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Greece: Sparta, Monemvasia & the Peloponnesian Peninsula

Cycle into past millennia in Peloponnese, legendary crossroads of civilizations, during our bike tour in Greece. On this famously scenic peninsula, Byzantines, Ottomans, Spartans and others once ruled the day. You’ll rule the splendid bike routes amid sweeping coastal and mountain vistas. Traverse the fertile Valley of Sparta and Mount Taygetus, blanketed with olive groves, pine forests, and a storied military history. Coast into unspoiled fishing villages and cast nets with local fishermen. Ferry to the island of Elafonisos, home to Greece’s most stunning beach. And marvel at the monolithic Rock of Monemvasia and the astonishing Corinth Canal. Local guides illuminate ancient capitals, perfectly located resorts make exploring easy and welcoming tavernas and a cooking demonstration introduce you to delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

Tour Highlights

  • Uncover the treasures of the hillside medieval gem of Mystras, the Byzantine Empire’s cultural capital for nearly a millennium with an expert archaeologist-guide.
  • Savor the recipes and the flavors of ancient Byzantine cuisine during a dinner.
  • Walk through the maze of alleyways in the medieval castle town guide of Monemvasia, a crossroads of civilizations with Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian, and Ottoman influences.
  • Learn about Greek fishing techniques from local fisherman during a scenic cruise around the monolithic Rock of Monemvasia.
  • Join a taverna owner on a shrimp-harvesting excursion, then join him for a cooking lesson and prepare garidopetoules – a savory shrimp pancake.

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of rolling terrain and moderate-to-challenging hills and is ideal for energetic beginners to experienced cyclists. The majority of rides are on rural paved country roads with some traffic. Our VBT support vehicle is always available for those who would like it.

  • Daily Mileage: 7 - 37|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
Activity Moderate Moderate
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Apr67º/53º

May75º/60º

Jun84º/68º

Jul89º/73º

Aug89º/73º

Sep83º/67º

Oct74º/60º

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Precipitation:

Apr1.0 in

May0.6 in

Jun0.2 in

Jul0.2 in

Aug0.3 in

Sep0.4 in

Oct1.9 in

Air Package

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Two nights in Athens in conveniently located hotels with daily breakfast Check
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14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners Check Check

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Thu, Apr 28 to Sat, May 7 - 2022

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All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day in Athens right by having a VBT representative greet you at the airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Accommodation: Electra Palace Athens, Athens

Enjoy an included breakfast this morning before meeting your VBT representative in the hotel lobby at 8:30 a.m. You board a private motorcoach for an approximately 3.5-hour drive to the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Along the way, your guide enlightens you about the fascinating cultural and historical significance of the Peloponnesian region.

You meet your VBT trip leaders at a Greek taverna outside the village of Mystras, situated among the forested slopes of Mt. Taygetos. Take in the breathtaking views of the valley of Sparta as you savor an included lunch. After, you travel to your nearby hotel, change into your biking clothes and meet your trip leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session. A short warm-up loop from your hotel leads you through shimmering olive groves.

This evening, gather for a welcome cocktail and welcome reception at the hotel, followed by a delicious dinner featuring some of the hotel chef’s finest Greek specialties.

Today’s Ride Choice

Afternoon: Warm-up – 11.5 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride will give you the opportunity to become familiar with your bike as you ride country roads with little traffic. The ride is fairly flat, mostly through neighboring olive groves.

Cumulative Distance Range: 11.5 km (7 miles)
Accommodation: Mystras Grand Palace Resort & Spa, Mystras
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning set out on your bike into the picturesque valley of Sparta, once the epicenter of a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Olive groves and scenic meadows point the way to the town of Sparta and its impressive Olive Oil Museum. Enjoy a short visit at your leisure before cycling to the famous statue of Leonidas, the King of Sparta and the legendary leader of the 300 Spartans at the battle of Thermopylea in 480 BC. Ride back to your resort for an afternoon at leisure enjoying a poolside lunch on your own.

Later, you shuttle to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Mystras for an energetic walk with your archaeologist-guide. This fortified town is one of the most historic treasures in the Peloponnese, the Byzantine Empire’s cultural and artistic capital for nearly 1,000 years before it was conquered by the Ottoman army. In the evening, enjoy dinner on your own in one of the village restaurants near your hotel.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Mystras Palace Hotel to Sparta – 28 km (18 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride is easy with some rolling hills. Most of the cycling is on country roads. There is some city cycling in Sparta.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 km (18 miles)
Accommodation: Mystras Grand Palace Resort & Spa, Mystras
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you cycle through Sparta Valley to the Peloponnesian coast, skirting the base of the soaring Taygetos Mountains, one of Greece’s highest ranges. Its summit is known as “Prophet Elias” and is one of the oldest recorded mountain peaks in Europe. It is even mentioned in Homer’s classic work, The Odyssey! You pass through scenic traditional villages before catching sight of the sea and following a coastal road to the charming fishing port of Gytheio. After the morning’s energetic ride, you are sure to be ready for lunch on your own at one of the seafront tavernas, perhaps savoring the fresh catch of the day.

Following lunch, you enjoy a scenic drive to Aegean shores. Your next hotel is just outside the walls of the historic castle town of Monemvasia, a crossroads of civilizations with Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian, and Ottoman influences. This spectacular little island, linked to the mainland by a causeway, is known as the Gibraltar of the East for the massive rock that dominates its landscape. The behemoth rises some 300 feet above the sea and measures about 1,000 feet wide and a half-mile long and hosts the remains of the medieval fortress.

This evening, discover the history of Byzantine cuisine during a special and unique presentation by a local chef. Sample some of these historic dishes while enjoying the sea breezes on our hotel’s charming outdoor terrace.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Mystras Palace Hotel to Gytheio – 59 km (37 miles)

What to Expect: Today will give you a great workout as you ride a longer distance and gain some elevation before descending to a lovely coastal ride. You follow mostly country roads with some occasional traffic in the villages and as you coast into Gytheio.

Cumulative Distance Range: 59 km (37 miles)
Accommodation: Lazareto Hotel, Monemvasia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a typical hearty Greek breakfast on your inn’s lovely terrace before setting out on your morning ride. Your magnificent route follows the eastern coast of the Laconia region, delivering you to scenic Aegean vistas. Today’s first destination is Limin Gerakas, a stunning port hidden within a unique Greek fjord. The village’s lagoon and wetlands are part of Natura 2000 – a vast network of nature preserves throughout the European Union.

Later, try your hand at catching shrimp with the owner of a local taverna. After the harvest, join your host for a cooking demonstration as he prepares garidopetoules – a traditional savory shrimp pancake – with your catch. Enjoy a fresh seafood family-style lunch in a traditional waterfront taverna. Cycle or shuttle back to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Early this evening, join your trip leaders for a stroll through the walled medieval village of Monemvasia, dramatically perched above the peninsula’s cliffs. There’ll be time after to explore the local shops and enjoy dinner on your own in one of the village’s renowned restaurants.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Lazareto Hotel to Limin Gerakas – 22 km (14 miles)
Morning: Limin Gerakas to Lazareto Hotel – 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s scenic ride features rolling hills with scenic sea views. Most of the cycling is on country roads with some traffic as you leave and return to Monemvasia.

Cumulative Distance Range: 44 km (28 miles)
Accommodation: Lazareto Hotel, Monemvasia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Start your day at sea as you cruise around the massive rock of Monemvasia. During your outing, you’ll witness the traditional fishing technique of tossing nets into the water. This rewarding morning gives you a breathtaking view of Monemvasia from the water and some insight into a centuries-old way of life here.

Back on land, you cycle into Laconia’s fertile farmlands blanketed with olive and orange groves. As you ride through the coastal hills, take in splendid long-distance vistas of the Laconian Gulf shores. You arrive in the small traditional fishing village of Elia in time for lunch on your own. Then cycle to your seaside hotel, located within walking distance of the village. Treat yourself to a spa treatment or go for a swim in the crystal blue waters surrounding your resort.

Dinner is included on the hotel’s lovely seaside terrace this evening, but you need to make a reservation for the time that suits you best.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Hotel Lazareto to Alas Resort & Spa – 35 km (22 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s rewarding ride includes elevation gains as you cycle through the mountains to the Laconian Gulf. Your route follows country roads with some heavier traffic as you leave Monemvasia and as you pass through smaller villages. The VBT support vehicle will always be available for anyone seeking assistance.

Cumulative Distance Range: 35 km (21.9 miles)
Accommodation: Alas Resort & Spa, Elia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet of locally sourced traditional Greek selections, a delicious and nourishing start to a longer riding day full of endless rewards. Today’s route offers invigorating elevation gains that provide sweeping views of the sea and dramatic coastal mountain ranges. Your destination is the port town of Pouda, where you embark a local ferry for the short cruise to Elafonisos, one of the most famous islands in Southern Peloponnese. Its white-sand Simos Beach is one of Greece’s best; by some accounts, it is the best Mediterranean beach. Enjoy leisure time here swimming in the crystal-clear waters or catching some sun and set out to explore the island’s charming village for last-minute souvenirs. Lunch is on your own here. Later, meet your trip leaders for the return ferry to Pouda and a shuttle back to the hotel.

This evening join your fellow riders and trip leaders to enjoy the final setting sun over the Lakonian Gulf as you reminisce about your week, during your festive farewell reception and dinner at your resort.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Alas Resort & Spa to Elafonisos – 50 km (31 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s route offers the most significant elevation gains of the week. You follow country roads with some heavier traffic in and around towns. The VBT van will always be available for anyone seeking assistance.

Cumulative Distance Range: 50 km (31 miles)
Accommodation: Alas Resort & Spa, Elia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel with a VBT guide to the Corinth Canal – a 19th-century engineering masterpiece connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Gulf. Today this dramatic waterway cut into the bedrock remains an international maritime hub and serves approximately 12,000 ships per year. There’ll be time to take in its magnificence and have lunch here before continuing to the Electra Hotel in Athens for your final night in Greece. You have the remainder of the afternoon and evening free for independent exploration.

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens, Athens
Included Meals: Breakfast

After an included breakfast, complimentary transportation to the Athens airport will be provided (an approximately 45 to 60 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Your tour starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Electra Palace Athens hotel, Athens, Greece, Phone + 30 21 0337 0000. Your VBT representative will meet you in the lobby with a VBT sign. If your arrival at our Athens hotel will be later than 8:30 a.m. or if you are delayed, please call the hotel and ask the front desk to pass the message on to your VBT representative.

VBT highly recommends flying to Greece at least one day before the tour begins; this allows you to rest and recover from jet lag before you begin sightseeing and cycling.

Today’s Ride Choice

Afternoon: Warm-up – 11.5 km (7 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride will give you the opportunity to become familiar with your bike as you ride country roads with little traffic. The ride is fairly flat, mostly through neighboring olive groves.

Cumulative Distance Range: 11.5 km (7 miles)
Accommodation: Mystras Grand Palace Resort & Spa, Mystras
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner

This morning set out on your bike into the picturesque valley of Sparta, once the epicenter of a prominent city-state in ancient Greece. Olive groves and scenic meadows point the way to the town of Sparta and its impressive Olive Oil Museum. Enjoy a short visit at your leisure before cycling to the famous statue of Leonidas, the King of Sparta and the legendary leader of the 300 Spartans at the battle of Thermopylea in 480 BC.Ride back to your resort for an afternoon at leisure enjoying a poolside lunch on your own.

with your archaeologist-guide. This fortified town is one of the most historic treasures in the Peloponnese, the Byzantine Empire’s cultural and artistic capital for nearly 1,000 years before it was conquered by the Ottoman army. In the evening, enjoy dinner on your own in one of the village restaurants near your hotel.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Mystras Palace Hotel to Sparta – 28 km (18 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s ride is easy with some rolling hills. Most of the cycling is on country roads. There is some city cycling in Sparta.

Cumulative Distance Range: 28 km (18 miles)
Accommodation: Mystras Grand Palace Resort & Spa, Mystras
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you cycle through Sparta Valley to the Peloponnesian coast, skirting the base of the soaring Taygetos Mountains, one of Greece’s highest ranges. Its summit is known as “Prophet Elias” and is one of the oldest recorded mountain peaks in Europe. It is even mentioned in Homer’s classic work, The Odyssey! You pass through scenic traditional villages before catching sight of the sea and following a coastal road to the charming fishing port of Gytheio. After the morning’s energetic ride, you are sure to be ready for lunch on your own at one of the seafront tavernas, perhaps savoring the fresh catch of the day.

Following lunch, you enjoy a scenic drive to Aegean shores. Your next hotel is just outside the walls of the historic castle town of Monemvasia, a crossroads of civilizations with Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian, and Ottoman influences. This spectacular little island, linked to the mainland by a causeway, is known as the Gibraltar of the East for the massive rock that dominates its landscape. The behemoth rises some 300 feet above the sea and measures about 1,000 feet wide and a half-mile long and hosts the remains of the medieval fortress.

This evening, discover the history of Byzantine cuisine during a special and unique presentation by a local chef. Sample some of these historic dishes while enjoying the sea breezes on our hotel’s charming outdoor terrace.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Mystras Palace Hotel to Gytheio – 59 km (37 miles)

What to Expect: Today will give you a great workout as you ride a longer distance and gain some elevation before descending to a lovely coastal ride. You follow mostly country roads with some occasional traffic in the villages and as you coast into Gytheio.

Cumulative Distance Range: 59 km (37 miles)
Accommodation: Lazareto Hotel, Monemvasia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a typical hearty Greek breakfast on your inn’s lovely terrace before setting out on your morning ride. Your magnificent route follows the eastern coast of the Laconia region, delivering you to scenic Aegean vistas. Today’s first destination is Limin Gerakas, a stunning port hidden within a unique Greek fjord. The village’s lagoon and wetlands are part of Natura 2000 – a vast network of nature preserves throughout the European Union.

Later, try your hand at catching shrimp the main ingredient for your cooking demonstration where you will learn how to make a traditional savory shrimp pancake – garidopetoules. Enjoy a fresh seafood family-style lunch in a traditional waterfront taverna. Cycle or shuttle back to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Early this evening, join your trip leaders for a stroll through the walled medieval village of Monemvasia, dramatically perched above the peninsula’s cliffs. There’ll be time after to explore the local shops and enjoy dinner on your own in one of the village’s renowned restaurants.

Today’s Ride Choices

Morning: Lazareto Hotel to Limin Gerakas – 22 km (14 miles)
Morning: Limin Gerakas to Lazareto Hotel – 22 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s scenic ride features rolling hills with scenic sea views. Most of the cycling is on country roads with some traffic as you leave and return to Monemvasia.

Cumulative Distance Range: 44 km (28 miles)
Accommodation: Lazareto Hotel, Monemvasia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Start your day at sea as you cruise around the massive rock of Monemvasia. During your outing, you’ll witness the traditional fishing technique of tossing nets into the water. This rewarding morning gives you a breathtaking view of Monemvasia from the water and some insight into a centuries-old way of life here.

Back on land, you cycle into Laconia’s fertile farmlands blanketed with olive and orange groves. As you ride through the coastal hills, take in splendid long-distance vistas of the Laconian Gulf shores. You arrive in the small traditional fishing village of Elia in time for lunch on your own. Then cycle to your seaside hotel, located within walking distance of the village. Treat yourself to a spa treatment or go for a swim in the crystal blue waters surrounding your resort.

Dinner is included on the hotel’s lovely seaside terrace this evening, but you need to make a reservation for the time that suits you best.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Hotel Lazareto to Alas Resort & Spa – 35 km (22 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s rewarding ride includes elevation gains as you cycle through the mountains to the Laconian Gulf. Your route follows country roads with some heavier traffic as you leave Monemvasia and as you pass through smaller villages. The VBT support vehicle will always be available for anyone seeking assistance.

Cumulative Distance Range: 35 km (21.9 miles)
Accommodation: Alas Resort & Spa, Elia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a lavish breakfast buffet of locally sourced traditional Greek selections, a delicious and nourishing start to a longer riding day full of endless rewards. Today’s route offers invigorating elevation gains that provide sweeping views of the sea and dramatic coastal mountain ranges. Your destination is the port town of Pouda, where you embark a local ferry for the short cruise to Elafonisos, one of the most famous islands in Southern Peloponnese. Its white-sand Simos Beach is one of Greece’s best; by some accounts, it is the best Mediterranean beach. Enjoy leisure time here swimming in the crystal-clear waters or catching some sun and set out to explore the island’s charming village for last-minute souvenirs. Lunch is on your own here. Later, meet your trip leaders for the return ferry to Pouda and a shuttle back to the hotel.

This evening join your fellow riders and trip leaders to enjoy the final setting sun over the Lakonian Gulf as you reminisce about your week, during your festive farewell reception and dinner at your resort.

Today’s Ride Choice

Morning: Alas Resort & Spa to Elafonisos – 50 km (31 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s route offers the most significant elevation gains of the week. You follow country roads with some heavier traffic in and around towns. The VBT van will always be available for anyone seeking assistance.

Cumulative Distance Range: 50 km (31 miles)
Accommodation: Alas Resort & Spa, Elia
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel with a VBT guide to the Corinth Canal – a 19th-century engineering masterpiece connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Gulf. Today this dramatic waterway cut into the bedrock remains an international maritime hub and serves approximately 12,000 ships per year. There’ll be time to take in its magnificence and have lunch here before continuing to the Electra Hotel in Athens. The tour concludes here at approximately 4:00 p.m. You will need to make your own transportation arrangements to the Athens airport. Departing flights prior to 7:00 p.m. are not recommended. If you have an earlier departure, you will need to make your own transportation arrangements to Athens from Elia.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Accommodations

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2022 Pre-Trip Extension - Santorini & Athens

3 Nights From $695 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

  • Round-trip flights between Athens and Santorini
  • Airport car service for arrival and departure
  • 2 nights at Suites of the Gods on the island of Santorini
  • 1 dinner in Santorini
  • Santorini Island tour
  • 1 night at the Electra Palace Athens
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

All you have to do is get to the airport. On our Air Packages, we’ll take care of the rest, handling all the logistics, so you can travel with peace of mind. Spend your first night aloft and arrive refreshed for an unforgettable trip.

Start off your first day right by having a VBT representative greet you at the Athens’ airport. A complimentary car service will whisk you to your centrally located hotel in Santorini. From here, you are perfectly positioned to explore this charming city at your leisure.

Enjoy an included dinner either at your hotel or the hotel’s beachfront restaurant this evening.

Accommodation: Suites of the Gods, Santorini, Greece
Included Meals: Dinner

Believed by some to be the lost kingdom of Atlantis, Santorini enjoys a legendary setting, perched on the rim of a sunken volcanic crater 1,000 feet above the azure waters of the Aegean. Savor breakfast with stunning views of the soaring cliff of the caldera and the dazzling waters. Then join your hotel representative for an included morning tour of the highlights of Santorini, where gleaming white houses and blue-domed churches glitter in the sun. After, enjoy lunch and the remainder of the day and evening at your leisure, perhaps treating yourself to a spa treatment or a swim in the pool with sweeping views fit for the gods. If you wish to visit the hotel’s beach club, hop the complimentary shuttle. Your very own beach lounge chairs will be waiting for you. Please check with the reception desk for shuttle times.

Accommodation: Suites of the Gods, Santorini Greece
Included Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another freshly sourced breakfast with breathtaking vistas. There’ll be a little time afterward for relaxing or a bit of exploring before your flight to Athens. Please confirm your departure time to the Santorini airport with your hotel’s reception desk. Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, a representative holding a VBT sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. Transportation (about one hour) is provided to your centrally located Athens hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Athens (no meals included).

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 3:00 p.m., in which case you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

VBT provides city information with recommendations about what to see and do during your stay.

Accommodation: Electra Palace Athens, Athens
Included Meals: Breakfast

After a delicious included breakfast at your hotel, you are free to explore on your own, using our included city information packet to guide your discoveries.

Accommodation: Electra Palace Athens, Athens
Included Meals: Breakfast

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2022 Post-Trip Extension - Crete

3 Nights From $945 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

  • Round-trip flights between Athens and Chania, Crete
  • 3 nights at Samaria Hotel in Chania, Crete
  • Chania walking tour with an archeological guide
  • Cycling tour of Chania Peninsula
  • Aptera walking tour & wine tasting with lunch
  • Airport car service for departure
  • Daily breakfast
  • City information

Travel with a VBT guide to the Corinth Canal – a 19th-century engineering masterpiece connecting the Saronic Gulf to the Corinthian Gulf. Today this dramatic waterway cut into the bedrock remains an international maritime hub and serves approximately 12,000 ships per year. There’ll be time to take in its magnificence and have lunch here before continuing to the Athens International Airport for your late-afternoon flight to Chania, Crete.

Upon arrival at the Chania International Airport, collect your luggage. Exit the baggage claim area and meet your VBT representative, who will be holding a VBT sign. Please verify with him or her your transportation time at the end of your trip from your Chania hotel back to the airport. You travel time is about 30 minutes to your centrally located hotel in Chania. VBT provides you with city information that includes recommendations on what to see and do during your stay.

Important note: Following the Post-Trip Extension, you will spend an additional night in Athens before your departure home.

Accommodation: Samaria Hotel, Chania
Included Meals: Breakfast

Nestled on the northern coast of western Crete, Chania is steeped in Venetian character and charm. This former capital of the island boasts narrow lanes arcing around a scenic harbor that’s graced with a picturesque lighthouse. After breakfast, you meet your guide at 10:00 a.m. in the hotel lobby for a two-hour walking tour. Explore hidden alleys and old Ottoman neighborhoods, strolling past the stunning Orthodox Cathedral, the Yali Tzami Mosque, old townhomes converted into restaurants, and the Venetian waterfront and dockyards. Your guide can recommend restaurants for lunch and dinner and other options for further exploration on your own.

Accommodation: Samaria Hotel, Chania
Included Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast, meet your VBT cycling guide at the hotel before you start your loop ride on the magnificent Chania Peninsula. After a short drive of 53-km (33-mile) your ride to golden beaches, picturesque villages, and renowned historical monasteries begins. Stop in the seaside village of Stavros to enjoy its sandy beaches and turquoise waters and savor lunch on your own at one of the local family-owned tavernas. Back in Chania, there’ll be time for more exploring and perhaps a stroll along the scenic harbor. Dinner is on your own, possibly at one of the tempting waterfront restaurants.

Note: Today’s cycling tour is not operated by VBT but by our tour partner in Crete. They strictly adhere to the same safety criteria and guidelines that you would expect on any VBT tour. The day’s ride is suitable for guests on the VBT Greece tour: its longer distance and elevation gain would classify it as a “Moderate” ride by VBT standards. Bicycles are similar in standard and style to VBT bikes. And like a typical VBT tour a support vehicle is always available for those who would like it. Your specific bike requests will be given to the tour operator ahead of your arrival to ensure your Crete ride is as comfortable as the rides you experienced during the main trip.

Accommodation: Samaria Hotel, Chania
Included Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, you shuttle to ancient Aptera. This was the legendary site of the battle between the Sirens and the Muses. After the Sirens’ defeat, they are said to have lost their wings, giving the city its name, Aptera, or “without wings.” With sweeping views of western Crete around you, explore the imposing Roman water reservoirs, an archaic temple, the Hellenistic fortification and a Roman temple and Byzantine Monastery. After, you continue to a local winery for a fascinating tour and wine tasting. Wine has been produced here since the Bronze Age, but it was the Romans who refined the process to create the island’s renowned sweet wine known as protropos. Raise a glass to your Crete adventure over an included lunch.

After lunch, you travel to the Chania International airport for your return flight to Athens. Upon arrival at Athens International Airport, a representative holding a VBT sign meets you as you exit the baggage claim area. Transportation (about one hour) is provided to your central Athens hotel. The remainder of the evening is at your leisure to explore Athens.

Accommodation: Electra Hotel Athens, Athens
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After an included breakfast this morning, complimentary transportation to the Athens airport will be provided (an approximately 45 to 60 minute drive, depending on traffic) for your departing flight.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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