This bike and boat tour cycling holiday takes you around the Cyclades Islands of Greece. The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, was the cradle of the first European civilised society 5000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its variety: Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavour to the island towns. The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sandy beaches. On the Saronic Islands between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese can be experienced from its most abundant side. Learn about the struggle between 1821 – 1830 without which we wouldn’t have Greece as we know it today. Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on your motorized sailing ship or the bike and imbibe the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.
Availability: Ship Thalassa 19/4, 26/4, 3/5, 10/5, 17/5, 24/5, 31/5, 7/6, 14/6, 30/8, 6/9, 13/9, 20/9, 27/9
Ship Erato 19/4, 26/4, 3/5, 10/5, 17/5, 24/5, 31/5, 7/6, 14/6, 6/9, 13/9, 20/9, 27/9
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 into the Argosaronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We will cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Egina, 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.
The minimum number of 14 persons, minimum age 10 and height above 140 cm.
The THALASSA is a three-mast motor yacht built like a traditional Turkish gullet. This is a ship with the best equipment, which combines pure elegance with the greatest comfort. With its towering masts, this proud ship is a real eye-catcher in any harbour. The saloon and guest cabins are spacious. The expansive ship’s deck provides an array of comfortable seating arrangements. A perfect setting in which to enjoy the cruise, read a book or simply to regenerate in whilst the sea breeze soothes the senses. At mealtimes the guests are pampered with a generous variety of authentic dishes, created masterfully in the on-board galley, bringing an insight into the diversity of the Greek kitchen to the table.
The elegant ship Erato is coloured in a burgundy red with fine wooden clad cabins. The outdoor area onboard has many spaces for relaxation as we sail along. Lovely Greek cuisine will be served by the crew who have been welcoming guests aboard for many years.
There is a WiFi connection offered on board your ship but it can be unstable, particularly when at sea. If you need to regular connection to the internet during the tour, we recommend taking 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 heart’s content.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Arrive at Athens airport and either make your way to Marina Zeas; the port of Piraeus for the ship Thalassa or Marina Alimos Palaia Faliro ( around 5km from Piraeus) for ship Erato. You can check in on the boat from around 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Athens
Early in the morning, the boat takes you to KythnosIsland, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which will start in the harbour of Merichas and will first lead us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. Finally, we will reach the picturesque village of Driopida. Then we shall return to Merichas where we shall spend the evening.
Seriphos is 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 will cycle along a zigzag road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We will continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We will return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship will bring us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares.
Later in the afternoon, we shall sail to the Island Syros where you will have ample time to explore the old town. Ermoupolis is the capital town of the Cyclades region of Greece and you will be amazed at the unforgettable views. You will notice that the town is built on two hills, which is different from most other Cycladic towns. Lovely pastel-coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominate the towns streets.
Today we cycle along the coast of Syros, rolling into and out of many bays and coves which occupy the entire southern half of the island. We make our way to the beautiful beach of Galissas and onto the convent of Saint Barbara before heading back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we continue by boat to the island of Kea.
Today our starting point for exploring the nor western-most inhabited Cyclades island is the beautiful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Loulis before continuing to the white sand beach, Otzias where we can take a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards, once we have enjoyed a relaxing stop, we return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon we take a short crossing to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbour city of Poros is truly spectacular, its iconic clock tower juts out above the rest of the town and provides a true Greek island atmosphere. Here we enjoy a relaxing evening.
In the morning we start with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery, dating back to the 18th century. Afterwards, we ride almost once around the island which once Poseidon himself possessed. Shortly before the end of the tour, we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue water, which we cannot resist but swim in. Back in Poros City, the boat awaits our arrival with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Ägina.
The Island of Ägina is known the world over, far beyond the Greek borders, for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s bike tour takes us up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. The incredibly well-preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea, to the single point of Ägina where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On our way back, we cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to Ägina City where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piräus. This beautiful crossing provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on a great week exploring by sea and wheels!
Guests disembark after breakfast on board.
By plane to Athens airport where one group collective transfer is available for a small cost
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Deposit of 30% per person is required for this tour.
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