At a glance
Discover the second largest city of Greece through mountain biking and its gastronomy! Thessaloniki’s suburban forests offers a huge variety of trails from easy flow trails to technical downhills, capable to satisfy almost every riding and skills level, while on the other hand Thessaloniki is called as the gastronomic capital of Greece. Experience the absolute food immersion and explosion of tastes, while discovering the city’s hidden gems along with local and experienced hosts.
- 3 riding days, 3 riding spots
- Breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea
- Taste the local cuisine
- Ride through the old city and historical sights
- Ride from the top of the mountain to sea level
Please note: A mountain bike adventure may be affected by numerous factors, with more common the weather conditions. Outline Adventures and its 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)
- Three (3) night accommodation with breakfast
- Three (3) meals
- Three (3) dinners
- Local gastronomic experiences
- Maintenance toolset always available
- All transportation required by the itinerary
- Airport pick up and drop off
- International and/or domestic flights
- Tickets for sights and visits
- Bike rental
- Personal safety and bike equipment
- Travel and health insurance
- Anything not mentioned as included
Arrive at SKG Airport - Meet your hosts
The adventure begins at SKG Airport where your guide will be waiting for you to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Please do not forget to inform us by email about the details of your flight, at least 7 days prior to the arrival day, in order to schedule your pick up from SKG on time.
After the arrival at the hotel, a first meeting will take place while assembling your bikes. You will have the chance to talk further with your guide and a tour briefing will be given to you.
Afterwards you will have the chance for a first exploration of the local cuisine, through a cozy dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Top of Thessaloniki
After a wealth breakfast at your hotel we will load the van, only to take a short drive for 40 minutes to Mt Chortiatis, the highest point of Thessaloniki, at 1.000m altitude with challenging terrain and long trails to work on our skills. In order to get the most out of it, we suggest van shuttles to the top of the trails, but the last word is on you.
We will ride ourselves back to the centre of the city, stopping at some hidden gastronomic spots for tasting treats of the local traditional cuisine!
Afterwards we will head back to the hotel to take a quick rest and prepare for our dinner. Thessaloniki offers a huge variety of notorious bars and restaurants and we are happy to share our favourites with you. Two more riding days are ahead of us, so take it easy on the first night out since your power will be needed!
Ride distance: 25-30 km
The flow trails
After a wealth breakfast at your hotel we will load the van, only to take short drive for 45 minutes to Oreokastro, a Thessaloniki suburb with a significant trail network of fun and flow single tracks. There we will ride to the closest one can find to a Trail Centre in Greece! A network of various mtb trails, with many and different options for all levels of riders. Features such as small jumps, berms, rollers and many more, will make this day unforgettable!
After ride, we will have the chance to taste some local micro-brewery greek beers among some tapas -mezes in greek- before heading to our hotel for a quick rest till dinner time. Closing day 3, we will get to visit the city’s notorious bars because after all, it’s Saturday night!
Ride distance: 25-30 km
City trails - Departure
This is the last day of your trip and since we want to make sure you have seen all the different aspects of Thessaloniki, we will be riding our very local trails, starting from our office which is locate at the city centre. We will start peddling till we reach the suburban forest, where we can choose our way to the top between several routes. There we will take some time to admire the view of the Aegean Sea and if we are lucky enough, Mountain Olympus!
After this point we will choose the most fun trails to ride down the mountain, all the way to the city harbour through the old city of Thessaloniki. We will end up at Outline Adventures offices where you will have a gastronomic local surprise! Now it is time to chill and enjoy beers, along with exceptional greek tapas, while disassembling your bikes. Afterwards, depending your flight, we will transfer you at SKG airport in order to fly back home. This is the end of your trip, around the nicest spots our home has to offer!
Ride distance: 25-30 km
- 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: single track, 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 at least 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, are mainly, family-owned small hotels. We have researched all of the areas extensively to select the most comfortable accommodation and we are planning the itineraries accordingly.
Food & Beverages
Here in Greece the food is almost a ritual matter. And do not forget that this is a gastronomic – mountain biking tour in Greece. Thessaloniki is considered to be a global gastronomy destination, during the last years. We will arrange meals at cozy local restaurants and bars, for you. Also this particular trip hides some gastronomic tours and surprises. After all you are in Greece, you have to spend some quality time to try for Mediterranean flavours.
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.
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.
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. Keep in mind that since the last day of this specific tour is a riding day too, you need to book an evening homeward flight, ideally after 5pm. Otherwise we are will not be able either to provide to you last day’s ride, nor a drop off for you at the SKG airport.
If you wish to arrive sooner or extend your trip to Greece, please contact us.
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.