Trails of Zeus
All mountain adventure at Mt Olympus and City of Thessaloniki. Combination of ancient myths, history, mountain biking and city nightlife.
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Trip Duration days well spent7 Days
Skill Level Intermediate
Group Size Medium Group
At a glance
A mountain bike trip combining two spectacular and at the same time different destinations. The second biggest city in Greece, home of Outline, with great trails around for all mountain riders, Thessaloniki is a splendid and well known European city break destination with lots of historical monuments, a great shopping centre and some notorious bars and restaurants. And of course Mt Olympus, the most famous and recognisable mountain worldwide, homeland of Zeus and the other Gods of Ancient Greece. Mt Olympus is an all year long destination to explore, giving the traveler the chance to experience a great adventure while getting acquainted with the source of Ancient Greek history.
- Ride at the most famous mountain of the world, home of Zeus
- Downhill from 2000m to sea coasts
- Breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea
- Begin and end up at Thessaloniki’s urban environment
- Wine tasting some of the best Greek vineyards
- Visit historical sights
Please note: A mountain bike adventure may be affected by a numerous factors, with more common the weather conditions. Outline Adventures and it’s people have the experience to adjust the itinerary and proceed to what is needed in order to update the tour and provide you the best experience depending the conditions.
- English speaking expert mountain bike guide(s)
- Skills improvement
- Six (6) nights accommodation
- English-speaking driver for all days
- Support vehicle
- Maintenance toolset available at all times
- All transportation required by the itinerary
- Airport pick up and drop off
- International and/or domestic flights
- Lunch and dinner each day
- Alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages
- Tickets for sights and visits
- Bike hire
- Personal safety and bike equipment
- Travel and health insurance
- Anything not mentioned as included
Arrive at SKG Airport
The adventure begins at SKG Airport where your guide will be waiting for you to pick you up and transfer you at your hotel. Please do not forget to inform us by e-mail with your flight details, at least 7 days prior your arrival day, in order to schedule your pick up. After all members of the group gather at the hotel, a first meeting at our office will take place. You will meet your host and guides and a tour briefing will be given to you accompanied by some traditional “meze” and welcome drinks – just a few since some serious all mountain biking is waiting for you the next days!
Suburban Forest mountain biking
First day starts with a good breakfast and right after we check our bikes and verify all of our gear is in shape. Make sure you have double checked our Bike kit list for this tour before traveling.
We start biking from the hotel through the coast of Thessaloniki and the city centre towards the suburban forest of the city. Biking through pine trees we head to a World War II emplacement at the peak of the forest where we make our stop to admire the city view and take a break before the downhill fun begins! After 3 hours of biking we will end up at Thessaloniki harbour where we will have lunch and some cold beers by the sea. In the afternoon we will visit one of the most known and elegant vineyards in Greece, just half an hour drive from your hotel.
Ride distance: 25km to 35km
Meet Mt. Olympus
Today is the day meeting Mt Olympus! After breakfast and preparation, we will drive for 1,5 hour to mountain lake Kattis at the area known as lower Olympus. Under the pine woods, we will start peddling for the last section of the uphill for some warm up, before we start our ride through 9 km of single tracks. We will end up with our bikes at the village of Palaios Panteleimonas for traditional food and cold beers! Afterwards we will drive to Litochoro village which is the main entrance to Mt Olympus National park, for the second part of todays ride. We will start our ride peddling 4 km before riding the 5 different sections of single trails above the village heading downwards and back with uplifts by our Van. We will end up through the canyon of Enipeas, a river God and son of Ocean, at a traditional square for some rest and drinks before heading back at our hotel for resting.
Ride distance: 30km to 35km
Brother of Mt Olympus - Mt Kissavos
After a local rich breakfast, we will drive about 45 minutes to Kissavos peak, the twin brother of Mt Olympus. Passing through the seaside village of Stomio, a well known destination for kite surf, we will be end up by our van, at the refuge of Mt Kissavos at 1.600m. Optionally we will hike with our bikes at the summit of Kissavos at 2.000m, or we can start downhill from the refuge, after a warm cup of tea. Downhill through mountain bike -purpose built- single tracks, we will end up at the beach of Stomio village!!! After some cold beers at the seaside we will drive back to our base at Thessaloniki and have a splendid dinner at a local restaurant.
Ride distance: 25km to 35km
Thessaloniki epic ride
Today we will taste one more true Mediterranean way of riding at Thessaloniki. After our breakfast we will be heading back to Thessaloniki where we will begin our ride from 1000m altitude to sea level; downhill most of the time with few distances of peddling. Our van will drive us to the peak of Mt Chortiatis the “roof” of Thessaloniki. We will end up at the traditional food Market at the centre of Thessaloniki to taste some greek tapas and some raki. Yamas guys!
In the afternoon we will have free time for shopping or a visit the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the most known monument of Thessaloniki, the White Tower.
Ride distance: 20km to 30km
Chill rides and bikes dissembling
A little more of riding at Thessaloniki for those who still have energy left.. Through some city’s monuments we will be heading for last time at the suburban forest of Thessaloniki in order to make some fun rides with some skill advice from our guides wizards!
In the afternoon we will meet at our office in order to dissemble our bikes and afterwards we will be getting to know the insights of Thessaloniki’s nightlife!
Ride distance: 20km to 30km
Sadly, this is the end of your magnificent mountain biking holiday in Greece. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to do some last-minute shopping in Thessaloniki before we transfer you to SKG Airport and say to each other, “Till our paths meet again!”
- You have been mountain biking regularly for at least one year
- You have reasonable bike handling skills, and are confident riding in a variety of terrains and conditions including: singletrack, double track, muddy, wet, dry, loose
- You are competent at riding undulating trails with moderate climbs and descents, some of which may be slightly technical in nature, but may get off and walk some sections
- You ride at least three to four times per month
- You have a reasonable level of fitness, exercising at least twice a week for 45 minutes or more, throughout the whole year
- You can ride for up to 5 hours per day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for 3 consecutive days
- You are capable of tackling one or two moderate climbs per day, of up to 400m
Preparation of your Bike
Here is our Bike kit list in order to help you get prepared for your adventure. Please read and check it carefully.
The ideal bike for this mtb trip is a high quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 140mm of travel. Make sure, that your bike has been professionally and authorised serviced, including all suspensions and your equipment is in proper condition.
Accommodation – GBH
The majority of accommodation that we use on this mountain biking adventure, is mainly, family-owned lodges and small hotels. We have researched these areas extensively to select the most comfortable accommodation in the region, and have planned the itinerary accordingly.
We try to pick members of Greece Bike Hotels, an organisation that consults and develops accommodation units, as bike friendly hotels.
GBH ensures that its members-hotels have the facilities needed for bike travellers and their bikes, to provide the best quality services for them.
Food & Beverages
Here in Greece the food is almost a ritual matter. The areas we will ride at this mtb trip are famous for their quality traditional Cuisine and Vineyards.
Thessaloniki is considered to be a global gastronomy destination, during the last years.
We will arrange for you, dinners at cozy local restaurants and bars.
After all you are in Greece. You have to spend some quality time for mediterranean flavors.
Arrival & Departure Details – Transfers
This tour starts and finishes at Thessaloniki Airport, SKG.
Your Guide and/or Driver will meet you at the exit of Arrival department of SKG, holding an Outline Adventures sign.
Alternatively the second meeting point will be at the lobby of our recommended hotel next day at 8:00 am.
Do not forget to inform us by mail about the details of your flight at least 7 days before the arrival day, in order to schedule your pick up from SKG on time.
We will transfer you by private shuttle from Thessaloniki airport to the hotel, where you will meet your guides and have a Trip briefing.
SKG airport is well connected to many international destinations.
Please let us know if you require any assistance with your flights.
On your departure date we will drop you off to SKG to catch your homeward flight.
If you wish to arrive sooner or extend your trip to Greece, please contact our Travel Concierge department.
Please Note: All transportations from and to SKG Airport are scheduled to take place from 9am to 9pm at arrival and departure dates of the trip. If your flight(s) are before or after this range, an extra fee of 25€ per person will be charged.
Please read and accept our Terms & Conditions before you book one of our adventures. It is very important for us, to know that all of our customers have read and agreed to our terms.
We hope that you will never have to cancel your trip. Although, if for any reason you have to cancel, make sure you are aware of our cancellation policy.
You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.
Please note: We are more than happy to help you understand all of the trip aspects. Feel free to ask any kind of question you may have for this trip.
The duration and dates of this trip are specific. If you want to arrive earlier or expand your trip, feel free to mail us. Also if you book your own group you can tailor the trip in any way you want.
We only run small groups to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between 6 and 12 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require for this trip is 4.
Typically the riders of our tours are between 25 to 55 years old. We welcome anyone 18+ years old. As long as the riders fulfils the Skill and Fitness level for this trip, age does not really matters.
Our tours are addressed to mountain bikers. Still if you would like to bring your partner please inform us in order to help you and your partner to have a great time without losing any of our rides.
This is a typical all mountain bike trip. We will be including a range of different types of trails from flow single tracks, to fun downhills (and even to some uphill grinds to keep you honest). We’ll have daily briefings to let you know what’s coming up.
Typically Mediterranean weather. At Mt Olympus because of the high altitude, weather conditions can be a little bit unpredicted but overall we will feel the Mediterranean sun and the pleasant cool of the Aegean.
The trip price is €1.320 per person based on two sharing a room. We are more than happy to welcome single travellers. If you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of €250 will be payable. Please note: accommodation is limited in the areas we’ll be riding, so if you can share with another traveller (of the same sex) it would be appreciated.
We can arrange for you a good quality full suspension bike hire for the duration of the trip. The rental cost is €90 per day, insurance included. Let us know as soon as possible in order to make arrangements for your request. We will inform you for what bike and specs in order for you to proceed to the reservation.