Enchanting Cyclades and Saronic Islands

4/5 (1)
7 nights
17 miles/day
Guided from EUR € 2790
Countries: Greece
Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Bike and boat tours

Enchanting Cyclades and Saronic Islands

4/5 (1)

Rider Level: Recreational Electric bike tours Bike and boat tours

7 nights
17 miles/day

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

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  • An island-hopping adventure in Greece by e-bike and boat, exploring the sublime Cyclades and Saronics

    The Cyclades and Saronic Islands are a group of over 30 stunning Greek islands in the Aegean Sea, boasting ancient Greek architecture, picturesque towns, and breathtaking beaches. With a sumptuous blend of history and natural beauty, these islands offer an authentic glimpse into Greece's past and present.

    An island-hopping tour by e-bike and boat allows visitors to explore the staggering beauty of the Cyclades and Saronics, from the glittering white cube houses to the turquoise ocean. Discover the tranquil coves, beaches and deep valleys of Seriphos, the picturesque pastel houses of the Cyclades, and the sumptuous honey and cheeses of Kythnos. Grand architectural structures ignite the imagination along the way, including the Monastery of Taxiarches and the Temple of Aphaia. These islands are not only the cradle of European civilization, but also a region where visitors can learn of the Greek Liberation Struggle.

    An electric bike tour to these enchanting islands promises an unforgettable experience, leaving you with a deep appreciation for their pristine beauty and historical significance.

    • Syros, Greece. Kaspars Eglitis@Unsplash
    • Temple of Aphaia, Greece. Scott McLeod@Flickr
    • Syros, Greece. Elizabeth Kokkoni@Unsplash
    • Temple of Aphaia, Greece. Dennis Jarvis@Flickr
    • Cyclades windmill, Greece. Wolfgang Staudt@Flickr
    • Syros, Greece. Giorgios Savidis@Unsplash
    • Cyclades, Greece. Dimitris Kiriakakis@Unsplash
    • Greek street, Cyclades, Greece. Laura Adai@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Kythnos Island, famous for its honey and cheeses
    • Seriphos Island, characterized by coves, beaches, and deep valleys
    • Cube houses of Seriphos
    • Monastery of Taxiarches
    • Picturesque Syros
    • Pastel houses of Cyclades
    • Kea Island, Korissia, Otzias Beach, and Poros
    • The Temple of Aphaia

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  • Enchanting Cyclades and Saronic Islands

     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/Piraeus for Thalassa. Marina Alimos/Palaia Faliro for Erato at 2:00 pm. Enjoy your first dinner on board and an overnight stay in awe-inspiring Athens.

    Day 2: Kythnos Island | Piraeus - Merichas - Chora - Merichas (15 miles/25 km)
    Enjoy a serene early morning cruise to captivating Kythnos, known since antiquity for its sumptuous honey and cheeses. Your first cycling tour on this Greek island will start from the harbor of Merichas in the direction of the capital - Chora. Situated on a high plateau, Chora is a beautiful town commanding grand views over the sea and coastline. Cycling through Chora's streets is like gliding through an art gallery - the town's alleyways are adorned with intricate floral and geometric decorations that dazzle the eyes and delight the artistic senses. Pedal onwards to discover the dreamy village of Driopida before making your way back to Merichas, where you'll enjoy an evening spent in one of the charming tavernas.

    Day 3: Seriphos Island | Livadi - Seriphos - Syros (17 miles/28 km)
    Cruise to Seriphos in the morning, a lesser-explored island of sensational natural beauty boasting countless coves, bays, and breathtaking beaches. Cycling from the lovely harbor town of Livadi, you'll weave your bicycle along the snaking road to Seriphos, the island's main town. Seriphos is known for its iconic cube houses whose geometric formations glimmer in the Greek sunlight. You'll see these unusual houses all along the mountain ridge overlooking the sea.

    Continue biking through untouched island landscapes towards the Monastery of Taxiarches, built in honor of the Archangel Michael. You'll be dazzled by the monastery's pristine white walls, complete with crenellations that give this structure its castle-like appearance. Enjoy panoramic views as you pedal back to Livadi, ready to meet the boat and cruise to Syros. Upon arrival on the next island, enjoy a relaxed stroll through the stunning Old Town before winding down at a lovely cafe along the harbor promenade.

    Day 4: Syros Island | Ermoupolis - Galissas Beach - Kea (21 miles/34 km)
    Today's brilliant biking adventure takes you to Ermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades. This spectacular town, built on two hills with phenomenal ocean views, is known for its picture-perfect pastel-color houses, a captivating and uplifting spectacle. You'll enjoy the cycle along the beautiful coast of Syros, punctuated by pristine bays and coves, until you reach the breathtaking beach at Galissas. From here, you'll explore the Monastery of Saint Barbara before pedaling back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon, hop back on board as your boat cruises to Kea Island.

    Day 5: Kea Island | Korissia - Ioulis - Otzias Beach - Poros (15 miles/25 km)
    You'll be captivated by Kea from the moment you disembark in the natural harbor of Korissia. Cycle to the island's capital, Ioulis, before enjoying a spectacular swim off the white sand beach of Otzias. Back at Korissia, board the boat to Poros in the Saronic Gulf where you'll be greeted by the grand sight of Poros' iconic clock tower. Relax in this fabulous town tonight, fully immersed in the idyllic island atmosphere of the Saronics.

    Day 6: Poros Island | Zoodochos Pigis Monastery - Russian Bay - Poros - Aegina (14 miles/23 km)
    Begin your day with a morning bike tour from Poros to the intriguing Zoodochos Pigis Monastery, dating back to the 18th century. Your 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 warm azure waters of the Aegean Sea, then pedal back to Poros. Savor a lovely midday meal before your boat sets off to Aegina.

    Day 7: Aegina Island | Temple of Aphaia - Agios Nektarios Church and Monastery - Aegina - Piraeus (22 miles/35 km)
    Today's picture-perfect bike tour explores an island famous for its pistachio nuts! 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 to 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

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      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

        Enchanting Cyclades and Saronic Islands

         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

        • Apr 19, 26; May 03*, 10, 17*, 24*, 31*; Jun 07*, 14, 21*; Aug 23, 30*; Sep 20*, 2024 (*indicates fully booked)

        • Apr 19*, 26; May 03, 10*, 24; Jun 07, 14, 21; Sep 06*, 13*, 20*, 27, 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

        Tour Company


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         Bikes Other Details 

      • 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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         Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

        • Glenn Schroeder 4 weeks ago

          Great crew and bike guide

          We had a really great time on the trip. Our guide, Dionesis was fantastic in every way. The food was wonderfully prepared and served. We enjoyed great service. The boat was very clean and comfortable. Our cabin was big enough for the two of us. The high winds did prohibit us from being able to go to the Cyclades Islands, which was disappointing but we did go to other places in the Saronic Islands that were nice. It was also disappointing that we never sailed. When we asked, the captain said that the winds were too low or the passage was too short. I sensed that the crew wasn’t trained to sail the boat. Again, one of the reasons we chose this trip was to sail. We also spent 2 nights of the 7 in the home port in Athens. This area is not very interesting and again was disappointing.

          What was the date of your tour?
          May, 2024
          How many tours have you completed?
          2
          Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
          As expected
          Who is this tour suitable for?
          First-time bike tourists
          Do you recommend this tour?
          Yes
          • 3/5 Value
          • 5/5 Included meals
          • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
          • 4/5 Hotels or boat
          • 5/5 Scenery
          • 4/5 Ease of navigation
          • 3/5 Tour documents
          • 5/5 Guides (if applicable)

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