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Start Athens. After meeting with our leader, there is time to walk around the Plaka, arguably the most picturesque part of Athens.
Cycling around Athens and its sights including the Acropolis; ferry to Poros Island and cycle to a beautiful beach for a swim; onward boat to Galatas on the mainland.
In the morning, we explore some of the main sights in Athens by bike. Our route around the city takes us at a relaxed pace to some of the must-see sites: the Temple of Olympian Zeus & Hadrian's Arch, the Roman Forum & Tower of the Winds, the Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus and towering Acropolis. Athens is built on the slopes of a number of hills and valleys, and although the distances are not huge on this tour there are a number of ups and downs before our final descent to Piraeus harbour through a busy road. Here we catch the ferry across the Argosaronic Gulf (approximately 2h15min) to Poros Island. In Poros, we cycle around town and ascend to the temple of Poseidon, from where we enjoy amazing views of the island. We then head down to one of the many beautiful bays where we can enjoy a refreshing swim.
Boat to Galatas and scenic coastal ride to the ancient site of Epidaurus.
In the morning we take a boat to the Peloponnese mainland and, after cycling through olive groves and quiet hamlets, we start our ascent along one of the most dramatic coastlines in Greece, boasting breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea. The views are just reward for the number of short steep ascents along the way, which eventually lead to a 5km long descent to the ancient town of Epidaurus. Palia Epidaurus (or "Old Epidaurus"), to give it its full name, is built around a natural harbour and is our base for the night.
Optional visit to the magnificent theatre of Epidaurus, before heading towards Tolo on quiet old roads.
After a short uphill ride of approx. 10km, there is an optional visit to the ancient site of Epidaurus. If you don't want to visit the site, you can relax at the hotel before riding to join the group as they finish their visit. From Epidaurus we head inland and ride along quiet, undulating mountain roads and descend to the seaside town of Tolo. Epidaurus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its amphitheatre that was built in honour of Asklepius, the God of Medicine and son of Apollo and Coronis. The huge theatre, renowned for its size, symmetry and acoustics held up to 15,000 spectators in its peak.
After visiting Nafplio, one of the most beautiful towns in Greece, today's ride takes us into the heart of the Peloponnese to Mycenae.
Leaving Tolo, we make our way to Nafplio, one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Greece and capital of Modern Greece in the early 1800s. Situated on the hillsides at the northern end of the Argolic Gulf, the town contains numerous neoclassical buildings as well as the Palamidi Castle. Riding to the heart of the Peloponnese, we leave the coast behind and make our way to the world famous site of Mycenae. The imposing Lion Gate, dating back to 1350-1200 BC awaits us on our arrival. Outside the walls we can see many of the wonders Mycenae is known for: the vault-shaped tombs of Lions, Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, and the Treasury of Atreus. An optional visit of the site is highly recommended (2km ascent from our hotel).
Our first stop today is Nemea, a town famous for its wine, and we will visit a winery before continuing to Loutraki.
A challenging start to today's ride see us climb to the village of Nemea. The town is nowadays famous for its exceptional wine and we get the opportunity to visit one of the wineries, see the process and perhaps taste (a little!) before we continue on quiet country roads to Corinth and then on to Loutraki, where we spend the night. For those who wish to do some extra riding, it is possible to cycle to the Acrocorinth site for an optional visit. This route however is very steep in places and will add an extra 20kms to the days ride.
Enjoy a relaxed morning, perhaps head to the beach, before taking the bus to the centre of Athens and a metro to our hotel.
From Loutraki, we take the bus to the centre of Athens and a metro to our hotel. Back in Athens we enjoy a free evening to sample some more delicious Greek food and maybe have a last walk in the city centre.
Transfer to Athens airport; fly to London.