Greece biking vacation, archaeology tour

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Responsible tourism: Greece biking vacation, archaeology tour

Environment

As we are aware of the fact that your trip here will cause carbon emissions, we offer 5 Euros to the environment for each participant for offsetting them! This money is going to be used, in cooperation with the local Forestry Office, the Greek Trekking Club of Tripolis and the Tripolis Ecologist Club, for afforestation in our mountains, that have been hit by great fires in the summer of 2007. We hope that our effort will push other companies, individuals or local authorities to contribute to this project too.

We are also owners of a small city hotel in the city of Tripoli in the centre of Peloponnese. In all of our tours that pass from there you will most possible stay to us during your vacations. Here we recycle paper, glass, plastic and metal. At your arrival here you will be given a Travelers Code of Conduct, where you will get informed about how to apply maximum responsibility during your vacations concerning environmental and socio-cultural factors.

Community

Choosing our vacations, you choose responsible vacations. As Mr Panagiotopoulos, founder and president of our company, was born and raised here, one of his biggest concerns is to secure that tourism will not affect negatively our area in ecological and socio-cultural way, and also that the locals will mostly benefit from your travel.

Our company which is the organizer and operator of this package is local-based and all our guides, drivers and employees are locals too, ensuring not only the economical benefit of our area but also your cultural benefit. In this trip, you will visit so many different places and you will always be surrounded by locals, experiencing the Greek way of living. But the most important thing for us, is that your presence here gives us a strong negotiation card for pressing the local authorities for the development of our area, such us constructing cycling streets in our city or finance and organize better our archaeological museums and sites.

Reviews of Greece biking vacation, archaeology tour

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 01 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Our stay in Nafplio was the most memorable part of our stay as the town is incredibly charming and full of good restaurants. Our hotel, the Adiandi, had an incredible breakfast from local sources, friendly employees and a great funky charm.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you are fit. The bicycles are properly geared, but there is still a lot of
uphill pedaling to be done.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. The hotels all provided food items from local farms and fishermen and our personal travel around the area was done by bicycle.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


An incredibly enjoyable vacation! Good food, friendly people and wonderful sights. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was my legs aren't used to much uphill....I live in Miami where it's pancake flat!

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Seeing these archaeological sites at our own pace, including those smaller ones out of the way like Argos and Tiryns.
Epidavrous in particular: amazing theatre, small museum, huge site with interesting remains where you can escape coach parties, impressive setting.
Cycling through quiet countryside and seeing rural life, miles of apple, orange and olive trees, sheep and goats grazing, beehives everywhere, wild flowers, birds, lots of opportunities for sitting and drawing or dreaming.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Think about the time of year you visit - we went at the beginning of October, and even so found it rather hot for mid day cycling although the evenings were cool. The sites and towns were not as overcrowded as in high season.
Much of the cycling is on small tracks with few hills, but of course there are hills to be climbed - you can always stop for breath or get off and push, (as I did once or twice but am not a super fit person). The bikes are well geared and suitable for the terrain covered. There are lots of dogs, but mostly on chains or behind fences.
Learn at least a few words of Greek and the alphabet if you don't already know the language - it is appreciated and gives more opportunity to interact with those you meet. Knowing your letters helps decipher road signs quickly!
For those of you as old as us (late 60s), remember to take your varifocals so you can read the Garmin and the road ahead...!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Because we were not in a large time-organised group, we were able to spend money in small shops and restaurant/bars which may have more directly benefited local people. Cycling is an environmentally friendly way of traveling, but it does give the opportunity to see at first hand the amount of litter that gets thrown out in the countryside - we couldn't believe it even in back of the way places! We hope that booking through Arcas Travel in local currency meant that any profit went to those who did the work or provided the services.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Polee kala - very good. The organisation worked smoothly from first meeting to return to Athens. The hotels were good, the bikes were suitable for the terrain, the routes were well worked out, luggage awaited us at each stopover. Our queries to the vacation provider before we left were quickly and fully answered, and everyone we met from the organisation was friendly and helpful.
The cycling itself was not as strenuous as I had feared, and we were very happy with the mixture of exercise and culture, and the ability to take things at our own pace. The countryside and coast are beautiful and (apart from some dogs) the
locals are friendly. The wine in this part of Greece is excellent and the food fresh and plentiful. What more could we ask for?

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We put together two vacation weeks- the Greek Cycling Archeology Tour and then the Laconia Cycling vacation in Greece- both of which are based in the peloponnese exploring different parts. Archaeology tour highlights: The castle on top of the hill in Paralio Astros and a good fish supper. Nafplio- a lovely hotel
and a good base to explore Epidaurus, Mycenae and local beaches. Lots of good restaurants for relaxing evenings. The archeological museum in Nafplio is a must and puts in context the ancient sites, the artefacts you see in the tour and the
develoments of greek culture and history. Epidaurus is a particular highlight- a place of healing through dreams which still has a very special atmosphere. The cycle ride back from Epidauus to Nafplio is stunning. Laconia Cycling tour highlights: Mystras and the sound of monks chanting across the hillside. The olive museum in Sparta- thorough and informative and beautiful. The ride from Sparta to Gytheio along the lower hilldides of the taygetos mountains - such a sense of that huge landscape. Swimming- amazing beaches at Pounta and on Elafonisos. The astonishing rock fortress at Monemvassia- You get a lift up the mountain and a spectacular ride down with plenty of time to explore the castle fortress full of layers of history.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Visit the peloponnese- Greece needs tourism and is a bold dramatic country.
You need a good level of fitness. The mountain rides are magnificent. All the luggage transfers and airport transfers worked very smoothly. The team from the vacation company were helpful and personal.

We went in June and there was good breeze and the combination of cycling and visiting ancient sites and places of interest worked well for us with enough flexibility to have an easier beach day if we wanted it. The GPS routes worked well- mainly kept off main roads and saved the need for detailed written instructions although we did like to have a map aswel. We did get lost occasionaly but on the GPS you can soon spot that you are not going the right way.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we booked through Christos in Tripoli and I felt the cost of the vacation was both good value for us and benefited the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent- marvellous landscape, lots to see, good bicycle rides, meeting some special people, smooth service, many moving conversations and the pleasure of Greek life. The two vacations combined gave a good combination of cycling, exploring, relaxing, learning and appreciating the land and the landscape and the mountains and the people.

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Going to Mycenae by cycle and a very enjoyable evening at one of the recommended restaurants with live music in Nafplio.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be aware that there are some hills to cycle up and you will be covering about 30mls a day. The bikes have suitable gearing for the hills. Be aware that there are some feral dogs in Greece.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes and the vacation company supports reforestation following the countryside fires in 2007. Our final hotel did not appear to operate a policy of minimising the washing of towels. Most hotels we have been to recently do have such a policy. It was however an excellent hotel who adapted to our request not to change towels everyday.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Good hotels, reasonably priced food, well maintained cycles (The best cycles we have ever hired). The sites of interest on our journey were better and better everyday. The vacation operator Christos was very knowledgeable and took us on a mini tour of The Corinthian Canal on our way back to the airport as a bonus on his own initiative.

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