16 days, Peloponnese and Central Northwest Greece

16 days, Peloponnese and Central Northwest Greece

At a glance

Our “16 days, self guided motorcycle Tour of Peloponnese and Central Northwest Greece”, is a combination of two other tours of ours: the “6 days tour of  Peloponnese” and the “10 days tour of Central Northwest Greece“.

The routes here, are almost the same as in 2 tours, with the necessary minor adjustments that allow the combination of the two itineraries in to one.

Most great biking roads of those regions are included in the itinerary, as well as many historical & cultural sites. The routes though are designed in a way that if you feel like skipping visits to such sites, the overall schedule is not affected.

Some days offer the options to either do loop rides (returning to the same hotel) or spend the day relaxing and taking it easy.

map of tour 16 days peloponnese and central northwest greece

Start / Finish

Athens, Greece

Duration

16 riding days

Riding hours

Daily average: 4-5 hours on the saddle. A couple of days are longer (ca. 6 hours).

Distance

2,730 – 3,100 kilometers, depending on your appetite for riding during rest days / 1,700 – 1,900 miles

Accommodation

3 or 4 star, elegant boutique hotels. All of them are top rated and personally selected by us.

Difficulty

Sections could be rated as “Moderate” level for most riders. Some other sections are “Advanced” because there are many tight and steep hairpins along the routes, on small narrow (single lane) roads. Please read here about how our tours are graded!

Roads

100% paved. A large amount of this tour runs on narrow, single lane, secondary mountain routes. See below :

TYPE OF RIDING

You will be riding mostly on small, country roads.

Have a small taste in the pictures that follow:

ATTRACTIONS

Oh dear, from where to start?

The route will bring you to many major cultural sites. The following are indexed by UNESCO as 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.
  • ancient Delphi (“the navel of the world” according to ancient Greeks)
  • the Meteora Monasteries

And there are more!

The old town of Nafplion, one of the most picturesque of Greece.  The historical center is for pedestrians only, full of little shops, elegant cafes and lots of things to see. The medieval castle of Palamidi stands imposing on the nearby hill.

The medieval fortified city of Monemvasia (some call it the “Gibraltar of the East”)

The subterranean river in the caves of Diros.

The Mani peninsula, with it’s secluded bays and the stone-built tower houses.

The idyllic coastal town of Parga (you will feel like being on an island)

The gorge of Vikos

and so many more !

Itinerary

Day 1: Athens – Nafplion, 2 nights in Nafplion (185 kilometers / 115 miles)

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 2: Loop ride to the mountainous province of Arcadia (216 kilometers / 135 miles)

Spectacular vistas and winding routes are in the menu, as you will ride to the Arcadian mountains. Pass through the heart of Mainalon mountain and its deep forests, and then turn back and ride to Nafplion as you descend yet another local biker’s favorite road: the Achladokampos route will lure you in a cornering frenzy, while the views to the gulf of Argolis will be tempting.

Day 3: Nafplion – Mani area, 2 nights in Mani (185 kilometers / 115 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!

Your destination is the rugged coastline of west Mani.

Day 4: Mani rest day, with options to ride up to 185 kilometers / 115 miles

Rest in a beautiful bay and enjoy the sea (depending on what season you choose to do the tour), or go riding: the peninsula of Mani, is an arid land, with a jugged coastline, full of stone-built tower houses, where clans were competing for independence for hundreds of years.

You will be riding close to the southern most point of mainland Greece, and 2nd southernmost point of the whole continental Europe.

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

You may want to take a boat ride in the subterranean river in the caves of Diros!

And also the routes gives you the option to visit the fortified medieval town of Monemvasia, nicknamed as the “Gibraltar of the east”!

Day 5: Mani – Dimitsana, 2 nights in Dimitsana (240 kilometers / 150 miles)

Today’s menu includes the mountain road over the Taigetos pass, yet another 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!

Those of you interested in history, will visit the local museum and learn about this town’s role in the greek revolution war against the Ottoman empire in the 19th century.

Day 6: Dimitsana loop ride with options (205 or 240 kilometers / 128 or 150 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 ?

You have the chance of visiting the ancient sites of Olympia (the birth place of the Olympic Games) and of Bassae where the temple of Apollo is located. Both sites are indexed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites.

Whether you choose to visit those sites, or skip them, the riding remains great today, with small countryside roads, and mountain twisties as always!

Day 7: Dimitsana – Nafpaktos, 2 nights in Nafpaktos (185 kilometers / 115 miles)

Ride northbound, crossing the sections of Arcadia and the mountain range of Helmos. You will pass through Kalavryta, a small town that is a symbol of the Greek resistance during the 2nd world war. Also here, started the revolution war against the Ottoman empire in the 19th century. Later on, a brief stage on a motorway along the corinthian gulf is in order, before you cross the bridge of Rio-AntiRio and reach the coastal town of Nafpaktos.

The old castle that overlooks the town invites you for a visit.

Day 8: Nafpaktos – Parga , 2 nights in Parga (….115 kilometers or 160 kilometers/ … or 100 miles)

You will be riding along the coast of the Ioanian sea. Parga will welcome you and get you in the mood for some chillin’ and relaxing by the small fish taverns.

Day 9: Parga, rest day 

We believe that once you see this picturesque sea side location, you will most probably decide to stay for a day and do nothing. Simply enjoy some relaxing time by the sea.

Day 10: Parga – Zagoria (route options from 160 to 215 kilometers /  100 to 135 miles)

You may ride directly to Zagoria, making this a rather short day allowing you time to relax at your destination. The place that you will be staying is ideal for this. Or, you may ride close to the Greek Albanian border, discovering small traditional villages and locations that are rarely visited by strangers.

Day 11: Zagoria loop (185 kilometers / 115 miles)

Most people who do this loop get blown away by the beauty of the area. Most people say that they would have never thought Greece has such landscapes! It’s hard to put it in to words, but we guarantee you will enjoy the ride! The numerous villages that are along the route offer you many options for road-side stops, and the architecture of the houses, gives a unique character to them.

The wonder of nature, gorge of Vikos, will amaze you.

This loop will end either in Zagoria again or a little further to the south, in the town of Ioannina, depending on how you would prefer to spend the next day: if you long for the tranquility of the small villages, it will be in Zagoria. If you would rather spend the evening in a beautiful town, with more options for dining, bars, and sightseeing, then it will be Ioannina!

Day 12: rest day in Ioannina or Zagoria, with options to ride 

If you choose to stay in Zagoria for one more night, then this day is offered for relaxation away from crowds, or you may opt to do some extra riding (route options are provided).

If you choose to end your loop ride from yesterday in the town of Ioannina, then you will spend the day strolling around the old historic center, enclosed behind the fortifications of previous centuries! There are many interesting things to do and see in Ioannina, and your stay there won’t disappoint ! Our handbook will reveal most of them to you!

Day 13:  Zagoria (or Ioannina) – Tzoumerka (130 – 160 kilometers / 80 – 100 miles)

Don’t be fooled by today’s “short” distance. You are entering Tzoumerka!

After a first section of the route that will bring towards the east part of Zagoria, and then to the village of Metsovo , you will turn south. The Tzoumerka area is wild, remote, and – depending on how early in the season you will do the tour – will demand an extra level of caution. Your “adventure” mood must be on, at all times. The scenery though is truly spectacular.

You will ride over the highest paved mountain road of Greece, the Baros pass.

Day 14: Tzoumerka – Meteora (route options, from 130 to 200 kilometers / 80 or 125 miles)

You start the day with some more of Tzoumerka. The roads are ever winding, the scenery is lush, and the riding is simply fun.

You will reach Meteora and the surrounding area. Meteora are famous for the dramatic views of the monasteries built on top of huge limestone pillars.

Day 15:  Meteora – Delphi (route options, from 290 to 330 kilometers / 180 – 206 miles)

Today is a long day and the routes offer a variety: small country roads, lakes, plains, and an alpine pass. You ride through central Greece until you reach Delphi.

The ancient sites here, are declared by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. The ancient Greeks called this place the “navel of the world”. The views are stunning.

Day 16: Delphi – Athens (route options, from 165 to 170 kilometers / ca. 105 miles)

Through small country roads you will gradually reach Athens.

Dates

Best experienced during May*, early June, the 2nd half of September and October.

* In May: the highest paved pass of Greece, Baros, usually gets cleared and opens after the 1st week of May. If you do choose to do the trip earlier than that, 99% you will not be able to ride the Baros pass. So the routes (and the itinerary) for the day before and after will have to be altered.

July and August can get hot and crowded. The sea will be at its best though, if you decide to add non-riding days!

In November you are taking your chances with rain, especially in the northwest.

This tour is not recommended during the winter.

2019 Prices

(all prices in euros)Single RiderRider + Pillion2 riders sharing
BMW R 1200GS4,8805,2657,630
Duc Multistrada 950S4,7155,1007,290
BMW F 750 GS4,3754,7606,620
BMW F 700 GS4,1604,5456,185
HONDA CB 500x3,7204,1055,310

Booking deposit, per person : 1200 euros

Remaining amount is paid in 2 parts:

  • 50% : 45 days before arrival
  • 50% : the day you collect the bike.

Note: prices shown are based on quotes from hotels offered to us for group tours on fixed dates. Depending on the time of your travel, prices may be slightly different (for example during peak season). 

Hotels we choose are mostly 4-star category. If you would like to do the tour with a lower budget category (based on hotels of 2 or 3 stars category), contact us for a quote.

What is Included in the price you pay

– 15 nights accommodation with breakfasts, in personally selected hotels.
– Rental of Motorcycle, with side panniers, top case, comprehensive insurance with excess.
– Rental of 1 GPS per 4 people, with routes and POIs pre-loaded for every day
– Paper map with routes marked and a handbook with key information for the trip, suggestions, tips etc.
– 2 helmets, of basic quality, European standards approved. Options available to upgrade to high quality helmets, for an added daily fee.
– Free luggage storage at our premises.

– All taxes

– accommodation in Athens, when you fly in and when you ride back to Athens (we can certainly arrange it if you wish)
– airport transfers (offered as an option)
– Fuel & tolls
– Food, drinks, personal daily expenses & tips
– Fines, tickets
– Entrance fees to local museums, tourist sites
– Ferries, parking
– Personal travel insurance
– Visas (if required)

Also, not included are the costs of any “added” days you may choose to have. Those costs will typically have to include the daily rental rate of the motorcycle plus the accommodation cost, which varies depending on where you choose to spend those added days.

Costs of Extra Options:

Airport transfers. Prices are per 2-way transfer (to and from the airport), not per person. 
Up to 3 pax90
4 to 8 pax150

Please read the Tour Terms & Conditions which include our Cancellation Policy.

Check the Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us for further information!

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