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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights boat
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$2650USD

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Overview

Trip Code: GIB

Greek Bike & Boat Trip highlights


  • Cycling in the Cyclade and Saronic islands with dramatic scenery
  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route
  • Swimming and snorkeling in the azure waters of Kea and Poros islands
  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable gulet

In the South Aegean off mainland Greece is a group of more than 30 islands known as the Cyclades, whilst closer to Athens are the Saronic Islands, dripping in history. Whitewashed houses with blue shutters, a labyrinth of narrow streets flowing through cobblestoned villages, sandy beaches and a relaxed island lifestyle attract visitors from all over the globe. Taking in these obvious attractions, this cruising and cycling adventure delves further into the interior and coastlines, exploring little known coves and impressive geological formations, ancient sites and untouched villages. Cruising from island to island, we'll spend plenty of time ashore exploring fishing villages and historic sites by bike or just relaxing on the secluded beaches far away from the busy resorts and enjoying authentic Greek hospitality.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Make your way to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of the port of Piraeus and about 25 km from Athens airport (an optional group transfer from airport or Athens town is available - supplement applies). Check in from 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Piraeus. An optional extension in Athens is available - see below for details of the itinerary.

Meals:  D

Early this morning the boat cruises to Kythnos Island, famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which will start in the harbour of Merichas and leads to the capital Chora, offers scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau, with alleys decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From here we cycle to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where you can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

Meals:  B,L

This morning we cruise 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-shaped houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through an untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael, before returning to Livadi along a panoramic road on the east coast. In the afternoon we cruise to Siphnos, where you can relax on the beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on Siphnos.

Meals:  B,L

The island of Siphnos, famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, as its coast drops 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 and on to the island’s capital Kastro, a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face which has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea, the north-western most inhabited Cycladic island, throwing the anchor over along the way so you can have a refreshing swim. Overnight at Kea.

Meals:  B,L

Our starting point to explore Kea is the beautiful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Loulis, before continuing on to the white sand beach, Otzias, where we can have a refreshing swim. Afterwards we return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon we cruise to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbour city of Poros is truly spectacular and has a true Greek island atmosphere for a relaxing evening.

Meals:  B,L

Today we cycle from Poros city to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery, which dates from the 18th century. Afterwards we ride around the island, which in mythology was once possessed by Poseidon, to Russian Bay with its sandy beach and turquoise water - perfect for a swim. Back in Poros city, the boat awaits our arrival and we enjoy a delicious lunch while we cruise to Aegina.

Meals:  B,L

The island of Aegina is known beyond the Greek borders for its pistachio nuts - delicious! Today's bike tour takes us up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. Its incredibly well preserved temple towers rise high above the blue sea at 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 and all the way to Aegina city, where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piraeus. We enjoy an evening meal together and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.

Meals:  B,L,D

Disembark after breakfast on board around 9am and individual departure, or option to add an extension in Athens (see itinerary below).

Meals:  B

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This extension is available pre or post tour, supplement applies. Included in the extension: 2 nights accommodation, transfers: airport - hotel - boat (or v.v), entrance fee to the Acropolis, 1 dinner at “To Kafeneion” tavern (drinks excluded) in the old district of Plaka, 1 guided city bike tour by “Athens by Bike” for 3hrs with an English speaking tour guide, and all tourist taxes. Pre-tour: On arrival at Athens airport you will be transferred by taxi to your centrally located hotel. Your driver will handover your hotel and activity vouchers. Post-tour: transfer from the boat to the hotel. The guide will hand over your voucher on the boat. We generally use Hotel Pan or similar for 3 star, and Hotel Hera or similar for 4 star. Your rooming requirements and hotel category are required to book, also your flight details for the airport transfer in advance. We also need your preferred day and time for the dinner and dietary requirements (meat or vegetarian), and your preferred day for the guided city bike tour (departs daily at 10am). Free day to explore Athens.

Meals:  Nil

The day is free to continue exploring this historic city and its many interesting sites.

Meals:  B,D

Pre-tour: You will be transferred by taxi from your hotel to the boat in the port of Marina Zeas for check-in from 2:00pm. Post-tour: transfer to the airport (please advise your consultant of your flight details).

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches*, 2 dinners (does not include drinks). The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the meals. *Note that the included lunches and dinners are not clearly labelled on the daily itinerary as they depend on sailing conditions on the day and from time to time we may substitute one of the lunches for a dinner or vice versa, your tour guide will inform you locally when these will be included.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a double cabin below deck with private bathroom (supplement applies for single use of a double cabin). If you are travelling by yourself you can pay the single supplement (limited no. of cabins) or if you are willing to share, can be matched with another passenger of the same sex (where available). The compact cabins have a double bed or a twin beds.
  • 21 speed trekking bike rental with pannier (electric bikes available on most trips for a supplement - limited supplies). The guides will carry bike locks for the group when cycling, or individual locks can be provided on request if you decide to bike alone (limited supply).
  • 6 guided cycling tours on the different islands
  • Experienced crew including English speaking tour guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Entries to museums and archeological sites for group visits
  • Overview maps for daily cycle tours

  • Travel to and from Athens
  • A transfer from the airport or your hotel to the ship in Piraeus (Marina Zeas) on embarkation and disembarkation days is available - reservation on request and a supplement applies, ask our office for details
  • single cabin – supplement applies, please ask our office for details
  • Drinks including mineral water on board (bottled water for the week EUR20pp, paid locally) and meals not included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for the guide and crew
  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer
  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.
  • Optional bicyle insurance - payable in cash locally. EUR10 per person for trekking bike, EUR20 per person for electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insurance you will need to pay for the cost of the bike or repair of damages.
  • Wifi on the boat - you should take your own portable electronic device with you each day if you wish to connect. Free wifi is available on offer almost everywhere on the islands on purchase of food or a drink.
  • Beach towel for shore use (if required)

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The trip requires a good level of fitness from participants, acquired from steady cycling. The daily cycle tours range from 15 to 35km/10-22mi through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without any time-constraints. Participants will also need to master some steep climbs, during which you may need to push the bike. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour. We recommend considering an e-bike if you are not confident cycling up hills. We will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside of the holiday seasons. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the tour guide or other participants. It is considered suitable for active children (minimum 10 years, height minimum is 1.4m or 4.6ft - minimum height for e-bike is 1.5m / 5ft). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates


Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is 27 Aug to 8 Oct - supplement applies.
DN2
Itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions. Drinking water is extra - allow EUR20pp.
DN3
Option to add 3 day extension in Athens - ask our office for details
DN4
Refer to the trip notes for the boat Vaccination Policy.

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Total Priceper person from

$2650USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Bicycle insurance - standard bike (pp)USD$14
  • Bicycle insurance - e-bike (pp)USD$28
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • Single supplement (double cabin for single use) (limited) - 2021USD$1090
*Prices listed are per person

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