Wonders of the Ancient World


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Wonders of the Ancient World

Explore the delights of the most mountainous country in Europe on this epic tour.

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Explore the delights of the most mountainous country in Europe on this epic tour.
June tour led by Andrew Wright.
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The beauty of Greece combined with the ever relaxed and helpful Greeks, great hotels, biker friendly roads and days off steeped in history makes for a simply perfect tour sure to delight both riders and pillions.
Guided Tour
21 days
3350 miles

Our adventure starts with a hop over to Calais on the Eurotunnel and then onto Reims via the disused MotoGP track where the main road is still flanked by the classic grandstands. From here we ride through the exquisite scenery of the Vosges mountains and make our way to Flims in Switzerland.

From Flims we snake our way over the Stelvio pass to the biggest lake in Italy, Lake Garda, staying right on the shore before making our way to Ancona for the overnight ferry to Greece. Once in Greece, we have a day off to explore Meteora home to the suspended monasteries, this historic landmark offers up truly breathtaking views of the rock formations said to represent man’s desire to connect with the divine.

Andrew Wright, Guide
Andrew Wright, Guide

Not on most rider's radar Greece is utterly sublime on a bike. The culture and historic sights are only surpassed by the empty mountain roads. Come and join me quick before the rest of the world realises quite how good it is!

Explore ancient wonders

The next morning we’ll ride from Meteora to the coastal town of Volos via Mount Olympus the home of the ancient Gods. The roads are sublime and the scale of the mountain as you approach will explain why the ancient Greeks thought of it as the home of the gods. We then head on to Hercules’ birthplace before riding a bikers favourite, the ‘old national road’ through the mountains to Athens our base for the next two nights. Staying near the beach and on the tram line to the city, we then have a day out of the saddle to explore the capital city, drink Ouzo and visit the Acropolis and Hadrian’s library.

From Athens we ride to Nafplion over the mountains and down to the beautiful gulf of Corinth with its famous canal and the superbly preserved 2,000 year old amphitheatre at Epidavrou. From Nafpilon we ride a classic Magellan day to Kalamata via 80Km of the acclaimed Aegean coast road. Beautiful coastal scenery and clear blue sea is followed by a climb to 1300m over the adjacent mountains to the Spartan plain and the birth-place of Helen of Troy. Then more truly spectacular mountain roads which put many Swiss passes to shame climb to what feels like the top of the world, before dropping down again to the plain and Kalamta on the coast.

There's historic ruins aplenty on this trip

We ride to Ancient Olympia via small mountain roads and over another 1300m pass to visit the excavation of the 2500 year old temple of Apollo isolated in the mountains. Then a descent of over 1000m to Ancient Olympia which is almost at sea level again. In Olympia you have a day off the bike to explore the extensive ruins of the site of the original Olympic games, visit the museum of antiquities and the fascinating Archimedes museum. Our journey continues by riding to Delphi over the magnificent Rio-Antirio bridge, one of the world’s longest cable stayed bridges spanning 9,449ft.

Delphi, was once considered by the Greeks to be the centre of the world, it was home to the oracle who was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Next day we ride to Patras to catch the overnight ferry to Ancona and then stay overnight in Italy, the beginning of our return journey proper. From Italy we make our way through Switzerland to France and in true Magellan style there's a bunch of great swiss passes on the way. Finally we cruise back to Eurotunnel and home again.

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Tour highlights

Stelvio Pass: We ride from Flims in Switzerland to lake Garda in Italy via the beautiful Stelvio pass, which at 9,000 ft above sea level consists of a string of tight hairpins up to a sleepy beautiful village in the mountains.

Aegean Coast Road: With views out over the turquoise sea and blessed with long sweeping bends this road takes you through unspoilt little towns on a ride that is truly exceptional.

'They say that Greece is the most mountainous country in Europe and fortunately for us, that is spot on! Many trips offer cultural days out in some form or another but none I have ever been come anywhere near this one to Greece, sensational in every respect. Thanks Magellan for one of the most incredible tours I have done to date.'
David B

Suspended monasteries at Meteora and Athens: These monasteries are surreal and almost alien, like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They’re beautiful ancient monasteries constructed atop towering 1000ft high conical shaped rocks.

Ancient Olympia: Visit the site of the original Olympic games and explore the newly excavated race circuits and stadium, the temple of Zeus full of beautiful sculptures and frescos and the Archimedes museum with full sized replicas of amazing inventions.

Amphitheatre at Epidavrou: A fabulously preserved Greek amphitheatre which seated almost 12 thousand people, every one of whom could hear a whisper from the stage. The acoustics of this amphitheatre are truly astonishing, you can stand on the stage and try it out even now.

The Corinth canal: This channel carved 80m deep and 6Km long joins the gulf of Corinth with the Saronic gulf in the Aegean sea. If you’re feeling brave you can even bungee jump off the bridge into it!

Mount Olympus: Ride around the home of the twelve Greek gods. This is the highest mountain in Greece at 3000m and boasts spectacular scenery and beautiful sweeping roads.

Athens, Parthenon and the Acropolis: Visit ancient Athens and explore the Acropolis and the ruins of Hadrian's library, or relax on the beach by the hotel with a cocktail and some delicious food! This city is a beautiful, noisy hub of culture, history and tourism and these elements combine to make an exciting and unique adventure.

Visit ancient ruins

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Tour Map / Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Day 1 191 Miles

Eurotunnel and then on to Reims via a disused GP track.

Day 2 216 Miles

Reims to the Vosges mountains.

Day 3 170 Miles

Vosges to Flims, (Switzerland).

Day 4 200 Miles

Flims to Lake Garda via the Stelvio pass (Italy).

Day 5 210 Miles

Lake Garda to Ancona & overnight ferry to Igoumenitsa, (Greece).

Day 6 140 Miles

Igoumenitsa to the suspended monasteries at Meteora.

Day 7 Explore Day

Day off to explore Meteora monasteries.

Day 8 140 Miles

Meteora to Volos via Mount Olympus

Day 9 200 Miles

Volos to Athens via Hercules’ birthplace.

Day 10 Explore Day

Day off to explore Athens city.

Day 11 130 Miles

Athens to Nafpilon via the Corinth canal & the amphitheatre at Epidavrou.

Day 12 135 Miles

Nafpilon to Kalamata via the Aegean coast road.

Day 13 100 Miles

Kalamata to Ancient Olympia via some amazing mountain roads.

Day 14 Explore Day

Day off the bike to explore Ancient Olympia and the Archimedes museum.

Day 15 150 Miles

Olympia to Delphi via the stunning Rio-Antirro bridge.

Day 16 80 Miles

Delphi to Patras for the night ferry to Ancona (Italy)

Day 17 80 Miles

Ancona to Cesena

Day 18 290 Miles

Cesena to Ausserberg (Switzerland)

Day 19 170 Miles

Ausserberg to Hyerve-Paroisse (France)

Day 20 180 Miles

Hyerve-Paroisse to Charlons-en-Champagne

Day 21 200 Miles

Charlons-en-Champagne to Calais and the Eurotunnel home

What's included
Eurotunnel return trip Folkestone-Calais (if Folkestone isn’t convenient for you, do please get in touch as other crossings can be arranged. See Q&A below).
Ferries Italy – Greece return with shared cabin Single occupancy cabin upgrade available on request.
18 Nights accommodation in good quality hotels, 2 nights ferry cabin accommodation and 9 evening meals (We do this to allow you the flexibility to explore and choose where you eat on some of the evenings).
Excellent breakfast each morning in the hotels, riads and camps.
Full use of all hotels’ leisure facilities.
Detailed route plans and maps.
GPS co-ordinates (Garmin / Tom Tom).
Detailed daily itinerary including sights, suggested lunch stops and fuel locations.
Fully escorted by an experienced tour guide throughout.
Professionally edited video of the tour.
What's not
Toll charges.
Occasional hotel parking charges.
Meals and drinks other than 
specified above.
Travel/Breakdown insurance covering repatriation back to the UK.

Common questions about this trip

Can I get a different crossing on this trip?

Of course, many of our clients cross by ferry from further north. If you would like to do this and meet the group at the hotel on the first night just let us know in the comments section of your booking form and we will deduct the cost of the Eurotunnel crossing from your booking.

Do I have to share a cabin on the ferries if I book a single room?

All pricing is based on shared cabins on the ferries but a single occupancy cabin upgrade is available for a small supplement. Just let us know in the comments box when you book if you would like us to add this on for you.

What will the weather be like on this tour and will it be too hot?

The weather can, of course, be changeable but in general, it's warm and sunny along most of this route but it shouldn't be too hot. June is a great time to visit as the crowds haven't picked up, the weather will be in the 20s and the passes on the way over will definitely be open. A sensible mix of vented kit and waterproofs with some base layers should cover all eventualities. Full kit and packing lists are supplied and we are happy to offer advice on packing for any of the trips

Will I find this tour too tiring?

You shouldn't do no, we design all of our trips to be accessible to riders of all abilities and include plenty of days off the bike as part of this. These longer trips are no exception, we could easily make them 4 or 5 days shorter but we choose to add multiple rest days and avoid the motorways as much as possible so you can enjoy the ride and arrive at the hotels in the evening in good time to relax before dinner.

More information
For general information on planning and preparing for motorcycle trips including what to pack please see our Prepare for your trip section.
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