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Kefalonia-explore the island by bike
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May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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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 around unique Robola Vines
  • Rural landscapes in island's north sector
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Route

Start: Mousata (Kefalonia)          Finish: Argostoli (Kefalonia)

Day 1: Arrival on Kefalonia and transfer to Mousata
Day 2: Loop to Argostoli (37 km)
Day 3: Loop to Skala (48 or 56 km)
Day 4: Karavados - Agia Efimia (46 km)
Day 5: Loop to Sami (35 km)
Day 6: Loop 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

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.

Day 2:    Loop to Argostoli (37 km)

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

Day 3:    Loop to Skala (48 or 56 km)

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

Day 4:    Karavados - Agia Efimia (46 km)

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

Day 5:    Loop to Sami (35 km)

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

Day 6:    Loop via Fiscardo (61 or 41 km)

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

Day 7:    Agia Efimia - Argostoli (43 km)

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

Day 8:    Departure

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.

prices

 

'standard' hotels

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  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.

  • 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

DEVRON model

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.

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

             

                                                            DEVRON 

CUBE model

  • Bike model:  CUBE Touring Hybrid 400 iridium´n´black 2019
  • Bike Type:  HYBRID E-BIKE
  • Frame:  Aluminium Superlite, Gravity Casting, Efficient Comfort Geometry
  • Fork:  SR Suntour NEX-E25 HLO, 63mm, Lockout
  • Battery:  Bosch PowerPack 400
  • Drive unit:  Bosch Drive Unit Active Plus (50Nm) Cruise (250Watt)
  • Shifters:  Shimano SL-M2000, Rapidfire-Plus
  • Brakes:  Shimano BR-MT200, Hydr. Disc Brake (180/160)
  • Tyres:  Schwalbe Range Cruiser, Active, K-Guard, 47x622
  • Weight:  23.8kg

                   

                                                   CUBE TOURING HYBRID 400

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

included

Included

  • 3 nights accommodation in Mousata and 1 night in Argostoli on BB-basis 
  • 3 nights accommodation in Agia Efimia (NO breakfast)
  • Transfer from the airport or from bus station Argostoli to your hotel on day 1
  • Luggage transfer Mousata- 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

Not included

  • Bikes rental (hybrid or electric)
  • Flight tickets 
  • Lunches and dinners with drinks
  • Tourism tax

Optional services

  • Bikes rental 
  • Extra nights in any of the accommodations
  • E-bike supplement (*)

(*) NOTE: E-bike supplement will be different depending on model selected (Devron or Cube models)

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