Cultural Splendors of the Peloponnese and Saronic Isles E-bike and Boat

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7 nights
15 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 2790
Countries: Greece
Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Bike and boat tours

Cultural Splendors of the Peloponnese and Saronic Isles E-bike and Boat

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Rider Level: Leisure Electric bike tours Bike and boat tours

7 nights
15 miles/day

Guided from EUR € 2790
Bike and Boat Tour aboard Erato or Thalassa
Countries: Greece

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  • Explore the treasured islands of the Peloponnese and Saronics by e-bike and boat

    Embark on an extraordinary journey through Greece, where innumerable cultural treasures await. Travel the Peloponnese and Saronic Islands by e-bike and boat, exploring the immaculate coastlines, charming town centers, and the alluring Aegean Sea. Your beautiful ship doubles as a floating hotel, offering a unique adventure through 2,500 years of Greek history. From Aegina's pistachio island to Hydra's tranquil traffic-free paradise, and from Methana's volcanic peninsula to Poros' crystal-clear coves, each site reveals unparalleled natural beauty.

    Enjoy the varied terrain on an electric bike, pedaling with ease and taking breaks to refresh on the beaches or bask in the sunlight. Embrace the freedom to relax, swim, or choose guided cycling routes at your leisure, making this tour an unforgettable experience.

    • Hydra from the sea, Greece. Mauricio Munoz@Unsplash
    • Agios Nektarios Monastery, Greece. Scott McLeod@Flickr
    • Hydra at sunset, Greece. Mauricio Munoz@Unsplash
    • Vathy waterfront, Greece. Armand Khoury@Unsplash
    • Temple of Aphaia, Greece. Dennis Jarvis@Flickr
    • Spetses from above, Greece. Nick Moshoviths@Unsplash
    • Ocean around Hydra, Greece. Mauricio Munoz@Unsplash
    • Harbor at Hydra, Greece. Joseph Kellner@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Piraeus
    • Russian Bay
    • Exquisite coastal towns like Galatas, Ermioni, and Porto Heli
    • Island of Spetses
    • Island of Hydra
    • Methana volcanic peninsula
    • Fishing port of Vathy
    • Temple of Aphaia
    • Agios Nektarios Church and Monastery

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    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Athens.


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     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    Day 1: Arrival in Athens
    Arrive in Athens, 'The Glorious City' renowned for being the seat of Ancient Greek civilization and the country's classical capital. Embarkation is from the Marina Zeas in the Port of Piraeus at 2:00 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an overnight stay in awe-inspiring Athens.

    Day 2: Island of Poros | Poros Town - Russian Bay - Poros Harbor (14 miles/23 km)
    Cruise in the morning to the picturesque island of Poros. Before you reach the main port, you'll stop at a stunning swimming spot for an optional dive directly into the crystal-clear waters of the ocean! Your cycling route today is almost a complete loop of this spectacular little island, dedicated during ancient times to the sea god Poseidon.

    Ride to Russian Bay for a blissful swim in the azure Aegean Sea, then pedal back to the harbor at Poros, with its impressive clock tower guiding you home. Relax in this fabulous town tonight, fully immersed in the idyllic island atmosphere of the Saronics.

    Day 3: Galatas - Ermioni - Porto Heli (25 miles/40 km)
    After breakfast, board the little car ferry to Galatas in the Peloponnes, from where you'll start your coastal pedal past verdant Greek farmland. Arriving in the charming coastal town of Ermioni, enjoy lunch on board the boat and a serene afternoon crossing to Porto Heli. Another stunning extended swimming stop is possible en route, weather permitting. Enjoy a blissful evening in Porto Heli.

    Day 4: Island of Spetses (15 miles/25 km)
    Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the island of Spetses! Named 'Island of Herbs' ('Isola della spezie') by the Venetians, you'll find that wonderful herbal fragrances accompany you along today's cycle tour! En route to the island, you'll enjoy an extended swimming stop in a blissful bay before savoring lunch on board the ship. Once on the island itself, you'll explore the gorgeous Old Town of Spetses on foot.

    Pedal along an almost traffic-free panoramic road boasting spectacular views out over the Aegean Sea and pause for another dip or a coffee at one of the gorgeous beaches. Refreshed, explore the historic harbor of Spetses by bike before boarding the ship once more.

    Day 5: Island of Hydra | Hydra Port - Methana Peninsula - Vathy (10 miles/17 km)
    This morning's crossing takes you to the magnificent island of Hydra. Since ancient times, the only form of transport on this unique island has been the humble donkey! Hydra became wonderfully wealthy during the Middle Ages but drifted into insignificance for more than a hundred years following the Greek War of Independence (1821-30). The island sprung back into the spotlight in 1957 when Boy on a Dolphin, starring the glamorous Sofia Loren, hit the screens and artists began to flock to Hydra's alluring shores.

    Explore the Port of Hydra on foot, then make your way to the Methana Peninsula. You'll notice an unusual smell as you approach the peninsula due to its volcanic origins, also evident in the iridescent colors of the rocks. More than 30 volcanoes characterize this picturesque peninsula, whilst sulphuric thermal springs provide medicinal properties to the island's visitors and inhabitants. A panoramic round trip concludes the afternoon as you savor a sumptuous coffee in the gorgeous fishing port of Vathy. You'll spend the night in Methana.

    Day 6: Methana Penisula - Island of Aegina (16 miles/25 km with optional additional 12 miles/20 km)
    Following breakfast, enjoy another round trip around Methana enjoying magical views every pedal of the way. The afternoon sees you cruising to the iridescent island of Aegina, famed for its wonderful pistachios! There will be many pistachio products available to purchase in the Old Town of Aegina itself, as well as inviting boutiques all along the bustling shopping streets.

    If you'd prefer not to visit the town, you can opt for an additional bike ride which will take you along the coast to the fishing village of Perdika. You'll stay overnight in Aegina town, soaking up the incredible atmosphere.

    Day 7: Island of Aegina | Temple of Aphaia - Agios Nektarios Church and Monastery - Piraeus (22 miles/35 km)
    On Aegina Island, you'll cycle up to the beautiful Temple of Aphaia, a grand Doric temple reminiscent of the ancient Parthenon. The views from this location are unrivaled - the temple is situated on the only point of the island where the alluring Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides.

    As you make your way back to the boat, cycle to the Agios Nektarios Church and Monastery in the middle of the island, a site visited by thousands each year seeking healing and blessings from one of the most widely-known Greek Orthodox saints. Back on board the boat for the last time, cruise back to Piraeus, and enjoy a lovely communal dinner with your crew and fellow passengers.

    Day 8: Departure from Athens
    After breakfast, check out and embark on your individual journey home. If flying out of Athens Airport, ensure your flight departs in the afternoon. Alternatively, enjoy an extended stay in Athens, Santorini, or Mykonos.


    EXTENSIONS

    Santorini

    Seduced by Santorini, the 'Queen of the Aegian'? Enjoy a 4-day extension, staying in either the Theoxenia Boutique Hotel in Fira or the Ampelonas Aparthotel in Imerovigli, both family-run establishments. Characterized by authentic Cycladic island charm, these very comfortable hotels are also perfectly situated for access to Santorini's best sightseeing spots.

    Considered one of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands, Santorini stuns with its white cubic houses sparkling in the sunlight and its captivating cliffs and caldera. As well as the wonderfully distinctive whitewashed towns of Fira and Oia, Santorini offers the archeological site of Akrotiri (known as the 'Pompeii of the Aegean), as well as the romantic Red Beach.

    Additionally, choose from 3 one-of-a-kind experiences, one of which is included in the price of your extension:

    • Exclusive Sea Kayaking Tour - Paddle your way around the sensational south coast of Santorini, beginning from the archeological site of Akrotiri and ending near the resplendent Red Beach. Enjoy unrivaled views of the island's distinctive rock formations, tantalizing turquoise waters, and breathtaking beaches. There'll be time to immerse yourself in the irresistible ocean as you enjoy a swimming or snorkeling opportunity. Suitable for complete kayaking beginners.
    • Sunset Wine Tasting Tour - Sip and sample Santorini's sumptuous wines as the sun bathes the island in a warm, golden glow. On this 4-hour tasting tour, you'll visit four of the island's most distinguished wineries, learning about the island's interesting viticulture heritage as one of the first places to produce wine in the Mediterranean. Venture into the cellars to glimpse where the best wines are aged and bottled, and taste the most celebrated products of each winery. At the end of your final visit, settle down to watch the sun set below the fiery horizon, accompanied by gorgeous wines and cheeses.
    • Culinary Caldera Walk - Savor the authentic taste of Santorini on a guided walk during the golden hours, when the sun sets on this sensational island, bathing it in fiery colors. You'll wind your way along picturesque coastal paths following the captivating cliffs of the caldera from Firostefani to Fira. Along the route, you'll sample every manner of luscious local delicacy, savoring mouthwatering desserts at the delicatessen, magical meze, and irresistible island dishes.

    Can't decide on just one option? Add an additional activity for the price of €150 per person.

    Mykonos

    Fancy visiting one of the most famous and photographed islands in Greece? Mesmerizing Mykonos, with its resplendent whitewashed houses, twisting alleyways, and magical beaches, is truly a dream vacation destination. From 'Little Venice' to Windmill Hill, the myriad marinas to the pristine sandy beaches favored by sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts, Mykonos enchants and excites.

    Enjoy a 4-day extension, staying in either the 3-star Mykonos View Hotel (or similar) or the 4-star Vencia Boutique Hotel (or similar), both selected for their location in Mykonos Town and for their Cycladic charm. These very comfortable hotels are also perfectly situated just a few minutes walk from the harbor.

    Additionally, choose from 3 one-of-a-kind experiences, one of which is included in the price of your extension:

    • Kaiki Cruise to Rhenia and Delos - Breathe in the fresh sea air on this 6.5-hour cruise on a gorgeous Greek 'Kaiki' (traditional Aegian fishing boat)! Anchoring in a secluded bay en route, just off the uninhabited island of Rhenia, you'll relish the opportunity to dive into the crystal-clear waters of the azure ocean and swim to your heart's desire before drying off with a barbeque on board. In the afternoon, the cruise will deliver you to the island of Delos, the mythical birthplace of the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis. The island is adorned with ancient Greek sites of interest! With your curiosity satiated, you'll board the boat and cruise back to Mykonos, admiring exquisite views all along the way.
    • Jeep Safari with a Farm Visit - Experience Mykonos in a truly authentic way, delving into its traditional architecture and delicacies. On this 4-hour tour, your knowledgeable guide will lead you around picturesque churches, charming villages, magical monasteries, and spellbinding beaches, recounting the island's history along the way. At a traditional farmhouse, you'll be treated to a light lunch of local produce and delicacies for a well-rounded experience of authentic Mykonian life.
    • Cooking Course in a Traditional Mykonian House - A full-on flavor extravaganza bringing the mouthwatering cuisine of Mykonos from recipe book to table. Branch out from your usual favorites and learn some truly magical dishes to transform your culinary repertoire! During this 6-hour course, you'll enjoy the atmosphere of cooking in the cozy interior of a traditional home, adding to the authenticity of your experience. Teta, your magnificent hostess, will lovingly introduce you to her recipes for tzatziki and spinach pockets, stuffed peppers and tomatoes, fresh salads, and a showstopping main course. Afterward, everyone will settle around the table and taste the gorgeous food, immersed in the warm atmosphere and company.

    Can't decide on just one option? Add an additional activity for the price of €110 per person.


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  • Accommodation

    Boats

      Erato

      The Bordeaux-red beauty, the Erato, literally meaning "desired" or "lovely", will be your elegant accommodation as you explore the Cyclade and Saronic Islands. Enjoy your stay in the teak clad cabins which offers ample space, en-suite bathrooms, as well as ample storage for your luggage. Read more

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        Overview

        • Elegant motorsailer
        • Cabins clad in fine wood
        • Cozy salon which boasts a well-stocked bar
        • Comfortable outdoor seating
        • Friendly and attentive crew
        • Delicious Greek cuisine served on board
        • Daily cabin service with mid-week towel and bedding change
        • Two masts with sails
        • Elegant wooden interior
        • Shaded sundeck with cushioned benches, deck chairs, large tables and chairs

        Thalassa

        The Thalassa is a stunning three-mast motor sailing ship where comfort is combined with elegance. A standout in every harbor, the Thalassa's masts give the ship an air of great majesty. Read more

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          Overview

          • Cozy saloon
          • Sun deck
          • Stern access
          • Quiet generator
          • Sunning mats for the sundeck
          • Upholstered benches at the stern
          • Large tables and chairs for the deck

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         Daily program Bikes 

      • Bikes

        Bikes available on this tour (not included in tour price, must be reserved at time of booking):

        • 21-speed standard touring bike
        • Electrically assisted bike* (9-speed CUBE or similar)

        *More about electrically-assisted bikes

        All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

        • Ortlieb pannier

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

        Helmets:
        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, though it is highly recommended to bring your own helmet.

        Please note: Guests 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!


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         Accommodation Dates & Prices 

      • Dates

        • Mar 29*; Apr 5, 12; Jun 28; Jul 5, 12, 19, 26; Aug 2, 9, 16; Oct 11, 18, 2024

        • Mar 29*; Apr 5*, 12; Oct 04, 11, 18, 2024

        Prices

        • Tour package

          Per person, double occupancy €2790
          Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) €3990
        • Tour package

          Per person, double occupancy €2990
          Single use cabin (1 person/1 cabin) €4190

        Bike Rentals

        Standard touring bike, 21-speed €80
        Electrically assisted bike €225

        Extension packages

        Santorini 3-nights

        Standard room Deluxe room
        Apr-Jun; Oct Jul-Sep Apr-Jun; Oct Jul-Sep
        Per person, double occupancy €670 €790 €750 €870
        Single room (1 person/1 room) €1090 €1230 €1150 €1320

        Mykonos 3-nights

        3-star hotel 4-star hotel
        Standard room Deluxe room Standard room Deluxe room
        Per person, double occupancy €690 €810 €1190 €1250
        Single room (1 person/1 room) €1050 €1250 €1650 €2050

        Included services

        • 7 nights aboard motorized yacht with crew
        • Cabin with private facilities
        • 2 days of full-board (all meals) and 5 days of half-board (two meals)
        • Bottled mineral water on board and during all activities ashore
        • Guided bicycle tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
        • Overview maps for the daily bike tours on board
        • Entrance fee to museums and archeological sites (group visit only)
        • Bed linen and towels
        • English-speaking tour guide

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      • Surface and terrain

        The tour routes lead you through some hilly, mountainous terrain with some longer climbs. E-bikes are available, and you are also welcome to take breaks and push the bike. The tour takes place on mostly asphalted roads.


        How to get there

        Tour start and end

        Nearest airport: Athens El. Venizelos Airport (ATH)

        From Athens Airport, the port of Piraeus (your embarkation point) is only 15 mi/25 km away. Private transfers are available - please enquire.


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