Biking tour to Ionian islands (8 days)
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights Hopping
Reviews: Island hopping services
On the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: Pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands. From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress Sissi, this journey leads us to regions which are not very well known abroad. Discover the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus, the unforgettable green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Cephalonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos. Enjoy the stay on board of the wooden motor yacht and let yourself be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine and the coziness of the ship!
Description of the package
Corfu town (Embarkation) Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to the ship. Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.
Corfu Island – Sivota – Parga – Lefkas Island (Cycle route aprx. 18 mi./28 km) Cast off! In the morning we cross over to Sivota on the mainland of Greece. There our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga beautifully situated below a Venetian fortress which towers over the old town. Here the boat awaits us to take us on a long cruise to Nidri on Lefkas Island. On our way we pass a witty swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland. You spent the night in the lively harbour of Nidri.
Lefkas Island (Cycle route aprx. 18 mi./29 km) Todays cycle route takes us first from Nidri to a nearby waterfall. If you are lucky it carries still enough water for a refreshing morning swim. Along quiet roads through the mountains past Sivros we cycle later to the harbour in Vasiliki. After a short sail we anchor at Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, for swimming. Then the ship brings us to Fiskardo on Cephalonia, where we spend the night. The harbor town on the Northern point of the island charms visitors with its colorful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbor promenade. Do not miss to taste the local Robola wine!
Kefalonia Island (Cycle route aprx. 28 mi./45 km) Today’s cycle tour leads us from Fiskardo to Sami. We cycle along the impressive mountain pass at the eastern coast of the island. We will have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic view to the neighbour island of Ithaca. After a refreshing break we continue cycling. On the way we may visit the limestone (stalactite and stalagmite) caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in row boats and charms you with electrifying clear water in various shades of blue. In the late afternoon we cruise to Vathy on the Ithaca Island.
Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi (Cycle route aprx. 13 + 8 mi./21 + 13 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. From Frikes the Panagiota takes us to the small island of Meganisi. On the way we pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the afternoon in no time by bicycle.
Mytikas – Lefkas – Paxos (Cycle route aprx. 30 mi./49 km) Early in the morning crossover to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. From Mytikas we cycle along the coast and further on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages like Paleiros until we reach Lefkas town, where your ship awaits you. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns of Gaios.
Islands of Paxoi and Corfu (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 color. On today’s cycle trip we circle the island. We can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch the boat brings us back to Corfu town, and after dinner on board our last evening takes place a traditionally last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.
Corfu town (Disembarkation) After breakfast, check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Greece.
Island hopping locations on map
22.04. – 29.04.17: 1,240 euro
29.04. – 06.05.17: 1,240 euro
07.10. – 14.10.17: 1,240 euro
14.10. – 21.10.17: 1,240 euro
21.10. – 28.10.17: 1,240 euro
28.10. – 04.11.17: 1,240 euro
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 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. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.
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’)
Comfort Boat Panagiota (all cabins with shower/toilet)
The Panagiota, our boat in Greece, is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. (7m) wide and 75 ft. (23m) 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 double bed (4,6 ft. wide) and in some cabins there is also one single bunk bed located above the double bed. To each cabin belongs a private shower and toilet. Below deck cabins have a porthole to provide air, if air-condition is switched off. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck instead of eating in the spacious saloon. The sun deck, equipped with cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax. Captain Gerasimos is very proud to present his boat, his crew and his chef, whom creates a wide variety of very delicious Greek food.
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.
• 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
• Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
• English speaking tour guide
Additional optional accomplishments
• Surcharge for a cabin on deck: 100 euro/person
• Surcharge for a single cabin below deck: 300 euro; for a single cabin on deck: 400 euro (limited; on request)
• ½ a double cabin can be booked on request
• Rental 21speed 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
• Additional c ustomized transfers on request
• Additional nights 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
• Service charge: 2% of the total invoice value. This service charge is excluded for payments via IBAN bank transfers
• Tips for tour guides and crew
• With three persons sharing a cabin, 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.