Archaeological & Cultural Biking Tour (Self-Guided Tour)
About this holiday
This is a fascinating bike trip for the admirers of Greek Archaeology and cultural experiences. It is unique as you start biking high in the mountains and you end up cycling next to the sea for a couple of days. It combines the magnificent fir trees of Mainalon mountain with the marvelous endless beaches lying along the Argolic Gulf. You will visit some of the most important archaeological sites in Peloponnese such as Epidaurus with the famous theatre, Mycenae that conquered during the Bronze Age, ancient Mantinea, ancient Tegea, Argos, ancient Lerna with the homonymous lake where Hercules killed the mythic beast, and the walls of ancient Tiryns. Your destination is the Central-Eastern Peloponnese where the mythical perpetual mountains meet the fantastic blue sea.
Your start point is Vytina, a small traditional village in the mountains, among the trees where you have the chance to breathe the fresh air and listen to the sound of the birds. The next day you will cycle from Vytina through the mountains, most of it uphillpassing through picturesque villages and then downhill to Tripoli, a small purely Greek town still unaffected by mass tourism, located in the heart of the Peloponnese peninsula. Passing by the small picturesque fish village of Paralio Astros you end up to the dreamy seaside town of Nafplio situated in the eastern part of Peloponnese where you spend 3 amazing days. You will experience not only modern Greece but also the Classical one. A trip that is suitable for anyone fitness wise, since the daily routes are easy enough to be made. So pack your bags and get ready for this unforgettable tour!
During this trip, you will cycle on your own without the presence of a guide. We will provide to you all necessary equipment, maps (in printed form or access to gps application) and information about the routes and points of interest so you can easily take the tour. In addition, we will take care of the transportation of your luggage so you will find them in the next hotel when you arrive. In this way, you will be totally independent and free to cycle any time you wish (morning or afternoon), make a stop anywhere you want (beaches, archaeological sites, taverns etc) and spend there as much time you prefer. At the same time, we provide 24h hotline in case of emergency. Just give us a call and we will find the best way to help if anything occurs!
Responsible travel holiday
Responsible travel is a new way of travelling for all those who prefer authenticity of experiences, life and culture instead of mass tourism. It’s about respecting and benefiting local people and the environment – but it’s about far more than that. Responsible travel is about bringing you closer to local cultures and environments by involving local people in tourism. It’s about doing this in a fair way that helps ensure that they will give you an even warmer welcome. For example, a local guide from the destination will open your eyes to their cultures and ways of life far better than an expat guide could ever do.
The responsible travelers want to get a little bit more out of their travels, and to give a little bit back to the special places and people that they encounter. They want deeper and more real travel experiences. The responsible traveler values authenticity – experiences integral to local people’s traditions, cultures and rituals – rather than those created for tourism, or those whose existing meanings and uses have become lost as they have been packaged up for tourism.
Choosing our holidays, you choose responsible holidays. One of our biggest concerns is to secure that tourism will not affect negatively our area in ecological and also socio-cultural way, and also that the locals will mostly benefit from your travel. Our company which is the organizer and operator of this package is local-based, all our employees are locals and the overwhelming majority of the hotels that we cooperate with are owned by locals too. In this trip, you will be given printed material about how to apply maximum responsibility during your holidays. We also, as a company, offer €5 per person for the environment, for offsetting the carbon emissions caused by this trip. This money are going to be used, in cooperation with the local Forestry Office, the Greek Climbing Club of Tripoli and the Tripoli Ecologist Club, for reforestation in our mountains, that have been hit by great fires in the summer of 2007.