Contributed by Lisa W.
October in Greece offers a perfect setting for a 10-day cycling adventure. With sunny and dry temperatures in the 70s, lighter crowds and the convenience of island hopping on a wonderful ship, it seemed the ideal time to explore and enjoy Greece to the fullest!
Equipped with a trunk full of Terry gear and my trusty bicycle, I embarked on my journey with Santana Adventures to Athens, a city steeped in history and adorned with captivating ruins.
Our adventures began in the charming coastal town of Nafplio, where we cycled along the picturesque Myrtoan Sea. The rolling hills proved to be the perfect remedy for our travel-weary legs.
On day two, we were enchanted by the island of Paros. It offered us fantastic cycling routes, charming cafes, vibrant shops, and a beautiful evening out in town.
For a change of pace on day three, we embarked on a scenic 6-mile hike from Oia to Fira on the captivating island of Santorini. This route is revered as one of the most beautiful walks on earth.
The trail led us by mesmerizing sights of countless stark white buildings, contrasted with stunning blue doors, perched on high cliffs.
To conclude the day’s outdoor escapades, I opted for a tram ride from the top of Fira to the Aegean Sea. This convenient mode of transportation spared me a slick 580 stair option, which is often shared with donkeys.
On the morning of October 16th, our ship docked in Rhodes, the vibrant capital of the Dodecanese Island group. Situated in the southeastern Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean, it is an immensely captivating destination just off the coast of Turkey.
Terry tops were everywhere, and our ride was headed to the beautiful Estate Anastasia Triantafyllou Vineyard, where we were treated to a delectable feast of moussaka and other delightful Grecian treats. Jason, the host, graciously shared his family’s vineyard knowledge, adding a nice, personal touch to the day.
Rhodes’ nightlife was vibrant and pulsating with energy, offering a plethora of choices to suit every taste and preference. The options seemed endless and ensured there was something for everyone to enjoy.
The next day, the enchanting isle of Kos greeted us with breathtaking views and exhilarating climbs.
During our visit to Kos, we had the incredible opportunity to explore the Asclepieion, often referred to as the world’s first hospital. This historical site provided us with a fascinating glimpse into the birth of modern medicine.
Our next destination was Naxos. While on the island we had the pleasure of visiting a sixth-generation potter and were able to experience their timeless artistry firsthand.
We also explored the charming town of Chalki which was riddled with cobbled alleys and vibrant shops.
Our journey continued to the historic mountain town of Aperathos, where it was clear we had veered away from the white-washed buildings that decorate much of Greece and immersed ourselves in the charm of stone and marble architecture. It was a wonderful change of scenery steeped in Venetian and Turkish history.
After a bustling day of exploration throughout Naxos, we returned to the boat on our very own shuttle tender for a late lunch. While we were dining the ship embarked on a 3-hour tour to the captivating old town of Mykonos.
On October 19th, the women on this cruise gathered in their favorite Terry cycling gear for a memorable afternoon of fun fueled by fashion. The photos captured the spirit of the event, and I am immensely grateful to all who participated, making it a fantastic last-minute rendezvous.
Leaving the Greek islands was undoubtedly difficult, as there is an abundance of sights left to see and a vast history to absorb. I will be back and hope to travel with these wonderful people again, too!
Αντίο, Greece….until next time.
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