Bike & Boat Peloponnese & Saronic Islands

Bike & Boat Peloponnese & Saronic Islands

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 200 km )


The Peloponnese is a Greek region steeped in history. The Mycenaeans, ancient Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans, and Albanians have all left their mark on the “Island of Pelops”. Here you will find some of the greatest archaeological sites of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Discover this unique, culturally rich region as well as the diverse islands of the Saronic Gulf by boat and bike! The three masted Thalassa will be your floating home as you travel on this one-of-a-kind journey through 5,000 years of Greek history.

Cycle through orange orchards and pomegranate plantations. Experience the “Golden Mycenae” and the impressive Lion Gate, the cyclopean walls and the Treasury of Atreus. Stroll through the picturesque, medieval town of Nafplio with its imposing fortifications and embark on a geological journey through time on the volcanic peninsula of Methana!

Discover the enchanting islands of the Saronic Gulf each with its own distinct and unique character. Be it the pistachio island of Aegina where the Temple of Aphaia sits enthroned high above the blue of the sea or the completely traffic-free island of Hydra where the countless donkeys have been the only means of transport since time immemorial. The islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs, is sure to enchant your senses as take in panoramic views while cycling along almost traffic-free roads!

This itinerary has been updated for 2021. The itinerary, prices and services should remain unchanged. All tour dates for 2021 are now online and available to book.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Stroll through the ‚Golden Mycenae‘ with its Lion Gate, Cyclopean walls and the Treasury of Atreus
Nature: Experience the Pistachio island of Aigina with its mountain-top temple to Aphaia!
Activity: Take a walk on the beautiful island of Hydra and enjoy a world class sunset.
Culinary: A must try: Greek mezedes – small entrees in large variety!
Souvenirs: Pistachios from Aigina, as well as some world famous Greek olive oil or local honey.

Itinerary

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

Individually arranged arrival to Marina Zeas; part of Piraeus and about 25 km from the airport. Check in is possible from 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Piraeus.

2nd Day (Sun) Island of Poros (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)

The morning will be spent sailing to the Island of Poros. In the afternoon, we will start cycling from the island’s capital, which holds the same name as the island itself, towards the 18th century Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Continuing on, we will almost completely circle the island which, in ancient times, was considered to be the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Shortly before the end of the tour we will reach Russian Bay, whose sandy beach and turquoise waters are sure to tempt us to dive in for a swim. Back in the enchanting harbour of Poros City, with its landmark clock tower reaching high above all the other buildings, we can end our eventful day surrounded by characteristic Greek atmosphere.

3rd Day (Mon) Galatas – Ermioni – Nafplio (aprx. 25 mi./40 km)

After breakfast a small car ferry will take us from Poros to Galatas in the Pelopennese. From here, the bike tour will lead us for the most part along the sea and through fertile agricultural land towards the small coastal town of Ermioni. Here the Thalassa will await us for an on board lunch and a leisurely afternoon crossing to Nafplio. In the early afternoon, our tour guide will invite us on a stroll through the picturesque alleys of the former Greek capital. Nafplio is a captivating island with its ingenious fortifications and eventful history along with its flower filled old town and the numerous very individual, beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants. The perfect place to spend a wonderful, relaxed evening.

4th Day (Tue) Mycenae – Island of Spetses (aprx. 31 mi./50 km)

After breakfast, the day’s tour leads into the Peloponnesian inland. After cycling through an impressive apricot and orange grove we will reach the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns and following the magnificent castle of Mycenae. Both sites have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1999. In the 2nd millennium BC, Mycenae was one of Greece’s most important cities. King Atreus and his son Agamemnon play a significant role in Greek mythology. The excavation site is enthralling: The famous Lion Gate, the incredibly thick cyclopean walls, Grave Circles A and B along with the gold and silver discoveries and the Treasury of Atreus are all very much worth a visit. In the late afternoon, the boat will take us from Nafplio to the Island of Spetses. In the evening, we can stroll through the alleys of the beautiful old town, decorated with pebble mosaics, or end the evening at the old fishing port with a glass of wine.

5th Day (Wed) Islands of Spetses and Hydra (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

The island of Spetses got its name from the Venetians who called it “Isola della spezie”, the island of herbs. With the accompanying aroma of wild herbs and panoramic views, today’s tour will lead us along the traffic-free road that circles the island. For the majority of the ride we will be able to enjoy incredible views of the turquoise sea. Later on there will be a longer break at one of the beautiful beaches for a coffee and a swim.  The journey will then continue to the island of Hydra. Since time immemorial donkeys have been the only means of transport on this unique, beautiful island. Thanks to seafaring, the island became very wealthy in the middle ages. Then, after the Greek War of Independence, spanning from 1821-1830, the island fell into a hundred-year slumber. It was only when, in 1957, the film “Boy on a Dolphin” starring the unforgettable Sofia Loren was filmed on Hydra that life was brought back to the island which then became a mecca for artists. A unique place with arguably the most beautiful sunset in the region!

6th Day (Thu) Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

In the morning we sail to Methana Peninsula whose volcanic origin is immediately noticeable by the smell of sulphur and the shimmering colours of the rocks. The peninsula is characterised by its 30 plus volcanos, some of which are still active, as well as the medicinal, sulphurous thermal springs. Today’s round trip offers numerous, incredible views. In the afternoon, we will sail to the island of Aegina. If the weather permits, there will be the chance for a longer swimming break along the way.

7th Day (Fri) Island of Aegina – Piraeus/Athens (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 us up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers rest 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 we will cycle through the centre of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. We will then sail back to Piraeus and our exciting Greek cruise will come to a close with a final, celebrative evening on board.

8th Day (Sat) Marina Zeas (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.

Ships

Thalassa (Premium)

The Thalassa is a three-mast motor yacht built as traditional Turkish gullet. A ship with best equipment, which combines pure elegance with greatest comfort. With its towering masts, this proud ship is a real eye-catcher in any harbour. The saloon and guest cabins are spacious. The expansive ships deck provides an array of comfortable seating arrangements. A perfect setting in which to enjoy the cruise, read a book or simply to regenerate in whilst the sea breeze sooths the senses. At mealtimes the guests are pampered with a generous variety of authentic dishes, created masterfully in the on board galley, bringing an insight into the diversity of the Greek kitchen to the table.

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 180 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 boat docks at the ”Pasa Limani” part of the marina. 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: 25 euro per person/way
– between a hotel at Athens city and the boat: 15 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 three 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 charges 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 (Pan or alike) or a 4 star hotel (Hera, Elia Ermou 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)
– All tourist taxes

Price per person

– 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 310 euro
– 3 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 440 euro
– 4 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 370 euro
– 4 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 530 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 at seasonally varying prices. Please send us an e-mail to info@islandhopping.com.

Hotel Pan in Athens (3-star hotel)

The family-run 3-star Hotel Pan is located in the historic center of Athens, just a stone’s throw from the iconic old town of Plaka and within walking distance of almost all major attractions, such as the Acropolis, Syntagma Square with the Parliament, the National Garden, the shopping street Ermou and the Street Art neighborhood Psirri. The 33 rooms are furnished with all modern comforts and offer TV, free WIFI, air conditioning and minibar. The hotel also has its own café and offers its guests an excellent breakfast with many Greek specialties.

We are happy to arrange rooms for you at seasonally varying prices. Please send us an e-mail to info@islandhopping.com.

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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 at seasonally varying prices. Please send us an e-mail to info@islandhopping.com.

Prices & Accomplishments

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

– from 1,390 euro (premium ship Thalassa, former Bahriyeli A)

Included services

– 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
– 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
– 2 x full-board and 5 x half-board on board
– Guided bicycle tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
– Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
– Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
– Bed linen and towels
– English-speaking tour guide

Additional optional services (on request)

– Shared twin cabin
– Surcharge for a double cabin for single use: 500 euro (limited)

– Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week;
   e-bike: 180 euro/week (limited)
– Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week;
   e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)

– Collective group transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation days only):
   between Athens airport and the boat: 25 euro per person/way; 
   between a hotel at Athens city and the boat: 15 euro per person/way
– Additional customized transfers

– Additional nights in good hotels in Athens
– 3-day extension module – Athens; available pre and post tour (Incl. transfers: Airport – Hotel or 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: 310 euro/single room: 450 euro;
   4-star hotel in a double room: 370 euro/single room: 530 euro

Not included in the basic tour price

– Journey to Athens
– Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
– Flat rate for bottled water: 20 euro for adults or 10 euro for children up to age 16
  (to be paid to the captain)
– Meals and beverages ashore
– Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
– Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)
– Tips for tour guides and crew

Price reductions

– Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).

If you place your booking for this tour by the 31.01.2021, you will receive a 5% Early-Bird discount on the tour base price (can be used in combination with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN Discount)

– If this is your third or more Islandhopping tour booked directly with Islandhopping, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for this tour if you book before the 31.01.2021 (can be used in combination 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

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.

Physical requirements (Level 2 - 3)

The bike routes have a length of 23 to 50km/14 to 31mi. 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.

Requirement to wear a helmet

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).

Good to know

On our regular cycling tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bicycles. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that also the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. Thank you for your understanding.

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 bike-tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 4.2 ft./1,30 m.

Bringing private bikes & EXCLUSION of private E-BIKES

The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.

Should you however wish to bring your own hybrid or MTB with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.

We do not allow private e-bikes on board of our boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please get in touch with us about the rental options.

We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.

Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logisitical handling thereof.

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.

Internet availability

There is no WiFi connection offered on board of your ship. 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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
April 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 10.04-17.04Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
 17.04-24.04Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
June 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 26.06-03.07Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
July 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 03.07-10.07Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
 10.07-17.07Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
 17.07-24.07Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
 24.07-31.07Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
 31.07-07.08Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
August 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 14.08-21.08Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
 21.08-28.08Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490 book
October 2021
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 09.10-16.10Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490
 16.10-23.10Peloponnese & Saronic IslandsThalassaAthens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)Athens / Piräus (Marina Zeas)1490

Any questions?

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Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com