This bike and boat cycling holiday allows you to explore the Ionian Islands of Greece. The Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, shows her greener side, pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of these Greek Isles. From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress Sissi, this journey will lead us to regions which are not very well known abroad. Discover the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus, you will never forget the green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Kefallonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos. We enjoy our stay on board of the wooden motor yacht and let us be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine.
Minimum number 14 persons, minimum age 10 and height above 140 cm.
The route leads through hilly or mountainous areas on mostly asphalted and are rarely busy.
The Panagiota is an affectionately a restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. wide and 102 ft. long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises. 6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a French bed (4.6 ft. wide), one single bed and private shower and toilet. There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck. The spacious sun deck, equipped with cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.
There is no WiFi connection offered on board of your ship. If you need to connect 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.
Check-in on the ship from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.
In the morning we will crossover to Sivota. On our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga, the only centre of tourism on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Parga is a pretty town with the medieval fort which towers over the old town. Here the boat is awaiting us to take us to Nidri on Lekas Island. On our way, we pass the original swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland.
Today’s cycle ride takes us first from Nidri to a nearby waterfall. If you are lucky it will still have enough water for a refreshing morning swim. Then along quiet roads through the mountains past Sivros we cycle later to the harbour in Vasiliki. After a short sail, we anchor at Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, for swimming. Then the ship brings us to Fiskardo on Cephalonia, where we spend the night. The harbour town on the Northern point of the island charms visitors with its colourful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbour promenade. Do not miss to taste the local Robola wine!
Today’s cycle tour leads us from Fiskardo to Sami. We cycle along the impressive mountain pass at the eastern coast of the island. You will have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic view to the neighbour island of Ithaca. After a refreshing break, we continue cycling. On the way, we may visit the limestone (stalactite and stalagmite) caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in rowboats and charms you with electrifying clear water in various shades of blue. In the late afternoon, we cruise to Vathy on Ithaca Island.
Today during the morning our cycle ride is on the Island of Ithaca. This is the homeland of the mythical king Odysseus. Ithaca is a hilly island but with a very beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track with many olive groves, crystal clear water and lovely friendly islanders, here time appears really appears to have stood still. Decide for yourself, if you are up for the challenge of a true hill climb, or, if you would prefer the leisurely alternative of a panoramic ride at half the height. Our boat will await us in Frikes, before setting off to the small island of Meganisi.
The Island of Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the morning by bike. Our panoramic cycle tour takes us along a lonely island road and through the three villages of the island, which give us a good impression of the traditional island life of the Greeks. At Spartochori beach we can enjoy a coffee and a swim in the sea if you wish. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbour in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in one of the typical taverns of Gaios.
Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver-green colour. On today’s cycle trip we will circle the island. We can have our first swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch, the boat brings us back to Corfu town, where, after dinner on board and a cosy get together for the last evening together.
After breakfast, check-out, collective transfer to the airport and individual return home or holiday
By plane to Corfu where a single group transfer (airport to ship) is available for an extra cost
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Deposit of 30% per person is required for this tour.
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