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Bike & Boat

Cyclades & Saronic Islands · Greece

From 2390 €
Route
from Athens / to Athens
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
160 km
Level 2 -3
Level 1
Easy cycling tours suitable for islandhoppers who are confident on their bikes but prefer riding on flatter terrain (15-30km and 200 elevation meters per day).
Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who have a good basic level of fitness (20-35km and up to 200-400 elevation meters per day).
Level 2
Moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who cycle regularly and feel comfortable with longer climbs (25-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day).
Level 2 -3
Moderate to demanding cycling tours through hilly to mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who like a challenge (30-50km and 400-700 elevation meters per day).
Level 3
Demanding cycling tours through hilly and mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who can take on steeper climbs (30-60km and 400-800 elevation meter per day).

Authentic beauty of the Greek Aegean Sea

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.

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Highlights

Culture: Temple of Aphaia on the island of Aegina
Nature: Rugged coastline with impressive geological formations and sandy beaches
Activity: Cycle around the island of Poros, covered with fragrant pine forests
Culinary: Sheep cheese in flaky pastry with honey and sesame
Souvenir: Colourful pottery from Siphnos
This trip is already updated for the 2023 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2022:

Itinerary

Poros Ermoupolis Livadi Chora Merichas Driopida Chora Ioulis Korissia Otzias Kea Kythnos Seriphos Siphnos Poros Aegina Syros Griechenland Türkei Athen Izmir Athen Athen Flughafen Aphaia Ägina Piräus MITTELMEER Turkey Athens Izmir Athens Athens Airport Greece MEDITERRANEAN Aphaea Aegina Piraeus AirportAthens
1st Day
Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens) – (Embarkation)
Individual journey to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus, 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.
2nd Day 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.
3rd Day Seriphos Island
(aprx. 17 mi./28 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 the ship takes us to Syros, where we can stroll through the breathtaking old town and round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.
4th Day Syros Island
(aprx. 20 mi./34 km)
The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival: The town which is built on two hills is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominant the townscape. We cycle along the coast of Syros which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we continue by boat to the island of Kea.
5th Day Kea Island
(aprx. 15 mi./25 km)
Our starting point for exploring the northwestern-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 is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening and get lost in the authentic Greek island atmosphere.
6th Day 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.
7th Day
Island Aegina
(aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
The island of Aegina is known far beyond the Greek borders for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s bike tour takes us up to the sanctuary of Aphaia, towering high above the azure blue of the sea. The incredibly well-preserved temple is located on the only point on the island where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On our way back to the boat, we cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to the town of Aegina. Here we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piraeus. The last evening on board concludes with a communal dinner and last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew, fellow travellers, and tour guides.
8th Day Athens/Piraeus (Disembarkation)
After breakfast check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Athens.

Accommodation

Thalassa (Deluxe)

Thalassa is a beautiful three mast motor sailor where elegance and comfort combined result in one of the most majestic ships of our fleet. The tall masts make the Thalassa an eye catcher in every harbor.

The saloon and the cabins are spacious and the wood finish give a noble touch. The vast deck provides plenty of comfortable sitting areas with tables and chairs available in the shade and sunning mats on the sundeck. Fitted ideally for maximum relaxation during the crossings from island to island.

The crew spoil their guests at mealtimes with a delicious selection of local specialties prepared…

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Rental Bikes

Our Hybrid Bikes

For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…

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Our E-Bikes

All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable.  …

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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.

 

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

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  • Our E-Bikes
  • ACCESSORIES

Services, Dates & Prices

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
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: 25 euro for adults or 15 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 town for use off the boat (if needed)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
Prices for Additional Optional Services 2023
Shared twin cabin
(limited)
Available on request
Surcharge for a double cabin for single
(limited)
800 euro
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
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week
E-bike: 20 euro/week
Transfer between Athens airport and the boat
(available on embarkation or disembarkation days only)
35 euro/person
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles
Transfer between a hotel in Athens city and the boat
(available on embarkation or disembarkation days only)
20 euro/person
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional nights (B&B) in Athens Prices see additional nights Athens
3-day extension module – Athens; available pre and post tour Prices see extension program Athens
4-day extension module – Santorini Prices see extension program Santorini
4-day extension module – Mykonos Prices see extension program Mykonos
Discounts
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).

  • If you place your booking for a tour in 2023 by the 31.12.2022, 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 us, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for a tour in 2023 if you book it before the 31.12.2022 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount).

Time Period Tour Country Accommodation Route Availability Price from
The final price is dependent on the type of cabin, the number of guests staying in the cabin and any additional services booked.

April 2023

22.04.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
22.04. –
29.04.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking
29.04.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
29.04. –
06.05.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking

May 2023

27.05.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
27.05. –
03.06.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking
06.05.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
06.05. –
13.05.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking
13.05.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
13.05. –
20.05.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) fully booked 2390,00 € on waiting list
20.05.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
20.05. –
27.05.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking

June 2023

03.06.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
03.06. –
10.06.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking
10.06.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
10.06. –
17.06.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking
17.06.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
17.06. –
24.06.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking

September 2023

23.09.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
23.09. –
30.09.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) fully booked 2390,00 € on waiting list
30.09.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
30.09. –
07.10.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking
02.09.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
02.09. –
09.09.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) fully booked 2390,00 € on waiting list
09.09.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
09.09. –
16.09.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) fully booked 2390,00 € on waiting list
16.09.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
16.09. –
23.09.
Bike & Boat
Cyclades & Saronic Islands
Greece Thalassa Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) bis Athen / Piräus (Marina Zeas) available 2390,00 € To Booking
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Arrival - How to get there

Port of Embarkation 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 Thalassa docks at the ”Pasa Limani” part of the marina. You are welcome to check in on board from 2pm onwards on the embarkation day.

 

If you arrive without a pre-booked transfer and have difficulty finding the boat, please call your local tour guide (number listed in travel documents).

Arrival by airplane

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 (ATH).

 

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

From the Airport to the harbour

Transfer

Exclusive airport transfers between Athens Airport or a hotel in Athens city and the boat are available on request. Prices can be found under “additional bookable services”.

If you would like an exclusive airport transfer, please contact our office by email or phone:

Contact us

 

Taxi

You are of course welcome to take a taxi or bus from the airport to the harbour. Should you choose to do so, please insist that the driver turns on the taximeter to avoid unpleasant surprises regarding the fare.

  • Embarkation
  • by plane
  • Airport - Harbour

If you would like to extend your trip

Extension program Santorini

All Islandhopping tours starting and ending in Athens can also be combined with our 4-day additional program on Santorini. The queen of the Aegean enchants with its breathtaking caldera and colorful cliffs. Included in the program are transfers, three overnight stays in a boutique hotel with breakfast and the choice between a sea kayak tour or a sunset wine tour.

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Blue domed roof churches on the cliffs of Santorini with view to sea

Extension Program Mykonos

Have you long dreamed of visiting the Greek island of Mykonos? Would you like to discover this paradise with a program that offers both pre-organised activities as well as enough free time to explore the beautiful island by yourself? Then our four-day extension program in Mykonos is the perfect choice for you!

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Three small fishing boats in the harbour with white buildings of the town in the background

Extension program in Athens

There is so much to see in Athens. Would you like to see it all? Then we recommend our 3-day additional program in the Greek capital for a true all-round experience in the city of seemingly countless possibilities. Transfers are included as well as two overnight stays in a hotel in the city centre, a guided bike tour through Athens, entrance to the Acropolis, and dinner at a typical Greek tavern.

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Akropolis Athens exterior view

Additional nights in Athens

We are happy to arrange additional nights with breakfast in Athens. The 2004 Olympic Games held in the Greek capital had an incredibly positive effect on the lively 5-million-strong metropolis. Large areas of the city centre were converted into pedestrian zones and a vast archaeological park was created around the Acropolis. A stroll through the many winding alleys of the Plaka, the charming old town quarter, is a wonderful way to spend a warm summer evening.

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Hotel room with double bed, on top of which is a breakfast tray
  • Extension program Santorini
  • Extension Program Mykonos
  • Extension Program Athens
  • Additional Nights Athens

Important information

Special Corona rules in Greece

Please note: because of very high number of COVID cases in Greece, from NOW ON there are new measurements which we have to follow on our Greek boats.

 

  • For embarkation a negative Covid test result in paper form is required (self-tests are not accepted, only Rapid tests not older than 48 hrs or PCR tests not older than 72 hrs).
  • Additionally, guests temperature will be measured daily and recorded in a list.
  • In case that any guest is tested before or during the trip positive they will have to disembark the same day and make it their own way and on their own expense back home.

 

Archaeological Sites & Museums: Open-air sites may be visited without any special requirements. However, only fully vaccinated or recovered persons may visit museums (2G rule). Wearing a mask is also mandatory in enclosed exhibition rooms.

Spoken language

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

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.

Requirements

Level 2 - 3

The bike routes vary in length between 15 - 35 km/10 - 22 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous terrain. 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 onboard the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Guided group pace

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.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

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 with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5 ft.) for hybrid bikes.

 

For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure Cruises in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member.

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 bicycle 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 spare 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 logistical handling thereof.

Noise on board

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.

Internet availability

Please note that there is no WiFi available onboard the ship. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend bringing 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.

What Our Guests
Have To Say

I really enjoyed my time on the trip. The entire staff was fantastic and courteous. I could not have had such a wonderful time without them. The Boat captain was tremendously nice as so was the guides. They made the vacation fun and memorable. Everyone of the staff members from the Chef to the bar staff were easy to get along with and kept the ship running and made us feel very welcomed and entertained and very safe. I never felt like I had to be looking over my shoulder nor worry. They made us …

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