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Greece - Cyclade Islands

Greece - Cyclade Islands

Degree of difficulty - A/B

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!

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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. 20 km/12.5 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 the ship will bring us to Syros, where we can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.

Day 5 (Wed) Syros & Mykonos Islands Cycle route approx. 30 km/19 mi.
Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades. The town of Ermoupolis offers visitors an unforgettable view upon arrival: The town which is built on two hills is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominant the townscape. We will cycle along the coast of Syros which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we will continue by boat to Mykonos, where the picturesque main town with its famous windmills and its white cube form houses invites visitors to stroll through it. With a bit of luck we may even see the mascot of Mykonos in the maze of laneways, the pelican Petros.

Day 6 (Thu) Delos Island and Tinos Island Cycle route approx. 25 km/15 mi.
In the morning we have a chance to visit the important ancient sites on the island of Delos, where according to Greek mythology the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis were born. After lunch we will crossover to Tinos. There we will visit the famous Evangelistria church in Tinos town. Today’s bike tour takes us along a high road to the mountain village of Tarambados, a village full of walled dove towers with their filigree architecture, which represent remnants from Venetian times. After the bike tour the boat takes off to Kea.

Day 7 (Fri) Kea Island Cycle route approx. 25 km/15 mi.
The starting point for the tour of Kea, the most westerly inhabited Cyclade island, is the wonderful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we begin our cycle tour to the picturesque main town of Ioulis which is situated in the mountains and from there we continue our bike tour to the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean will tempt you to a refreshing swim before we return to Korissia. In the afternoon last sail to Piraeus and overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 8 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.

GREEK ISLANDS 2017

Comfort Ship Panagiota
€1370 per person sharing (lower deck cabin)

€1470 per person sharing (upper deck cabin)
€1670 for single occupancy (lower deck cabin)
€1770 for single occupancy (upper deck cabin)
(if travelling on your own, we will endeavour to find a room mate for you)

€20 Water charge to be paid on board
€80 suppl. for E-bike (on request only, limited availability)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights trip on a ship with crew
- 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

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

13-May, 20-May, 27-May,
3-June, 10-June,
2-September, 9-September, 16-September, 23-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).

We had a marvelous 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)

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 17 people in our group and every one 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)

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)

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