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Cycling in Kefalonia
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8 days
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Cycling in Kefalonia
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Cycling in Kefalonia

Cycling in Kefalonia - 8 days

Cycle along the coastal road that offers splendid sea views and live the adventures from 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'. Admire the steep cliffs, beautiful sandy and rocky beaches, lush vegetation, tiny idyllic bays and mysterious caves. Sip a glass of local Robola wine together with the locals in an authentic atmosphere. Enjoy the vivid capital Argostoli on your last day.

You first hotel is in Karavados, a pleasant and quiet village located on the southern slope of Mt. Ainos. The view from the hotel over the south coast and Zakynthos island is superb.

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Route
Day 1: Arrival in Karavados
Day 2: Argostoli, 37 km
Day 3: Skala loop, 48 o 56 km
Day 4: From Karavados to Agia Efimia, 46 km
Day 5: Karavomilos bay, 35 km
Day 6: Fiscardo round trip, 35 km
Day 7: From Agia Efimia to Argostoli
Day 8: Trasfer to the airport

Day 1:    Arrival in Karavados

Arrive at the airport or bus station of Kefalonia. Our transfer awaits you and takes you to the first accommodation in Karavados. 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.

Day 2:    Argostoli, 37 km

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 the last section via a dirt road in good condition back to Karavados.

Day 3:    Skala loop, 48 o 56 km

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 picturesque fishing village Katelios where you may visit the Sea-turtle 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 Karavados, the final stretch via a good dirt road.

Day 4:    From Karavados to Agia Efimia, 46 km

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.

Day 5:    Karavomilos bay, 35 km

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.

Day 6:    Fiscardo round trip, 35 km

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 follow the route via the east coast back to Agia Efimia. Bare landscape, just a few tiny villages and splendid views on Ithaka follows until you arrive back in Agia Efimia.

You may shorten the trip with 20km in case you don’t drive all the way up to Fiscardo.

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.

Day 8:    Trasfer 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.

accommodation

7 nights in hotel***

Rodi Studios Karavados
Rodi Studios - Karavados

Rodi Studios is located in the tiny village of Karavados, 20 minutes walk from the nearest beach. The structure is surrounded by nature and it offers apartments with kitchenette, view on Mount Ainos or on Ionan Sea and a swimming pool with sun terrace surrounded by well-kept gardens. Accomodations have air conditioning, free Wifi, TV, balcony and a mini-fridge. 

www.rodistudios.gr

Hotel Olive Bay Agia Efimia
Hotel Olive Bay - Agia Efimia

This Hotel is situated in an elevated location near the tiny village of Agia Efimia a few steps from the beaches. The apartments are well-finished and have a terrace that overlooks the sea and a kitchenette with oven and burner, air conditioning, free Wifi and fridge. The owner is helpful and courteous.

www.olivebay.gr 

Hotel Moukis - Argostoli
Hotel Moukis - Argostoli

Hotel Moukis*** is situated in the capital city of Kefalonia, Argostoli, in a peaceful area 30  meters from the sea and a few steps from shopping streets. The structure it has been completely renovated and it's modern and elegant. The accomodations are well-furnished with a balcony overlooks the sea, free Wifi, air conditioning, fridge, telephone, electric kettle. Breakfast is rich and good. 

mouikis.com.gr

practical info

All bicycles provided on this trip have at least 21 gears.

You can reach Kefalonia by plane or by ferry via Patras. From many European countries there are direct charter flights to Kefalonia Airport. You may travel via Athens as well. In that case you have to travel from Athens Airport to Kifissou bus station from where busses depart to Kefalonia six times daily. The duration of the trip is 7 hours, including the ferry crossing from Kylini to Kefalonia. Please ask us for more information in case you plan to travel this way.

GPS tracks are available on request.

Included

Price includes

· Bike rental for 7 days excluding road assistance (hybrid bicycle). Bikes equipped with helmet, repair set, mini pump, bicycle lock, led lights, cycle computer, first aid kit, inner tube, elastic straps, bottle holder, and side bag.

· Transfer from the airport or bus station Argostoli to your hotel on day 1

· Luggage transfers from / to Agia Efimia

· Transfer from the hotel to the airport or bus station of Kefalonia on last day

· Detailed itinerary in English

· All accommodations mentioned on BB-basis

 

Price do not include

· Flight tickets

· Lunches and dinners with drinks

· Anything not mentioned in the "price includes" section

 

Additional services:

· Canyoning

· E-Bike

· Single room supplement

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