Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour

Greece
Road Bike
Self-Guided
Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour

Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour

Prices

From $595USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels, B&Bs

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Highlights

Spend 8 days exploring Rhodes’ magnificent coastline by bike

Discover the gorgeous coastline and beaches, rolling mountains, and ancient buildings on the island of Rhodes.

Bike to Lindos to explore its historic white houses and its acropolis.

Immerse yourself in Greek island culture by staying at locally-run hotels and visiting authentic tavernas.

Take a refreshing swim at the quiet beaches off the main tourist track.

This 8-day self-guided tour explores the beautiful Rhodes, part of Greece’s Dodecanese Islands. Take your time exploring and cycling at your own pace on this pre-planned route so that you don’t miss any of the unique historical sites or charming villages.

This trip has you cycling the entire northern part of the island. This includes focused rides that visit areas in-depth, like medieval ruins and local tavernas, so you can absorb the local culture. You’ll also take longer rides where you can simply enjoy the stellar coastline as you journey between towns. Your luggage will be transferred for you between hotels, so all you need to worry about is packing your picnic lunch and seeing where the roads take you. The Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour promises to be an unforgettable journey!

Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kalavarda and Bike Prep

When you arrive at the Rhodes airport, you’ll meet the shuttle that will transfer you to your hotel in Kalavarda. Take some time to make sure your bicycle is set up and ready to go, and then feel free to explore the area by bike or on foot. Make sure you leave some time for a visit to the beach.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kalavarda
Distance
None
Meals
None

Day 2 Kalavarda Exploration Ride

Start your bike ride on the remote northwest coastline and enjoy warming up your legs on the pleasant seaside roads. You’ll ride through the remains of Kamiros, which you can explore on your return trip. Take a quick break in Mandriko for a coffee at an authentic kafenion.

Continue cycling to Skala Kamiros, a charming fishing port, and then the medieval fortress of Kritinia. Spend some time exploring and taking in the views from its stone walls. From here, you’ll turn around for the return trip to Kalavarda. On your way back, take your pick out of four beachside taverns, which are great places to stop for a meal or a drink to end your day.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kalavarda
Distance
4 hours, 37km, 440m of ascent, 440m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 3 Cycle Through the Valley of Butterflies

Today, you’ll ride through the valley of Petaloudes to Rhodes town. This lush valley is filled with thousands of butterflies during the summer months!

As your ride out of the valley, you’ll cycle through Maritsa and Pastida, which both offer great taverns to stop and eat at. The gate at the old center of Rhodes will welcome you to the medieval city, where you’ll find your hotel for the next two nights.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rhodes
Distance
4.5 hours, 43km, 385m of ascent, 385m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Discover Rhodes or Day Trip to Symi

Today offers two choices on how to spend your day. You can take a lovely 6-kilometre self-guided walking tour that explores all the sites and secrets of Rhodes town. Alternatively, you can take the ferry to the island of Symi and take a 23-kilometre bike ride to explore the coastline, capital, and monastery of this beautiful island.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Rhodes
Distance
2.5 hours, 6km walk or 23km bike (500m of ascent)
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Coastal Ride to Archangellos

Your trip today has you cycling along the tranquil beaches of the stunning east coast. You’ll ride to Kalithea, the home of ancient Turkish baths that have been restored for modern use. Next, you’ll visit Afandou and the Monastery of Tsambika—an impressive sight perched on the edge of the cliffs. Finally, you’ll ride into the village of Archangellos, which will be your new home base.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Archangellos
Distance
4 hours, 39km, 375m of ascent, 200m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Relax at the Beach or Explore Ancient Forts

If you are in the mood for a relaxing day, hop on your bike for the 3-kilometre trip to Stegna Beach.

If you feel like exploring more, you can ride to Lindos. This village is known for its white square houses and the Acropolis that overlooks them. Appreciate this enchanting village and the remains of the temples and fortress before riding back to Archangellos.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Archangellos
Distance
5.5 hours, 52km, 470m of ascent, 470m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Bike to the Western Coast

The first stop on your bike ride today is Epta Piges, a unique oasis in the forest that features seven springs, a tavern, and peacocks. You’ll cycle from here up a green valley to the Monastery of Agios Nektariosm and Eleousa.

Next, you’ll take a road up the mountainside to the Byzantine Chapel Fountoukli. The rest of your route is downhill as you descend through Dimilia and then follow the coastline back to Kalavarda.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Kalavarda
Distance
4 hours, 40km, 500m of ascent, 650m of descent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Return to the Airport

Today, you’ll check out and take your included transfer to the airport. If you have a later departure, you are welcome to continue using your rental bike in the area until you have to depart.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour of Rhodes is always run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the time of year in which you choose to travel, and the room type you prefer.

Prices below are per person:

Departures from April 9th to June 15th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $975USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $825USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $650USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $595USD

Departures from June 16th to 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,025USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $850USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $695USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $625USD

Departures from July 1th to August 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,075USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $925USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $725USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $675USD

Departures from September 1st to 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,025USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $850USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $695USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $625USD

Departures from October 1st to 22nd:

  • Price per solo traveller: $975USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travellers): $825USD
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: $650USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $595USD
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Accommodation on the Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels and B&Bs. The accommodations are all in small family-run hotels that are simple but clean and have air-conditioning.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
If you are a solo traveller or you prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Hotel Vouras in Kalavarda

This hotel is basic, but you’ll receive a warm welcome from the family that runs it. It’s in a quiet village within easy walking distance to the beach.

Hotel Saint Michel in Rhodes

This boutique hotel in the old town is in a 700-year-old medieval building. It maintains its historic charm while offering modern amenities.

Hotel Rosmari in Archangellos

This family-run hotel offers simple and traditionally decorated rooms. It’s only 3 kilometres from the beach and is close to local tavernas.

Hotel Vouras in Kalavarda

This hotel is basic, but you’ll receive a warm welcome from the family that runs it. It’s in a quiet village within easy walking distance to the beach.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights are included. Accommodations before and after the tour in Rhodes are not included but can be added as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage to and from the airport is included. Your luggage will be transferred between hotels as per the itinerary.

Also Included

  • Digital route notes
  • Digital destination manual

Not included

  • Tourist tax payable at hotels (normally not more than 3 EUR per night)
  • Ferry to Symi
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Bike rental
  • Admission and entrance fees
  • Visas if required
  • Fees not mentioned as included
  • Gratuities for servers or drivers if desired
  • Guide services

Optional Extras

  • Activities and excursions
  • Single room supplements
  • Additional nights at any of the accommodations along the route
  • Bike rentals
  • ‘Bring your own bike’ supplement

Frequenty Asked Questions about Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour

How hard is the Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. We recommend this trip for cyclists with some experience in cycling mountains and hills. The route is predominantly on paved roads but includes some sections that are on unpaved roads.

Do I need a visa to travel to Greece?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Are meals included on the Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour?

7 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Rhodes to start this tour?

This tour includes your transfer from the Rhodes – Diagoras International Airport (RHO). If you arrive by ferry, there is a surcharge for your transfer to meet you at the port, which needs to be arranged in advance.

Is the Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour guided?

No, this is a self-guided tour. You will be provided with route maps and a destination guide in English.

Where does the Explore Rhodes by Bike Tour end?

This tour ends with your included transfer to the Rhodes airport.

Are equipment rentals included?

No, your bicycle rental is not included. Please refer to the “optional extras” section for bike rental details.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, you can bring your own bike. There will be a surcharge if you bring your bike to cover the additional transportation cost. You may also bring your own pedals if you decide to rent your bike. If you prefer to bring your bike, please ensure it is a road or hybrid bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Greece?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Greece?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Greece for this tour?

The best time to travel to Greece for this bike tour is from April to October. June and September tend to have the best balance of warm weather and lighter crowds. Please note that the tour is available every day except on Mondays. Also, this tour is not available between July 19th and August 27th due to high heats.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. We recommend this trip for cyclists with some experience in cycling mountains and hills. The route is predominantly on paved roads but includes some sections that are on unpaved roads.


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