Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to the ship. Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm on. In the afternoon there is time to explore the charming old town of Corfu. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.
Cast off! In the morning crossing to 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 first cycle trip we circle the whole island. We can also have a swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. Enjoy the evening in a cozy tavern in the unique natural harbour of Gaios! Overnight stay on Paxos.
The day starts with a long crossing to Lefkas town. From here we cycle across a witty swing-bridge to the Greek mainland. Passing some mountain villages like Palairos on panoramic roads and later riding along the coast to Mytikas, where the Panagiota awaits us and takes us to the brisk harbor of Nidri on Lefkas Island, where we spend the night.
Today’s cycle tour takes us from Nidri to the nearby beautiful waterfalls. Later on we explore the South of Lefkas Island while riding to Vasiliki. From there – if weather conditions are fine – we sail to Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, where we can anchor for swimming. Finally we cross over to Fiskardo, where we spend the night. The harbor town on the Northern point of Cephalonia charms visitors with its colourful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbour promenade.
Today’s cycle tour leads us from Fiskardo to Sami. We cycle along the impressive mountain pass at the western coast of the island. We will have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic one down to Myrtos beach. We continue on through the interior of the island and finally we reach the East coast of the island and continue south. Along the way we may also visit the stalactite and stalagmite caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in row boats. The ship awaits us in Sami for a long sail to Nafpaktos. In 1571 the Battle of Lepanto took place in the Corinthian Gulf.
In the morning a transfer picks us up to bring 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 Galaxidi. From there we sail to Kiato near Corinth, where we spend the night.
The day starts with the crossing to Corinth through the Isthmus of Corinth, which was completed in 1893. Julius Caesar has already had 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. It saves travellers from sailing around the whole Peloponnese (approx. 248 mi./400 km long trip from Athens and Corinth). Later on we cross over to Aegina, the famous pistachio island. Here our last cycle tour takes us to the excellently preserved temple of Aphaia. Finally we sail to Piraeus, where an impressive cruise ends. 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.
After breakfast check-out; individual return home or extended stay in Athens or on Aegina Island.