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.
  • 2019: 
    Twin/double: £ 578 $ 1,239 680 $ 1025 NOK 6403 kr 5911 $ 768 Single supplement: £ 136 $ 292 160 $ 241 NOK 1507 kr 1391 $ 181 *Supplement to confirm a tour date for 2 or 3 people: £ 102 $ 219 120 $ 181 NOK 1130 kr 1043 $ 136 *single supplement will still apply

    extra options

    Pannier (one): £ 4 $ 9 5 $ 8 NOK 47 kr 43 $ 6 Helmet rental: £ 4 $ 9 5 $ 8 NOK 47 kr 43 $ 6 E bike rental: £ 59 $ 128 70 $ 105 NOK 659 kr 608 $ 79 Extra night in Thessaloniki:
    Twin/double: £ 27 $ 58 32 $ 48 NOK 301 kr 278 $ 36 Single: £ 44 $ 95 52 $ 78 NOK 490 kr 452 $ 59  

    Return transfer from Ouranopouli to Thessaloniki airport Makedonia (SKG):

    1-3 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (VW Polo, Opel Corsa or similar): £ 102 $ 219 120 $ 181 NOK 1130 kr 1043 $ 136

    1-4 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (VW Golf, Ford Focus or similar): £ 115 $ 246 135 $ 203 NOK 1271 kr 1173 $ 153

    1-4 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (VW Passat, Toyota Camry or similar): £ 127 $ 273 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170

    Up to 7 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (VW Multivan, Opel Vivaro or similar): £ 157 $ 337 185 $ 279 NOK 1742 kr 1608 $ 209

    Up to 10 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter or similar): £ 297 $ 638 350 $ 527 NOK 3296 kr 3042 $ 396

     

    Return transfer from Thessaloniki to Thessaloniki airport Makedonia (SKG):

    1-4 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (VW Golf, Ford Focus or similar): £ 25 $ 55 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34

    Up to 7 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (VW Multivan, Opel Vivaro or similar): £ 42 $ 91 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57

    Up to 10 passengers, shared cost per vehicle (Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter or similar):  £ 89 $ 191 105 $ 158 NOK 989 kr 913 $ 119

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia (SKG), the country’s third largest airport after Athens and Heraklion airports. It is the main airport of northern part of the country.

    Local Travel

    Arrival transfer is included in the tour price. For departure, we strongly suggest that you reserve an airport transfer. Please see pricing. If you are extending your stay in Thessaloniki and want to travel to the airport on your own, you can order a taxi. Travel time is about 30 minutes and cost around €20.
    There are busses that connect the city center (Platia Aristotelous) and the main railway station of Thessaloniki (Neos Sidirodromikos Stathmos)to the airport. Line 1 X travels back and forth throughout the day. A single ticket costs €2. You can buy the ticket from the ticket machine on the bus, but keep in mind that the machine does not return spare change. Journey time is 40 - 50 minutes.

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperatures, as well as other weather related facts for the area, can be found here: Weatherbase.com

    Recommended

    Visit to the sulfur springs in Agia Paraskevi
    Athos Monasteries

    Remarks

    This is a supported tour in which the guide drives the support vehicle, transfers luggage, and stops at interesting sites along the way. It is required that all riders wear a helmet. (Helmets are available to rent.)

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.


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! You will traverse good coastal asphalt roads, gravel, and macadam mountain roads (some bumpy sections are possible). Some of the routes include short but steep ascents/descents on off road. All roads are quiet and calm with low traffic in the tour’s active season. The tour is recommended for hybrid/trekking bikes or mountain bikes.

Where You’ll Stay

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

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • 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

Extra Stay

Instead of returning to Thessaloniki in the afternoon of Day 7, you can opt to remain in Ouranoupoli for the night. There is no extra charge for this but you must specify at time of booking if this is what you prefer.

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

Daily departures from May 1 through October 15, 2019
Minimum number of people: 4
(Can be booked for 2 people with supplement, see pricing)
Maximum: 12
Recommended period of Travel: April - June and September - October

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:  Partenonas 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:  Partenonas 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. Transfer back to Thessaloniki or remain in Ouranoupoli another night.
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 pristine beaches with the backsplash 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. Transfer back to Thessaloniki in the afternoon. If you prefer, you may remain in Ouranoupoli another night. Your support staff will be departing today.

Day 8:  Departure
Departure is on your own. You can order a private return airport transfer. Please see pricing.

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Tour Reviews

  • mary 3 years ago     Staff

    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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