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Boat & Bike Cyclades & Saronic Islands 

Islandhopping at its best!

Discover the Greek islands by e-bike and boat. A new island every day, a luxurious floating home, and varied cycling tours. Sounds like a dream? It is! A variety-packed active holiday dream. 

On this tour you will discover the western Cyclades islands of Kea, Kythnos, Serifos and Syros along with the Saronic Gulf islands of Aegina and Poros. You will experience rocky, barren islands shrouded in white and blue in the middle of the Aegean Sea while also exploring pine- and herb-scented green islands with pastel-coloured houses that lie sheltered between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese.

Look forward to a fascinating mix of antiquity and the present day as well as the authentic beauty of the Aegean. Here you will encounter impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea, and spectacular sandy beaches. The majestic three-masted motor sailer Thalassa is both a floating hotel and a restaurant. Traditional Greek hospitality and delicious food await you on board.


Highlights

  • Astonishment guaranteed: visit the marble temple of Aphaia on Aegina
  • Sounds of the sea: Enjoy beautiful sea crossings with panoramic views
  • Unparalleled views: Stunning bike tours on almost traffic-free roads
  • Under historical preservation: Stroll through Kastro on Sifnos
  • To take home: Pistachios from Aegina


8 days/7 nights
Apr – Oct
Moderate
Athens
Athens
Persons: 14+
Age: 12+

Included Activities

  • Guided bike tours, either by hybrid bike or e-bike
  • Sightseeing & city tours with local guide
  • Dreamlike boat cruises with bathing stops in secluded bays

Dates

  • 19 – 26 Apr (Thalassa) or (Erato)                 
  • 26 Apr – 3 May (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 3 – 10 May (Thalassa) or (Erato)                  
  • 10 – 17 May (Thalasa) or (Erato)                   
  • 17 – 24 May (Thalassa) or (Erato)  
  • 24 – 31 May (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 31 May – 7 Jun (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 7 – 14 Jun (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 14 – 21 Jun (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 30 Aug – 6 Sep (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 6 – 13 Sep (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 13 – 20 Sep (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 20 ­- 27 Sep (Thalassa) or (Erato)
  • 27 Sep – 4 Oct (Thalassa) or (Erato)


DAY 1
(Fri) Piraeus/Athens – (Embarkation): Individual journey to Piraeus (Marina Zeas), only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in on the ship is possible from 2 pm onwards. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Piraeus.

DAY 2
(Sat) Kythnos Island (aprx. 15 mi./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.

DAY 3
(Sun) Seriphos Island (aprx. 17 mi./28 km) – Syros Island: In the morning, our boat takes us to Seriphos, a small island far off the beaten tourist track. The island is characterised by deep valleys, countless bays and coves, and numerous beautiful sandy beaches.

From the harbour town of 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 the ship takes us to Syros, where we can stroll through the breathtaking old town and round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.

DAY 4
(Mon) Syros Island (aprx. 21 mi./34 km) – Kea Island: The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival: The town which is built on two hills is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominant the townscape.

We cycle along the coast of Syros which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we continue by boat to the island of Kea.

DAY 5
(Tue) Kea Island (aprx. 15 mi./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.

DAY 6
(Wed) Poros Island (aprx. 14 mi./23 km): Today, we almost completely circle the entire island of Poros, 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.

DAY 7
(Thu) Island Aegina (aprx. 22 mi./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.

DAY 8
(Fri) Athens/Piraeus (Disembarkation): After breakfast check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Athens.

Hybrid Bikes

On our tours we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminium frames of varying sizes. The standard hardware includes 28’’ hollow chamber wheels and high-quality gear and brake systems.

E-bikes

Our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, mainly with Bosch motors and extra range, characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. They make even the toughest uphill climb fun and are great at spreading smiles on the faces of our guests.

Deluxe ship THALASSA (shower/WC in each cabin)

The 38 x 7.6 m Thalassa is an impressive three mast motor yacht built in 2002. On board elegance and comfort combine to create one of the most majestic ships in our fleet. A true eye catcher in any harbour. The saloon and the 10 guest cabins are spacious and modern. The vast decks provide plenty of comfortable spaces to recline and relax. The crew spoil their guests at mealtimes with a delicious selection of local specialties prepared in the ships own galley.


Deluxe ship ERATO (shower/WC in each cabin)

The elegant motor sailer Erato offers all the comfort and luxury you could desire during your bike and boat adventure. The Bordeaux-red yacht immediately captures attention! The cabins are clad in fine wood while the saloon offers a warm and cozy atmosphere creating a homely ambiance onboard. The outdoor area boasts plenty of comfortable seating and space for you to relax under the sky. The friendly, attentive crew have spent most of their lives on the water and are dedicated to helping fulfill your holiday dreams. Not to be forgotten, the Erato offers a delicious range of traditional Greek cuisine, lovingly served at every meal.

Where does this tour start and end?
This tour starts and ends in the port of Marina Zeas in Piraeus/Athens. The exact berth is only ever determined on the evening before the trip.

You will receive more precise information on this in your detailed guest information, which we will send you in plenty of time before the start of the tour.

In which language is this tour conducted?
Due to the international audience, this tour is usually conducted in English and German.

Are changes to the itinerary possible?
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this will only result in minor modifications of the tour route. However, should the wind be too strong or dangerous, the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route.

Our substitute tour leads through the Saronic Gulf for the entire week, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We would cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese and discover the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses, and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this substitute journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros, home to the best-preserved theatre in Greece.

Catering & Beverages

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. Please inform us of any food intolerances or allergies before the start of your journey. The same applies if you wish to eat vegetarian. All drinks are at your own expense.

How difficult are the bike tours?
We have categorised this tour as moderate. 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.

Good to know – Group pace during the tours
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.

Smart heads stay safe - Helmets are compulsory on our cycling tours!
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Is this tour suitable for children?
We believe that only children with a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and a minimum age of 12 are able to master the cycle tours with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5ft.).

Special considerations when travelling by ship
Please remember that while the ship is your hotel, it is also a machine that needs to be maintained and operated both during the day and at night. Operational noises are therefore unavoidable.

Internet availability
A free WiFi connection is available on your ship. On the open sea, reception cannot be guaranteed at all times. If you need stable Internet access during your voyage, we recommend that you take your laptop or tablet to a café or bar at the port.

Free WiFi is offered almost everywhere. If you order something there, you can use the WiFi without restriction.

Basic Tour Price

2790€ per person in a double cabin

*Please note: Your booking request will be forwarded directly to our partner tour operator Islandhopping, who will take over the complete administration of your booking.

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 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 bicycle tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Detailed trip notes

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to Athens
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Flat rate for bottled water: 35€ for adults or 20€ for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Shared twin cabin
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use: 800€ (limited)
  • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 801€ /week; e-bike: 200€ /week (limited)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10€ /week; e-bike: 20€ /week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • Collective group transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation days only): between Athens airport and the boat: 35€ per person/way; between a hotel at Athens city and the boat: 20€ per person/way
  • Exclusive transfers: prices on request
  • Additional nights in good hotels in Athens
  • 3-day extension module Athens; available pre and post tour (incl. transfers: Airport – Hotel + Hotel – boat, 2 nights in a 3 or 4 star hotel, entrance to the Acropolis, 1 evening meal in the Tavern ‘To Kafeneion’ excl. drinks, 1 guided city bike tour, brochure on further recommended activities in Athens)
  • 4-day extension module on Santorini: available pre and post tour (incl. transfers between Santorini airport or ferry port and the hotel, 3 nights in a 3-star boutique hotel, the choice between a sea kayak tour or a sunset wine tour or a culinary caldera walk, brochure on further recommended activities on Santorini)
  • 4-day extension module on Mykonos: available pre and post tour (incl. transfers between Mykonos airport or ferry port and the hotel, 3 nights in a 3 or 4 star boutique hotel, the choice between a Rhenia-Delos-Cruise or a jeep safari or a culinary farm experience, brochure on further recommended activities on Mykonos)

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