ARGO SARONIC SELF-GUIDED islands, antiquities , rural roads.
The Argo Saronic region lies in the southeastern “finger” of the Peloponnese Peninsula, a stimulating region to cycle which Lonely Planet named the #1 European destination in 2016.
In this predominantly rural region you bike directly to two four historical sites, Ancient Corinth, Ancient Nemea, the Epidavros Theatre and the beehive tombs at Ancient Mycenae. Enjoy healthy Mediterranean food and local hospitality. You immerse yourself in slow-moving Greece where most of the route is on back roads with negligible traffic.
Your favorite mainland town will be Nafplio, modern Greece’s first capital, with elegant neo-Classical Venetian homes and a towering 17th century fortress.
The Palamidi. You will also be endeared to the little islands of Spetses and Poros
both of which are low key and easy to discover on two wheels.
Before or after your self-guided tour, we recommend booking the Athens Add-on that immerses you in the culture of Athens and the Attica region with exciting activities: Historic Central Athens bike tour (90% traffic free), Acropolis & Acropolis Museum with professional guide, Temple of Poseidon coastal cycling, Attica wine tasting, Temple of Artemis.
Dates Duration 7 nights, 8 days standard tour — opt for more days or less days (minimum 5 days) Add-ons yes, Athens – see Add-on tab Arrival City Arrival transfer see Extras tab Tour Start Point Piraeus port Tour End Point Poros island to Piraeus port Minimum Age Total Mileage 394 km, 245 miles for standard 8 day tour Highest Elevation 608 m 1994 feet (or 496 meters, 1627 feet with transfer) Rating Active to Moderate – see.
During the tour leave your luggage in the hotel and it will be transferred to your next destination .
The itinerary below is standard, but it can be changed to add days or delete destinations .
For example, we encourage you to consider staying 3 nights on Spetses so that you can take the day boat to Hydra island lovely.
Day 1 Сorinth We meet you in the morning at Piraeus port to give you the bikes and take your luggage. Take the 40 minute ferry to Salamina island, the site where in 480 BC the Greeks trounced the Persians in the famous Battle of Salamis. Cycle across the island (13 km, 8 miles) to a second 10 minute ferry to get back on the mainland.
Follow the old National highway along the coast to the Corinth Canal and then to your seaside hotel on Kalamaki Beach in Isthmia.
30 miles Day 2 Nemea On today’s ride bike from your hotel to Ancient Corinth where St
Paul preached the Corinthians. Option to ascend the archaic Akrokorinthos Fortress with magnificent 360 degree views of two gulfs. Final destination is Ancient Nemea, one of the four sites in ancient Greece where Games were held (also Olympia, Isthmia and Delphi ). Enjoy a picnic lunch at a Nemean winery. 50.40 km.
31.30 miles Day 3 Nafplio Leaving Nemean region
bike to Ancient Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon who launched the Trojan War. His beehive tomb will astound you. Take time to visit the Lion’s Gate and cistern. Bike to Nafplio, the prettiest city in the Peloponnese and modern Greece’s first capital 43.30 km, 27 miles Day 4 Nafplio Cycle to 3rd century BC Epidavros Theatre, a World Heritage Site with impeccable acoustics. Stand on the last tier to hear a whisper from center stage. Stop to explore an unheralded ancient Mycenae Bridge. On the way back stop at Vivari beach for swimming and lunch at a seaside taverna.
72.55 km, 44.50 miles Day 5 Spetses island The route from Nafplio to Spetses (via Kosta port) is the most challenging of the tour but also exhilarating to reach the top of the climb at 608 m, 1994 feet, total biking 83 km, 51 miles. Or our luggage transfer driver can meet you at Karnezeika village for a vehicle transfer to the summit and then bike the rest of the way to Kosta port to catch a 10 minute water taxi to Spetses.
With transfer 60 km, 37 miles Day 6 Spetses island Bike the only loop road around adorable little Spetses island which is basically car-free. Half-way around the island stop to swim inside a pirate’s sea cave. Perhaps you’ll opt for a romantic jaunt in a horse-drawn carriage, so popular on the island.
24 km, 15 miles Hydra Option: Stay 3 nights on Spetses and with the extra day take the morning 30 minute boat to elegant Hydra island and return that evening. Lots to do, including a four hour roundtrip hike up to a monastery.
Day 7 Poros island Take the short water taxi from Spetses back to the mainland to hug the southern coast to Galatas port for the short 10 minute ferry to Poros, an island with several great beaches. The route is flat until the last 13 km and then there’s a steep 4 km climb. Visit a traditional weaver on Poros. 59 km, 37 miles Day 8 depart Leave the bikes and bike gear on Poros and take a 1 hour Flying Dolphin hydrofoil to Piraeus port in Athens. Daily departures with morning, afternoon and evening choices.
Day 1: Athens – arrive and Welcome drink Day 2: Athens – Historic Central Athens & Acropolis & Acropolis Museum Day 3: Sounion – Temple of Poseidon Day 4: Option #1 Aegina island Aegina is only an hour by boat from Athens’ port, Piraeus, which makes it a quick, easy island to escape to for a day’s cycling excursion.
Pistachios are Aegina’s primary product so you will ride by many pistachio orchards.
Explore ancient Aphaia whose temple is one of the best preserved in Greece.
At Paleochora you’ll get off the bikes to walk amidst an abandoned village whose hillside is sprinkled with Byzantine chapels.
The cycling is moderate, the highest hill only 515 feet, 157 meters with 36 km, 22 miles of cycling.
Lunch at a seaside taverna.
Day 4: Option #2 Athens Secret Walking Food Tour Aegina island: full day excursion, road bike, biking guide, vehicle support, entry fees to Aphaia, seaside lunch Athens Food Tour: 4 hour walking tour, over 20 tastings at 11 food spots * Airport transfer on departure, requires minimum 4 persons, maximum 8 persons.
See Extras tab * Travel Insurance.
See Extras tab.
1-2 riders 2450 euros per person 3,4 riders 2220 euros per person Single Supplement 750 euros See 7 nights Accommodations: 3-4 star hotels, primarily family owned and operated, ranging from boutique hotels to seaside upscale hotels.
Tasteful, clean, air-conditioned, private bath, abundant hospitality, comfort.
All accommodations are standard doubles with option for upgrade. All accommodations serve breakfast, usually buffet style.
Tour prices are based on double occupancy.
5 luggage transfers: Piraeus to Corinth > Corinth to Nemea > Nemea to Nafplio > Nafplio to Spetses > Spetses to Poros Bikes: Specialized road bike.
Triple chain ring, 27 gears, carbon fiber fork.
Carbon Tarmac bikes are available as an upgrade for 400 euros.
Electric bikes are available as an upgrade for 350 euros. Regular pedals or toe clips on request.
You are welcome to bring your own clip-in pedals and shoes.
See and Bike gear: 2 water bottles, helmet, handlebar pouch, odometer, lock, rear rack on request.
Bike tools: hand pump, patch kit, tire irons, spare tube, multi-tool.
One set per group.
GPS device: Oregon 450 with programmed routes
arrow indicating route and turns.
Bike mount for GPS.
One device/mount per group.
Cue sheets: turn by turn directions plus distance/elevation profiles Bike Routes: Options (1) RideWithGPS tour routes to upload to your iphone or Android with voice narration – bring your own bike mount (2) GPX tracks to download to your device – bring your own bike mount (3) we provide you a Garmin Oregon 450 GPS device with programmed routes, no narration, plus bike mount.
Meals: Breakfasts are included at each hotel.
Picnic lunch on Day 2. Buffet dinner at hotel on Day 1
Home cooked gourmet meal with organic ingredients from garden and wine tasting at hotel on Day 2 Map of the region Mobile phone: one per couple with 10 euros phone card.
Trip packet: useful and interesting information about the region International airfare to/from Greece.
Transfer from Athens Airport to Athens on arrival.
Transfer from Piraeus port to your next destination on Day 8
Athens hotel – we can assist with recommendations and/or bookings.
All meals except daily breakfast, 1 picnic lunch, two dinners.
Ferry from Piraeus to Salamina island on Day 1 — 3 euros.
Ferry from Salamina to mainland on Day 1 — 70 cents
Water taxi between Spetses and mainland — 20 euros one way
Water taxi or ferry between Poros and mainland — 3 euros one way.
Private licensed guides at archaeology sites – we can arrange professional guides on request at 120 euros per group for one hour tour, excluding entry fees of 12 euros per person per site.
Additional GPS device — 50 euros per device.
Travel insurance – required or proof that your medical insurance applies in Greece.
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E-bikes for an 8 day tour cost 300 euros. See and for more info.
Upgrade to a Specialized Tarmac Sport, carbon fiber frame and fork.
Cost is 400 euros for an 8 day tour. See and for more info.
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Airport Transfer on Arrival If you stay in Athens pre or post tour, we can recommend a hotel and book your room.
We patronize a range of Athenian hotels in different neighborhoods and different budgets.
Private Archaeology Guides Wine Tasting in Nafplio A professional certified oenologist enlightens your taste buds at a one hour wine tasting session in his “cava” (wine store). The focus is on the famous Nemean wines of the region, including the incomparable agioritiko, affectionally known as “Blood of Hercules.” Cost is 20 euros per couple. Includes tasting of 3 reds, 3 whites. Rusk & cheese served.
Greek Cooking Class on Poros With a big smile and lots of pizazz
Katerina will teach you how to make remarkable dishes of traditional island cuisine. Learn prep tips and special recipes from this local master, and then eat the fruits of your labor. 100 euros per person for 2-3 persons, 80 euros per person for 4-6 persons. 70 euros per person for 7-8 persons.
Weaving Class on Poros Island Meet Eleni
the only traditional weaver on the island, and perhaps in the Argo Saronic region. She has several looms and teaches you techniques traditional weavers still use as well as types of local wool and yarn. 20 euros per person for one hour session.
Accommodations An indicative hotel for the self-guided Argo Saronic tour is the Kalamaki Beach Hotel with swimming pool, private beach and terrific views of the sea.
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Athens Add-on4 nights.
cycle to Lion’s Gate at Mycenae, Europe’s oldest monument Visit Bourtzi island with lovely views of Nafplio Swim in the underwater sea cave on Spetses island Listen to a stage whisper at 3rd century BC Epidavros Theatre Climb the 999 steps to 17th century Palamidi Fortress Saronic Coast Cycling.
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