Cyclades and Saronic Islands Bike and Boat

  • 5.0
    (1 review)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Piraeus / Piraeus
  • Distance

    97 miles/156 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    024-112CGR
Price From £1136

Overview

A wonderful bike and boat cycling holiday around the beautiful Cyclades and Saronic Islands. Cruise in a gentle loop from Piraeus (Athens) stopping at 6 different islands during this 7 night trip. Each island has its own unique charm and daily cycle rides along quite, scenic lanes are the perfect way to enjoy the sights and sounds of these idyllic archipelagos.

Each day you’ll set off on a new adventure, typically exploring an island by bike in the morning then setting sail for another beautiful island in the afternoon. You’ll start off from Piraeus, Athens’ bustling port, sailing on the Panagiota, a two-masted motor yacht featuring air-conditioned en suite cabins, a spacious saloon, sun deck and shaded rear deck.

Panagiota

Panagiota

Your trip will take in four of the cyclades islands – Kythnos, Seriphos, Siphnos and Kea followed by the islands of Poros and Aegina in the Saronic Gulf. The cubic whitewashed houses are common to these islands but each also has its own unique character, plus great cycling, beautiful sandy beaches and plenty of welcoming tavernas. There will also be plenty of opportunities to swim from the boat in the warm clear waters of the Aegean Sea.

Each night the boat will moor in a different port providing guests with a new environment to explore with an after-dinner stroll.

As the islands typically rise to hillier central areas you’ll inevitably be tackling some climbs on this trip, but the guided rides are quite short and there will be plenty of time to catch your breath and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Coastal roads are flatter and you’ll always have the option to simply head to the beach if you fancy a day off from cycling.

Itinerary & Map

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

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Day 1: Arrive Piraeus

Piraeus - Athens - Greece*

Piraeus

On arrival in Athens make your way to the port of Piraeus to board the Panagiota, you’re floating home for the week. Embarkation is from 2pm. After settling into your cabin you’re free to relax or venture into the Greek capital some 10km away. Dinner is served on-board.

Day 2: Kythnos island, 15 miles/25 kms

Merichas - Kythnos - Cyclades - Greece*

Merichas – Kythnos

After breakfast we set sail for the island of Kythnos, our first stop in the Cyclades archipelago. Your first ride will take you to the compact capital Chora and onwards to the charming village of Driopida, before looping back to the port of Merichas for the night. Settle in at a local taverna and enjoy the good life, Greek style.

Day 3: Serifos island, 19 miles/30 kms

Serifos - Cyclades - Greece*

Serifos

During a leisurely breakfast we cruise to the island of Serifos mooring in the small harbour of Livadi. Today’s ride leads us up a winding lane to Serifos Town, characterised by the whitewashed houses so typical of these islands. We continue past the medieval monastery of Archangel Michael to a landscape of rugged valleys, coastal bays and sandy beaches, returning to Livadi along the panoramic east coast. We then cruise to the nearby island of Sifnos, where there is time to relax on a fantastic beach. We spend the night in the pleasant port of Kamares on Sifnos.

Day 4: Sifnos island, 12 miles/18 kms

Sifnos

Sifnos

On Sifnos much of the coastline consists of rugged cliffs, so the riding naturally leads us inland to the terraced, hilly farmland spreading out from the central capital Kastro, which is built above a sheer cliff face. Back on-board we enjoy a slightly longer cruise to the island of Kea. En-route we’ll drop anchor somewhere for a refreshing swim from the boat. On Kea we moor in the pleasant little port of Korissia.

Day 5: Kea sland, 16 miles/25 kms

Kea Island - Greece*

Kea

Kea is the furthest west of the Cyclades islands. From the pretty natural harbour of Korissia we’ll ride inland to Loulis, the island’s main settlement set high in the hills. We continue cycling to the white sands of Otzias for some time out on the beautiful beach. In the afternoon we leave Kea and cruise across to Poros at the southern end of the Saronic Gulf. The town of Poros enjoys an idyllic and beautiful location, sitting on a tiny peninsula looking across a narrow strait to the much larger Peloponnese peninsula.  Arriving by boat provides us with a wonderful view of this beautiful town with its iconic clock tower. We moor for the night on the quayside of this bustling little place.

Day 6: Poros island, 14 miles/23 kms

Poros Town - Poros

Poros Town

Today’s ride leads us around the small island of Poros. Our first stop is the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigis, founded in 1720 by the Archbishop of Athens who was miraculously cured after drinking from a spring nearby. We then continue around the island, following a winding road through the pine forests, interrupted every now and then by lovely views. Eventually we arrive at Russian Bay where a beautiful little beach invites us to take a refreshing dip. A further short ride delivers us back to Poros Town where we board the Panagiota for an afternoon cruise across to the island of Aegina.

 

Day 7: Island of Aegina, 22 miles/35 kms

Aegina Town - Aegina

Aegina Town

Our final ride on the island of Aegina provides some superb views of the surrounding seascapes. A steady climb brings us to the Sanctuary of Aphaia, a well-preserved temple in a stunning elevated location. On the way back we’ll make a stop at the very impressive and serene Agios Nektarios Monastery. Aegina is famous the world over for its wonderful pistachio nuts so you may want to pick some up on Aegina before boarding the Panagiota for a final cruise back to Piraeus.

At our mooring in Piraeus, a farewell meal is the ideal opportunity to celebrate the week’s cycling adventure with our fellow travellers, guides and crew.

Day 8: Piraeus

After breakfast it’s time to disembark, by 9am, and head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
May111825
June18
August31
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2019 Prices
024-112CGR
Per person
11 May
to
21 Sep
Panagiota - Comfort
Lower Deck
Double/twin £1364                    
Single £1854                    
Triple £1136                    
Upper Deck
Double/twin £1462                    
Single £2099                    
Triple £1202                    
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Deposit per person £175

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the Panagiota. See practical information
7 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner plus 5 x Lunch OR Dinner
Maps & route information
Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
Tour guide
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire (see supplements)
Helmet
Drinks on-board
Unlimited bottled water, €20 per person, payable locally
Gratuities/tips

Supplements

Transfer Athens Airport embarkation day (£23)
Transfer to Athens Airport disembarkation day (£23)
Bike with pannier. See practical information (£90)
Electric bike with pannier (£179)
Bike Insurance (£12)
Bike Insurance for electric bike (£23)

Reductions

25% for 2 children up to 16 years, sharing own cabin, lower deck
15% for 2 children up to 16 years, sharing own cabin, upper deck

Practical Information

Bikes

The bikes provided on this tour are modern, aluminium framed hybrid models with comfortable saddle. They come in a variety of male and female frame sizes and are equipped with a pannier.

E-bikes are also available to rent, a popular option on this tour.

A very limited number of helmets are available on board and must be pre-booked at the time of booking. We strongly recommend bringing your own for safety and hygiene reason. It is mandatory to wear a helmet.

Accommodation

Panagiota

Panagiota

On-board payments: Cash only accepted, no debit/credit cards.

The captain reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind, tide and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.

Panagiota (comfort)

The Panagiota is a charming, two masted motor yacht with 10 air-conditioned cabins all of which have ensuite shower/wc.

Four of the cabins are located on the upper deck with doors that open out to the fresh air. These cabins all have a small (french) double-bed with an additional single bunk above.

Below deck there are six more cabins, two of which have a small (french) double-bed with an additional single bunk above, two of which have a small (french) double-bed with an additional ground level single bed and the final two feature the small (french) double bed on its own.

For safety reasons the cabins cannot be locked. The crew is on the boat 24/7 and controls who comes on board.

Cabin share option for single travellers, subject to availability

Panagiota - saloon

Panagiota – saloon

Other facilities on board include an attractive and spacious  saloon with well-stocked bar where meals are served. Outside there is a sun-deck with plenty of mats for sunbathing. There is also a swim ladder that makes getting back on board after a swim easy.

Getting There

Fly to Athens. From Athens Airport take a taxi to Piraeus port where the boat is moored or book the group transfer. See Prices and Dates tab for full details.

Research flights from the UK here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 5.0
  • Date - 15/06/2018
  • Name - Catlyne Hos
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Service comment - It was always a pleasure dealing with Ally. All the information we received was spot-on. She went out of her way to help us with the bikes.
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - This bike and boat tour was a revelation. We had a wonderful cruise around the Greek islands, we had a wonderful cycling holiday including swim stops at great beaches and crystal clear waters. And we had some of the best meals and drinks I've had for a long time. All the crew were wonderful and worked hard to make us comfortable. We were able to use e-bikes and I would recommend them unless you are really keen and love a cycling challenge. Four us, the hills would have been to difficult without them. As it was, we loved every minute of the cycling experience.
  • Flexitreks response - Service rating : Always a pleasure dealing with you too Catlyne - you are very welcome.

    Product : Thanks for the lovely review Catlyne and sage advice regarding the e-bikes!