Halkidiki Cross Country Adventure

Halkidiki Cross Country, MTB, Greece

Balkan Vagabondz invites you to a mountain and coastal cross country riding in the picturesque lands of Halkidiki peninsula, Greece.

The land of myth and ancient history, the birthplace of Aristotle and home of the Athos Holly Mountain monastic community is also a place of great natural beauty with its Mediterranean vegetation, olive trees and roaming herds of goats.

In addition you’ll be able to enjoy enchanting sandy beaches, coves and islands along with traditional Macedonian architecture of the old villages and the typical Balkan hospitality of the locals and their unforgettable cuisine.

Experience the diverse landscape and unique traditions of the Halkidiki peninsula, a great reminder of how magical the Mediterranean world can be.

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Halkidiki Cross Country, MTB, Greece

Halkidiki Cross Country, MTB, Greece

Halkidiki Cross Country, MTB, Greece

Halkidiki Cross Country, MTB, Greece

Halkidiki Cross Country, MTB, Greece

Halkidiki Cross Country, MTB, Greece

Itinerary

~ Day 1 ~

Arrival at Thessaloniki airport. Transfer to Polygyros, the capital of Halkidiki. Accommodation in a family hotel. Free time for walks in the narrow streets of the old town. Option for visiting the local historic museum – the best in Halkidiki. Dinner and trip briefing.

~ Day 2 ~

After breakfast we can visit small traditional handmade soap workshop and then get on the bikes for a warm up ride, climbing above Polygyros town followed by a descent to Ormilia village. Here we stop for lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we start with a climb among olive gardens and goat pens, in order to reach the top of a small mountain. We descend on a rolling terrain among coniferous trees and farmlands to the beautiful old town of Nikiti, famous for its honey produce. We stay overnight in a family hotel near the small port of Paralia Nikiti.

~ Day 3 ~

Today we start exploring the middle leg of Halkidiki peninsula – Sithonia, famous for its great beaches and dense forests of Mediterranean pine. We start from the hotel and climb to the main ridge passing by some interesting rock formations, small meadows and panoramic views from all sides. We stop for a picnic lunch near a small chapel and ride down to the coast, stopping by the remote old pirate village Parthenonas. We spend the night in the lively and rolling Neos Marmaras town. Dinner in local fish tavern.

~ Day 4 ~

A laid back day for relaxing on the bike. We ride on coastal roads very near the sea with great views to the Turtle Island and many small bays with beautiful beaches. We stop for lunch in Toroni village – famous for its Byzantine fortress remains, and then continue to the spectacular Porto Koufo bay. We finish in a fisherman village where we spend the night. In the afternoon we can do a short 10 km loop ride with great panoramic views to the rocky bay of Porto Koufo.

~ Day 5 ~

Short transfer will take us up at 250 m above sea level where we start the ride. We bike on Sithonia ridge, this time from south to north, enjoying great views to the mountains and the sea- at both sides, and the imposing silhouette of Mt. Athos in the distance. We descend on a panoramic dirt road to Sarti town, famous for its big sandy beach and great views to Athos mountains. We transfer to the beautiful Ouranoupoli town on the Athos peninsula, where we spend the night.

~ Day 6 ~

Today we do a 20 km ride starting from the border of Athos holly land, passing on the ridge with nice views to the nearby island of Amoliani. Later, we can catch the ferry, have lunch at the island, do a short ride and then return back to the mainland. Those who want to skip biking can do the Mount Athos cruise and enjoy the sea views and visit part of the holly monasteries. In the early afternoon we travel to Thessaloniki, stopping for a coffee at the beautiful old town of Arnea. We spend some free time for sightseeing in Thessaloniki and enjoy a farewell dinner in a local tavern.

~ Day 7 ~

Transfer to the airport for departure.

Accommodation

The accommodation is included in your trip expenses.

If you require a single room you will need to pay 100€ on top of the price.

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What gear to bring?
  • Comfortable riding clothes
  • Trainers/bike shoes
  • Water and wind proof jacket with hood
  • Light backpack with camelback
  • Sunglasses/riding glasses
  • Sun protection cream
  • Helmet
  • Riding gloves
  • Knee pads advisable
  • Personal first aid kit

If you bring your own bike, please get a personal riding repair kit – tool, inner tube/s, pump.

You can rent from us:

Hard tail Bike – 15€/day

Full suspension bike (140-160mm travel) – 20€/day

Prices

2 pers: 1245€/person

3 – 4 pers: 957€/person

4 – 5 pers: 836€/person

6 – 7 pers: 715€/person

8 + pers: on request

Your expenses include:
  • Guiding
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
How to book your place?

You can simply register by using the web form on the right hand side, e-mail, call or message us on facebook or twitter and we will contact our local guide to move forward with your booking.

Looking forward to hearing from you!