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Duration
7 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 6 nights hotel
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

Price

$1320USD

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Overview

Trip Code: RHC

Trip highlights


  • Immersing yourself in the local culture, history and unspoilt beauty of Rhodes Island
  • Cycling amongst the ancient ruins
  • Exploring the Unesco World Heritage listed Old Town of Rhodes

Immerse yourself in the history and idyllic landscapes of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanese, where ancient ruins intermingle with atmospheric towns and the clear blue waters will entice you as you cycle the coastline. On this carefully planned cycle trip, all the important cultural and historical highlights of the island are included to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

On arrival at Rhodes airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Kalavarda. Subject to your arrival time (afternoon arrival at the hotel) you can take a loop 32km bike ride round Kalavarda, first through the inland with one slope, returning through the coastal area including the fishing harbor and beach of Fanes.

Meals:  Nil

Petaloudes is the famous butterfly valley of Rhodes. From the end of June until mid-September you will see thousands of butterflies, but if you're visiting outside of this period it is still worth coming to the valley. Today's cycle is 36km (+ walk of 2 to 4 km through the butterfly valley). Entrance to the butterfly valley is € 6.00 (there is a discount if there are no butterflies - price subject to change). If you are up to it you can also opt for a longer bike ride. After the butterfly valley, cycle to Filerimos Hill, where you can see the remains of an antique city and a medieval monastery at the summit. On the way back your route follows the coastal area, on quiet roads. Overnight in Kalavarda. Elevation: 250m/820ft or 400m/1312ft

Meals:  B

This morning you will cycle along a beautiful coastal road to reach the excavations of Kamiros. After an exploration of this site you follow an unspoilt route directly along the sea to Mandriko. The fishing town of Kamiros Skala is perfect for a coffee break before you start climbing. You will firstly reach the castle ruins of Kritinia with beautiful views of the island of Chalki then to the village of the same name, perhaps stopping for lunch here and visiting the folklore museum. Cycling along the flanks of the Ataviros (the highest mountain in Rhodes), you will soon reach the wine village of Embonas (optional wine tasting). Your cycle today is quite short but should not be underestimated, as you will be climbing from sea level to over 400m total. Overnight in Embonas. Elevation: 600m/1968ft

Meals:  B

Today's bike tour takes you from Embonas to the east coast through rolling hills and is probably the toughest section of the Rhodes part of the tour. Along the way stop in the authentic villages of Apollona and Platania for a coffee break, there is a local museum in Apollona you can visit, however the most outstanding feature of this area is the beautiful landscape. Stop for lunch on the village square of Archipoli, at the monastery of Agios Nektatios or the Epta Piges (Seven Sources). Take a walk through an old tunnel that once belonged to an aqueduct system. Once at Kolimbia you will have reached the east coast and after a steep climb of 2.5km through some beautiful scenery you will arrive in Archangellos, where you stay overnight. Elevation: 350m/1148ft

Meals:  B

Today’s bike ride will take you to Lindos, a white town with an ancient temple within the walls of a medieval castle. Start with a descent through a gorge and citrus orchards before an ascent just before reaching Lindos. You will be cycling mainly on the ‘old national road’ which is almost free of traffic. Malona and Massari are lovely villages to stop at along the way. After Lindos you can choose to cycle the same way back to Archangellos or a loop can be made via the small seaside resort of Charaki (4km longer). You can also extend the route back to Archangellos even further by visiting the monastery Kammyri (7km extra). Overnight in Archangellos. Elevation: 450m/1476ft

Meals:  B

Today's cycle route largely follows the coast and is a little busier with traffic, in particular from Faliraki, which is located two-thirds along the way to Rhodes. Highlights you will discover en route are the eucalyptus avenue of Kolimbia, the beaches of Afandou, the Anthony-Quinn Bay and the baths of Kalithea, recently restored. This fairly easy route ends at your hotel, within the walls of the historic old town of Rhodes. For cycling enthusiasts there is an alternate route through the countryside, much quieter but also a lot harder.You will cycle through beautiful landscapes to Psinthos and Kalithies, followed by a few unpaved sections to finally reach Rhodes City through the back door, where the oldest parts of Rhodes City are located. Elevation: 200m/656ft or 500m/1640ft

Meals:  B

After breakfast, departure transfer to Rhodes airport. We can assist with extra nights if you'd like to stay on in Rhodes, please ask for our rates.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights in 1-3 star hotels on a twin share basis (hotel taxes not included, allow EUR10-15 pp)
  • 24 speed bike rental, helmet and pannier (e-bike available on request - supplement applies)
  • Route description and maps , GPS tracks available on request
  • Luggage transfers
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and day 7
  • Emergency hotline - English speaking local contact

  • Travel to and from Rhodes
  • All lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • GPS device (available on request - supplement applies)

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The trip requires a good level of fitness from participants, acquired from steady cycling. The day tours range between 32 to 66km/20 to 41mi, taking you through hilly and mountainous terrain. Participants will also have to master extended climbs, during which you may need to push the bike. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled outside of the holiday seasons. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be worn whilst cycling.


Departure dates

Daily from 19 Apr to 17 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
high season is from 15 Jun to 31 Aug - supplement applies

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Total Priceper person from

$1320USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$43
  • Single SupplementUSD$160
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$370
*Prices listed are per person

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