Ancient Trails, Modern Tales: Biking from the Birthplace of Empires to Peach Blossoms
For this special trip, you will travel to the northern part of Greece, where Alexander the Great and his father, Philip II, began building their empire. Furthermore, this is the time of the year when the peach trees are in full bloom, and the fragrance of the pink-white flowers is discernible from kilometres away.
On the first day, we cycle from the small village of Kipseli to Veria through quiet and scenic b-roads. The day’s highlight is crossing the dam of the Haliacmon River, the longest river in Greece at 297 kilometers. As you reach the other side of the river, you’ll cycle alongside it for a while, providing an opportunity to admire its beauty. Its wetlands are significant for birdlife and are recognized as important bird areas.
On the second day, we offer two levels of difficulty. For those opting for an easier ride, you will cycle through the valley, following Mount Vermio. You can expect a surround similar to the first day. For those seeking more adventure, the route ascends Mount Vermio, reaching 1500m above sea level and progressively becoming more challenging. The endpoint for both routes is the village of Naoussa, renowned for its red wine, Xinomavro, established in 1971 as a Protected Designation of Origin. Additionally, Naoussa is where the great ancient philosopher Aristotle taught young Alexander philosophy and mathematics. Another highlight of the city is the Agios Nikolaos Park, known for its scenic walking paths, small lakes, and the variety of birds and other wildlife.
On the third and final day, we start the ride from the archaeological site of Vergina, the location of the ancient city of Aigai, the first capital of the Kingdom of Macedon. This city was pivotal in the history of the Macedonian dynasty. The site is most famous for its royal tombs, where King Philip II of Macedon, Alexander the Great’s father, is believed to have been buried. After visiting the site, we start cycling towards Katerini, a perfect way to conclude our trip.
Cost: 450 euro / person
What is included
- 2 x Night Accommodation
- 2 x Dinner Meal
- 3 x Lunch
- Snacks along the road
- Vehicle Support
- Shuttle from Athens to the starting point and back
- GPX files for your GPS-unit
- Collection of your bike 1 day prior of the trip
- Road / E bike Hire: + €70 (please send us your height details in cm)
- Arrangements for non cycling members – bring the family and friends along
- Single Supplement: + €120
Using the above link you can book your spot latest by Friday, 22 March
Code of conduct
- During the ride, each cyclist should ride like being on their own, respecting all the road circulations rules and signs
- All cyclists should be in a position to be self sufficient (e.g. change a tube, indexing the gears). Also our group ethics expect the riders to act civilized (zero tolerance if they litter the environment) and promote the good conduct of this ride. Competition schemes are not welcomed.
- Our vehicles will be close to the riding group and will provide transfer or mechanical support on best endeavors terms.
Why everything in English?
Πολλά από τα μέλη μας προέρχονται από το εξωτερικό και για λόγους ευγένειας, τιμώντας την Ελληνική Φιλοξενία, αποφασίσαμε να έχουμε σαν επίσημη γλώσσα τα αγγλικά.
Είμαστε όλοι μια παρέα, ας μην αφήσουμε τη γλώσσα να είναι εμπόδιο.
Ευχαριστούμε για την κατανόηση.
Thursday, 4 April
PM Hours – Bike Collection (Location to be announced)
Friday, 5 April
08:00 – Meet up at Doukissis Plakentias metro station (map)
08:15 – Shuttle to starting point, Kipseli. Estimated arrival time 13:00
13:00 – Arrival at the village of Kipseli.
14:00 – Start riding heading to Veroia. Estimated arrival time 15:30
15:30 – Estimated arrival and check in to our accommodation
Saturday, 6 April
07:30 – Breakfast
10:00 – Start riding towards Naousa
13:00 – Estimated arrival at Naousa
17:00 – Shuttle back to Veria
Sunday, 7 April
07:30 – Breakfast
09:00 – Shuttle to Vergina
10:00 – Start riding towards Katerini
12:30 – Estimated arrival at Katerini
15:00 – Shuttle to Doukissis Plakentias metro station
20:00 – Estimated arrival at Doukissis Plakentias metro station