Ionian Islands Multi-sport Family Cruise

5/5 (4)
7 nights
8 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 1890
Countries: Greece
Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours Bike and boat tours

Ionian Islands Multi-sport Family Cruise

5/5 (4)

Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Family-friendly bike tours Bike and boat tours

7 nights
8 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 1890
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Panagiota
Countries: Greece

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  • Ionian Islands

    This multi-adventure cruise takes you to the Ionian Islands that spread along the western coast of Greece. Here, we see Hellas at its greenest.

    Aboard the Panagiota, a two-masted wooden motor sailer, this bike-and-boat tour takes us from Corfu to the Island of Lefkas, with its white chalk cliffs and picture-perfect beaches. From there, we will venture to the Island of Cephalonia with the village of Fiskardo. We will also visit the enchanting Melissani Cave. Next, we will move on to Meganisi and the olive tree covered island of Paxos. Here, where time seems to stand still, we will experience unforgettable insight into traditional Greek island life.

    For seven days, we will explore these unique islands and the coastal world by boat-and-bike, canoe, and on foot. This is a family-friendly cruise that leaves room for fun, games, and plenty of adventure. The spontaneity allows you to enjoy biking, hiking, canoeing, swimming, or relaxing onboard; YOU decide each day what you feel like doing! Our tour guide is familiar with the country and gladly provides advice and suggestions. They will accompany us at the various activities and teach us about the lively history of Greece.

    This tour requires a minimum of 14 participants to depart.

    • The famous Koumquat Liqueur in Corfu, Greece. CC:Edal
    • Corfu, Ionian Islands of Greece. Alexander Mils@Unsplash
    • Corfu, Ionian Islands of Greece. Ryan@Unsplash
    • Mythos, a Greek beer. Chris Brooks@Flickr
    • Corfu, Ionian Islands of Greece. CC:Marc Rychaert
    • Gyros in Greece! CC:Antonio Fajardo i López
    • Ionian Islands Multi-sport Family Cruise Bike Tour in Greece
    • The delicious Mediterranean baklava! Syed Fhashemi@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Nidri's refreshing waterfall
    • Swimming at beautiful coastal beaches
    • The monastery of Agios Athanasios
    • Picturesque harbors and colorful houses of Greece
    • Paxos, the smallest Ionian island that is covered in olive trees
    • Melissani Cave, reachable only by rowboat

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  • Daily program

    Day 1: Embarkation at Corfu Island/Marina Gouvia
    You will arrive individually at the Corfu airport and make your way to the port where the ship awaits. At 2:00pm you can start checking-in on the Panagiota. The tour begins with dinner on board. You can book, in advance, a transfer from the airport to the ship for an extra fee.
    Overnight on Corfu.

    Day 2: Corfu Island – Paxos Island
    After breakfast, we cast off and cruise to the olive island of Paxos. Paxos is the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands with more olive trees than people – the 32 square-kilometer island is home to over 250,000 olive trees! They cover the island in a wonderful silver-green shimmer. The natural harbor of Gaios is unique and provides a special atmosphere during our stay here. In the afternoon we take a short bike ride along the caost to Kaki Lagkada beach where you can swim in the crystal clear Ionian Sea. The evening can be spent relaxing in a local tavern in Gaios.
    Overnight in Gaios.

    Day 3: Paxos Island – Lefkas Island
    In the morning we cruise to Lefkas Island, Lefkas City, but before arriving we anchor near Antipaxos for a swim stop from the boat. After a long cruise, we reach a narrow channel with an original swing bridge which connects the Greek mainland with the island. From Lefkas City, we start our tour around the lagoon and can enjoy a second swim at the white sand beach, Agios Ioannis. After returning to the boat, we navigate our way to Nidri where we will spend the evening and the night.
    Overnight in Nidri.

    Day 4: Lefkas Island – Cephalonia Island
    In the morning we ride from Nidri through olive groves to a nearby waterfall. If we are lucky, a steady stream of water will enable us to take a refreshing swim. Following the excursion, we make our way to Fiskardo on the island of Cephalonia.

    This port, located at the northern tip of the island, delights us with its colorful little houses and many cafes and bars along the picturesque harbor promenade. An evening walk of approximately 30 minutes takes us to a beautiful lighthouse.
    Overnight in Fiskardo.

    Day 5: Cephalonia Island – Meganisi Island (10 miles/15km)
    After a short crossing by boat, we reach the harbor of Sami. Today's bike tour starts here and leads us along the coastline to the enchanting Melissani Cave,accessible only by rowboat. A visit to a donkey farm, knowledge and fun at the same time for all ages, is next on the agenda before the tour takes us back to the boat. The boat meets us in Sami and takes us for a well-deserved swim break! Our journey then takes us further to Meganisi, a charming island where we spend the night.
    Overnight at Meganisi.

    Day 6: Meganisi Island – Arillas (6 miles/10km)
    After breakfast we have the chance to explore Meganisi on our bike. Afterward, a long crossing will take us to Arillas, an idyllic and peaceful place along the west coast of Greece, close to Perdika on the Greek mainland. A stroll along the sandy beach or a swim around Panagiota (the boat) rounds off the day. We spend the night in Arillas.
    Overnigt in Arillas.

    Day 7: Arillas – Corfu Island
    In the morning our bike tour leads us along remote streets under the shade of old olive trees through a national park and along a little river until we reach the monastery of Agios Athanasios, which we visit. The Panagiota awaits us for our last crossing back to Corfu. Here we can enjoy a celebratory evening meal before reflecting on our wonderful adventures of the week.
    Overnight in Corfu.

    Day 8: Disembarkation
    After breakfast and check-out, you will depart individually for your onward travels.

    The tour operator reserves the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.


    Extension

    Corfu

    This extension is available before or after your bike and boat tour.

    Enjoy an additional 3-days on the picturesque island of Corfu. This extension program is designed to provide you with the free time to explore the island at your own pace while also providing you with a choice between three guided activities (with an option to participate in all three).

    Choose from one of the following activities.

    Culinary Tour of Corfu Town
    During this three hour guided tour through the heart of old-town you will delight in several local delicacies and traditional food.

    Kayak Tour along Corfu’s East Coast
    Dive into the crystal-clear waters of Corfu as your guide leads you through secluded bays to small beaches where you can swim and soak up the sun.
    Only available mid-June through the end of September.

    Sunset Hike along Corfu’s West Coast
    This 4-hour guided hike will immerse you in the captivating landscape of Corfu's west coast. Hiking along easy paths you will be rewarded by views of olive groves and enchanted by the steep cliffs and Byzantine forts that grace the coastline.

    Included Services

    • 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast (in selected hotel category)
    • Arrival and departure transfers between Corfu Airport/Corfu Port and hotel
    • Choice of one activity (option to add additional activities for €120/person)
    • Information booklet on active leisure activities on Corfu

    Please note transportation to the island is not included.


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  • Accommodation

    Boats

      Panagiota

      The Panagiota was built in 1990. It is an affectionately restored and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises and completely renovated again in 2019. The Panagiota is a two-masted motor yacht, measuring 75 ft/23 m long and 20 ft/6 m wide. Read more

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        Overview

        • Two deck levels
        • Cozy saloon with stained glass windows
        • WiFi is not available on board
        • 2 masts with sails
        • Sunning mats on the sundeck
        • 2 big tables with chairs on the covered rear deck
        • Canoes available on board

      Hotels

      If you book an extension program or extra nights, you will be accommodated in one of the following hotels depending on availability.

      3-star, Corfu City: Hotel City Marina, Hotel Arcardion, or similar

      4-star, Corfu City: Hotel Cavalieri, Siora Vittoria, or similar


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       Daily program Bikes 

    • Bikes

      Bikes available for rent on this tour (must be reserved at time of booking):

      • 24-speed aluminum standard touring bicycle (46cm, 52 cm, 56cm, and 60cm frame sizes)
      • 9-speed e-bike, 500 Wh battery (For body sizes up to 179cm)
      • Children's bikes (upon request)
      • Child trailers and seats (upon request, advance reservation required)

      *More about electrically-assisted bikes >

      Equipment available with each rental:

      • Fender
      • Kickstand
      • Rear rack
      • Waterproof Ortlieb pannier

      Pedals:
      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.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are required on all cycle tours. Helmets for adults are available onboard in limited number (on request). You must bring your own helmets for children. We strongly recommend that you bring or buy your own helmet for safety and hygiene purposes.

      Bike Protection:
      Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE.

      Please note: Clients are more than welcome to bring their own bike along. However, be aware that we are not insured for the private bikes on board and that all maintenance of private bikes are the responsibility of the owner. Additionally, it is important for us to know if the private bikes are standard models, MTBs or e-bikes. Onboard of our boats we have a weight restriction of 22 kg for all private bikes (excluding batteries) for health and safety reasons. Bikes above this weight will not be accepted on board for daily use!

    • Dates

      Jul 26; Aug 2, 9, 2024.

      Prices

      Panagiota

      Per person, double occupancy
      Lower deck cabin €1890
      Upper deck cabin €2090
      Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin)
      Lower deck cabin €2390
      Upper deck cabin €2590

      Bike Rentals

      Standard touring bike, 24-speed €40
      Electrically assisted bike €125
      Children's trailer €40
      Children's seat €20

      Transfer

      Per person, per direction: between Corfu airport/hotel and Corfu harbor (available only on embarkation/disembarkation days) €15

      Discounts

      Children up to age 16 (on base package price) 25%
      Third person (sharing cabin with two full paying travelers) 50%

      Extra nights, Corfu City

      Per person, double occupancy* €47
      Single use room (1 person/1 room)* €74

      *prices start as listed and are dependent on travel dates, room style, and hotel availability.

      Extensions

      Please see details under Program tab.

      Corfu

      3-star package 4-star package
      Per person, double occupancy €530 €660
      Single use room (1 person/1 room) €610 €850

      Included services

      • 8-day trip on a motor yacht with crew
      • 7 nights in a twin cabin in selected cabin style with shower/toilet (bed linen and towels)
      • 5 days half-board on board; 2 days full board
      • Bottled water on board and during all activities ashore
      • Guided cycle tours or walks as described in daily program
      • Route overview and maps for the daily bike tours
      • Entries to museums and archaeological sites (planned group visits only)
      • English-speaking tour guide

      Tab kept for drinks ordered on board and payable in cash. Credit and debit cards are not accepted on board; ATMs are available at stops along the tour route.


      Tour Company


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       Bikes Other Details 

    • Map

      Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

      Surface and terrain

      The walks and short hikes take place on good, sometimes even asphalted paths and are also not demanding. Should some activities require a bit more in the way of physical fitness, the tour guide will point this out.

      This tour is especially suited for children. Please have in mind that we can supply rental bikes only for a body height of at least 4 ft./1.3 m. On request, we can supply children’s seats and trailer bikes.


      How to get there

      Tour start and end
      Nearest airport: Corfu (CFU), Greece

      A flight is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get to Greece. Corfu, your port of embarkation, is only 3 miles/5 km away from Corfu Airport.

      The tour company offers group transfers between Corfu airport or hotel and the ship for €15 per person/per way (only on day of embarkation/disembarkation). Must be booked in advance.

      Tips on getting to and from your tour

      • Joza Groboljsek 10 months ago

        I had an absolutely amazing time on our trip!

        Everything went smoothly from star to finish, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Destinations we visited were absolutely breathtaking. Accomodation on the boat was comfortable and hospitality & service of the crew was amazing. The tour guides were fantastic too. There was never a dull moment.

        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 4/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Nina G 11 months ago

        Great trip!

        Great way to have a hybrid vacation - relaxing and active. Staff is amazing, both the crew and guides.

        What was the date of your tour?
        August 2023
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens, Families with young kids
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • LCBSF August 17, 2019

        Perfect balance for families

        We went on this tour at the end of a long summer travel, and it was the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation for our family. Our guides, Tina and Niovi were absolute pros - warm, available, generous and skilled. The level of exertion was just right for our healthy but not super fit family - we got close to our limits for vacation but never felt pushed too far and therefore ended up feeling improved without feeling depleted. The delicious and generous shared meals are served family style so there was plenty of opportunity to socialize with the other guests, and we were lucky to have similar age kids on our trip. The boat is absolutely "ship-shape", in great condition and well maintained and the captain and crew work hard to make it the most comfortable experience possible. They warned us in advance when we might expect swells, and even those days were delightful sailing so I am sure they timed and charted the course for our benefit.

        What was the date of your tour?
        August 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        0
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 4/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)
      • Kelly1989 August 27, 2017

        The best way to explore!

        The tour was better than we could ever have imagined. The crew and guides were professional, hospitable and made the tour even more fun.

        What was the date of your tour?
        12 August
        How many tours have you completed?
        1
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        Much easier
        Who is this tour suitable for?
        Solo travelers, First-time bike tourists, Families with young kids, Families with teens
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
        • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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