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Cyclade Islands and Saronic Gulf by Bike + Boat

Greek islands

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Route

Tour profile / Level 2-3

Level 2-3. The bike routes have a length of 15 to 35 km / 10 to 22 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead.

Day 1: Athens

Individual arrival in Athens (Marina Zeas/Piraeus for Thalassa or Marina Alimos/Palaia Faliro for Erato). Check-in from 2 pm. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Athens.

  • Extension module Athen- PRE- or POST tour available

    EXTENSION MODULE -  PRE- or POST tour available

    Included Services:

    • 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel
    • Entrance to the Acropolis
    • 1 evening meal in the Tavern "To Kafeneion" excl. drinks
    • 1 guided city tour Athens: either e-bike tour, delicacies tour or mystical walk
    • Transfers airport - Hotel + Hotel - boat

    Prices see under "Dates and Prices"

     

  • Additional program Santorini - bookable PRE- and POST tour

    ADDITIONAL PROGRAM SANTORINI - bookable PRE- and POST tour

    Inclusive services:

    • 3 overnight stays in a 3-star boutique hotel
    • Including transfers between the airport or ferry port of Santorini and the hotel
    • Choice of a sea kayak tour or a sunset wine tour or culinaric Caldera-hiking
    • Brochure with recommended activities in Santorini

    Prices see under "dates and prices"

  • Additional program Mykonos- bookable PRE- tour

    ADDITIONAL PROGRAM MYKONOS- bookable PRE-tour

    Inclusive services:

    • 3 overnight stays in a 3 or 4-star boutique hotel
    • Including transfers between the airport or ferry port of Mykonos and the hotel
    • Choice between a sailing trop to Rhenia & Delos, a jeep Safari in Mykonos or a cooking course on a traditional Mykonos farm
    • Brochure with recommended activities in Mykonos

    Prices see under "dates and prices"

Day 2: Kythnos Island, approx. 25 km

Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

Day 3: Seriphos Island, approx. 30 km

In the morning our boat takes us to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.

Day 4: Siphnos Island, approx. 20 km

The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop. Overnight in Kea.

Day 5: Kea Island, approx. 25 km

Our starting point for exploring the northwestern-most inhabited Cycladic island is the beautiful natural harbor of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Ioulis before continuing on to the white sand beach, Otzias where we can take a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards we return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon we take a boats crossing to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbor city of Poros is truly spectacular, its iconic clock tower juts out above the rest of the town, and provides a true Greek island atmosphere for a relaxing evening.

Day 6: Poros Island, approx. 23 km

Today we start with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery from the 18th century. Afterwards we ride almost once around the island which once Poseidon himself possessed. Shortly before the end of the tour we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue water which we cannot resist but to swim in. Back in Poros City the boat waits on us with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Aegina.

Day 7: Ägina Island, approx. 35 km

The Island of Aegina is known far beyond the Greek borders for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s bike tour takes us up to the sanctuary of Aphaia. The incredibly well preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea in the single point of Aegina where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On our way back we cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to Aegina City where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piraeus. We enjoy a last evening meal on board together in the company of friends, guides and crew and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.

Day 8: Athens

You disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or you may extend your stay in Athens.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However by strong wind conditions the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads you for the entire week into the Saronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved theatre in Greece.

Services

  • 8-day-trip on a three-masted motor yacht with a crew

  • 7 nights in cabin  with shower/WC

  • 5x half-board and 2x full-board on the ship

  • Mineral water bottles on board and for activities on land

  • Guided cycling tours on the different islands as described in itinerary

  • Overview-maps for the daily tours on board

  • Bed linen and towels

  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites 

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Maps and information material per cabin

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
      19.04. - 26.04.24
    MV THALASSA
      26.04. - 03.05.24
    MV THALASSA
      03.05. - 10.05.24
    MV THALASSA
      10.05. - 17.05.24
    MV THALASSA
      17.05. - 24.05.24
    MV THALASSA
      24.05. - 31.05.24
    MV THALASSA
      31.05. - 07.06.24
    MV THALASSA
      07.06. - 14.06.24
    MV THALASSA
      14.06. - 21.06.24
    MV THALASSA
      23.08. - 30.08.24
    MV THALASSA
      30.08. - 06.09.24
    MV THALASSA
      06.09. - 13.09.24
    MV THALASSA
      13.09. - 20.09.24
    MV THALASSA
      20.09. - 27.09.24
    MV THALASSA
      27.09. - 04.10.24
    MV THALASSA
      19.04. - 26.04.24
    MV ERATO
      26.04. - 03.05.24
    MV ERATO
      03.05. - 10.05.24
    MV ERATO
      10.05. - 17.05.24
    MV ERATO
      17.05. - 24.05.24
    MV ERATO
      24.05. - 31.05.24
    MV ERATO
      31.05. - 07.06.24
    MV ERATO
      07.06. - 14.06.24
    MV ERATO
      14.06. - 21.06.24
    MV ERATO
      06.09. - 13.09.24
    MV ERATO
      13.09. - 20.09.24
    MV ERATO
      20.09. - 27.09.24
    MV ERATO
      27.09. - 04.10.24
    MV ERATO

    Extras

    Discounts
    Kids up to 16,99 years in own cabin -25%
       
    Bikes and equipment
    21-speed trekking bike 80
    E-Bike 225
    Insurance Trekking/E-Bike 10/25
       
    Additional nights/ additional programs
    Additional night Athens on request
    Module 3 days Athens  
          3* (dbl/sgl) 510/740
          4* (dbl/sgl) 600/840
    Module 4 days Santorini  
          3* Standard (dbl/sgl) 670/1090
          3* Deluxe (dbl/sgl) 750/1150
    Module 4 Days Mykonos  
          3* Standard (dbl/sgl) 690/1050
          3* Deluxe (dbl/sgl) 810/1250
          4* Standard (dbl/sgl) 1190/1690
          4* Deluxe (dbl/sgl) 1250/2050
       
    Transfers
    Transfer Airport Athens - Ship on request
    Transfer Athens Hotel - Ship on request

    Best - Price - Guarantee

    If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
    All prices per person in EUR

    Ship

    Welcome on board!

    On this tour you will be accommodated in our premium ships Thalassa or Erato. Enjoy the ride!


    THALASSA

    The Thalassa is a three-mast motor yacht built as traditional Turkish gullet. A ship with best equipment, which combines pure elegance with greatest comfort. With its towering masts, this proud ship is a real eye-catcher in any harbour. The saloon and guest cabins are spacious. >>more


    ERATO

    The elegant motor sailer Erato offers all the comfort and luxury for unique and unforgettable adventures by bike and boat in Greece. Named after the ancient muse of poetry, the yacht painted in Bordeaux red magically attracts the eyes. You will immediately feel at home in the cabins clad in fine teak wood and the cozy salon. >>more

    Bicycle

    Rental bikes incl. Panniers

    We provide the following bikes on board:

    • 21-speed trekking bikes (men’s and women’s frames in four different frame sizes: 46 cm and 52 cm for women, 56 cm and 60 cm for men.).
    • E-bikes
    • tagalongs, child seats, ...

    If you do not want to do without your own saddle or clipless pedals, you are welcome to bring them with you and have them mounted on your rental bike by your tour guide on site.


    E-bikes | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    Our e-bikes are high-quality pedelecs, which are characterized by a relatively low weight and good equipment. With an e-bike, even steep inclines can be climbed almost effortlessly. So now cyclists with different fitness levels can go on tours together! 


    Additional insurance (bookable/payable on site)

    Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike (not covered: intentional damage):

    21-speed trekking bike: € 10,- /week
    Electric bike: € 20,- /week

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

    Airport: Athens (ATH)
    Travelling by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get to Greece. All flights are non-smoking flights. There is a time difference of 1 hour (Greece is an hour ahead of Central Europe).

    Transfer

    See via "Dates and Prices". Reservation necessary.


    Participants

    Minimum: 14
    Maximum: 18


    Additional information

    Helmets
    It is mandatory to wear a helmet when on a bike on all tours.Please take care of that and bring your own, fitting helmet with you!

    Bringing Children
    We believe that only children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the bike tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1,30m and for an e-bike 1,50m

    Bringing Own Bike
    Please be informed that only bringing normal trekking-/touring-/city-bikes is allowed. It is NOT possible to bring own E-bikes - those have to be rented; depending on availability.

    Videos

    Travel stories

    5,4 of 6 Stars | 6
    Both the Cyclades Island tour as well as the Athens extension tour was excellent. We had two tour guides with us at all times. They were knowledgeable with the history and culture....B.A. 09/21
    5.9 29.12.2021 | Brent A. Cyclade Islands and Saronic Gulf by Bike + Boat

    Cyclade Islands - Greece

    Everything went well. The Island Hopping ship crew were great company
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5.7 24.09.2021 | Brent A. Cyclade Islands and Saronic Gulf by Bike + Boat

    Athens extension and Cyclades Tour

    Both the Cyclades Island tour as well as the Athens extension tour was excellent. We had two tour guides with us at all times. They were knowledgeable with the history and culture.
    • Overall satisfaction 6
    • Booking handling 5
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 6
    • Board 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 6
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
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    5.1 01.06.2018 | Arlette V. Cyclade Islands by Bike + Boat

    An overview of Greek islands with people from different countries.

    This first experience to travel with a little boat was very pleasant but we had some difficulties during the cycling part of the trip with people using Ebike (They do not understand the way to cycle together, they change their speed in the middle of the ...
    • Overall satisfaction 5
    • Booking handling 6
    • Travel documents 5
    • Per-Tour information 5
    • Accomodation 5
    • Board 5
    • Route description 5
    • On-site assistance 5
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 5
    more
    5.7 12.06.2017 | Ruth Ann M. Cyclade Islands by Bike + Boat

    Cyclades 2017

    Wonderful bike guides. Tina and Kostas were very knowledgeable and were always willing to solve any problems. When we had to alter our trip due to rain & wind they had good alternative plans. They are both very personable and treated us as individuals. ...
    • Travel documents 6
    • Per-Tour information 6
    • Accomodation 4
    • Board 6
    • Luggage transport 6
    • Route description 6
    • On-site assistance 6
    • Route-character 5
    • Bicycle + equipment 6
    • Price-performance ratio 6
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