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Cycling the Island of Rhodes Self-Guided Holiday
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Highlights

  • Absorb the spectacular sight of the Crusader fortress, a World UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Pedal through pine forests, fishing villages & coastlines
  • Stroll through the narrow alleyways and past the white cubist houses of Lindos
  • Sample local wine “al fresco” in the wine village of Embonas
  • Cycle through the Valley of the Butterflies, a beautiful and lush green gorge

Rhodes is the largest Greek island in the Dodecanese, close to the coast of Turkey and one of the most beloved. Pedal through remote fishing villages, vast pine forests, past sparkling blue seas and many historic places; the Crusader Fortress in Rhodes town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient city of Kamiros and the Acropolis of Lindos.

As you cycle with the warm winds of this Mediterranean climate at your back, relish the views over azure blue seas and savour the local wines, such as Athiri Vounoplagias and stay in the most important wine village in Rhodes, Embonas.

Fly into Rhodes and enjoy the convenience of an included transfer to the quaint village of Kalavarda where you can start exploring on two wheels. From here, ride through the Valley of the Butterflies, a green gorge inhabited by thousands of butterflies between June and September. Spend two nights in Rhodes Town and enjoy a ferry ride over to the very picturesque island of Symi, home to a beautiful Venetian harbour and the Panormitis Monastery. Alternatively you can take a walking tour through ancient Rhodes to see the Crusader Castle and spend time on the beach. Make your way south along the west coast, past ancient Turkish baths and the Tsambika Monastery, built on a 300m high cliff and why not ride even further south to the town of Lindos. With its typically Greek white cubist houses. Ride across the mountains of the interior to the lovely village of Embonas which is surrounded by vineyards. En route pass by a huge plane tree and ascend to the Monastery of Agios Nektarios. You’ll discover the stunning frescoes in the Chapel of Fountoukli. The last section from Embonas back to Kalvarda is the easiest as you descend to the coast then on to a delightful fishing village (with great seafood!). Vistas of the Kritinia Fortress are on view as you cycle.



Day 1 Arrive Kalavarda

Arrival
in Rhodes, the largest of the Greek Dodecanese Islands. An included transfer
brings you to Kalavarda, a picturesque village built near the ruins of ancient
Kamiros and situated on a pebbled beach which offers some of the most beautiful
sunsets on Rhodes. It is  overlooked by the imposing peak of Profitis
Ilias.


Overnight: Kalavarda


Day 2 Kalavarda Loop Ride

Cycle
north along the shoreline towards the city of Kamiros. On arrival to Mandriko,
the typical Greek cafes (kafenion) are a well-timed break before the rolling
descent to the small but bustling fishing port of Skala. From Skala you can
make a lop out to the fortress of Kritinia, dating back to medieval times.
Returning to Kalavarda by way of your outward route, you can always hop off the
bikes at one of the many beaches and enjoy a cool beer from one of the local
tavernas.


Overnight: Kalavarda Loop Ride


Cycle: 37km, 3-3h30, 371m Ascent, 371m Descent


Day 3 To Rhodes Town via Petaloudes

After breakfast start you start cycling north along the coast. Upon reaching
the village of Fanes you will see the brightly coloured houses that make this
village so unique. Then head inland to the Valley of Petaloudes (Greek for
butterflies). Take the time to get off your bike and walk through this
beautiful green gorge where you will see thousands of butterflies in summer
(between June & September). After cycling through a forested area you will
come to Maritsa and further north to Pastida, where you will find excellent
taverna’s for a lunch stop. Enter the old centre of Rhodes via a gate and cycle
through the medieval city to your hotel, located within the old city walls.


Overnight: Rhodes Town


Cycle: 43km, 3h20-4h , 393m Ascent, 396m Descent


Day 4 The Island of Symi or walk of Rhodes Town

Two
choices are on offer today; a lovely walking itinerary through Rhodes Town, or
an excursion by ferry to the Island of Symi. The walking tour offers a 6km
stroll past the city’s highlights and hidden alleys.  You may then enjoy
some free time in the afternoon for more in-depth visits or extra time on a
beautiful beach which is only a 10-minute walk away from your hotel.


Another
option for today is a trip to the very picturesque island of Symi. You will
arrive on the south coast and have the chance to cycle past the Panormitis
Monastery. Cycle across the island to the capital town of Symi. If you choose
to take this option you will need to be very fit as the elevation gain is 500m.
In the late afternoon you will take the ferry back to Rhodes.


Overnight: Rhodes Town


Cycle: 23 km, 3h, 518m Ascent, 518m Descent 


(optional walk: 6km)


Day 5 Along the East Coast to Archangellos

Pedal
along the east coast and reach your first highlight, the ancient Turkish baths
in Kalithea that have recently been wonderfully restored. In Afandou you will
ride alongside quiet beaches and soon the Monastery of Tsambika will come into
view. It has a dramatic setting as it was built on the summit of a high cliff.
End today’s trip in Archangellos, a lively Greek village and your next
overnight stop.


Overnight: Archangellos


Cycle: 39km, 3h30-4h, 355m Ascent, 193m Descent


Day 6 Loop Cycle to Lindos

This
morning embark on a cycle trip to Lindos, a beautiful town of white cubist
houses and famous throughout Greece! It is located at the foot of a vertical
rock that is crowned by the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. There are two small
ports on either side of the village. Together with the Acropolis on top, it was
easy to defend the village in ancient times. After you park your bicycle at the
entrance to the village, you can visit the Acropolis with remains of ancient
temples within a medieval fortress.


If you
don’t feel like cycling today you can take a local bus to Lindos, or you can
relax on the beach of Stegna and enjoy a day by the sea.


Overnight: Archangellos


Cycle: 52km, 4h30-5h, 422m Ascent, 423m


Day 7 Along the West Coast to Kalavarda

First you
descend to the coast and a pause for a coffee at the wonderful square in
Kritinia is recommended. Upon reaching the coast at Kamiros Skala you could
stop for lunch at the great fish restaurant and enjoy views of the local
fortress. With the wind behind you cycle along the coast to Kalavarda perhaps
visiting the ancient site of Kamiros en route.


Overnight: Kalavarda


Cycle: 40km, 3h30-4h, 376m Ascent, 545m Descent


Day 8 Onward Travel

The tour
finishes after breakfast. A transfer to Rhodes Airport is included.

Accommodation

On your 8 day, 7 night Rhodes self-guided cycling tour you will stay in locally-owned guest houses and 2** hotels.



 

 

 




Hotel Vouras

This small, typically Greek hotel is located a few hundred feet from the beach and features spacious, simple rooms, all with balconies. The owners have their own vineyards and produce their own wine which you can sample with a delicious dinner, should you choose to dine here.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Saint Michel

This delightful hotel is located in the old town of Rhodes and features 10 rooms all decorated in traditional style and in two seperate ancient buildings. Although it is set within a 700 year-old medieval building, it has been converted to provide all modern comforts.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Rosmari

This friendly hotel offers rooms with private balconies overlooking the lovely garden. The restaurant terrace has views of the local castle and you can enjoy a homemade breakfast buffet with fresh fruit grown in the garden.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Ataviros

Situated on the edge of the village this accommodation offers rooms with tiled floors and wooden beamed ceilings. The balconies offer views of the imposing peak of Ataviros and splendid sunsets! Guests can eat breakfast and dinner (should you choose to dine here) “al fresco” by the swimming pool.


 

 

 

Alternate accommodation

During the high season you might be booked into alternative accommodations which are not listed in the main daily description, although we have written down some possible alternatives. If those listed are unavailable the alternative accommodation will be of the same or better standard than those described.


Single Rooms & Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo cyclists are also welcome for an additional charge.


Meals

7 Breakfasts are included. You can either eat dinner in local restaurants or at your accommodations, some of which have a restaurant. For lunches, there are plenty of villages that you cycle through where you can buy goods for a packed lunch.


Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.


Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes and a map to help you find your way. The majority of the time you will be cycling on small rural roads, so it will be relatively easy to find your way.

Time of Year

You can start this cycling tour anytime between April and October. From June to mid-September the weather is hot and sunny sometimes with periods of intense heat. We therefore advise that you begin your cycle early in the morning, to avoid the midday heat.


Baggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.


Navigation

You will be provided with detailed route notes, maps, GPX tracks and access to our smartphone Macs App to help you find your way. The majority of the time you will be cycling on small rural roads, so it will be relatively easy to find your way.


Geology

Greece is one of the world's most earthquake-prone areas, but serious damage and fatalities are very rare.


Experience & Fitness

This tour is suitable only for people that are in good physical condition and you will need to have


some experience with cycling in mountainous areas. Some of the routes along the coast are flat, however there are also days where there are quite a lot of elevation gains and losses. The distances are not that far however and you will have all day to get up the hills!


Most tracks are on tarmac but sometimes there are short distances on unpaved roads. In and around Rhodes town you will have short sections on major roads in order to link the routes.  


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes  cycling gear and lots of other useful items.


Bike Rental

Bike rental can be added as an optional extra. Good quality Trek T-200 or Gazelle Medeo hybrid 24-gear bikes are supplied. Full details about the bike will be in your information pack. All rentals include, rear rack with pannier, pump, puncture/tool kit, spare inner tube and a lock. Please note that helmets are not available so it essential you bring your own.


 


An E-Bike kit (that can be added to the hybrid bikes) is also available at supplementary cost.


Please provide us with your height so that we can make sure that the bike is going to be a good fit.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Getting to and from Rhodes Airport and your first accommodation in Kalavarda

Rhodes Airport (Diagoras) is the closest airport to Kalavarda and there are many airlines that fly here including Aegean Airlines, BA, easyJet, Ryanair and KLM. From the airport you will be picked up and enjoy an included transfer to your first accommodation in Kalavarda. At the end of the tour you will also have an included transfer from Kalavarda back to the airport.


Included

  • 7 Nights in 2* hotels or guest houses
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Transfers to and from Rhodes Airport at the beginning and end of your tour
  • Detailed maps, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone Macs App, information pack and route notes
  • Organisational assistance and backup from our team

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Rhodes Airport
  • Ferry to Symi
  • Bike Rental
  • Dinners and lunches
  • Admissions or entrances
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance

Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the holiday
  • Single room supplement if single room required
  • Solo traveller supplement (if applicable)
  • Bike rental is available

Most excellent biking adventure

4

An E bike is essential if you are not s good hill climber.Macs instructions and maps, especially the App were generally spot on. The accommodation was adequate with the odd missing detail, such as sink plug. Broken toilet seat and wifi was not always available in the room. Breakfast was basic but Ok. The hosts were lovely people and would go out if their way to look after you. A cold drink and a snack was a lovely welcome. The bikes are street bikes with narrow tyres. Not really suited to some of the gravel roads encounted but we got there,

Gossie

New Zealand

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Wonderful Greek holiday

5

The trip was really enjoyable and a great way to see a beautiful island. The Macs and local operator organisation was excellent, as were the maps and turn-by-turn directions. The Macs App worked well and was really handy for previewing the route and double-checking some of the junctions. The three hotels were basic, as expected, but very clean and the owners very friendly and helpful. Spending two nights in each one made the trip more relaxed, removing the need to pack and move on every morning. We are 65-year-olds who cycle regularly and found the daily distances and heights climbed okay, considering the higher-than-usual June temperatures, 34-38C. The distances allowed plenty of time to enjoy the many sights along the route. We wouldn't call any of the days easy—you do need to be pretty cycle-¬¬fit for this tour (though we gather that 80% of people opt for e-bikes!). We took our own road bikes, which helped us conquer the challenging Symi climb in the heat. It was really handy to have access to the local operator's bike workshop, next to the first hotel, to assemble our bikes and store the bike bags. Bertus and Ineka were extremely helpful and gave us lots of useful tips for the trip. This was our 8th self-guided cycle tour, our first with Macs, and was definitely one of the best. Rhodes has wonderful scenery and quiet roads away from touristy Rhodes Town and Lindos, and the people are delightfully friendly.

P & C from Bristol

Bristol

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Cycling on Rhodes

5

Fantastic cycling notes/ directions/booklet . Didn't get lost. Wonderful cycling through olive groves and woodlands and mountains.

Biker bish

Sheffield

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well organised trip

4

this trip was well organised and we were looked after by very friendly staff the hotels except, the saint michel in rhodes old town where basic, but very clean and an adequate breakfast. the saint michel is a lovely old hotel with an exceptional breakfast. The cycle route was well explained with interesting things pointed out to see along the way The only thing I would not do again is do this trip in august/sept as the heat was a challenge to say the least

granny cyclist

huddersfield

I thoroughly enjoyed the cycling activity holiday

5

If you're looking for a way to lose some weight like I was, it's perfect. I would recommend 2 weeks if you want to see all of the Island... Rhodes is a lovely place to visit and no problems with getting cash out of the ATM's. The hotels were basic and clean with some offering more than just bed and breakfast. I would recommend using an E bike as it helps with getting up the hills when the temperatures are in the 34 to 38's.

Turbine Steve...

Lytham St Annes

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Cycling the Island of Rhodes

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