COAST TO COAST EXPLORER

 


 

COAST TO COAST EXPLORER

Seven days - All inclusive (we are now including evening meals and free wine on our trips!)

 


 


This is a rugged, place to place mountainbike adventure, through a lesser known Greece, well away from the beaten tourist tracks and amenities.

ITINERARY

Day 1. Meet and greet at Athens airport and transfer 30 minutes to the Northern Suburbs of Athens and to Villa Patricia . Sort bikes and depending on arrival times we are off on our first adventure exploring our first single tracks on Mt Parnitha's foothills!  Dinner at the Villa in the evening.

Day 2. Explore the grounds of the former Greek Royal family, now a national park and set in beautiful landscape with newly created bike ways. We visit the isolated 5 century BC fortress of Dekelia and more sizzling singletack for those who dare... Light snack lunch is provided during the day and upon return to the villa a home cooked meal or bbq for dinner. Wine and soft drinks included.


Day 3. Get ready for departure from Athens. Morning transfer to Rafina and the ferry to Evia…check into our new hotel by the beach at Karistos. Perhaps the most scenic coastal track in Europe?
Judge for yourself. Isolated beaches and rugged mountains.....pack your swimming costume for this super day of seaside biking......Evening Celebrations in one of many bars and tavernas along the water front!

Day 4. Free day and a chance for you to do your own thing.....Options include scuba diving, a self guided bike ride to Castello Rosso castle..., or  just lie on the beach with a glass of wine or 2...For those still craving more action,  embark on an evening trek up to massive 2,000 year Roman columns, lying where they were quarried and mysteriousy abandoned over 2,000 years ago. Great sunset!!

Day 5. Check out and away from Karistos. Friendly villages and stone hamlets. Climb and descend to Antia, the famous "whistling village" , enjoy a taverna lunch  with curious villagers! We climb to 1,000 metres on  Mount Ochi and enjoy some superb mountain biking descending down a 15 Km valley, rich in chestnut, walnut and plane trees, to the Aegean sea, our most easterly point at the foot of the Dimosari Gorge. Spend time at our remote mountain lodge at Kalianou, listen to the birds. Swim. Evening meal of fresh fish. Fruit and vegetables from the garden. After dinner, yogurt and honey, bonfire and wine on the beach.

Day 6. Check out. Stretch those legs and  embark on a 3 hour hike along one of the most beautiful gorge walks in Europe...remote and lush.(Yes, there is a biking option for those looking for a real challenge!) At 1,100 metres your bikes will be waiting for you courtesy of our Land Rover. On our roller coaster decent we pass by Roman cipollino marble quarries, old water mills, a ruined Crusader castle, and vineyards where we may be able to taste some local wine. Completing our day we roll onto the sandy beach below Mili , where we can enjoy a swim and a beer ! As they say "It aint over till the fat lady sings" and we drag ourselves once more onto our bikes and race to catch the ferry to the mainland, as the sun sets, along more beautiful coastal tracks....

Day 7. Wake up late! If time permits a visit to Athens, Athens airport and home!