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 5 riding days7 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. 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 traveller the chance to experience a great adventure while getting acquainted with the source of Ancient Greek history.
- Ride at the most famous mountain in the world, home of Zeus
- Downhill from 2000m to sea coasts
- Breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea
- Begin and end up at Thessaloniki’s urban environment
- Wine tasting in 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 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)
- Skills improvement
- Six (6) nights accommodation
- Six (6) meals
- English-speaking driver for all days
- Support vehicle
- Maintenance toolset always available
- All transportation required by the itinerary
- Airport pick up and drop off
- 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
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 to the hotel. Please do not forget to inform us by e-mail about your flight details, at least 7 days prior to 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. We’ll be riding through pine trees till we head to a World War II emplacement at the peak of the forest where we’ll 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 we’ll meet Mt Olympus! After breakfast and preparation, we will drive for 1.5 hours to mountain lake Kattis at the area known as lower Olympus. Under the pine woods, we will start pedalling for the last section of the uphill to warm up, before we’ll start our ride through 9 km of single tracks. We will end up 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 today’s ride. We will start our ride by pedalling 4 km before riding the 5 different sections of single tracks 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 to take a quick rest and enjoy a couple drinks before heading back to 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. We will pass, with our van, through the seaside village of Stomio, a well-known kite surf destination till we reach the refuge of Mt Kissavos at 1600m. After a warm cup of tea, we can optionally hike with our bikes to the summit of Kissavos at 2000m altitude, or we can start downhill from the refuge. We’ll ride downhill through proper mountain bike single tracks till we end up at the beach of Stomio village!!! After some cold beers by the sea we will drive back to our base in Thessaloniki and as soon as we arrive we’ll enjoy 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 in Thessaloniki. After our breakfast we will head back to Thessaloniki where we’ll begin our ride from 1000m altitude to sea level; downhill most of the time with only few pedaling bits. Our van will drive us to the peak of Mt Chortiatis, the “roof” of Thessaloniki. After ride, we will end up to Thessaloniki centre to visit a traditional food market, taste Greek tapas and home brewed, raki. Yamas guys! In the afternoon we will have free time for shopping or to 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 bit more of riding in Thessaloniki for those who still have energy left. We will head back to the suburban forest of Thessaloniki for one last time in order to have some fun rides accompanied by some skills advice from our guides wizards! In the afternoon we will meet at our office in order to disassemble 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’s 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: 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, family-owned lodges and small hotels. We have researched these areas extensively to select the most comfortable accommodation in the region and we 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 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 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 prior to 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 to 12 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require for this trip is 6.
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 typical all-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.
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 €1140 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 €250 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 2019 full suspension bike hire for the duration of the trip. The rental cost is €250, 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.
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.