The Ionian Islands by Bike + Boat
    • Travelcode: 142

    The Ionian Islands by Bike + Boat

    from/to Corfu

    • We offer a discount of 20% on the cabin base price until the end of August. Valid for new bookings.

       

      On the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: Pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands. From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress Sissi, this journey leads us to regions which are not very well known abroad. Discover the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus, the unforgettable green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Cephalonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos.  

      Tour profile / Level 3

      The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 - 31 mi. (20 - 50 km). They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours will have an altitude of 1,000 – 2,300 ft. (300 - 700 m). There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. You can either decide to cycle alone, using the information and maps provided, or join one of our tour guides or other participants.

      Day 1: Corfu/ Marina Gouvia (Embarkation)

      Individual arrival to Corfu Airport and transfer to the harbour. Check in on the ship from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu.

      Day 2: Corfu Island – Sivota – Parga - Lefkas Island, approx. 28 km

      Cast off! In the morning we cross over to Sivota on the mainland of Greece. There our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga beautifully situated below a Venetian fortress which towers over the old town. Here the boat awaits us to take us on a long cruise to Nidri on Lefkas Island. On our way we pass a witty swing-bridgewhich connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland. You spent the night in the lively harbour of Nidri.

      Day 3: Islands of Lekas, approx. 35 km

      After breakfast we start with a short tour to a waterfall nearby Nidri. With a bit of luck enough water will tumble for us to have a refreshing swim. Afterwards we continue on quiet roads over the hills via Siyros to the picturesque harbor town of Sivota. Here we board the boat and cruise to Fiskardo on the Island of Kedalonia. Situated on the northern tip of the island, the harbor town enchants with its colorful houses and many cafes and bars along the lively waterfront promenade.

      Day 4: Cephalonia Island, approx. 39 km

      We leave Fiskardo by bike and climb an impressive mountain road on the west coast of Kefalonia, from which we are met by awe inspiring views over the Assos peninsula and the famous Myrtos beach. After the climb we turn inland and cross the island. Shortly before the end of the bike tour we visit the Melissani stalactite cave on board a small row boat and marvel at the incredible blue tones created by the unique cave formations, sun and water. In Sami the boat welcomes us and once on board, sets off for Vathy on Ithaka.

      Day 5: Islands of Ithaca , approx. 20 or 28 km

      In the morning we cycle on the Ithaca Island. The homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. Decide for yourself, if you are up for the challenge of a true hill climb, or, if you would prefer the leisurely alternative of a panoramic ride at half the height. The Panagiota awaits our arrival in Frikes before setting off to the small island of Meganisi.

      Day 6:Island of Meganisi and Paxos, approx. 20 km

      Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the morning by bicycle. The panoramic tour takes us along lonely island roads and through the three villages of the island, which give us a good impression of the traditional island life of the Greeks. At Spartochori beach we can enjoy a coffee and a swim in the sea. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns of Gaios.

      Day 7: Islands of Paxos and Corfu, approx. 23 km

      Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island it’s wonderful silver green color. On today’s cycle trip you circle the island. You can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches.After lunch, the Panagiota will take us back to Corfu, where we will end our journey with a dinner and a cosy get-together on board.

      Day 8: Corfu/ Marina Gouvia (Disembarkation)

      After breakfast, check-out and individual return home or extended stay.

      Important Information:

      We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Corfu (CFU)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.


      TRANSFER

      See via "Price".

      Reservation necessary.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum:14
      Maximum: 20+


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      Mandatory
      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 1,50 m.(5 ft.)

      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.


      REQUIREMENTS 
      If you are interested in booking this tour we require the following details from every accompanying traveller:

      • Passport (minimum 6 month validity)
      • Type of travel Document (Passport or ID)
      • Valid Passport or ID-number (min. 6 month valid)
      • First and last names of guests (as seen in passport, no nicknames)
      • Nationality
      • Date of birth
      • Contact number of guests while abroad

       

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    • Included services:
      • 8-day-trip on a motor yacht with crew
      • 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/WC
      • 2 x fullboard and  5 x half-board
      • 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
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      11.04. - 18.04.20 FULLY BOOKED
      18.04. - 25.04.20 FULLY BOOKED
      25.04. - 02.05.20
      16.05. - 23.05.20
      23.05. - 30.05.20
      13.06. - 20.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      20.06. - 27.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      27.06. - 04.07.20
      22.08. - 29.08.20
      12.09. - 19.09.20 FULLY BOOKED
      19.09. - 26.09.20
      10.10. - 17.10.20
      17.10. - 24.10.20

      Extras

      flat fee drinking water per week, payable locally  
      adults 20
      children until 12 years 10
         
      Discounts  
      3th person in 3-bed cabin (only below deck) -50%
      children up to age 16,99 in own cabin -25%
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      21-speed bike 80
      E-bike 180
         
      Additional night  
      Corfu (on request) -
         
      Transfers*  
      Airport or city/hotel Corfu - boat 20
      *Shared transfer from airport/Corfu town/hotel - on embarkation- and disembarkation only, price per way
       

      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)

       

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