Marco Polo - Venice to Athens

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28 Day(s)
1900 Km

Tour operator:  Ride and Seek Bike Tours

Our ultimate adventure in the footsteps of Marco Polo - ride it all or either of two stages

Join us on our most ambitious project to date following in the footsteps of Marco Polo. The aim is to ride from Venice to Beijing with 7 distinct stages pencilled in. The first of these is running in September/October 2020 and takes us from Venice (Italy) to Athens (Greece). Our first leg takes in 5 countries and provides a wonderful taste of life down the Balkan peninsula on our way to Greece.

Marcello Usula is the architect of this tour and it has been on his radar for over 25 years since he studied Marco Polo at university in Venice in the mid-1990s. Since then he has been running bike tours and has designed many itineraries along the Dalmation coast. Taking this tour to its natural conclusion in China though was always the ultimate dream. It was meeting Stephen Fabes in 2013 on his 6 continents ride that served to provide the final inspiration to make it happen. Check out the video below that gives an insight into his amazing journey. We’re delighted to have Stephen on board as a tour ambassador.

Our Epic Adventures are all created with a sense of discovery at their core and this tour fulfils that in abundance. Marco Polo is one of the great travellers in history and in many ways he embodies the spirit of the tours we run. The historical focus provides the context and runs in tandem with the cultural and gastronomic immersion we always seek to provide.

The first leg of this Epic journey is split into two distinct stages that are different in terms of their relative difficulty and the extent to which they appear on the cyclo-tourism radar. The first stage is graded as 2.5 espresso cups and takes us from Venice across to the Adriatic Sea before heading down the Dalmation coast to the wonderful city of Dubrovnik. On this stage, we island-hop between harbours and place our own mark on an already well-trodden route.

Stage 2, on the other hand, is more of a step off the beaten path as we head south to Montenegro and through the very much undiscovered country of Albania that we promise will charm you. From Albania, we then head to the island of Corfu before heading inland to ride across Greece to Athens. This stage is a 3.5 espresso cup tour which reflects longer distances than the first stage and a more challenging topographical profile.


Tour Location

Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia

Tour Information

Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Bike Hire available
28 Day(s)
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
EUR 10950
Single Supplement:

Tour Distance & Dates

1900 Km
September, October
September 16, 2021

Additional Information


Two or more first class guides, van support, all shuttles, private tours and tastings, 2 picnic lunches, original itineraries on the road less travelled, trip literature, super snacks during the day and luggage transfers


One ‘Dinner on your Own’ when you are sent forth alone on your own culinary journey
Personal items when you are on the tour


Venice to Dubrovnik - 12 days - 850km - September 16, 2021 - €4795
Dubrovnik to Athens - 17 days - 1050km - September 27, 2021 - €6800
Bike hire
Wine kitty

Booking Conditions

Deposit of €1000 (or your local currency equivalent)

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