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Peloponnes & Saronic Islands: Bike & Boat de luxe, Thalassa

Exciting antiquity and the dazzling sea

Bike & Boat
8 Days / 7 Nights
guided tour
moderate
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2,590.00 €
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Many peoples have left their mark on the Peloponnese. Some of the greatest archaeological sites of antiquity are waiting for you to discover them. You cycle through orange gardens and pomegranate plantations and capture the "Golden Mycenae" with its impressive lion's gate, the cyclopean walls and the treasury of Atreus. Embark on a geological journey through time on the volcanic peninsula of Methana.
With your floating home, the three-master Thalassa, you can reach the diverse islands of the Saronic Gulf. Visit the pistachio island of Aegina with the Temple of Aphaia enthroned high above the sea. On the island of Hydra, which is completely traffic-free, the only means of transport is donkeys. The islands of Poros and Spetses are known for their aromatic herbs - let yourself be enchanted!

Highlights

The Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis is probably the most important ancient Greek monument. This 2,500-year-old ruined city dominates Athens from the top of Acropolis Hill. And while the Parthenon Temple, with its distinctive columns, is the most famous monument on the hill, it's just one of the many treasures the Acropolis has to offer. After years of restoration, the palaces, columns and sculptures once again reflect the splendor, power and wealth of the city.

The Acropolis

Plaka - the old town of Athens
A visit to the Acropolis is a must for anyone visiting Athens. The same, however, applies to Plaka, which is immediately below – the picturesque and lively old town of the Greek capital.

Plaka - the old town of Athens

Island of Aegina
The island of Aegina has something for everyone - sandy beaches with shallow waters for families with children, isolated аnd peaceful pebble bushes, lively beach bars аnd historical sights оf Greek antiquity. Thе island cultivates many vegetables аnd fruit, аs well аs pistachios - Aegina's pride.

Aegina island

The Peloponnese
The Peloponnese is located in southern Greece and is separated from the mainland by the artificial Corinth Canal. The Peloponnese is ancient cultural land and offers unique archaeological sites of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Mycenaeans, ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Franks, Ottomans, French and English all left their mark on the region.

Peloponnes & Saronic Islands: 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 Alimnos, 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 morning you cross over to the island of Poros. Before you dock in the island capital of the same name, make a bathing stop with the ship. In the afternoon you cycle almost completely around the island. Just before your tour ends, you'll arrive at Russian Bay, where you'll have the opportunity for a swim in the sea. In the enchanting port of Poros town with its clock tower towering over all the buildings, you can end the day in a typically Greek atmosphere.

In the morning you take a small car ferry from Poros to Galatas in the Peloponnese. A panoramic tour takes you through fertile agricultural land to the small coastal town of Ermioni. Back on board the Thalassa, enjoy lunch and a crossing to Porto Heli. If the weather conditions are good, you can take a long bathing break along the way.

In the morning you cross over to the island of Spetses and start with a long swimming break in a picturesque bay. Before lunch, stroll through the pretty streets of the old town. On the "Island of Spices" as Spetses was already called by the Venetians, you cycle along an almost car-free panoramic road with the most beautiful views of the turquoise blue sea. In between you always have time for longer bathing and coffee breaks. After the bike tour, explore the old port by bike before boarding the ship again.

In the morning, drive to Hydra Island in two hours. Donkeys are the only means of transport on the car-free island. After the film "The Boy on the Dolphin" was shot on the island in 1957, it became an artists' Mecca. Explore the port on foot and then continue to the Methana Peninsula. You will immediately notice the volcanic origin because the air is full of the smell of sulphur. The peninsula is characterized by more than 30 volcanoes and thermal springs, some of which are still active and some of which are also used medicinally. In the late afternoon you go on a bike tour with beautiful panoramic views and a relaxing coffee break in the picturesque fishing port of Vathy.

After breakfast you take another bike tour on Methana and then cross over to Aegina in the afternoon. The island of Aegina is famous for its very good pistachios. In the old town of Aegina you can buy all kinds of pistachio products while strolling through the lively streets. Alternatively, you can embark on a bike ride along the coast to the fishing village of Perdika.

Today's bike tour takes you to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The very well preserved temple towers high above the sea. From here you have a fantastic view of the Aegean Sea. On the way back via the pistachio island you will cycle past the monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina town. Here you board the Thalassa again, where you are already awaited for the last crossing of the journey with a final evening.

After breakfast, your beautiful bike and boat trip ends with disembarkation at 9:00 a.m.

Any necessary changes to the itinerary due to wind, weather and nautical peculiarities are reserved to the skipper as captain of the ship!

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Prices / Dates

Prices per person in EUR
Sunset on Kythnos beach

Special offers

It pays to be quick, book the bike & boat trip to the Peloponnese & Saronic Islands on the following dates and receive a discount on new bookings while cabins are still available:

100,00 € discount per person (for bookings until 31.05.2024):
05.07.2024
12.07.2024
19.07.2024
26.07.2024
02.08.2024
09.08.2024
16.08.2024

The discount cannot be combined with other discounts and will be deducted from your invoice.

Services / Info

  • 8-day cruise on a crewed motor yacht
  • 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2 x full board and 5 x half board on board
  • Guided bike tours and visits according to the programme
  • Overview maps for the individual cycling stages on board
  • Entrance fees for museums and archaeological sites visited together
  • Bottled drinking water on board and during all activities ashore (2024)
  • bed linen and towels
  • German and English speaking tour guide
Worth knowing about the trip Peloponnese & Saronic Islands: Bike & Boat

Below you will find specific information about the trip Peloponnese & Saronic Islands: Bike & Boat with the deluxe ship Thalassa. If you have any further questions about this trip, simply give us a call: Tel.: +49 (0)6421 - 886890.

Arrival by plane

Arriving by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get to Greece. There are flight connections to Athens from many airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Athens Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is approximately 25 km from the port of Piraeus, the start and end point of the trip.

When booking your flight, please choose a return flight that departs in the midday or afternoon, if possible, to ensure a stress-free return trip to Germany. You can research and book flight offers, for example, at www.opodo.com, www.skyscanner.de.

We are happy to organize a transfer for you from the airport to the ship and back to the airport or a hotel in Athens on the day of disembarkation. Price on request.

Flight offers Opodo

Skyscanner flight deals

Port of Embarkation Athens (Marina Zeas/Piraeus)

If you arrive by car, rent a car in Greece or organize your own transfer to the port after the flight, here is the information about the port of embarkation:

Your port of embarkation is Marina Ueas, which is part of the Athens port of Piraeus. As a rule, your ship docks here in the part of the marina called pasa Limani. You can check in on board from 2 p.m. on the day of embarkation.

Requirements

The cycling stages require participants to have a certain level of fitness, which should be acquired through regular cycling. The daily stages of 17 to 40 km and 400 to 700 vertical meters per day lead partly through hilly and mountainous terrain. Longer inclines are also driven, but pushing is definitely allowed. The roads are mostly paved.

This tour is primarily designed as a guided group tour. After prior consultation with our tour guides and the selection of a suitable route, nothing stands in the way of individual cycling. Instead of a bike tour, you can spend half a day or a whole day on the ship at any time.

On a trekking bike tour, the guided group pace is based on the trekking bikers. If you rent an e-bike on a trekking tour, you are asked to be considerate of those who ride without electronic support. Thank you for your understanding.

Available rental bikes

There are unisex electric bikes with 11-speed derailleur gears and a low step-through step, or somewhat sportier unisex 9-speed hybrid e-bikes with a slightly higher step-through step.

The bikes are each equipped with an Ortlieb pannier

Helmet obligation

Helmets are compulsory on the bike tours. Please bring your own well-fitting helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (reservation required).

Catering

The accompanying cook prepares the extensive breakfast and one or two warm meals daily. Boarding begins on the day of arrival with dinner and ends on the day of disembarkation with breakfast.

Children

Basically, we are of the opinion that only children with good stamina and a minimum age of 10 years can complete the bike tours on their own. Please note that we can only provide trekking rental bikes from a height of 1.30 m and rental e-bikes from a height of 1.50 m.

Changes

Due to different wind and weather conditions as well as organizational needs, we reserve the right to change the route.

Taking your own e-bikes with you

It is not possible to take your own e-bike with you due to safety regulations on the ships and to protect the health of the tour guide. If you would like to ride an e-bike, we are happy to offer it to you for booking.

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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