Peloponnese Tour

Tour Summary

The motorcycle tour of Peloponnese is an all time classic. The tour that combines all the history elements you can get in one trip, together with simply great riding routes. From some of the world’s greatest heritage sites to emerald beaches, and from coastal winding roads to alpine passes and mountainous country roads. Dramatic landscape changes, empty roads, great vistas, delicious cuisine, excellent hotels.

Start / Finish

Athens

Duration

11 days in total. 9 riding days, (of which 1 is a rest/free day with options to ride), and 2 days accounted for your arrival to and departure from Greece.

Distance

Aprox. 1,800 kilometers (~ 1,125 miles). Daily rides average : 200 kilometers (125 miles).

Riding hours

Most days with average of 4.5 hours on the saddle.

Accommodation

Elegant Boutique hotels, a mountain resort, and a luxury hotel.

Difficulty

“Intermediate” level for most riders. Please read here about how our tours are graded!

Roads

100% paved. A good amount of this tour runs on “challenging” roads: narrow, secondary mountain routes with never-ending corners. Continuous ascending/descending hairpins are often present.

Attractions :
  • Quite a few important cultural places await you, all of them UNESCO World heritage sites :
    • the ancient Mycenae.
    • the ancient Epidaurus.
    • The byzantine site of Mystras (where the last emperor of Byzantium was crowned)
    • the ancient temple of Apollo in Bassae
    • the birth place of the Olympic games, the ancient Olympia.
  • The old town of Nafplion with its medieval castle of Palamidi.
  • the area of Mani
  • the medieval fortified city of Monemvasia (“Gibraltar of the East”)
  • the subterranean river in the caves of Diros

LET US TEASE YOU !

a TASTE of what you will see :

Types of roads

This tour combines all levels of paved roads, but mostly you will be riding on small country side and mountainous roads. We have added the best biking routes of the Peloponnese and connected them with the points of cultural interest that you will be visiting.

The mountain roads are narrow, and most often you will see no traffic!

There are sections with lots of hairpins, some of them tight, so you should be comfortable riding those.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Athens.

We will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. Late in the evening the group will have a welcome dinner and we will also do some briefing and discuss the tour.

Day 2: Athens – Nafplion (225 kilometers / 140 miles, 2 nights in Nafplion)

From Athens you will ride on a secondary coastal & mostly scenic route until the Canal of Corinth. The next stage will bring you on one of the most favorite routes of Greek bikers, until you reach Epidaurus.

In ancient Epidaurus visit the marvel of architecture that the ancient theater is.

Nafplion awaits for the evening. The first capital of the reborn Greek nation after the revolution war against the Ottoman empire, is a town full of charm. The castle of Palamidi, the old neighborhoods of the fishermen, the narrow, venetian style alleys and streets of the historic center are waiting to be discovered.

Day 3: Nafplion – loop ride (220 kilometers / 137 miles)

A nice loop ride, southwest of the town will bring you to scenic surroundings, small fishing villages and some great views to the Aegean sea.

Day 4: Nafplion – Monemvasia (200 kilometers / 125 miles)

You start with a coastal ride, heading south, then you will ride through the deep forest routes of mountain Parnonas. Don’t be surprised if you don’t meet another car for hours!

You will then turn towards the southeast coast, until you reach the fortified medieval town of Monemvasia, right by the sea.  As soon as you lay your eyes on the place, you will understand why many people have nicknamed it as the “Gibraltar of the east”!

Day 5: Rest day in Monemvasia, with option to ride (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

Take the day off and relax in the medieval surroundings. Or do a local ride around the southeastern peninsula. One of the most beautiful beaches of the world is located nearby, at the Elafonissi island (5 minutes crossing on a small ferry) !

Day 6: Monemvasia to Mani (180 kilometers / 112 miles)

Today’s menu includes a loop of the Mani Peninsula, passing nearby the southernmost point of mainland Greece, and the 2nd most southern point of continental Europe.

According to Greek mythology, there lies an entrance to the underworld!

Mani Peninsula is a rough place, arid and its coastline is jugged. Your hotel is located in a beautiful small bay. If you do this tour in summertime, you will definitely want to have a swim here!

A boat ride in the subterranean river in the caves of Diros is in the menu!

Day 7: Mani – Pylos (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

Today’s menu includes the mountain road over the Taigetos pass, yet another one of the best biking roads in Greece!

A stop by the historical site of Mystras (UNESCO World Heritage Site) may be appealing to you.

A brief section on a fast flowing road heading north, and then again you will enter a mountainous landscape. The mountain Parnonas and it’s twisty roads will keep your interest high!

Day 8 : Pylos – Arcadia province (190 kilometers / 118 miles, 2 nights in Arcadia)

As your ride northbound, in Bassae you may want to visit the amazing temple of Apollo (UNESCO World Heritage site).

The roads today are small and narrow, as you will be passing through some small villages, all of them with a role in the greek independence war.

One of the most major ones, is the village where you will finish your ride, picturesque Dimitsana. Those of you interested in history, will visit the local museum and learn about this town’s role in the Greek independence war against the Ottoman empire in the 19th century.

Day 9: Loop ride, Arcadia – Olympia with options (210 / 130 miles)

Do you feel like visiting a couple of famous cultural sites or do you prefer to skip one of them and focus on riding ? Whatever your apetite, today’s route covers both options.

You have the chance of visiting the ancient sites of Olympia (the birth place of the Olympic Games, UNESCO World Heritage site).

The riding remains great today, with small countryside roads, and mountain twisties as always!

Day 10: Arcadia – Athens (250 kilometers / 156 miles)

The route of the final day is exciting. You will ride over alpine locations with magnificent views.

Ancient Mycenae (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is also on the way.

You will be returning in Athens, by late afternoon or early evening.

Day 11: Departure day

Your flight back home.

2021 Prices in Euros

(all prices in euros)Single Rider, single roomSingle Rider, sharing twin roomRider and Passenger *, double room
BMW R 1250 / 1200 GS5,5554,8056,785
HONDA Africa Twin 1100 Adv.5,3654,6156,595
BMW F 750 GS5,2254,4756,455
HONDA NC 750X4,9854,2356,215
HONDA CB 500X4,8454,0956,075

(* Rider and Passenger price is for both people, not per person.)

Booking deposit : 500 euros per person

Balance due : 60 days prior to tour start.

Minimum participation of 4 riders is required. For less riders or single private tour, the cost is higher. Please contact us for a quote.

2021 dates

a) 16 – 26 May. Registration deadline : 10 March

b) 27 September – 7 October. Registration deadline : 10 June

and on demand : any dates with a minimum of 4 riders signing up

2022 dates

a) 15 – 25 May

b) 27 September – 7 October

and on demand : any dates with a minimum of 4 riders signing up

What is Included in the price you pay

– 10 nights accommodation (including the day you arrive to Athens and last night again in Athens) and 10 breakfasts
– 9 diners, including a welcome and a farewell diner in Athens. Alcoholic drinks excluded.
– Airport transfers to and from Athens on arrival and departure
– Experienced lead guide on a motorcycle, English speaking.
– Driver and support vehicle for luggage (1 per person) and passengers (2 seats)
– Rental of Motorcycle, with side panniers and top case.
– 3rd party liability insurance
– motorcycle damage and theft coverage with insurance excess (varies per model)
– GPS
– Tour booklet containing information, maps, routes, waypoints, contacts etc
– Road tolls
– All taxes

– Fuel
– Lunches & snacks during the riding hours & drinks
– 1 dinner (on the rest day)
– Personal daily expenses
– Gratuities
– Fees for local museum/site guides (to archeological sites, museums, outdoors activities)
– Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums
– Cost of optional side-activities (Diros caves boat ride etc.)
– Personal travel insurance
– Visas (if required)
– Anything else not described as “included”.

REQUEST AVAILABILITY:

You may also do the tour as a self-guided one, find it in the self-guided tours section.

Also don’t forget, we can tailor this tour to your needs, if you are booking for a group! Add or remove days, see more destinations, or ask for different dates! Perhaps you feel that you don’t need the services of a support car and wish to do the tour without one to lower the cost?

For these parameters or anything else you might want to change, contact us!

Go back to our Tours Overview, or read the Tour Terms & Conditions, or check the Frequently Asked Questions.

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