Hymettos Ascent

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4 Hour(s)
Mod/Advanced
34 Km
avg 9 Km
Guided

Tour operator:  CycleGreece


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one long fairly steep climb

Road bike ascent.Athens sits in a basin surrounded by the sea and four mountains.  To the east is Mt. Hymettos, a region with pine, cypress, olive and eucalyptus trees, herbs and wild flowers, caves, rabbits & tortoises, botanical paths, off road bike trails, picnic areas and Byzantine churches. 

In the 15th or 16th century, French visitors called Hymettos Mountain “tres longue” meaning “very long” in French, as it is 1025 meters (3366 feet) high at its apex.  The locals thought they were saying Trellos which in Greek means “crazy.”  Today Mt. Hymettos is affectionately known as Trellovouna, or “crazy mountain.”

The view from the top is wondrous as it looks out over the entire Attica region below and beyond to the sea with Salamina island on the south side and the airport on the north side.  The ride is fairly steep, no turns, on a scarcely trafficked asphalt road.  On weekends, Athenians can be seen hiking, running, mountain biking and road cycling.

The ride down is a swift 45 minutes thrilling descent broken up by a stop for sandwiches and beverages at Kalopoula cafe and a short hike to a lovely Byzantine church.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
Greece
Region:
Central & Northern Greece
From:
central Athens
To:
central Athens

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Bike Included
Duration:
4 Days
Level:
Mod/Advanced
Terrain:
On-road only, Lots of climbing, Quiet roads
Cost From:
EUR 120

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
34 Km
Riding Days:
4
Month(s):
January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, December
Departure:
choose your own date

Additional Information

Inclusions

Tour Leader / Bike Guide:    for 4 or more riders
For 2-3 riders, no bike guide / tour leader, only driver who  indicates the route (route has no turns).
Support vehicle:  for 4 or more riders
Bikes: Specialized road bike or hybrid bike. 
Bike gear: water bottle, helmet, handlebar pouch, odometer
Beverage & snack at  Kalopoula cafe
Water

Options

1 – 3 riders 120 euros,
4 – 8 riders 100 euros per person
9 or more riders contact Cycle Greece for cost
E-bike available as an upgrade on request for 48 euros.

Booking Conditions

Minimum Age 18

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