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ABOUT ACCOMMODATION FAQ GALLERY LINKS Follow our tours on FaceBook - no membership required Aegean Sea Coast Road

Greece is the home of the Gods. Zeus, Apollo, Poseidon and Aphrodite once resided here.


It is also home to some of the most fantastic biking roads you will ever ride. Consisting of towering mountain and sweeping coastal roads the Peloponnese region of Greece is simply stunning.



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.

DURATION

Saturday 9th - Sunday 24th September 2017

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 en-suite accommodation in 3 & 4 star hotels

All breakfasts included with accommodation

6 Evening Meals

Detailed Route Plans and Maps

Comprehensive tour manual

GPS coordinates (Garmin Mapsource file)

Detailed Daily itinerary

Hotel Parking

Guided and supported by Tom & Susan


MILEAGE

Daily 70 – 398 (not including ride outs)

Total 3200


NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

Fuel

Toll charges

Admission charges

Meals other than specified

Insurance

Bike Hire

Drinks


HIGHLIGHTS

Ancient Olympia & Stadium

Taygetos Mountains

Langadha Pass

Monemvasia

Laconian Mountains

Amphitheatre at Epidavrou

Corinth Canal

Delphi – ruins & museum

Lake Kremaston

Chamonix Mont Blanc

Tour Details

Southern Greece - Peloponnese & Delphi

Two Persons  

One Bike

Double Room

£1180 PP

One Person

One Bike

Single Room

£1695 *

One Person

One Bike

Shared Room

 £1335 PP

FERRY - CABIN INFORMATION

Tour Price

Tour prices are per person

Single price based on shared cabin on ferry *

Deposit: £95.00 per person

Day one Our tour starts as we board the early morning euro tunnel crossing and join the French motorway system. No motorcyclist likes travelling in this way but in order to cover the distance to Southern Greece unfortunately there is no alternative but to use the motorway system for some of the journey.


Travelling as a larger group for long distances on the motorway can be tiring and frustrating. Therefore for the first day we request that everyone either travels alone or within smaller groups. By travelling in this way everyone should be able to pass more quickly through the various toll booths, fill with fuel only when needed and take breaks at their own convenience. Located just a few minutes from the motorway our 3 star family run hotel is the perfect place to unwind after your first day.


Day two and we head south and enter Switzerland. En-route and weather permitting we take to the mountains and ride the Gotthard pass before continuing our push south past Milan to the Italian town of Parma.



Before taking a break high in the mountains at Stemnitsa we pass through Dimitsana which is reputed to be one of the most beautiful mountain villages in Arcadia. Continuing on we navigate through villages untouched for centuries and where life continues at the same pace as it always has. To complete an absolutely stunning day we ride the Langadha Pass to Kalamata which is guaranteed to fulfil your every riding dream.

Day nine and the superb roads and vistas keep coming as we once again head into the Laconian Mountains before eventually reaching the coast road towards Nafplion. 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. En-route to the 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 twelve and as we head for the ferry we could not ask for a more fantastic route to end our visit to this endearing country. We cross Mount Oeta, which in mythology is celebrated as the scene of Heracles' death, and continue through the Pindus Mountains to the spectacular Kremaston lake. Eventually we reach the Ionian Sea and follow the coast road to Igoumenitsa and our overnight ferry back to Italy.


Day thirteen allows a little time for relaxation as we sail across the Adriatic Sea back for our afternoon arrival in Ancona. A swift motorway journey follows as we head to Imola and our next overnight stay.

Day ten and as we head for Delphi we visit the famous Corinth canal. This incredible feat of engineering separates the Peloponnesian peninsula from the Greek mainland, thus effectively making the former an island. Passing Athens we continue through the Mount Galatsadhes area to Thiviai, the birthplace of Hercules.

Legend has it that Zeus himself unleashed two eagles from opposite ends of the earth in order to locate its centre, the two eagles met over Delphi dropping the stone which marks the centre of the earth. The ‘Omphalos’ or navel stone still marks the centre of the Earth and can still be seen at the sites museum.


Day eleven and again you have the opportunity to spend the day relaxing by the pool, visit the spectacular ruins of Delphi or join our ride-out to the Parnassos Mountains which at an altitude of 2,260 metres, ranks among the highest mountains in Greece.

Day fourteen and we continue north past Bologna and Milan towards the Alps. Surrounded by the towering peaks of the Alps we wind our way through spectacular scenery and sweeping roads before arriving at the Mont Blanc tunnel. 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 of Chamonix with its many bars and restaurants.


Day fifteen and we ride 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 our luxury three star hotel located in the heart of a regional national park.

Day sixteen and 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.


Greece is a fantastic destination and incredible place to ride your bike. It is quite a distance from the UK and therefore does contain some reasonable high mileage days on the Autoroute system to and from Ancona.


Once in Greece the daily mileage is quite low therefore the tour would be suitable for any rider who understands and accepts the above.


The riding as always can be challenging but with plenty of opportunities to ride or relax this tour could be just what you are looking for.


Some of the days will be quite long but you will be rewarded with the memories of an absolutely brilliant adventure.


The Tour

Day four and the coast of Greece fills the horizon as we reach the port of Patras and immediately you feel you are somewhere special. The coastal flat land soon gives way to the Mountains as we head to our first destination, Olympia.


Our fabulous hotel is set among the enchanting landscape of ancient Olympia with a view of the Arcadian Mountains and the Alfios Valley.


Day five is a free day which allows you to relax, take a ride into the surrounding countryside or visit the original stadium at Olympia. The stadium was constructed around 5th century BC and In its heyday could hold around 40,000 spectators.


To this day the Olympic flame still begins its journey from this place as it has done for thousands of years.

Day seven and you can choose to relax by the pool, visit Kalamata which is only a few miles away or join our organised ride-out around the Messinina region.


We follow the coast road before stopping for lunch at the small harbour town of Pylos. This idyllic town lies in the shelter of Navarino Bay and with its bright coloured houses and famous fort towering over the harbour entrance it really captures the true essence of Greece.


Day eight and we take the striking coast road into the Mani region stopping en-route to see the wreck of the freight vessel ‘Dimitrios’ which became stranded after what was rumoured to be a cigarette smuggling operation gone wrong.


Located at the foot of Mount Akoumaros our morning stop is in Gythio which was originally founded by Heracles and Apollo. The superb traffic free roads continue as we now head for the town of Monemvasia is often referred to as the ‘Gibraltar of Greece’.

Saturday 9th - Sunday 24th September 2017 Tour 817

Couples

2/4 berth

en-suite cabin

Singles

Shared 2/4 berth

en-suite cabin

Shared

Shared 2/4 berth

en-suite cabin

Other cabin configurations available on request

Day six and our journey now takes us deep into the Taygetos Mountains. The roads climb and descend through a landscape fit for the Gods. 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.

Reached only by a narrow causeway, Monemvasia is a showcase of Byzantine, Turkish, and Venetian history dating back to the 13th century. Occupying a privileged location our accommodation for the evening offers magnificent views over the Laconic Gulf.

Day three we arrive in Ancona for the afternoon ferry crossing to Patras in Greece. The modern fleet of ships covering the route are equipped with À la carte and self-service restaurants, café and music bars.

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