With ancient ruins, white sandy beaches and delicious Mediterranean cuisine, Greece is a tourist hotspot for history buffs, vacationers and foodies alike. The mainland cities of Athens and Delphi are well-known for their ancient temples and other landmarks, while the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes are frequented ...
“This was a brilliant holiday. I've been on a number of Exodus trips before but this was my first cycling trip with Exodus. It won't be my last! We enjoyed good company, good weather and good cycling, with plenty of stops at interesting places, and we were very well looked after by Yiannis and Angelos.”
“Cycling in Greece provided a wonderful balance between absorbing the architecture and culture of Greece, both ancient and modern, and enjoying the beautiful landscapes and seascapes on two wheels. The organisation of the whole trip was excellent so that everything went very smoothly but without feeling over – organised. The route was hillier than I had first anticipated (although I should have known as the vertical ascent figure was provided for each day’s ride) but with the distances covered and the relaxed pace, it made for extremely pleasant riding. Add to this the warmth of the Greek people, the delicious Greek food and perhaps most importantly the calibre of our tour leaders and the warm companionship of our fellow cyclists and it truly was a wonderful holiday.”
“This was my first Exodus cycling trip and I was thoroughly impressed from start-to-finish. The trip involved five 50-70km days and a 6th day which involved a morning of rest in Loutraki and an afternoon/evening of sightseeing in Athens. We were on the road from 9am -5/6pm each day; stints of cycling along beautiful coastal or mountain roads were split up with fantastic lunches, visits to cultural sites including the theatre at Epidavros and the citadel at Mycenae, and a trip to a winery. We ate as a group in excellent restaurants each evening, and the hotels were all comfortable. There were two nights in Athens (one at the start, one at the end), four in coastal resorts (good for swimming) and one in Mycenae, where the hotel had a pool.”
“With Yiannis guiding and Angelos supporting the trip was definitely one of my favourites. The cycling was at a steady pace with plenty of breaks and although there were a few hills they were not too extreme. This trip allows you to see many archaeological sites over the week whilst also seeing the stunning Greek scenery. Obviously a week's cycling needs to be rewarded and that is definitely achieved with the great food, drink & company.”
“We chose this trip in part because of our schedule and in part because we have never been to Greece. We didn't really know what to expect but the trip delivered more than we could have hoped for. The history, the scenery, the activity, the leaders, the group and the food combined to make this a fantastic week-long adventure. I now have a much better understanding and appreciation of Greece, its culture and its people.”
“It isn't just about the cycling. It's about a varied and friendly group, intelligent and humorous leaders, great grub and some history.
The cycling was pretty straightforward; the hills were gradual and plenty of breaks so it never became tedious. The hire bikes were OK; they didn't match up to our own bikes, but what do you expect for £70?
I particularly liked the fact that we cycled door to door each day. This makes it feel more like a journey rather than decanting into buses etc for part of the journey.”
With ancient ruins, white sandy beaches and delicious Mediterranean cuisine, Greece is a tourist hotspot for history buffs, vacationers and foodies alike. The mainland cities of Athens and Delphi are well-known for their ancient temples and other landmarks, while the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes are frequented by honeymooners, partiers, and even celebrities. With a country so diverse, it’s hard to know where to start - and you’ll likely never want to leave.
Reflect on Greece’s vast history as you wander around the ruins of the Acropolis of Athens.
Find peace and harmony at the mountain-top monasteries of Metéora.
Swim in the turquoise waters of the Blue Caves in Zakynthos.
Discover the ruins of Rhodes, including the Colossus and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights.
Dig your toes into the volcanic red sand at Santorini’s Red Beach.
Set sail in the Mediterranean Sea and go island hopping.
July and August are very hot months in Greece, so be sure to bring sunscreen, light clothing, and plenty of water. Avoid these months if you can’t stand the heat, or if you dislike crowds and high prices.
Greeks are extremely friendly and can be very open and affectionate. Public displays of affection (PDAs) are common and try not to be offended if a local asks you personal questions.
Get ready to eat like a god or goddess. Greece is known for its cuisine, mostly made up of grilled meat and veggies. Cheese is also a huge part of Greek culture. Don’t miss souvlaki, gyro and saganaki.
Don’t worry if you get caught up in exploring, as restaurants are generally open late. In fact, restaurants may be empty if you arrive before 9 pm as dinner time for the locals can be as late as 10 pm.
Punctuality is not necessarily a value in Greece. Service can be slow and transportation delayed - so sit back, relax and embrace the Greek way of life.
Greece has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Greece before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Greece, do check out our Greece Travel Guide for more information.