The Island of Kefalonia by Bicycle

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Your dream cycling holiday

Starting from 729per person

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Duration

8 days

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Duration

281Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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Level 2.5/5

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 meters.

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The starting point is the same as the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Cephalonia
Arrive individually at the Cephalonia airport or bus station, private transfer to the hotel in Moussata, and bicycle handover, if rented. Opportunity to relax in the hotel pool, or take a warm-up bike ride in the afternoon.

Day 2: Moussata – Argostoli – Moussata (43 km; +/-420 m)
Today you will reach Argostoli, the capital of the island of Cephalonia by bicycle. You will travel along quiet country roads passing through the typical villages of Keramies, Metaxata, and Kourkoumetata. Once you arrive in Argostoli, take the chance to relax on a terrace by the sea with a traditional Greek frappé coffee. It is also not hard to spot sea turtles at the harbor, near the fishing boats. Upon leaving Argostoli, you climb a ridge about 200 meters high, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the southern coast and the island of Zante. After passing the village of Lakithra, descending into the valley, you find the Monastery of Agiou Andrea, after which you take a short stretch of dirt road, which climbs up towards Karavados and finally returns to Moussata.

Day 3: Moussata – Skala – Moussata (42 km; +550/-650 m or 50 km; +550/-650 m)
The second stage will take you to explore the eastern side of the island of Cephalonia by bicycle. The day begins with a wonderful itinerary towards Poros then continues on a beautiful scenic road, without significant changes in altitude and with breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea, towards the nearby island of Zante. In the town of Pastra, you descend to the coast. At this point you can choose between a longer route, through the seaside resort of Skala, where you can relax on the beach or visit the mosaics of a Roman villa, and a shorter route that leads directly to the picturesque fishing village of Katelios. From here, you return to Moussata.

Day 4: Moussata – Karavados – Agia Efimia (49 km; +600/-750 m)
Your journey to discover the island of Cephalonia by bicycle takes you back to Argostoli today. From here, follow the scenic road along the Bay to the famous viewpoint of Myrtos beach. Along the route, you will pass through the village of Pelagia, who was the character played by Penelope Cruz in the 2001 film Corelli's Mandolin. From Myrtos beach, you cross over an island and several traditional villages, before descending to the characteristic fishing village of Agia Efimia, where you will spend the next three nights.

Day 5: Agia Efimia – Sami – Agia Efimia (35 km; +/-450 m)
A short bike stage will take you to discover the surroundings of Agia Efimia. You will coast along the Bay of Karavomilos and aboard a Kaiki (small boat) sail the turquoise waters of Melissani Lake, where the Drogarati Cave, a natural wonder that harbors an underground lake, is located. Then, biking through vineyards and olive groves, you will climb towards the traditional villages of Poulata and Chaliotata, perfect for a break with a Greek coffee. Finally, you descend towards Sami where, slightly extending the route and descending about 150 meters in altitude, you can reach Andisamos beach, also the set of the movie Corelli's Mandolin. Return to Agia Efimia along the Bay of Karavomilos.

Day 6: Agia Efimia – Fiskardo – Agia Efimia (41 km; +/-700 m or 61 km; +/-1000 m)
Today's stage is undoubtedly the most evocative of your tour of the island of Cephalonia by bicycle. The itinerary takes you to the fishing village of Fiskardo, at the northern end of the island. You will pass through the Assos peninsula, with its Venetian castle, which can be reached with a slight detour. The coastal road will offer you wonderful views up to Fiskardo, the only village on the island that survived the 1953 earthquake and is surrounded by a dense forest of cypress trees. From here, you start cycling again along the east coast, between some small villages and splendid views of Ithaca until you return to Agia Efimia. Possibility of shortening the stage by about twenty kilometers, cutting out Fiskardo from the itinerary.

Day 7: Agia Efimia – Argostoli (43 km; +/-800 m)
The last stage of your journey on the island of Cephalonia by bicycle will be a bit more challenging than the others, but it will be worth it! Once you leave the hotel, you start cycling along the coast towards Karavomilos. Then you ascend through vineyards and olive groves to the villages of Poulata and Chaliotata, from which you will enjoy splendid views of Sami. A challenging climb takes you to the Pass of Mount Aenos, past which you quickly descend towards the Omala Valley, a famous wine-producing area. Here, indeed, the Robolla is born, a fruity white wine known and appreciated internationally. At a local winery, you can see how it is produced and of course taste it. Right nearby is also the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, dedicated to the patron saint of the island, with its cathedral, the main Greek Orthodox center of Cephalonia. Leaving Omala behind, biking downhill, you find the Castle of Saint George, a Byzantine fortress, and finally arrive in Argostoli.

Day 8: Cephalonia
You can take advantage of this last day to visit the Archaeological Museum, or relax in the lively central square of Argostoli. A private transfer will take you from the hotel to the airport or bus station.

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • GPS Tracks
  • APP
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary
  • Transfer from Argostoli airport/bus station to the hotel, on day 1
  • Transfer from the hotel to Argostoli airport/bus station, on the last day

Not included

  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • From 100 days before the departure date: refund of 80%
  • From 29 days before the departure date: refund of 75%
  • From 20 days before the departure date: refund of 50%
  • From 13 days before the departure date: refund of 20%
  • From 7 days before, the amount is non-refundable.

The Island of Kefalonia by Bicycle

  • To explore the island of Kefalonia by bicycle, pedaling along its marvelous rocky coasts
  • To discover the countless villages of the island, a total of 365: one for each day of the year
  • To come into contact with the authentic Greek soul, on the lively main square of Argostoli
  • To dive into the Robola Kefalonia vineyards and taste the fruity white wine typical of the island
  • To cross the rural landscapes of the north
  • To live an unforgettable holiday in Greece by bike and lose yourself in the magical atmosphere of the most enchanting of the Ionian islands

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring my own bike?

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  • How do I know if a tour is within my capabilities?

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  • What is the cost of renting bicycles?

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