Argo Saronic region
- Circumnavigate the
island of Spetses
- Climb the 999 steps to Palamidi Fortress in Nafplio
- wine tasting at an Argo winery
- Enter King Agamemnon’s beehive tomb at Mycenae
- Listen to a stage whisper at the ancient Epidavros theater
In the southeastern Peloponnese Peninsula is found the Argo Saronic region where everything encourages you to pedal at a gradual pace, or siga siga (slow, slow) as the Greeks say. We bicycle, swim, smell the lemons, shop for quality souvenirs and take enlightening archaeology tours of legendary antiquities.
The tour introduces you to two islands, two World Heritage Sites, the incredibly lovely city of Nafplio which you will rate your favorite. The region is known for its wines where wine-making from ancient days continues to imbue Peloponnese wines with a unique cachet and bouquet. So of course there will be winetasting.
Cost per person
Easy or Moderate
Post-Tour Athens Add-on May 13-17 and September 17-21
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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).
Recommend arriving the day before the tour beings because Day 1 starts with an early morning boat to Poros island. Tour ends in Athens. If you have an early morning flight the next day, best to stay at Athens Airport Sofitel Option to remain in Athens for the four day Athens add-on.
Day 1: Epidavaros
The two and a half hour ferry boat from Piraeus takes us to Poros island but we don't stay long becuase Poros is our overnight destination on Day 6. Instead we take a five minute boat to the mainland and start cycling northward to Epidavros town. The best part of today's cycling route is a stretch of road that looks down on the sea with tremendous vistas and next to zero traffic. The waters in Epidavros of are pure and clean and inviting for swimming.
Day 2: Nafplio
A gradual climb brings us to Ancient Epidavros, the 3rd century BC outdoor theatre seating 13,000 spectators with impeccable acoustics. Epidvaros was the most famous healing center in ancient Greece, focusing on mind, body and spirit. Then its on to Napflio, the first capital of modern Greece. The prettiest city in the Peloponnese will bowl you over with its mansions and charm.
Day 3: Nafplio
After one hour’s cycling amongst serene orange groves we reach Ancient Mycenae, home of the ruler who launched the Trojan War, King Agamemnon. He is buried in a beehive tomb that never fails to startle visitors with its architecture of geometric precision. Lunch and winetasting at a winery in Argo. We return early enough to explore Nafplio -- shop in local stores selling handmade jewelry, worry beads and arts, take a quick boat to Bourtzi island or stroll the length of the harbor.
Day 4: Spetses
We start the day with a walk up the 999 steps to Palamidi, the 17th century Venetian fortress. For ambitious cyclists you face the highest climb of the tour. For casual cyclists, there's a vehicle transfer to the summit at 577 meters (1893 feet) and coast downhill all the way to Porto Heli. Nearby is the boat that takes about ten minutes to cross to lovely Spetses. Children ride bicycles and honeymooners take horse drawn carriages in this romantic harbor town.
Day 5: Spetses
Spetses is so small that we can circumnavigate it by bike in a couple of hours. At a half-way point we stop to swim at an appealing beach which has the added attraction of an underwater sea cave easily accessible from the water or by steps into an opening on land. If figs are in season, it is a divine pleasure to eat them right off the trees.
Day 6: Poros
We take a short water taxi back to the mainland and cycle the coast eastward to Poros, finalizing the grand loop of our Argo Saronic itinerary. The route passes through little Ermioni making a pit stop at a seaside cafe or taking a walk in little Bisti forest. At Galatas, a boat takes us to Poros island. As the boat pulls in to Poros harbor you cannot help but sigh at the scenic view of the little town that rises to a crescendo with a clock tower.
Day 7: Athens Airport Sofitel or central Athens
We spend the day on Poros island, cycling a loop, biking to several beaches. A pit stop at a beach. Lunch in the harbor. By late afternoon, we take a high speed boat back to Athens where we have our farewell dinner. For those with early morning flights the next day, we recomend to stay at Athens Airport Sofitel hotel.
Day 8: Departures
Four Day Athens Add-On (minimum 4 persons)
Costs and Inclusions
Day 8: Athens
Taste of Athens. This is a walking tour that immerses you into Greek food, wine, local products, spirits. All things that stimulate the palate. Greek cuisine is one of the healthiest diets on the planet. Includes a visit to the Greek Gastronomy Museum. Six hour tour, total leisure pace.
Day 9: Athens
Morning three hour Athens Bike Tour that is 90% traffic free and stops at 25 points of interest, including famous sites like the changing of the guard at Parliament and unheralded sites like the Pynx where democracy was born and Socrates' prison. Biking 11 kilometers. After lunch in an outdoor taverna at Plaka, now you go to the incomparable Parthenon at the Acropolis with a professional archaeology guide. Tour lasts three hours.
Day 10: Athens
An excursion to the magnificent Temple of Poseidon in Sounion at the southern tip of Attika Peninsula. Lord Byron carved his name in the marble but the graffiti cannot mar the temple's geometric precision nor its stupendous views. Bring your swimsuit for a dip in the sea before returning to the city. Includes lunch at a seaside taverna. Two hours biking, 42 kilometers (26 miles)
Day 11: Departure
Private transfer from your hotel to Athens Airport.
Saronic Jewels Mileage
Short route has vehicle transfers to start points. Support vehicle available for lifts. Additional mileage available for road warriors
Long Route 316 km, 196 miles, daily average 45 km, 28 miles
Short Route 185 km, 115 miles, daily average 26 km, 16 miles
Day 1 Long route 40 km 25 miles hug the coast, 3 hours, starts flat but has 2 big climbs, highest 738 feet Short route 18km 11 miles transfer to top of hill, mostly downhill except for 623 feet climb
Day 2 Long 43 km 27 miles About 8 miles to Ancient Epidavros climbing to 1150 feet, then mostly downhill to Nafplio Short 17 km 11 miles, Ride to Epidavros, optional to cycle remainder downhill to Nafplio
Day 3 Long 40 km, 25 miles primarily flat with two ascents at the end of about 400 feet Short 20 km 12.5 miles. Same route except Long is roundtrip and Short is one-way to Mycenae.
Day 4 Long 80 km, 49 miles Gradual ascent first 30 km, then more challenging ascent for 20 km to 577 meters, then 30 km downhill to the coast . Short 30 km 18 miles Transfer to the summit at 577 meters, cruise downhill to the coast for 30km
Day 5 Long & Short 24km, 15 miles. Circumnavigate the entirety of Spetses island. Highest ascent 350 feet.
Day 6 Long 59km 36 miles. Fairly flat until 46 km when you reach a challenging 4 km ascent. Short 46 km 28 miles. Fairly flat, hugging the seacoast on your right. When the road reaches a challenging ascent, vehicle transfer to Galatas.
Day 7 Long & Short 30 km, 18 miles. A loop around Poros island. Highest elevation 236 meters, 146 feet.