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GRAND MANI TOUR

“As a passerby you need three days to see Mani, as a visitor you need three months, but to see her soul you need three lifetimes.”

 

Yet we promise you that in these three days you will ride through an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.
From the east coast of Peloponnisos to the wild beauty of the Deep Mani between the Laconian and Messenian gulfs, amazing coastal roads drive you through continuous breathtaking sceneries. A tour custom made for motorcyclists who appreciate engaging all 5 of their senses!

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED

The prices include the Indian Chieftain motorcycle rental for 5 days, accommodation in 4 star hotels (where available) with breakfast, your tour leader and guide, our escort van for baggage, dinners and lunches, gas and tolls, all entry fees for sites, road-book, map and more.

 

DATE(S) & PRICES 2019

If the above date is not well suited for you and your friends please call us or make a Book request

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TOUR STATISTICS

Duration

7 Days in total
5 Days riding

Distances

970 km / 600 miles – Total riding
190 km / 115 miles – Average per day riding

Average Riding Time

4.00 hours per day

Altitudes

From sea level to 1,300 meters elevation

Intermediate to experienced rider

– The entire route is on paved tarmac roads

– Most of them are easy touring roads

– Narrow twisty single lane country roads will be part of our daily ride

– Sometimes challenging curvy roads will also be encountered

– You must feel comfortable handling a large Touring motorcycle

Some of our participants enjoy riding as many kilometers as possible in a day, whereas others prefer to arrive early at the hotel to relax and enjoy the amenities before dinner. We choose to organize our daily rides at a pleasant pace. The stated riding times do not include breaks, photo stops, site visits and time spent for lunch. A riding day usually starts around 9 am, if necessary a little earlier or sometimes even later.

FRAGMENTS OF AN EXPERIENCE TO COME

TOUR SCHEDULE

We have planned our schedule to get the most out of the five days tour in Peloponnisos. Most, of course, does not refer to the amount of riding kilometers or miles per day but to experiencing the most in a day and always at a relaxed and pleasant pace.

ATHENS (Arrival day and Welcome dinner)

Nafplio

1st Day Ride

Athens to Nafplio
Distance 171 km / 106 miles
Riding time 2:30 Hours
We Pick up our Chieftains from Legendary Rides offices and we ride to Nafplion, the first capital of modern Greece. We will cross the famous Corinth canal Isthmus, separating Peloponnisos from mainland Greece to continue on scenic coastal roads to the unique Ancient Theater of Epidavros. We will lunch in the picturesque seaport village of Palea Eidavros and in the evening we will visit and dine in the lovely Old town of Nafplio.
 

Corinth canal  Ancient Theater of Epidavros Old Town Nafplio

Monemvasia

2nd Day Ride

Nafplio to Monemvasia
Distance 195 km / 121 miles
Riding time 4:30 Hours
 
Starting from Nafplion will take the beautiful scenic eastern coastal road to Leonidio where we will lunch and have a swim at Plaka’s little fishing port. From there we will choose between riding through the new coastal road up to inland hills to reach Monenvasia or we ride through a scenic narrow gorge to the cliff hanging Monastery of Saint Eloni. If so, We will then continue our assent to the village of Kosmas at 1150 meters altitude and enjoy a coffee break under the huge old plane trees of the village square. After its old downhill to Monemvasia where we will dine in the amazing historical hidden castle city of the “Rock.”

Marmari

3rd Day Ride

Monemvasia to Marmari
Distance 167 km / 103 miles
Riding time 4:00 Hours
 
Fresh morning start and off we ride through a lovely brand new scenic road for lunch in the old port of Gytheio. From there we will start our descent to Mani, the middle peninsula of the Isle of Morea. We will first ride from the sun rising side (east coast) to Cape Teneron the tip of Mani and of South Eastern mainland Europe. Marmari will be our destination for the evening, right on the beach… a swim not to be missed!

Kalamata

4th Day Ride

Marmari to Kalamata
Distance 137 km / 85 miles
Riding time 3:00 Hours
 
An early morning swim would be inviting, before starting our ascent from the sun setting side of Mani (west coast). A stop for coffee and cake in Gerolimenas bay will give us time to absorb all the wild nature of Mani, before we continue our ride and visit to the amazing water Caves of Dyros (weather permitting). Our ascent on beautiful coastal Mani goes on to reach the seaside village of Kardamyli for a late lunch. Our final destination will be the beachfront of Kalamata the old major port city and capital of the world-renowned finest olive oil of Peloponissos.
 

Gerolimenas Dyros caves Kardamyli

Athens

5th Day Ride

Kalamata to Athens
Distance 300 km / 186 miles
Riding time 5:00 Hours
 
Brace yourself for our last day of riding through mount Taygetos overshadowing Sparta and our visit to the stunning Byzintine kingdom of Ancient Mystras. We will continue with a relaxed and easy riding return through the prettiest highway of Peloponnisos to our last stop in mythical Ancient Mykines, the birthplace of the beautiful Helen of Troy. The kingdom of Agamemnon, from the Greek Mythology, dates from the Bronze Age. It is the oldest on the Isle of Morea, being over 3000 years old. A nice light lunch awaits us on the outskirts and back we ride to your hotel in Glyfada to get ready for our Farewell dinner.
 

Mount Taygetos Mystras Ancient Mykines

Departure Day (Athens)

DISCLAIMER:
Estimated durations or time of riding or evaluations of touring grading (touring or challenging roads) are made on the basis of personal experience of our crew. These will not be considered as hard documented data that apply to all riders. Each rider has different levels of experience, skills, physical and mental endurances. For this reasons each individual rider can experience an actual route or the whole tour in a different way. You are kindly requested to evaluate all information given above to your own perception. Legendary Rides or its crew cannot be held liable if the given information do not match the rider’s personal experiences or perceptions during the tour.

The isle of Morea Tour Map