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Guided Bike and Barge

Web code GR028

Greece / The Gulf of Corinth and the Ionian Islands

From Athens to Corfu

Join us on a fascinating journey through time and culture! This boat & bike tour combines the Greek mainland with the impressive islands of the Ionian Sea. For one week, travelling by bicycle and on the two-masted motor sailer Panagiota, we experience first-hand the cultural and scenic diversity of Greece. Famous sites such as Delphi, where the ancient Greeks once consulted the oracle, or Aegina, where the white temple of Aphaia gleams high above the sea or the Asklepion of Epidauros, with it’s well preserved ancient theatre are some of the highlights of the tour. The passage through the Corinth Canal, an artificial seaway connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean, will surely become an unforgettable memory. In the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, you see Greece at its greenest. An unspoiled landscape and centuries of Venetian influence characterize this still fairly unknown group of islands. The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea glittering in all shades of blue, the mountainous landscape of Cephalonia and the bird-sanctuary island of Lefkas, the small island of Paxos densely covered in olive groves - all guarantee a wonderfully relaxing vacation.
  • Day by Day

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    1 Athens/Piraeus (Marina Zeas) 

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

     

    2 Piraeus – Aegina Island – Palaia Epidauros (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.

     

    3 Epidauros – Corinth Canal (32 km)

    From Palaia Epidauros today’s cycle tour takes us to the ancient sanctuary of the demi-god Asclepius. 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 6.3 km long but only 24 meters wide and 8 meters deep canal connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth and saves travelers sailing from Athens to Corinth the 400 km long trip around the whole Peloponnese. If weather conditions are fine, the cruise continues to Galaxidi, otherwise overnight stay in or near Corinth.

     

    4 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.

     

    5 Ithaca Island (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 starting from Vathy 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 we cruise to Nidri on Lefkas and stay in the little port for the night.

     

    6 Nidri –Lefkas town – Paxos Island (30 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.

     

    7 Paxos Island (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. The last evening aboard includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

     

    8 Corfu Island/Marina Gouvia

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

     

    Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or warnings issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Issues with high and low water, as well as logistic obstacles such as officially ordered - previously not announced - repair work on locks or bridges can modify some of the daily stretches or overnight stays and may even request a transfer by bus. These decisions are only taken by the boat’s captain.

     

     

  • Route profile

    The cycle routes lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints.

    There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented. 

     
  • How to get there

    The precise boarding area will be written in the Final Tour Details that you will receive a few days before departure. 

     

    By plane

    The closest airport to the Piraeus is Athens (25 Km) linked to the major international airports in Europe. 

     

    From the airport you can book a transfer (approx. € 25) or you can take a train to Piraeus (roughly 1 hour) and then arrive by foot at the embarkation (roughly 30minutes). 

    Alternatively you can ride on the bus X96.

    Consult the train website (www.trainose.gr/en/) and the ground transport  website (www.oasa.gr) for more info.

     

    Contact us for a free airfare quotation.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

     

    Overnight and 2 full board and 5 half board are included. The service you have booked will be specified in the boarding voucher. Drinks are not  included.

    Boat

    The Panagiota is an affectionately restored two-masted motor yacht, which is 7 m (23 ft.) wide and 23 m (75 ft.) long.

     

    The cabins

    There are 6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck. All cabins have air conditioning and are equipped with a French bed (4.6 ft. wide), one single bed and private shower and toilet. 

     

    Common areas

    There is room for all guests in the spacious dining room for meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine guests can have their meals outside on the shaded rear deck. The spacious sun deck, equipped with confy mats, invites to sunbathe and relax.

     

    In brief:

    • Passengers (max.): 20 
    • Private bathroom
    • Towels
    • Air conditioning
    • Hair dryer

     

    Watch Panagiota photo gallery.

     
  • Bikes and accessories

    In this tour you can rent: 

     

    - hybrid bike with 21 gears and hand brake. 

    - trekking e-bike with 9 or 21 gears and hand brake. 

    - child bike 20” (for kids from 120 to 135 cm) and 24” ( for kids from 135 to 150 cm). 

     

    You don’t need to pay any deposit for the rental bikes, but you can insure the, against theft or damages. Cost: 10 € for the 21 speed bike, 20 € for the E-bike.

     

    Bikes are equipped with: 

    - pannier bags

     

    In this tour helmets are mandatory. In general we prefer not to rent them for security and hygenical reasons but some rental helmets are available in limited numbers (reservation requested).

    Therefore we suggest you to bring your own helmet.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    Upon settlement of the payment a few days before departure, you will receive via email the following:

    - embarkation voucher with details about the name of the boat and the precise embarkation point

    - Tour Notes

    - Final Tour Details

    If you have any doubts, don’t hesitate to contact us before departure.

     

    Tour maps will be delivered on site.

     

     

  • By your side

    Our tour leaders are all multi-lingual, and speak at least English and German. They are experienced enthusiastic travelers who have a true passion for sharing their love of the outdoors, peoples, cultures and local food. Thanks to their knowledge of the territory, they can give you useful hints and help you appreciate the place you are visiting. Of course they love cycling and will be happy to give you some advice on how to correctly use the bicycle gears and whenever necessary they can fix a flat tyre.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30 

    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00 which will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

     

Tour details

 

from 1,490 €

8 days / 7 nights

Tour type

Group

 

Price per person

1490 €

 

Included

  • 7 overnighs
  • 2 x full-board  and 5 x half-board on board 
  • on board tour guide (Enghish)
  • Transfer to Delphi
  • Bed linen and towels 

Not included

  • All drinks on board and specified meals
  • Entrance fees to tourist attractions
  • Anything that is not mentioned under included
  • Tourist taxes
  • extra transport

Supplements per person

100 € on deck cabin

400 € double cabin for single use below deck

600 € double cabin for single use above deck

25 € group transport from Athens airport (embarkation)

20 € group transport for Corfu airport (disembarkation) 

 

80 € rental bike

180 € ebike

10 € insurance on regular bike

20 € insurance on electric bike

 

 

 

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