Tour 1: Messinia Coastal Bike Tour
Transfer from Kalamata Airport (Athens on request) to 4 * star hotel. Bike testing and adjustment as well as a little warm-up tour through the beautiful city of Kalamata and area.
Kalamata is in the heart of the Messinian Bay, has a long beach making up the paralia "beach road", it has a bi-weekly local farmers market, a unique nightlife, great shopping and many seaside beach bars and tavernas to enjoy. A Frankish castle sits in the center of the city in the old town itself and you can visit it anytime. The views of the bay and city are spectacular.
After breakfast, we cycle our way along the only coastal road passing through may small villages in the heart of agriculture country. Many fields of produce are visable which the farmers take advantage of by small roadside shacks selling their daily handpicked vegetables/olives or local wine they´ve produced themselves. Our 1st coffee break is the bustling fishing village of Petalidi. It hosts a weekly farmers market on Fridays as well as a daily fish market. The locals are visible in the many street lined cafeterias discussing Greek life with sipping their frappes.Continuing along with the ever blue coast line we make our way to Ag. Andreas. A welcome glass of fresh squeezed OJ while you stare at the harbor and the rest of the day to do as you please. Sunbathing or swim, hike through the foothills, or visit their 800 year old church. The evening comes alive with all the locals walking the promenade or eating out in the many tavernas.
We are biking from Ag. Andreas on the coastal road to Koroni. Koroni is a beautiful settlement with plenty of cafes and tavernas in front of the fishing harbour. You will enjoy the breathtaking view of the medieval castle built by Franks and Venetians from the 13th to the 17th century. We will continue our bike tour through the brilliant hills on our way to Finikounda - a quaint fishing village with a long sandy beach, an ideal paradise for windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts. This lovely village hosts some wonderful shopping for the ladies.
Day 4: Finikounda - Methoni - Pylos 30 km
After a refreshing sleep in Finikounda and a hearty breakfast, we cycle 10 km for our 1st coffee break to Methoni. There you can explore the perimeter and inside of this Venetian castle. Continuing after this break we cycle towards Pylos on the coastal road or as an alternative road, through the hills (for our more adventurous cyclists). Pylos is the third most important historical town and has a medieval castle like Koroni and Methoni. We have a fantastic view over the Navarino Bay, where Russian, French and English battle ships destroyed the Ottoman and Egyptian ships and set Greece free from occupation. Once you´ve settled in to the beautiful hotel with an amazing view of the bay, you are free to go exploring in Pylos or watch the sunset with a cocktail at the hotel sitting around the infinity pool not having a care in the world.
Day 5: Pylos- Gialova - Voidikilia Beach -Filiatra - Marothopoli 38 km
You´ll feel like a king and queen this morning after a quiet and more than comfortable sleep. The day starts with a full delicious breakfast at this family run hotel and then cycling through the many olive groves this area boosts. Our route today takes us through Gialova, a windsurfing and kiteboarders paradise, and on though the most famous beach called Voidikilia for a quick swim and cool down. Carrying on to Filitra for a picnic under the "Eiffel Tower" a smaller version that stands out on the main street. It was built by a local man as a tribute to his love for Paris. This stretch takes us through the lush and narrow road to Marathopoli which is lined with watermelons, Galia and honeydew melons. Marathopoli is a quiet seaside village that comes alive in the evenings, and has a new and trendy sea front restaurant offering a nuevo twist on Greek cuisine and a huge menu of local wines you can enjoy with your meal or just watch the sunset taking in the wonderful ambience.
Day 6: Marathopoli - Kyparissia - Kalo Nero 40 km
The last day of cycling is easy enough again following the flat coastal road. We continue to bike up to Kalo Nero, a small seaside village, with a 25 km long lovely sandy beach. A perfect opportunity to relax and take advantage of this last day of your trip. The beaches around Kalo Nero are the second most significiant in the Mediterranean Sea regarding the spawning of the sea turtle Caretta-Caretta. Therefore, most definitely you will see the numerous sheltered nests on the beach. They lay around 80-100 eggs in early summer and they hatch in later autumn. On the way there, you will pass through Kyparissia, a small yet beautiful town of aprroximately 6000 people alive with bustling local farmers markets selling the locally grown produce. Our last evening stay is in Kalo Nero at a spectacular seaside resort. A perfect ending to a perfect trip! This last stop is so special perhaps you´ll want to stay a few more days to soak up some more Greek sunshine and relax before you have to get back to reality and the real world.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast at the hotel in Kalo Nero, it's time to hit the road back to the Kalamata Airport. Perhaps you wish to stay in Greece for a little while longer, enjoying a few days more in this peaceful area in and around Kalo Nero or head to Athens to check out the world famous Acropolis, the Plaka or the Parthenon. Everything is possible, just ask us, we´re here to give you other suggestions to help make this holiday the best ever.
Tour 2: The Hidden Hills Tour
5, 7 or 10 days
On this tour, you will be cycling away from the blue mesmerizing Greek coastline and up into the unspoiled verdant hills and fertile valleys that are filled with olive, citrus, grapes and fig trees. Where the only thing you will hear is your own heart beat or the odd chicken, donkey or goat saying hello as you pass them by. These rich hidden hills and valleys are Messinia´s best kept secret for cyclists.
Each day you will set out, refreshed and after a hearty Greek breakfast to travel on new paved and well-maintained very "empty roads". Well except for the local farmer tending his lush fields or herding his sheep and goats to new pasture. It is like you are stepping back into rural Greek time and being a part of it. Friendly waves and "Yassas" "Hello" in Greek are always exchanged while crossing paths with the locals. If you happen to be idle for a break or stopped to take another photo of the spectacular landscape, the ever so hospitable Greek people will usually offer you a handful of succulent sweet figs or fresh oranges that are hanging on their trees, sending you on your way with plenty of smiles and warm hearts.
The cycling routes we have chosen, have you riding long spans of tranquil open winding roads, moderate cycling varying in distances from 35-65 km daily. There are certain plateau´s like, the 5 km climb up to the archaeology site of Ancient Messene or the short incline heading over the winding hillside roads to the trendy town of Gialova or the famous Voidikilla Beach from the other side.
All in all, there is a good variety of cycling for all kinds of cyclists.
You are given a fully equipped trekking, mountain or e-bike supplied with, water, lunch package, tools, first aid kit, maps, GPS co-ordinates as well as places of interests or suggestions for grabbing a well-deserved ice cream, coffee or meal along the way. Returning each afternoon to our designated hotel or Bed and Breakfast, that is situated close to the sea and the local tavernas and village life.
No changing of hotels each night, giving you with the ease and comfort of staying put. This tour is offered on a year round basis.
Our Hidden Hills Tour can be enjoyed either for a 5, 7 or 10 day period. Please drop us a short or long message on our contact us form, adding some details like your cycling preferences and time frame. We will do the rest and organise your cycling adventure exploring this gem of the inland in the heart of Messinia, in the Peloponnese.
Prices on request.
Tour 3: Magnificent Mani
8 days/7 nights roundtrip
Byzantine chapels, villages with ancient watch towers, and stories of lawless chieftains, this is the Mani, at the most southern tip of Greece. Here we will cycle always within view of the Taygetos Mountains, that form the spine of the Mani. Cycling along rolling hills speckled with Mediterranean vegetation such as Olive, Citrus and Cypress trees to pristine sandy beaches along sun drenched coastlines. The isolated aspect of this beautiful area, combined with the independent nature of its inhabitants, mean that some of the traditions are developed separately from the rest of the Peloponnese and Greece. To this day, the architecture and history of the Mani is famous for its tower houses and fortified family dwellings from the period of the Ottoman occupation of Greece. Today the Mani remains a peaceful retreat from modern day life. Most of the villages remain slow paced and sun-beat. A truly magical experience on bike.
Day 1: Arrival in Kalamata Airport (seasonal) Athens Airport.
Transfer from Kalamata Airport (Athens on request) to your hotel. Bike adjusting and testing and a little warm-up tour through the city of Kalamata and area. Kalamata is in the heart of Messinia Bay, has a long sandy beach in front of the coastal road, a bi-weekly local farmers market, unique nightlife, great shopping as well as many beachside tavernas and restaurants to quench your palate. A Frankish castle sits in the center of the old town which can be visited anytime and where the views of the bay and city are spectacular.
Day 2: Kalamata - Kardimili - Stoupa 32 km
Kardimili and Stoupa are some of the best kept secrets in the southern Peloponnese. Kardimili is a quaint coastal town, in the center of the region known as the Mani, which displays a lively and artsy lined main street filled with wonderful little eating establishments, cafeterias and boutiques. Beginning of May each year, Kardimili hosts an international Jazz festival with musicians flocking from all over the world. It is a 7 day event packed full of jazz music and dancing. After a coffee break we continue cycling another 10 km to our final destination of the day, Stoupa. Once settled into your hotel, you have the rest of the day to swim, sunbath at 2 of it´s sandy beaches or take a hike in the lush surroundings foothills surrounding Stoupa. Evening dinner is enjoyed at the many seaside tavernas watching the orange sun dissappear into the sunset.
Day 3: Stoupa - Areopoli 45 km
Areopoli is 225 m above sea level and is nestled between the gulf of Messinia and the Taygetos mountain range. For a few centuries, the Mavromichalis Family lived here and Petro Mavromichalis is still celebrated today as a known freedom fighter in the war against the Ottoman Empire. Cycling up to Areopli on a very picturesque windy road, you´ll pass through many small inhabited villages where you´ll notice it´s tower houses constructed with field stones, which are distinct from the traditional blue and white buildings that characterize many Greek villages. Our hotel that evening is one of these stone stuctures situated right in the heat of the town square. Colorful and full of character, a great place to grab your camera, get lost and explore these unique surroundings.
Day 4: Areopoli - Kotronas - Skoutari 28 km
Kotronas is off the beat and track and hosts only 2 tavernas, but the panoramic views for us cyclists is out of this world. Skoutari also has one of the most sandy prestine beaches in all of the Mani. In May, June and September October, you will not find another soul there. Pure paradise!
Day 5: Skoutari - Gythio 18 km
Today is a shorter day of cycling through the hills of the Taygetos to the lively harbor town of Gythio, which is situated in a beautiful bay. In close vicinity you will find many sandy undisturbed beaches, which one of them is home to a shipwreck visible and sitting erect out of the sea as well as a campers paradise. Gythio has a friendly vibe which plays a big part of this harbor town. Many seafood restaurants proudly display their catch of the day, hanging fresh Octopus in front of their front doors of the restaurant. It sure leaves you with the real feeling of Greece.
Day 6: Gythio - Areopoli 28 km
We are on the way back on this day arriving again in Areopoli, and this time we have the chance to visit the world famous Diros Caves. Their underground waterways and caves cover an area of around 33,000 sq. m of which only 5,000 sq. m has been explored. If you are clastrophobic, this may not be for you. Instead you can explore the area further discovering quiet, colorful streets and churches that make up this exceptional Mani mountain village.
Day 7: Areopoli - Stoupa - Kardimili 45 km
It´s an easier decline back on this leg of the tour. "All downhill from here" leaving us plenty of time to enjoy a seaside picnic in Stoupa before carrying on to Kardimili. This town is surrounded by 6 different popular beaches and the older part of town included a medievil castle and outworks. The skyline of Kardimili like many other Maniot towns and villages is dominated by the distintive regional architectural variations of the traditional stone houses.
Day 8: Kardimili - Kalamata 29 km
The last day is a slight climb back through the serpentine road of the Taygetos hills back to Kalamata. The views from above are undescribable, breathtaking in fact. After arriving in Kalamata, sadly we have to say goodbye as we get you back to the Kalamata airport or your holiday home/hotel, that is if you wish to stay longer in this beautiful, prestine area.
Day Tours: Ancient Peloponnese
Home of the Greek Gods
All day tours start at our base in Kalamata and then from there, we travel into the ancient areas of the Peloponnese. These day tours are for our guests that would like to take part in more advanced tours or historical experiences.
Services: 5, 7, 10 and 14 day tours
In addition to the regular program scheduled departures, we are more than happy to organize custom tours to match the specific needs and preferences of our guests.
Guests: Minimum 2 people
Tour Price from: 7 days: 1190.00 Euro (per person/double occupancy)
single supplement is an extra 150,00 Euro on all tour packages
10 days: 1450.00 Euro (per person/double occupancy)
14 days: 1775.00 Euro (per person/double occupancy)
(Prices may vary according to season)