No part of mainland Greece is more than 150km from the sea!
- Athens & Acropolis (high city); The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Acropolis is the most striking and complete ancient Greek monumental complex still existing in our times.
- Ancient Olympia; inhabited since prehistoric times. In the 10th century B.C., Olympia became a centre for the worship of Zeus. The Altis – the sanctuary to the gods – has one of the highest concentrations of masterpieces from the ancient Greek world. In addition to temples, there are the remains of all the sports structures erected for the Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia every four years beginning in 776 B.C.
- Peloponnese Region; Great archeological sites, amazing castles, natural beauty in the form of mountains, forests, rivers and caves surrounded by the sea, beautiful beaches (sandy and smooth on the west coast – rocky on the east) make this part of Greece ideal for motorcycle touring.
- Magnificent Pindus Mountain Range & National Park; The biggest mountain range of Greece, stretching from the Greek-Albanian borders (NW) to the northern Peloponnese (SE). It is roughly 160 km long and is considered the backbone of mainland Greece.
- Stunning Coastal Routes
- Gorges & Canyons galore
- Twisty mountain passes
- The Corinth Canal; An important navigational route which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Dug through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 kilometers long with a width of only 25 meters and took apporx. 12 years to construct. Impossible for modern ships to go through, the canal has now lost any significant economic importance it once had.
- Greek Cuisine
- Greek food spreads its culinary influence throughout Europe and beyond. It is known as some of the best food in the world! With an age old tradition, Greek cuisine has been greatly influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures. With each successive invasion and settlement came culinary influences – from the Romans, Venetians, Balkans, Turks, Slavs, and even the English – and many Greek foods have names with origins in those cultures, most notably the Ottoman Empire.
This tour starts and finishes at a 5* Beach Resort in Eretria on Greece’s second largest Island, Euboea. Private shuttle from / to Athens Airport is provided.
Eretria to Volos
With the bikes loaded we depart Eretria and head north to the Magnesia region and our first destination, Volos. The beaches in the wider area of Volos are among the best-loved in Greece. Thousands of visitors each year flock to the beaches of Agios Dimitrios, Anchialos, Alykes, Pigadia, among many others, which offer stunning scenery and many recreational facilities.
Volos to Lake Plastiras
Heading further west we visit the man made marvel of Lake Plastiras – An artificial lake in perfect harmony with nature, embraced by picturesque rural villages, fir forests and the imposing Agrafa mountain range. Our hotel tonight is a fantastic 5 star spa and resort overlooking the lake.
Lake Plastiras to Metsovo
Leaving Lake Plastiras behind us we have the option of travelling via the UNESCO World heritage site of Meteora, one of the largest and most important complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece or alternatively across some remote mountains to Metsovo – a quaint and picturesque alpine like village nestled on the fringes of the Pindus National Park and our base for the next two nights.
Metsovo Rest Day – Optional tour to Vikos Gorge
Today is a day for exploring the Pindus National Park with some fantastic routes around and through the park. The Vikos Gorge begins 600m after Monodendri village and constitutes a true natural monument. Its overall length exceeds 30km (Tselepovo-Kleidonia). Its depth varies but is regarded as the wolrd’s deppest canyon in rlation to it’s width. In Monodendri it reaches 600m and is the narrowest point and in Vikos village it reaches 1.200m (more than 1.300m in its east part and approximately 1.100m in its west part). In its deeper part the gorge reaches approximately 2.200m in width. Due to its geological isolation and the absence of human presence, Vikos gorge includes rare plant and flower species of Epirus. There has also been more than 110 bird species, 19 serpent and amphibian species recorded, as well as many rare butterfly species. With many various routes on option there is plenty of oportunity to sit back, relax and watch the world go by in one of the many beautiful cafes surrounding the square in Metsovo.
Metsovo – Nafpaktos
Southward bound for the first time we find the Ionian sea on our right as we travel along the quiet coastal roads to our strategic stopping point in the Gulf of Corinth and the gateway to the Pelopennese region. Nafpaktos is considered to be amongst the most scenic and romantic destinations of the Greek hinterland with natural beauty and important history. Nafpaktos is an idyllic setting in the shadows of the mountains of South Central Greece. Those feeling a little more energetic may wish to climb up to the Venetian Castle overlooking Nafpaktos and the Corinthian Gulf.
Nafpaktos Rest Day – Optional ride-out in the nearby mountains.
It’s also possible to visit the Temple of Apollo in the acrhaeoligical site of Delphi on route, which in ancient times was considered the centre of the known world, the place where heaven and earth met. This was the place on earth where man was closest to God…
Nafpaktos to Olympia
Today we cross the Gulf of Corinth by ferry (as opposed to a boring bridge) and immersing ourselves in the Pelopennese we travel leisurely cross country through some remote mountainous regions to Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks. Olympia is situated in a valley in Elis, in western Peloponnisos (Peloponnesus), through which runs the Alpheus River.
Olympia to Monemvasia
Over the years we’ve compiled an absolutley spectacular zig-zag route from Olympia to Monemvasia. It takes us along some of our favourite roads through beuatiful gorges. Our destination today is easily one of the most impressive places in Greece. Located on the south eastern side of Peloponnese, Monemvasia was entirely carved on the back of an island in medieval times. The village is not visible from the mainland which allowed locals avoid enemy attacks. Originally the only way to reach Monemvasia was by boat but is now connected by a short causeway. A walk around the Castle Town is a travel to the past, while the sea view from the castle top is breath-taking.
Monemvasia – Rest day
An oppurtunity to soak up the beauty of Monemvasia and get lost in its labyrinth of cobble alley ways or perhaps some local exploration to the likes of Elafonisos Island.
Monemvasia to Athens
Leaving Monemvasia behind us we traverse the Oros Paronas, the greatest mountain range of Peloponnese. Mount Parnon extends along the east side of the peninsula, separating the Laconian plain from the Argolic Gulf and ending at Cape Maléa in the southeast. About 86% of its area consists of forests – mostly black pine, cephalonian firs, oaks, maples and chestnut trees- and grasslands, while the rest is cultivated land. The protected forest of Juniperus drupaceae- a species of the cedar family- close to Malevi monastery is the only one of its kind in Europe. The range is also home to 113 rare plants, including 16 locally endemic ones, as well as one of the few remaining populations of jackals in the country. As we travel north we prepare to leave the Pelopennese but not without a visit to the Great Theatre of Epidaurus which is defined as the most beautiful and best preserved of all ancient theatres. We will also have to oppurtunity for a photo stop at the Corinth Canal. A fitting end to the day!
Athens to Eretria
The morning is set aside for an optional guided tour of the Acropolis and / or open top bus tour of the Ancient city of Athens, home to the Greek Civilisation for more than 4,000 years. Our local guides, Anna & Dimitris, are a wealth of information and certain to keep your attention. A must do when in Athens. In the afternoon we ride the short distance north and take a ferry acros the South Euboean Gulf to our 5* Resort with private beach access.
We will be providing a more detailed itinerary on arrival to include hotel info and GPS co-ordinates. Please note that this is an outline route and maybe subject to change.