The Cyclades cycling holiday, Greece

“Experience Paros and Naxos by bike as you cycle around two of the Cyclades classic islands. This 8 day tour can be self-guided or guided and features 4 moderate rides as well as lots of time to rest and relax.”

Highlights

Parikia, Paros | Panagia Katapoliani Church | Naousa fishing port | Antiparos | Stalactite cave | Preserved medieval fortifications | Chora, Naxos | Fortified hillsides | Traditional fishing villages | Portara at sunset | Flerio garden |

Description of The Cyclades cycling holiday, Greece

This superb week of cycling in the Cyclades allows travellers to explore the islands of Greece on two wheels as well as having plenty of time to enjoy the Mediterranean island ambience on foot.

Experiencing a couple of Cyclades classics, namely Paros and Naxos, places your pedals right at the heart of this gorgeous Greek archipelago with secret sandy shallows and traditional fishing villages providing perfect places to cool off after a good day spent in the saddle.

From the ancient marble quarries of Marathi to the preserved medieval fortifications at Antiparos, this cycling trip includes as many historic highlights as scenic stretches which makes it a must for those who like to learn as they exercise outdoors.

As this holiday can be self-guided or guided cyclists have the opportunity to enjoy the Cyclades in their own time and at their own pace with the ferry ride between Paros and Naxos allowing easy access from one island to the next.

The four recommended cycling routes in the Cyclades, featured in the itinerary below, are considered moderate and probably best suited to cyclists who are in relatively good shape.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Environment
When choosing this tour, you choose responsible holidays; as we as a company we are committed on what is called Responsible Travel. We act friendly towards local people and the environment and we treat our guests as travelers and not as tourists.

The nature of this trip is environmentally friendly, as it is a pure cycling tour. No other transportation is previewed, except of course of the marine transportation.

We avoid large hotel complexes and instead we book small scale hotels.

The communication between us and our guests is made primarily via e-mail and sometimes by telephone. You will not receive from us any printed material. We will provide you everything you need (roadbook, vouchers, travel documents etc.) via e-mail.

In the documentation we provide our guests, we include information on the local ecosystems, the indigenous flora and fauna and the rural activities of local people.

We offer 3 euros of the price per person of this trip for the environment, in selected actions, every time, which benefit the local ecosystem, such as beach cleaning, marine life preservation etc.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

For us local people are structural elements of each place, and each destination is primarily their home. We do whatever is possible not to disturb their lives, their customs and activities but we also intend for our trips to be beneficial for the local culture and economy. We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behavior to minimize impact.

We rent bicycles from small local companies and we book small scale, mainly family-run hotels.

During this tour our guests will have the opportunity of testing local cuisine in small traditional family-run restaurants and also visiting producers and /or manufacturers if you wish.

We will suggest small businesses, so that you have the opportunity to taste local products, even buy your gifts for friends and family.
If you wish a guide only for the cycling, we encourage you to engage locals, on the spot.

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4 Reviews of The Cyclades cycling holiday, Greece

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Reviewed on 04 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Finding remote, quiet and unspoiled bays, and beaches with local bars/tavernas.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take Elpida’s advice. Stay away from Mykonos.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a really good holiday; Elpida made great suggestions and arranged everything for us. Changes before and even during the trip were no problem, and everything ran as smoothly as possible. Hotel choices were all good - clean, comfortable, good breakfasts, well located, etc. The bicycles we were provided were all new or fairly new, good quality and well maintained, and whenever we were supposed to meet cycle providers and/or luggage transport they were always on time and as helpful as possible. I would highly recommend to arrange a Greek island hopping trip.

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Weather. Food. Scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for hills.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great

Reviewed on 31 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The day we bicycled around Antiparos. It was fun to bicycle from Paros to catch the small ferry that took us to Antiparos. There was hardly any traffic on Antiparos, the views were spectacular and there was almost always a nice breeze coming off the sea.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Greece is very hilly. Expect to climb some steep hills, sometimes travel in heavy traffic (although all drivers were polite about giving cyclists room), and negotiate uneven pavement and sometimes dirt tracks or beach sand. However, by spending 3 nights on Paros and 4 on Naxos you are able to design your own itinerary based on the suggestions given by the travel agency. You do not have to get from point A to point B.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The hotels we stayed in were family run. We bicycled or walked everywhere and bought food for lunches or dinners from local small markets or tavernas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was very enjoyable. The perfect mother (early-60s)-daughter (mid-20s) trip for active women.

Reviewed on 03 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The cycling tour on Naxos, visiting Christian church and temple of Demeter. Wonderful views. Good hotel Galini. We had very good tips from our host
there. The agency was not always easy to reach, by WhatsApp, before the trip, that was a little obstacle to trust all was ok. A client needs to feel reassured with a small personal contact by phone. But once in Greece the guides were very friendly punctual and helpful.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You can stop and eat in any tavern, at any time, it is easy to just drop by a restaurant. The Greek are easy going people, food is good. House wine is
rarely good, unfortunately, so if you can, get bottled wine. Be sure to ask for
adresses of restaurants from the guides or local hotel hosts.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I don’t know about the reduced environmental impact, because to get to Greece one must travel by air. But sure, we consumed local produce, and tried to avoid leaving trash behind. We agreed to use less towels in hotels.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A very good trip, well organised, with gps maps, good bikes, good standard hotels, good food. You can recommend warmly this agency.

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