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Cyclades 8-day Sail & Bike Tour Level 2
Imagine Island hopping onboard your own yacht, arriving at a new destination each day and discovering each island by bike. On this very special trip you will get to explore the islands in a completely unique way and create memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll discover the beauty of The Cyclades day by day, port by port, and even if you don’t want to cycle you are welcome to just enjoy the sights and sounds of the passing scenery. We embark from the port of Lavrio, just outside Athens, to our adventure amongst the islands of the Aegean Sea: The Cyclades. You will get to cycle amazing roads on the islands of Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Paros, Syros and Kea. Sailing between these islands will even give you a chance to try your sailing skills if you wish, or just sunbath if you prefer. We will have an average of 4 hours sailing time per day (depending on weather conditions), how you spend the rest of each day is entirely up to you. Whether you want to cycle one of our routes, visit a beach, shop, or simply relax, this trip is for you.
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We arrive at the Port of Lavrio whereupon, after collecting you bicycle, you can settle into your berth onboard a Catamaran.
Kea 25Km | +571m or 49Km | +1120m
In the morning we set sail for our first destination, the Island of Kea. Crossing the blue waters of the Aegean we arrive at the port of Korissia. Kea is different from the rest Cycladic islands and it has a unique charm. You can use the afternoon to discover the island for yourself on one of two routes 25 or 49Km. You´ll pass beautiful beaches on your way to the capital of the island, Ioulida that is well worth exploring. Wander through the small cobbled streets to the neoclassic city hall built by the architect Ernst Tsiller. Don’t forget to taste the jams and preserves that are a specialty of the island. Overnight in Kea.
Syros 29Km | +387m
Today we set sail to Syros, an island at the centre of the Cyclades. We will arrive at the small port of Finikas and will dock there till next morning. Our ride today is a tour around the island passing beaches and hamlets set in the rolling countryside. We stop at Hermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades, which is set upon two hills, and where you will get to spend some time exploring the city. Neoclassical buildings, the historic theatre and the old medieval city all make the capital unique. Don’t forget to taste the traditional “Loukoumi” of Syros, or to try the cafes and the local taverns. Overnight in the Port of Syros.
Paros 27Km | +353m or 51Km | +517m
Our next destination is the iconic Island of Paros with its worldfamous windmills. You will cycle through picturesque villages, with their white houses, and passing idyllic rural settings will enjoy an unforgettable day. Again, we suggest two routes, one short, which is easy for everyone and a longer one for those who want a challenge. Overnight in Paros.
Sifnos 28Km | +568m or 51Km | +1127m
Today our destination is Sifnos, an island that some consider to be the most beautiful of all. Sifnos has more than 350 churches and monasteries many of which are considered historical monuments. Once again, the local architecture is imposing, and the small white buildings create a landscape all their own. Culture, gastronomy, and art are all combined on this island which will make a visit here one of the highlights of your trip. Again, there are 2 options for the cyclist, one easier and the other more challenging. We recommend visiting the northern shore of the island to reach the picturesque small church situated there. Then ride south to Apollonia, the capital of the island, or continue to the villages and down to the beach. Overnight is on Sifnos.
Serifos 26Km | +677m or 37Km | +946m
Today we will first set sail for Serifos, upon arrival we will take a cycle ride around the island and then we will sail north to the island of Kythnos for the night. According to the Greek mythology Serifos Island is the birthplace of Perseus and home to the Cyclops who were the children of Poseidon. The Ancient Greeks believed that the Cyclops lived in a cave, above Megalo Livadi Bay, and that they had built the walls, remnants of which are seen throughout the island. Serifos is a small, but very picturesque, island and Chora, the capital is built on the slope of a very steep hill!! Our route will take you around the island and then onto Chora. The island has some fairly steep hills, and the highest summit is at 585m, however it is not big, and cyclists really enjoy their time here.
Kythnos 22Km | +435m or 43Km | +809m
We wake in the Port of Merichas, on the Island of Kythnos. With only 1310 local habitants, it is quiet here in winter, but comes alive in the summer. On our cycle ride we will pass through the capital, on through beautiful hill country and finally arriving at the village of Dryopida. Here there is a cave full of stalactites and stalagmites which has been a hiding place for the villagers from pirates and Ottomans alike. Taverns and cafes welcome you in for a drink, on this, your final day in the saddle. In the afternoon we sail back to Lavrio, stopping off on the way for swimming at Kolona, perhaps the most beautiful beach in the Cyclades! Overnight on board.
Lavrio – Departure
We Greeks don’t like to say goodbye. Instead we prefer to say "Εις το επανιδείν" which means that we hope to see you again some time!
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