The Magical Peloponnese: Greece
October 10-21, 2019
$4,600 (double occupancy); $700 single supplement
Pickup and drop-off at the Athens airport
Welcome to the Peloponnese, the heartland of Greek history!
We'll start near Corinth and then cycle across the northern part of the Peloponnesus. This region is rife with sites of ancient history: Corinth (where the apostle Paul preached), Nemea (where the Olympic games were originally held), Mycene (legendary castle of the great warrior Agamemnon), Epidauros (a beautiful theatre) and finally to Olympia (where it all started from 754 BC). We will visit them all!
We’ll also explore Nafplion and the Lousios valley, as well as the areas from the eastern coastline across the hills and into the woods are called Arcadia. Here, the mythological Pan and his troops would roam for pleasure– it's a landscape we'll also have the pleasure of roaming.
The trip ends in Olympia-nothing can beat the ancient remnants of the first Olympic Games.
Moderate to difficult riding, with hills (particularly in the middle of the trip, but framed by flatter days). Most days are between 35 to 40 miles of riding. Some days are shorter for sightseeing.
Trip price includes dinners and all breakfasts, accommodations in mainly 4-star hotels (one 5 star and one 3 star hotel) in Vrahati, Mycene, Nafplio, Tripoli, Demitsana, Olympia; 3 two-night stays, 1 three-night stay and 1 one-night stay.
Arrival and Departure
Pick up and drop-off at the Athens airport.
Day by Day
Vrahati (2 nights): 5-star resort just outside modern Corinth, ride to see the impressive ruins and interesting museum of ancient Corinth. Ride to ancient Nemea, with a great stadium (games were being held here before Olympia got popular).
Nafplio (3 nights): Well-preserved historical town at the sea, considered the most beautiful of Peloponnesian towns. Ride to Epidauros to visit the fantastic ancient theatre. Ride to Mycene to visit the imprressive stronghold of Agamemnon, immortalized by Homer.
Tripoli (1 night): Ride from the coast into the rugged mountains, fantastic views and scenery, enjoy a picnic lunch, explore Tripoli.
Demitsana (2 nights): Visit to an impressive watermill complex (with ingenious gunpowder making facilities). Next day: Ride to the Lousios Valley, a rugged landscape in a deep valley where a small monastery is hewn into the rocks.
Olympia (2 nights): Visit the beginning of the Olympic Games dating back to 754 BC.