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4 Day Self-Guided Arcadia - Messene Motorcycle Tour in Greece

Athens, Greece

Motorcycle Tour Greece

This unguided motorcycle tour will lead you to the Peloponnese and in particular in the prefectures of Arcadia and Messene. You will be spellbound by the views and spectacular landscapes that you will ride through. This is an experience that you can only get with GS Traveler Moto Rentals!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW models)
  • Mileage: 961 kilometers / 597 miles
  • Daily rides: 194 kilometers / 121 miles to 302 kilometers / 188 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet
  • Meals: all breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Athens
  • Admire the clock tower of St George’s Orthodox Church
  • See the monasteries of Prodromos and Philosofos in Stemnitsa
  • Be impressed by the architecture as well as the amazing castle in Karytaina
  • View the vast olive groves, rivers, mountains, gorges, and coves in Messene
  • Visit the library and the open-air Water-Power Museum in Dimitsana
  • Be captivated by the castles of Methoni and Koroni
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


4 riding days
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Accommodation

The tour includes accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.

Program

Arcadia - Messene (legends and myths in Peloponnese)

You will meet and be greeted in the head offices where you will get acquainted with your BMW rental motorbike. You will do a short briefing on the tour, the itinerary, and then you will take off for the tour.

Arcadia lies at the center of the Peloponnese peninsula and its varied landscape, the large mountains (Mainalo and Parnonas) and Argolis Bay make it an ideal year round motorcycle destination. It presents landscapes of incomparable beauty, areas of exciting archaeological interest, and historic locations. Its first inhabitants were the Arcadians, one of the oldest most prominent tribes of the Peloponnese.

Nowadays, the villages of Dimitsana, Stemnitsa, Vytina, and Laggadia fulfil every travelers' dream by offering excellent services, traditional accommodation in stone built mansions, and provide exquisite local cuisine.

In Dimitsana, you’ll visit the library, the open-air Water-Power Museum, and be impressed with the amphitheatrical built of this unique village.

In Stemnitsa, you’ll admire the clock tower of St George’s Orthodox Church, as well as the Monasteries of Prodromos and the Philosofos Monastery.

In Karytaina, you’ll be impressed by the architecture as well as the amazing castle of one of the most well-fortified ones in the Peloponnese.

Messene, located at the southwest of the Peloponnese, will simply captivate you. Its vast olive groves, rivers, mountains, gorges, and coves coupled with exquisite sandy beaches will realize every travelers dream.

Ancient Messene, where Nestor ruled, is a stunning site that lies in a serene valley, surrounded by the Arcadian Mountains on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other; a truly a spectacular setting.

The remains of this tremendous ancient city are complete with a grand ancient stadium, an Ancient Agora, an ancient theatre with a capacity of up to ten thousand spectators, and a fountain house.

It is so well-maintained that you can easily envision the city in all of its glory. There is also a museum located directly next to the archeological site, which is home to the thousands of findings uncovered by archaeologists.

Methoni and Koroni will simply leave you in awe. The castles of Methoni and Koroni (actually a fortified city) are some of the most important and most beautiful castles in Greece.

Methoni was built by the Venetians after 1209 at a strategic location, on a rock penetrating the sea and is separated from the land by an artificial moat whereas Koroni existed since the seventh Century AD and reconstructed by the Venetians in the 13th Century.

Nowadays both fortresses, even though in ruins, continue to be impressive and will simply mesmerize you. All these and much more will accompany the traveler who decides to participate in this spectacular four-day motorcycle tour.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Athens to Agia Fotini, Kapsias Cave System, and then on to Lagkadia (219 kilometers / 136 miles)
  • Day 2: Lagkadia to Ancient Olympia cyclical route (194 kilometers / 121 miles)
  • Day 3: Lagkadia via Messene to Kalamata (302 kilometers / 188 miles)
  • Day 4: Kalamata to Athens (246 kilometers / 153 miles)

Skill levels required for this tour

Beginner:

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

Intermediate:

  • can ride 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

Location

This tour will take you from Athens, through Messene and Lagkadia to Kalamata; then back to Athens.

What's included

  • BMW motorcycle rental together with helmet
  • The planning and organisation
  • GPS and pre-loaded route and POIS
  • 3 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • All fees and taxes

What's not included

  • Bike deposit - dependant on the model ranging from 400 to 1000 EUR
  • Admission to points of interest
  • Tolls
  • Fuel
  • Meals

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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