You'll have plenty of time to bike, hike, surf, and explore the country of Greece in every possible manner on this epic 24-day itinerary. Whether pedaling past beaches or trekking up the Pindos mountains, the mainland has plenty to offer before heading to the Cyclades. Climb and dive through the islands of Tinos and Naxos, then learn to cook on Crete before you return to the mainland for a visit to coastal Nafplio.
Athenian Riviera Bike Ride, Athens
You'll start your tour on the biggest pedestrian street of Athens near the Acropolis, cycling through the scenic Plaka neighborhood. On the way to the Roman Agora, enjoy views of Acropolis Hill and its many monuments. Before heading out to the riviera, you'll visit the Thission neighborhood and Kerameikos, an Ancient Greek cemetery.
To reach the coastline, you'll follow a peaceful bike path through three neighborhoods: Petralona, Kallithea, and Moschato. The path is flat, so you can easily catch glimpses of locals going about their day. After about 45 minutes, you'll stop at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, a masterpiece of modern architecture. The Foundation houses the National Library and the National Opera House.
You may start to smell the fresh sea air at this point, as you meet the Athenian Riviera coastline, passing the Naval Museum and the Flisvos Marina. You'll cycle along the coast for a bit before stopping at Alimos Marina. Afterward, find a sandy beach to relax or have a drink at the beach bar.
Once refreshed, you'll start your return to the city center. Along the way, make one final stop at a favorite bakery to taste handmade pastries.
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Itineraries with Athenian Riviera Bike Ride
Skip the sun lounger and go straight for your sneakers instead on this 11-day itinerary. Start by spinning down the Athenian Riviera before you ferry out to Tinos, Naxos, and Crete, with new scenery and challenges awaiting at every spot before you return to Athens for a sunset over the sea.