Bike & Boat: Peloponnese and Saronic Islands

Discover Greek Islands by bike!

The Peloponnese is a Greek region stepped in history. The Mycenaeans, ancient Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans and Albanians have all left their mark on the „Island of Pelops“. Here you will find some of the greatest archaeological sites of antiquity and the Middle Ages. Discover this unique, culturally rich region as well as the diverse islands of the Saronic Gulf by boat and bike! The three masted Bahriyeli will be your floating home as you travel on this one-of-a-kind journey through 5,000 years of Greek history. Cycle through orange orchards and pomegranate plantations. Experience the „Golden Mycenae“ and the impressive Lion Gate, the cyclopean walls and the Treasury of Atreus. Stroll through the picturesque, medieval town of Nafplio with its imposing fortifications and embark on a geological journey through time on the volcanic peninsula of Methana! Discover the enchanting islands of the Saronic Gulf each with its own distinct and unique character. Be it the pistachio island of Aegina where the Temple of Aphaia sits enthroned high above the blue of the sea or the completely traffic- free island of Hydra where the countless donkeys have been the only means of transport since time immemorial. The islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs, is sure to enchant your senses as you take in panoramic views while cycling along almost traffic-free roads!

TOUR PROFILE: The bike routes have a length of 23 to 50 km and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.


Tour description

DAY 1: MARINA ZEAS (PIRAEUS/ATHEN) - EMBARKMENT

Individually arranged arrival to Marina Zeas, part of Piraeus, and about 25 km from the airport. Check in is possible from 2 p.m. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Piraeus.

DAY 2: ISLAND OF POROS (APPROX. 23 KM)

The morning will be spent sailing to the Island of Poros. In the afternoon, we will start cycling from the island’s capital, which holds the same name as the island itself, towards the 18th century Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Continuing, we will almost completely circle the island which, in ancient times, was considered tob e the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Shortly before the end of the tour we will reach Russian Bay, whose sandy beach and turqoise waters are sure to tempt us to dive in for a swim. Back in the enchanting harbour of Poros City, with its landmark clock tower reaching high above all the other buildings, we can end our eventful day surrounded by characteristic Greek atmosphere.

DAY 3: GALATAS - ERMIONI - NAFPLIO (APPROX. 40 KM)

After breakfast a small car ferry will take us from Poros to Galatas in the Pelopennese. From here, the bike tour will lead us mostly along the sea and through fertile agricultural land towards the small coastal town of Ermioni. Here the Bahriyeli will await us for an on board lunch and a leisurely afternoon crossing to Nafplio. In the early afternoon, our tour guide will invite us on a stroll through the picturesque alleys of the former Greek capital. Nafplio is a captivating island with its ingenious fortifications and eventful history along with its flower filled old town and the numerous very individual, beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants. The perfect place to spend a wonderful, relaxed evening.

DAY 4: MYCENAE - ISLAND OF SPETSES (APPROX. 50 KM)

After breakfast, the day’s tour leads into the Peloponnesian inland. After cycling through an impressive apricot and orange grove we will reach the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns and following the maginificent castle of Mycenae. Both sites have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1999. In the 2nd millenium BC, Mycenae was one of Greece’s most important cities. King Atreus and his son Agamemnon play a significant role in Greek mythology. The excavation site is enthralling: The famous Lion Gate, the incredibly thick cyclopean walls, Grave Circles A and B along with the gold and silver discoveries and the Treasury of Atreus are all very much worth a visit. In the late afternoon, the boat will take us from Nafplio to the Island of Spetses. In the evening, we can stroll through the alleys of the beautiful old town, decorated with pebble mosaics. Or end the evening at the old fishing port with a glass of wine.

DAY 5: ISLAND OF SPETSES – ISLAND OF HYDRA (APPROX. 25 KM)

The island of Spetses got its name from the Venetians who called it „Isola della spezie“, the island of herbs. With the accompanying aroma of wild herbs and panoramic views, today’s tour will lead us along the traffic-free road that circles the island. For the majority of the ride we will be able to enjoy incredible views of the turquoise sea. Later on there will be a longer break at one of the beautiful beaches for a coffee and a swim. The journey will then continue to the island of Hydra. Since time immemorial donkeys have been the only means of transport on this unique, beautiful island. Thanks to seafaring, the isalnd became very wealthy in the middle ages. Then, after the Greek War of Independence, spanning from 1821-1830, the island fell into a hundered-year slumber. It was only when, in 1957, the film „Boy on a Dolphin“ starringt he unforgettable Sofia Loren was filmend on Hydra that life was brought back to the isalnd which then became a mecca for artists. A unique place with arguably the most beautiful sunset in the region!

DAY 6: METHANA PENINSULA - ISLAND OF AEGINA (APPROX. 25 KM)

In the morning we sail to Methana Peninsula whose volcanic origin is immediately noticeable by the smell of sulphur and the shimmering colours of the rocks. The peninsula is charachterised by its 30 plus volcanos, some of which are still active, as well as the medicinal, sulphurous thermal springs. Today’s round trip offers numerous, incredible views. In the afternoon, we will sail to the isalnd of Aegina. If the weather permits, there will be the chance for a longer swimming break along the way.

DAY 7: ISLAND OF AEGINA - PIRAEUS/ATHENS (APPROX. 35 KM)

The island of Aegina is famous even beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Toda’s bike tour takes us up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers rest high up above the blue sea, the only place on the island from where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On the ride back we will cycle through the centre of the isalnd passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. We will then sail back to Piraeus and our exciting Greek cruise will come to a close with a final, celebrative evening on board.

DAY 8: PIRAEUS/ATHENS (DISEMBARKMENT) 

After breakfast on board it is time to disembark to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer in Athens.

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements. Should it be the case for example that the harbours on the above mentioned tour sequence are overcrowded, the tour will be operated in reverse.


Services:

  • 8-day trip on a motorized yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 2x full board and 5x half board
  • Guided bike tours as described in the itinerary
  • Overview maps for the daily cycling tours
  • Group admissions for museums and archaeological sites
  • Bed linen and towels
  • German and English speaking tour guide

Extras:

  • Trekkingbike € 80,-
  • E- Bike - € 180,-
  • GPS- data for free
  • Flat rate for bottled water, visitor's tax and local charges: 20,- (payable on spot)

Accommodation & Catering:

Deluxeship THALAHASSA (all cabins with shower/WC)
Thalassa is a beautiful three mast motor sailor where elegance and comfort combined result in one of the most majestic ships of our fleet. The tall masts make the Thalassa an eye catcher in every harbor. 
The saloon and the cabins are spacious and the wood finish give a noble touch. The vast deck provides plenty of comfortable sitting areas with tables and chairs available in the shade and sunning mats on the sundeck. Fitted ideally for maximum relaxation during the crossings from island to island. The crew spoil their guests at mealtimes with a delicious selection of local specialties prepared in the ships own galley. No wonder that the favourite sound of our guests is the ringing of the mealtime bell!

Catering:
The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day. 

Minimum number of participants:

14 persons per date, maximum: 29 persons


Overview

Arrival possible on 09.04., 16.04., 25.06., 02.07., 09.07., 16.07., 23.07., 30.07., 06.08., 13.08., 20.08., 08.10., 15.10.2022

8 days / 7 nights

Guided Tour


Prices 2022

Season 1

GUIDED TOUR April, June, July, August, October
P.p.P in DB/HB € 1.690,-
P.p.P in SR/HB € 2.390,-

Additional night in Athen

upon request!

Tour Anfragen

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