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Gulf of Corinth and Ionian Islands (Athens to Corfu) 8-day Bike & Boat Tour
Join us on a fascinating journey through time and culture! This bike and boat tour combines the Greek mainland with the impressive islands of the Ionian Sea. For one week, travelling by bicycle and on a two-masted motor sailer, we experience first-hand the cultural and scenic diversity of Greece. Famous sites such as Delphi, where the ancient Greeks once consulted the oracle, or Aegina, where the white temple of Aphaia gleams high above the sea or the Asklepion of Epidauros, with it’s well preserved ancient theatre are some of the highlights of the tour. The passage through the Corinth Canal, an artificial seaway connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean, will surely become an unforgettable memory. In the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, you see Greece at its greenest. An unspoiled landscape and centuries of Venetian influence characterize this still fairly unknown group of islands. The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea glittering in all shades of blue, the mountainous landscape of Cephalonia and the bird-sanctuary island of Lefkas, the small island of Paxos densely covered in olive groves, all guarantee a wonderfully relaxing vacation.
The boat in Greece, is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. (7m) wide and 75 ft. (23m) long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises and completely renovated again in 2019. 6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a double bed (4,6 ft. wide) and in some cabins there is also one single bunk bed located above the double bed. To each cabin belongs a private shower and toilet. Below deck cabins have a porthole to provide air, if air-condition is switched off. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck instead of eating in the spacious saloon. The sun deck, equipped with cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.
The chef on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. A packed lunch instead of lunch on board is possible as well on our tour. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.
The ship does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts content.
The bike routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 - 31 mi./20 - 50 km. They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). 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.
Children: We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4” 3’)
Collective transfer (available on embarkation/disembarkation days only): between Athens airport and the boat in Marina Zeas: 25 euro per person/way between a hotel in Athens city and the boat in Marina Zeas: 15 euro per person/way between boat and Corfu airport or boat and a hotel in Corfu town: 20 euro per person/way
Additional customized transfers
Additional nights in Athens and on Corfu Island
3-day extension module – Athens; available only pre tour (Incl. transfers: Airport – Hotel + Hotel - boat, 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel, entrance to the Acropolis, 1 evening meal in the Tavern ‘To Kafeneion’ excl. drinks, 1 guided city bike tour ‘’Athens by Bike’’) Price per person: 3-star hotel in a double room: 310 euro/single room: 450 euro; 4-star hotel in a double room: 370 euro/single room: 530 euro
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
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Athens/Piraeus (Marina Zeas) - (Embarkation)
Individual arrival at Marina Zeas (Piraeus). Check in on board from 2 pm. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in the harbour of Piraeus.
Piraeus – Aegina Island – Palaia Epidauros (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
In the morning we sail to Aegina, the famous pistachio island. Here our first cycle tour takes us to the excellently preserved temple of Aphaia, which lingers high above and scouts over the lucent sea. Afterwards we return to the boat while cycling though the interior of the island and along Palaiochora and the monastery of Holy Nektarios. Back in Aegina town lunch is served on board and the cruise continues with a cross over to Palaia Epidauros.
Epidauros – Isthmus of Corinth (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
From Palaia Epidauros today’s cycle tour takes us to the ancient sanctuary of the demi-god Asklepios. Here we visit the best-preserved theatre of Greece, and by dropping a coin we can convince ourselves of the phenomenal acoustics. In the afternoon we sail through the Isthmus of Corinth, which was completed in 1893. Julius Caesar had already plans for its construction. This 3.9 mi./6.3 km long but only 79 ft./24 m wide and 26 ft./8 m deep canal connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth and saves travellers sailing from Athens to Corinth the approx. 258 mi./400 km long trip around the whole Peloponnese. If weather conditions are fine, the cruise continues to Galaxidi, otherwise overnight stay in Kiato near Corinth.
Galaxidi - Delphi – Nafpaktos – Ithaca Island
In the morning a transfer picks us up at Galaxidi and takes us to the famous site of Delphi, which rests at the foot of the Parnassus mountain range. Apollo, the god of the light, was once worshipped here and the oracle consulted. Not only the many temples and treasuries, the well-preserved theatre and the stadium, but mainly the breath-taking hillside location of the sanctuary makes the visit to Delphi an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, the bus takes us to the harbor of Nafpaktos. Our boat takes us on a longer crossing to Vathy on Ithaca Island.
Ithaca Island (aprx. 12 or 17 mi./20 or 28 km)
In the morning we cycle on the Ithaca Island. The homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. Depending on the weather conditions it is planned that the boat takes us to Porto Katsiki after lunch. Porto Katsiki is one of the most famous beaches of Greece, directly below the Leukadian cliff. A longer bathing stop is a must. From there we cruise to Nidri and stay in the little port for the night.
Nidri –Lefkas town – Paxos Island (aprx. 17 mi./27 km)
Today we cycle first through beautiful olive groves to the hidden water falls of Nidri and later on through the mountain world of Lefkas to the island’s capital of the same name. Here the boat awaits us and takes us In the afternoon to Paxos Island. We spend the night in the lovely natural harbour of Gaios.
Paxos Island (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)
Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green colour. On our morning cycle trip we circle the whole island. We can also have a swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. In the afternoon your boat takes us to Corfu town. Stroll around for a while to enjoy the atmospheric old town. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.
Corfu Island / Marina Gouvia (Disembarkation)
After breakfast check-out and individual return home or extended stay on the Corfu Island
Changes - We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements
2019 itinerary will have a few small changes - please enquire when booking.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|May 09 2020||May 16 2020||20||Single rooms||1,890€|
|Jun 06 2020||Jun 13 2020||20||Single rooms||1,890€|
|Sep 05 2020||Sep 12 2020||20||Single rooms||1,890€|
|Oct 03 2020||Oct 10 2020||20||Single rooms||1,890€|
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