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Greek Cyclade and Saronic islands 8-day Bike & Boat Tour (DLX)

  • 18days
  • Greece

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Cyclades and Saronic Islands E-Bike & Boat Tour

This Islandhopping trip Cyclades & Saronic Islands awaits you with great contrasts and lets you experience the diversity of Greece in an impressive way: 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.

This tour is part of the Islandhopping PLUS program. The PLUS tours offer our guests a PLUS all-round: a comfortable motor yacht, unlimited e-bike availability, as well as some pleasant surprises along the way

Accommodation: Choice between 2 deluxe ships (depending on availability)

Deluxe ship ERATO (shower/WC in each cabin)

The elegant motor sailer Erato offers all the comfort and luxury you could desire during your bike and boat adventure. The Bordeaux-red yacht immediately captures attention! The cabins are clad in fine wood while the saloon offers a warm and cozy atmosphere creating a homely ambiance onboard. The outdoor area boasts plenty of comfortable seating and space for you to relax under the sky. The friendly, attentive crew have spent most of their lives on the water and are dedicated to helping fulfill your holiday dreams. Not to be forgotten, the Erato offers a delicious range of traditional Greek cuisine, lovingly served at every meal.

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Deluxe ship Thalassa (shower/WC in each cabin)

Premium ship (shower/WC in each cabin) - The ship 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.

For more images of the ships, please enquire at [email protected] 

Catering:

The chef on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Level 1: E-Bike Level 1 / Hybrid Bike Level 2-3

E-bike tours suitable for Islandhoppers with a good basic level of fitness. The tours and the elevation meters are very manageable with an e-bike (23-35 km and 350 - 700 elevation meters per day).

Requirements for hybrid bikers (level 2 -3):

The bike routes vary in length between 23 - 35 km/14 - 22 mi. and 350 - 700 elevation meters per day 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. 

Guided group pace: On our e-bike tour programs, the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on e-bikes. Guests who are taking part on these tours on a regular bicycle should have the necessary physical condition to keep up with this pace. Thank you for your understanding.

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 4,3 ft./1.30 m.

Internet availability:

A free WiFi connection is available on your ship. On the open sea, reception cannot be guaranteed at all times. If you need stable Internet access during your voyage, we recommend that you take your laptop or tablet to a café or bar at the port. Free WiFi is offered almost everywhere. If you order something there, you can use the WiFi without restriction.

Included in the Cyclades Tour:

  • 8-day-trip on a comfort motor 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
  • Bottled water on board and during all activities ashore
  • Guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • English speaking tour guide

Not included in the tour:

  • Journey to Athens
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; 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

If you would like to rent a bike (80 EUR) or an e-bike (225 EUR) please contact [email protected] when booking

Notes:

  • Surcharge for a cabin above deck single use: 800 EUR p.p
  • Shared twin cabin (on request)
  • Collective group transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation days only): between Athens airport and the boat; between a hotel at Athens city and the boat: on request
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: e-bike: 25 EUR/week; hybrid bicycle: 10 EUR/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • Additional customized transfers
  • Additional nights in good hotels in Athens

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  • Day 1

    Athens – (Embarkation)

    Individual journey to Athens (Marina Zeas/Piraeus for Thalassa resp. Marina Alimos/Palaia Faliro for Erato). Check-in on the ship is possible from 2 pm onwards. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Athens.

  • Day 2

    Kythnos Island (Cycle route aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

    Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

  • Day 3

    Seriphos Island (Cycle route aprx. 18.75 mi./30 km)

    In the morning the boat takes us 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 form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.

  • Day 4

    Siphnos Island (Cycle route aprx. 11.25 mi./18 km)

    The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because its coast drops mainly 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 with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop. Overnight in Kea..

  • Day 5

    Kea Island (Cycle route aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

    Our starting point for exploring the northwestern-most inhabited Cycladic island is the beautiful natural harbor of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Ioulis before continuing on to the white sand beach, Otzias where we can take a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards we return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon we take a boats crossing to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbor city of Poros is truly spectacular, its iconic clock tower juts out above the rest of the town, and provides a true Greek island atmosphere for a relaxing evening..

  • Day 6

    Poros Island (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)

    Today we start with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery from the 18th century. Afterwards we ride almost once around the island which once Poseidon himself possessed. Shortly before the end of the tour we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue water which we cannot resist but to swim in. Back in Poros City the boat waits on us with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Aegina.

  • Day 7

    Island Aegina (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

    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. The incredibly well preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea in 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 all the way to Aegina City where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piraeus. We enjoy a last evening meal on board together in the company of friends, guides and crew and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.

  • Day 8

    Piraeus/Athens (Disembarkation)

    Guests disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or an extended stay in Athens.

    Itinerary changes The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However in strong wind conditions the travel route may differ markedly from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads you for the entire week into the Saronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Egina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved theatre in Greece

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This is a sensational holiday for people who want to combine time on the water and time on bikes. The crew and guides were outstanding, nothing was too much trouble. Being an active and outdoor holiday, the weather impacts the itinerary, so come with a flexible attitude as schedules change accordingly. The boat is extremely comfortable, the food was plentiful and delicious. We chose e-bikes which made the journey pleasant as the gradients, wind and temperature would have been a challenge on traditional bikes. A memorable holiday in a beautiful part of the world - June 2023

Tours marked with are special prices.

Start End Max. No. Guests Accommodation Price p.p.
Apr 19 2024 Apr 26 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
Apr 26 2024 May 03 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
May 03 2024 May 10 2024 18 Single rooms 4,190€
Double rooms 2,990€
May 10 2024 May 17 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
May 17 2024 May 24 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
May 24 2024 May 31 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
May 31 2024 Jun 07 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
Jun 07 2024 Jun 14 2024 18 Single rooms 4,190€
Double rooms 2,990€
Jun 14 2024 Jun 21 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
Aug 30 2024 Sep 06 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
Sep 06 2024 Sep 13 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
Sep 13 2024 Sep 20 2024 18 Single rooms 4,190€
Double rooms 2,990€
Sep 20 2024 Sep 27 2024 18 Single rooms 3,590€
Double rooms 2,790€
Sep 27 2024 Oct 04 2024 18 Single rooms 4,190€
Double rooms 2,990€

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