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Cyklades & Saronic Golf: bike & boat de luxe, Thalassa

Kykladen - the heart of Greece

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
guided tour
Velociped-Partner-Tour
moderate
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The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 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 sand beaches. Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on the Thalassa or the bike and imbibe the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.

The cycling stages require a certain basic condition, because the day stages from 20 to 60 km lead partly through hilly and mountainous terrain. Also longer slopes are driven. True to the motto "who loves his bike, he pushes you". As the roads are mainly asphalted, the wheel rolls with the corresponding muscular power fast. It is also nice that you can decide for yourself every day whether you want to cycle individually (according to information and maps) or if you want to join the tour guide. And who would like to be able to spend a half or full day on the boat at any time?

Highlights

The Acropolis in Athens
The Acropolis (Dion. Areopagitou), is certainly the best-known representative of the ancient Greek city fortresses known as the Acropolis, which is why when one speaks of "the Acropolis" one usually means the Athenian Acropolis and its remarkable buildings.

The Acropolis in Athens

Athen

Poros Island
The island of Poros enchants with its Mediterranean flair. Tens of thousands of lemon trees cover the entire area down to the sea, in between the typical Greek watermills splash.

Poros Island

Spetses Island
One of the smallest Saronic Islands is Spetses Island. On the island of Spetses, vacationers can relax in peace, explore interesting places or enjoy the night life.

Spetses Island

Aegina island
Aegina, which Athenians like to visit at weekends and also has a lot to offer culturally, is cosmopolitan and close to nature at the same time.

Aegina island

Temple of Aphaia
The Temple of Aphaia on Aegina is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Around 500/490 BC Erected in the 3rd century BC, it was designed very progressively for its time. With its harmoniously balanced proportions, it is now considered one of the masterpieces of Greek architecture.

Temple of Aphaia

 

Cyklades & Saronic Golf: bike & boat de luxe, Thalassa

moderate
Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
guided tour
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The Thalassa is a three mast motor-sailor. The ship combines pure elegance with great comfort. With it's high rising masts, this boat is a real eye catcher in every harbor. The salon and the guest cabins are modern and graciously designed, gallant furnishings bring the eastern flair on board to life. The expansive ships 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 sooths 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. It is therefore no surprise to see the joy on people’s faces when they hear the mealtime bell ring.

Tour

Individual arrival in Athens and transfer to the marina Marina Zeas, which is part of Piraeus and approx. 25 km from the airport. Check-in from 14:00. Dinner on board and overnight in Athens.

In the antique Kythnos has been famous for its tasty honey and cheese. On the first tour leading from Merichas’ harbour to the central place Chora, you will be offered spectacular views over the coast with its numerous bays again. Situated on a plateau, Chora is an attractive village, its streets and lanes are decorated with painted flowers and beautiful geometrical ornaments. We continue further to Driopida, a picturesque village and finally back to Merichas. There you can spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns.

In the morning, the Thalassa will take you to Seriphos, a small island with deep valleys, numerous bays and many sandy beaches. From the port town of Livadi, you will cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube-shaped houses climb up a ridge high above the sea. Through unspoiled countryside you will reach the monastery of the Archangel Michael. Return to Livadi on a panaroma road that runs along the east coast and cross over to the island of Syros. Enjoy the evening strolling through the picturesque old town alleys and along the harbor promenade or in one of the numerous cafes.

Ermoupolis is the capital of the Cyclades and offers a breathtaking sight. The city was built on two hills, the pastel-colored houses with classicist facades are well worth seeing. You will cycle along the bay-rich coasts through the south of the island. After a visit to the monastery of St. Barbara, you will finally reach your starting point Ermoulpolis again. In the afternoon the boat will take you to Kea.

The starting point for the discovery of the northwestern most inhabited Cyclades islands is the wonderful natural harbor Korissia. From there, the bike tour takes you to the mountains, picturesque main town and later in the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean invites you for a refreshing bath. Then retrun to Korissia. In the afternoon transfer to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. In the charming port of Poros town, whose landmark is an old clock tower, you can enjoy the rest of the day.

This morning you cycle from Poros Town to the monastery Zoodochos Pigis, which dates back to the 18th century. Then you circle around the island almost completely, which was dedicated in antiquity to the god of the sea Poseidon. Shortly before the end of the tour you can dip in the cool water. Back in Poros Town, the ship awaits you with a delicious lunch on board to continue to Aegina.

The island of Aegina is famous beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Today's bike tour takes you up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The wonderfully preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea at the only place on the island of Aegina, from which you can see on both sides of the Aegean Sea. On the way back you cycle through the center of the island past the large monastry of Saint Nektarios to the Aegina town, where you will find the boat for the last crossing to Piraeus. With a cozy final evening on board an exciting cruise fades away.

After breakfast on board, debarkation and individual return home are planned.

The skipper reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the itinerary due to wind, weather and nautical conditions!

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR

Services / Info

  • Trip of 8 days on a two-pole sailing boat
  • 7 nights on board in double cabins lower deck with shower and toilet
  • 5 times half board / 2 x full board on board
  • 6 guided or individual bike tours according to the program
  • Bedding and towels
  • Admission into museums and archaeological sites
  • Bottled drinking water on board and during all activities ashore
  • Overview maps on board showing each biking stage
  • Englishspeaking guide
Worth knowing about the trip Kykladen bike & boat

Below you will find specific information about the trip Kykladen bike & boat. If you have further questions about this trip, you simply call us: Phone: +49 (0)6421 – 886890.

Arrival by plane

Arriving by plane is the fastest and most convenient way to travel to Greece. There are good flight connections to Athens from many airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Athens Airport (ATH) is approximately 25 km from the port of Piraeus. If possible, please choose a return flight that does not depart until midday or in the afternoon to ensure a stress-free return journey. Embarkation on the day of arrival is from 2:00 p.m., please bear this in mind when booking your flight.

In order to ensure an unproblematic arrival and departure, we recommend that you use the offered transfer from and to the airport.

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Arrival by car

You are welcome to come with your car. The port of embarkation is Marina Zeas, which is part of the Athens port of Piraeus. As a rule, your ship is moored here in the part of the marina called Pasa Limani. There is also parking here. Embarkation on board is from 2 p.m.

Requirements (level 2-3)

The cycling stages require participants to have a certain level of fitness, which should have been acquired through regular cycling. The daily stages of 20 to 60 km lead partly through hilly and mountainous terrain. Longer inclines are also driven, but pushing is definitely allowed. The roads are mostly paved. Decide for yourself every day whether you want to cycle individually (solely based on information and maps) or whether you want to join one of your tour guides. Half a day or a full day can be spent on the ship at any time. Please note: Helmets are compulsory on the bike tours. Please bring your own well fitting helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (reservation required).

Available rental bikes

We can provide E-Bikes. These bikes are not suitable for persons from a height smaler than 150 cm and not over 190 cm.

Due to safety restrictions it is not possible to bring own e-bikes. Please book an e-bike in advance.

Catering

The chef is a member of the crew and prepares daily breakfast and one or two warm meals. Boarding begins on arrival with dinner and ends with the breakfast. During a long bike ride you will get lunch ashore.

Children

Basically, we believe that only children with a good level of fitness and a minimum of 10 years can manage the bike tour by own means. Please note that we have only bike available for a body height starting from 1.40 m.

Changes

The Cyclades are a relatively wind-prone area. In general, this causes only minor changes in planned course of the tour. At very unfavorable wind conditions, it may be, however, that the route of the planned tour course will differ significantly. Our alternative tour takes you to the Argosaronikos Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: Your cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnese and explore the islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of the trip is to visit the ancient Epidaurus with the best-preserved theater in Greece.

Extra costs which are not included in the tour price

  • Travel to Athens
  • Meals and drinks on land
  • Tickets for individually visited sights
  • beach towel if needed
  • Tip for crew and tour guide

7 days hotline service

Just in case the bike chain breaks, flooding makes it impossible to continue your tour or any other nasty surprise: You can reach us seven days a week and we will do anything to help you as fast as possible.

Passport and visa requirements

For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.

Travel insurance

The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.

Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.

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