Here you will find important information regarding your participation on a bicycle tour. If you need additional information than this mentioned here, please contact us.

Registration steps Bike Tours general informations

We are excited that you are joining us for an adventure.

Register now for a tour in 3 steps:

Step 1: Your 1st step in signing up for a tour is to book a specific date of your preferred tour via our booking system, and read and agree in our Terms and Conditions. Our office will e-mail or call you within 3 days to confirm that we have openings for the tour of your choice.

Step 2: Upon confirmation, fill out and submit the “FINAL REGISTRATION FOR YOUR BIKE TOUR” form which will be sent to you by e-mail. A sample of this form can be seen here, but please do not fill it in yet. We will contact you first.

Step 3: Provide payment of the tour. Full payment is normally due 30 or 60 days (depending on the tour duration) in advance of your tour departure. If there are less than 60 days from the actual date to the beginning of the tour (for a long duration tour), or less than 30 days (for a short duration tour), full payment will be necessary at the stage of the final registration (step 2).

 

Questions?

Just give us a call at +30 6939513336 or send an email to info@greecebycycle.com

Levels of difficulty tables

Most of the cycle routes cover about 40–70 km per day for road bike, 15–35 km for mountain bike and are specially designed for cyclists who enjoy a moderate pace.  

When you read the description of the tours, please pay attention to the type of cycling, the surface and the terrain and to the average daily distance in kilometres.

Please, also bear in mind that we have a comfortable support vehicle that follows all our routes (including the MTB routes wherever this is possible) ready to offer you some rest, giving this way choices for all levels.

Route difficulty level table:

Bike Tours general information level-1_smallVery easy: mostly flat on roads/passable dirt roads for MTB
Bike Tours general information level-2_smallEasy: flat with some gentle climbs on roads/forest roads and smooth trails for MTB
Bike Tours general information level-3_smallIntermediate: hilly terrain on roads/forest roads and trails with a few technical crossings for MTB
Bike Tours general information level-4_smallDifficult: some long and steep climbs on roads/mostly trails with technical crossings for MTB
Bike Tours general information level-5_smallVery difficult: long climbs on roads/technical trails, steep climbs and downhill trails for MTB

Rider’s ability level table:

Technical facts for MTB

level-1_smallNo experience: familiar only with the use of a bicycle, the basics
level-2_smallElementary experience: copes with small climbs, dirt roads and paths without technical difficulties
level-3_smallIntermediate experience: Operates the bicycle with safety on paths with few technical difficulties but not in very steep downhills
level-4_smallExperienced: convenience in steep and rough trails
level-5_smallVery experienced: extreme comfort in narrow and rough uphill and downhill trails;
can repair bicycle problems by himself/herself in case he/she is separated from the group

Physical fitness for Road and for MTB:

level-1_smallPoor: able to cycle only at a relaxed pace, no more than 10 km/day on a flat coarse
level-2_smallAverage: able to keep a moderate pace on flat routes and reach the top of a hill or a low mountain;
able to travel 30 km/day on a flat coarse
level-3_smallGood: copes with comfort climbs on low mountainous crossings of approximately 500 m height and
distance of 70 km/day on a flat coarse
level-4_smallVery good: comfort in 1500 m above sea level, capable of climbing 1000 m of elevation difference and
cycling 200 km/day on a flat coarse
level-5_smallExcellent: endures a fast pace even in uphill routes, capable of climbing 2000 m of elevation difference and
cycling with no problem 300 km/day on a flat coarse

Guided or Self-guided?

All our Road Tours are designed to meet a range of different paces and travel-style demands. Therefore, we offer simultaneously the options of Guided or Self-guided tours on the same trip.

Self-guided: For people who are more independent and need more flexibility on their daily schedule, who may prefer to do the cycling route on their own and meet the group every night at the accommodation place; in this case a Self-guided tour is probably the best option. It requires some confidence in navigating through a different culture and foreign language, reading maps and signs, ordering food, and dealing with a flat tire or other minor emergencies.

Guided: For people who enjoy cycling with other people, having a guide and a structured daily schedule; in this case a Guided tour is probably the best option. It provides the convenience of an informed attendant who can point out places of interest and show the way to go there. The support vehicle follows the group in case of breakdowns (mechanical or human). It also gives the possibility to bridge less attractive or more challenging sections of a route.

The provided services in each case are slightly different, making the Self-guided tours a little bit more economical.

What do our Guided and Self-guided tours normally include? For more specific information, please look at the “Price Details” tab of each tour.

Guided tours include:

  • Support vehicle during the cycling tour (equipped with first-aid kit, bicycle repair kit, water and snacks)
  • Transfer of participants by car (in case of necessity or at request of the participants)
  • Luggage shuttle service (it will transfer luggage from one hotel to the other)
  • Informed travel attendant riding with the group
  • Bicycle repairs

Self-guided tours include:

  • Daily briefing of the route
  • Day route maps (directions, distances and elevation profiles)
  • Mobile device for emergency calls and GPS tracking
  • Car rescue in case of necessity (in emergency cases as accident or inability to continue a route)
  • Luggage shuttle service (it will transfer luggage from one hotel to the other)

What to bring with you

In your suitcase: Your clothing choices should be determined by the following:

  • season and destination of our route
  • your personal needs regarding comfort
  • limitations on our space

The support vehicle is available to transport one suitcase per person and one small backpack.

In your backpack: It’s advisable to carry with you a small backpack for a few belongings that you consider necessary during the routes, like extra water, windproof jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, mobile phone etc.

Equipment

  • your bicycle or rental bicycle
  • helmet (yours or provided by us)
  • your pedals (optional)
  • 2 bottles of water (provided)
  • cycling shoes
  • mobile phone charger
  • camera (optional)
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen

Clothing recommendations

  • proper clothes for cycling
  • windproof and waterproof cycling jacket
  • comfortable clothes and shoes  according to each season
  • light fleece jacket
  • cap or other head cover (for protection against the sun)
  • swimsuit/swimming trunk
  • gloves

Passports and Visas

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has signed the Schengen Agreement. While traveling within the E.U., you only need your Identity card. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.

Visas are not required by European citizens from countries that are part of the Schengen Area. Greece as a member of the Schengen Agreement, has abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. However, keep in mind that airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or identity card.

Citizens coming from countries that have not yet joined Schengen Area may require a visa to enter Greece. The E.U. visitors from these countries can acquire further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or from their travel agencies. Before visiting Greece, please consult the detailed information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website and find out whether you require a Visa.

Note: During your stay in Greece, if you require a Visa, you are advised to have suitable insurance coverage for emergency medical or other needs.

Source: Greek government touristic website. Click here for further information.

Health & Safety

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from member states of the European Union (EU) wishing to visit Greece must be holders of the European Health Card (EHIC) or any other legal Community document issued by their competent social security agency. You can find more information about the EHIC here

In these cases, the necessary treatment in Greece is provided by:

  • Social Security Institute Health Units (polyclinics) or doctor’s offices in the region; 
  • Regional clinics (former rural clinics) or the Health Centres of the National Health System; and
  • the outpatients’ departments of the hospitals on contract

In order to have access to necessary health care, tourists from countries other than the member states of the European Union wishing to visit Greece must consult their social security agency for information before travelling.

Source: Greek government touristic website. Click here for further information.