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Athens to Corfu

Islandhopping the Ionian Islands and the Gulf of Corinth

Athens-Piraeus
Athens-Piraeus

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Corfu Island
Corfu island

Join us on a fascinating journey through time and culture! This Islandhopping special tour combines the Greek mainland with the impressive islands of the Ionian Sea. For one week, travelling by bicycle  and on the two-masted motor sailer Panagiota, 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 Asklepieion 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, as well as the beautiful Old Town of Corfu – all guarantee a wonderfully relaxing vacation.

 

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 4
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 20 km
  • Ancient Athens
  • Panoramic views, waterfalls and olives
  • Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches
  • Fiskardo on the Ionian Islands

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Piraeus – Marina Zeas (Embarkation)

Individual arrival by plane at Athens airport and subsequent transfer to the ship at Marina Zeas (Piraeus).  Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in the harbor of Piraeus.

Day 2

Sunday: Piraeus – Aegina Island – Palaia Epidauros

35KM

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.

Day 3

Monday: Epidauros – Isthmus of Corinth

35KM

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 with the Panagiota 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.

Day 4

Tuesday: Galaxidi - Delphi – Nafpaktos – Cephalonia 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 Sami on Cephalonia Island, where we spend the night.

Day 5

Wednesday: Cephalonia Island

38KM

After breakfast we cycle short distance to visit the stalactite and stalagmite caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in row boats. We continue cycling along a beautiful coast road to the village of Agia Efimia. We continue through the interior of the island and finally we reach the high road of the western coast of the island, where we have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic one down to Myrtos beach. The ship awaits us in Fiskardo, which is situated on the furthermost north tip of the island and is known as one of the prettiest places of the Ionian Islands. Depending on the weather conditions it is planned that the Panagiota 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.

Day 6

Thursday: Nidri – Mytikas – Lefkas town – Paxos Island

27KM

From Nidri we start a small round tour in the morning that leads us first to the hidden water falls and later on through beautiful olive groves, before we reach the ship yard where the Panagiota was built. Back to the harbour the boat awaits us to take us to Meganisi. On the way we pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we will explore afterwards in no time by bicycle. In the afternoon the boat takes us to Paxos Island. We spend the night in the lovely natural harbor of Gaios.

Day 7

Friday: Paxos Island

23KM

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 the Panagiota 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.

Day 8

Saturday: Corfu Island (Disembarkation)

After breakfast check-out; individual return home or extended stay on the Corfu island.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/17/2017 - 6/24/2017 Available Athens Panagiota Comfort Book now
7/1/2017 - 7/8/2017 Available Athens Panagiota Comfort Book now
9/30/2017 - 10/7/2017 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Panagiota Below deck: single cabin € 1590,-
Panagiota Below deck: double cabin € 2580,-
Panagiota Above deck: double cabin € 2780,-
Panagiota Above deck: single cabin € 1690,-

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
21-speed Bike 21-speed Bike €80
Electric bike Electric bike Cube Cross Hybrid Pro Allroad 500 €160

Included

  • 8-day-trip on a comfort motor yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2 x full board and 5 x half board on board
  • guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Transfer to Delphi
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • Passage through the Corinth Canal
  • English speaking tour guide

Not included

  • Journey to Greece
  • Rental bike
  • Meals and drinks ashore
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain) flat fee for drinking water: 20 Euro/adult 10 Euro/children till age of 16
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • Program is subject to change without notice.
  • Catering:
    The cook 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. Guided tour: The tour will generally be guided in German language. One of the guides will translate into English for non-German-speaking participants.
  • Changes:
    We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.
  • Minimum: 14 participants

Arrival Info

Embarkation on the Panagiota takes place from 2 PM on.  Mooring place of the boat is at Marina Zeas, the yacht harbor of Athens/Piraeus.
Overnight stay in Piraeus.

Airport

The nearest international airport is Athens International Airport (ATH), situated at a distance of 25 km/15.5 miles from the mooring place of the boat. You can book a transfer in advance. There is a collective transfer (only on embarkation and disembarkation days) for €  20,- per person between the airport and the boat; or from your hotel in Athens to the boat, costs €  10,- per person.
Please note that this tour starts from Athens and ends on Corfu. Therefore we recommend to book an open jaw flight ( your return flight will be from a different airport than you arrive to).

The end of the tour

The tour ends one week later on Corfu. The mooring place of the boat is in the harbor of Corfu-town. The nearest airport is Corfu Airport(CFU) , situated at a distance of 4 km/2.5 miles from the mooring place of the boat. You can book a transfer in advance, costs are € 10,- per person between the boat and the airport.

Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. You can either decide to cycle alone, using the information and maps provided, or join one of our tour guides or other participants. 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.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What packing list do you suggest?

    What you need to bring with you

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you booked a tour for April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good shoes
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    extra towel
    •    soap/ insect repellent
    •    hairdryer (220V)

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)

    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance.
    This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.

    Cancellation insurance incl. flight:

    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • How large is the group on board?

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 12 and 26 participants.

  • How long are the daily cycling stages?

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles).  But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.
    The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.

More questions

Price starting from € 1290,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Panagiota
Panagiota

About the barge

The Panagiota is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises. There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck. The spacious sun deck, equipped with cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.

Cabin plan

6 cabins below / 4 cabins above deck
All cabins are air-conditioned
All cabins are 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
Each cabin has a private shower and toilet.

  • Offical name Panagiota
  • Length 24 m
  • Width 7 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

Athens to Corfu

Athens to Corfu

 

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