|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||20 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||May 5, 16, 23; Aug 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 2015|
|Start city:||Piraeus (near Athens), Greece|
|End city:||Piraeus (near Athens), Greece|
The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilized society 5,000 years ago.
It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated beauty 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 your motorized sailing ship or your bike and absorb the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.
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Day 1: Arrival to Boat; Boarding in Piraeus (Marina Zeas)
Individual journey to Athens airport, and on to meet the boat at Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus, only 25 km (15 mi.). You can book a transfer from the Athens airport to the boat in Piraeus (please see the 'Dates and Prices" section for pricing informaiton). Check-in is available from 2 p.m. on the ship. Dinner on board.
Overnight stay in Piraeus.
Day 2: Kythnos Island (15 miles/25 km)
Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline.
Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.
Overight in Merichas.
Day 3: Seriphos Island (22 miles/35 km)
In the morning the Panagiota takes us to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea.
We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach.
Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.
Day 4: Siphnos Island (12 miles/20 km)
The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares.
The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon the ship takes us to Syros, where we can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.
Overnight in Syros.
Day 5: Syros and Mykonos Island (19 miles/30 km)
The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival: The town which is built on two hills is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominant the townscape.
We cycle along the coast of Syros which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis.
In the afternoon we continue by boat to Mykonos, where the picturesque main town with its famous windmills and its white cube form houses invites visitors to stroll through it. With a bit of luck we may even see the mascot of Mykonos in the maze of laneways, the pelican Petros.
Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 6: Delos Island and Tinos Island (15 miles/25 km)
In the morning we have the chance to visit the important ancient sites on the island of Delos, where according to Greek mythology the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis were born. After lunch we crossover to Tinos. There we first visit the famous Evangelistria church in Tinos town.
Today’s bike tour takes us along a high road to the mountain village of Tarambados, a village full of walled dove towers with their filigree architecture, which represent remnants from Venetian times. After the bike tour the boat takes off to Kea.
Overnight in Kea.
Day 7: Kea Island (8 miles/12 km)
The starting point for the tour of Kea, the most westerly inhabited Cyclade island, is the wonderful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we begin our cycle tour to the picturesque main town of Ioulis which is situated in the mountains and has the main attraction on the island: The smiling lion of Kea which was chiselled from stone in the 6th century B.C.
Alternatively, there is also the option to make individually a short bike tour to the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean will tempt you to a refreshing swim. In the afternoon last sail to Piraeus and overnight stay in Piraeus.
Day 8: Departure
Guests disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or guests may extend their stay in Athens by a week.
The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However by strong wind conditions the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads you into the Argosaronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Egina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved theatre in Greece.
We now have 2015 information for some tours. Please contact us to inquire if you don't see 2015 dates and prices here.
May 5, 16, 23; Aug 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 2015
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The Panagiota is an affectionately restored two-masted motor yacht, measuring 23 ft/7 m wide and 75 ft/23 m long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 to conform with the requirements of cruises.
When the weather conditions are fine guests can have their meals on the shaded rear deck, but there is also the spacious saloon. The sun deck, equipped with cozy mats, is relaxing and inviting. Captain Gerasimos is very proud to present his boat, his crew and his chef, who creates a wide variety of very delicious Greek food.
The Panagiota has 2 passenger decks with cabins: the upper deck and the lower deck. It has 10 comfortable and spacious cabins; 6 cabins on the lower deck and 4 on the upper deck.
Prices are based on whether your cabin is located on the upper or lower deck and how many people occupy the cabin. The standard price is based upon a lower deck cabin occupied by 2 persons. Additional surcharges apply for participants who wish to book a cabin on the upper deck or occupy a cabin by him/herself.
Every cabin is equipped with:
The cabins will be cleaned daily, and fresh towels will be provided mid-week.
Bikes available, included in the tour package (reserved at time of booking):
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
Additional specifications on the Hybrid touring bikes (included in tour package price):
Please note that the bikes are deliberately NOT equipped with water bottle holders. There is room in the saddle bag to carry a bottle of water, along with everything else you need for the daily rides.
Additional specifications on the Electrically assisted bikes:
The i:SY-Flyer ECO, a relatively light model of 50 pounds (21 kg), is a compact bike with a special low frame geometry for easy mounting and 20-inch wheels. The handlebar “Speedlifter Twist” is turnable, making the bike space-efficient for storage. This E-Bike model is equipped with an 8-gear-Shimano hub gearshift (Nexus), as well as Shimano V-brakes. It has a 10-amp battery along with an 8-amp back-up that allow for unlimited riding.
The type i:SY Flyer ECO is available for all persons with a height of 150- 190 cm (it is not available for heights above 190 cm).
Bicycle insurance is available to buy. It costs 10 Euros/week for the hybrid touring bikes, and 20 Euros/week for the electrically assisted bikes.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. The guide on board the boat can assist you in attaching them to your rental bike.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post. The guide on board can also assist you if you bring your own seat.
It is required to wear helmets on this tour. In order to guarantee optimum protection, we request that you bring your own helmet and - for your own safety - wear it on all bike tours. A limited number of helmets are available on board to rent, at the time of booking, thought it is highly recommended to bring your own helmet.
The daily bike rides range from 10-22 miles (15- 35 km), and leads you through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted.
You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead.
Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).
"Our experience with Island Hopping was the best trip we've ever had...it was truly beyond all expectations...we can't thank you enough for all your assistance.
As you know, we were scheduled for the Cyclades tour...however the weather changed a bit so we started in the Saronic Gulf Islands...which were really great. However, then the weather improved, and they took the time...end expense...of sailing the long distance over to the Cyclades to visit those islands as well. The staff could not do enough to satisfy everyone...so impressive.
My husband and I were the oldest by about ten years. Fortunately we were able to do all the hills, but they had Ebikes available for us, and on one of the very hilly days, one of the guides actually rode an Ebike just in case I couldn't make it on my own regular bike. I was very impressed that he would sacrifice his own cycling experience for his clientele.
We hope you join you again!!"
-Corinne & Dave H.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. In fact, my husband says this may be the best cycling vacation we’ve taken. Your office staff was extremely helpful throughout the planning, and guides and the crew of the boat were all delightful. The guides were particularly well informed with interesting tidbits of Greek history and island lore. Thank you for a memorable vacation."
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Athens, Greece
Nearest train station: Piraeus, Greece
You can book a transfer through the tour company from the Athens Airport the ship in Piraeus for the following rates:
You will find your ship on embarkation day in the port of Marina Zeas, the yachting harbor of Piraeus near Athens. Check-in time on board begins at 2 p.m. The ship's exact location in the port is not decided until the actual embarkation day.
Arriving in Athens
Travelling by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get to Greece. There are scheduled flights as well as chartered flights to Athens, i.e. www.aegeanair.com, www.germanwings.de from Stuttgart or www.easyjet.de from Berlin. All flights are non-smoking flights. There is a time difference of 1 hour (Greece is an hour ahead of Central Europe).
From our experience there is a 50% chance that chartered planes will change their scheduled flight times. The respective travel agent will directly inform you of any such changes. Set flight times are only really available with scheduled flights and these are generally much more expensive.
If at all possible, please choose a return flight that does not depart until early or late afternoon, to ensure a stress-free return to your home country.
You will come across one or two tour guides, wearing a blue polo with the sign "Inselhüpfen," standing by the ship on the arrival day. You can check in from 2 pm on.
Tips on getting to and from your tour
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Of course, if your tour is coming up in the next week, you can also select "Forecast" to get the most current information on upcoming conditions.
Sitting at the meeting point of Europe, Asia, and Africa is the Greek peninsula. Bordered by the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas, Greece has a uniquely rich history etched in every corner of the country. Archaeological remnants of the ancient Greek civilization include Delphi's Temple of Apollo, the Acropolis in Athens with its renowned Parthenon Temple and Olympia's Temple of Zeus, where the Olympic games were held every four years. Trips to these sites also provide an opportunity to visit Greece’s 200 state museums and 107 private museums. Most notable is the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and the new Acropolis Museum that houses over 4,000 finds from the Acropolis.
A trip to Greece is not complete without visiting one of its 6,000 islands, of which only 227 are inhabited. The Greek isles share an ideal climate with crystal clear waters, but feature highly diverse coastal areas ranging from sandy and rocky beaches to sheltered coves to coastal wetlands. The outstanding cuisine of Greece is always a highlight as well.
Island Hopping by bike and boat has been organized by Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH since 1998. Since then we have been expanding our program continuously. In Croatia we are meanwhile organizing tours in Istria, the Kvarner Bay as well as Central and South Dalmatia. Since 2002 tours in Greece and Turkey have also been part of our program.
We look forward to seeing you on our ships!
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We are liable within the scope of a merchant’s duty of care for diligent trip preparation, careful selection and supervision of participating agencies, accuracy of service and activity descriptions, and standard provision of the services agreed upon. Our liability for damages other than personal injury is limited to three times the cost of the trip, provided the damages are neither intentional nor due to gross negligence. This limitation is still in effect if we are responsible for the damage due to the fault of a service provider. If we are solely procurers of foreign services, we are liable only for proper procurement, not for the services.We are liable for damage or loss of luggage up to the amount of 250 € only if the damage was caused by us and was indicated to us immediately. Scratches on luggage, torn luggage handles, and damaged wheels are excluded from any liability. Upon delivery of luggage at the accommodation facilities, the liability is transferred according to § 701 BGB to the officer of the accommodations. Services that were not made use of will not be reimbursed.
A vacation that involves exercise and physical activity requires greater commitment than a conventional package tour. It is your duty to make certain that you are up to the physical challenges of such a trip. The pre-condition for a bike-tour is that you are able to handle a bicycle in street traffic and on unpaved paths under any weather conditions. If you rent a bike, it is your responsibility to check the condition of the bike, particularly the brakes. You bear sole responsibility for adhering to all legal regulations at home and abroad, particularly regulations about travel documents and cross-border trade. When traveling across the exterior borders of the EU, your luggage must remain unlocked, to facilitate passage through customs. If your baggage is searched, you will be notified about it upon arrival at the destination. If problems with the procurement of the services occur, you are required to help within the scope of legal regulations, in order to avoid potential damages or keep them at a minimum and report any complaints to us immediately.
Duty of Care
During the duration of the trip, you are liable for damage to or loss of bicycles and any equipment entrusted to you. For guided tours, this is only valid if you have separated yourself from the group, have disobeyed instructions from the tour guides, or caused the damage or loss intentionally, through negligence or gross negligence.
You can demand redress if the trip services are not rendered according to the contract. This can be solved by us providing compensation of equal or greater value. In the case of disproportionate effort, corrective action can be denied. For the period in which the services that have not been rendered according to contract, you can request a reduction in travel price after your return. The pre-condition for this is the immediate notification of our deficiencies or those of our tour guides, so that we have the opportunity to find a remedy. Tour guides are not authorized to recognize claims. Independent of a reduction in travel price, you can demand compensation due to non-compliance with the travel contract, unless we are not responsible for the defect.
Limitation of claim
Claims must be made in writing within one month of the contractual end of the trip. The statute of limitation for claims based on the contract expires six months after the contractual end of the trip. The statute of limitations for all claims of civil offence expires three years after the end of the trip.
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Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany