Mountain Biking in Greece

Explore Athens, ride singletrack and back roads through pristine fir forests, and treat yourself to delicious Greek food in the Peloponnese. 1 day off work.

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Mountain Biking in Greece

Explore Athens, ride singletrack and back roads through pristine fir forests, and treat yourself to delicious Greek food in the Peloponnese. 1 day off work.

Kick off the weekend with a night in the historical heart of Athens, then head out to the Peloponnese Peninsula for 2 days of mountain biking through verdant forests and charming villages. The Kalavryta region is known for its beautiful landscapes and historical sights, as well as its famous Greek hospitality. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 2 days of guided mountain biking in the Peloponnese
  • 1 night of accommodation in an Athens hotel
  • 1 night of accommodation in a Kalavryta guesthouse
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guides
  • Most meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner)
  • All activity transfers
  • Transfer back to the airport
  • Mountain bike rental (full suspension or hardtail)
  • Spare tyre and technical support

Perfect for:
This is the perfect active weekend if you want to check out Athens as well as explore a region of Greece that is wild, beautiful and not at all touristy. This trip is aimed at intermediate and advanced mountain bikers.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival and Athens walking tour

Arrive in Athens as early as you like to explore this fascinating city.

At 19:00 you’ll meet up with your host in the hotel lobby for a quick briefing, then head out for a walking tour of the historical city centre and Anafiotika neighbourhood of Athens.

Indulge in an elegant 3-course dinner with views of the Parthenon, then head back to your hotel and rest up for the weekend’s adventure.

Included meals: dinner

Saturday: Mount Helmos ride

After breakfast at the hotel you’ll take a scenic drive out to the Peloponnese Peninsula and the town of Kalavryta (2 ½ hours).

Check into your guesthouse to change into biking gear, then take a quick transfer to a trailhead (1700m) on the slopes of Mt. Helmos.

From there you’ll enjoy a full day of fun and scenic riding mostly on dirt roads and singletrack that wind in and out of the fir and pine forests.

Stop midday for lunch at a taverna run by a woman who embodies Greek hospitality. She’ll make you feel right at home while you refuel with delicious homemade food.

Continue the ride on the slopes of Mt. Helmos, gradually descending all the way back to Kalavryta.

You have the afternoon and evening to yourself to rest and explore the town.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

25km of riding, 100m ascent, 1000m descent

Sunday: Agia Lavra ride and departure

Enjoy a fresh breakfast then head out for another day of biking, this time exclusively on asphalt back roads where you can really cut loose.

You’ll pedal out of town to Agia Lavra, a beautiful monastery and the symbolic birthplace of modern Greece. Browse the monastery’s collection of relics, artifacts and art before continuing the ride.

Bike to an adjacent hill to visit a war monument with stunning views, then enjoy a winding descent to the village of Skepasto for a coffee break.

Finish the ride in Kalavryta with time to shower at the guesthouse and eat lunch at a local taverna.

In the afternoon you’ll drive back to the Athens airport to catch your flight home.

Included meals: breakfast and lunch

20km of riding, 250m ascent, 250m descent

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Night Accommodation Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Double Room £80.00
Single Occupancy Payable Before Departure
Single Occupancy Double Room £80.00
Airport Pick-Up Payable Before Departure
Airport Pick-Up (4 person) £40.00

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Location

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The Peloponnese is a large peninsula in southern Greece separated from the mainland by the Gulf of Corinth. The region features in countless Greek myths, and it’s easy to see why: the landscape is a complex jumble of snowcapped mountains, expansive forests and rushing rivers.

Kalavryta is a small mountain town (pop: 2,000) on the banks of the Vouraikos River. Surrounded by dense forests and the towering peak of Mt. Helmos (2355m), the town is renowned for its natural beauty. Still, it’s not a touristy destination and you’re sure to find peace, quiet and friendly locals when you’re exploring.

The most famous local landmark is Agia Lavra, a hilltop monastery built in 691 AD. It has been burned down and rebuilt three times over the years, but many of the monastery’s important relics have been preserved. In 1821 the revolution against the Ottoman empire was launched at the monastery in a dramatic act of rebellion and the site has been considered the birthplace of modern Greece since.

Start point?
You’ll meet your host in the hotel lobby at 19:00 on Friday evening. You’re free to arrive in Athens as early as you like, but please schedule your flight to arrive by 17:30 at the latest so you don’t miss the meeting. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at the Athens airport on Sunday evening. You are free to schedule any flight that departs after 19:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
The Athens International Airport (ATH) is served by frequent, low-cost flights year round, including direct flights from London on Aegean, Ryanair and British Airways. You can book any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you can take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Getting to the city from the airport:
Athens and the airport are connected by an efficient metro line that departs the airport every half hour on the half hour (35 - 45 minutes, EUR 9). Alternatively, you can arrange private airport pickup during booking.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Greece
  • Airport pick-up
  • Dinner on Saturday
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance that covers mountain biking
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 16. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Greek food is fresh and flavourful. Common dishes include Greek salad, moussaka (kind of like lasagna), souvlaki (meat skewers served on a platter or in a wrap), and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves).

Breakfasts will be served at your lodgings, and include tea, coffee and orange juice, bread with jam, honey and cheese, cereal, and eggs. Lunches will be taken at local tavernas with meat and vegetarian options. Dinner in Athens will be a 3-course meal in an elegant restaurant. Dinner on Saturday night is up to you.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

On Saturday the route is 80% dirt roads and singletrack, and 20% asphalt back roads with little to no traffic. On Sunday the ride is 100% asphalt back roads. There are no technical sections on either day.

Prior to your first ride you’ll have a safety briefing. During the rides everyone in the group must stay behind the guide. Your guides are professional mountain biking guides, trail builders and course designers for Greek National Cycling.

You can choose between a full suspension or hardtail mountain bike.

This trip is suitable for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers who are comfortable riding on dirt roads and singletrack, and who ride dirt and asphalt on a weekly basis. A good level of fitness is needed so you can enjoy up to 25km of riding in a day. It’s recommended that you take some hilly rides in the weeks before your trip to prepare.

Summer in the Peloponnese is warm and dry, particularly so in July and August. Spring and autumn are chilly in the morning then warm and pleasant in the afternoons. During the summer season you’ll head out in the morning when its still pleasantly cool, making for perfect riding conditions.

The only equipment provided by your host is the bike itself. You should pack:

  • Helmet (mandatory)
  • Bike gloves
  • Bike shoes or sport shoes without laces or pedal locking systems
  • Bike jersey
  • Bike shorts
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm jacket
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal belongings on rides
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Personal first aid kit

Start point?
You’ll meet your host in the hotel lobby at 19:00 on Friday evening. You’re free to arrive in Athens as early as you like, but please schedule your flight to arrive by 17:30 at the latest so you don’t miss the meeting. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at the Athens airport on Sunday evening. You are free to schedule any flight that departs after 19:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
The Athens International Airport (ATH) is served by frequent, low-cost flights year round, including direct flights from London on Aegean, Ryanair and British Airways. You can book any flights that suit you, but make sure they fit the times above so you can take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

Getting to the city from the airport:
Athens and the airport are connected by an efficient metro line that departs the airport every half hour on the half hour (35 - 45 minutes, EUR 9). Alternatively, you can arrange private airport pickup during booking.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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