The road to Meteora
14-Day cycling tour through the southwest of Macedonia and the north of Greece
Macedonia and the district of Macedonia in northern Greece are ideal for cyclists. Our carefully chosen route heads through some of the best scenery these fascinating countries have to offer, complimented with some really exciting cycling that equally challenges and rewards. Beautiful cycling areas with a rich culture and history, good roads, unspoiled nature and friendly people.
The routes are tarmac roads with little traffic. The terrain here means that for most rides you will encounter some hills and sometimes a long climb (maximum gradient of 8%). Maximum elevation: gain during a climb is 600 metres. We have a rest day in Kastoria in between the two hardest stages which are around 80 km with a few hills thrown in. The rest of the daily rides are in the region of 50-60 km.
Journey in brief
The first four days will take us through the southwestern part of Macedonia cycling along the beautiful crystal clear lakes of Ohrid and Prespa near the foothills of the Pelister National Park. On the third day you will spend the night in the 700-year-old monastery of Sveti Naum. Just before the Greek border we pass through the historical city of Bitola which during the Ottoman domination was a prominent Balkan commercial city.
The first night in Greece takes us to Florina located in the foothills of the Pelister Mountains. During the ride along Lake Vegoritis at Aghios Panteleimon you will cycle according to experts, through one of the four best wine regions of the world. You can visit one of the famous wine estates in the region, Alpha Estates. On the route towards Kastoria, you will pass several unspoiled lakes with rare species of birds.
During the rest day in Kastoria it’s great to relax on the many boulevard terraces or visit the ancient town.
The route then continues south through sleepy villages to the old trading city of Grevena which is surrounded by rivers, waterfalls and ancient forests.
The last part of the journey heads south through the valley of the River Pinios to the town of Kalambaka, situated at the foot of Meteora. The giant rocks of Meteora are one of the most extraordinary rock formations in the world and also the highlight of this cycling holiday. These unique formations topped with ancient monasteries are a surreal spectacle.
The holiday ends with a visit to the Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city, named after the sister of Alexander the Great. Thessaloniki has many historical monuments and museums.
From € 1,149.- p.p.
(based on 2 persons per room)
For departure dates: see ‘Travel dates & costs'
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