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Cycling on the most beautiful island of Greece

Kalavarda
Rhodos

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Kalavarda
Rhodos

During this cycling trip you’ll  across Rhodes for 8 days and get to know this surprisingly green Greek island and its varied landscape. Relaxed and welcoming: the Greek way!

There’s a lot to see by bicycle, including Lindos: a medieval town, crowned with a castle and a temple. In the southerly villages you will enjoy a frappé on a terrace under a big ficus. You will cycle alongside blossoming agaves to the Seven Springs and onwards to the castle at Monolithos. You will also make an excursion to the magnificent capital with its historical city centre and knight’s castle. On top of it all, the climate on Rhodes is good throughout the whole year and the sights of the Mediterranean Sea are amazing.

  • Type of tour Self-guided
  • Level 4
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 40 km
  • Petaloudes, valley of butterflies (June to September)
  • Mediterranean Sea and Beaches
  • Wine village Embonas at the foot of the Attaviros

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Arrival Rhodos airport + transfer to Kalavarda

You will fly to Rhodes. You will be picked up from the airport and brought to your hotel. Kalavarda has been Cycletours’ cycling village on Rhodes for fourteen years now. You will stay in a hotel just 900m from the sea. If you arrive in the morning, you can already do a little warm-up cycle trip, or visit the beach. Alternatively, go to Kameiros (3km from your hotel) to see the ruins of an ancient city.

Day 2

Kalavarda roundtrip

31KM

Before you start the tour, you have a free day to enjoy a lovely daytrip. In the butterfly season (June-September) the route to the butterfly valley of Petaloudes (31km) is definitely recommended. Another idea for a daytrip is to go to the 200m Filerimos hill, topped with the ruins of an ancient city and a monastery, which is not quite so ancient (63km). If you combine both routes you have a total of 69km.

Day 3

Kalavárda – Émbonas

24KM

From Kalavárda you cycle into a green valley. A first climb of 2 km brings you to the nice village of Sálakos. This village lies at the foot of the Profítis Ilias mountain range, with a nice and shady village square – perfect for a relaxing break. The tour continues going up and down frequently but never long or steep. In Émbonas, today’s stage town, don’t miss to explore the local wine-cooperatives to taste the wines which belong to the best ones of Rhodes and Greece. Today there is also an alternative route through Kámiros Skála (small fishing port) and Kritinía (castle ruin and nice village). This alternative is longer and steeper.

Day 4

Émbonas – Apolakkiá

31KM

First you’ll have Attaviros on your left, the highest mountain of Rhodes. Enjoy the distant view of the open sea with Chalki and other small islands. Siána, the next village, is well known for its honey-specialities. After Siána the trip will mainly go downhill. But in Monólithos you have to manage a small climb to have a breathtaking panoramic view over the castle. Today’s target is the small village of Apolakkiá where – among the locals – you can observe the daily life on the village square from the terrace of your hotel.

Day 5

Apolakkiá – Lárdos

52KM

Although this stage is the longest of the whole tour, it is mostly flat and without significant gradients. You cycle in the extreme south of Rhodes through unspoilt villages like Kattavía and Lachaniá. Enjoy the peace for a lunch break in the shade of a plane tree. In Kiotári you will cycle direct on the east-side coast towards  Lárdos which is situated at a beautiful bay.

Day 6

Lárdos – Archángellos

35KM

First stop today will be in Líndos, a medieval town with a big castle built on the ruins of an ancient acropolis. Take a walk to the castle and discover the Doric columns of the ancient sanctuary. The white houses of Líndos contrast with the clear blue bays on both sides of the town. Crossing several river basins you’ll reach the region of Másari and Malóna. Enjoy your coffee or lunch in one of the villages with nice views over the orange and lemon tree areas. Through a beautiful green valley you will climb to Archángellos, the second biggest town on the island, dominated by the ruins of a castle.

Day 7

Archángellos – Kalavárda

43KM

A nice and quiet road goes downhill to Kolimbía, the last village on the eastern coast. When you’re not afraid of a short but steep climb, you can visit the Eptá Píges (Seven Springs) surrounded by peacocks. At Agios Nektários you’re invited into the church of the old monastery. A short climb brings you to the village of Eleoúsa, a former Italian garrison base, and to Foundoúkli, a Byzantine chapel with very old frescoes. Steep downhill the small road leads to Dimiliá and through a green valley you approach the western coast and Kalavárda. Having finished your tour, the beach of Kalavárda invites you for a swim.

Day 8

Kalavarda, departure

If you are departing later in the day, you can hold on to your rental bicycle a little longer and make another little trip, or visit a beach.You will be taken to the airport for your return flight.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
4/16/2017 - 4/16/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
4/23/2017 - 4/30/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
4/30/2017 - 5/8/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
5/8/2017 - 5/15/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
5/15/2017 - 5/22/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
5/22/2017 - 5/29/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
5/29/2017 - 6/4/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
6/4/2017 - 6/11/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
6/11/2017 - 6/18/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
6/18/2017 - 6/25/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
6/25/2017 - 7/2/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/2/2017 - 7/9/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/9/2017 - 7/16/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/16/2017 - 7/23/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/23/2017 - 7/30/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
7/30/2017 - 8/6/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
8/6/2017 - 8/13/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
8/13/2017 - 8/20/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
8/20/2017 - 8/27/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
8/27/2017 - 9/3/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
9/3/2017 - 9/10/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
9/10/2017 - 9/17/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
9/17/2017 - 9/24/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
9/24/2017 - 10/1/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
10/1/2017 - 10/8/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
10/8/2017 - 10/15/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now
10/15/2017 - 10/22/2017 Available Kalavarda Hotels Rhodes 2/3-star hotels Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Hotels Rhodes Double room € 1250,-
Hotels Rhodes Single room € 790,-
Hotels Rhodes Season surcharge June 22 -August 26 per person € 25,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Local Mountainbike TREK €75
Local hybrid Gazelle Medeo or TREK €75
Local e-bike TREK hybrid with electric motor €115

Included

  • Transfers from and to Rhodes airport, excluding bicycle
  • 7 nights in Hotel Vouras based on 2-person room with bath/lavatory
  • 7 x Breakfast and 3x Dinners
  • Luggage transports
  • Route descriptions
  • Help/service line and local co-worker (English speaking)

Not Included

  • Bicycle rental
  • 4 x Dinners, lunches and consumptions
  • Surcharge for transfer of private bicycle on Rhodes from airport to hotel € 35,-
  • Travel and cancellation insurances
  • Excursions (entrance fee for museums/gardens/parks)
  • Reservation costs € 20,-

Special details

Operated by local partner.
Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
Help/service line and local co-worker (speaking English)
No bike insurance available for this tour.
Surcharge for transfer of private bicycle on Rhodes from airport to hotel € 35,-
Program is subject to change without notice

Arrival Information

Upon arrival at the airport of Rhodes, the representative of Cycletours on Rhodes welcomes you. The transfer takes place by car, taxi or bus and takes about 15 minutes. He/she has a Cycletours-sign.

Return Information

If you have booked the flight, we kindly ask you to ensure that our representative has received all the information about your flight (flight number, departure time, plus the airline that issued your ticket). The information regarding the return transfer and your return flight will be hung up in the hotel or you will get this immediately communicated by one of our representatives. Always compare this information with the information on your flight ticket and in case of ambiguities please contact our representatives. In general you are required to check out of your hotel room in the morning, also in case of an evening flight. Although in the event of an evening flight, you are still allowed to use the facilities of the hotel to take a shower / freshen up before departure. When you extended your holiday in Rhodes on your own, you must ensure the reaffirmation and transfer to the airport yourself.

Accommodation

All breakfasts are included. Breakfast will be served between 8 and 10.30 a.m. Lunches are not included. The tour guide can suggest a nice restaurant where you can have lunch.
Dinner is included on 5 days. The tour guide will inform you the exact days.

Hotels on Rhodes
Hotel Vouras, Kalavarda

Hotel Rosmari, Archángellos

Hotel Kamari Beach, Lárdos

Hotel Amalia, Apolakkiá

Hotel Ataviros (Vasilia), Émbonas

Kalavarda

Kalvarda is located 15 km from the airport and 35 km from the capital Rhodes Town. It is located on the relatively cold north coast near sand beaches in a tranquil part of the island. A little store is located here to purchase the first groceries and at the gas station you may also buy a few supplies. There is also a butcher shop. In Fanes (3.5 km on the way to Rhodes) you will find a supermarket, pharmacy, bakery and greengrocer. In Sorini (5 km) you will find an ATM, post office and more stores such as toyshops, stationery, (sports) wear. A cheap supermarket is also located here. Other ATM’s are available in Theologos (10 km) and at the airport (15 km). A post office and internet cafe you find in Paradisi (14 km). The nearest banks are located in Kremasti (17 km). Kalavarda contains multiple dining facilities including seafood restaurants by the sea and fun Mezedopolia (a type of Greek tapas restaurant) located on the village square. This square contains a variety of little cafes where you can drink an ouzo or coffee together with the old men from the village. Having lunch and dinner is of course also possible at Hotel Vouras.

A frequent and direct bus transfer to Rhodes Town is available ((€ 3.00 one way). Bus transfers to Embonas and Kamiros Skala are also available but these transportation times are barely suitable for a day excursion. All of the busses stop in front of the hotel. The current timetable can be found in the hotel on the notice board.
If you wish to rent a car, please contact the Cycletours representative or the people of the Vouras Hotel. As a rule, rental cars are delivered to and picked up at the hotel, or the rental company will pick you up.

Greece is one of the countries where the euro is considered the legal currency. Besides the ATM’s mentioned above in Kalavarda’s surroundings, you will come across an ATM in Rhodes Town, Kos Town, Mastichari (Kos), Pothia (Kalymnos) and Leros.

In case of the use of medicines, you are allowed to take only the amount you need during the flight in your carry-on baggage. Also, bring along a statement from your doctor about your medication. Furthermore please check out the new EU security requirements. A pharmacy is located in Kalavarda. You will also come across many pharmacies on the way. Many medicines are available without a prescription. In Greece pharmacies also offer a limited first-aid service.

 

Rental bikes

If you have reserved a rental bike, the specified size and type will be ready for you at the workplace (behind Hotel Vouras in Kalavarda). A repair kit, pump and spare inner tube are included. All bikes are equipped with a bike bag and a bottle holder. You need to bring a water bottle yourself (small bottles of spring water usually fit into the holder as well and are for sale everywhere in Greece). If desired you may bring your own card reading standard and mount it on your rental bike. This also applies to your own saddle or pedals. We ensure that you will receive your bike cleaned. We therefore ask you to hand it in clean (frame and wheel dusting; wiping towels are present in our workshop).

Luggage transport

This is a trip with luggage transport. We kindly but urgently ask you to take into account the following. For air travel luggage, a weight limit of 20 kilograms per person applies. This limit also applies to the carriage of luggage. In addition, the weight per suitcase / bag should not exceed the weight of 15 kilograms. Our preference goes out to a weight of approximately 10 kilograms each in regards to the health of our employees.
At every stage of the trip your tour guide will inform you about when and where the bag drop off will take place, and about your suitcases disposal in the next hotel.

 

Clothing and Luggage

Wearing a good helmet can prevent serious injury in the event of a crash. During cycling it is advisable to wear a well fitting cycling-shirt that quickly absorbs and dissipates perspiration. Bike shorts with padding are recommended depending on your bike. Furthermore: a bag for the road, head protection (helmet), sunglasses and a camera.

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Accommodations

Hotels Rhodes
Hotels Rhodes
This is an example of the kind of hotels we use on Rhodes.

Hotel Vouras, Kalavarda

Hotel Rosmari, Archángellos

Hotel Kamari Beach, Lárdos

Hotel Amalia, Apolakkiá

Hotel Ataviros (Vasilia), Émbonas

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