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The Heart of Greece

Discover the Cyclades and Saronic Islands

Athens-Piraeus
Athens-Piraeus

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Athens-Pireaus
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Cyclades Islands The Heart of Greece an archipelago comprised of more than 30 islands, is the cradle of the first European civilized society 5,000 years ago.

It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its diversity: Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavour to the island towns. The mostly rugged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sand beaches. On the Saronic Islands between the Greek mainland and the Peleponnese Greece can be experienced from ist most ubandant side. Learn about the Greek Liberation Struggle between 1821 – 1830 without Greece would not be as we know it today.
Experience on this cycle vacation through the Cyclades the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times by boat or in the saddle of your bike or e-bike and imbibe authentic beauty of the Greek Aegean.

  • 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

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: Piraeus - 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: Kythnos Island - Seriphos Island - Siphnos Island

30KM

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 - Kea Island

18KM

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 we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop. Overnight in Kea.

Day 5

Wednesday: Kea Island - Poros Island

25KM

Our starting point for exploring the norwestern-most inhabited Cyclade island is the beutiful natural harbor of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Loulis before continuing on to the white sand beach, Otzias where we can take a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards we return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon we take a boats crossing to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbor city of Poros is truly spectacular, its iconic clock tower juts out above the rest of the town, and provides a true Greek island atmosphere for a relaxing evening.

Day 6

Thursday: Poros Island- Island Ägina

23KM

Today we start with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery from the 18th century. Afterwards we ride almost once around the island which once Poseidon himself possessed. Shortly before the end of the tour we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue water which we cannot resist but to swim in. Back in Poros City the boat waits on us with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Ägina.

Day 7

Friday: Island Ägina - Piräus

37KM

The Island of Ägina is known far beyond the Greek borders for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s bike tour takes us up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. The incredibly well preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea in the single point of Ägina where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On our way back we cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to Ägina City where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piräus. We enjoy a last evening meal on board together in the company of friends, guides and crew and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.

Day 8

Saturday: Piräus, disembarkation

End of tour after breakfast.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
6/8/2019 - 6/15/2019 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
8/31/2019 - 9/7/2019 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
9/7/2019 - 9/14/2019 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
9/14/2019 - 9/21/2019 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort
9/21/2019 - 9/28/2019 Fully Booked Athens Panagiota Comfort

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin 0 0
Panagiota Below deck: double cabin € 2780,- 0 0
Panagiota Above deck: double cabin € 2980,- 0 0
Panagiota Below deck: cabin for single use € 1790,- 0 0
Panagiota Above deck: cabin for single use € 1990,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
21-speed Bike 21-speed Bike Bike helmet incl. €80
Electric bike Electric bike Bike helmet incl. €160
Bicycle insurance, hybrid Bicycle insurance, hybrid €10
Bicycle insurance, e-bike Bicycle insurance, e-bike €20
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 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 Terms & Conditions.
  • Program is subject to change without notice.
  • Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).
  • 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

  • What biking level is the bike tour Cyclades Islands the Heart of Greece?

    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. 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. 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.

  • 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 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.

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