14 day cycling holiday Macedonia and Greece (Meteora)

The road to Meteora

14-Day cycling tour through the southwest of Macedonia and the north of Greece

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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

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. p1060722

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'

Including

  • 13 hotel nights with breakfast in a double room
  • Dinner on day 4
  • Lunches on all cycling days (in a group tour)
  • 11 Challenging rides
  • Coffee, tea, fruit and snacks during the bike rides
  • Support vehicle (in a group tour)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Multilingual guide (in a group tour
  • Map of the area

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Single supplement
  • Dinners (except day 4), beverages and other personal expenses
  • Rental bike: hybrid bike or e-bike
  • Rental jelmet
  • Rental GPS device
  • Travel, cancellation and bike insurance
  • Insurance premium for money back guarantee

Daily program

Day 1. Arrival at Ohrid or Skopje
Day 2. Free to visit Ohrid or short bike ride (30 km)
Day 3. Ohrid-Sveti Naum (55 km, elevation: 450 metres)
Day 4. Sveti Naum-Otesevo (38 km, elevation: 800 metres)
Day 5. Otesevo-Bitola (54 km, elevation: 400 metres)
Day 6. Bitola-Florina (45 km, elevation:300 metres or 65 km, elevation: 800 metres)
Day 7. Florina-Agios Panteleimon (65 km, elevation: 500 metres)
Day 8. Agios Panteleimon-Kastoria (80 km, elevation: 600 metres)
Day 9. Rest day Kastoria or short bike ride (35 km)
Day 10. Kastoria-Grevena (78 km, elevation: 1.200 metres)
Day 11. Grevena-Kastraki (64 km, elevation: 800 metres)
Day 12. Rest day or Meteora/Pinios valley tour (58 km, elevation: 400 metres)
Day 13. Transfer to Thessaloniki
Day 14. Departure, transfer to Thessaloniki airport

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2 Responses

  1. een onvergetelijke en uitzonderlijke fietsreis door de bergen tot de beroemde Meteoren in de onbekende Noord Griekenland en Macedonie .
  2. Autumn 2018. As an autumn holiday we made the cycling trip from Orhid (Macedonia) to Meteora (Greece). For the sixth time a bike trip with Eye4Cycling. That says enough. And again, this will not be the last time. The accompaniment by Raymond and his assistant Peter was fine again. It was for us the second time in Macedonia. Ohrid becomes a familiar town where we have addresses now. The first piece we had driven last time in the opposite direction. Then it looks different again, especially by the landmarks. The overnight stays are in such special and beautiful places that we would like to come again. We cycled through a rather untouched and unaffected landscape. That also applied to the first Greek days. Quiet, calm, little tourism. A quiet run-up to the climax: Meteora. A spectacular mountain landscape, over which Wikipedia says: Through centuries of wind and water erosion (once the Thessalian Plain was an inland sea), the rock formations have been given their specific and difficult-to-enforce appearance. From the ninth century hermits climbed up here, in the eleventh century followed by monks expelled elsewhere. In the fourteenth century monks began to build monasteries. There were 24 of them, six of which remain in good condition. Of course, they attract a lot of tourists, who are transported by bus. By being early, you stay ahead of the big stream visitors. We had not really read us before and that made Meteora even more surprising. As a closing two more days in Thessaloniki walked around. The second and busy city of Greece. Not pretty, but interesting because of the eventful history. For example, as birth place of Atatürk (the architect of the modern Turkey). We found it with our travel company, sporting minded couples who like us in the evening were looking for a nice restaurant with local dishes.

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