Bicycle Cruise Ionian Islands

Bicycle Cruise Ionian Islands (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 210 km )


On our bicycle cruise on the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: Pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands.

From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress Sissi, this journey leads us to regions which are not very well known abroad. Discover the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus, the unforgettable green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Cephalonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos.

Enjoy your boat and bike trip through the Ionian Islands and let yourself be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine and the coziness of the ship!

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Ithaca, the home of Odysseus
Nature: The impressive mountain road with a view onto Myrtos beach
Activity: A visit to Melissani cave on Kefalonia
Culinary: Kleftiko - lamb and rice noodles in the clay pot - is one of the specialties of the Ionian Islands
Souvenir: Olive oil and soap from Paxos

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Corfu town (Embarkation)

Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to the ship. Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.

2nd Day (Sun) Island Corfu– Sivota – Parga – Island Lefkas (aprx. 18 mi./28 km)

Cast off! In the morning we cross over to Sivota on the mainland of Greece. There our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga beautifully situated below a Venetian fortress which towers over the old town. Here the boat awaits us to take us on a long cruise to Nidri on Lefkas Island. On our way we pass a witty swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland. You spent the night in the lively harbour of Nidri.

3rd Day (Mon) Island Lefkas (aprx. 21 mi./35 km)

After breakfast we start with a short tour to a waterfall nearby Nidri. With a bit of luck enough water will tumble for us to have a refreshing swim. Afterwards we continue on quiet roads over the hills via Siyros to the picturesque harbor town of Sivota. Here we board the boat and cruise to Fiskardo on the Island of Kedalonia. Situated on the northern tip of the island, the harbor town enchants with its colorful houses and many cafes and bars along the lively waterfront promenade.

4th Day (Tue) Island Cephalonia (aprx. 25 mi./39 km)

We leave Fiskardo by bike and climb an impressive mountain road on the west coast of Kefalonia, from which we are met by awe inspiring views over the Assos peninsula and the famous Myrtos beach. After the climb we turn inland and cross the island. Shortly before the end of the bike tour we visit the Melissani stalactite cave on board a small row boat and marvel at the incredible blue tones created by the unique cave formations, sun and water. In Sami the boat welcomes us and once on board, sets off for Vathy on Ithaka.

5th Day (Wed) Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi (aprx. 13 + 8 mi./21 + 13 km)

In the Morning we cycle on the Ithaca Island. The homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. From Frikes the Panagiota takes us to the small island of Meganisi. On the way we pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the afternoon in no time by bicycle.

6th Day (Thu) Island of Meganisi - Mytikas – Lefkas City - Paxos (aprx. 30 mi./49 km))

Early in the morning crossover to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. From Mytikas we cycle along the coast and further on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages like Paleiros until we reach Lefkas town, where your ship awaits you. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns of Gaios.

7th Day (Fri) Islands of Paxos and Corfu (aprx. 14 mi./23 km))

Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green color. On today’s cycle trip we circle the island. We can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch the Panagiotta will take us back to Corfu City where we can explore the city once more before enjoying a last evening meal on board together wirh friends, guides and crew reflecting on the experiences of the week.

8th Day (Sat) Corfu town (Disembarkation)

After breakfast, check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Greece.

Ships

MS Panagiota (Komfort)

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 WC.

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 Corfu

Your tour begins in Corfu City. There are four different ports in which the boat can dock. In Corfu City the boat will either be docked in the yacht harbor Marina NAUK south below the old fort in the ferry harbor west of the new fort  or in the small private harbor Café Giali between the new and the old fort. Should the weather conditions be extremely stormy, it can occur that we are forced to take shelter in Marina Gouvia 10km north form Corfu. The exact docking spot can only be communicated on the day of embarkation.


Inbound flight to Corfu

A flight is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get to Greece. Corfu, your port of embarkation is only 5 km away from Corfu Airport.

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

Transfers between the airport and the boat or between a hotel and the boat

Fee-based collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):
– Between Corfu airport or a hotel in Corfu town and the boat in Corfu harbour: 10 euro/person/way

Customized transfers are possible, availability and prices on request.

Transfer reservations

For the organization of all airport transfers please indicate your exact flight details:

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

If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.

For all hotel transfers, please indicate the following details:

– transfer date
– exact hotel address
– preferred transfer time

For transfer reservations please contact our office team:

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

Extended stay

Extend your holiday on Corfu!

Would you like to be in the vicinity before your biking and cruising tour in the Ionian Islands begins or to spend a few more relaxed days afterwards on the island of Corfu?

Corfu is the largest island in the Ionian archipel and its diverse landscape, countless beaches, turquiose-coloured sea and many sightseeing attractions are impressive. The beautiful landscape in the north of the island, with its coast of sandstone cliffs at Sidari, attracts tourists like a magnet.

Corfu’s capital – also named Corfu – is considered one of the most beautiful towns in all of Greece. To stroll through the lively lanes of the historical centre with its Venetian flair, where countless small shops offer a colourful profusion of wares, is a true holiday highpoint. Also impressive are the New and Old Fortress, just as photogenic as the monastery island of Vlacherna- connected by a dam to the main island – and nearby Mouse Island (Pontikonissi).

Austria’s great empress Sissi already described Corfu as the island of her dreams when she came there to improve her delicate health. In 1890 – 1892, she had an extraordinary palace built 7 km south of Corfu Town, calling it Achilleion, after Achilles, the legendary Homeric hero. It is today one of the main tourist attractions.

So it is certainly always worthwhile to extend your holiday on Corfu: No matter whether you are interested in culture, love hiking or exploring the island by car, or simply want to relax on the beach – Corfu has something for everybody.

Please sent an email to: info@islandhopping.com, if you like to book 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.

Hotel Bella Venezia in Korfu Stadt

Should you decide to extend your vacation in Corfu’s beautiful capital, we can recommend the Hotel Bella Venezia in the historical town centre.

The hotel, which is one of the most beautiful hotels in Corfu Town, is housed in a neo-classical building renovated in 2006 and located in the historical old part of Corfu, quite near the main Esplanada Square and the old citadel.

The 31 rooms were stylishly furnished by the well-known interior designer Marilou Dolianite. They all have a private bathroom, telephone and internet connection, TV, a safe, a minibar, a balcony and air conditioning. There is also a snackbar as well as a garden where, weather permitting, breakfast is served.

We will gladly book rooms with breakfast for you. Prices apply to one person overnight and vary according to season:

May/October 2019

– Double room with breakfast: 80 euro per person/night
– Single room with breakfast: 135 euro/night

June, July, August 24th – September 30th 2019

– Double room with breakfast: 90 euro per person/night
– Single room with breakfast: 155 euro/night

August 1st – August 23rd 2019
– Double room with breakfast: 95 euro per person/night
– Single room with breakfast: 165 euro/night

These are the prices for a stay up to 4 nights. From 5 nights 10 % discount.

Hotel Cavalieri in Korfu Stadt

An alternative to the Bella Venetia Hotel is the excellent Hotel Cavalieri, which is also centrally located in the old quarter of Corfu. The recently completely renovated Neo-Classical building of the 17th century can accommodate 120 guests in comfortable double and single rooms. From its terrace, it offers a beautiful, unimpeded view of the sea and the old fortress. All rooms are equipped with a bath, mini-bar, telephone, TV and air conditioning.

We will gladly book rooms with breakfast for you. Prices apply to one person overnight and vary according to season:

April 1st – June 10th 2019

– Double room with breakfast: 70 euro/person
– Single room with breakfast: 110 euro/night

June 11th – July 20th and September 1st – October 31st 2019

– Double room with breakfast: 75 euro/person
– Single room with breakfast: 125 euro/night

July 21st – August 31st 2019

– Double room with breakfast: 80 euro/person
– Single room with breakfast: not available

These are the prices for a stay up to 4 nights. From 5 nights 10 % discount.

Hotel Corfu Secret in Agios Markos

If you wish to spend more time on Corfu, we recommend the Boutique-Hotel Corfu Secret, located ca. 15 km outside of Corfu-Town, in the village of Aghios Markos above the beautiful Ypsos Beach. Alpha Guide, the best-known hotel guide in Greece, considers it among the best hotels in the country.

The hotel has 23 luxurious rooms on several levels and is furnished entirely in Venetian style. All rooms are equipped with a bathroom, balcony, air conditioning, TV, telephone, refrigerator and safe.

The hotel has a pool, breakfast is served buffet-style, and for a fee guests have access to a washing machine and the internet.

We gladly book a room with breakfast for you at the following prices per person and night. Prices vary according to season:

15.05. – 05.07. / 01.09. – 04.10.

– Double room with breakfast: 45 euro per person/night
– Single room with breakfast: 80 euro/night

06.07. – 31.08.

– Double room with breakfast: 70 euro per person/night
– Single room with breakfast: 130 euro/night

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin above 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

• Surcharge for a cabin on deck: 100 euro/person
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 400 euro (limited, on request)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 600 euro (limited, on request)
• ½ a double cabin can be booked on request
• Rental bikes with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bike: 80 euro/week or e-bike: 160 euro/week
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Fee-based collective group transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days): between Corfu airport or a hotel in Corfu town and the boat respectively between boat and Corfu airport or boat and a hotel in Corfu town: 10 euro per person/way
• Additional customized transfers on request
• Additional nights on Corfu: prices on request.

Not included in the basic tour price

• Journey to Greece
• 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 for sights not included in the tour price
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Rabatte

• 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

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

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Level 3

The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 – 31 mi. (20 – 50 km). They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours will have an altitude of 1,000 – 2,300 ft. (300 – 700 m). There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented. 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

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
April 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 13.04-20.04Ionian IslandsPanagiotaCorfu townCorfu town1390 book
 20.04-27.04Ionian IslandsPanagiotaCorfu townCorfu town1390 book
 27.04-04.05Ionian IslandsPanagiotaCorfu townCorfu town1390 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.10-12.10Ionian IslandsPanagiotaCorfu townCorfu town1390 book
 12.10-19.10Ionian IslandsPanagiotaCorfu townCorfu town1390 book
 19.10-26.10Ionian IslandsPanagiotaCorfu townCorfu town1390 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
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Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com