Sithonia, Chalkidiki, Greece. Photo via Flickr:constant progression
Hot pepper on Halkidiki Peninsula, Greece. Photo via Flickr:Marcus

Mount Athos, Greece. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Dave Proffer
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Halkidiki Peninsula

Greece Bike Tours

Explore Greece by bike!

On this bicycle tour in Greece you will experience the lush green forests, secluded beaches, and serene turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea that make up the mythic region of Central Macedonia. You will be challenged as well in the inland mountains, as you pedal amid the towering coniferous woodlands, herds of goats, and panoramic views from the rugged cliffs overlooking the beaches.This supported tour encompasses the unique archaeological sites and provides opportunities to discover the gastronomic and cultural heritage of the three peninsulas of Halkidiki: Kassandra, Sithonia, and Athos.

In antiquity, this region was known as “Flegra” (the place of fire) due to an epic mythological battle that took place between the Olympian Gods and the Giants in their quest for fire. In the heat of the battle, one of the Giants threw a mountain at Zeus that landed in the sea. Today, this "mountain" is the peninsula of Athos.

Observing local life and customs, cycling through the quaint mountain and fishing villages, there will be ample opportunity to taste the freshest and most delectable cuisine the Mediterranean has to offer!

Tour Highlights:

  • Kassandra- is one the most visited region of Halkidiki. It is known for its bustling nightlife, charming beaches, and verdant coniferous forests. Kassandra offers many places to dine and have a drink along the coastline as well as a spectacular panoramic view, especially at sunset.
  • Sithonia- is located in the middle prong of the Halkidiki peninsula and offers picturesque beaches, beautifully varied landscapes, and abundant nature. It is a perfect place to taste the best of Greek cuisine as well as bask in the sun on one of the many secluded beaches.
  • Athos- Is the most eastern and mountainous region of the peninsula. Athos is home to Mt. Athos or “Holy Mountain”, which reaches a sprawling altitude of 2000 meters and is covered with dense forests. Athos is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famous for the many monasteries that populate the region.

Skill Level

This is a "supported tour" in which there will be a van transferring luggage and stopping at certain points throughout the route. To fully enjoy this tour, you should be in good physical condition. You will have to cope with a few steep ascents! Daily mileage ranges from 19 to 43 miles.

Where You’ll Stay

Family run hotels and guest houses unique to this area. No chain hotels!

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations
  • Airport transfer on the day of arrival
  • Luggage transfer
  • Breakfast and packed lunches
  • English speaking guide that drives the support vehicle
  • Hybrid bike rental equipped with water bottle cages, handlebar bag with map holder, rear rack on request, and repair kit. (Pannier available for rental.)

What’s Not Included

  • Transfer to the airport on the day of departure
  • Dinners
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Boat trips
TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From730 Rates
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Tour Dates

April 23, May 28, August 27, September 24, 2016

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Halkidiki Peninsula Map

Day 1: Thessaloniki - Kassandra peninsula  
Day 2:  St. Nicholaos Chapel - Loutra Spa Village 19.3 mi. (31 km)
Day 3: Agia Paraskevi - Sithonia - Neos Marmaras 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 4:  Parthenonas Architectural Reserve - Coastal Roads - Porto Kofou 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5:  Kalamitsi - Sarti - Olympiada 37 mi. (60 km)
Day 6:  Strataniko Mountains - Athos Peninsula - Ouranoupoli 43 mi. (70 km)
Day 7:  Free day in Ouranoupoli - Boat to Athos Monasteries
Day 8:  Departure 

Day 1: Thessaloniki - Kassandra peninsula  
Individual arrival  in Thessaloniki and included transfer (62 mi/100 km) to Pefkochori located on the Northern coast of the Kassandra peninsula. 

Day 2:  St. Nicholaos Chapel - Loutra Spa Village 19.3 mi (31 km)
The cycle tour starts along the coast but then veers off on a village road leading to the chapel of St. Nicholas. The ride backtracks a few kilometers and continues with an uphill ride in the hinterland of the peninsula, ending in the village of Loutra, renowned for its healing thermal waters. Ascent/Descent: 600/600M

Day 3: Agia Paraskevi - Sithonia - Neos Marmaras 22 mi (35 km)
Your day begins with a climb towards the backcountry of the peninsula to the village of Agia Paraskevi, famous for its sulfur springs. Continuing on, the route leads along a mountain ridge that transitions into asphalt and descends to the Northern coast and the resort village of Hanioti. Continuing on then, you follow along a coastal road that leads to Kriopigi, the day's destination.   Here you will transfer to the lively harbor, Neos Marmaras situated in the Sithonia peninsula.  There is an option for honey tasting in Niki on the way.  Ascent/Descent: 400/400m

Day 4:  Parthenonas Architectural Reserve - Coastal Roads - Porto Kofou 22 mi (35 km)
Following a quick transfer to the mountain village of Parthenonas, an architectural reserve with marvelous stone houses, a scenic ride follows along the Western coast of Sithonia.  From here there is a downhill mountain road, followed by coastal road overlooking secluded small bays. The sparkling blue waters and golden sand beaches will beckon and tempt. The ride continues along the stunning rocky bay to Porto Kofou, a fishing village.  Ascent/Descent: 400/400m

Day 5:  Kalamitsi - Sarti - Olympiada 37 mi (60 km)
As you continue to explore Sithonia, the morning begins with a gorgeous ascent on a mountain road followed by a downhill ride to the Eastern coast to the village of Kalamitsi. The route continues on a coastal road with a series of ascents and descents through forests of Mediterranean Pines and the through the lively town of Santi, finishing in the Vourvourou region with spectacular views of Diaporos Island.  The day ends with a transfer to Olympiada.  Ascent/Descent: 800/900m   

Day 6:  Strataniko Mountains - Athos Peninsula - Ouranoupoli 43 mi (70 km)
Day six is all about the Strataniko mountainous area.  The area is famous for its ancient ruins and lush forests.  The route starts with a mountainous climb on an asphalt road that reaches an altitude of 700m.  After an incredible descent to a main road,  a flat coastal road follows that leads to the charming tourist town of Ouranoupoli on the Athos peninsula.  Ascent/Descent: 1000/1200m

Day 7:  Free Day in Ouranoupoli - Boat to Athos Monasteries
This is the perfect place for a day of rest. Oranoupoli is a fairytale place whose name translates as the "city of the heavens." Soak up sun on one of the prisitne beaches with the backsplach of rolling green hills and the deepest blue sea as the forefont! Recommended is a boat ride to the amazing Athos Holy Land and Monasteries perched high on the cliffs. This is the oldest surviving monastic community dating back more than a thousand years, to Byzantine times.  

Day 8:  Departure
Departure is on your own.

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Customer Feedback

  • mary 7 months ago

    I did this tour in April of 2015 so as to experience it first hand. Though I knew it was a supported tour vs a tour in which a guide cycles with you, I was surprised by the level of support. The guide/driver stopped frequently, at every stop and turn, to be sure we were heading in the right direction and that we were all okay. We were provided picnic lunches (at times we even got to shop for ourselves) and ate at a small family owned restaurant as well one day. The scenery is spectacular, accommodations, lovely. Guide is very informative regarding what to see and do! Bikes were not brand new by any means but certainly well maintained. Great tour!

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