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6 days Central Greece Athens

A 6-day motorcycle tour to the mountains and beaches of Central and Northwest Greece

 Notable spots

Ioannina

Mosques, monasteries and memories reflected in a shimmering lake.
Myths surround the city of Ioannina. They hover in the mist that often hangs over its lake and the island in its centre. This time, the myths don’t revolve around gods and heroes, but rather historical personalities. Chief among them is Ali Pasha, the maverick 19th century Turko-Albanian ruler and his court. Intertwined with Ioannina’s history, in this corner of Western Greece, other myths haunt the old, walled district, the Kastro, the citadel of Its Kale, the Byzantine monasteries on the Island and the rich museums.
They are an inseparable part of the city’s life and you will feel their presence even in its green parks, in the little shops on Independence Street, in the groups of lively university students and their hangouts, in the lakeside restaurants, bars and cafes. You’ll catch glimpses of them in the peerless work of Ioannina’s famed silversmiths. And they may even follow you up to the cave at Perama, the theatre at Dodoni and the Zagorohoria mountain villages. Let yourself be captivated by the legends surrounding this beautiful city in Epirus.


Meteora

Meteora is one of the biggest and most important group of monasteries in Greece after those in Mount Athos. We can locate the first traces of their history from 11th c. when the first hermits settled there. The rock monasteries have been characterized by Unesco as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage and they form one of the most important stations of cultural map of Greece. Pillars of rock, sculpted by prehistoric rivers and crowned by otherworldly monasteries, monuments to the power of faith.
Meteora means ‘suspended in space’. Your first, second and third sight of these impossibly tall, vertical rocks will have you gasping in disbelief. But it’s not just the incredible geology that stretches your imagination. It’s the monasteries balanced on these pinnacles. The monks who built them were the original rock climbers, lifting the materials up with pulleys, nets and their bare hands.
Today, fans of the sport come to Meteora from the world over, to pit themselves against these gigantic rocks. Unesco has declared Meteora a World Heritage Site. The Greek state calls it a sacred spot, inviolate and immutable. You’ll no doubt come up with other adjectives to describe Meteora, this wonder of the world.


Cave of the Lakes

The surreal silence of underground water.
The Peloponnese will give you an unforgettable experience: Pass through the Chamber of the Bats, if you dare, and you’re in the enchanted cavern of the first lake. Stalactites and stalagmites sparkle around you in the surreal light and echoing silence. There are another 12 stepped lakes on the three ‘floors’ of this magical world, the bed of a subterranean river. The fossils found here include that of a hippo and there is evidence that the site was inhabited as early as the 6th millennium BC.

Day by Day

start

Day 1

After you leave Athens behind, will have the opportunity to visit the historic monastery of Hosios Loukas and of course one of the most important monuments of Greece and the world, Delphi on the first day. You will spend the night in picturesque Arachova, Greece's largest winter resort.

day 2

Day 2

The next day you will ride to the start of the beautiful coastline of southern central Greece before disappearing into the mountains. Traditional villages, lakes, forests and rivers will take you to the picturesque seaside town of Nafpaktos with the Venetian castle in its small port. Continuing to the beautiful mountains of Nafpaktia, we will pass through the historical monastery of Proussos and end up in the traditional Karpenissi with many options for dining and overnight stay.

day 3

Day 3

We continue north through the wild mountains of Tymfristos. Twisty roads by rivers and arched bridges, we pass the truly magnificent Lake Plastira to reach one of the unique places on the planet, Meteora. The words cannot describe the beauty and uniqueness of the tall rocks with the Byzantine monasteries perched on them.

day 4

Day 4

We continue north and today's route passes through the most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes of Greece. Lake Aoos, the traditional village of Metsovo with its beautiful square, Valia Kalda forest and the stone villages of Zagorochoria. You will admire the Vikos Canyon, Europe's largest gorge, and the ultimate destination is the magnificent city of Ioannina built next to the lake.

day 5

Day 5

Heading south for today through the steep mountains of Tzoumerka at the beginning, the Pindos mountain range and the magnificent Kremaston lake. An ambiance of incredible beauty and driving pleasure route that will take you to the seaside town of Nafpaktos with its beautiful Venetian harbor and views of the Rio Bridge for a night out.

last day

Day 6

The last day's tour will take you to the Peloponnese by the world's largest suspension bridge in Rio and climb you into the Kalavryta Mountains. You will pass the magnificent Cave of the Lakes and the unique Isthmus of Corinth before returning to Athens late in the afternoon.

Tour Info

This tour is currently offered as a self-guided, or as fully guided upon a group request of at least 3 riders. You can add one more day if you like. Contact us if you want some changes.

This tour can be done any time of the year but better from March to November.

BMW
R1250GS

1210

1410

1460

BMW
F850GS

1090

1290

1340

BMW
F750GS

970

1170

1220

YAMAHA
TENERE 700

970

1170

1220

BMW
G310GS

670

870

920

What is included in the price
...and what not

INCLUDED

Motorcycle use for 6 days and only during the tour
Full accomodation for 5 nights in double shared room, including breakfast (single room optional)
Liability & theft insurance
(Optional) Pick-up Drop-off from the airport
Daily briefing before departure
All legal taxes

NOT INCLUDED

Cost of gasoline
Toll costs
Entrance to museums and archaeological sites
Personal insurance
Anything not referred to above as "included"