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Tour overview

Bike & Boat Greek Islands is a 8 day tour in the Saronic & Cyclades. Based on a luxurious wooden boat you will be sailing every evening to a different island. During the day you will be cycling on the best route of each island, exploring it’s rich interior, rich in culture, rural scenery and amazing views. After your daily cycle you will be chilling down on the boats deck enjoying the sea, sun and the delicious and very nutritious Greek cuisine.

Bike & Boat Greek Islands takes place in the Cyclades & Saronic Islands.The Cyclades Islands, comprising of more than 30 islands, was the cradle of the first European civilisation 5,000 years ago. Here we also see a truly authentic side of Greece: Gleaming white cube houses with blue shutters and labyrinth-like alleys dominate the architectural character of the islands’ villages and towns. Along the mostly ragged coastlines there are impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea, and fantastic sand beaches. Experience Greece from its greenest side on the Saronic Islands that lie between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese. Learn about the Greek Liberation Struggle between 1821 and 1830 without which Greece would not be as we know it today. Experience the fascinating symbiosis of antiquity and modern times by Bike & Boat and delight in the authentic beauty of the Greek Aegean.

Highlights of Bike & Boat Greek Islands:

  • 6 Islands in one week
  • Seriphos, a typical Greek Island with its post card Chora town
  • Siphnos, home of some of the most famous Greek chefs
  • The Temple of Aphaia in Aegina

Trekking Hellas operates numerous biking and sailing trips in Greece. Of similar style is the bike & boat adventure in the Greek Islands or if you like hiking, you may be interested on our Sail & Hike tour in the Dodecanese Islands. Seeking for an off the beaten track mountain biking adventure in the Greek mountains ? our Zagori MTB tour is a unique experience.

Activities

Tour Summary

Duration

8 days

Difficulty level

Total Biking Distance: aprx. 100 mi./160 km

Price/person: 1590€ (except September & October Departures 1690€)

Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price

Period of Operation: Fixed Departures 2021

April & May:

  • 1-8 May, 8-15 May, 15-22 May, 22-29 May

June:

  • 5-12 June, 12-19 June, 19-26 June

September & October:

  • 18-25 September
  • 25 September – 02 October
  • 02-09 October

Participation requirements

  • We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength.
  • Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Tour Details

Tour inclusions
  • 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2 x full-board and 5 x half-board on board
  • Guided bicycle tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English-speaking tour guide
Tour exclusions
  • Journey to Athens
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Flat rate for bottled water: 20 euro for adults or 10 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew

Availiable accommodations

Deluxe ship THALASSA (shower/WC in each cabin)

The 38 x 7.6 m Thalassa is an impressive three mast motor yacht built in 2002. On board elegance and comfort combine to create one of the most majestic ships in our fleet. A true eye catcher in any harbour. The saloon and the 10 guest cabins are spacious and modern. The vast decks provide plenty of comfortable spaces to recline and relax. The crew spoil their guests at mealtimes with a delicious selection of local specialties prepared in the ships own galley.

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Itinerary

Individual journey to Piraeus, only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in on the ship is possible from 2 pm onward. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Piraeus.

Early in the morning we sail to Kythnos Island, famous for its cheese and honey since the antiquity. We begin our first cycling tour in the harbour of Merichas and head towards the island’s capital, Chora. Along the way we can enjoy wonderful, scenic views of the coastline. Chora is a lovely town, situated on a high plateau. The town’s alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. We continue on to the picturesque village of Driopida before returning to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

In the morning, our boat takes us to Seriphos, a small island far off the beaten tourist track. The island is characterized by deep valleys, countless bays and coves, and numerous beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi, we cycle along a serpentine road to the island’s main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses, nestled into landscape, stretch along the mountain ridge high above the sea. From Seriphos, we continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We then return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon, we sail to the island of Siphnos, where we can spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on Siphnos.

The island of Siphnos, famous for its ceramic artwork, has nearly no townships on its shores as almost the entire coastline falls steeply into the sea. Today’s bike tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. We cycle through hilly green, terraced landscape to the central highlands where the island’s capital Kastro is located. Kastro is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed as a protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea where we spend the night. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop.

Our starting point for exploring the north western-most inhabited Cycladic island is the beautiful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we climb up to the island’s capital Ioulis before continuing on to the white sand Otzias Beach where we enjoy a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards we cycle back to Korissia, and then sail to Poros in the Saronic Gulf in the afternoon. The harbour town of Poros is truly spectacular with its iconic clock tower soaring above the rest of the town. Poros in the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening and get lost in the authentic Greek island atmosphere.

We start our day with a bike tour from Poros to the Zoodochos Pigis monestary, which dates back to the 18th century. We cycle on and almost completely circle the entire island, which in ancient times was dedicated to the sea god, Poseidon. Shortly before the end of the tour we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue waters, the perfect place for a relaxing swim! Once back in Poros, we board the boat and enjoy a delicious midday meal as we cruise to Aegina.

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, towering high above the azure blue of the sea. The incredibly well-preserved temple is located on the only point on the island where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On our way back to the boat, we cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to the town of Aegina. Here we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piraeus. The last evening on board concludes with a communal dinner and last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew, fellow travelers, and tour guides.

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

FAQ

Level 2 – 3

The bike routes vary in length between 15 – 35 km/10 – 22 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous terrain. There are some longer climbs; however, you are welcome to take breaks or push your bike if necessary. The roads are mostly asphalted. Your tour guide will inform you each day about the tour details. This tour is primarily a guided group tour however, upon consultation with your tour guides, it may be possible to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes. 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.

Group riding pace:

On our regular cycling tours, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

 

  • Shared twin cabin
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use: 500 euro (limited)
  • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week;
    e-bike: 180 euro/week (limited)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week;
    e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • Collective group transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation days only):
    between Athens airport and the boat: 25 euro per person/way;
    between a hotel at Athens city and the boat: 15 euro per person/way
  • Exclusive transfers
  • Additional nights in good hotels in Athens

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