Cycling holiday Cyclades & Saronic Islands

Cyclades and Saronic islands

Discover the heart of Greece

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Summary
  • 8 Days Saturday to Saturday
  • 30 km average per day
  • Arrival Piraeus Athens Airport
  • Departure Piraeus Athens Airport
Highlights
  • Visit 6 Mediterranean islands
  • Historic island towns
  • Turquoise-blue sea
  • Fantastic sand beaches
Characteristics
  • Guided Tour
  • Group Tour
  • Bike & Barge
  • Cycling level 2

    On some days you will be cycling through a windy area; with distances to 50 kilometers per day.

Cycling on authentic Greek islands

Experience the fascinating symbiosis of antiquity and modern times by Bike & Boat and delight in the authentic beauty of the Greek Aegean.

The Cyclade Islands, comprising of more than 30 islands, were 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 labyrinthine alleyways that 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. 

Daily Program

  • Journée 1 Saturday: 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 from 2 pm onwards. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Piraeus.

  • Journée 2 Sunday: Kythnos Island, 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.

  • Journée 3 Monday: Seriphos Island, 30 km

    In the morning, we sail to Seriphos, a small island far off the beaten tourist track. The island is characterised by deep valleys, countless bays and coves, and beautiful sandy beaches. From 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, we sail to Siphnos Island, where we can spend the rest of the day relaxing on the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares.

  • Journée 4 Tuesday: Siphnos Island, 18 km

    The island of Siphnos, famous for its ceramic artwork, has nearly no townships on its shores as almost the entire coastline falls steeply into the sea. Today’s bike tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. We cycle through hilly green, terraced landscape to the central highlands where the island’s capital Kastro is located. Kastro is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed as a protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea where we spend the night. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop. 

  • Journée 5 Wednesday: Kea Island, 25 km

    Our starting point for exploring the north western-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 in the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing evening and get lost in the authentic Greek island atmosphere. 

  • Journée 6 Thursday: Poros Island, 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. 

  • Journée 7 Friday: Island Aegina, 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.

  • Journée 8 Saturday: Piraeus, Athens

    After breakfast check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Athens.

Cycling in Greece

Cyclades & Saronic Islands

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 on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. It is advised to bring your own, well-fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Aphaia | Temple Aegina
Poros
Kythnos Island
Seriphos
Kythnos square

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What else do you need to know?

Prices are per person in 2021/ Prices are per person in 2022

Thalassa
June 5 - June 19 in 2021 / April 23 - June 11 in 2022

Twin/ double cabin € 1.590,- / € 1.690,-
Cabin single use € 2.090,- / € 2.390,-

August 28 to October 2 in 2021 / August 27 - October 1 in 2022
Twin/ double cabin € 1.690,- / € 1.790,-
Cabin single use € 2.190,- / € 2.490,-

Supplements:
Reservation costs € 20,- per booking
Contribution Dutch Guarantee Fund € 5,- per person (Insolvency Protection)

Extra options:
Rental bike per week € 80,-
E-bike per week € 180,-
Bike insurance € 10,-/ E-bike insurance € 20,-

Collective group transfers (only on embarkation and disembarkation days):
– between Athens airport and the boat: € 25,- per person/way
– between a hotel at Athens city and the boat:  € 15,- per person/way

Included

  • 8-day-trip on a comfort motor yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin/double 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)
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • English speaking tour guide

Not Included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Bicycle rent
  • Cancellation insurance (optional)

Special details

  • Please take good notice of Terms & Conditions.
  • If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best  to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure.
  • The program is subject to change without notice.

How to get to Athens

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).

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

Transfers between Athens Airport and the Boat or an Hotel at Athens and the Boat

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

– between Athens airport and the boat: 25 euro per person/way
– between a hotel at Athens city and the boat: 15 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 hotel transfers please indicate:

– exact hotel address
– preferred transfer time

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.

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

By this tours you can rent the following bikes:
 

  • Rental bike Croatia & Greek 5 ft. and above

    Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture proof touring tires, derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack.

  • Rental bike Croatia & Greece 6 ft. and above

    Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture proof touring tires, derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack.

  • Rental E-bike Croatia & Greece

    An e-bike powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances. Standard components in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch rims with puncture proof tires, derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. 

Language aboard

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

Time zone

Please note that Greece is on Eastern European (Summer) time, i.e. GM(S)T + 2 hours.

Itinerary changes

The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However by strong wind conditions the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads you for the entire week into the Saronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved theatre in Greece.

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 on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Group riding pace 
On this cycling tour the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Internet Availability

Your boat does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take 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.

Bringing Children

We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes and 1.50 m (5 ft.) for e-bikes.

Our Ships

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.

Catering

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

F.A.Q.

  • Which countries do the participants come from

    The main countries represented by our cycling guests are: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and France. The common language on board is English.

  • What is the average age of the participants

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger (even babies and kids) and older guests. In particular it is quite possible during the school holidays that children might be booked on your tour.

  • What happens when it rains?

    Most of the participants then wear rainwear. When the weather is so bad that cycling becomes really impossible (and that is almost never the case!), The guide organizes an alternative program with, for example, cultural excursions and city tours.

  • Is WiFi available on board

    Yes, free WiFi is limited available in lounge and on deck.

  • How long are the daily cycling stages

    The average daily distance on our Bike & Barge tours in Holland is 50 kilometers (32 miles). But don’t forget that Dutch countryside is very flat and the stages, taken at a leisurely pace, take seven to eight hours including a number of breaks and visits.The time spent on your bicycle is about 4 hours per day.