Bicycle Cruise Cyclades & Saronic Islands

Bicycle Cruise Cyclades & Saronic Islands (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 160 km )


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.

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 which Greece would not be as we know it today.

Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on your motorized sailing ship or the bicycle and imbibe the authentic beauty of the Greek Aegean.

Attention: This web page has been updated for the season 2019. Changes in the itinerary as well as the accomplishments may vary in comparison to the season 2018.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Visit one of the best preserved greek temples: Sanctuary of Aphaia on the island of Ägina
Nature: Discover by bike the island of Poros which is covered by scented pinewoods
Activity: A walk through Little-Venice to the famous windmill of Mykonos-Town
Culinary: Sheep's cheese in flaky pastry with honey & sesame
Souvenirs: Colourful pottery from Sifnos

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Marina Zeas (Piraeus /Athen) – (Embarkation)

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.

2nd Day (Sun) Kythnos Island (Cycle route aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

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.

3rd Day (Mon) Seriphos Island (Cycle route aprx. 18.75 mi./30 km)

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.

4th Day (Tue) Siphnos Island (Cycle route aprx. 11.25 mi./18 km)

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.

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

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, Ioulis 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.

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

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.

7th Day (Fri) Island Ägina (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

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.

8th Day (Sat) Piraeus/Athen (Disembarkation)

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

Ships

Panagiota (Comfort)

At 23 x 6 m the Panagiota is an affectionately restored wooden motor yacht, which represents the classic boat type of the Kaïkis. With a warm „Welcome on board“, the captain and his crew invite their guests on board. A noble teakwood deck, a comfortably decorated salon surrounded by colourful glass paintings, convenient sitting areas on the entire ship and the cushioned mats on the sundeck facilitate a homely comfort. The 10 guest cabins are stylishly furnished and named after Greek islands; all air conditioned and fitted with shower and toilet.

Rental bikes

Hybrid Bikes

Those choosing to rent an hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our 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. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Bikes

Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedalec, 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. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 160 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

Islandhopping Pannier

For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc.

To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras ect.

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

Journey

Port of Embarkation/Disembarkation Athens (Piraeus/Marina Zeas)

The port of embarkation/disembarkation is the yacht harbour of Marina Zeas, which is part of Piraeus harbour. In general the Panagiota docks at the ”Pasa Limani” part of the marina on the long pier in the vacinity of the lighthouse. You are welcome to check in on board from 2pm onwards on the embarkation day.


How to get to Athens

A flight is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get to Greece. Piraeus, your port of embarkation is only 15 mi./25 km away from Athens Airport (named El. Venizelos Airport).

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Please choose an outbound flight departing in the afternoon to ensure a stress-free journey home.

Transfers between Athens Airport and the Boat or an Hotel at Athens and the Boat

Fee-based collective transfers (only available on embarkation/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

Customized transfers are offered too: availability and prices on request.

How to make a transfer reservation

For all airport transfers a reservation is required. Please indicate your exact flight details. If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.

You are kindly requested to send us the following details:

– arrival & departure date
– flight route
– airline
– flight number
– estimated arrival or departure time

For hotel transfers please indicate:

– exact hotel address
– preferred transfer time

For all transfers please contact our office team:

Ph: +49-(0)7531-36186-0
Email: info@islandhopping.com

Extended stay

Extend your stay! - Additional nights at Athens

Would you like to be in vicinity for a few days before your boat- and bike trip or would you like to spend a few days in Greece after your trip?

The 2004 Olympics brought about a very positive change to the face of the lively 5-million strong metropolis. Large sections of the inner city were transformed into pedestrian areas and a large archaeological park was created, that stretches from the Acropolis across ancient Agora to Kerameikos, the old potters’ and cemetery district. Enjoy an unforgettable stroll through the winding alleys of the Plaka, the charming Old Town district, where you should not only stop to admire the many different souvenirs available, but should also make yourself comfortable in one of the countless cafés.

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Athens with a programme, which, on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers you enough leisure time to discover the Greek capital on your own.

If you are only looking for accommodation facilities, we recommend two hotels that are situated in the centre of Athens, allowing you to reach most of the tourist sights by foot.

Please sent an email to: info@islandhopping.com, if you like to book our additional package or a room.

Please note that from 2018, the Greek state will charge a hotel tax, which cannot be paid in advance, but must be paid by the guest directly at the hotel reception. Per night and per room, 1.50 euros for 3-star hotels, 3.00 euros for 4-star hotels and 4.00 euros for 5-star hotels.

3-day extension module Athens; available pre or post tour

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Athens with a programme, which, on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers you enough leisure time to discover the Greek capital on your own.

Included services

– 2 nights in Athens, optionally a 3 star hotel (Philippos or alike) or a 4 star hotel (Herodion or alike) in the centre of Athens
– Taxi transfers from the airport to the hotel as well as from the hotel to the ship (or reverse)
– Entrance fee to the acropolis
– 1 dinner at the TO KAFENEION tavern (drinks excluded) in the old town of Plaka
– 1 guided city bike tour by ATHENS BY BIKE (three hour tour, English speaking tour guide, coffee or soft drink included)
– All tourist taxes

Price per person

– 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 290 euro
– 3 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 420 euro
– 4 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 350 euro
– 4 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 500 euro

Book the additional package

If you want to book this additional tour module, please refer to it in the comments field of your booking request or write to us at info@islandhopping.com :

– Do you want to book the package before or after your Islandhopping trip?
– For how many people would you like to book?
– Which hotel category would you like to stay at? 3 or 4 star hotel? Single or double room?
– On which day and at what time would you like to dine in the TO KAFENEION tavern?
– Do you prefer a meat or vegetarian menu in the tavern?
– On which day would you like to conduct the city bike tour by ATHENS BY BIKE? (starts daily at 10 am)
– Detailed flight information to provide a fluent transfer

Voucher delivery

After booking the additional programme you will receive a simple confirmation/invoice from Islandhopping. You will get the hotel- and activity voucher from the transfer driver either at the airport or on the ship. This depends on whether you booked the programme before or after the Islandhopping trip.

Hotel Philippos in Athens (3-star Hotel)

The lovely, petite 3-star hotel “Philippos” is situated in the peaceful city district of Makriyanni, only a walk away from the Acropolis and the charming Old Town of Plaka. The beautiful, stylishly decorated rooms are equipped with a bathroom, air conditioning unit, a telephone, TV and a mini-bar.

We are happy to arrange rooms for you. Please send an e-mail to info@islandhopping.com.

 

Hotel Herodion at Athens (4-star Hotel)

The excellent 4-star hotel “Herodion” is situated just next to the newly built Acropolis museum, in the peaceful city district of Makriyanni, only a walk away from the Acropolis and the charming Old Town of Plaka. The spacious, elegant decorated rooms are equipped with a bathroom, air conditioning unit, a telephone, TV and a mini-bar. The hotel also has an exquisite restaurant and a bar.

We are happy to arrange rooms for you. Please send an e-mail to info@islandhopping.com.

 

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin below deck)

– 1,390 euro (comfort ship Panagiota)

Included services

• 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
• Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

• ½ a double cabin can be booked (on request)
• Surcharge for a cabin above deck: 100 euro/person, reservation required
• Surcharge for a cabin for single use below deck: 400 euro, above deck: 600 euro (limited, reservation required)
• Rental hybrid bicycle with Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro/week
• Rental E-Bike with Ortlieb pannier: 160 euro/week (limited, on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental hybrid 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
• Customized transfers are on request
• Extended stay in good hotels in Athens: please see prices below “Extended Stay”
• 3-day extension module – Athens; available pre or post tour (Incl. transfers: Airport – Hotel + Hotel boat, 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel, entrance to the Acropolis, 1 evening meal in the Tavern ‘To Kafeneion’ excl. drinks, 1 guided city bike tour ‘’Athens by Bike’’), Price per person: 3-star hotel in a double room: 290 euro, single room: 420 euro; 4-star hotel in a double room: 350 euro, single room: 500 euro

Not included in the tour price

• 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
• Tips for crew and tour guides

Price reductions

• With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the 3rd person, regardless of age, and do not charge the above-deck surcharge (not combinable with any other discount).
• Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).
• Early-Bird discount: receive a 5% discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2019 (combinable with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).
• SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount: all guests booking the third or more tour directly over Islandhopping will receive a 5% discount on the tour base price (combinable with the Early-Bird discount).

Things to note

Language aboard

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Time zone

Please note that Greece is on Eastern European (Summer) time, i.e. GM(S)T + 2 hours.

Itinerary 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 for the entire week into the Saronic 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 theatre in Greece.

Physical requirements (Grade 2-3)

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. 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). 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.

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).

Internet Availability

The Panagiota does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts Content.

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.

Bringing own bikes

We do not recommend bringing your own bikes/MTBs. Transport of the bikes as well as the loading and unloading from the boats does make the bikes vulnerable to paint defects. Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for private bikes brought on the tour. Personal e-bikes are not permitted on board our boat due to weight restrictions, as well as liability concerns.

Our Ships

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

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 the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
May 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 11.05-18.05Cyclades & Saronic IslandsPanagiotaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1390
 18.05-25.05Cyclades & Saronic IslandsPanagiotaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1390 book
June 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 08.06-15.06Cyclades & Saronic IslandsPanagiotaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1390
August 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 31.08-07.09Cyclades & Saronic IslandsPanagiotaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1390 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 07.09-14.09Cyclades & Saronic IslandsPanagiotaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1390 book
 14.09-21.09Cyclades & Saronic IslandsPanagiotaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1390 book
 21.09-28.09Cyclades & Saronic IslandsPanagiotaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1390

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com