FROM THE LAKE TO THE SEA – Mountain Bike Day Tour

“They knew all the little paths and routes to exceptional views and places along a 20 something km route, and had me laughing and learning the whole way through. Such an amazing day, such amazing people. Not to miss.”

(Sami H., Oct. 2016)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Εnjoy the soothing natural landscapes of Northern Athens
  • Bike a scenic 27 kms off-road route on top quality MTBs
  • Be amazed by the changing scenery and by quintessentially Greek elements (pines, olive trees, vineyards, temples, the sea) away from the crowds
  • Visit the mysteriously delightful ancient site of Amfiareio
  • Visit a prestigious winery, taste great Greek wine along with traditional small plates (optional)

TOUR DESCRIPTION

To get to the starting point of the bike tour, we will pick you up at 8.30 am from your place in Athens. After a 60 min. approx. drive we will reach the hills surrounding the Marathon Lake. Once there, our tour/ bike leader(s) will give you some valuable info about the route and some advice for the less experienced, before getting started. The first leg of the route is a descent to the lake shore, on dirty gravel, very scenic and with a nice little church making for a brief stop. Next we will bike along the lake shore for few kms. Then we will take an easy road cutting through fields and cultivations, and start a moderately steep ascent to Kapandriti village (5 kms. approx.).

Those who do not feel like biking uphill can jump on the car/van at this point. While the rest of the group bikes its way to Kapandriti and to the next meeting point, Lazarides winery, the group in the car/ van will have the chance to rest and drink a refreshment. While waiting there will also be a chance to visit the interesting and atmospheric wine museum that takes you back to the roots of wine making in Greece and especially in Athens/ Attica region.

The last leg of the route is equally rewarding. Mostly descending, it’s a 10 kms. ride in the woods and next to a small gorge, all the way down to the NE Attica coast. Three stops are scheduled along the route for some rest and/ or some pics., but if the whole group is willing, there may be more or even less than that. The 4/5 hrs. ride will end in a very special place, Amfiareio ancient site, the biggest ancient Greek sanctuary of the vile god and hero of Argos Amfiaraos. Founded in the end of the 5th century BC it is built on the edge of a stream and amidst a pine forest. On the left bank are situated the formal buildings, the temple, the arcade, the altar, the theater, and on the right bank are the living quarters, including a hydraulic clock.

OPTIONAL (for 4 pax. and more)

After a short visit of the site, we will head to Lazarides winery, one of the most prestigious in Greece. There you will taste three of its very special wines plus a kind of balsamic vinegar along with some delicious bites. The tour will end with a light lunch with traditional Greek food, before making our way back to Athens (or any other place where you will stay).

The extra cost for this additional activity plus light lunch is € 30 pp.

ROUTE INFO

The bike route is of average/high difficulty, mostly off-road on gravel, total duration being 4,5 hrs. approx.. There are few steep ascents but it’s mostly downhill. For those that do not want to ride the steepest leg, they can hop on the van, visit a Wine Museum and join the rest of the group for the last 10 kms. of scenic descending leg.

Starting point: 364 mts. altitude

End point:  153 mts.

Total ascent/ descent: 530/ 741 mts.

NOTES

Program and price are subject to change depending on number of participants and special arrangements. A brief stop for a swim can be arranged on the spot at the end of the tour in the hot season, if all the group is willing to (no extra charge for that). Sports/ biking or trekking shoes, a sports outfit, suncream, sun sport glasses and a light (summer) or heavier (winter) jacket recommended. Participants must be aged 18-65. In case that you experience some health or personal issue, you are asked to duly inform us by filling in a personal medical statement form. Extra health and accident personal is available upon request.

BOOKING AND BAD WEATHER

We may need to postpone or cancel the tour due to extremely bad weather conditions, in this case we will refund the whole amount. In case of unexpected and extremely bad weather during the day and once the tour has started we will suggest a tour/activity to replace the bike tour. If you do not agree with our proposition, we will refund you a 30% of the paid amount. Single individuals are welcome to book the tour as well. If by the date of the tour minimum participation requirement is not met, a new date will be suggested or the client is free to cancel with full refund of the paid amount applying. If more people sign in for this tour on the specific date, partial refund may apply if the corresponding rate for shared group tour is lower than the paid amount at the time of booking.

INCLUDED:

  • All transfers with private car/ van
  • One (up to 5 pax.) or two (if 6-10 pax.) tour leader(s)
  • A mountain bike (Ballistic Explorer 29″ or similar) with helmet
  • An accompanying vehicle for on the spot fixes along the road
  • Admission to Amfiareio archaeological site
  • A snack, water and refreshment
  • General liability insurance
  • VAT and applicable taxes.

 

NOT INCLUDED: Souvenirs, gratuities, wine tasting of three wines + balsamic vinegar and light lunch/ finger food (optional)

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