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Kefalonia Island Cycling ~ 8 Days

Highlights

  • Self-Guided adventurous cycling tour throughout The Island Kefalonia
  • Dramatic Rocky Coastlines
  • Countless Villages (365!)
  • Lively Town Square of Argostoli
  • Vineyards of unique Robola Vines
  • Rural landscape in the North
  • Trip Difficulty 3/5
  • Hotel Comfort Level 2.5/5
  • Tour Code: SPCK2019

Itinerary - click for more

Day – 1 Arrival on Kefalonia and travel to Mousata Arrive at the airport or bus station of Kefalonia. Our transfer awaits you and takes you to the first accommodation in Mousata. Fine tuning of the bicycles according your needs by a representative from the bike shop (based in Argostoli). You can relax at the swimming pool of the accommodation or maybe you want to make an afternoon short trip through the green surroundings to try out your bicycle? That is possible as the bicycles are available right away after your arrival. Accommodation in Mousata.

Day – 2 Round trip to Argostoli Todays trip takes you to Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. On your way to Argostoli, you peddle via quiet, rural roads and pass from the typical villages Keramies, Metaxata en Kourkoumetata. In Argostoli you may relax on a seaside terrace with a typical Greek Frappe. Big chance to meet seaturtles near the fishing boats in the port, at least, if you are an early bird! From Argostoli you ascend to a 200m mountain ridge from where you have splendid views on the south coast and Zakynthos. After the village Lakithra you descend towards the valley and come along the Monastery Agiou Andrea. After the Monastery follows a section via a dirt road in good condition ascending through to Karavados and back to Mousata Accommodation in Mousata.

Day – 3 Round trip to Skala Today you will cycle to the east of the island. The route towards Poros is a wonderful trip to start with. You peddle via a scenic road, without considerable height differences, whilst enjoying breathtaking views over the Ionian sea towards neighbor island Zakynthos. At the village of Pastra, you descend towards the coast. You can opt for a short extra loop via the seaside resort Skala where you can relax a bit on the sandy beach and visit the mosaics from a Roman villa. The shorter route takes you directly to the pittoresque fishing village Katelios where you may visit the Seaturtle information center. You pass an area where there are still houses from before the major earthquake dating back to 1953. From Katelios you cycle back to Mousata. Accommodation in Mousata.

Day – 4 From Karavados to Agia Efimia You cycle towards Argostoli and follow the scenic route along the Bay of Argostoli until the most famous viewpoint of Myrtos Beach. On your way you pass the village where Pelagia lived (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin). From Myrtos Beach you make an island crossing and come along numerous traditional villages before making your descend towards the idyllic fishing village Agis Efimia, your second location of this tour. Accommodation in Agia Efimia.

Day – 5 Round trip via Sami An easier tour today in the surroundings of Agia Efimia. You can cycle along Karavomilos Bay and visit Melissani Lake. With a small boat (in Greek: Kaiki) you peddle on the sky-blue lake. Via olive groves and vine yards you ascend to Poulata and Chaliotata: authentic villages where you can sip a Greek coffee in a local café. Then you descend to Sami and may visit the Drogarati Caves on your way down. From Sami you can make an optional loop to the lovely beach of Andisamos. To reach this beach, you will have to ascend and descend 150m. Andisamos beach was the set for part of the movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin in 2001. Along Karavomilos Bay cycle back to Agia Efimia. Accommodation in Agia Efimia.

Day – 6 Round trip via Fiscardo No doubt today’s trip is the most impressive one. You cycle to the utmost northern fishing village of Fiscardo. The route passes from Assos peninsula with its fortress (optionally detour to Assos). Then you follow the great coastal road with tremendous views on the cliff coast to Fiscardo. This is the prettiest village of the island, because it is the only village that survived the 1953 earthquake. Besides it is surrounded by a dense wood of cypresses. Pelagia and Captain Corelli drove this way on their moped. From Fiscardo you continue the route through the inland. You come through bare landscape, just a few tiny villages and splendid views on Ithaka. The last km is a spectacular descend to Agia Efimia. You may shorten the trip with 20km in case you don’t drive all the way up to Fiscardo. Accommodation in Agia Efimia.

Day – 7 From Agia Efimia to Argostoli Your trip on Kefalonia ends with a demanding day, but it is worth the effort! From your accommodation you cycle along the coast to Karavomilos. Then you ascend through olive groves and vine yards to the villages Poulata and Chaliotata offering great views on Sami. Then a demanding climb follows until the saddle to Mt. Aenos. After the saddle you speed up and descend to the valley Omala, the most important area for the wine producers of Kefalonia. Here originates the Robolla wine, a white wine that is internationally known. At the local wine cooperation you can see how the wine is produced and you can also taste. In this fertile valley of Omala there is the important Monastery Agios Gerasimos, located next to the winery. Here you will find the cathedral, the center of Greek-orthodox Kefalonia. From Omala you cycle down hill and come along the Byzantine fortress of Saint George along your way to Argostoli. Accommodation: Hotel Mouikis in Argostoli

Day – 8 Transfer to the airport On your departure day you may have time to visit the archaeological museum of Argostoli or relax with a drink on the lively town square. You will be taken from your hotel to the airport for your outbound flight.

Practical Information

Group Size:Minimum 1 person
Trip Grade:Biking in hilly areas for the fit and frequent cyclist. The daily distances vary between 35 and 65 km, but you will encounter some steep or extended climbs up to 500m. You will need a bicycle with at least 21 gears.
Activity Characteristics: Most tracks are on tarmac, sometimes short distances on unpaved roads (only around Karavados). In and around Argosoli town you will have short sections on major traffic roads.
Best arrival & departure airports:Kefalonia airport. From Athens is possible on a long-distance bus. There are 3 buses daily (06:15, 09:00 and 15:30). Trip duration including ferry crossing 7 to 8 hours so allow 2 full days extra back and fourth.
Booking Season:Starting on any day of the week, mid April - end of October

Included

  • Bike rental for 7 days including road assistance (hybrid bicycle). Road assistance is charged incase incident is caused by client and free of charge if due to technical failure of the bike.
  • Bikes equipped with helmet, repair set, mini pump, bicycle lock, red lights, cycle computer, first aid kit, inner tube, elastic straps, bottle holder and side bag.
  • Transfer from the airport or from the bus station Argostoli to your hotel on day 1.
  • Luggage transfer Karavados - Agia Efimia and Agia Efimia - Argostoli .
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport or bus station of Kefalonia on the last day.
  • Detailed itinerary in English.
  • All accommodations mentioned on BB-basis.

Not Included

  • Flights.
  • Lunches and dinners with beverages.
  • Extra rental days bicycle: 12.00 Euro for the hybrid bike, 21.50 Euro for the E-bike and 30 Euro for the Cube e-bike model 2019.
  • Extra nights on request

IMPORTANT

  • Additional tourism tax of 0.50 Euro per room per night for 2* hotels and 1.50 Euro per room per night for 3* hotels. Payable on the spot upon arrival.

Remarks

  • The local bicycle shop offers road assistance at an additional cost of 10 Euro per hour in case the damage to the bike is not due to their lack of maintenance or malfunctioning equipment
  • It is possible to bring your own pedals and have them fixed on the rental bike (the rental hybrid bikes come with normal pedals)
  • The best time to travel to the Greek Islands is between April, June and September to the beginning of November. In the summer months it gets very hot. Active travelers should either go to in the spring time (when nature is at its best) or after summer.

2019 Dates & Rates

Room Type18/04-26/05 & 23/09-24/1027/05-26/06 & 28/08-22/0927/06-26/0727/07-27/08
Single room, solo traveler$1528$1796$2090$2340
Single Rooms, traveling with 2 people$1295$1563$1848$2098
Single Rooms, traveling with 3 people$1217$1485$1770$2020
Double Rooms, traveling with 3 people$855$993$1140$1287
Double Rooms, traveling with 4 people$820$958$1097$1243
Double Room (based on 2 sharing)$933$1071$]1218$1364
Triple Room (based on 3 sharing)$820$915$1019$1166
E-bike supplement, per week$121$121$121$121
E-bike supplement for Cube bike, model 2019$207$207$207$207

 

Price per person in CAD Dollars. Price indicative of Euro Exchange, CAD $ subject to change.
Rates  based on hotel availability. High season surcharges may apply.

 


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