Ionian Islands Bike and Boat

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    (1 review)
  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate to Challenging
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Corfu / Corfu
  • Distance

    129 miles/208 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Comfort
  • Tour code

    024-110CGR
Price From £1136

Overview

Head to the west of Greece for a leisurely, bike and boat cycling holiday around the Ionian Islands, from Corfu down through the Ionian Sea to Kefalonia and back. Along the way moor in picture-perfect ports, enjoy wonderful cycle trips along quiet lanes to charming villages and stunning beaches. Discover delightful, hidden corners of old Greece on the islands of Lefkas, Kefalonia, Ithaca and Paxos.

Your home for your Greek odyssey is the charming two-masted Panagiota, with her sun deck, shaded rear deck, spacious saloon and en suite, air conditioned cabins. Her friendly crew include cycle guides and a cook who’ll create tasty Greek specialities for you to enjoy on board after a day in the saddle.

Fiskardo - Cephalonia

Fiskardo – Kefalonia

Each day tends to consist of either a cruise, followed by a guided cycle ride or the other way round. The highlights of this wonderful adventure are many and varied but stand-outs include the challenging but scenic ride from Nidri to Vasiliki followed by a refreshing swim from the boat at the secluded beach of Porto Katsiki, spending the night moored in the charming, colourful little port of Fiskardo on Kefalonia, cycling through mythical and unspoilt Ithaca and al-freso dining on board the Panagiota with a cold glass of something nice, watching the sun sink slowly into the Ionian.

You’ll cycle a total of 125-odd miles during the trip over varied terrain. Each island is different, but they all include some hills so a fair level of fitness is required to enjoy this holiday. As well as regular bikes, e-bikes are also available and will take the sting out of the climbs but numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Itinerary & Map

You’ll cover a total of 125-odd miles by bike during the trip and cycle over varied terrain. Each island is different, but they are typically quite hilly so a good level of fitness is required to enjoy this holiday. As well as regular bikes, e-bikes are available and will take the sting out of the climbs but numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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 Corfu town

Corfu Town - Corfu - Greece*

Corfu Town

On arrival in Corfu Town make your way to the harbour and check-in on-board the Panagiota from 2pm. After you’ve settled into your cabin the rest of the day is yours to explore the historic island capital. Later, over a leisurely meal, you can get to know your fellow passengers and hear more about the coming week from the crew and guides. We remain at our mooring in Corfu Town harbour overnight.

Day 2: Corfu – Sivota – Parga, 18 miles/28 kms

Sivota - Greece*

Sivota

After breakfast we slip our moorings and cruise across to the pretty harbour town of Sivota on the Greek mainland. From here our first bike ride leads us on a scenic route south along the coast and across undulating countryside to the picturesque coastal town of Parga. Here we re-board the Panagiota for an enjoyable afternoon cruise to the bustling yachting town of Nidri on the island of Lefkas. After dinner take a wander along the waterfront perhaps stopping at one of the cosy bars for a nightcap.

Day 3: Lefkas Island, 21 miles/35 kms

Porto katsik beach - Lefkas - Greece*

Porto katsiki beach – Lefkas

The day starts with a ride out to a nearby waterfalls where, depending on water levels, you could even take a refreshing morning dip, before heading into the island’s hilly interior. Today’s ride will definitely get the blood pumping but there’s no rush so take your time and stop to admire the marvellous views whenever you please. Climb up past Sivros and then freewheel down to the picturesque harbour town Sivota on the southern coast of Lefkas. Re-board the Panagiota for a short cruise to the neighbouring island of Kefalonia and the pretty town of Fiskardo. We moor for the night at the pretty town quay, lined with colourful, inviting tavernas.

Day 4: Kefalonia Island, 25 miles/39 kms

Fiskardo - Kefalonia

Fiskardo

After breakfast we leave Fiskardo and climb an impressive mountain before setting out with our bikes along the western coasts which offers stunning views over the Assos peninsula and the famous Myrtos beach. We then turn inland and cross the island to visit the caves of Melissani and marvel at the crystal clear blue waters, from a rowing boat. We then re-board the Panagiota in the port town of Sami for a short trip across to the island of Ithaca. We moor for the night in the delightful little town of Vathy.

Day 5: Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi, 13 & 8 miles/21 & 13 kms

Meganisi - Greece*

Meganisi

Ithaca is a real treat – a hilly, beautiful island off the tourist trail that will give you a taste of old Greece. We cycle through ancient olive groves passing some idyllic beaches before meeting the boat at Frikes for a lunchtime cruise north to the island of Meganisi. Our afternoon ride leads us around this small, timeless Ionian island with bags of character. We spend the night moored in the tiny village of Vathi.

 

Day 6: Mytikas – Lefkas – Paxos, 30 miles/49 kms

Gaios - Paxos - Greece*

Gaios – Paxos

The day starts with a breakfast cruise across to the harbour town of Mytikas on the mainland. Here we disembark and cycle north along a panoramic coastal road that offers wonderful views across to Lefkas island. We cross the causeway and cycle into bustling Lefkas Town where the Panagiota is waiting for us at the quayside. In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely cruise north to the island of Paxos. We arrive in Gaios a charming town with a natural harbour and moor up for the night.

 

Day 7: Paxos Island – Corfu, 14 miles/23 kms

Gaios - Paxos - Greece*

Turquoise waters of Paxos

Paxos is the smallest of the main Ionian islands and boasts an abundance of pretty olive groves and perfect beaches with crystal clear water. This morning’s ride tours the island stopping at a fantastic beach for a last swim in the warm, blue Ionian. Then it’s back to the boat for an afternoon cruise back to Corfu Town to complete your Ionian odyssey. A farewell dinner on-board at the Panagiota’s home port is always a memorable experience that rounds off the holiday nicely.

Day 8: Corfu Town

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

Dates & Prices

2019 Arrival Dates
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2019 Prices
024-110CGR
Per person
13 Apr
to
27 Apr
05 Oct
to
12 Oct
Panagiota - Comfort
Lower Deck
Double/twin £1364 £1364                  
Single £1854 £1854                  
Triple £1136 £1136                  
Upper Deck
Double/twin £1462 £1462                  
Single £2099 £2099                  
Triple £1202 £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

Transfers to/from Corfu Airport on embarkation/disembarkation day only (each way) (£12)
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

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)

Panagiota

Panagiota

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 triple cabins have a small (french) double-bed with an additional single bunk above, two triple cabins have a small (french) double-bed with an additional ground level single bed and two double cabins feature a small (french) double bed on its own. All cabins have a mirror and hairdryer.

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 Corfu Airport and then take a taxi the 2.5kms to Corfu Town harbour where the Panagiota is moored.

Research flights from the UK here

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Current rating for this cycling holiday based on 1 review 5.0
  • Date - 09/11/2016
  • Name - Michael Doyle
  • Service rating -
    5.0
  • Product rating -
    5.0
  • Product comment - Good service very helpful information as it was our first holiday of this type
  • Flexitreks response - Glad to hear you enjoyed your first floating cycling holiday Michael.