Cycling holiday Corfu to Athens

From Corfu to Athens

Bike & Boat Ionian Islands & Gulf of Corinth

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Summary
  • 8 Days Saturday to Saturday
  • 30 km average per day
  • Arrival Corfu Corfu Airport
  • Departure Pireaus Athens Airport
Highlights
  • Gulf of Corinth
  • Delphi
  • Corinth Canal
  • Corfu
Characteristics
  • Guided Tour
  • Group Tour
  • Bike & Barge
  • Cycling level 3

    Distance: 30 km average per day Altitude meters: 300 - 700 altitude meters per day

Bike & Boat Gulf of Corinth & Ionian Islands

Join us on a fascinating journey! On this Bike & Boat tour we explore both the Greek mainland with the impressive islands of the Ionian Sea. Along the way we get a first-hand experience of the scenic and cultural diversity in Greece as we travel by bike and on board the two-masted motorized sailing boat, the Panagiota.

The Ionian Islands show Greek at its greenest, unspoiled scenery and centuries of Venetian influence characterize this yet little-known archipelago. The glistening blue waters of the Ionian Sea, the mountainous landscape of Ithaca, the bird-sanctuary island, Lefkas, and the small island of Paxos covered in olive groves all play part in a wonderfully relaxing vacation. Famous sites such as Delphi and Aegina are just some of the highlights of the tour. The passage through the Corinth Canal is sure to become an unforgettable memory.

This cycling trip is also offered from Athens to Corfu!

Daily Program

  • Journée 1 Saturday: Corfu/Corfu City

    Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to the ship. Check-in on the Panagiota from 2 pm onwards. Dinner and overnight stay on Corfu.

  • Journée 2 Sunday: Paxos Island 23 km

    Cast off! In the morning we sail to Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands. This tiny island is so densely covered in olive trees the whole island seems to glisten a wonderful silver green colour. Our morning tour leads us around the whole island. There is plenty of time to enjoy a swim in the sea at one of the many beaches. Later, we can enjoy the evening in a cosy tavern in the unique natural harbour of Gaios! Overnight stay on Paxos.

  • Journée 3 Monday: Lefkas town – Nidri 30 km

    Our day begins with a longer sail to the town of Lefkas. During the crossing we pass by the original swing bridge which connects the island of Lefkas to the Greek mainland. Today’s tour leads us across the island’s fascinating mountain landscape to the lively harbour of Nidri. The island of Skorpios, once the private haven of shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis, can be seen from our mooring. The night is spent in Nidri.

  • Journée 4 Tuesday: Ithaca Island - Mesolongi 20 km

    Early in the morning we cruise to the island of Ithaca for our day’s bike tour. This hilly island with its spectacular scenery is said to have been home of the mythical king Odysseus. During the ride we get to enjoy the special character of the Ionian Islands off beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. We then board the boat once more for a longer sail to Mesolongi in the Corinthian Gulf, where we spend the night.

  • Journée 5 Wednesday: Mesolongi - Galaxidi 44 km

    In the morning, we leave Mesolongi and cycle through the rich alluvial plains of the Evinos River - one of the most important agricultural regions in Greece. During the tour, we take a break at Krioneri Beach for a coffee and swim before returning to Mesolongi. In the afternoon we can relax on board the boat as we cruise under the Rio-Antirrio bridge to the picturesque harbour of Galaxidi, where we spend the night.

  • Journée 6 Thursday: Galaxidi – Delphi - Corinth Canal

    In the morning, a transfer shuttle collects us from Galaxidi and takes us to the famous ancient site of Delphi, which rests at the foot of the Parnassus mountain range. It was here the ancient Greeks came to worship Apollo, the god of the light, and to consult the oracle. A visit to Delphi is a truly unforgettable experience not only due to the many temples, treasuries, the well-preserved theatre, and the stadium, but also thanks to the incredible hill-side location and views of the surrounding mountains. In the afternoon, the bus takes us back to Galaxidi. We then continue by boat and sail through the Isthmus of Corinth. Though the canal was completed in 1893, plans for its construction date back to Julius Caesar. This 3.9 mi./6.3 km long, 79 ft./24 m wide, and 26 ft./8 m deep seaway connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth and saves travellers sailing from Athens to Corinth the 258 mi./400 km long trip around the whole Peloponnese peninsular.

  • Journée 7 Friday: Aegina Island – Piraeus/Marina Zeas 30 km

    Our last cycling tour is on Aegina, an island famous for its pistachios even beyond Greek borders. During our tour we visit the exceptionally well-preserved temple of Aphaia, enthroned high above the azure sea. Afterwards, we enjoy our final crossing to Piraeus, where our wonderful week comes to an end. 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: Athens/Piraeus

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

Cycling in Greece

Gulf of Corinth & Ionian Islands

Participants require a high level of fitness for this tour. The daily routes vary in length: 12 – 31 mi. (20 – 50 km). They lead through hilly and mountainous terrain. The tours can, however, be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours will have an altitude of 1,000 – 2,300 ft. (300 – 700 m). Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which, of course, bikes can be pushed. Most of the roads we cycle along are asphalted and with low traffic. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle-tour. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself.

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).

What else do you need to know?

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

Panagiota

Lower deck: twin/double cabin € 1.490,- /  € 1.490,-
Lower deck: cabin single use  € 1.890,- /  € 1.990,-

Upper deck: twin/double cabin € 1.590,- /  € 1.590,-
Upper deck: cabin single use 2.190,- /  € 2.290,-

Supplements:
Reservation costs € 20,- per booking
Contribution Dutch Guarantee Fund € 5,- per person (Insolvency Protection)
Flat rate for bottled water: € 20,- for adults or € 10,- for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)

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

Included

  • 8-day-trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2 x full board and 5 x half board on board
  • Guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Transfer to Delphi
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • Passage through the Corinth Canal
  • English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services (on request)

  • Bicycle rent
  • Bicycle insurance (against theft and damage): € 10,- per bicycle/ € 20,- per e-bike (not insured: deliberate damages)
  • Cancellation insurance

Not Included

  • Reservation costs € 20,- per party
  • Journey to Greece
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
  • Entrance fees to museums; 
  • Meals and drinks ashore
  • Please bring a beach towel, if needed
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price

Special details

Operated by local partner

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: we request that you bring along your own basic foodstuffs such as bread and cereals for the duration of your tour with us, as it is extremely difficult to attain these products from Greek
vendors.

Minimum of 14 passengers

The program is subject to change without notice.

Port of embarkation/disembarkation 

Corfu: Marina Gouvia. It is located 7 km north of the city of Corfu. In Gouvia the Panagiota has a fixed mooring at Mole P.

Athens: Marina Zeas, part of the Athens Piraeus harbor.

You are welcome to check in on board from 2 pm onwards on the embarkation day. If you arrive without a pre-booked transfer and have difficulties finding the Panagiota, please call your local guide (phone number is mentioned in your travel documents).

Inbound flight to Corfu - Outbound flight from Athens

A flight is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get to Greece. We recommend booking a ‘multi-stop’ flight.

Collective transfer (available on embarkation/disembarkation days only): 
between Corfu airport and boat or a hotel in Corfu city and boat: 15 euro per person/way
between boat in Marina Zeas and hotel in Athens: 15 euro per person/way 
between boat in Marina Zeas and Athens airport: 25 euro per person/way 
 

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 & 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 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 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

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

Group riding pace 
On our regular cycling tours, 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.

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.

Internet availability

Please note that there is no WiFi available onboard the Panagiota. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend bringing 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 private bikes & EXCLUSION of private E-BIKES and road bikes

The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. We can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.

Should you however wish to bring your own hybrid or MTB with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.

We do not allow private e-bikes on board of our boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please get in touch with us about the rental options.

We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.

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. A packed lunch instead of lunch on board is possible as well on our tour. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.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. 
If you wish to eat vegetarian food or have distinctly different eating habits please inform us in time before your arrival. Please keep in mind that special food requirements cannot always be met in all details. If you have extensive food allergies we ask you to give us a list of the food that you can eat. This should be done before your arrival so that the cook can be instructed to plan and shop accordingly.
In the case of a glutenfree diet, we request that you bring along your own basic foodstuffs such as bread and cereals for the duration of your tour with us, as it is extremely difficult to attain these products from Greek
vendors.

F.A.Q.

  • Can I rejoin the barge before the end of a stage

    No, the barge doesn’t take the same route that the cyclists do. Sometimes the route may be altered because of weather conditions or repairs to bridges or locks and then the guests and the guide can arrange with the skipper to be met at a different place. Naturally you can always stay on board for one or more days.

  • Do you accommodate for special diets

    Yes, this must be notified when booking, but at least 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 or vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50,- per week. On some tours there also is an additional charge of  € 50, – for lactose-free meals.

  • How large is the group on board a Bike & Barge holiday

    The size of the group depends on the barge scheduled on the tour. The capacity of the barges varies between 10 and 170 participants. A guided cycling group consists of no more than 26 people.

  • 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.

  • 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.