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Cyclades Islands The Heart of Greece

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The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its variety: Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavour to the island towns.

The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sand beaches. Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on your motorized sailing ship or the bicycle and imbibe the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.

Physical requirements
The bike routes have a length of 15 to 35 km/10 to 22 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 4
  • Duration 8 days
  • Distance 20 km
  • Kythnos Island, famous for cheese and honey
  • Deep valleys, countless bays and beaches
  • Siphnos, famous for its ceramic artwork
  • Tinos, with its Evangelistria church

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Boarding in Piraeus (Marina Zeas)

Individual journey to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus, only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in from 2 p.m. on the ship.
Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 2

Sunday: Kythnos Island

25KM

Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

Day 3

Monday: Seriphos Island

35KM

In the morning the Panagiota takes us to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.

Day 4

Tuesday: Siphnos Island

20KM

The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon the ship takes us to Syros, where we can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.

Day 5

Wednesday: Syros and Mykonos Islands

30KM

The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival: The town which is built on two hills is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominant the townscape. We cycle along the coast of Syros which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we continue by boat to Mykonos, where the picturesque main town with its famous windmills and its white cube form houses invites visitors to stroll through it. With a bit of luck we may even see the mascot of Mykonos in the maze of laneways, the pelican Petros.

Day 6

Thursday: Delos Island and Tinos Island

25KM

In the morning we have the chance to visit the important ancient sites on the island of Delos, where according to Greek mythology the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis were born. After lunch we crossover to Tinos. There we first visit the famous Evangelistria church in Tinos town. Today’s bike tour takes us along a high road to the mountain village of Tarambados, a village full of walled dove towers with their filigree architecture, which represent remnants from Venetian times. After the bike tour the boat takes off to Kea.

Day 7

Friday: Kea Island

12KM

The starting point for the tour of Kea, the most westerly inhabited Cyclade island, is the wonderful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we begin our cycle tour to the picturesque main town of Ioulis which is situated in the mountains and from there we continue our bike tour to the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean will tempt you to a refreshing swim before we return to Korissia. In the afternoon last sail to Piraeus and stay there for the night.

Day 8

Saturday: Disembarkation

Guests disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or an extended stay in Athens.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/13/2017 - 5/20/2017 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
5/20/2017 - 5/27/2017 Available Athens Panagiota Comfort Book now
5/27/2017 - 6/3/2017 Available Athens Panagiota Comfort Book now
6/3/2017 - 6/10/2017 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
6/10/2017 - 6/17/2017 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
9/2/2017 - 9/9/2017 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
9/9/2017 - 9/16/2017 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
9/16/2017 - 9/23/2017 Limited Athens Panagiota Comfort Book now
9/23/2017 - 9/30/2017 Limited Athens Panagiota Comfort Book now

Tour prices

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

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 two-masted motor yacht with a crew
  • 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/WC
  • 5 x half-board and 2 x full-board on the ship
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours (on board)
  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • English speaking tour guide

Not included

  • Booking fee,  20,- per party
  • Requirement to wear a helmet: Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).
  • Flight to Athens
  • 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
  • Please bring a beach towel, if needed
  • Entrance fee to individually visited attractions
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-gear rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the E-Bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • Collective group transfers (only on embarkation and disembarkation days): between Athens airport and the boat: 20 euro per person/way; between a hotel at Athens city and the boat: 10 euro per person/way
  • Personal insurance

Special details

  • This tour is operated by local partner.
  • Please take good notice of our booking conditions.
  • Program is subject to change without notice.
  • Price reductions:
    – With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50% discount on the base tour price for the 3rd person, regardless of age, and do not charge the above-deck surcharge.
    – Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the base tour price (not combinable with the 50% discount).
    – In combination with another Island Hopping boat tour in Greece you get for the second trip a reduction of 100 euro per person.
  • Bringing 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 ft.) for hybrid bikes.
  • 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.
  • Language aboard
    Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.
  • Changes:
    The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However by strong wind conditions the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads you into the Argosaronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Egina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved theater in Greece.
  • Minimum number of participants:
    Min. 14 participants
    Max. 20 participants

Arrival Info

Embarkation on the Panagiota takes place from 2 PM.  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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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