|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Apr 26; May 3; June 7, 14, 21, 28; Jul 5; Aug 9, 16, 23; Sep 27; Oct 4, 11, 2014|
|Start city:||Corfu, Greece|
|End city:||Corfu, Greece|
On the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands. From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress Sissi, this journey will lead you to regions which are not very well known abroad.
Discover the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus. You will never forget the green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas and the fantastic mountain world of Kefallonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos.
Enjoy your stay on board the two-masted wooden motor yacht Panagiota, and be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine and the coziness of the ship.
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Day 1: Arrival to Corfu town
Arrive individually by plane. Check in on the ship from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight in Corfu.
Day 2: Corfu Island – Sivota – Lefkas Island (17 miles/28 km)
In the morning we cross over to Sivota. There, our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga, the only center of tourism on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Parga is a pretty town with the medieval fort which towers over the old town. Here, the boat awaits us to take us to Nidri on Lekas Island. On our way, we pass the original swinging bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland.
Day 3: Islands of Lefkas (18 miles/29 km)
Today's cycle route takes us from Nidri first to a nearby waterfall. If you are lucky there is still enough water flowing from the waterfall for a refreshing morning swim. Then we cycle along quiet roads through the mountains past Sivros and onward to the harbour in Vasiliki. After a short sail we anchor and swim at Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece. Then the ship brings us to Fiskardo on Cephalonia, where we spend the night. The harbour town on the Northern point of the island charms visitors with its colorful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbor promenade. Don't miss the local Robola wine!
Day 4: Cephalonia Island (24 miles/39 km)
Today’s bike tour leads us from Fiskardo to Sami. We cycle along the high road of the western coast of the island, where we have many unforgettable views, like the panoramic view down to Myrtos beach. We continue on through the interior of the island and finally reach the eastern coast of Cephalonia with the harbor of Sami. On the way we may visit the stalactite and stalagmite caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in row boats. In the late afternoon we cruise to Vathy on the island of Ithaca. Ithaca, the homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape.
Day 5: Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi (13 miles/21 km; 8 miles/13 km)
On today’s cycle route, we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands here away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. From Frikes the Panagiota takes us to the small island of Meganisi. On the way we pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the afternoon by bicycle.
Day 6: Mytikas – Lefkas – Paxos (30 miles/49 km)
In the morning, we crossover to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. From Mytikas we ride along the coast and further on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages until we reach Lefkas town. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in a cozy tavern in Gaios.
Day 7: Islands of Paxos and Corfu (14 miles/23 km)
Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green color. On today’s cycle trip, we circle the island. We can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch the boat brings us back to Corfu, where, after dinner on board, our tour ends leisurely with an evening in the romantic historical town centre.
Day 8: Corfu town (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, check-out, collective transfer to the airport and individual return home or holiday extension on the island of Corfu.
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.
Apr 26; May 3; June 7, 14, 21, 28; Jul 5; Aug 9, 16, 23; Sep 27; Oct 4, 11, 2014
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The Panagiota is a 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.
The boat has:
Every cabin is equipped with:
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.
Bikes available on this tour (included in tour price, must be reserved at time of booking):
Bikes available to rent on this tour (limited availability, must be reserved at time of booking):
Equipment available with each rental:
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.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it has a universal seat post.
A few helmets are available on this tour, but we strongly recommend that you bring or buy your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes. Helmet use is mandatory.
This tour is recommended for children with a lot of cycling experience, in good physical condition, and aged 10 years or older. Furthermore, bicycle rentals accommodate people 5 ft in height or more.
Please note: You are urgently discouraged from bringing your own bike. Bike transport to Greece by airplane is both costly and risky, often resulting in damage. Furthermore, most transfer taxis are unwilling to transport bike boxes.
The bike routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 mi/20 km - 31 mi/50 km, through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time constraints.
The bike tours will reach altitudes of 1000 ft/300 m – 2300 ft/700 m. There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is permitted. Most of the roads are asphalt and with very infrequent traffic.
Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. You can either decide to cycle alone, using the information and maps provided, or join one of our tour guides or other participants. You are also free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.
We believe that only children in good physical condition, age 10 and older, with previous bike touring experience are able to master the cycling on this tour. Please be aware that the minimum height for bike rental is 4 ft/1.20m.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Corfu, Greece
You will find your ship on embarkation day in Corfu. The embarkation point is usually located next to the Old Fortress. Check-in time on board begins at 2 pm. The ship’s exact location in the port is not decided until the actual embarkation day.
Traveling by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get to Greece. All flights are non-smoking flights. Greece is an hour ahead of Central Europe, so plan for the difference in times.
There are scheduled flights as well as chartered flights to Corfu. There is a good chance that chartered planes will change their scheduled flight times, but they are much more cost effective. The respective travel agent will directly inform you of any such changes. Set flight times are only available with scheduled flights and these are generally much more expensive.
Please select a flight leaving Corfu that does not depart until afternoon to ensure a stress-free beginning of your homeward trip.
Transfers between the airport and the boat
Collective transfers are available from the Corfu airport to the harbor in Corfu town. Transfers take place only on embarkation and disembarkation days and require advanced reservation. The cost of transfer is €20 per person.
If you're scheduling an aiport transfer, please indicate your exact flight numbers and arrival times. If your flight arrival times change, please inform our office immediately. At the airport, you will be met by a person carrying an "Islandhopping" sign. We generally organize small buses or taxis for the transfer, so you may incur a wait as guests arrive from other destinations.
Look for tour guides wearing blue polo shirts, holding a sign marked "Inselhüpfen", and standing by the ship.
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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!
These terms and conditions, which you agree to by booking your trip, govern the contractual relationship between you as traveler and us as tour operator. The terms and conditions supplement Paragraph 651 and those following in the German BGB (Buergerliches Gesetzbuch) that govern travel contract law. Please read all the following terms and conditions carefully.Trip CancellationIf the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (18 participants for bus and boat trips, unless otherwise noted), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, three weeks before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, all payments you have made will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us. As the tour operator, we have the right to cancel the tour if the trip is jeopardized, made difficult, or impaired due to an act of God.
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(Different conditions apply for flight bookings through Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH)You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Your cancellation is valid when your written notification reaches us. If you cancel before the 60th day before the start of the trip, we will refund the amount paid so far, minus a cancellation handling fee.
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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.
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Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany