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Greece: Cyclades & Saronic Islands: from/to Athens

Authentic side of Greece
Athens Round tour.
From €2390 p.p.
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Cyclades Saronic
The ship Thalassa Sunset on Kythnos

Highlights of this tour

The Cyclades Islands, comprising of more than 30 islands, was the cradle of the first European civilisation 5,000 years ago. Here we also see a truly authentic side of Greece: Gleaming white cube houses with blue shutters and labyrinth-like alleys dominate the architectural character of the islands’ villages and towns. Along the mostly ragged coastlines there are impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea, and fantastic sand beaches. Experience Greece from its greenest side on the Saronic Islands that lie between the Greek mainland and the Peleponnese. Learn about the Greek Liberation […]

Experience the authentic side of Greece

Aegina, Poros, Kea, Kythnos, Seriphos Islands

160 km/ 100 miles of cycling

Motoryacht: max. 18 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Guided cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 3 Difficulty level 3
Duration of the tour.
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8 days

About this tour

The Cyclades Islands, comprising of more than 30 islands, was the cradle of the first European civilisation 5,000 years ago. Here we also see a truly authentic side of Greece: Gleaming white cube houses with blue shutters and labyrinth-like alleys dominate the architectural character of the islands’ villages and towns. Along the mostly ragged coastlines there are impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea, and fantastic sand beaches. Experience Greece from its greenest side on the Saronic Islands that lie between the Greek mainland and the Peleponnese. Learn about the Greek Liberation Struggle between 1821 and 1830 without which Greece would not be as we know it today. Experience the fascinating symbiosis of antiquity and modern times by Bike & Boat and delight in the authentic beauty of the Greek Aegean.

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You dine, sleep and eat breakfast on board. You’ll receive a packed lunch every day, and you can usually choose between a longer or shorter bike ride. It’s also possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

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Day to day program

We reserve the right to make changes to the route in the case of changing wind and weather conditions as well as for reasons of organizational necessity.

Day 1: Piraeus/Athens – (Embarkation)

Individual journey to Piraeus (Marina Zeas), only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in on the ship is possible from 2 pm onwards. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 2: Kythnos Island (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

Early in the morning we sail to Kythnos Island, famous for its cheese and honey since the antiquity. We begin our first cycling tour in the harbour of Merichas and head towards the island’s capital, Chora. Along the way we can enjoy wonderful, scenic views of the coastline. Chora is a lovely town, situated on a high plateau. The town’s alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. We continue on to the picturesque village of Driopida before returning to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

Day 3: Seriphos Island (aprx. 18.75 mi./30 km)

In the morning, our boat takes us to Seriphos, a small island far off the beaten tourist track. The island is characterised by deep valleys, countless bays and coves, and numerous beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi, we cycle along a serpentine road to the island’s main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses, nestled into landscape, stretch along the mountain ridge high above the sea. From Seriphos, we continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We then return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon, we sail to the island of Siphnos, where we can spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on Siphnos.

Day 4: Siphnos Island (aprx. 11.25 mi./18 km)

The island of Siphnos, famous for its ceramic artwork, has nearly no townships on its shores as almost the entire coastline falls steeply into the sea. Today’s bike tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. We cycle through hilly green, terraced landscape to the central highlands where the island’s capital Kastro is located. Kastro is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed as a protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea where we spend the night. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop.

Day 5: Kea Island (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

Our starting point for exploring the north western-most inhabited Cycladic island is the beautiful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we climb up to the island’s capital Ioulis before continuing on to the white sand Otzias Beach where we enjoy a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards we cycle back to Korissia, and then sail to Poros in the Saronic Gulf in the afternoon. The harbour town of Poros is truly spectacular with its iconic clock tower soaring above the rest of the town. Poros in the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening and get lost in the authentic Greek island atmosphere.

Day 6: Poros Island (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)

We start our day with a bike tour from Poros to the Zoodochos Pigis monestary, which dates back to the 18th century. We cycle on and almost completely circle the entire island, which in ancient times was dedicated to the sea god, Poseidon. Shortly before the end of the tour we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue waters, the perfect place for a relaxing swim! Once back in Poros, we board the boat and enjoy a delicious midday meal as we cruise to Aegina.

Day 7: Island Aegina (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

 

The island of Aegina is famous even beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Today’s bike tour takes you up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers sit high up above the blue sea, the only place on the island from where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On the ride back you will cycle through the center of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. We’ll then sail back to Piraeus and round off our exciting Greek cruise with a final, celebrative evening on board.

Day 8: Piraeus/Athens – (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board it is time to disembark to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer in Athens.

Good to know

Itinerary changes: The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this will only result in minor modifications of the tour route. However, should the wind be too strong or dangerous, the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads through the Saronic Gulf for the entire week, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We would cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese and discover the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this substitute journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros, home to the best-preserved theatre in Greece.

Language: Due to our international audience the tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Level 2 – 3: The bike routes have a daily length of 15 – 35 km/10 – 22 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. There are some longer climbs; however, you are welcome to take breaks or push your bike if necessary. The roads are mostly asphalted. Your tour guide will inform you each day about the tour details. This tour is primarily a guided group tour however, upon consultation with your tour guides, it may be possible to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes. 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.

Group riding pace: On our regular cycling tours, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Internet availability: Please note that there is no WiFi available on board the ship.  If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend taking your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbor. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are usually able to use the WiFi to your heart’s content.

Children: We believe that only children in good physical condition with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to manage the daily bike tours independently. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes and 1.50 m (5 ft.) for e-bikes.

Catering: The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with dinner on the arrival day and ends with breakfast on the departure day.

Which payment methods are accepted on board? We do not accept credit cards on board of our boats. Payments such as drinks, tourist taxes, parking spaces etc. can be made in cash only. The accepted currency on board is the euro. Your local guide will point you in the right direction of the nearest ATM or currency conversion office.

Our ship Please don’t forget that the ship is a machine as well as your hotel, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.


Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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  • On request
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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2023
Cabin type For all dates
Twin/Double cabin 2 pers. € 2390 Double for single use (limited) 1 pers. € 3190
Included in this tour
  • 8-day-trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2x full board catering and 5x half board catering
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in itinerary
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours on board
Excluded in this tour
  • Transfer to Athens
  • Water fee flat rate, visitor’s tax and local charges: € 25 for adults or € 15 for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain);
  • Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)
  • Rental bicycle helmet (optional)
  • Entrance fees & excursions not included in the tour price
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Please bring a beach towel, if needed
  • Parking fee
  • Other transfers
  • Beverages on board (noted on a tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Tips for tour-guides and crew (at your discretion)
  • SGR Insolvency protection
Bicycles/E-Bikes
  • All hybrid bicycles are reliable, low maintenance, aluminium frame bike in the suitable size. The hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. Please be aware that these rental bikes are only available for participants that are taller than 1.50 m.
  • E-Bikes: high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used.

Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. We offer a trapeze frame for all guests up to 179 cm, and a diamond frame for people 180cm+.

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board. It is not possible to bring your own E-Bike on board.

Additional options & information - 2023
  • Rental hybrid bicycle: € 80 per week
  • Rental e-bike with Ortlieb pannier: e-bike: € 180 per week
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: e-bike: € 20 /week; hybrid bicycle: € 10 /week (not insured: damages caused through gross negligence)
  • Shared twin cabin (on request)
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use: € 800 (on request, reservation required)
  • Collective group transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation days only):
    – between Athens airport and the boat: € 35 per person/way;
    – between a hotel in Athens city and the boat: € 20 per person/way

 

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).

Weight limit of bicycles brought on board: Please be aware that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb) per bike if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, as they have to lift the bikes on board. It is not possible to bring your own e-bike on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Participants: Minimum 14 / Maximum 18

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so-called ‘partner tour’. The tour operator is: Inselhuepfen/Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH, Constance, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details are available on request.



Available ships for this tour

Motor ship Thalassa (former Bahriyeli A) Greece

Deck chairs

Spacious sun deck

Three masted ship

Teak cladding

max. 18 passengers
9 cabins
2 tours available with this ship

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