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Corfu to Athens

Islandhopping the Gulf of Corinth and the Ionian Islands

Corfu Island
Corfu

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Corfu Island
Corfu

Join us on a fascinating Journey! 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.

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. 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, 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.

 

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 3
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 25 km
  • Pretty Fiskardo on the Ionian Islands
  • Porto Katsiki, a famous beach
  • Panoramatic views, waterfalls and olives
  • The ancient Athens

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Corfu town (Embarkation)

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.

Day 2

Sunday: Paxos Island

23KM

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.

Day 3

Monday: Lefkas town – Mytikas - Nidri

49KM

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.

Day 4

Tuesday: Island of Lefkas and Cephalonia

35KM

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.

Day 5

Wednesday: Cepahalonia Island - Nafpaktos

34KM

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.

Day 6

Thursday: Nafpaktos – Delphi - Kiato

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.

Day 7

Friday: Corinth Canal - Aegina Island - Piraeus

30KM

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.

Day 8

Saturday: Athens / Piraeus (Disembarkation)

After breakfast check-out; individual return home or extended stay in Athens or on Aegina Island.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/6/2017 - 5/13/2017 Limited Corfu Island Panagiota Comfort Book now
6/24/2017 - 7/1/2017 Available Corfu Island Panagiota Comfort Book now
8/26/2017 - 9/2/2017 Fully Booked Corfu Island Panagiota Comfort

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Panagiota Below deck: double cabin € 2580,-
Panagiota Below deck: single cabin € 1590,-
Panagiota Above deck: double cabin € 2780,-
Panagiota Above deck: single cabine € 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
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 the yard port Nauk of Corfu or in the ferry port of Corfu-town.

Airport 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.

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.

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

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided.  We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems.  Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you’ll come across.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 languages do the guides speak?

    All tour guides speak English and Dutch. Some of them speak Germand and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
    The common language on board is English.

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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

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