Peloponnese and Saronic Island
From Athens through the Saronic Gulf
from 1,390 €
8 days / 7 nights
Web code GR020
Price per person
- 7 overnights
- 9 meals
- English speaking tour leader
- bed linen and towels
- Hotline service
- Transport to and from departure point
- All drinks on board and specified meals
- Entrance fees to tourist attractions
- Anything that is not mentioned under included
Supplements per person
500 € single cabin
100 € high season (from 05.09 al 26.09.20)
80 € rental bike
180 € e-bike
10 € bike insurace
20 € e-bike insurance
20 € flat rate for bottled water for adults (to be paid on spot)
10 € flat rate for bottled water for children up to age 16 (to be paid on spot)
25 € transfer airport – barge and barge – airport
20 € transfer hotel in Athens – barge and barge – hotel in Athens
25% children under 16
Day by Day
1. Marina Zeas (Piraeus)
Individually arranged arrival to Marina Zeas; port of Piraeus and about 25 km from the airport. Check in is possible from 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Piraeus.
2. Marina Zeas (Piraeus) – Island of Poros (25 km)
The morning will be spent sailing to the Island of Poros. In the afternoon, we will start cycling from the island’s capital, which holds the same name as the island itself, towards the 18th century Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Continuing on, we will almost completely circle the island which, in ancient times, was considered to be the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Shortly before the end of the tour we will reach Russian Bay, whose sandy beach and turquoise waters are sure to tempt us to dive in for a swim. Back in the enchanting harbour of Poros City, with its landmark clock tower reaching high above all the other buildings, we can end our eventful day surrounded by characteristic Greek atmosphere.
3. Island of Poros – Nafplio (40 km)
After breakfast a small car ferry will take us from Poros to Galatas in the Pelopennese. From here, the bike tour will lead us for the most part along the sea and through fertile agricultural land towards the small coastal town of Ermioni. Here the Bahriyeli will await us for an on board lunch and a leisurely afternoon crossing to Nafplio. In the early afternoon, our tour guide will invite us on a stroll through the picturesque alleys of the former Greek capital. Nafplio with its ingenious fortifications and eventful history along with its flower filled old town and the numerous very individual, beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants is the perfect place to spend a wonderful, relaxed evening.
4. Nafplio – Mycenae – Island of Spetses (50 km)
After breakfast, the day’s tour leads into the Peloponnesian island. After cycling through an impressive apricot and orange grove we will reach the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns and following the magnificent castle of Mycenae. Both sites have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1999. In the 2nd millennium BC, Mycenae was one of Greece’s most important cities. King Atreus and his son Agamemnon play a significant role in Greek mythology. The excavation site is enthralling: The famous Lion Gate, the incredibly thick cyclopean walls, Grave Circles A and B along with the gold and silver discoveries and the Treasury of Atreus are all very much worth a visit. In the late afternoon, the boat will take us from Nafplio to the Island of Spetses. In the evening, we can stroll through the alleys of the beautiful old town, decorated with pebble mosaics, or end the evening at the old fishing port with a glass of wine.
5. Island of Spetses – Island of Hydra (25 km)
The island of Spetses got its name from the Venetians who called it “Isola della spezie”, the island of herbs. With the accompanying aroma of wild herbs and panoramic views, today’s tour will lead us along the traffic-free road that circles the island. For the majority of the ride we will be able to enjoy incredible views of the turquoise sea. Later on there will be a longer break at one of the beautiful beaches for a coffee and a swim. The journey will then continue to the island of Hydra. Since time immemorial donkeys have been the only means of transport on this unique, beautiful island. Thanks to seafaring, the island became very wealthy in the middle ages. Then, after the Greek War of Independence, spanning from 1821-1830, the island fell into a hundred-year slumber. It was only when, in 1957, the film “Boy on a Dolphin” starring the unforgettable Sofia Loren was filmed on Hydra that life was brought back to the island which then became a mecca for artists. A unique place with arguably the most beautiful sunset in the region!
6. Island of Hydra – Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina (25 km)
In the morning we sail to Methana Peninsula whose volcanic origin is immediately noticeable by the smell of sulphur and the shimmering colours of the rocks. The peninsula is characterised by its 30 plus volcanos, some of which are still active, as well as the medicinal, sulphurous thermal springs. Today’s round trip offers numerous, incredible views. In the afternoon, we will sail to the island of Aegina. If the weather permits, there will be the chance for a longer swimming break along the way.
7. Island of Aegina – Piraeus (Marina Zeas) (35 km)
The island of Aegina is famous even beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Today’s bike tour takes us up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers rest high up above the blue sea, the only place on the island from where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On the ride back we will cycle through the centre of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. We will then sail back to Piraeus and our exciting Greek cruise will come to a close with a final, celebrative evening on board.
8. Piraeus (Marina Zeas)
After breakfast on board it is time to disembark to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer in Athens.
Due to organisational 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.
The bike routes have a length of 23 to 50km/14 to 31mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. 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.
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.
The closest airport to the Pireus 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 Pireus (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.
How to leave your last accommodation
The tour ends in Piraeus.
Accommodation and meals
Check in on board will start at 14:00 on the first day and the boat will not sail until the following day. However do inform us in case of delay.
Included: overnights, breakfasts and 9 meals (drinks are not included).
Your barge will be:
The Thalassa is a three-mast motor yacht built as a traditional Turkish gullet. A ship with best equipment, which combines pure elegance with greatest comfort.
The saloon and guest cabins are spacious. The expansive ships deck provides an array of comfortable seating arrangements.
At mealtimes the guests are pampered with a generous variety of authentic dishes, bringing an insight into the diversity of the Greek kitchen to the table.
- Passengers (max.): 20
- Private bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Hair dryer
Bikes and accessories
In this tour you can rent:
- unisex Hybrid bike with 24 gears and hand brake.
- unisex e-bike with 24 or 9 gears and hand brake.
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 one-sided saddlebag per bike
On all bicycle tours it is mandatory to wear a helmet. In order to guarantee maximium protection we request that you bring your own well fitted helmet and - for your own safety - wear it on all
bike tours. Limited amount of helmets are available on board.
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. As we like to say, our tour leaders are AOC (Controlled Designation of Origin), and will help you explore the land and live an unforgettable experience.
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.