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The Ionian Islands & the Gulf of Corinth

Islandhopping from Athens to Corfu

Athens-Piraeus
Athens-Piraeus

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Corfu Island
Corfu island

This bike tour combines the Greek mainland with the impressive islands of the Ionian Sea. Famous sites such as Delphi, or Aegina, or the Asklepieion of Epidauros are highlights of this journey. The passage through the Corinth Canal, an artificial seaway connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean, will surely become an unforgettable memory.

The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea glittering in all shades of blue, Ithaca, the homeland of Odysseus, 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. An unspoiled landscape and centuries of Venetian influence characterize this still fairly unknown group of islands.

 

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 4
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 30 km, average per day
  • Ancient Athens
  • Sanctuary of Apollo and the oracle of Delphi
  • Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches
  • Fiskardo on the Ionian Islands

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Athens/Piraeus – Marina Zeas (Embarkation)

Individual arrival 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 through 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 – 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.

Day 5

Wednesday: Ithaca Island

28KM

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 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 – Lefkas town – Paxos Island

27KM

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 Panagiota awaits us and takes us In the afternoon 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.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/30/2018 - 7/7/2018 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
9/29/2018 - 10/6/2018 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort

Tour prices

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

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
Bike helmet, reserve or bring your own Bike helmet, reserve or bring your own Helmet use is mandatory on this cycle tour. Reserve one or bring your own. €0.00

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 Terms & 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) for certain tours

    The final packing list we suggest for your tour will be included in your travel documents.

  • What biking level is the bike tour from Athens to Corfu?

    The cycle 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. The cycle tours will have an altitude of 1,000 – 2,300 ft. (300 – 700 m). 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. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Athens to Corfu

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