Greece

Cycle Cyclades


The Cyclades are the most popular destination islands in Greece. Be one of the few visitors who cycles around the islands, ferry hopping from Andros to Santorini with Mykonos, Paros and Naxos in between. The Cyclades has mountains to ascend, but none steep enough to intimidate the moderate cyclist. Each island is a honeymoon-type haven with romantic seaside vistas, whitewashed houses, windmills, olive groves and ancient ruins.

Each island has its own signature charm. Andros is big but with few foreign tourists, so it retains a traditional charm Mykonos is famous for its cosmopolitan sophistication, while still being a simple island. Paros is quiet and unassuming with no major ruins to speak of but popular with Greeks and foreigners alike. Naxos has ruins and sandy beaches and an extensive network of asphalt roads. Santorini ‘s world famous sunsets and white volcanic cliffs make it a “must see” destination for lovers and travel connoisseurs.

Special Guest Cyclist Brady Kiesling, a former U.S. diplomat stationed in Greece, author and archaeologist with an expertise in Greek history and archaeology will give daily lectures during the cycling portion of the tour.

Highlights
  • Famous beaches of Mykonos
  • Boat ride to the caldera in Santorini
  • Waterfront tavernas and Byzantine churches in Paros
  • Cycle 1650 feet in Naxos to a 6th century BC kouros
  • Fill your bike bottles with fresh springs water in Andros
Tour Details
Activities: 8 days cycling on Andros, Mykonos, Paros, & Naxos. 4 days hiking on Santorini.
Rating: Moderate: averages 25 miles a day, regular ascents and descents
Dates: July 1 - 12, 2009







Cycling Summary
Day 1:no cycling (test the bikes)
Day 2:30 km, 19 miles, 2 hours at casual pace, highest climb is 967 feet, optional 12 mile afternoon ride with climb of 1377 feet in 6 miles
Day 3:60 km, 37 miles, morning 20 miles mostly downhill, afternoon 17 miles roundtrip with 1-2 very short steep climbs
Day 4:11 km, 6.8 miles, afternoon flat ride to hotel, optional mileage on fairly flat route if desired
Day 5:70 km, 43 miles, ups and downs, but nothing mountainous, highest climb is 1640 feet
Day 6:40 km, 25 miles, 21 miles in morning, main climb takes about 1 hour. Short flat ride to hotel. Afternoon optional ride with several climbs
Day 7:70 km, 43 miles, hardest day, but optional less mileage if desired, Highest climb 1633 feet or 1991 feet if entire ride is done.
Day 8:31 km, 19 miles, morning ride takes only about 2 hours round trip. Some climbs but not burdensome.
Prices
12 Days
€ 4,270$ 4,845
Single Supplement
€ 570$ 647

8 Days
€ 2,855$ 3,239
Single Supplement
€ 380$ 431
* Dollar prices are
calculated daily based on the
exchange rate. The exchange
rate today is: 1.1346
Inclusions
  • Bicycle (Specialized, triple chain ring, 27 gears, carbon fiber fork)
  • Accommodations in 3-4 star hotels with daily breakfast
  • All dinners
  • Vehicle with driver, carrying snacks, water, ice cooler, tools, floor pump, first aid kit, your day packs
  • Bike guide / tour leader
  • Private archaeology guides at major sites
  • Entry fees to archaeology sites
  • Ferry transfers
  • Maps and cue sheets
  • Pre-tour information packet
  • Airport transfers in designated time periods
  • VAT and taxes
  • Bike jersey
Exclusions
  • International airfare
  • lunches
  • Travel insurance
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