What time of year can I do a Mythical Routes Adventure?
The best time for Adventure travel in Greece is between the months of May to December. The routes can be done between January and March, but snow-pack in the mountains may keep you from doing the entire route as planned. Always consider that the Greek summer (June to August) is very hot and you might experience extreme temperatures, up to 38-45 degrees Celsius.
How long does it take to ride each route?
Most people average 150-200 km a day on mixed back-country / off-road motorcycle routes. If you can ride 6 to 8 hours every day, then most routes would take 4 to 7 days to cover, with the exception of the Athenian Riviera tour (God of Atlantis), but it depends on road and weather conditions at the time.
What ancient Greek historical sites will we visit?
We are the most scientifically qualified and technically trained Motorcycle Adventure Travel Company in Greece. Our scientific team and Tour Guides are educated at least by a higher training institution and all of what we showcase is certified by public organizations like the University of Aquila in Italy and the University of Ioannina in Greece. Our cooperation with some departments of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) helps us built solid adventures based on facts and scientific knowledge.
In our Tours, we will be visiting all important Hellenic archeological sites, both famous Greek jewels, and well-hidden ancient secrets.
Furthermore, our staff and guides are photography professionals and/or enthusiasts, and we are working closely with Nikon Greece. So, if requested, photography workshops or photography projects can be planned.
How difficult is the route?
All our routes are designed with the average rider in mind, so there are no single-tracks. All routes can be ridden on any adventure and/or dual-sport motorcycle. Many of the tracks are in remote areas and reach a high elevation where road maintenance is minimal if non-existent. You can expect to cover sections of road with deep ruts, loose rocks, and other challenges. You may also encounter sections that have trees or branches over the road.
What motorcycle and tires should I use?
Any adventure or dual-sport motorcycle that is road registered, carries a license plate, runs DOT approved knobby tires, is capable of carrying luggage for all the gear you will need and has a fuel range of minimum 240 km between gas stops is suitable for our routes. Keep in mind that for the most part, Greece has rocky soil, so well maintained and properly set-up suspension is required. You might have to cross a small river with very rocky soil, so weight distribution is crucial.
Read about what is the best choise for you in our article Adventure Bikes.
If your motorcycle is not ready or suitable for our tours you can always Rent a Ride from us, and choose one from the awesome BMW GS range.
How far between gas stops?
A mileage of 200 km between refuels will get you covered in the majority of the routes, but carrying extra gas safely in Rotopax canisters is always recommended since you could deviate from the route because of extreme weather conditions.
Is there water on the route?
There are many water sources along the routes, but carrying extra water is necessary. A 3-Liter Hydration Pack will get you covered until the next water source. Some of these sources are marked on the route, but almost any running water found in Greece is suitable for drinking.
Do I have to camp?
As a general rule free-camping is not allowed in Greece, but the majority of the Greek Adventure Community is doing it. In each of our routes, we have suggestions for free-camping locations, for overnight stays in Mountain Refuges and Hotels. Hotels are always the default option, except if the client requests the one day “free-camping experience”.
Can I build a campfire?
Campfires generally speaking are not allowed but checking with local Ranger Stations to determine if they will allow it always helps. Forest fires are a real threat in Greece during summer periods and regulations that address this risk must be followed at all times.
Is there cell phone coverage along the routes?
Deep inside national forests or mountain ridges, there will be long sections with no cellular coverage at all. Getting near any of the many villages will help you get rather good reception. A satellite communication device is a good idea, as is a GPS Tracker device.
Where can I find the GPS tracks for each route?
GPS tracks for Mythical Routes Adventures will be provided the day before departure. Tracks are compatible with all modern Garmin devices.
What GPS should I use?
Any modern GPS unit capable of displaying a minimum of 500 points each is suitable for use. We are checking our tracks with handheld hiking Garmin models, but other GPS manufacturers may have units that will work fine.
Do I need paper maps when I have GPS tracks?
Bring a complete set of maps for the area you plan to ride is always a good idea when you choose to do a Self-Guided Tour. They have information about roads, water sources, mountain cabins, etc. and are an indispensable resource when the GPS device doesn’t work or is giving questionable routes. Unplanned events can occur and having paper/synthetic maps of the area can be a lifesaver.
Of course, there is no need for maps when you ride with one of our Tour Guides.
What about wild animals?
Greece is one of the safest countries concerning wild animals, with only a very small number of brown bears, wolves, and vipers. Also, 95% of snakes in Greece are completely harmless, but keep your distance just to be safe, since antivenom treatment is hard to find in remote areas. Safe food practices while camping is strongly advised.
Are your routes suitable for 4×4 vehicles?
Our routes, for the most part, are doable in ATVs and 4×4 vehicles with adequate tires and clearance. You must always keep in mind is that the trail conditions can change dramatically due to rain and flash floods which cause the roads to become difficult or even unpassable.
All of our Tours come with a leading Tour Guide rider and the possibility of a 4×4 Support Vehicle if required.
If you have any more questions, just contact us !