Hotel & E-Bike Peloponnese and Saronic Islands

Hotel & E-Bike Peloponnese and Saronic Islands

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 125 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 hotel and bike!

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 island of Poros, fragrant with wild herbs, is sure to enchant your senses as take in panoramic views while cycling along almost traffic-free roads!

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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
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) Arrival to Athens

Individual arrival to Athens. Airport transfers can be organized on requests. Check-in in the centrally located city hotel. You will meet your tour guide at 7 pm in the hotel’s lobby for a first briefing. Welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant with a nice view of the Acropolis. Overnight stay in Athens.

2nd Day (Sun) Athens – Aegina Island (approx. 35 km by bike)

After breakfast a transfer will take you to the port of Piraeus. At 10:15 am, we will take the ferry to Aegina Island. The bikes will be transferred separately to the ferry port. After arrival, we ride our bikes for a few hundred meters to enjoy a light lunch in Aegina Town next to the small beach that lies in front of the remains of an impressive Bronze Age settlement and the Apollo temple. Afterwards check-in in the hotel, where we get a small rest and prepare ourselves for the afternoon ride that takes us up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple rests high up above the blue sea, the only place on the island from where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides of the island simultaneously. On the ride back, we will first stop at Agia Marina beach for a swim and later on, we cycle through the centre of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. Joint dinner in Aegina town and overnight stay on Aegina.

3rd Day (Mon) Aegina Island – Poros Island (approx. 23 km by bike)

After breakfast check-out and ferry ride to Poros Island. On arrival, we ride our bikes to the hotel. Check-in and lunch.  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. The evening will be spent in the enchanting harbour of Poros City, with its landmark clock tower. We can end our eventful day with a common dinner surrounded by characteristic Greek atmosphere. Overnight stay on Poros.

4th Day (Tue) Day trip to Hydra Island

Today we take a day trip with the high-speed boat to the neighbouring island 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 by a flood of artists, e.g. Leonard Cohen owned a house on this charming island. On Hydra your guide offers a guided hiking tour along the coast and a sightseeing tour through the beautiful main town. There are also various bathing and shopping facilities. The day will fly by. In the afternoon, we return to Poros, where we enjoy a common dinner and spend a second night in the same hotel.

5th Day (Wed) Poros Island – Methana (approx. 28 km by bike) – Nafplio - Mycenae

After breakfast we take a small ferry from Poros to Galatas on the Peloponnese. From there we cycle through the village of Trizina to the peninsula of Methana. After a well-deserved coffee break a transfer will pick us up and take us to Mycenae (about 1.5 hrs drive). There we check into the hotel Petit Planet and enjoy lunch. Later in the afternoon a transfer takes us to the iconic city of Nafplio (approx. 30 min drive). Our tour guide invites 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, beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants. The perfect place to spend a wonderful, relaxed evening, which will be rounded off with a great dinner together. After dinner, a transfer takes us back to our hotel in Mycenae.

6th Day (Thu) Ancient Mycenae – Ancient Epidauros – Methana Peninsula (approx. 20 km by bike)

After breakfast, our first visit will be to the magnificent fortress of Mycenae. The site has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. In the 2nd century 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. Later on, a transfer takes us to the ancient site of Epidauros (approx. 1 hr drive), once the sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of healing, where the best-preserved ancient theatre in Greece, with exceptionally good acoustics, is located. After visiting Epidauros it is only a short drive down to the harbour village of Epidauros, where we enjoy lunch, before the transfer takes us back to the peninsula of Methana. There we check in at our hotel and in the late afternoon we can either take a bike tour along the south coast of Methana or simply cycle to a nearby sandy beach and enjoy a swim in the warm, summer Mediterranean Sea. Joint dinner and overnight stay in Methana.

7th Day (Fri) Methana Peninsula (approx. 20 km by bike) – Athens

Today, we explore the southwestern part of the Methana Peninsula by bike. The volcanic origin of Methana 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. After a light lunch in the port of Methana, we take the ferry back to Athens at 1:45 pm. A transfer picks us up at the port of Piraeus and takes us to a city hotel in Athens. In the late afternoon, we have a walking tour through the historical centre of Athens. During our farewell dinner, we can look back on a wonderful holiday week with many unforgettable impressions. Overnight stay in Athens.

8th Day (Sat) – Departure from Athens

After breakfast checkout and individual return home or you extend your holidays in Greece. Airport transfers can be organized on request.

Rental bikes

E-Bike

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.

Journey

How to get to Athens

A flight is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get to Greece. Athens city centre is only 12 mi./20 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 your Hotel at Athens

Fee-based collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):

– between Athens airport and the hotel: 25 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 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 5.00 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?
– 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 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.

Hotel Pan in Athen Hotel Pan in Athen Hotel Pan in Athen

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

Basic tour price per person (double room occupancy)

– from 1,490 euro

Included services

– 7 x hotel accommodation with breakfast
– 7 x lunches & dinners
– All transfers & ferry transportation as described in program
– Guided bicycle tours, hiking tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
– Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
– English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services (on request)

– Surcharge for a single room: 500 euro
– Rental e-bike with Ortlieb pannier: 180 euro/week
– Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damage)
– Collective group transfer (on arrival and departure days only): between Athens airport and the hotel in Athens: 25 euro/person
– Additional customized transfers
– Additional nights in Athens
– 3-day extension module – Athens; available pre and post tour (Incl. transfers: Airport – Hotel, 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

– Journey to Athens
– Beverages
– Entrance fee for individual visited sights
– Beach towel
– Tips for tour guides and service stuff

Things to note

Itinerary changes

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

Accommodation

Accommodation is in carefully selected 3-4 star hotels, in double or single rooms depending on your former booking. All hotels located outside Athens either have their own swimming pool or are only a few meters away from a beach. You will receive a list of the hotels and other detailed information about the alternative land program before you start your cycling holiday.

Catering & Beverages

The tour includes – in contrast to the original bike & boat tour – full board, consisting of daily breakfast in the hotels and a light lunch and dinner as a group in carefully selected taverns. Please inform us of any food intolerances or allergies before the start of your journey. The same applies if you wish to eat vegetarian. All drinks are at your own expense.

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, instead of taking a planned cycle tour or activity.

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).

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed

Any questions?

Contact us:

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

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com