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Greece: Ionian Islands from/to Corfu

Home of gods and empresses
Corfu Round tour.
From €1390 p.p.

Highlights of this tour

Visit the beautiful west coast of Greece

Famous islands of Ithaca, Lefkas & Paxos

Home of gods and empresses

Motor yacht with max. 20 passengers

Guidance
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Independent: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Fully-guided
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 3 Difficulty level 3
Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days

Bike and Barge Greece: Ionian Islands from/to Corfu | Panagiota

On the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: Pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands. From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress Sissi, this journey leads you to regions which are not very well known abroad.

Discover by boat & bike the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus, the unforgettable green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Cephalonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos.

Enjoy the stay on board of the wooden motor yacht and let yourself be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine and the coziness of the ship!

Day to day program

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Day 1(Sat): Corfu/Marina Gouvia (Embarkation)

Individual arrival by plane on the island of Corfu and subsequent transfer to the ship.  Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.

Day 2 (Sun): Corfu Island – Sivota | Sivota – Parga (aprx. 18 mi./28 km) | Parga – Island Lefkas

Cast off! In the morning we cross over to Sivota on the mainland of Greece. There our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga beautifully situated below a Venetian fortress which towers over the old town. Here the boat awaits us to take us on a long cruise to Nidri on Lefkas Island. On our way we pass a witty swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland. You spent the night in the lively harbor of Nidri.

Day 3(Mon): Lefkas Island (aprx. 21 mi./35km) | Sivota – Fiskardo

After breakfast we start with a short tour to a waterfall nearby Nidri. With a bit of luck enough water will tumble for us to have a refreshing swim. Afterwards we continue on quiet roads over the hills via Siyros to the picturesque harbor town of Sivota. Here we board the boat and cruise to Fiskardo on the Island of Kedalonia. Situated on the northern tip of the island, the harbor town enchants with its colorful houses and many cafes and bars along the lively waterfront promenade.

Day 4(Tue): Cephalonia Island (aprx. 25 mi./39 km) | Sami – Vathy

We leave Fiskardo by bike and climb an impressive mountain road on the west coast of Kefalonia, from which we are met by awe inspiring views over the Assos peninsula and the famous Myrtos beach. After the climb we turn inland and cross the island. Shortly before the end of the bike tour we visit the Melissani stalactite cave on board a small row boat and marvel at the incredible blue tones created by the unique cave formations, sun and water. In Sami the boat welcomes us and once on board, sets off for Vathy on Ithaka.

Day 5(Wed): Island of Ithaca (aprx. 13 or 17 mi/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 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. Decide for yourself, if you are up for the challenge of a true hill climb, or, if you would prefer the leisurely alternative of a panoramic ride at half the height. The Panagiota awaits our arrival in Frikes before setting off to the small island of Meganisi.

Day 6 (Thu): Islands of Meganisi and Paxos (aprx. 13 mi/20 km)

Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the morning by bicycle. The panoramic tour takes us along lonely island roads and through the three villages of the island, which give us a good impression of the traditional island life of the Greeks. At Spartochori beach we can enjoy a coffee and a swim in the sea. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns of Gaios.

Day 7 (Fri): Islands of Paxos and Corfu (aprx. 14 mi./23 km) | Paxos – Corfu town

Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green color. On today’s cycle trip we circle the island. We can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch, the Panagiota will take us back to Corfu, where we will end our journey with a dinner and a cosy get-together on board.

Day 8 (Sat): Corfu / Marina Gouvia (Disembarkation)

After breakfast, check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Greece.

Good to know

All distances are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.
The tour details are barring changes, a.o. as a result of nautical, technical or meteorological reasons.

Itinerary changes
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Language
Due to our international audience all tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Level 2 – 3
The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 – 31 mi./20 – 50 km. They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours will take us up to 1,000 – 2,300 ft/300 – 700 m of elevation. There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). 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.

Children
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4”3’).

Catering
The on-board chef 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.

Internet availability
The Panagiota does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbor. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts content.

Own bicycles
Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. It is not possible to bring own E-bikes on board.
This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, 
than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight of the bicycle on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Luggage Advice
Please bring your personal belongings in fold-able travel bags. Please avoid hard protective cases. They will be too heavy to store within your cabin.

Our ships
Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.


Prices & information

Prices & availability

Below you see an overview of the available (blue) dates; the yellow dot means that this date has 2 or less cabins available, orange is ‘on request’ and red means that on this date there aren’t any cabins available. Then click on the preferred date. After this, choose your ship (some tours have only one ship, and therefore there is no choice), the number of cabins in the required (and available) category, any desired additional products, and ‘local costs’ (such as special dietary needs, which you usually pay for onboard). On the right side, you’ll find the ‘Booking Summary.’ After completing your preferences and necessary information click ‘Book now’ to finalize your booking.

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  • 2 or less available
  • On request
  • Not available
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Pricing overview - 2021
Cabin type For all dates
Double cabin below deck 2 pers. € 1490
Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For all dates
Twin cabin below deck 2 pers. € 1390
Included in this tour

8-day-trip on a comfort motorized yacht with crew

7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet

2 x full board and 5 x half board on board

Guided bicycle tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary

Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)

Bed linen & towels;

Cabin cleaning daily, fresh towels at mid-week;

Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)

English speaking tour guide

SGR guarantee scheme applicable

Tour operators are obliged by applicable Dutch and European law to secure customer received funds and payments in the event of their own insolvency or bankruptcy (in accordance with Section 513a of the Dutch Civil Code (Burgerlijk Wetboek) and EU Directive 2015/2302).

Boat Bike Tours (Chamber of Commerce register number 3714 7084) is a participant of SGR (Stichting Garantiefonds Reisgelden) and is registered under number 3.734. This registration can be checked on www.sgr.nl.

The participating tour operators are subject to the guarantee protection of the SGR insolvency guarantee system that is required by law in the Netherlands. Under SGR’s warranty, the prepaid travel sums will be reimbursed to the end user if the tour operator is financially unable to meet its contractual obligations. If the agreement includes transportation and the destination has already been reached, the return trip will be arranged.

Extended warranty policy during the Corona COVID-19 crisis:
“Corona Voucher” with SGR protection

 In the context of the exceptional circumstances resulting from the Corona COVID-19 crisis, all registered participants in SGR may issue so-called “Corona Vouchers” if the organizing tour operator is unable to carry out a tour due to official measures and other serious circumstances of force majeure, and therefore have to cancel the trip.

This means that a Corona voucher offered to the customer by Boat Bike Tours is accepted under the protection of the SGR guarantee system, and – for this reason – all payments and deposits made by a customer are and remain secured.

On March 16, 2020, the Board of Directors of the SGR adopted the following resolution:

  1. As of March 16, 2020, SGR will consider vouchers from tour operators participating in SGR as covered by SGR within the meaning of Article 3 of the SGR Guarantee System, subject to points 2 through 7 of this Decision.
  2. This cover only applies if the voucher fulfills the model voucher stipulated by SGR, and only for vouchers issued in the event of a cancellation of trips in connection with the inability to carry out the trip in connection with the occurrence of unavoidable and exceptional circumstances as a result of the Corona COVID-19 Virus and provided that the value of the voucher is clearly filled out and the voucher contains the name “Corona voucher”.
  3. The value of the voucher cannot be higher than the payment already made for the trip, which had to be canceled due to the Corona COVID-19 virus and for which the SGR guarantee originally applied.
  4. The voucher must contain an express validity period of a maximum of one (1) year after the date of issue.
  5. The voucher must state that the SGR guarantee system applies.
  6. This decision must be communicated on the SGR Website with a clear explanation of the particularities, timing and enforcement of Article 3 (10) (g) of the guarantee system for other vouchers and traveler checks.
  7. This decision regarding the right to issue of a special Corona voucher with a guarantee from SGR is temporary and expires on June 1, 2020, subject to the possibility for the Executive Board to extend this period after approval by the Supervisory Board.

This decision was approved by the SGR Board of Directors and is dated March 16, 2020.

Note: The above translations about SGR are not official SGR translations. SGR only communicates in Dutch and English. The Dutch text on the SGR guarantee system is generally binding.

Excluded in this tour

Journey/transfer to Corfu, Greece;

Rental bicycle or E-Bike (optional);

Flat rate for bottled water: €20 for adults or €10 for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain);

Entrance fees & excursions;

Meals and beverages ashore;

Beach towel for ashore use (if needed);

Other transfers;

Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain);

Personal (travel) insurances;

Tips for tour-guides and crew (at your discretion).

Additional options & information - 2021

Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier:

  • hybrid bicycle: €80 /week
  • E-bike: €180 /week;
  • Please click on the ship to see a description of the bicycles.
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: € 10 /week; e-bike: € 20 /week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)

 

Additional options:

  • Surcharge for a cabin on deck: €100 /person
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: € 400 (limited; on request);
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use on deck: € 600 (limited; on request)
  • Collective group transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days): between Corfu airport or a hotel in Corfu town and the boat respectively between boat and Corfu airport or boat and a hotel in Corfu town: € 20 per person/way
  • Additional customized transfers on request
  • Additional nights on Corfu: prices on request.

 

Bike helmets: On all bicycle tours it is mandatory to wear a helmet. In order to guarantee optimum 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.

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board. It is not possible to bring your own E-Bike on board.

Participants
Minimum: 14
Maximum: 20

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Inselhuepfen/Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH, Constance, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details on request.

Additional options & information - 2020

Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier:

  • E-bike: €180 /week;
  • hybrid bicycle: €80 /week
  • Please click on the ship to see a description of the bicycles.
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: € 10 /week; e-bike: € 20 /week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)

 

Additional options:

  • Surcharge for a cabin on deck: €100 /person
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: € 400 (limited; on request);
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use on deck: € 600 (limited; on request)
  • Collective group transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days): between Corfu airport or a hotel in Corfu town and the boat respectively between boat and Corfu airport or boat and a hotel in Corfu town: € 20 per person/way
  • Additional customized transfers on request
  • Additional nights on Corfu: prices on request.

 

Bike helmets: On all bicycle tours it is mandatory to wear a helmet. In order to guarantee optimum 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.

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board. It is not possible to bring your own E-Bike on board.

Participants
Minimum: 14
Maximum: 20

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so called ‘partner tour’. Tour operator is: Inselhuepfen/Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH, Konstanz, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details on request.

Travel during corona time

On our tours we make sure that you can travel safely! We follow all possible safety measures on board by observing hygiene rules, equipping staff with face masks and with extra cleaning and sufficient ventilation. All guests, crew and tour leaders complete a health declaration in advance, and during the trip we take care that everyone stays healthy!
For more information and the latest updates click here.



Available ships for this tour

Ship Panagiota Greece
max. 20 passengers
10 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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