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This group is for anyone interested in joining our cycling trips on to the beautiful island of Kefalonia in Greece. If you are too ambitious for leisurely European tours with panniers, but not up for aggressive cycling training camps then this is for you. Join Vouno Velo.

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Cycling Trip 7 Nights to Kefalonia, Greece - Private Villa, Rides, Yoga, SUP

The Location: The beautiful Greek island of Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian islands, situated west of mainland Greece with Corfu and Lefkada to the north and Zakynthos (Zante) to the south. Kefalonia has a Greco-Italian history with coloured houses, lush greenery, mountain sides covered in tall Cypress trees, crystal blue waters and miles of rugged coastline. It boasts some of the most photographed beaches in Europe, a milder climate than other parts of Greece and unspoilt countryside. The island has managed to keep mass tourism under control and is relatively undiscovered by cyclists which makes it the perfect location for a relaxed but challenging cycling experience. The rides: There will be 6 rides from Sunday to Friday. Saturdays are reserved for check-in/check-out and airport transfers, but we are happy to suggest short rides on these days for those that want a few more miles. We will not be planning any rest days, but late afternoons will be split between rest time and other activities. Cyclists can choose to skip rides if they'd prefer a rest day. Rides will vary between 3-6 hours [masked]km) with the average speed varying between 11 and 16mph depending on how much climbing is involved. Average speed on the flat being 16-18mph and on climbs between 10-12mph. The beauty of a small group of 8 cyclists is that the speed can be tailored to the ability of the riders. The average speed may appear slower than you are used to, however most routes include a significant amount of climbing. Please see below typical rides for elevation: https://www.strava.com/routes/22887134 https://www.strava.com/routes/22871009 https://www.strava.com/routes/22871030 Accommodation: We will be staying in Svoronata, a small village in the south-west of the Island, only 10 minutes from the airport and near the capital town, Argostoli. Cyclists have sole use of a luxury villa, nestled down a small lane, with its own pool, sun terrace, BBQ area and full kitchen facilities. Local beaches are 10 minutes walk away. Single or double rooms are available and all are en-suite. What's included: - 7 nights private villa accommodation (single or double occupancy) - 6 fully supported guided rides Transfers to and from airport, including bike transfer - Bike collection if hiring locally Breakfasts 2 X Evening Meals (BBQ or Homemade Greek Dinner) - Mid-ride snacks - Washing facilities for bike and clothing - Yoga and stretching session with yoga instructor - Use of our 2 paddleboards - Ride support van (9-seater minibus) - Inner-tubes, puncture repair kits and basic bike Mechanic support - Arranging of bike hire (hire cost is is paid by you) Pricing: £815 for a double room, en-suite, single occupancy (only 2 available, first come, first served) £675 for a twin room, en-suite, sharing with one other person As this trip is a pilot for future group trips, everything above is presented at cost price. We have kept costs as low as possible and would appreciate your feedback throughout the week on how we can improve and customise for future trips. Flights: These are your responsibility. Kefalonia can be reached by direct flight from several UK airports including: Bristol, Manchester, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead and Luton. You will fly into Argostoli airport and as outlined above, we’ll collect you and your bike – just let us know the flights you have booked and we’ll be there to meet you. Please arrive on Saturday 16th and book to depart on Saturday 23rd. This is low season so there is good flight availability. To reserve: Email [masked] or message here on Meetup. Event brochure can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/13SfyUmIS3uWbMC4sLstewo5rAlbWDsaA/view?usp=sharing

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