Kykladen - the heart of Greece
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 Panagiota 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?
1. day Marina Zeas (Piraeus) (embarkation)
Individual arrival in Athen and transfer to the harbour of Marina Zeas which is a part of Piräus and situated 25 km from the Athens airport. Check-in from 2 p.m. on. Dinner on board. Overnight at Piraeus.
2. day Island of Kythnos 25 km
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.
3. day Island Seriphos 35 km
In the morning the Panagiota takes you to Seriphos, a little island with deep valleys, countless bays and numerous sandy beaches. Starting in Livadi you'll cycle along a serpentine road to the main town Seriphos, whose cube-shaped houses are situated on a high ridge above the sea. From there you'll bike through untouched landscape and continue your journey till the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. A panoramic road at the East Coast will take you back to Livadi from where you'll ferry to the island Siphnos.
4. day Island Siphnos 20 km
The Island is famous for its pottery. As its coastline falls in a steep slope towards the ocean, only the central area of Siphnos is populated. Today’s route leads you through a hilly, terrace-shaped landscape up to the central plateau with the main place of Apollonia. From there, you will take a worthwhile side trip to the ancient capital of Kastro, a fortified settelement under monument protection since 1975. In the afternoon, you will ship to Syros, where a great number of cafés offers various possibilities to spend the evening by the seaside promenade.
5. day Island Kea 25 km
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.
6. day Island Poros 23km
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.
7. day Island Aegina 35km
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.
8. day Piraeus departure
After breakfast on board, debarkation and individual return home are planned.
All bike and ship trips may underlie spontaneous changes of the route due to certain weather conditions.
In der Saison 2020 fährt das Premiumschiff Thalassa
Die Thalassa ist ein Dreimast-Motorsegler, das pure Eleganz mit größtem Komfort vereint. Mit ihren hoch aufragenden Masten ist das stolze Schiff in jedem Hafen ein echter Blickfang. Der Salon und die Gästekabinen sind großzügig und modern angelegt. Auf den weiten Decks befinden sich viele gemütliche Sitz- und Liegemöglichkeiten, wo man bei den Überfahrten herrlich entspannen, ein Buch lesen oder sich einfach nur die Seeluft um die Nase wehen lassen kann. Zu allen Mahlzeiten verwöhnt Sie die Crew mit schmackhaft zubereiteten Köstlichkeiten der vielseitigen Küche. Auf dem 38 m langen Schiff befinden sich 9 Kabinen von 9 - 12m², die alle mit Teakholz, Klimaanlage, Duschkabine, Waschbecken, WC, Föhn und Spiegel ausgestattet sind.
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.
25.04. – 20.06.2020
05.09. – 26.09.2020
Prices are per person.
24.04. – 19.06.2021
04.09. – 02.10.2021
bookable additional services
- 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 halfpension/2 x fullpension on board
- 6 guided or individual bike tours according to the program
- bedding and towels
- admission into museums and archaeological sites
- overview maps on board showing each biking stage
- englishspeaking guide
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: 06421 – 886890.
The Panagiota is a lovingly restored traditional 31 m long and 7 meters wide motor glider of 1990, 2001 it was modernized according to the requirements of cruises. 7 cabins below deck and 3 cabins above deck are available for guests. All cabins are equipped with a queen-size bed (140 cm) and a single bed and private shower / WC. The lower cabins each have a porthole for passive ventilation and an active ventilation system. In good weather conditions it can be eaten on the shaded rear deck. A sun deck with comfortable deck mats are available to guests. In the kitchen captain Gerasimos has the floor: "The guest is always served tasty new Greek specialities, the menu can be very diverse."
Ihr Schiff: THALASSA
Die Thalassa ist ein Dreimast-Motorsegler vom Typ der türkischen Gulet. Ein Schiff mit bester Ausstattung, das pure Eleganz mit größtem Komfort vereint. Mit ihren hoch aufragenden Masten ist dieses stolze Schiff in jedem Hafen ein echter Blickfang.
Der Salon und die Gästekabinen sind großzügig angelegt. Auf den weiten Decks finden sich viele gemütliche Sitz- und Liegemöglichkeiten. Hier kann man bei den Überfahrten herrlich entspannen, ein Buch lesen oder sich einfach nur die Seeluft um die Nase wehen lassen.
Requirements (level 2-3)
The bike routes require the participant a certain level of fitness, which you should have acquired by regular cycling. The daily stages of 20 to 60 km lead through hilly and sometimes mountainous terrain. Longer gradients are cycle uphill, but pushing the bike is allowed. The roads are mostly asphalted. Every day you decide for yourself whether you want to ride individually (only according to information and maps), or if you join one of your tour guides. At any time, a half or a full day can be spent on the ship.
Available rental bikes
We can provide 21-speed Trekking-Bikes (with low a entry). The bikes are suitable for people from 150 cm in height. Elektric Bikes can be provided on request, these bikes are not suitable for persons from a height smaler than 150 cm and not over 190 cm.
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.
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.
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.
Services not included
- Travel to Athens
- Meals and drinks on land
- Beverages on board (list of captains); Water package 20 € / adult, 10 € / child up to 16 years
- Tickets for individually visited sights
- Tip for crew and tour guide
Mitnahme kundeneigener E-Bikes
Die Mitnahme eines eigenen E-Bikes ist aufgrund von Sicherheitsvorschriften auf den Schiffen sowie zum Schutz der Gesundheit der Reiseleiter ab der Saison 2020 nicht möglich. Wenn Sie ein E-Bike fahren möchten, bieten wir Ihnen dieses gern zur Buchung an.
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, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
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 flat island invites you to explore its picturesque villages with narrow, cobbled streets and gardens full of flowers. Especially the north side of the island is known for its thermal springs. The underground water, rich in salts, sulfur and iron, offer sensitive warm bathing experiences.
The beaches with blue-green water are to fall in love. Enjoy the magical charm of the island cities. Follow the stairs to the venetian castle of the Chapel of Agia Varvara. The view is breathtaking, especially at sunset.
The island of Siphnos is a mountainous island with fertile valleys and many olive trees. This island has preserved its originality and genuine beauty: impressive landscapes, picturesque settlements, a medieval village, ancient monasteries and several beautiful beaches.
The capital of the island is located inside. It is a tradional village with whitewashed houses and narrow streets. Several cafes and night clubs make the village come alive.
Poros and Kea
The island Poros enchants with its mediteranean flair. East of the village of Galata is a fairytale-like lemon forest. Tenthousands of lemon trees cover the entire area down to the sea, with typical greek water mills splashing in between.
The island of Kea is best known for a shipwreck of the HSMS Britannic. It is hidden 120 meters deep in front of the coast of the island. The ship sunk in 1916 due to a sea mine. Since it is considered as the sister ship of the Titanic, it became a significant find in 1975.
Acropolis (Dion, Areopagitou), is certainly the most famous representative of the acropolis of ancient Greece, which is why, when one speaks of "the Acropolis", the Athenian Acropolis and its remarkable buildings. The oldest part of the city of Athens was built by the architects Iktinos and Callicrates as well as Mnesikles after the destruction by the Persians under the direction of the famous sculptor Phidias. The Propylaea, the Erechtheum, the Temple of Nike, and the Parthenon Temple, built between 467 BC and 406 BC, are standing on a flat, 156-meter-high rock, in which a statue of the goddess Athena was said to have stood. A copy of this is in the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The Acropolis in Athens has been part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 1986.
Dionysostheater (Dion. Areopagitou Str.), Was the most important theater in ancient Greece and is considered the birthplace of the theater of Greek antiquity and the drama at all. It is located on the southern slope of the Acropolis of Athens. The Dionysostheater had 78 seat rows and accommodated 17,000 spectators. The first row of seats consisted of 67 marble seats reserved for special dignitaries.
Hadrian's Gate and Olympieion (Vassilisis Olgas str), the temple dedicated to Olympian Zeus, was one of the greatest temples of antiquity. Only a few yards away, the Athenians erected a triumphal arch, some of which is still preserved (Hadrian's Gate).
Hephaistos temple (Hephaistos temple),
Odeion of Herod Atticus ()
Tower of the Winds (), is the best preserved ancient building in Athens, an octagonal tower on the edge of the Roman Agora. It was built around 100 BC by Andronikos of Kyrrhos. In the tower was a water clock, on the outside walls are still nine sundials.
Pnyx Hill (Apost. Pavlou Street), on the Pnyx Hill in the ancient world the popular gatherings took place. From here you have a wonderful view of the city and the Acropolis.
Hadrians Library (), was a large library in ancient Athens. The Hadrian Library consisted of a courtyard measuring 100 x 70 m, surrounded by a peristyle, and the actual library building, each with two reading and lecture rooms. The ruins of the Hadrian Library are located near the modern Monastiraki Square in the old town of Athens (Plaka), situated to the north of the Acropolis.