Peloponnese and Saronic Islands Bike and Boat

  • Category

    Bike and Boat
    Guided
  • Grade

    Moderate
  • Duration/s

    7 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Athens / Athens
  • Distance

    123 miles/198 kms
  • Themes

    CoastalEbike
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    024-120CGR
Price From £1496

Overview

A wonderful bike and boat cycling holiday exploring the Saronic Islands of Poros, Spetses, Hydra and Aegina as well as Mycenae, Nafplio and Methana on the Peloponnese peninsula. Cruise in a gentle loop from Piraeus (Athens) stopping somewhere new each day. Peaceful rides through idyllic scenery with nights spent in charming ports full of character.

This fascinating and scenic cycling holiday offers idyllic bike rides through glorious scenery with plenty of local charm, history and myth thrown in for good measure. Each day the beautiful three masted motor yacht, Thalassa (Previously named Bahryeli A), will take you on a relaxing cruise though the blue Aegean sea to a new island or Peloponnese port where you will disembark for a relaxing ride with the boat’s knowledgeable and friendly guides. Herb scented air, chirping crickets, stunning sea views, idyllic beaches and famous archaeological sites make each ride unique but equally enjoyable.

Hydra

Hydra

Each evening you can step ashore for a stroll around another idyllic little Greek port before retiring to your well-appointed cabin.

The Saronic islands and Peloponnese peninsula are both scenic and undulating and therefore you can expect some climbs on each of the daily rides. A medium to good level of cycling fitness is required to get the most out of this holiday. If you have any concerns about your fitness levels than consider renting an e-bike rather than a regular bike as this will make the daily rides a lot easier.

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Embarkation Marina Zeas, Piraeus/Athens

Piraeus – Athens

Arrive in Athens and make your way to Piraeus where the beautiful Thalassa is waiting for you. Check in is from 2pm and as she remains at her mooring overnight there is plenty of time to do some sightseeing in Athens. During dinner on board the crew and guides introduce themselves and give an overview of the coming week.

Day 2: Island of Poros, 14 miles/23 kms

Poros

Poros

After breakfast the Bahryeli slips her moorings and heads out into the Saronic Gulf for a morning cruise south to the island of Poros. We moor in the island’s capital from where our first ride begins. A winding lane through the pine forest leads us to the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. The Monastery was founded in 1720 by the Archbishop of Athens who was miraculously cured after drinking from a spring nearby. We then continue along a route that leads us in a gentle circle around most of this peaceful green island. The small beach at Russian Bay, near the end of the ride is the perfect place to stop for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters. The Thalassa remains moored in Poros harbour overnight allowing us plenty of time to explore this traditional little Greek town.

Day 3: Galatas – Ermioni – Nafplio, 25 miles/40 kms

Nafplio

Nafplio

After breakfast we disembark with the bikes and board a car ferry for a the short crossing to Galatas in the Peloponnese. There begins a very pleasant ride that leads us through some fertile Greek countryside and along a scenic coastal road to the town of Ermioni. The Thalassa is waiting for us in the small port and after a leisurely lunch we enjoy a very pleasant afternoon cruise up the coast of the Argolis peninsula to the charming and picturesque town of Nafplio where we moor for the night. In the evening step ashore for a stroll along the flagstone streets. Before long you’ll arrive in beautiful Syntagma square where locals gather in the outdoor restaurants and bars to relax and socialize.

Day 4: Mycenae – Island of Spetses 31 miles/50 kms

Lion Gate – Mycenae

Today’s bike ride leads us inland through impressive apricot and orange groves to the mighty fortified citadel of Mycenae, home of the legendary Agamemnon. The sheer size of the rocks used to build the towering walls of this ancient settlement gave rise to the legend that the Cyclops – the one-eyed giant from Homer’s Odyssey – assisted Perseus with the construction work. We then return via a slightly different route to Nafplio and the Thalassa.  A very pleasant and relaxing afternoon cruise delivers us to the Island of Spetses where we moor in the old port for the evening. A stroll through the meandering alleyways of the beautiful old town is a pleasant way to end the day.

Day 5: Islands of Spetses and Hydra 15 miles/25 kms

Hydra

Hydra

Today’s tour leads us around the island of Spetses. The island was named by the Venetians who, marveling at the abundance of wild herbs, referred to it as  “Isola della spezie” –  the island of herbs. Our aromatic ride unveils some stunning panoramic views as we follow a virtually traffic-free road around this beautiful island. Towards the end of the ride we stop at a beautiful beach for a refreshing drink and a swim in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea.

An afternoon cruise brings us to the sparsely populated and remote Island of Hydra where we moor in the island’s pretty little port. There are no roads on the island so we won’t be doing any cycling here but the peaceful atmosphere and the incredible sunsets more than justify an overnight in this unique and picturesque little place.

Day 6: Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina, 15 miles/25 kms

Methana Peninsula

Methana Peninsula

A morning cruise, back through the narrow strait separating Poros from the Peloponnese, brings us to the Methana Peninsula. The volcanic origins of this geologically new land are still very much in evidence with the intermittent aroma of sulfur and the ocre coloured lava landscape making today’s ride quite unique. There are no less than 30 volcanos on this small peninsula and some of them are still active. Superb sea and volcano views accompany your ride around this quiet, mystical region. In the afternoon we cruise across the island of Aegina and time allowing we will stop in a secluded bay for a prolonged swim-stop along the way. The Thalassa moors for the night in the picturesque little port of Aegina.

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

Aphaia temple - Aegina Island

Aphaia temple – Aegina

Our final ride leads us on a circular exploration of the island of Aegina. We pass olive and pistachio groves on our way to the beautifully preserved temple of the goddess Aphaia which is located on a hilltop with stunning sea views all around. On our way back to the boat we pass the impressive monastery of Saint Nektarios which sits just below the haunting, now deserted village of Paleohora.

In the afternoon we relax on board for our final cruise on the beautiful Thalassa back across the Saronic Gulf to Piraeus. The final dinner and evening on board is always an enjoyable affair and a fitting end to a memorable Greek cycling adventure.

Day 8: Departure

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

Dates & Prices

2021 Arrival Dates
April1017
June26
July3172431
August71421
October916

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2021 Prices
024-120CGR
Per person
10 Apr
to
16 Oct
Thalassa - Superior
Double/Twin £1496                  
Single £2123                  
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Deposit per person £290

Price Includes

7 nights aboard the Bahiyreili. See practical information
2 x full board and 5 x half board
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 (£27)
Transfer to Athens Airport disembarkation day (£27)
Transfer downtown Athens embarkation day (£16)
Transfer to downtown Athens disembarkation day (£16)
Regular bike with pannier. See practical information (£84)
Electric bike with pannier (£189)
Regular bike with pannier and bike insurance (£95)
Electric bike with pannier and bike insurance (£210)

Reductions

25% for children up to 16 years, sharing cabin

Practical Information

Bikes

Womens' hybrid

Example of female bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 21-24 speeds. The bikes come equipped with a pannier.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons. A very limited number of helmets are available on board and must be pre-booked at the time of booking. 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.

Thalassa (superior)

Thalassa

Thalassa

The Thalassa (Previously named Bahriyeli A) is an elegant and eye-catching, three masted motor yacht offering spacious cabins and comfortable public areas. As soon as you step aboard, the beautiful wooden decks and array of comfortable upholstered seating throughout reassure you that you’re going to really enjoy your week afloat.

The spacious and comfortable guest cabins, all situated below deck, are finished to a high standard. All offer individually controlled air-conditioning as well as an en-suite shower/wc.

Bahriyeli - Covered aft deck

Covered aft deck

Other facilities on board include an attractive and spacious  salon where meals are served (if the weather is not conducive to eating outside on the covered aft deck) or where you can just relax with a drink or a good book. Outside there is a sun-deck with plenty of mats for sunbathing.

A generous variety of authentic dishes are prepared and served from the on board galley and these meals offer an insight into the diversity of the Turkish kitchen.

Bahriyeli A - Twin cabin

Twin cabin

A buffet breakfast and one or two warm meals are provided daily. The meals are prepared by the on-board cook who uses locally sourced fresh ingredients. The catering consists of 2 days of full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) and 5 days of half board (breakfast and lunch or dinner).

Please note there is no WiFi connection offered on board the ship. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour we suggest you visit a cafe or bar ashore. Many of these establishments offer WiFi to customers who purchase a drink or a snack.

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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