Greek Islands Bike & Boat

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

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Greek Islands Bike & Boat

8 Days Starting in Athens-port and ending in Athens (port)

Visiting: Greece

Tour operator:

UTracks

Tour code:

GIB

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

14 - 18

Physical rating:

moderate

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Tour Overview

In the South Aegean off mainland Greece is a group of more than 30 islands known as the Cyclades, whilst closer to Athens are the Saronic Islands, dripping in history. Whitewashed houses with blue shutters, a labyrinth of narrow streets flowing through cobblestoned villages, sandy beaches and a relaxed island lifestyle attract visitors from all over the globe. Taking in these obvious attractions, this cruising and cycling adventure delves further into the interior and coastlines, exploring little known coves and impressive geological formations, ancient sites and untouched villages. Cruising from island to island, we'll spend plenty of time ashore exploring fishing villages and historic sites by bike or just relaxing on the secluded beaches far away from the busy resorts and enjoying authentic Greek hospitality.

Highlights

  • Cycling in the Cyclade and Saronic islands with dramatic scenery

  • Exploring the small towns and villages en route

  • Swimming and snorkeling in the azure waters of Kea and Poros islands

  • Soaking up the hospitality onboard the comfortable gulet

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Board Boat At The Port In Athens
Meals Included: D

Make your own way to the embarkation port in Athens (an optional group transfer from airport or Athens town is available - supplement applies).
Check in from 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent at the port.
An optional extension in Athens is available before or after the boat trip - see below for details of the itinerary and inclusions.

Day 2 : Explore Kythnos Island (25Km/15Mi)
Meals Included: B, L

Early this morning we cruise to Kythnos Island, famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour starts in the harbour of Merichas and leads to the capital Chora, offering scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village situated on a high plateau, with alleys decorated with painted flowers and geometric
patterns. From here we cycle to the picturesque village of Driopida before returning to Merichas, where you can spend the evening in one its cosy tavernas.

Day 3 : Cruise To Seriphos, Round Cycle To The Byzantine Monastery, Cruise To Syros (28Km/17Mi)
Meals Included: B, L

This morning we cruise to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube-shaped houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue through an untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael, before returning to Livadi along a panoramic road on the east coast. In the afternoon we cruise to Syros, where you 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 : Explore Syros By Bike Then Cruise To Kea (34Km/21Mi)
Meals Included: B, L

The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival, it is built on two hills and different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominate 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 : Cycle To The White Sand Otzias Beach And Return To Korissia, Cruise To Poros (25Km/15Mi)
Meals Included: B, L

Our starting point to explore Kea is the beautiful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Loulis, before continuing on to the white sand beach of Otzias, where we can stop for a refreshing swim. Afterwards we cycle back to Korissia. In the afternoon we cruise to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbour city of Poros is truly spectacular and has an authentic Greek island atmosphere for a relaxing evening.

Day 6 : Explore Poros Island By Bike Before Returning To The Boat (23Km/14Mi)
Meals Included: B, L

Today we almost completely circle the entire island, which in ancient times was dedicated to the sea god, Poseidon. We arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise water - perfect for a swim. Back in Poros town, the boat awaits our arrival and we enjoy a delicious lunch while cruising to Aegina.

Day 7 : Cycle On Aegina Island To The Sanctuary Of Aphaia, Return To Athens (35Km/22Mi)
Meals Included: B, D

The island of Aegina is known for its pistachio nuts - delicious! Today's bike tour takes us up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. Its well preserved temple towers rise high above the blue sea at the single point of Aegina 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 and all the way to Aegina town, where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Athens. We enjoy an evening meal together and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.

Day 8 : Trip Concludes
Meals Included: B

Disembark after breakfast on board around 9am and individual departure, or option to add an extension in Athens (see itinerary below).

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    7 nights boat

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches*, 2 dinners (does not include drinks). The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the meals. *Note that the included lunches and dinners are not clearly labelled on the daily itinerary as they depend on sailing conditio

  • 21 speed trekking bike rental with pannier (electric bikes available on most trips for a supplement - limited supplies). The guides will carry bike locks for the group when cycling, or individual locks can be provided on request if you decide to bike alon

  • 7 nights accommodation in a double cabin below deck with private bathroom (supplement applies for single use of a double cabin). If you are travelling by yourself you can pay the single supplement (limited no. of cabins) or if you are willing to share, ca

  • 6 guided cycling tours on the different islands

  • Bed linen and towels

  • Experienced crew including English speaking tour guide

  • Entries to museums and archeological sites for group visits

  • Overview maps for daily cycle tours

  • E-Bikes rental or if you prefer, 21 speed trekking bike with pannier (advise at time of booking if you prefer a hybrid bike). The guides will carry bike locks for the group when cycling, or individual locks can be provided on request if you decide to bike

  • Free wifi on board

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What's Not Included

  • A transfer from the airport or your hotel to the ship in Piraeus (Marina Zeas) on embarkation and disembarkation days is available - reservation on request and a supplement applies, ask our office for details

  • Travel to and from Athens

  • Drinks including mineral water on board (bottled water for the week EUR25pp adults, EUR15pp Children up to age 16, paid locally) and meals not included

  • single cabin – supplement applies, please ask our office for details

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Tips for the guide and crew

  • Travel insurance - mandatory *cruise cover may be required - check with your insurer

  • Helmets - mandatory on all bike tours, you are encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation essential), however we cannot guarantee their suitability.

  • Optional bicyle insurance - payable in cash locally. EUR10 per person for trekking bike, EUR20 per person for electric bike. Please note that normal travel insurance often does not cover loss or damage to rental bikes. If you do not take out bike insuranc

  • Wifi on the boat - you should take your own portable electronic device with you each day if you wish to connect. Free wifi is available on offer almost everywhere on the islands on purchase of food or a drink.

  • Beach towel for shore use (if required)

  • A group or private transfer from the airport or your hotel to the boat in Piraeus (Marina Zeas) on embarkation and disembarkation days is available - reservation on request and a supplement applies, ask our office for details

  • Athens 3 day extension - see itinerary 2

  • Single cabin – supplement applies, please ask our office for details

  • Meals not listed as included, drinks (except bottled water onboard)

  • A group or private transfer from the airport or your hotel in Athens to the boat on embarkation and disembarkation days is available - reservation on request and a supplement applies, ask our office for details

What You Carry

During the cycle day you will carry your daily requirements in the pannier provided with the bike. This may include your lunch, wet weather gear, mobile phone and water. A small daypack which can be kept inside the pannier is useful for sightseeing.

Grading

This is an e-bike tour. For cyclists using hybrid bikes we recommend that you are fit and comfortably able to cycle around 20kmph on the flat and 10kmph on the ascents. There are some longer climbs; however, you are welcome to take breaks or push your bike if necessary. If you are unsure we recommend an e-bike. Even for e-bikers, the trip requires a good level of fitness from participants to fully participate in the cycling, which you should have acquired from steady cycling. The tours are approx. 23-35 km / 14.3-21.7 mi and 350-700m / 1148-2296ft elevation per day. The riding pace is determined by the cyclists on e-bikes. Guests who are taking part on a regular bicycle should have the necessary physical condition to keep up with this pace. The route traverses mostly asphalted roads, which are rarely travelled on outside of the holiday seasons. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour. Each day you can either decide to bike alone, using the information and maps provided, or join the tour guides. It is considered suitable for fit beginners and active children (minimum 10years, minimum height 1.5m/5ft for e-bike). *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

C. Schultz(Maiden Gully, Australia)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

30 Jun 2023

Great way to see the Cyclades, get some exercise, eat delicious food and enjoy the company of people who share a passion for experiencing new places.

J. Martin(Adelaide, South Australia)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

19 Oct 2017

Giannis and Tina were exceptional leaders. Giannis was very knowledgeable on Greek culture history politics and even development of the Greek language and its underpinning of Latin. Both leaders were entertaining with their stories and sharing of Greek myths and legends. They also very effectively varied and replanned our trip when the weather became problematic. I find it difficult to fault their performance and thought they were both very professional but friendly and fun at the same time. I have travelled a great deal in my life so my opinion comes from wide experience. The whole trip, bikes, the boat captain, crew, chef, food and facilities were excellent. I had a great time.

V. Chambers(Beachport, South Australia)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

10 Oct 2017

A fantastic bike and boat tour. I would recommend this, great guides, wonderful meals and friendly crew. So much fun and the ebikes are great.

B. Petersen(Uranquinty, Australia)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

4 Jul 2023

We had the most amazing week cycling and sailing. Dionysis was an absolute standout, his knowledge of Greek history and mythology was fabulous. We felt very safe and extremely well cared for.

J. Bahramis(Hampton, Australia)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

9 Jun 2023

Beautiful boat with amazing, friendly, efficient crew. Great cook serving delicious Greek breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Excellent bikes. Enthusiastic, friendly knowledgeable young guides. Great selection of lesser known islands.

P. Batterham(Port Macquarie, NSW)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

15 Jun 2018

Narelle and I thoroughly enjoyed our cycling adventure. The crew of eight were great. The chef provided delicious authentic Greek meals. The boat was comfortable and the captain very experience. The daily rides on the various Islands were very stimulating with great scenery and beach swims. The as new hybrid bikes where very comfortable to ride and perfectly maintained. The head guide Tina was exceptional. You couldn't have asked for a more professional and capable tour leader. This was our first guided cycling tour with UTracks and it definitely won't be our last. Peter

M. Flanagans(Lismore Heights, Australia)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

17 Oct 2023

Great facilities, great boat, good bikes, wonderful islands, and moorings. Plenty of swim times - all staff very helpful and inclusive. Like minded fellow travellers, incredible chef and his food was way too wonderful.

Gail Kelly(Tulsa)  

Greek Islands Bike & Boat

13 Oct 2021

Greece is so beautiful and the people are very friendly. Our guides Theo and Alex were fantastic! Such great hosts who went above and beyond the each and every day! The ebikes were so fun and helpful with the climbs. Our cook was an amazing chef and cooked many delicious local dishes using her grandmother’s recipes. Each island had something unique to offer and the water is unbelievably blue. On several occasions, we stopped enroute, dropped anchor and had a refreshing swim. There are 2 stand up paddle boards available for use. Over half of the guests were on their 4 or 5 tour with this company. That says a lot!!

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