• Travelcode: 427

    Peloponnese + Saronic Islands by Bike + Boat

    from/to Athens

    • The Peloponnese is a Greek region steeped in history. The Mycenaeans, ancient Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans, and Albanians have all left their mark on the “Island of Pelops”. Here you will find some of the greatest archaeological sites of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Discover this unique, culturally rich region as well as the diverse islands of the Saronic Gulf by boat and bike! The three masted Bahriyeli will be your floating home as you travel on this one-of-a-kind journey through 5,000 years of Greek history.
      Cycle through orange orchards and pomegranate plantations.

      Experience the “Golden Mycenae” and the impressive Lion Gate, the cyclopean walls and the Treasury of Atreus. Stroll through the picturesque, medieval town of Nafplio with its imposing fortifications and embark on a geological journey through time on the volcanic peninsula of Methana! Discover the enchanting islands of the Saronic Gulf each with its own distinct and unique character. Be it the pistachio island of Aegina where the Temple of Aphaia sits enthroned high above the blue of the sea or the completely traffic-free island of Hydra where the countless donkeys have been the only means of transport since time immemorial. The islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs, is sure to enchant your senses as take in panoramic views while cycling along almost traffic-free roads!

      Tour profile / Level 2-3

      The bike routes have a length of 23 to 50km/14 to 31mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself. Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

      Itinerary

      Day 1: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens) – (Embarkation)
      Individually arranged arrival to Marina Zeas; part of Piraeus and about 25 km from the airport. Check in is possible from 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Piraeus.

      Day 2: Island of Poros, approx. 23 km
      The morning will be spent sailing to the Island of Poros. In the afternoon, we will start cycling from the island’s capital, which holds the same name as the island itself, towards the 18th century Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Continuing on, we will almost completely circle the island which, in ancient times, was considered to be the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Shortly before the end of the tour we will reach Russian Bay, whose sandy beach and turquoise waters are sure to tempt us to dive in for a swim. Back in the enchanting harbour of Poros City, with its landmark clock tower reaching high above all the other buildings, we can end our eventful day surrounded by characteristic Greek atmosphere.

      Day 3: Galatas – Ermioni – Nafplio, approx. 40 km
      After breakfast a small car ferry will take us from Poros to Galatas in the Pelopennese. From here, the bike tour will lead us for the most part along the sea and through fertile agricultural land towards the small coastal town of Ermioni. Here the Bahriyeli will await us for an on board lunch and a leisurely afternoon crossing to Nafplio. In the early afternoon, our tour guide will invite us on a stroll through the picturesque alleys of the former Greek capital. Nafplio is a captivating island with its ingenious fortifications and eventful history along with its flower filled old town and the numerous very individual, beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants. The perfect place to spend a wonderful, relaxed evening.

      Day 4: Mycenae – Island of Spetses, approx. 50 km
      After breakfast, the day’s tour leads into the Peloponnesian inland. After cycling through an impressive apricot and orange grove we will reach the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns and following the magnificent castle of Mycenae. Both sites have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1999. In the 2nd millennium BC, Mycenae was one of Greece’s most important cities. King Atreus and his son Agamemnon play a significant role in Greek mythology. The excavation site is enthralling: The famous Lion Gate, the incredibly thick cyclopean walls, Grave Circles A and B along with the gold and silver discoveries and the Treasury of Atreus are all very much worth a visit. In the late afternoon, the boat will take us from Nafplio to the Island of Spetses. In the evening, we can stroll through the alleys of the beautiful old town, decorated with pebble mosaics, or end the evening at the old fishing port with a glass of wine.

      Day 5: Islands of Spetses and Hydra, approx. 25 km
      The island of Spetses got its name from the Venetians who called it “Isola della spezie”, the island of herbs. With the accompanying aroma of wild herbs and panoramic views, today’s tour will lead us along the traffic-free road that circles the island. For the majority of the ride we will be able to enjoy incredible views of the turquoise sea. Later on there will be a longer break at one of the beautiful beaches for a coffee and a swim.  The journey will then continue to the island of Hydra. Since time immemorial donkeys have been the only means of transport on this unique, beautiful island. Thanks to seafaring, the island became very wealthy in the middle ages. Then, after the Greek War of Independence, spanning from 1821-1830, the island fell into a hundred-year slumber. It was only when, in 1957, the film “Boy on a Dolphin” starring the unforgettable Sofia Loren was filmed on Hydra that life was brought back to the island which then became a mecca for artists. A unique place with arguably the most beautiful sunset in the region!

      Day 6: Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina, approx. 25 km
      In the morning we sail to Methana Peninsula whose volcanic origin is immediately noticeable by the smell of sulphur and the shimmering colours of the rocks. The peninsula is characterised by its 30 plus volcanos, some of which are still active, as well as the medicinal, sulphurous thermal springs. Today’s round trip offers numerous, incredible views. In the afternoon, we will sail to the island of Aegina. If the weather permits, there will be the chance for a longer swimming break along the way.

      Day 7: Island of Aegina – Piraeus/Athens, approx. 35 km
      The island of Aegina is famous even beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Today’s bike tour takes us up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers rest high up above the blue sea, the only place on the island from where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On the ride back we will cycle through the centre of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. We will then sail back to Piraeus and our exciting Greek cruise will come to a close with a final, celebrative evening on board.

      Day 8: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens) – (Disembarkation)
      After breakfast on board it is time to disembark to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer 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 bike tour ‘’Athens by Bike’’
           
        • transfers airport - Hotel + Hotel - boat

        Price per person:

        3 star Hotel
        double room: 310 Euro
        singel room:  450 Euro

        4 star Hotel
        double room: 370 Euro
        single room:  530 Euro

         

      Important Information:

      We reserve the right to make changes to the route in the case of changing wind and weather conditions as well as for reasons of organizational necessity.

    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport : Athens (ATH)

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


      TRANSFER

      From/to Station/Airport see via "Price".

      Reservation necessary.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum:14
      Maximum: 18


      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)

      • Passport (minimum 6 month validity)
      • Type of travel Document (Passport or ID)
      • Valid Passport or ID-number
      • First and last names of guests (as seen in passport, no nicknames)
      • Nationality
      • Date of birth
      • Contact number of guests while abroad
      • How do you arrive (for flights please include flight number)

       

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      Included services:

       

      • 8-day-trip on a comfort motor yacht with crew
      • 7 nights in a cabin below deck with shower/WC
      • 2 x fullboard and 5 x halfboard on 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
    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

      Choose Categories

      S1 11.04. - 18.04.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S1 18.04. - 25.04.20
      S1 27.06. - 04.07.20
      S1 04.07. - 11.07.20
      S2 22.08. - 29.08.20
      S2 29.08. - 05.09.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S1 10.10. - 17.10.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S1 17.10. - 24.10.20

      Extras

      Local taxes and water (mandatory/payable locally)
      adults 20
      children until 16,99 years 10
         
      Discounts  
      children until 16,99 in own cabin -25%
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      21- speed bike 80
      E-bike. 180
         
      Additional night
      Athens/Corfu (on request) -
         
      Transfers*  
      Shared transfer airport Athens - harbor 25
      Shared transfer Athens hotel - harbor 15
      * Transfers only possible on embarkation and disembarkation day, price per person/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 premiumship BAHRIYELI A!

      The Bahriyeli A 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. The expansive ships deck provides an array of comfortable seating arrangements. A perfect setting in which to enjoy the cruise, read a book or simply to regenerate in whilst the sea breeze sooths the senses. At mealtimes the guests are pampered with a generous variety of authentic dishes, created masterfully in the on board galley, bringing an insight into the diversity of the Greek kitchen to the table.

      Please note: It is very possible that the Bahriyeli A will be renamed in 2020. As soon as the new name has been given, we will make sure to inform you.


      CABINS

      The Bahriyeli offers seven guest cabins, five twin and two doubles, all of which are situated below deck in compliance with the traditional boats form of the Turkish gullets.

      The teak furnishings are high class and elegant. Each cabin includes individually regulable A/C as well as an esnuite with separate shower cabin and WC.


      CATERING

      The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The half board starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. 


      INTERNET

      There is no WiFi connection offered on board of your ship. 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.


       

      LANGUAGES 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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