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Greece - Cyclade Islands

Greece - Cyclade Islands

Degree of difficulty - B-B/C

A chance to see the Greek Islands via bike & boat.   The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its variety: Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavour to the island towns.

The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sand beaches. With stops to Syros (the Capital of the Cyclades), Kythnos (known for its cheese and honey), Kea (with its perfectly white beaches) and Siphanos (known for its ceramic artwork) you will have so many experiences on this one trip. The fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times is easily explored on your motorised sailing ship or the bike and imbibe the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.

Your accommodation for the week is the "Panagiota",  a two masted motor yacht.  All cabins are air - conditioned and have a double bed with a private shower room. There is a room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have meals.   In good weather you can have meals outside on the shaded rear deck.  The spacious sun deck,  equipped with cozy mats, invites you to sunbathe & relax!

Please contact us for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com)

Day 1 (Sat) Boarding in Piraeus (Marina Zeas)
Individual journey to Athens airport and to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus, only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in from 2 p.m. on the ship. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 2 (Sun) Kythnos Island Cycle route approx. 25 km/15 mi.
Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which will start in the harbour of Merichas and will first lead us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

Day 3 (Mon) Seriphos Island Cycle route approx. 30 km/19 mi.
In the morning the Panagiota takes us to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we will cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We will continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We will return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship will bring us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.

Day 4 (Tue) Siphnos Island Cycle route approx. 18 km/11 mi.
The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, as its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop. Overnight in Kea.

Day 5 (Wed) Kea Island Cycle route approx. 25 km/15 mi.
Our starting point for exploring the north western-most inhabited Cyclade Island is the beautiful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Ioulis before continuing on to the white sand beach, Otzias where we can take a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards we return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon we take a boats crossing to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbour city of Poros is truly spectacular, its iconic clock tower juts out above the rest of the town, and provides a true Greek island atmosphere for a relaxing evening.

Day 6 (Thu) Poros Island Cycle route approx. 23 km/14 mi.
Today we start with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery from the 18th century. Afterwards we ride almost once around the island which once Poseidon himself possessed. Shortly before the end of the tour we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue water which we cannot resist but to swim in. Back in Poros City the boat waits on us with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Aegina.

Day 7 (Fri) Aegina Island Cycle route approx. 35 km/22 mi.
The Island of Aegina is known far beyond the Greek borders for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s bike tour takes us up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. The incredibly well preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea in the single point of Aegina where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On our way back we cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to Aegina City where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piraeus. We enjoy a last evening meal on board together in the company of friends, guides and crew and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.

Day 8 Piraeus/Athens Disembarkation
Guests disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or guests may extend their stay in Athens

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier above

GREEK CYCLADE ISLANDS 2019

Comfort Ship Panagiota
€1470 per person sharing (lower deck cabin)
€1570 per person sharing (upper deck cabin)
€1870 for single occupancy (lower deck cabin)
€2070 for single occupancy (upper deck cabin)

Discounts are possible for a third & fouth person in the cabin,  please email us for more details on this

(if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

Tour Includes

  • 7 nights trip on a ship with crew in an ensuite cabin
  • 7 Dinners & 2 Lunches
  • 6 guided cycling tours
  • 21 speed bicycle with pannier 
  • Maps for the daily tours on board
  • Tour guide
  • Entries as outlined in the itinerary
  • €20 Water charge to be paid on board  
  • €80 suppl. for E-bike (on request only, limited availability)

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

11-May, 18-May, 25-May,
1-June, 8-June,
31-August,
7-September, 14-September, 21-September,

Self Guided Tour Information

Self Guided tours are not an option on this tour.

Comfort ship PANAGIOTA

The Panagiota, our latest finding in Greece, is an affectionately restored two-masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. wide and 102 ft. long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises. 6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a French bed (4,6 ft. wide) , one single bed and private shower and toilet. There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck.
The spacious sun deck, equipped with cosy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.
The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Panagioata ship Salon deck1
cabin below deck cabin below deck1 cabin on deck
cabin on deck1 deck Sun deck

Short Information Panagiota

Year of Construction: 2001
Size of Boat: 23 x 6 m
Size of Cabins: 6 - 8 sqm
Numbers of Cabins: 10 Guest Cabins
Bathroom features: Tiled, all-in-one showers, wash- basins and toilet
Cabin equipment: Airconditioning, mirror
Double beds: 200 x 140 cm
Single & Bunk beds: 200 x 80 cm
Service: Cabin cleaning daily, fresh towels at mid-week, free internet access on board
Special features: 2 masts with sails, couch mats on the sun deck, 2 big tables with chairs on the covered rear deck

How to get to the start point in Piraeus:

Fly to Athens airport.
Piraeus, your port of embarkation is only 25 km away from Athens Airport (named El. Venizelos Airport). You will find the boat in Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus.
(Airport to port transfer is €20 per person one way) 

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

A great adventure made even better by the people we had as our hosts. Good job all the way around the perfect wedding of outstanding employees with one of the most beautiful parts of our world.

James R. (Cyclade Islands 2015)

We had 17 people in our group and everyone said it was the "best trip of their lifetime".  You cannot get any better than that. The boat was fantastic, the food the greatest, the bikes were great, especially the e-bikes, The crew was outstanding and our two guides were the best.

Chuck Murphy (Cyclade Islands 2015)

The Greek trip was, in a word, fantastic. The leaders, the crew, the cycles, the tours and meals were all the best. This was really a memorable trip. 

John M. (Cyclade Islands 2014)

We had a marvellous time. The crew of the ship couldn't have been nicer, the food was extraordinary and our guides (Ellen and Lars) were terrific. All was fine

Linda Standifer (Cyclade Islands Tour 2014)

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