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Discover Greece by bike and boat! A country with almost 3,000 islands, all with their own unique charm, over 30,000 beautiful beaches, and 5,000 years of fascinating history. Live your island dream on some of the best islands in Greece, explore beautiful landscapes, a magnificent past, and spectacular nature.
The beautiful Peloponnese Peninsula, located in southern Greece, is named after the mythological figure Pelops, son of King Tantalus. For this reason, the peninsula is often called “the island of Pelops”. In ancient times, many of the important centres of the Mycenaean culture were located on the Peloponnese Peninsula. Discover these magnificent archaeological sites of the ancient and medieval world by bike and boat on our “Peloponnese and Saronic Islands” tour. The “Golden Mycenae” with its impressive Lion Gate, the Cyclopean Walls and the Treasury of Atreus as well as the picturesque medieval town of Nafplio are just some of the must-see places on this tour.
If you are looking for paradise on earth, you will find it on the Greek islands! Travel with us to the Ionian Islands, an archipelago whose namesake is Ios, daughter of the river god Inachos and one of Zeus’ many lovers. This archipelago consits of seven major islands off the west coast of Greece whose natural abundance make them to some of the most scenic islands to visit in Greece. The island’s exquisite white-sand beaches, the shimmering turquoise-blue Ionian Sea and the abundance of lush nature are the three key aspects that distinguishes this Greek holiday destination from all others. The Venetian inspired UNESCO town of Corfu is definitely worth exploring while Kefalonia and Lefkas, home of Odysseus', as well as Ithaca and the olive island Paxos are some of the best islands to visit in Greece. Perfect for an Islandhopping adventure by bike and boat.
When thinking of Greece, the characteristic postcard picture of white cube houses with their blue shutters lining a labyrinth of alleys may come to mind. This distinctive Greek image is exactly what you will find when exploring the towns of the Cyclades. It was here, over 5,000 years ago, that the first advanced European civilisation was established. If you want to experience traditional Greece, this is the perfect place to do so! Discover the Greek islands of Kea, Kithnos, Serifos and Sifnos on our “Cyclades & Saronic Islands” Islandhopping tour. These are some of the quietest islands in the Cyclades and a true insider tip! Our “Pearls of the Aegean Tour” leads through the Cyclades islands of Naxos, Paros and Amorgos. Experience the Cyclades with all your senses: taste the delicious honey, cultivated since ancient times, as well as the various cheeses made from sheep’s, goats and cow’s milk. What’s more, these delicious treats make wonderful gifts and souvenirs!
“Dodeka” is the Greek word for twelve while “nisos” means island. It is from this that the twelve main islands belonging to the famous Aegean archipelago, located off the coast of Turkey, received its name Dodecanese. Explore these sunny islands on the Greek Aegean Sea with us by hybrid bike and mountain bike. The ancient Asklepion on Kos, where the famous doctor Hippocrates learned the art of modern medicine, the peace and tranquillity of the island of Lipsi, the volcanic island of Nisyros and the island of Kalymnos, famous for its sponges since ancient times, can be counted among the best islands to visit in Greece.
Experience Greece at its greenest on the Saronic Islands, located between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese. Immerse yourself in Greek history and learn about the liberation struggle, 1821-1839, which played a major role in creating present-day Greece. Explore the unique islands of the Saronic Gulf and the fascinating places they have to offer on our round trips "Cyclades and Saronic Islands" and "Peloponnese and Saronic Gulf". Be it the pistachio island of Aegina, the completely traffic-free island of Hydra with sunsets to take your breath away, or the unspoilt islands of Poros and Spetses, characterised by their aromatic herbal scents; there is plenty to discover.
Crete is not only the largest Greek island but also one of the most beautiful. This spectacular island, also known as the Island of Minos, offers everything you could possibly wish for on an active holiday in Greece, making it one of the top 10 Greek islands for cyclists. Discover an island of incredible beauty with varied landscapes, unspoilt nature, archaeological treasures and crystal-clear blue sea. With its year-round mild climate and miles of sandy beaches, Crete is a true jewel of the Aegean Sea. The historic Palace of Knossos, the rugged, mountainous island landscapes, the world-famous Samaria Gorge and the Elafonisi Nature Park are among the top attractions waiting to be explored. At the end of the day, the incredible, colourful sunsets are sure to make your holiday on Crete unforgettable.
In summer, a maximum temperature of 29°C (84°F) can be expected during the day in north and inland Greece with a maximum of around 5°C (41°F) in winter. The area along the Adriatic coast and in the Aegean Sea offer a Mediterranean climate with summers being predominantly sunny and dry. The average maximum temperature in summer is 30°C (86°F), while the weather in winter tends to be rainy and mild, depending on the region. In southern Greece, such as on the island of Crete, winter temperatures can remain as warm as 25°C (77°F) during the day with very little rain.
The best time to visit Greece for a cycling holiday is from April to June and September to November. The pleasant temperatures ranging between 20°C (68°F) and 27°C (81°F) make even the most demanding tours enjoyable. The so-called Meltemi Winds that blow across the Aegean Sea during the summer months between July and August are refreshing for islanders but make seafaring a greater challenge. For this reason, we do not visit the Cyclades during this time of year. Naturally, challenging winds can rise throughout the year and therefore slight changes to a tour programme may occur at any time.
The summer months from July to September are the best times for beachside or family holidays on one of our Multi-Adventure Cruises. Temperatures can often reach 30°C (86°F) while the water temperature remains a pleasant 23°C (73°F) until October.
European citizens, both adults and children, require a valid passport or identity card for entry into Greece. In accordance with current Greek border regulations, a valid passport photo must accompany a child’s identity card. It is no longer sufficient for a child to be registered in the passport of an accompanying adult. The entry document must be valid for the intended duration of the stay.
Travel agreements between Greece and Britain should remain unchanged until December 31st 2020. Plenty of information is provided by both the British government and the European Commission on FAQs which we suggest you refer to should you have any questions.
Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH does not assume any liability for the correctness of the information given here. You can obtain the latest information from the responsible consulate of your country.
Travellers from the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand also require valid passports. It is recommended that the passports are valid up to 6 months on entering the country. Visas for Greece are not required if the trip lasts under 90 days. Please inform yourself about other entry requirements.
Travelling by aeroplane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get to Greece. There are several airports throughout Europe with regular flights to Corfu, Crete, Thessaloniki and Athens. Most flights from within Europe take between 2 to 5 hours, depending on your country of departure. There are also a number of flights from outside of Europe to Athens including flights from New York, Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. All flights are non-smoking. Depending on your departure location, there may also be a time change. Greece falls within eastern European standard time zone (GMT+2).
If you already happen to be in Europe, have plenty of time and want to make your journey to Greece into a road trip you can take a ferry to Corfu. There are several ferry connections every day from Venice or Ancona in Italy, or from Igoumenitsa on the Greek mainland.