Ride through vineyards, visit historic landmarks and taste great wines, experiencing how your familiar international varieties fare under the Greek sun and how well they blend with our own. A trip hosted in boutique hotels, visiting award winning Greek wineries, complemented by fine meals, with cycling routes designed by our expert cyclists adequate for everyone. It’s up to you to choose the level of difficulty that suits you.
Time period: 4-8 Days
Agamemnon, Mycenae, Nemea, Hercules and Attica: (4-8 Days). Wine and Cycle Tour.
Our journey will start from Nemea, the oldest wine producing area in the world, tasting the modern versions of Agiorgitiko, the variety that Hercules used to drink, as well as numerous blends of Cabernet, Syrah or the indigenous Mayrodaphne. Wine and Cycle Tour.
Visit antiquities, bike and stroll through 19th century Nafplion and ancient Mycenae, then move to the Arcadian highlands to taste the white Moschofilero and some hearty red varieties of Cabernet, Merlot and local Agiorgitiko in high altitude.
From the highlands, pedal downhill to Laconia to visit Sparta, Mystras and the medieval castle of Monemvasia, to taste the indigenous white Kydonitsa, Monemvasia and Mavroudi red, among others. The final part of your Wine and Cycle Tour is in the historic region of Attica and its capital Athens where we cycle through the vineyards of Mesogeia to taste local varieties like Savvatiano white and new-Retsina, which have existed for more than 3,000 years and visit landmarks like the Parthenon and the new Acropolis museum.
What is included
Tours & tastings at award-winning wineries.
Accommodations in 3* and 4* hotels (based on double occupancy).
Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
Transportation to/from the airport, to/from destinations.
Admission fees to all archaeological & cultural sites.
Greecefully’s guide(s) and support vehicle Use of bike, gear, energy bar and water bottle.
English speaking certified guide.
35-40 km, 650m elevation, medium, 5.5/10.
08.00 Departure. We shall venture in the beginning of wine making, some 3,500 years ago, in the area of Ancient Nemea. Agiorgitiko, the red, hearty variety which Hercules himself favored, is the trademark of the area and is cultivated here since and in recent years is beginning to become recognized as one of the greatest reds world-wide. It is referred to as a great Nemea, owing its name to the area where it is mostly and more successfully cultivated, the same way one would say a great Bordeaux, while not considered an equal, obviously, yet. After about 60 minutes we reach Chiliomodi, birthplace of actress Irene Pappas, where our ride starts. We ride zig- zags through the vineyards for about 35-40 km with a total elevation of about 500 m, (difficulty 6/10) and after a brief wine tasting stop in one of the numerous wineries of the area, we reach the site of Ancient Nemea, where we shall be given a tour of the ancient site, museum and Stadium by Steven Miller, the very man who excavated the area. He is now a local citizen, having devoted his life to the excavation of the site.
Following that, we continue to visit Nemea and the prominent Semeli winery, uphill, after Koutsi, overlooking the valley in a very Tuscan view.
Finally we move on to Nafplion, the first capital of Greece, where we spend the rest of the afternoon and evening, stroll through the beautifully preserved streets and old buildings, visit the Medieval Palamidi castle and have a drink or set dinner at 360, the best wine bar in Peloponnese.
49.3 km 468m elevation, medium, 4.5/10.
Today we return to Nemea to catch another glimpse, different point of view, different wines. We start uphill, from Kastraki, then cycle down to Dafni, and enter the valley. Here, we visit another boutique winery and keep riding. We ride through vineyards the entire time, on different grades of asphalt passing Leontio and Gymno. But we as are in Greece and the scenery changes dramatically within only a few km, we now descend through a landscape of immense wild beauty, to finally reach Skouras winery, one of the most prominent ones: voted Winery of the Year in 2009 by Wines and Spirits mag. We tour the premises, taste the great wines and finally enjoy a light dinner paired with the wines.
More antiquities. We visit Mycenae, the mythical place of Ancient Tragedy, reign place of Agamemnon, a 15 ride by car, are guided to the site and museum. Wine and Cycle Tour.
We return to nearby Nafplion, for night life and rest.
33km 243m elevation, easy.
To famous Arcady we shall venture today. No exact details for the Greek past, only that
Our ride starts just before the village Partheni, smooth green mountainous scenery, we glide gracefully, then enter the vineyards of Agiorgitika village, cycling on smooth dirt roads passing through or by the villages of the area, namely Agiorgitika, Steno, Lithovounia, Episkopi, Kerasitsa, Tegea, where we shall be toured through the newly opened Tegean museum. Then ride on to Alea, Garea, Psili Vrysi to culminate at Domaine Tselepos, where we shall tour the winery and taste the fabulous wines. Some of the most prominent Greek wines are made here. The main variety for which the area is famous for is Moschofilero, but Yiannis Tselepos also excels in reds, as you are sure to discover for yourself. We dine at a tavern famous for its local cousine paired with the wines we tasted. Wine and Cycle Tour. Wine and Cycle Tour.
Later, we move on towards Sparta, Laconia. Tomorrow we visit the Medieval castle city of Mystras, so we rest and sleep at a boutique hotel next to it, overlooking the site, where everything will be tailored to our needs, as before.
30 km, 276m elevation, easy 3/10.
We have breakfast overlooking the mountain slopes and walk or cycle to Mystras. We take a 2 hour tour to the site, then mount our cycles and cycle 30 easy, but beautiful kilometres to reach Theodorakakos Winery. Here, the rare local grape varietals are the white, lemony or rather quince flavored Kydonitsa, thus its name (means quince in Greek) and Mavroudi, a thin but complex red, reminiscent of Pinot Noir.
We leave for the famous castle -city of Monemvasia, where we shall wander in its medieval alleys, climb to the top for the magnificent view of the east coast of the Peloponnese, and finally dine and sleep in our boutique hotel.
Roughly 13+38 km, elevation 550m medium 5/10.
Today we’ll ride to a location 13 km from Monemvasia to visit the Tsimbidis winery and taste his wine palette, which includes indigenous Kydonitsa and Mavroudi, among others. Once there we’ll take a tour of the estate and have a wine tasting accompanied by local delicacies . After this pleasant break ,we continue to visit two beautiful iconic villages and have a short stop for a secret local snack under the dense shadow of plane trees, before we roll down on our bikes with a majestic view of the Aegean in the horizon , from an altitude of 750 m, to the sea. We then board the van for our visit to Epidaurus and after that we head back to Athens
Check out and once you’re picked up we’ll drive to the heart of the oldest vineyards in Europe, where Savvatiano, the local variety has been cultivated for more than 3,000 years. We cycle through the vineyards to visit 3 different wineries which produce iconic wines from the variety, but also hearty Cabs. We dine drinking those wines and tasting other local products, cheeses… and see you off at the airport.