The Ultimate Odyssey. Our hallmark program since 1979!
Tour Price - $4,289.00
11 days / 10 nights (Includes breakfasts, 8 dinners; Olympia to Corinth transfer, wine with most dinners.)
Tour Dates 2013
Bicycle Rental - Complimentary Trek bicycle, fully equipped for touring.
Single Supplement - $750.00
Arrive/Depart - Alkyon Hotel (Vrahati) Depart Corinth Train Station
Cycling Level - Moderate
Terrain - Flat and rolling sections, with several challenging grades. This ride is open to all abilities and is fully supported by tour van.
White marble columns, gnarled olive trees, turquoise blue skies and radiant sunsets are reflections of Greece. Archeological monuments reflect Greece’s glorious past. Donkeys, sheep, and goats remind us of a simpler age that cherishes village life and generous hospitality.
The Greek people, culture, and climate are all excellent reasons for joining this tour; in addition, our former participants have been especially intrigued with Greece’s history, archeology and modern culture. These features will be detailed by your tour guides. We've been leading tours to Greece since 1973. If experience counts, Classic Adventures cannot be excelled in terms of experience in Greece.
Our route avoids the difficult mountains and Athens traffic. Many rides follow the coast. Beginning cyclists in good physical shape can negotiate this tour, notwithstanding the challenges of a few unavoidable hills.
The beautiful Island of Zakinthos with its lovely beaches, intricate network of roads, and friendly people, is a highlight of this tour.
Our itinerary is designed so that most hotel stays are 2-3 nights long. 5 nights of lodging are in luxury class hotels; 5 nights are in A class hotels. This tour is our hallmark program. We invite you to call for a detailed price comparison!! You simply won’t find a better value in regards to expert guides, lodging, meals provided, scenic routing, and daily historic & cultural talks. This tour includes detailed route notes and maps, marked and painted easy to follow routes, expert historical, cultural and political commentary, and expert bicycle mechanics.
• Use of a Classic Adventures bicycle (Trek hybrid or road bike)
• A non-regimented, “cycle at your own pace itinerary” with an average of 30-50 miles per day with the option of additional or fewer miles.
• Lodging in select country inns & hotels.
• Daily breakfast & dinners (fewer dinners for some tours; see individual tour descriptions and prices).
• Free transfers and long term parking.
• Full van support.
• Detailed maps, route descriptions, and cultural information on a daily basis.
• Most commercial transportation within the country of most tours. (See daily itineraries for specific transfer information).
• Friendly and experienced multi-pngual guides.
• Expert bicycle mechanics.
• Guided tours of selected historical Destinations visited.
• Pre-departure information packet includes: tour specific info., reading pst, packing pst, training suggestions, riding tips, etc.
• Classic Adventures T-shirt.
• All bicycles come equipped with trunk bag; rear rack; water bottles; lock; pump; spare tube; odometer/computer.
"Greece is a beautiful country made all the more special by your wealth of knowledge about its history and culture. And besides you are just plain fun to travel with."
Stan Bodeen – Collegeville, PA
Day 1. Morning arrival at hotel. 12:30 pm transfer to Ancient Corinth for guided village tour and hike through the Acrocorinth. Orientation. Lodge at 5-star luxury class Hotel Alkyon near the Corinthian Gulf.
Day 2. Ride through vineyards to Ancient Nemea for guided tour of this athletic and religious site.(36 miles)
Day 3. Tour archeological sites at Mycenae and Epidauros. Your guide will bring to life the ancient Myceneans, chronicled by Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. Lunch in Nauplion. Presentation of Ancient Greek Theater.
Day 4. Follow Corinthian Gulf to beach village Diakofto. Scenic cog rail train ride to mountain village Kalavrita. (42 or 62 miles)
Day 5. Exquisite ride through mountain villages to 5-star luxury class Poseidon Palace seaside hotel. Brake for sheep and goats! (36 or 47 miles)
Day 6. Ferry to Zakinthos Island (three night stay). Afternoon ride through vineyards, olive groves, small villages. Wine tasting; traditional pottery. (23 miles)
Day 7. Explore remote regions and spectacular vistas, including most photographed overlook in Greece. (36 or 51 miles)
Day 8. Ride across the island for small boat ride to Keri sea caves. Swim off the boat around the caves. Optional wind surfing, scuba diving. (35 miles)
Day 9. Cycle to Olympia, site of ancient Olympic Games. Splendid 4-star A class Hotel Europa overlooks village and Alphios River. (25 or 48 miles)
Day 10. Morning ride past ancient Olympic stadium, along Alphios River to Vassilaki. Glimpse “old Greece” as you encounter flocks of sheep and goats, as well as old men and women travelling by donkey. Afternoon guided tour of archeological site and museum at Olympia. (20 or 35 miles)
Day 11. Transfer to Ancient Corinth via the picturesque Peloponnesos. Mid - day arrival and lunch. Transfer to Corinth train at 1:30 pm. Option to visit archeological ruins in Ancient Corinth.
Dates & Prices 2013
11 days / 10 nights
(Includes breakfasts, 9 dinners; Olympia to Corinth transfer, wine with most dinners.)