DeliRide Thessaloniki – 4 days
Discover the second largest city of Greece through mountain biking and its gastronomy. Explore our home trails, while discovering the big city’s hidden food gems!
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Trip Duration 3 riding days4 days
Skill Level Intermediate
Group Size Medium Group
At a glance
Discover the second largest city of Greece through mountain biking and its gastronomy! Thessaloniki’s suburban forests offer 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 different locations
- 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
- Beers by the sea, after some rides
Please note: A mountain bike adventure may be affected by a 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
- Gastronomic tour
- Support vehicle
- Maintenance toolset always available
- All transportation required by the itinerary
- International and/or domestic flights
- 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
Arrival Day - Meet your hosts
The adventure begins at Outline Adventures HQ in Thessaloniki, Greece.
After all members of the group arrive, 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!
First Riding day - Ride at Oreokastro's flowy trails
The first riding day begins at the Outline Adventures HQ. You’ll be loaded to the vans, only to take short drive to Oreokastro, a Thessaloniki suburb with a significant trail network of fun and flow single tracks. You can choose between riding your bike up the hill and van shuttles, or even a mixture of both of them. After ride you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a quick rest till dinner time comes. Thessaloniki offers a huge variety of notorious bars and restaurants and we are happy to share our favorites 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: 20-25 km
The Top of Thessaloniki - Explore Mount Chortiatis
Today is the day you’ll meet the highest point of Thessaloniki area, Mount Chortiatis. Unlike the previous day’s trails, Chortiatis is a higher altitude mountain with more challenging terrain and longer trails to work on your skills. In order to get the most out of it we suggest van shuttles from the bottom to the top of the trails, but the last word is on you. After ride we’ll head back to the hotel to take a quick rest and prepare for this evening’s gastronomic tour. You’ll stroll through beautiful small streets with your host to experience the real daily life of a Thessalonian, while tasting local flavors at the gastronomic capital of Greece. Thessaloniki is a wonderland for foodies and there’s no better way to explore it! Afterwards you’ll get to visit the city’s notorious bars because after all, it’s Saturday night!
Ride distance: 20-25 km
Suburban Forest - Seih Sou peak to sea level
This is the last day of your trip and since we want to make sure you’ve seen all the different aspects of Thessaloniki, we’ll be riding our very local trails, starting from our office and finishing up next to the sea. We’ll start pedaling through the city center till we reach the suburban forest where we can choose our way to the top between several routes. Arriving at the top of ‘’Seih Sou’’ we’ll take some time to admire the view of the Aegean Sea and, if we’re lucky enough, Mountain Olympus! After this point we’ll choose the most fun trails to ride down the mountain, all the way to the city harbour, through the old city of Thessaloniki. Now it’s time to chill and enjoy beers by the sea, along with exceptional ‘’meze’’. Since all good come to an end, 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 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 small, cozy hotels. 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 area we will ride at this MTB trip is famous for it’s quality traditional Cuisine and Vineyards.
Thessaloniki is considered to be a global gastronomy destination, during the last years.
We will arrange dinners at cozy local restaurants and bars, for you.
After all you are in Greece, you have to spend some quality time to try for Mediterranean flavors.
Arrival & Departure Details – Transfers
This tour starts and finishes at Outline Adventures HQ.
In case you are arriving to Thessaloniki with any form of public transportation (train, bus, airplane) let us know if you need shuttle service from the station, with an additional fee of 15€ per person.
Do not forget to inform us by mail about the details of your itinerary, at least 7 days before the arrival day, in order to schedule your pick up on time. All the details of your tour will be announced to you through email, one week before the starting date of the tour.
Please let us know if you require any assistance with your flights.
On your departure date we will drop you off to your station.
If you wish to arrive sooner or extend your trip to Greece, please contact us.
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 3 to 6 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require for this trip is 3.
Typically the riders of our tours are between 25 to 55 years old. We welcome anyone 18+ years old. As long as the riders fulfil the Skill and Fitness level for this trip, age does not really matter.
Our tours are addressed to mountain bikers. Although, 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 gastronomic – mountain bike trip. We will include 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. On the same time, you’ll discover the city through beautiful small streets with your host to experience the real daily life of a Thessalonian, while tasting local flavors at the gastronomic capital of Greece.
Typically Mediterranean weather! We will feel the Mediterranean sun and the pleasant cool of the Aegean.
The trip price is 480€ 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, an additional fee of 150€ will be added. 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 Scott Genius 950 2019 full suspension bike hire for the duration of the trip. The rental cost is €120. Let us know as soon as possible in order to make arrangements for your request.
Whether you have vegan, gluten free, or any special request regarding your diet preferences, feel free to inform us and we will take care of it. All of our restaurants have menu proposals for any kind of diet preferences.