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2 Day Guided Off-Road Motorcycle Tour in Peloponnese, Greece

Varnevo Museum Hotel, Trikala Korinthias, Peloponnese, Greece

Mountainous Motorcycle Tour Greece

Experience a ride of a lifetime and explore the Greek peninsula, breathing in the crisp Mediterranean air from your bike. You will drive through invigorating nature where you will have unlimited off-road choices. The team will guide you through natural and archaeological treasures with a history of thousands of years and the mountain combined with the sea. You will enjoy Greece's rich gastronomy and hospitality. With Foxy Wheels, you will ride into the heart of nature and discover all those wonderful treasures.

Key information

  • Bike: rental or personal bike (Foxy Wheels big on-off bike KTM 990 Adventure, BMW R1100 GS, BMW R1150 GS, and Triumph Tiger 885)
  • Terrain: mix of asphalt and off-road
  • Mileage: 280 kilometers / 174 miles
  • Riding gear: not included: helmet (preferably off-road with goggles or rally helmet), boots, protectors for knees, elbows, and chest, gloves, jacket (rain-jacket), camelback or backpack
  • Meals: all meals included

Meet the guides

Valantis & Aris
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Highlights

  • On and off-road biking
  • Venture to the Cave of Lakes
  • Starts and ends in Trikala Corinth
  • Traverse through villages and mountains
  • Explore the Peloponnesian coast
  • Services of a motorbike guide
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Support car included

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 riding days
Group size: 2-4 participants
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Accommodation

During this motorcycle tour, you will stay in a unique and traditional boutique hotel in a single occupancy for one night.

Varnevo Museum Hotel

The two buildings, in which the hotel is housed, was completed in 2006 and include three spacious rooms and two suites. The walls are 55 centimeters thick. The walls and windows are constructed by heavy rock-sculpted transoms, doorsteps, and windows, untouched by time.

During the construction period, hard work gave all those elements which are required for the comfort and the technological equipment of the rooms. All the rooms have their own bathrooms, their own heating, and a fireplace.

The furniture are authentic antiques of the family constructed during 1885 to the 1950’s. The carpets are from the Upper East whereas the chandeliers, Murano and Swarovski, are from Prague and Venice.

Mysaion Hotel

The rooms designed for you can meet your every wish. The hotel has a suite for lovers of comfort and luxury, two triples and eight doubles, fully-equipped. All rooms are equally spacious and tastefully decorated, ideal for rest and tranquility.

Particular attention was paid to the interior decoration of the hotel, dominating the stone, wood, and the choice of distinctive earthy and pastel colors, warming the visitor's senses and creating an atmosphere of serenity and enjoyment. The rooms have names inspired by deities and nymphs and are fully equipped with a fireplace, independent heating, TV, free Wi-Fi wireless internet, a hairdryer, and personal care sets.

Program

Day 1: Natural and archaeological treasures

You will start from the base of Foxy Wheels. Before the departure, Foxy Wheels will give you a short briefing about the route and a cross check as far as your motorcycles and safety gear are concerned. The route is designed for big on-off motorcycles as well as riders with limited experience on off-road routes. More experienced riders can have a co-rider if they wish.

You will start with a narrow asphalt road of 10 kilometers to the village of Mana so that you and your motorcycles can warm up before the main dirt road section. Leaving behind the village of Mana, you will enter the eastern side of Mount Ziria, where you will be surrounded by fir trees and also enjoy a panoramic view of the area that reaches the sea.

You will continue and descend to the village of Kefalari where endless hills with old vineyards will stretch before you. From there, you will ride to lower altitudes, mainly passing through low vegetation and white dirt roads.

You will descend to the plain of Nemea where the famous mythical hero, Hercules, killed the well-known lion of Nemea and where he terrified the region with his attacks. The area of Nemea has a long history in the production of wine and virgin olive oil, winning each year international awards for the quality of its products.

Depending on the season, you will meet the region's farmers in their vineyards or olive groves. From that point, a small surprise will be there waiting for you. You will continue to ride south through orange-mandarin and apricot trees and you will reach Mycenae in the prefecture of Argos. In a short while, you will feel a different breeze. You guessed right, you will be headed towards the sea.

In just 20 kilometers, you will reach an idyllic tavern next to the sea where you will enjoy seafood and fresh traditional salads made from local produce. Your return will take place through the prefecture of Argos and begin from the city of ancient Mycenae which has a history of thousands of years.

You will cross the mountain that connects the prefecture of Argos with the prefecture of Korinthos to the village of Agios Vasileios. You will enjoy from above, the ancient city of Mycenae and the view with the Argolic Bay stretching out in front of you In a relatively short time, you will reach ancient Nemea where you will see the ancient temple.

From there, you will climb the northeastern part of the forest Grava, through the village of Gonousa, to the foothills of Mount Ziria, and touch base to your final destination for the day.

Day 2: Seeking lakes and caves

On day two, the route will be quite different and a bit more technical, starting with an uphill ascent of 10 kilometers to the ski center of Mount Ziria. You can warm up yourselves and your motorcycles. In the middle of the well-mapped dirt roads, you will enjoy the plateau of Mount Ziria and from there, you will descend, looking for the village of Goura at the mountainous Korinthos and then the chapel of Agios Fanourios which is located in the center of the artificial Doxis Lake of Feneos.

The chapel joins the land with a narrow strip of land, a chapel so small that it is in perfect harmony with the exceptional beauty of the lake and the landscape. The artificial Doxis Lake of Feneos is situated at an altitude of 900 meters on Mount Helmos and just opposite the foothills of Mount Ziria. Every season, the landscape changes colors and an array of smells will tickle your senses.

There, you will meet local producers who will encourage you to try their products. Make sure you try everything. The flavors will surprise you. Behind you will be the prefecture of Korinthos. An uphill passage will take you to the southeastern part of Mount Helmos where the landscape will become even more fierce and green due to the dense forests, large plane trees, and cool streams.

Then, you will reach the beautiful and picturesque village of Planitero. That will be your break for lunch, next to the running waters of the village and the dew from the plane trees in the area. The menu will be traditional and of course. You will be given the opportunity to try a local trout. After finishing the food, you will continue and in a very short time, you will reach your next stop where you will meet the support car.

You will change by wearing comfortable shoes because you will have time to visit a totally different world, the world of the Lake Cave. You will leave behind the cave and reach the village of Lousi on the west side of Mount Helmos. You will be, again, entering the dirt track of your route, starting with a hill passage heading deep into the forest.

The terrain will become more red and smooth until you begin to descend to a piece of a more challenging part of the route until your next stop in Lake Tsivlou. Lake Tsivlou is in the prefecture of Achaia and at an altitude of 800 meters. It was created on March 24, 1913, when the Kathi river bed was blocked by a large landslide.

The lake has an area of 200 acres and a depth of 80 meters. The name of the lake comes from the village of Tsivlos which was partially damaged after the landslide. The local tradition calls it "Black Lake" for the damage it caused. On the present day, Lake Tsivlou is a major wetland habitat that hosts many species of flora and fauna.

You will have the opportunity to admire and immortalize the lake with your cameras. From Lake Tsivlou, you will continue to the picturesque village of Zarouchla Achaias which has wonderful paved streets and you will be in the northwest part of Mount Helmos, heading for the prefecture of Korinthos.

You will descend to the plains of Feneos and from there, you will reach the foothills of Mount Zireia, taking you to the base. Before the tour is over, another surprise will be waiting for you in the Lake of Dassia. The lake is situated at an altitude of 1,600 meters and is formed by the waters flowing there from the surrounding peaks of Mount Ziria.

The fir trees dominate the landscape while the whole area is overgrown. The motorcycles will pass by the lake, giving you the opportunity to see all of it. The spectacle is amazing and will definitely reward you. After returning to the base, those of you who will remain can relax in your room or take a stroll through the surrounding area. In the evening, the team will be waiting for you to dine all together, enjoying authentic Greek local flavors.

Skill level

Beginner

  • can cycle for 2-3 hours
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

You will visit the unique Cave of Lakes. The "Cave of Lakes" presents paleontological and biospilaiological interest as the lower floor of the cave was found with fossilized human bones and various animals including the hippopotamus. The caves are a place of magic, mystery, and not just for children or poets.

The Cave of the Lakes is not only a superb natural wonder, it is also a valuable cultural monument that you need to know from all sides. Only by that way, you can protect the unique nature of the caves, keep it you’re your cultural heritage, and protect the caves. It is your culture and duty.

Guides

Valantis Belesiotis

Aris Ziras

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in Peloponnese, Greece. Foxy Wheels’ base is located in the mountainous Corinthia and specifically, in the Upper-Lower and the Middle cluster of Trikala. That is where Ziria Mountain dominates and through it, you will wander through two more prefectures of the Peloponnese, the prefecture of Achaia and Argolis. All three areas have a rich history that has begun in the depths of ancient times.

You will also travel through Mana, Kefalari, Nemea, and Mycenae. The landscape has several alternations and the three counties join the mountain to the sea. You will lead to mapped dirt roads of mild difficulty, without that implying that you will not also reach more challenging parts, depending on the season. The vegetation is alternated by fir trees, pines, plinths, olive trees, and vineyards.

Food

During this motorcycle tour, you will be provided with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as refreshing drinks. You will have the opportunity to enjoy Greek gastronomy and hospitality. Foxy Wheels will be able to satisfy all your tasting choices, offering your meals from local products of the region and made with traditional homemade recipes. The experience will be completed with the unique locations where the restaurants are located.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Discover nature
  • Enjoy the peaceful landscape
  • Take a small walk

What's included

  • 1 night accommodation
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner
  • Motorcycle (use for 2 days and only during the tour)
  • Services of a tour guide
  • Support rider
  • Support car
  • Emergency vehicle (in case of an accident)
  • Fuel (for 2 days, only for the duration of the tour)
  • Refreshing drinks
  • Liability insurance
  • Tickets to the Cave of Lakes

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation from Athens International Airport (ATH)
  • Drinks not included in menus
  • Personal expenses
  • Visas if required
  • Anything else not described in the packages
  • Pick-up and drop-off from the train station in Kiato

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Athens

  • You can travel via Attiki Odos.
  • Drive along E94 National Road.

Arrival by train

You can arrive from Athens via the suburban railway starting at the Athens International Airport (ATH) and Kiato Corinth Terminal. There is the possibility of a pick-up and drop off in Kiato by Foxy Wheels.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.

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Tour information

For a single rider, a private tour, or a co-rider, please contact Foxy Wheels for a quote.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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