Multi-Adventure Cruise Ionian Islands | Best Family Holiday in Greece
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Multi-Adventure Cruise Ionian Islands

Pirate flair, bathing bliss, cycling fun – your all-round happy family holiday

Tell the family to get ready, head to Greece, and come aboard the wooden, two-masted motor sailer Panagiota! Together as a family, you embark on a summer adventure cruise through the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece. A true island paradise where plenty of fun and variety await both young and old.

From Corfu, the cruise takes you to the island of Lefkas with its chalk cliffs and fantastic beaches with unforgettable shades of blue. You also discover Kefalonia, which enchants with its picturesque village of Fiskardo and the Melissani Cave. No less exciting on Kefalonia is a visit to a donkey farm, which is sure to particularly delight our youngest visitors.

On Meganisi and the olive tree island of Paxos, where time seems to have stood still, you gain unforgettable insights into traditional Greek island life. For seven days you discover a unique island and coastal world by Bike & Boat, canoe, and on foot. Jumping straight from the ship into the sea while anchoring in wonderful bathing bays is certainly one of the highlights of the trip. There is plenty of room for play, fun, and spontaneity. Cycling, hiking, canoeing, swimming, or relaxing onboard: decide each day anew what you would like to do.


Highlights

  • Cave explorers: A boat trip through the Melissani Cave will thrill the whole family!
  • Make a wish: The olive tree at the monastery of Agios Athanasios is said to make wishes come true!
  • Mightily impressive: The steep coast of the island of Lefkas with its white chalk cliffs
  • Cool refreshment: Swimming in the Nidri waterfall
  • Long-eared friends: A visit to the donkey farm on Kefalonia is sure to delight the children!


8 days/7 nights
Jul, Aug
Easy
Corfu
Corfu
Persons: 14-20
Age: 4+

Included Activities

  • Guided bike tours, optionally with hybrid bike or e-bike
  • Visit to the Melissani Cave on Kefalonia
  • Visit to a donkey farm on Kefalonia
  • Swimming breaks on beautiful beaches
  • Child-friendly entertainment programme onboard and ashore

Dates

  • 16 – 23 Jul 22
  • 23 – 30 Jul 22
  • 30 Jul – 06 Aug 22
  • 06 – 13 Aug 22
  • 13 – 20 Aug 22


DAY 1
(Sat) Corfu Island/Corfu city (Embarkation): Individual arrival at Corfu and collective transfer from the airport to the ship on request. At 2 pm you can start checking in on the Panagiota. The tour begins with a joint dinner on board. Overnight on Corfu.

DAY 2
(Sun) Corfu Island – Paxos Island:After breakfast we cast off and cruise to the olive island of Paxos. Paxos is the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands with a higher population of olive trees then people – 32 km² are home to over 250,000 olive trees! They cover the island in a wonderful silver green shimmer.

The natural harbor of Gaios is unique and provides a special atmosphere during our stay here. In the afternoon we take a small cycle tour along the coast to Mongonissi bay. The evening can be spent relaxing in a local tavern in Gaios.

DAY 3
(Mon) Paxos Island – Lefkas Island: In the morning we cruise to Lefkas Island, Lefkas City, but before arriving we anchor near Antipaxos for a swim stop from the boat.

After a long cruise we reach a narrow channel with an original swing bridge which connects the Greek mainland with the island. From Lefkas City we start our tour around the lagoon and can enjoy a second swim at the white sand beach, Agios Ioannis.

After returning to the boat, we navigate our way to Nidri where we will spend the evening and the night.

DAY 4
(Tue) Lefkas Island – Cephalonia Island: In the morning we ride from Nidri through olive groves to a nearby waterfall. If we are lucky, a steady stream of water will enable us to take a refreshing swim. Following the excursion we make our way to Fiskardo on the island of Cephalonia.

This port, located at the northern tip of the island, delights us with its colourful little houses and many cafes and bars along the picturesque harbour promenade. An evening walk of approx. 30 minutes takes us to a pretty lighthouse. Overnight in Fiskardo.

DAY 5
(Wed) Cephalonia Island – Meganisi Island: After a short crossing by boat we reach the harbour of Sami. Today’s bike tour starts here and leads us along the coastline to the enchanting Melissani Cave; accessible only by row boat.

A visit to a donkey farm, knowledge and fun at the same time for all ages, is next on the agenda before the tour takes us back to the boat. The boat meets us in Sami and takes us for a well-deserved swim break! Our journey then takes us further to Meganisi, a charming island where we spend the night.

DAY 6
(Thu) Meganisi Island – Arillas: After breakfast we have the chance to explore Meganisi on our bike. Afterwards a long crossing will take us to Arillas, an idyllic and peaceful place along west coast of Greece, close to Perdika on the Greek mainland. A stroll along the sandy beach or a swim around Panagiota (the boat) rounds off the day. We spend the night in Arillas.

DAY 7
(Fri) Arillas – Corfu Island: In the morning our bike tour leads us along remote streets under the shade of old olive trees through a national park and along a little river until we reach the monastery of Agios Athanasios, which we visit.

The mighty olive tree next to the monastery church is said to grant wishes. So, start thinking about what you would like to wish for! The Panagiota awaits us for our last crossing back to Corfu. Here we can enjoy a celebratory evening meal before reflecting on our wonderful adventures of the week.

DAY 8
(Sat) Corfu Island/Corfu city (Disembarkation): After breakfast, check-out, collective transfer to the airport on request and individual return home, or holiday extension on the island of Corfu.

Panagiota (Greek motor sailer)

At 23 x 6 m the MS Panagiota is a traditional Greek caique, fully renovated in 2001. A cosy saloon with stained glass windows, comfortable seating areas throughout the ship, and sunning mats on both sun decks provide a truly relaxed and homely atmosphere. The 10 cabins, named after Greek islands, are stylishly furnished, air conditioned, and fitted with both shower and toilet.

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?
Due to varying wind and weather conditions as well as organizational necessities, we reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary. If necessary, this tour will also be conducted in the opposite direction.

Which catering is included?
The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering consists of 2 x full board and 5 x half board and starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Is this trip suitable for children?
Our multi-adventure tours are particularly exciting for the children in the group. Up to the age of 17, our youngest guests receive a 25% discount off of the tour base price.

If sharing a triple cabin with parents or with other siblings, the youngest member of the family receives a 50% discount off of the tour base price. Please beware that our smallest children’s bike is suitable for a minimum height of 1.20 m. For smaller children trailer bikes and bike seats can be rented on request.

How difficult are the bike tours and hikes?
Our multi-adventure programs offer a combination of small bike tours and hikes. The bike tours are accompanied by a local guide.

The tours are simple and do not require any particular level of fitness. The small hikes take place on good paths, sometimes paved, and also require no particular level of fitness. Should certain activities require a higher level of fitness, your guide will inform you of this prior to taking part in the activity.

Good to know – 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.

Smart heads stay safe - Helmets are compulsory on our cycling tours!
Helmets are compulsory on our cycling tours. Please bring your own well-fitting helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (reservation required).

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
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.

Basic Tour Price

  • 1,290 € per person in a cabin below deck

Children sharing a triple cabin with their parents receive a 50% discount on the basic tour price. If two children share a double cabin, each child receives a 25% discount on the basic tour price.

*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 cycle tours or walks 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

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to Corfu
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Flat rate for bottled water: 20 € for adults or 10 € 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 cabin on deck: 100 €/person
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 € (limited)
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 € (limited)
  • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 40 €/week; e-bike (if available): 90 €/week; rental trailer bike or children’s seat: 20 €/week
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle, rental trailer bike or children’s seat: 10 euro/week; e-bike: 20 €/week (not insured: grossly negligent damage)
  • Collective transfer (available on embarkation/disembarkation days only): between Corfu airport or a hotel in Corfu city and the boat respectively between boat and Corfu airport or boat and a hotel in Corfu city: 15 € per person/way
  • Additional customised transfers: prices on request
  • Additional nights on Corfu Island: prices on request

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