Laconia cycling holiday in Greece
Single supplement 155, Bike rental from 90. +60 /p.p.
high season (13/05 -10/06 & 02/09 -14/10)
Description of Laconia cycling holiday in Greece
This week long cycling holiday in Greece is focused on SE region of the Peloponnese peninsula, known as Laconia. After a quick transfer from Athens, you will head to Sparta, which is the heritage hub of the region, famous for its ancient archaeology and military history. You have a day to explore on foot before we get you fitted for your bikes on day two. From here you will head west to Mystras, with wonderful medieval ruins and Byzantine beauty, cycling on through fruit and olive groves en route to Gythio, a beautiful traditional fishing town further south.
For the next few days you will be cycling from one beautiful beach to another, travelling further south on the most perfect Mediterranean odyssey. And then heading east onto the other finger of this pretty peninsular region, you will cycle to the ancient towns of Elia and Neapoli, the former boasting stunning views from its cliff top Byzantine tower, the latter a truly remote and tranquil piece of coast. Another coastal wonder awaits on the island of Elafonisos, just minutes away by ferry from Pounta, and where you can cycle swim, cycle swim, all day, before returning to Neapoli that night.
You will leave on a high for your last day of cycling. Literally, as we transport you and your bikes up to the top of a mountain at Kryovrisi village, to enjoy not only the views but also the downhill route all the way to the magnificent fortress town of Monemvasia. Actually another small island but joined to the Peloponnese by a short causeway, it has a towering plateau where the fortress is located.This is considered the crossroads of civilisations through the centuries, with Byzantines, Venetians and Ottomans all having left their marks in one way or another on this famous rock. Watching the sunset on Monemvasia is a fine finale to this wonderful week of cycling.
Please note that this cycling holiday requires an intermediate level of fitness, cycling between 30-60km every day. However, there are beaches to aspire to and tavernas to strengthen you. And Peloponnese prettiness around every corner of this exciting itinerary.
5 Reviews of Laconia cycling holiday in Greece
Reviewed on 26 Apr 2019 by Barbara MyersThe wildflowers during our trip in April were incredible and profuse in nature. Stunning to look at as we cycled along. Each town we stayed in overnight was a delight to explore with tasty seafood to dine on in the evening. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Feb 2017 by Amber RosenthalThe Laconia coastal bike tour was such a fantastic way to really see the country and feel like you've lived a bit of it... the scent of hot olives and orange blossom greeting us as we meandered through little back roads and dirt tracks we would never have thought of taking if we'd been finding our own route... Read full review
Reviewed on 11 May 2016 by martin mitchellWould highly recommend, this was our eleventh biking trip around Europe, we go same time each year, the first week in May, the group (seven mates) have rated this in the top three. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Jun 2015 by Hilary ThomasGood fun, we felt we were well off the beaten tourist track at times. Scenery impressive. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2014 by Andrew WallaceEverything about the trip was excellent. The operator has done meticulous research to map out the cycling routes and provides directions that are informative and easy to follow. The equipment provided - the bike and the GPS - were top notch. Read full review
PlanetOn this tour you will cycle through an area and discover it on your own, becoming aware of its environmental sensitivity. Famous Sparta, the amazing beach of Elafonissos and the tremendous medieval town of Monemvassia all rely on environmental cleanliness and purity to preserve their beauty and uniqueness.
We believe that it is a matter of high importance to preserve what we have and not take advantage of it by any cost. We have adopted a sustainable tourism policy to protect the environment and the society. To all our clients we provide guidelines about how to show maximum responsibility and respect the area. At the same time we organize a reforestation project and we donate 5 euros for each participant of the tour to plant trees in areas hit by the fires of the summer. We also ask clients to donate any amount they can afford for the same project.
PeopleLaconia is a very picturesque area and has its own unique social characteristics. The local community needs to be supported but also wants to prove that they can survive without the mass tourism that negatively affects those characteristics.
Following our sustainable tourism policy, we cooperate with hotels owned by locals, mainly family businesses with local employees. We designed our cycling tour to pass through locations that are still pure, away from mass tourism, and that will benefit locals instead of causing problems. We are locals too and we recruit only locals in our business. In addition, we have a plan for the cycling development of the area of Laconia. Your presence here will help us negotiate with the local authorities the development of a cycling net which will also be used by the locals.
In this way we make sure that the Laconian community receives the maximum benefit from your visit here, but also that you will gain the maximum that you can from them. We believe that coming as close as possible to the locals is the only way to get to know a new place in depth. After all, it's the people that make the difference.