GLOBAL MOTORCYCLE TOURS
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Greece is the home of the gods. Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon and Aphrodite once resided here. Greece is also home to some of the most fantastic biking roads you will ever ride.
Brimming with culture and jaw dropping scenery this is one motorcycle tour that you will remember for the rest of your life.
Come with us as we take in the splendour of this amazing country and travel to one of the most southerly parts of Europe.
Saturday 8th - Sunday 23rd September 2018
15 Nights - 16 Days
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Euro Tunnel Outbound & Return
Ancona - Patras Ferry Outbound
Igoumenitsa - Ancona Return
2 Nights ferry accommodation cabin only
13 Nights accommodation in 3, 4 & 5 star hotels
All breakfasts included with accommodation
4 Evening Meals
Detailed Route Plans and Maps
Comprehensive tour manual
GPS coordinates (Garmin Mapsource file)
Detailed Daily itinerary
Guided and supported by Tom & Susan
Daily 70 – 386
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
Meals other than specified
Anthens - Acropolis and Parthenon
Aegaen Coast Road
Amphitheatre at Epidavrou
Ancient Olympia & Stadium
Chamonix Mont Blanc
FERRY - CABIN INFORMATION
TOUR PRICES ARE PER PERSON
SINGLE PRICE BASED ON SHARED CABIN ON FERRY *
DEPOSIT: £120.00 PER PERSON
Outside en-suite cabin
Shared 2/4 berth
Outside en-suite cabin *
Shared 2/4 berth
Outside en-suite cabin
Although this could not be classed as a new tour we have revised our itinerary to include not only the Peloponnese but also the very best of the northern regions such as Meteora and Athens. The inclusion of these fascinating mythological destinations only serves to make an outstanding tour even better. Greece is still an unspoilt country with a unique heart and spirit and absolutely made for motorcycling. Come with us to Greece and see for yourself what this wonderful country has to offer.
Following the Corsica tour your tour guides, Tom & Susan will already be in France and therefore will be meeting the group at the hotel on the first night.
Greece is a fantastic destination and incredible place to ride your bike. It is however quite a distance from the UK and does contain some reasonable high mileage days on the route to and from the ferry port at Ancona. No motorcyclist likes travelling long distances on the motorway but in order to cover the distance to Greece unfortunately there is no alternative but to use the motorway system for some of the journey.
This tour does contain some reasonable high mileage days on the Autoroute system and some challenging roads in the Mountains. Therefore this tour would be suitable for riders who are used to covering long distances and understand and accept the above.
Day 1: Saturday 8th September - 386 Miles
The tour starts as you exit the Euro tunnel at Calais to join the French motorway systems. As explained above it is necessary to use the Autoroute for today’s journey but the continental motorways are far quieter and relaxed than in the UK and therefore much easier to travel. Located just a few minutes from the motorway our friendly family run hotel is the perfect place to unwind after your first day. If required we can book the Euro tunnel a day earlier enabling you to extend your holiday and also half the first day’s mileage.
Day 2: Sunday 9th September - 360 Miles
Although still utilising the Autoroute system the scenery becomes more mountainous as we continue or journey south into Switzerland. Famed for its Parmesan cheese and ham our destination for the evening is the Italian town of Parma.
Day 3: Monday 10th September - 194 Miles
Today we arrive in Ancona for the afternoon ferry crossing to Igoumenitsa in Greece. The modern fleet of ships covering the route are equipped with à la carte and self-service restaurants, café and music bars.
Day 4: Tuesday 11th September - 120 Miles
The coast of Greece now fills the horizon as we reach the port of Igoumenitsa. Our revised itinerary means we arrive mid-day allowing plenty of time to enjoy our journey to our first destination. Meteora is one of the gems of Greece and second only to Mount Athos as being the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Located in north-western Thessaly, Meteora consists of a multitude of rock pinnacles topped with a total of 24 monasteries. The immense rock formations which were formed over 90 million years ago have been split by earthquakes, weathered by water and wind and now stand as one of nature’s authentic masterpieces. It was a picture of Meteora that prompted our recci to this area and the reason we now include this must-see area in our tours.
Day 5: Wednesday 12th September - 144 Miles
Today’s route is a mixture of open plains and mountains as we head towards our next destination which is a small harbour village close to the town of Volos. Sitting directly on the shoreline between the Gulf of Pagasitikos and the Pelion Mountains this picturesque village features many sea front restaurants and taverns where you can sample the specialties of Pelion and delicious fish dishes. Your base for the next two nights is a wonderful five star hotel situated directly on the sea-front.
Day 6: Thursday 13th September - 70 Miles
Today you are free to join our organised ride-out into the Pelion Mountains or just sit back and relax on the beach or take a drink at the hotels pool side bar.
Day 7: Friday 14th September - 203 Miles
Leaving Volos behind our journey continues through low mountains and forests as we now turn south towards the largest city and capital of Greece, Athens. Continuing through the mount Galatsadhes area we pass a multitude of small villages including Thiva, which is reputed to be the birthplace of Hercules. Our 5 star centrally located hotel in Athens boasts a rooftop swimming pool and bar-restaurant with panoramic views over the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill and the Saronic Gulf. Although there are many bars and restaurants close by the hotel also serves Mediterranean and International dishes in its à la carte and buffet restaurants.
Day 8: Saturday 15th September
Athens should need little introduction as the heart of Ancient Greece. The city is dominated by 5th-century landmarks, including the Acropolis and Parthenon temples. Today is an official rest day where you are able to choose your own itinerary and visit the many sights and attractions of this ancient mythological city.
Day 9: Sunday 16th September - 105 Miles
Today is a relatively short day as we first take to the coast road along the Ionian Sea before arriving at the famous Corinth canal. This incredible feat of engineering was completed in 1893 and separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former an island. En-route to our hotel we will visit the amphitheatre at Epidavrou. The theatre was built in the fourth century BC and is a marvel of ancient construction. Its exceptional acoustics permitted all of the 15,000 spectators, regardless of seating position, to hear every word spoken from the centre of the theatre. Located just a short distance from the lively city of Nafplion our hotel for the evening is a luxurious four star hotel featuring a large outdoor swimming pool and courtyard bar area.
Day 10: Monday 17th September - 138 Miles
Describing today’s route as probably one of the best of the season is not an understatement. Within minutes of leaving the hotel we reach the Aegean coast road which is quite simply stunning. Mile after mile of sweeping traffic free roads with the mountains on one side and the Aegean Sea on the other it just does not get much better. The superb roads and vistas keep coming as we now head into the Laconian Mountains. To complete an absolutely stunning day we ride the Langadha pass to Kalamata which is guaranteed to fulfil your every riding dream. Our hotel for the evening sits directly on Messinian bay and features an outdoor swimming and private beach.
Day 11: Tuesday 18th September - 115 Miles
Our journey north now takes us deep into the Taygetos Mountains of the Peloponnese. The roads climb and descend and twist and turn through a landscape fit for the gods. As you ride through this fantastic country the passes are reminiscent of other great biking destinations such as the Pyrenees, the Picos de Europa and the Austrian Alps, while all the time remaining uniquely Greek. Our route continues as we navigate through small villages untouched for centuries and where life continues at the same pace as it always has. Our destination today is the ancient archaeological town of Olympia.
Day 12: Wednesday 19th September - 68 Miles
Our hotel is close to the site of the original Olympic village and our mid-day departure today will leave plenty of time to visit the ancient ruins in the morning. The stadium at Olympia was constructed around 5th century BC and in its heyday could hold 40,000 spectators. To this day the Olympic flames still begins its journey from this place as it has done for thousands of years. Our short journey today takes us over a little used but stunning mountain road to the ferry port at Patras and our overnight ferry back to Italy.
Day 13: Thursday 20th September - 117 Miles
Today is a time for a little relaxation as we sail across the Adriatic Sea back for our afternoon arrival in Ancona. A swift motorway journey follows as we head for Imola and our next overnight stay.
Day 14: Friday 21st September - 308 Miles
Although today is mainly Autoroute the landscape becomes increasingly mountainous as we continue our journey towards the towering peaks of the French Alps. Located in the shadow of Mont Blanc our hotel is equipped with swimming pool, sauna, steam room and an outdoor heated hot tub. Tonight you are free to explore the town with its many bars and restaurants and perhaps take one of the 5 major ski lifts to the top of the surrounding mountains.
Day 15: Saturday 22nd September - 293 Miles
Our day starts by riding through the Rhone Alps towards Geneve and into the Franche comté region which is acclaimed for its rolling fields, dense forests and of course the Jura Mountains. We are now in real biking country and our route takes us through the sweeping roads of the Jura and into Burgundy. Continuing north we enter the champagne region of France and arrive at our hotel located in the centre of Troyes.
Day 16: Sunday 23rd September - 230 Miles
Following breakfast we take a leisurely route through the champagne vineyards before joining the motorway system to Calais and our afternoon euro tunnel crossing to Folkestone.
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Tom and Sue brilliant trip as always. An adventure to be sure, but wow lovely places. Fantastic hotels and all the other good stuff, food , wine and great company.. Well done and thanks!!
Just a short note to say thanks for a great holiday. We really enjoyed it, everything was really well organised which made for a stress free trip! The Garmin routes were also excellent with coffee and lunch stops programmed in. Your friendly and relaxed attitude helped to bond the group together and it soon felt as if we were touring with friends which all helped to make such an enjoyable trip.