Bicycle Cruise Gulf of Corinth & Ionian Islands

Bicycle Cruise Gulf of Corinth & Ionian Islands (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 160 km )


FROM ATHENS TO CORFU: An unspoiled landscape and centuries of Venetian influence characterize this still fairly unknown group of islands.

This Islandhopping special tour combines the Greek mainland with the impressive islands of the Ionian Sea. Famous sites such as Delphi, or Aegina, or the Asklepieion of Epidauros are highlights of this journey. The passage through the Corinth Canal, an artificial seaway connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean, will surely become an unforgettable memory.

The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea glittering in all shades of blue, Ithaca, the homeland of Odysseus, and the bird-sanctuary island of Lefkas, the small island of Paxos densely covered in olive groves, as well as the beautiful Old Town of Corfu - all guarantee a wonderfully relaxing vacation.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Sanctuary of Apollo and the oracle of Delphi
Nature: Picturesque natural harbour of Gaios and Paxos
Activity: Artificial seaway through Canal of Corinth
Culinary: Don't miss the Greek appetizers in the restaurant Bakalogatos in Aegina.
Souvenir: Pistachios on Aegina

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Athens/Piraeus (Marina Zeas) - (Embarkation)

Individual arrival at Marina Zeas (Piraeus). Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in the harbor of Piraeus.

2nd Day (Sun) Piraeus – Aegina Island – Palaia Epidauros (Cycle route aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

In the morning we sail to Aegina, the famous pistachio island. Here our first cycle tour takes us to the excellently preserved temple of Aphaia, which lingers high above and scouts over the lucent sea. Afterwards we return to the boat while cycling though the interior of the island and along Palaiochora and the monastery of Holy Nektarios. Back in Aegina town lunch is served on board and the cruise continues with a cross over to Palaia Epidauros.

3rd Day (Mon) Epidauros – Isthmus of Corinth (Cycle route aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

From Palaia Epidauros today’s cycle tour takes us to the ancient sanctuary of the demi-god Asklepios. Here we visit the best-preserved theatre of Greece, and by dropping a coin we can convince ourselves of the phenomenal acoustics. In the afternoon we sail with the Panagiota through the Isthmus of Corinth, which was completed in 1893. Julius Caesar had already plans for its construction. This 3.9 mi./6.3 km long but only 79 ft./24 m wide and 26 ft./8 m deep canal connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth and saves travellers sailing from Athens to Corinth the aprx. 258 mi./400 km long trip around the whole Peloponnese. If weather conditions are fine, the cruise continues to Galaxidi, otherwise overnight stay in Kiato near Corinth.

4th Day (Tue) Galaxidi - Delphi – Nafpaktos – Ithaca Island

In the morning a transfer picks us up at Galaxidi and takes us to the famous site of Delphi, which rests at the foot of the Parnassus mountain range. Apollo, the god of the light, was once worshipped here and the oracle consulted. Not only the many temples and treasuries, the well-preserved theatre and the stadium, but mainly the breath-taking hillside location of the sanctuary makes the visit to Delphi an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, the bus takes us to the harbor of Nafpaktos. Our boat takes us on a longer crossing to Vathy on Ithaca Island.

5th Day (Wed) Ithaca Island (Cycle route aprx. 12 or 17 mi./20 or 28 km)

In the morning we cycle on the Ithaca Island. The homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. Depending on the weather conditions it is planned that the Panagiota takes us to Porto Katsiki after lunch. Porto Katsiki is one of the most famous beaches of Greece, directly below the Leukadian cliff. A longer bathing stop is a must. From there we cruise to Nidri and stay in the little port for the night.

6th Day (Thu) Nidri – Lefkas town – Paxos Island (Cycle routes aprx. 17 mi./27 km)

Today we cycle first through beautiful olive groves to the hidden water falls of Nidri and later on through the mountain world of Lefkas to the island’s capital of the same name. Here the Panagiota awaits us and takes us In the afternoon to Paxos Island. We spend the night in the lovely natural harbor of Gaios.

7th Day (Fri) Paxos Island (Cycle route aprx. 14 mi./23 km)

Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green colour. On our morning cycle trip we circle the whole island. We can also have a swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. In the afternoon the Panagiota takes us to Corfu town. Stroll around for a while to enjoy the atmospheric old town. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

8th Day (Sat) Corfu Island (Disembarkation)

After breakfast check-out; individual return home or extended stay on the Corfu island.

Ships

Panagiota (Comfort)

At 23 x 6 m the Panagiota is an aff ectionately restored wooden motor yacht, which represents the classic boat type of the Kaïkis. With a warm „Welcome on board“, the captain and his crew invite their guests on board. A noble teakwood deck, a comfortably decorated salon surrounded by colourful glass paintings, convenient sitting areas on the entire ship and the cushioned mats on the sundeck facilitate a homely comfort. The 10 guest cabins are stylishly furnished and named after Greek islands; all air-conditioned and fitted with shower and WC.

Rental bikes

21-gear hybrid bicycle of the Islandhopping brand

Our 21-gear hybrid bicycles are basic bicycles that are available in four frame sizes: Ladies 46 and 52 cm/men 56 and 60 cm. All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, a fully hydraulic Magura rim break, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable touring saddle of Selle Royal. We purposfully avoid attaching drink bottle holders onto our bikes to minimise the risk of accidents.

The 21-gear Islandhopping hybrid bicycles are rented for 80 Euro per week on this tour.

Electric bike i:SY Flyer ECO

The i:SY-Flyer ECO, a relatively light model of 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. A 10-amp battery along with an 8-amp back-up allow for unlimited riding. The i:SY Flyer ECO is available for persons with a body height of 1.50 m – 1.90 m. For participants bigger than 1.90 m we do not have e-bikes available on this tour.

The i:SY Flyer ECO are rented for 140 Euro per week on this tour, if prebooked (limited amount).

Islandhopping Pannier

For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc.

To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras ect.

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

Journey

Port of embarkation/disembarkation Athens (Piraeus/Marina Zeas)

The port of embarkation/disembarkation is the yacht harbour of Marina Zeas, which is part of Piraeus harbour. In general the Panagiota docks at the ''Pasa Limani'' part of the marina on the long pier in the vacinity of the lighthouse. You are welcome to check in on board from 2pm onwards on the embarkation day.

Inbound flight to Athens - Outbound flight from Corfu

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

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Please be aware when booking your flights that your tour starts in Athens and ends in Corfu. We recommend booking an open-jaw ticket; arriving in Athens and departing from Corfu.

Transfers between the Airport and the Boat or between a Hotel and the Boat

Fee-based collective transfers can be booked in advance (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):

- between Corfu airport or a hotel at Corfu town and the boat in Corfu harbor: 10 euro per person/way
- between Athens airport and the boat in Marina Zeas: 20 euro per person/way
- between a hotel at Athens city and the boat in Marina Zeas: 10 euro per person/way

Customized transfers: availability and prices on request

How to make a transfer reservation

For the organization of all airport transfers please indicate your exact flight details:

- arrival & departure date
- flight route
- airline
- flight number
- estimated arrival or departure time

If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.

For all hotel transfers, please indicate the following details:

- transfer date
- exact hotel address
- preferred transfer time

For transfer reservations please contact our office team:

Ph: +49-(0)7531-36186-0
Email: info@islandhopping.com


Extended stay

Extend your stay in Athens or on Corfu!

Would you like to be in the vicinity for a few days before your boat- and bike trip or would you like to spend a few days in Greece after your trip? Then we can recommend some accomodations in Athens or on Corfu to you.

ATHENS

The 2004 Olympics brought about a very positive change to the face of the lively 5-million strong metropolis. Large sections of the inner city were transformed into pedestrian areas and a large archaeological park was created, that stretches from the Acropolis across ancient Agora to Kerameikos, the old potters’ and cemetery district. Enjoy an unforgettable stroll through the winding alleys of the Plaka, the charming Old Town district, where you should not only stop to admire the many different souvenirs available, but should also make yourself comfortable in one of the countless cafés.

The accommodation facilities we recommend are situated in the centre of Athens, allowing you to reach most of the tourist sights by foot.

CORFU

Corfu is the largest island in the Ionian archipel and its diverse landscape, countless beaches, turquiose-coloured sea and many sightseeing attractions are impressive. The beautiful landscape in the north of the island, with its coast of sandstone cliffs at Sidari, attracts tourists like a magnet.

Corfu’s capital – also named Corfu – is considered one of the most beautiful towns in all of Greece. To stroll through the lively lanes of the historical centre with its Venetian flair, where countless small shops offer a colourful profusion of wares, is a true holiday highpoint. Also impressive are the New and Old Fortress, just as photogenic as the monastery island of Vlacherna- connected by a dam to the main island – and nearby Mouse Island (Pontikonissi).

Austria’s great empress Sissi already described Corfu as the island of her dreams when she came there to improve her delicate health. In 1890 – 1892, she had an extraordinary palace built 7 km south of Corfu Town, calling it Achilleion, after Achilles, the legendary Homeric hero. It is today one of the main tourist attractions.

So it is certainly always worthwhile to extend your holiday on Corfu: No matter whether you are interested in culture, love hiking or exploring the island by car, or simply want to relax on the beach – Corfu has something for everybody.

Please sent an email to: info@islandhopping.com, if you like to book a room.

3-day extension module Athens; available pre Islandhopping tour

Take the time to extend your holiday by a few days in Athens with a programme, which, on the one hand organizes adequate activities, and on the other hand offers you enough leisure time to discover the Greek capital on your own.

INCLUDED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

- 2 nights in Athens, optionally a 3 star hotel (Philippos or alike) or a 4 star hotel (Herodion or alike) in the centre of Athens
- Taxi transfers from the airport to the hotel as well as from the hotel to the ship
- Entrance fee to the acropolis
- 1 dinner at the TO KAFENEION tavern (drinks excluded) in the old town of Plaka
- 1 guided city bike tour by ATHENS BY BIKE (three hour tour, English speaking tour guide, coffee or soft drink included)
- All tourist taxes

PRICE PER PERSON

- 3 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 290 euro
- 3 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 380 euro
- 4 star hotel in a double room with breakfast: 350 euro
- 4 star hotel in a single room with breakfast: 470 euro

BOOK THE ADDITIONAL PACKAGE

If you want to book this additional tour module, please refer to it in the comments field of your booking request or write to us at info@islandhopping.com :

- Do you want to book the package before or after your Islandhopping trip?
- For how many people would you like to book?
- Which hotel category would you like to stay at? 3 or 4 star hotel? Single or double room?
- On which day and at what time would you like to dine in the TO KAFENEION tavern?
- Do you prefer a meat or vegetarian menu in the tavern?
- On which day would you like to conduct the city bike tour by ATHENS BY BIKE? (starts daily at 10 am)
- Detailed flight information to provide a fluent transfer

VOUCHER DELIVERY

After booking the additional programme you will receive a simple confirmation/invoice from Islandhopping. You will get the hotel- and activity voucher from the transfer driver either at the airport or on the ship. This depends on whether you booked the programme before or after the Islandhopping trip.

Hotel Philippos in Athens

The lovely, petite 3-star hotel "Philippos" is situated in the peaceful city district of Makriyanni, only a walk away from the Acropolis and the charming Old Town of Plaka. The beautiful, stylishly decorated rooms are equipped with a bathroom, air conditioning unit, a telephone, TV and a mini-bar.

We will gladly book rooms with breakfast for you. Prices apply to one person overnight and vary according to season:

April/July/August
- Double room with breakfast: 55 euro/person
- Single room supplement: 30 euro
- Triple room with breakfast: 45 euro/person
- Quadruple room with breakfast: 40 euro/person

May/June/September/October
- Double room with breakfast: 60 euro/person
- Single room supplement: 40 euro
- Triple room with breakfast: 50 euro/person
- Quadruple room with breakfast: 45 euro/person

Hotel Bella Venezia in Corfu Town

Should you decide to extend your vacation in Corfu’s beautiful capital, we can recommend the Hotel Bella Venezia in the historical town centre.

The hotel, which is one of the most beautiful hotels in Corfu Town, is housed in a neo-classical building renovated in 2006 and located in the historical old part of Corfu, quite near the main Esplanada Square and the old citadel.

The 31 rooms were stylishly furnished by the well-known interior designer Marilou Dolianite. They all have a private bathroom, telephone and internet connection, TV, a safe, a minibar, a balcony and air conditioning. There is also a snackbar as well as a garden where, weather permitting, breakfast is served.

We will gladly book rooms with breakfast for you. Prices apply to one person overnight and vary according to season:

May/June/October
- Double room with breakfast: 65 euro/person
- Single room supplement: 50 euro

July/August/September
- Double room with breakfast: 75 euro/person
- Single room supplement: 60 euro

Hotel Cavalieri in Corfu Town

An alternative to the Bella Venetia Hotel is the excellent Hotel Cavalieri, which is also centrally located in the old quarter of Corfu. The recently completely renovated Neo-Classical building of the 17th century can accommodate 120 guests in comfortable double and single rooms. From its terrace, it offers a beautiful, unimpeded view of the sea and the old fortress. All rooms are equipped with a bath, mini-bar, telephone, TV and air conditioning.

We can book you into the Hotel Cavalieri. Prices apply to one person overnight:

- Double room with breakfast: 60 euro/person
- Single room supplement: 40 euro

Hotel Herodion in Athens

The excellent 4-star hotel "Herodion" is situated just next to the newly built Acropolis museum, in the peaceful city district of Makriyanni, only a walk away from the Acropolis and the charming Old Town of Plaka. The spacious, elegant decorated rooms are equipped with a bathroom, air conditioning unit, a telephone, TV and a mini-bar. The hotel also has an exquisite restaurant and a bar.

We will gladly book rooms with breakfast for you. Prices apply to one person overnight and vary according to season:

April/July/August
- Double room with breakfast: 70 euro/person
- Single room supplement: 55 euro
- Triple room with breakfast: 55 euro/person

May/June/September/October
- Double room with breakfast: 85 euro/person
- Single room supplement: 55 euro
- Triple room with breakfast: 60 euro/person

Accomplishments

Accomplishments

• 8-day-trip on a comfort motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 2 x full board and 5 x half board on board
• guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
• Bed linen & towels
• Transfer to Delphi
• Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
• Passage through the Corinth Canal
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional accomplishments

• ½ a double cabin can be booked (on request)
• Surcharge for a cabin above deck: 100 euro/person, reservation required
• Surcharge for a cabin for single use below deck: 300 euro (limited, reservation required - on this ship there are no cabins on deck avalailable for single use)
• Rental 21-gear hybrid bike with Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro/week
• Rental e-bike (i:SY Flyer Eco) 8-hub gear with Ortlieb pannier: 140 euro/week
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: 21-gear rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Collective group transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):
- Between Corfu airport or a hotel at Corfu town and the boat in Corfu harbor: 10 euro per person/way
- Between Athens airport and the boat in Marina Zeas: 20 euro per person/way
- Between a hotel at Athens city and the boat in Marina Zeas: 10 euro per person/way
• Additional customized transfers on request
• Additional nights in Athens or on Corfu: prices on request

Not included in the tour price

• Journey to Greece
• Meals and drinks ashore
• Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain); flat fee for drinking water: 20 Euro/adult; 10 Euro/children till age of 16
• Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Price reductions

• With three persons sharing a cabin (only below deck recommendable), we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the 3rd person, regardless of age, and do not charge the above-deck surcharge.
• Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50% discount).
• In combination with another Islandhopping trip in Greece you get for the second trip a reduction of 100 euro per person.

Things to note

Language aboard

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Time zone

Please note that Greece is on Eastern European (Summer) time, i.e. GM(S)T + 2 hours.

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Requirements (Level 2-3)

The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 - 31 mi. (20 - 50 km). They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours will have an altitude of 1,000 – 2,300 ft. (300 - 700 m). There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented. 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.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

Bringing Children

We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bicycles.

Internet availability

The Panagiota does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts content.

Dates and Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com