All participants should plan to fly into Mytilene (MJT) Airport on Lesvos Island, Greece, arriving no later than Thursday afternoon, September 29. A brief day by day description is provided below with links to the Strava routes on the cycling days. Participants should depart at the end of the trip from Athens Airport (ATH) no earlier than Sunday morning, October 9. The weather during this time is ideal with an average high of 72 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 62 degrees. The ocean temperature averages 70 degrees.
Thursday, Sept 29
Participants should fly into Mytilene, Lesvos by early afternoon and take a taxi to trip hotel which is near airport and assemble their bikes. Group dinner in evening with full welcome and orientation.
Monday, Oct 3
Cycle 66 Kilometers
Cycle 66 kilometers from Molyvos to Mytilene along the eastern coast road past the landing spot of many of the refugees crossing from Turkey. Afternoon activities in Mytilene. 8:00 P.M. ferry to Chios arriving at 10:40 P.M. Link to Strava route here.
Friday, Oct 7
Activities planned with a local refugee camp and public officials. Hotel is on the beach for some final relaxation before 10:10 P.M. departure on the overnight ferry for Athens.
Friday, Sept 30
Cycle 88 Kilometers
Cycle 88 kilometers from our hotel in Mytiline westward across the island to the beachfront town of Skala Eeresou and its lovely beach. Undulating terrain ending with a descent. Link to Strava route here.
Tuesday, Oct 4
Cycle 52 Kilometers
Cycle 52 kilometers with lots of climbing via lunch stop at the ancient town of Pirgi to a nice hotel by the black stone beach at Emporios. Relax at beach in the afternoon. Link to Strava route here.
Saturday, Oct 8
Time to tour the city of Athens, final debrief on the trip, pack up bicycles and gear, and closing dinner at an Athens restaurant.
Saturday, Oct 1
Cycle 57 Kilometers
Cycle 57 kilometers (not a flat kilometer on the route) from Skala Eresou past a petrified forest to the hotel on the harbor in Molyvos. Small roads most of the way with spectacular views. Link to Strava route here.
Wednesday, Oct 5
Short Cycle & Activities
Cycle a short, scenic 29 kilometers from Emporios to Chios, followed by activities in a local refugee camp. Ferry departs at 7:05 P.M. and arrives Samos at 9:55 P.M. Link to Strava route here.
Sunday, Oct 9
Departures from Athens airport beginning in the morning. Tour officially ends after breakfast.
Sunday, Oct 2
Additional night at hotel base in Molyvos. Activities to be determined with possible drive to Mytilene for the day to visit refugee camps in and around the city and possible activities with local refugee workers.
Thursday, Oct 6
Cycle 76 Kilometers
Cycle 76 kilometer loop around the island of Samos starting and returning to our hotel in Pythagorion (southern coast). The route circles a central mountain and rides past beautiful beaches on the north coast followed by a large climb and finishing downhill. Link to Strava route here.