Southeast Peloponnese Tour

The essential road trip of the southeast!
6 riding days vacation

Southeast Peloponnese Guided Motorcycle Tour

The essential experience of the southeast

Tour Summary

Our essential southeast Peloponnese guided motorcycle tour combines amazing riding routes with a lot of historical interest, all packed in a 6-day riding package.

It is a perfect choice, whether you are looking for your first introductory motorcycle tour in Greece, or if you have a limited time available but still want to maximize your experience from your 2-wheeled visit in our beautiful country.

Start / Finish

Athens

Duration

8 days in total: 6 riding days, 1 day for your arrival to Athens, 1 day for your departure.

Distance

aprox. 1100 kilometers (~690 miles). Shortest day: 90 kilometers. Longest day: 240 kilometers.

Riding hours

Daily average 5-6 hours on the saddle.

Accomodation

A traditional stone-built mountain resort, a luxurious boutique hotel by the seaside, and a luxury hotel.

Difficulty

Intermediate. Read about our tour grading system .

Roads

1oo% paved. Aprox. 55% on touring roads, 25 % challenging roads.

Attractions - What will you see on this tour

  • Ancient Mycenae & ancient Tiryns, UNESCO world heritage sites, “outstanding examples of human creative genius” (quote from UNESCO’s official website). The Cyclopean walls, Atreus Treasury and more!
  • Ancient site of Epidaurus, UNESCO world heritage site, including the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theater, “considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture” (quote from UNESCO’s official website)
  • Site of Mystras, the “wonder of Morea”, also a UNESCO world heritage site!
  • Byzantine Monemvasia, the “Gibraltar of the east”.
  • Byzantine site of Vathia
  • The castle of Palamidi
  • Diros Caves, where an underground river is flowing. About 5,000 meters of it have been exposed and are accessible by small boats and through narrow passageways

Roads - What riding will you do

There is a minimal highway riding, mostly because it is useful to get out of and back in to Athens, during the first and last days. The entire tour runs on paved roads. For the biggest part of the main course, we will be riding on secondary roads, with very little traffic. A picture is worth a thousand words, so the following image carousel contains photos from the routes of the tour. Slide/swipe left/right to see all images.

Itinerary

Day 1: your arrival to Athens.

We will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel, downtown Athens. On the evening before the start of the tour, we will all meet at the hotel for a welcome briefing and then have diner in a cozy restaurant in Athens, while we discuss the tour!

Depending on where you come from, you may have to arrange your flights so that you leave from home 2 days earlier! Please book accordingly!

Day 2: Athens – Polidroso (also known as Tzitzina).

We take the highway to escape the capital until the outskirts of the city of Corinth where we make a stop to see the impressive canal. We soon find ourselves riding on nice secondary roads through the countryside of the Corinthian province, and we visit the ancient site of Mycenae. The Lions gate, the cyclopean walls the dark chambers of the treasury of Atreus will take you back in time.  We continue briefly riding along the coast, and then we start ascending, enter the province of Lakonia and ride through forests and the never ending twisty roads of mountain Parnonas. Our destination is a tranquil place, and you are guaranteed to have a relaxing evening, with just the sounds and sights of the surrounding environment.

Day 3: Polidroso to Monemvasia and back to Polidroso.

We start the day with a culinary display. The staff of our hotel will make traditional pies and delicacies in front of us and we can also participate actively in the procedure. There will also be a display of local organic & traditional home made desserts.

We leave the hotel and head southeast, riding over the alpine-like landscape of Parnonas mountain. Soon we will be traversing to the east side where the scenery gradually changes. We reach the medieval castle of Monemvasia, which is built at the slopes of a giant rock which from the looks of it has earned the nickname “the Gibraltar of the east”. We spent the afternoon strolling in the medieval city and enjoying a drink.

After the visit to Monemvasia we return to Polidroso, following of course a different route to the one we had earlier.

Day 4: Polidroso to Limeni.

From Polidroso we briefly head west passing through narrow roads. We intersect with the highway only for a few minutes until we reach the outskirts of Sparta. We pay a visit to the castle town of Mystras, a UNESCO heritage site.

We continue by riding one of the most exciting biking routes that Greece has to offer: the Taigetos mountain pass. When we complete the ascend & descent, we will be riding along the coastal front of the Messinian Mani area.  The riding is interesting, the vistas are great and history is calling us once more as we pass through many traditional villages that date from the ages of Byzantium.

We reach our destination where the emerald blue & crystal clear waters of the sea await. Time to relax and enjoy some fresh sea food and local wine.

Day 5: Limeni local ride and rest time.

This day’s schedule has few local kilometers, approximately 100, heading south to explore the Mani peninsula. The ride out is optional, and you can choose to stay at the hotel and enjoy the beach and relax all day long!

If you do come for a ride, we head south, passing through more small villages until we reach the medieval & Byzantine castle town of Vathia. We also have the opportunity to ride and approach the southernmost tip of continental Greece & the Balkans, the cape Tenaro where according to mythology lies an entrance to the underworld, at a Poseidon’s necromancer site. (to actually reach the tip, one must walk a moderate trek for about an hour).

You also have the opportunity to visit the Caves of Diros, a network of subterranean  river that is extremely impressive. The entire length of it has still to be explored and is uncharted! An underground boat tour runs through about 1,5 kilometers in the caves!

Day 6: Limeni to Nafplio.

We depart from Mani and start making our way north. First we have a short stop at Gythio town and have a look at the “Dimitrios” shipwreck on the beach. We ride again through the mountain of Parnonas and rejoice from the continuous corners that lay ahead for the next couple of hours! Once we are done, we will find ourselves riding along the scenic east coastal front of Peloponnese until we reach our destination for the day, the once provisional capital of Greece, the city of Nafplion.

Nafplion offers the opportunity to stroll for hours in the romantic alleys of the historical old part of the city. You will also have the chance to visit the Palamidi castle, a stronghold that overlooks the city from the nearby hill.

Day 7: Nafplio to Athens.

On our last riding day, we leave Nafplio and ride east to visit the ancient and historical important site of Epidaurus, one more UNESCO heritage site. The ancient theatre of Epidaurus is a masterpiece of architecture, its acoustics remain unparalleled to this day!

Later on, we ride one of the most popular biking routes until we finally approach Athens in early evening. You will check in your hotel and we meet again later for a farewell dinner.

We suggest that you do not book your return flights on this day, so that the ride back to Athens is as relaxed as possible.

Departure from Athens/ Flight home.

We take care of your transfer to the Airport. Also, depending on your scheduled time of your flight, if there is plenty of free time during the day, we remain at your disposal for some Athens sightseeing.

Prices

(all prices in euros)Rider, sharing roomPillion passengerSingle room surcharge
BASE PRICE, FULL GUIDED TOUR:1,4901060380
PLUS:
Your own motorcycle0
BMW F700GS rental (models 2016+)600

  • Minimum participation of 4 riders is required. For a smaller group, the tour can be arranged but at higher prices. Please contact us.
  • For a self-guided price quote, please send us an email.

2017 Dates

April 22 – April 29

May 20 – May 27

October 7 – October 14 : available

What is included in the price & what is not

– 7 nights accommodation (including the day you arrive to Athens & last night again in Athens)
– 7 breakfasts
– 7 diners, including 1 welcome & 1 farewell diner in Athens.
– Airport transfers to and from Athens on arrival and departure
– Experienced lead guide on a motorcycle, English speaking.
– Support vehicle with driver, for luggage (1 per person) and passengers (limited seats)
– Tour booklet containing maps, information, routes, waypoints, coordinates, contacts etc.
– All taxes

PLUS, IF USING A MOTOGREECE BIKE RENTAL:

– Rental of new BMW motorcycle, with low kilometers, equipped with side panniers and top case
– 3rd party liability insurance & motorcycle comprehensive insurance with 2,500 euros excess

– All taxes

– Mid-day lunches, snacks on the road & drinks
– Fuel & tolls
– Personal daily expenses
– Tips
– Fees for local museum/site guides (to archeological sites, museums, outdoors activities). Optional.
– Entrance fees to archeological sites and museums. Optional.
– Cost of any optional side-activities.
– Personal travel insurance.
– Visas (if required)
– Anything else not described as “included”

Or not what you were looking for?

This tour can be adjusted to fit your preferences. 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!

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