• Travelcode: 113

    Family Cruise Ionian Islands by Bike + Boat

    From/to Corfu

    • On board of the Panagiota, a two-masted wooden motor sailer, this familycruise takes us to the Ionian Islands spread out along the west coast of Greece. Here we see Hellas at its greenest. This tour takes us from Corfu to the Island of Lefkas, with its white chalk cliffs and picture perfect beaches as well as to the Island of Cephalonia with its picture perfect village of Fiskardo and the enchanting Melissani Cave. On Meganisi and Paxos – an island all covered in olive trees – where time seems to have stood still, we may have unforgettable insights into traditional Greek island life. For seven days we explore the unique island and coastal world by boat & bike, canoe, and on foot. This family-friendly cruise leaves a lot of room for fun, games and spontaneity. Biking, hiking, canoeing, swimming or relaxing on board: You decide each day what you feel like doing. Our tour guide is familiar with the country and gladly gives advises and makes suggestions, accompanies us at the various activities and can tell us a lot about the lively history of Greece.

      Tour Profile / Level 1

      The tours usually do not demand special fitness on part of the participants. As for the longer tours on Lefkas and Paxos, the tour guide will inform you in detail what you can expect. The walks and short hikes take place on good, sometimes even asphalted paths and are also not demanding. Should some activities require a bit more in the way of physical fitness, the tour guide will point this out.

      Day 1: Corfu Island/ Marina Gouvia (Embarkation)

      Individual arrival at Corfu and collective transfer from the airport to the ship. At 2 pm you can start check-in on the Panagiota. The tour begins with a joint dinner on board.

      Day 2: Corfu + Paxos Island

      After breakfast we cast off and cruise to the olive island of Paxos. Paxos is the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands with a higher population of olive trees then people – 32 km² are home to over 250,000 olive trees! They cover the island in a wonderful silver green shimmer. The natural harbor of Gaios is unique and provides a special atmosphere during our stay here. In the afternoon we take a small cycle tour along the coast to Mongonissi bay. The evening can be spent relaxing in a local tavern in Gaios.

      Day 3: Paxos + Lefkas Island

      In the morning we cruise to Lefkas Island, Lefkas City, but before arriving we anchor near Antipaxos for a swim stop from the boat. After a long cruise we reach a narrow channel with an original swing bridge which connects the Greek mainland with the island. From Lefkas City we start our tour around the lagoon and can enjoy a second swim at the white sand beach, Agios Ioannis. After returning to the boat, we navigate our way to Nidri where we will spend the evening and the night.

      Day 4: Lefkas Island - Cephalonia Island

      In the morning we ride from Nidri through olive groves to a nearby waterfall. If we are lucky, a steady stream of water will enable us to take a refreshing swim. Following the excursion we make our way to Fiskardo on the island of Cephalonia. This port, located at the northern tip of the island, delights us with its colourful little houses and many cafes and bars along the picturesque harbour promenade. An evening walk of approx. 30 minutes takes us to a pretty lighthouse. Overnight in Fiskardo.

      Day 5: Cephalonia Island - Meganisi Island

      After a short crossing by boat we reach the harbour of Sami. Today’s bike tour starts here and leads us along the coastline to the enchanting Melissani Cave; accessible only by row boat. A visit to a donkey farm, knowledge and fun at the same time for all ages, is next on the agenda before the tour takes us back to the boat. The boat meets us in Sami and takes us for a well-deserved swim break! Our journey then takes us further to Meganisi, a charming island where we spend the night.

      Day 6: Meganisi Island - Arillas

      After breakfast we have the chance to explore Meganisi on our bike. Afterwards a long crossing will take us to Arillas, an idyllic and peaceful place along west coast of Greece, close to Perdika on the Greek mainland. A stroll along the sandy beach or a swim around Panagiota (the boat) rounds off the day. We spend the night in Arillas.

      Day 7: Arillas - Corfu Island

      In the morning our bike tour leads us along remote streets under the shade of old olive trees through a national park and along a little river until we reach the monastery of Agios Athanasios, which we visit. The Panagiota awaits us for our last crossing back to Corfu. Here we can enjoy a celebratory evening meal before reflecting on our wonderful adventures of the week.

      Day 8: Corfu Island/ Marina Gouvia (Disembarkation)

      After breakfast, check-out, collective transfer to the airport on request and individual return home, or holiday extension on the island of Corfu.

      Important information

      We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

    • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Corfu (CFU)

      A flight is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get to Greece. Corfu, your port of embarkation is only 5 km away from Corfu Airport.


      TRANSFERS

      Please see via "prices".


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 14
      Maximum: 20


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Helmet
      Rental helmets for adults are required on all cycle tours. Helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). You are kindly requested to bring own helmets for children.

      Bringing Children
      These tours are especially suited for children. Please have in mind that we can supply rental bikes only for a body height of at least 4 ft./1,3 m. On request, we can supply children’s seats and trailer bikes.

      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.

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    • Included services:
      • 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
         
      • 7 nights in a double cabin with shower/toilet
         
      • 2 x full-board  and 5 x half-board on board
         
      • Guided or individual cycle tours or walks with itinerary
         
      • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours on board
         
      • Bed linen and towels
         
      • Entries to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
         
      • English-speaking tour guide
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

      Choose Categories

      18.07. - 25.07.20
      25.07. - 01.08.20
      01.08. - 08.08.20
      08.08. - 15.08.20 FULLY BOOKED
      15.08. - 22.08.20

      Extras

      flat fee drinking water per week, payable locally  
      adults 20
      children until 16 years 10
         
      Discounts  
      3rd person in 3-bed cabin (only below deck) -50%
      children up to age 16,99 in own cabin -25%
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      21-speed bike 40
      E-bike 90
      child seat, tag-along on request 20
         
      Additional night  
      Corfu (on request) -
         
      Transfers*  
      Airport Corfu - boat 20
      *Shared transfer from airport/Corfu town - on embarkation- and disembarkation only, price per way/person

      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
    • Welcome on board the comfort boat

      PANAGIOTA !

      The Panagiota, our boat in Greece, is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. (7m) wide and 75 ft. (23m) long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck instead of eating in the spacious saloon. The sun deck, equipped with cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax. Captain Gerasimos is very proud to present his boat, his crew and his chef, whom creates a wide variety of very delicious Greek food.


      CABINS

      Below deck: 6 cabins

      Upper deck: 4 cabin

      All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a double bed (4,6 ft. wide) and in some cabins there is also one single bunk bed located above the double bed. To each cabin belongs a private shower and toilet. Below deck cabins have a porthole to provide air, if air-condition is switched off.


      CATERING

      The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.


      WIFI

      The Panagiota does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts content.


      LANGUAGE ON BOARD

      German, English

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      We provide you the following bicycles:

      21-speed-hybrid-bike

      (Men- and Ladyframes in 4 different frame sizes:

      46 cm and 52 cm for ladies, 56 cm and 60 cm for men). Please be informed that we are only able to offer rental bikes starting with a body height of 150 cm.

      All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong "bite", 28 inch hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable Selle Royal touring saddle

      Please Note: If you won´t be without your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, please bring them with you and let your tour guide attach them to your rental bicycle..


      E-bike

      The FLEXeBIKE stands for innovation; a high end e-bike which can be morphed onto a standard hybrid bike when you remove the battery and substitute the motorized rear wheel with a standard one. At 19kg the bike is amongst the lightest touring e-bikes on the market, available in frame sizes:

      46cm – easy entry,
      52 cm – trapez, and
      58cm – diamond.

      The Shimano Deore 2 x 9-speed derailleur system make this bike suitable even for those steeper hill climbs. Varying support modes offer three times
      the normal pedal thrust. Shimano V-brakes insure that the bike comes to a safe stop.

      The supporting electric motor is a high-performance BionX-D-motor which runs on a 555 Wh rechargeable battery. Quick charging enables the rider to be back on the road within half an hour with enough power to last up to 70km (within a range of 4 varying support levels). Instead of pulling the breaks, a recharging gear can be used on downhill sections of the ride to slow the descent and replenish the battery. The large motor radius in the rear wheel ensures great torque, assisting the rider in moving forward, even up hills.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Insurance for bike rental, payable locally

      Insurance against theft and damage of rental bikes:

      21-speed-hybrid-bike         10 Euro/week

      E-Bike FLYER                20 Euro/week

      (not covered: wilful damage)

       

    • 5,0 09.08.2017 | Laurie R. Multi-Adventure Cruise Ionian Islands by Bike & Boat

      Great trip and great value

      Beautiful islands, swimming and gentle biking. The only real hitch was finding the boat as it had been on a private tour the previous week and was late into port. We were told the "new" port but this was a big area.
      • Booking handling 5
      • Travel documents 3
      • Information at the beginning of the tour 3
      • Accomodation 5
      • Board 6
      • Route description 6
      • On-site assistance 6
      • Route-character 4
      • Bicycle + equipment 6
      • Price-performance ratio 6
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