with a real archaeologist!
- Cycle to renown ancient sites with a
- passionate archaeologist-cyclist
- Learn why Orestes killed his mother
- Clytemnestra at Mycenae
- Cross the Corinth Canal by bike
- Visit the stadium where the Nemea Games
- were held every 4 years
- Listen from the last tier of the Epidavros Theatre to Brady's whisper from center stage
There are many archaeology tours in Greece, but Cycle Corinthia is the first and only such one with a cycling archaeologist. The star of our tour, Brady Kiesling, is an ardent biker and archaeoloist living in Greece who combines two loves by cycling from one ancient ruin to the next. Now he's inviting you to join him!
Brady has an undergraduate degree in Ancient Greek from Swarthmore and a master's degree from UC Berkeley in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. He has dug at Nemea and Ancient Corinth. Brady is a writer and was a diplomat in the U.S. Embassy in Greece for several years. Oh, yeah, and this last part is important -- besides a seemingly encyclopediaic grasp of ancient and modern Greece, Brady's wit means lots of laughter on this tour.
Cost per person
Moderate or easy with transfers
tours are priced in euros, the currency of Greece.
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A tour needs 10 fully paid riders to run, with a maximum of 16 riders.
All tours are based on double occupancy.
An additional charge applies if you wish your own room
(known as a single supplement).
Start point, Athens. Optional transfer from Athens Airport to Athens hotel (See Inclusions/Exclusions). Tour ends on Day 8 with morning group transfer from PIraeus hotel to Athens Airport.
Day 1: Athens
Welcome to one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world, Athens, the capital of Greece. Athens is the only European capital city situated on the sea. We meet for a Welcome dinner in the Plaka experiencing delicious Greek cuisine which will be a highlight of the tour. And here you get your introduction to our beloved Brady Kiesling.
Day 2: Athens
In the morning, Brady takes you on a three hour bike tour of old central Athens, 90% traffic free, over 25 points of interest. You visit familiar places such as the 1896 Olympic stadium, as well as infrequently visited sites, such as, Socrates Prison and the Pnyx where democracy was born. Afternoon take a tour of Athens' signature monument, the Acropolis, plus the Acropolis Museum with all its stunning marble statuary.
Day 3: Athens
Bike from one temple to another, from the Acropolis to the Temple of Poseidon where Lord Byron carved his name in the marble. Bike with Brady along the Attika coastline stretching all the way to the tip of the Attika peninsula to Sounion where the Temple of Poseidon magnificently sits on a promontory with 360 degree views.
Day 4: Epidavros
In the morning visit ancient Elefsina and learn from Brady about the mysterious Eleusinian Mysteries. Bike the coastline ending up at the Corinth Canal, which was cut in 1893 turning the Peloponnese peninsula into Greece's largest island. Overnight on the coast at Epidavros town.
Day 5: Nafplio
A one hour gradual climb brings us to Ancient Epidavros, the 3rd century BC outdoor theatre seating 12,000 spectators with impeccable acoustics. Epidvaros was more famous in ancient times as the largest Asclepion healing center in Greece. Mind, body and spirit were combined approaches to curing the ill, including dream therapy.
Day 6: Nafplio
Brady leads us through rural roads with orange groves as we pedal to Ancient Mycenae, home of King Agamemnon who launched the Trojan War. The beehive tombs are a wonder to behold. Don't miss a pre-dinner wine tasting of the famous Nemea wines, including Agioritiko wine a/k/a the Blood of Hercules.
Day 7: Piraeus
Vehicle transfer, first to Ancient Nemea, where Brady spent time on an archaeological dig. Then to Ancient Corinth from where St. Paul preached. Vehicle transfer continues to the ferry to Salamina island, where the game changer Battle of Salamis took place. Bike this unheralded island with Brady and learn how the history of Salamis changed the course of Western Civilization.
Day 2 3 hour ride, 11 km 8 miles.
Day 3 75 km, 46 miles -- first 2-3 hours is mostly flat. Last hour has a few climbs, none higher than 328 feet. Option to transfer to Varkiza for 2 hour ride, also ends in Sounion 42 km, 26 miles
Day 4 58 km, 26 miles, mostly flat along the sea cosat. Optional transfer with less bike mileage.
Day 5 43 km 27 miles. Climbing 13 km from sea level to 1150 feet, then almost all downhill to Nafplio. Option to bike morning ride 17 km gradual uphill or afternoon ride 26 km, downhill.
Day 6 21.50 km, 13 miles one way -- all flat except last 3 km uphill to Mycenae. Round trip, 43 km, 26 miles.
Day 7 13 km, 8 miles. Salamina route, mostly flat. Highest climb 50 meter, 164 feet. Elevation gain 194 m, 636 feet