Level 2-3. The bike routes have a length of 20 to 50 km and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead.
Individual journey to Athens and transfer from the airport to Marina Zeas (the yacht harbour of Piraeus). Check-in on the Panagiota starts at 2 pm. Evening meal on board and overnight stay in Piraeus.
In the morning we sail to Aegina Island. The first cycle tour leads us to the very well preserved temple of Aphaia, enthroned high above the blue 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 Egina town lunch is served on board and the cruise continues with a cross over to Palaia Epidauros.
From Palaia Epidauros today’s cycle tour takes us to the ancient sanctuary of the demigod 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 on 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 approx. 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.
From Galaxidi a transfer bus picks us up to brings us to the famous site of Delphi at the foot of the Parnassos 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. Early in the afternoon, the transfer bus takes us to Nafpaktos, where the boat awaits us to a long sail to Sami on Cephalonia island. There we’ll spend the night.
Today’s bike tour leads us from Sami to Fiskardo. At the beginning we cycle along a beautiful coast road to the village of Agia Efimia, one of the locations of the famous Hollywood movie “Corelli’s Mandoline”. We continue on through the interior of the island and finally we reach the high road of the western coast of the island, where we have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic view down to Myrtos beach. The ship awaits us in Fiskardo, one of the prettiest places of the Ionian Islands. 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.
The day begins with a crossing to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. We ride along the coast to Mythikas and then on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages to Lefkas town where the Panagiota awaits us and takes us to the island of Paxos, where we can spend the evening in a cosy taverna in the unique natural harbour of Gaios. Overnight stay on Paxos.
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 last 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. Here, our tour guide will join us on a walk through the atmospheric old town.
After breakfast disembarkation followed by a transfer to the airport and individual departure or guests may extend their stay on Corfu.
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organizational necessities.
Arrival day: Saturday
Athens - Corfu: September 28, 2013
Corfu - Athens: May 04; August 24, 201
Arrival | Parking | Departure
Airport: Athens, Corfu - collective return transfer between airport and ship (only on embarkation and disembarkation day, otherwise on request)
Comfort boat "PANAGIOTA" - The Panagiota is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. (31 m) wide and 102 ft. (7 m) 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./ 1,40 m 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 cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.
+ 7 nights on a motor yacht in a double cabin with shower/WC
+ 5x half-board and 2x full-board on board
+ 5 guided or individual cycle tours
+ rental 21-speed trekking bike with panniers
+ overview maps for the daily tours on board
+ collective return transfer between airport and ship (only on embarkation and disembarkation day, otherwise on request)
+ bus transfer to Delphi
+ entries to museums and archaeological sites
+ shipping through the Corinth Canal
+ English speaking tour guide
+ Handlebar-bag with information material per cabin
Bicycles: 21-speed incl. panniers
For the third person in an extra bed in double cabin with 2 full paying adults: -50% and there is no upper deck surcharge for the third person if the wished cabin is on the upper deck;
for children from 0-18,99 yrs. in own cabin there is a discount of 25% (prices based on lower-deck-cabins, dependent on occupancy)
Minimum number of participants: 14 guests
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the bike tours on their own. Please note that the minimum height for rental bikes is 140cm (4.6 ft.); The tour will generally be guided in German language. One of the guides will translate into English for non-German-speaking participants; You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet.There is a limited number of bike helmets FOR FREE on board (reservation is necessary).
prices per person in €
2-bed lower deck
Supplement upper deck
Single supplement lower deck
Single supplement upper deck
bicycle incl. panniers
EXTRA NIGHTS, B&B
ATHEN OR CORFU