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

Price

$2599USD

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Overview

Trip Code: PSI

Trip highlights


  • Pedal through the pistachio island of Aegina and the islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs
  • Cycle through 5,000 years of history to visit archaeological sites such as Mycenae with its Cyclopean Walls, the Treasury of Atreus and the Lion Gate
  • Explore the small towns and villages en route
  • Soak up the hospitality onboard the comfortable sailing boat

The magnetic attraction of travelling in Greece is particularly compelling in the Peloponnese region. With its sandy beaches, turquoise waters, an incredible history spanning over 5000 years and classic Greek islands, it is a region which is ideal for exploring by bike and boat. Based aboard a beautifully decked out Turkish gulet, enjoy sailing between ports with swim stops enroute before hopping on your bike to experience the essence of this fascinating region. Discover ancient sites such as Mycenae, home to Cyclopean Walls, the Treasury of the Atreus and the Lion Gate and the volcanic peninsula of Methana. In the Saronic Gulf, explore enchanting towns with their own distinct character, including the pistachio island of Aegina where the Temple of Aphaia sits high above the blue sea. Explore the traffic-free island of Hydra where donkeys have for centuries been the only means of transport and discover the islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs. Combined with impressive views as you cycle and sail your way around the peninsula and the delectable cuisine served onboard or at a nearby taverna, this really is a superb way to experience one of Greece's most interesting regions

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

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 cycle we 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 first cycle day surrounded by characteristic Greek atmosphere.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast a small car ferry takes us from Poros to Galatas in the Pelopennese. From here, we cycle for the most part along the sea and through fertile agricultural land towards the small coastal town of Ermioni. Here the boat 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.

Meals:  B,L

After breakfast, we cycle into the Peloponnesian inland, through an impressive apricot and orange grove to reach the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns and later the magnificent 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.

Meals:  B,L

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 cycle route 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. For centuries 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!

Meals:  B,L

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 sail to the island of Aegina. If the weather permits, there will be the chance for a longer swimming break along the way.

Meals:  B,L

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 boat awaits. We then sail back to Piraeus and our exciting Greek cruise will come to a close with a final, celebrative evening on board.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast on board it is time to disembark to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer in Athens.

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:  Nil

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:  Nil


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 may be swapped, 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 cabin). If you are travelling by yourself you can be matched with another passenger. The compact cabins have a double bed or a double bed with additional single bunk bed. Excellent discounts apply to a third person sharing a triple cabin, with a configuration of a French bed (quite cosy for two people as it is a little smaller than a double) and a single bunk bed above. Note that the lower deck cabins by their very nature will be marginally noisier and less ventilated due to their proximity to the engine and working part of the boat.
  • 21 speed hybrid bike rental with pannier (electric bikes available on request - a supplement applies - 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).
  • Guided cycling tours on the islands and mainland
  • Experienced crew including English speaking tour guide
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Entries to museums and archeological sites for group visits
  • Information pack including overview maps per cabin

  • Travel to and from Athens
  • Transfer from Athens airport to the ship on embarkation and disembarkation days - reservation on request for an additional cost, ask our office for details
  • single cabin – supplement applies, please ask our office for details
  • Drinks including mineral water on board and meals not noted as included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • 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
  • Tips for the guide and crew
  • 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.
  • The boat does not offer a Wifi connection. If you need to connect during the tour we recommend taking your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar in the harbour as free wifi is available almost everywhere on purchase of something to eat or drink.

Cabins


Bike information


Grading

moderate  

The trip requires a reasonable level of fitness from participants, which they should have acquired from steady cycling. If you are concerned about your fitness for this tour we recommend you consider an e-bike - supplement applies. The day-tours from will take us through hilly and mountainous terrain and will 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 will traverse mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside 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 beginners and active children who are experienced cyclists (minimum 10 years, height minimum is 1.4m or 4.6ft - minimum height for e-bike is 1.5m / 5ft).


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
Itinerary subject to change according to weather conditions. Drinking water is extra - allow EUR20pp.
DN2
Refer to the trip notes for the boat Vaccination Policy.

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Total Priceper person from

$2599USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$140
  • below deck level Single Cabin SupplementUSD$1090
*Prices listed are per person

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