Peloponnese & Saronic Islands: Bike & Boat
Exciting antiquity and the dazzling sea
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. Narrow old town streets, a beautiful harbor promenade and many cafés await you in Nafplion. 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!
Your ship: Deluxe ship Thalassa
The Thalassa is a three-masted motor sailer of the Turkish gulet type. A ship with the best equipment that combines pure elegance with the greatest comfort. With her towering masts, this proud ship is a real eye-catcher in every port.
The saloon and guest cabins are spacious. On the wide decks there are many comfortable places to sit and lie down. Here you can relax wonderfully during the crossing, read a book or just let the sea air blow in your face.
1. day Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens) arrival
Individual arrival in Athens and transfer to Marina Zeas, which is part of Piraeus and about 25 km from the airport. Check in from 2 p.m. Dinner on board and overnight in Piraeus.
2. day Marina Zeas - Poros island 23 km
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.
3. day Galatas - Ermioni - Porto Heli 40 km
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.
4. day Island of Spetses 25 km
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.
5. day Island of Hydra - Methana Peninsula 17 km
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.
6. day Methana peninsula - island of Aegina 25 km
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.
7. day Island of Aegina 35 km
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.
8. day Piraeus/Athens Disembarkation
After breakfast, your beautiful bike and boat trip ends with disembarkation at 9:00 a.m.
Separate cancellation conditions apply:
Any necessary changes to the itinerary due to wind, weather and nautical peculiarities are reserved to the skipper as captain of the ship!
prices & services
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
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.
Prices are per person.
08.04. – 14.10.2023
- 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
- 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.
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.
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 24-speed trekking bikes available as women's (medium step-up) and men's bikes, as well as 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
Helmets are compulsory on the bike tours. Please bring your own well-fitting helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available (reservation required).
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.
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.
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, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
Corona travel information:
Before booking your trip, please inform yourself about the measures in place to contain the Corona pandemic.
An up-to-date overview of applicable measures and travel and safety advice regarding Covid-19 for all countries in the EU and Switzerland can be found here:
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Corona virus and holiday planning
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.
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 buildings include the Erechtheum, the Temple of Nike, the Propylaea and the Temple of the Parthenon, which is said to have housed a statue of the goddess Athena. In ancient times, an acropolis was usually a fortification located on the highest part of the city. The Acropolis of Athens also initially had a primarily defensive function.
UNESCO put the Acropolis in Athens on the World Heritage List in 1986.
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. This district exudes a very special charm and is popular with locals and tourists alike. In the narrow streets of Plaka there are numerous cafes, boutiques and souvenir shops; many street musicians and painters offer their art for sale here. Since cars are taboo here, you can stroll around in peace - but you should do so early in the day, because the Plaka is often quite crowded by the early afternoon at the latest.
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. The center of activity on the island is Aegina town. In about an hour you can see everything, the wonderful corners of the waterfront, neoclassical buildings and the taverns and cafes overlooking the sea. In the town of Agia Marina lies one of the most beautiful and well-known sandy beaches in Greece.
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. The peninsula also has a lot to offer in terms of landscape: the spectrum ranges from beautiful bathing beaches to wide plains to high mountains. Almost the entire peninsula is very fertile and, in contrast to the Greek islands, has little to do with drought and the resulting lack of water. Large parts of the mountainous region are covered with dense forests, in the valleys the good soil is used for agricultural development.
The name of the Peloponnese means something like "Island of the Pelops". Pelops is a mythological king who conquered large parts of Elis and Arcadia. Later the whole peninsula was named after him.