagia and Captain Corelli drove this way on their moped. From Fiscardo you follow the route via the east coast back to Agia Efimia. Bare landscape, just a few tiny villages and splendid views on Ithaka follows until you arrive back in Agia Efimia.
You may shorten the trip with 20km in case you don’t drive all the way up to Fiscardo.

Challenge: 61 or 41 km, 1000m or 700m ascent, 1000m or 700m descent

Day 7:    Agia Efimia - Argostoli (43 km)

Your trip on Kefalonia ends with a demanding day, but it is worth the effort!
From your accommodation you cycle along the coast to Karavomilos. Then you ascend through olive groves and vine yards to the villages Poulata and Chaliotata offering great views on Sami.
Then a demanding climb follows until the saddle to Mt. Aenos. After the saddle you speed up and descend to the valley Omala, the most important area for the wine producers of Kefalonia. Here originates the Robolla wine, a white wine that is internationally known. At the local wine cooperation you can see how the wine is produced and you can also taste. In this fertile valley of Omala there is the important Monastery Agios Gerasimos, located next to the winery. Here you will find the cathedral, the center of Greek-orthodox Kefalonia.
From Omala you cycle down hill and come along the Byzantine fortress of Saint George along your way to Argostoli

Challenge: 43 km, 800m ascent, 800m descent

Day 8:    Departure

On your departure day you may have time to visit the archaeological museum of Argostoli or relax with a drink on the lively town square. You will be taken from your hotel to the airport for your outbound flight.

prices & dates

 

accommodation

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. 

Extra overnight:
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 (Mousata)
Felix Residence Hotel (Mousata)

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…

www.felixresidence.com 

Hotel Olive Bay (Agia Efimia)

In Agia Efimia you stay in the Olive Bay which is located on close to the sea, uphill and overlooking the bay of Agia Efimia. All rooms have a kitchenette.

www.olivebay.gr

Hotel Mouikis (Argostoli)

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.

www.mouikis.com

practical info

This tour is bookable starting on any day of the week from  mid April to the end of October . The best time to travel to the Greek islands is between April 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.

  • Bike model: IDEAL MEGISTO or KTM Manhattan 
  • Bike Type: Hybrid trekking bike with alu frame and 28" wheels and V-brakes
  • Gears: Adults bikes: 24  gears 
  • Suspension: Yes
  • Frame sizes: (Ladies): several (Gents): several

           

                                           IDEAL MEGISTO

          

                                     KTM MANHATTAN

Remarks:

  • The local bicycle shop offers road assistance at the additional cost of 10 Euro per hour in case the damage to the bike is not due to their lack of maintenance or malfunctioning equipment. 
  • It is possible to bring your own pedals and have them fixed on the rental bike (the rental hybrid bikes come with normal pedals) 

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), and Computer meter. No helmet, no map holder included. Clients can bring their own pedals.

For 2019, the company is going to buy new e-bikes. The current bikes only cover distance up to 50 km.

  • Bike model: DEVRON Bikes, EH-line
  • Battery: Li-On and gives power for 50-40-30 km distance.

             

                                                            DEVRON 

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

included

Included

  • Bike rental for 7 days including road assistance (hybrid bicycle). Road assistance is charged in case incident is caused by client and free of charge if due to technical failure of the bike.
  • Bikes equipped with helmet, repair set, mini pump, bicycle lock, led lights, cycle computer, first aid kit, inner tube, elastic straps, bottle holder, and side bag. 
  • Transfer from the airport or from bus station Argostoli to your hotel on day 1
  • Luggage transfer Karavados - Agia Efimia and Agia Efimia – Argostoli
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport or bus station of Kefalonia on last day
  • Detailed itinerary in English
  • All accommodations mentioned on BB-basis 

Not included

  • Flight tickets 
  • Lunches and dinners with drinks
  • Tourism tax

Optional services

  • Extra rental days bicycle
  • Extra nights in any of the accommodations
  • E-bike supplement 
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