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Short Grand Mani Motorcycle Tour Greece

“As a passerby you need three days to see Mani, as a visitor you need three months, but to see her soul you need three lifetimes.” Yet Legendary Rides promises you that in this tour, you will ride through an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime. This is actually a shorter version of the Grand Mani Tour custom-made for motorcyclists who appreciate engaging all five of their senses!

Key information

  • Terrain: paved tarmac roads
  • Bike: rental bike (Indian Chieftain)
  • Mileage: 860 kilometers / 535 miles
  • Daily rides: 190 kilometers / 115 miles
  • Riding gear: included: rain wear; available to rent: helmets and jackets
  • Meals: all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Athens
  • Stop at the mythical Ancient Mykines
  • Dine in the amazing historical hidden castle city of the “Rock”
  • Ride to the cliff hanging Monastery of Saint Eloni and tip of Mani, Cape Tainaron
  • Drive on scenic coastal roads and visit Ancient Theater of Epidavros
  • Have lunch at Leonidio and swim at Plaka’s little fishing port
  • Cross the famous Corinth canal Isthmus
  • 5 nights accommodations

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 riding days
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Accommodation

Your accommodations will be in four-star hotels (where available).

Program

Day 1: Athens

Today is your arrival day and and you will have a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Athens to Nafplio (171 kilometers / 106 miles / 2 hours and 30 minutes)

  • Highlights: Corinth canal, Ancient Theater of Epidavros, Old Town Nafplio

You will pick up your Chieftains from Legendary Rides offices and ride to Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece. You will cross the famous Corinth canal Isthmus, separating Peloponnisos from mainland Greece to continue on scenic coastal roads to the unique Ancient Theater of Epidavros.

You will have lunch in the picturesque seaport village of Palea Eidavros and in the evening you will visit and dine in the lovely old town of Nafplio.

Day 3: Nafplio to Monemvasia (195 kilometers / 121 miles / 4 hours and 30 minutes)

Starting from Nafplio, you will take the beautiful scenic eastern coastal road to Leonidio where you will have lunch and have a swim at Plaka’s little fishing port. From there you will ride through a scenic narrow gorge to the cliff hanging Monastery of Saint Eloni.

You will then continue your assent to the village of Kosmas at 1150 meters altitude and enjoy a coffee break under the huge old plane trees of the village square. After its all downhill to Monemvasia where you will dine in the amazing historical hidden castle city of the “Rock”.

Day 4: Monemvasia to Cape Tainaron (167 kilometers / 103 miles / 4 hours)

Fresh morning start and off you ride through a lovely brand new scenic road for lunch in the old port of Gytheio. From there you will start your descent to Mani, the middle peninsula of the Isle of Morea.

You will first ride from the sun rising side (east coast) to Cape Tainaron the tip of Mani and of South Eastern mainland Europe. Marmari will be your destination for the evening, right on the beach - a swim not to be missed!

Day 5: Cape Tainaron to Athens (300 kilometers / 186 miles / 5 hours)

  • Highlights: Ancient Mykines

Brace yourself for the longest day of riding. With a relaxed and easy riding pace you will head through the prettiest highway of Peloponnisos to your last stop in mythical Ancient Mykines, the birthplace of the beautiful Helen of Troy.

The kingdom of Agamemnon, from the Greek Mythology, dates from the Bronze Age. It is the oldest on the Isle of Morea, being over 3000 years old. A light lunch awaits you on the outskirts and back you ride to your hotel in Athens to get ready for your next day departure.

Day 6: Athens

Today, you will depart from Athens and head home.

Disclaimer

Estimated durations or time of riding or evaluations of touring grading (touring or challenging roads) are made on the basis of personal experience of the crew. These will not be considered as hard documented data that apply to all riders.

Each rider has different levels of experience, skills, physical, and mental endurances. For this reasons each individual rider can experience an actual route or the whole tour in a different way. You are kindly requested to evaluate all information given above to your own perception.

Legendary Rides or its crew cannot be held liable if the given information do not match the rider’s personal experiences or perceptions during the tour.

Notes

  • The entire route is on paved tarmac roads
  • Most of them are easy touring roads
  • Narrow twisty single lane country roads will be part of your daily ride
  • Sometimes challenging curvy roads will also be encountered
  • You must feel comfortable handling a large touring motorcycle

Some of the participants enjoy riding as many kilometers as possible in a day, whereas others prefer to arrive early at the hotel to relax and enjoy the amenities before dinner. Legendary Rides chooses to organize the daily rides at a pleasant pace.

The stated riding times do not include breaks, photo stops, site visits, and time spent for lunch. A riding day usually starts around 9:00 a.m., if necessary a little earlier or sometimes even later.

Bike rental deposit

There is a guarantee / security deposit which is actually a reserve on their credit card. The sum is not charged just blocked on their account and automatically released by their bank. The amount for a deposit / guarantee for a guided tour on an Indian Chieftain is 2000 EUR (for simple independent rental its 3000 EUR).

Skill level(s) required for this tour: intermediate and advanced (and their description below)

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

Advanced:

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

Location

During this tour, you will drive from the east coast of Peloponnisos to the wild beauty of the Deep Mani between the Laconian and Messenian gulfs, amazing coastal roads drive you through continuous breathtaking sceneries.

Food

Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included in your tour price. Alcoholic beverages are not included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

What's included

  • Indian Chieftain motorcycle rental for five days
  • 5 nights accommodation in four-star hotels (where available) with breakfast
  • Your tour leader and guide
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Gas and tolls
  • All entry fees for sites
  • Road-book, map, and more

What's not included

  • Everything not mentioned above
  • Escort van service
  • Transport from and to the airport (can be arranged upon request)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Helmets or jackets (50 EUR for duration of tour / rental period)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). Transfer from and to the airport is not included in the price. Legendary Rides can arrange transfer from and to the airport upon request. Please contact Legendary Rides for more information.

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 30 days before arrival.
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