Greece – Cyclade Islands
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A chance to see the Greek Islands via bike & boat. The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, was the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. A vista of gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavour to the island towns.
The most rugged 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 with the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.
Your accommodation for the week is the Ship "Thalassa", a three-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 deck. The spacious sun deck, equipped with cosy mats, is a perfect spot to sunbathe & relax
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Boarding in Piraeus (Marina Zeas)
Individual arrival 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.
ythnos Island (25 km)
Early in the morning, the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which has been famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour starts in the harbour of Merichas and leads us to the capital Chora, offering 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.
Seriphos Island (30 km)
In the morning we sail 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 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 we sail to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos
Siphnos Island (18 km)
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 and 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.
Kea Island (25 km)
Our starting point for exploring the northwestern-most inhabited Cyclades 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 boat 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.
Poros Island (23 km)
We start with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery from the 18th century. Afterwards, we cycle 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 swim in. Back in Poros City, the boat waits on us with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Aegina.
Aegina Island (35 km)
The Island of Aegina is known far beyond the Greek borders for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s cycle 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 the last evening meal on board together in the company of friends, guides and crew and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.
- 7 nights on a ship with crew in an ensuite cabin
- 2x full board and 5x half board on board
- 6 guided cycling tours
- Maps for the daily tours on board
- Tour guide
- Entries as outlined in the itinerar
- Bed linen and towels
- €25 per adult / €15 per child water charge to be paid on board
Bike rental is not included in our 2023 tour price. This is an additional:
€80.00 Hybrid Bike
€180.00 Electric Bike
On this tour, you will be staying on a boat for the full duration of the trip. There is a crew consisting of the captain, cabin crew, the cook and tour guides who will make sure everything on the tour goes smoothly Every morning after breakfast, your guide will go through the route with the group.
On each tour there are 2 tour guides on the boat.
Normally the group cycles together but this doesn’t mean that the group will always be one after the other with no space in between. Often the group stretches long and everyone can cycle in his/her own pace.
If a guest really wants to cycle individually he/she has to be very punctual and has to have some skills in repairing a bike, since the tour guides will always be with the group.
Bike hire is included in the tour package.
• Frames - Our bicycles are available in four different frame sizes; 2 ladies (for up to 160cms (5 ft. 3 in.),
and above that) and 2 men's (up to 6 ft., and above) to cater for all body heights.
• Wheels - Very stable 28 inch hollow chamber rims with Continental Top Touring tyre (easy turning and
• Gear change - 21-gear derailleur, Alivio
• Further Equipment - Shimano V-brakes with strong "bite", partly inclination-adjustable stern, carrier,
very stable chainstays stand (HEBIE), comfortable touring saddle of Selle Royal, safety mudguards with
• Please Note: You can bring your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, and the tour
guide will attach them to your rental bicycle.
Its also possible to hire an e-bike for a supplement of €100.
Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours in Croatia. You are strongly encourages to bring your own (well fitted) helmet. Rental Helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).
On a scale from 1 - 10 (1 being the easiest and 10 being the hardest) we are giving this tour 7 points
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous cycling tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1,00 m (3"2 ft).
The bike route has a lenght of 15 to 35 km / 10 to 22 mi. and leads through hilly or mountainous area. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself.
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.
The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day (2 x full board and 5 x half board). The catering starts with dinner on the arrival day and ends with breakfast on the departure day.
Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the
• shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ leggings
• shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
• good shoes plus shoes for use on deck only
• sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
• extra towel for swimming
• soap/ insect repellent
• own helmet
Delux ship Thalassa
The Thalassa is a three-mast motor yacht built like traditional Turkish gullet. A ship with the best equipment, which combines pure elegance with greatest comfort. With its towering masts, this proud ship is a real eye-catcher in any harbour. The saloon and guest cabins are spacious. The expansive ship's deck provides an array of comfortable seating arrangements. A perfect setting in which to enjoy the cruise, read a book or simply to regenerate in, whilst the sea breeze soothes the senses. At mealtimes the guests are pampered with a generous variety of authentic dishes, created masterfully in the onboard galley, bringing an insight into the diversity of the Greek kitchen to the table.
GREEK CYCLADE ISLANDS 2023
€2390 per person sharing (all season)
€800 for single cabin occupancy ( you can request a half cabin to share )
Self Guided Tour Information
This tour is not available on a self guided basis
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.
We can arrange a transfer from Athens Airport to the port at a cost of €35 per person one way
A transfer from the city of Athens to the port 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 fineLinda Standifer (Cyclade Islands Tour 2014)
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)