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The Odyssey
Tour Location
Country:
Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovinia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Slovenia
From:
Athens, Greece
To:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Mechanical
Duration:
48 days
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
On Road, Cycle Paths/Trails
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
€10900
Tour Distance & Dates
Distance:
3510 Km
Riding Days:
37
Daily Average:
95 Km
Month(s):
May, Jun
Departure:
May 14, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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The Odyssey

48 Days Moderate 3510 KmAVG 94 Km

You are the main character of this epic cycling odyssey. But unlike Odysseus in Homer’s epic poem, your journey will not be ten years, but seven spectacular weeks that will take you all the way to Amsterdam.

Start your unforgettable European cycling Odyssey at dawn from the stunning hilltop surroundings of Athens’ ancient Acropolis. Spinning down through the streets of one of Western civilization’s founding cities, riders will head northwest through the hilly Greek countryside passing through historic Delphi & Metoria, perhaps pausing for some olives, figs and a sip of retsina along the way.

Soon the cyclists will cross into Albania, an enigmatic land dotted with undiscovered archaeological ruins and blessed with sun-soaked beaches. Next up is tiny Montenegro where our 2 days of riding take us through rugged mountains populated with bears and wolves.

Riders can recover from the climbs in historic Sarajevo; site of some of the worst events of the 1990 Balkan wars and the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which triggered World War I. The route in Bosnia now winds down past the iconic Stari Most (Old Bridge) in Mostar before turning northward along the spectacular Adriatic, into Croatia and a rest day in Split’s historic centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Odyssey continues north with some island-hopping along the gorgeous coastline before the riders wash up in Italy and the city of Trieste, a hotbed of Cold War intrigue after World War 2. The Alps now dominate the skyline and the cyclists will put on their climbing shoes as they slowly spin up the mountains past a trio of Winter Olympic cities – Cortina, Innsbruck & Garmish – before descending into Munich, host of the world’s largest Oktoberfest celebration.

After quenching their thirst with a few brewskies, the cyclists will head through the charming Bavarian countryside towards the university town of Heidelberg and the start of the Rhine River bike path. Three beautiful days of cycling along one of the world’s great rivers will lead the riders into Cologne and its Gothic masterpiece, the incredible twin-spired Cathedral.

It is now the home stretch as the riders spin north past the Dutch town of Arnhem, the sight of a historic World War 2 battle brought to life in the book and film ‘A Bridge Too Far’. Amsterdam soon glides into view and the cyclists will enjoy riding into the city on some of its 400kms of bike paths. Coming to a final halt in front of the world famous Rijksmuseum, home to many of Rembrandt’s most famous works, the riders can look back on their incredible Odyssey and raise a toast to their adventures and memories.
Accommodation
Double Occupancy / Twin Share, Hotel / Guesthouse
Single Supplement:
Inclusions
50 Nights in hotels
62 Restaurant meals
32 Roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags; Experienced Tour Leader; 'Sweep' Rider; Bike Mechanic; Local support
Tour jersey; Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner; Pre-Tour Information Bulletins; Simple Online registration system
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