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Highlights of this tour

Journey through Greek history

Visit Methana, Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses Islands

200 km/ 125 miles of cycling

Motoryacht: 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: Peloponnese & Saronic Islands | Thalassa (formerly: Bahriyeli A)

The Peloponnese is a Greek region steeped in history. The Mycenaeans, ancient Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans, and Albanians have all left their mark on the “Island of Pelops”. Here you will find some of the greatest archaeological sites from antiquity and the Middle Ages. Discover this unique, culturally rich region as well as the diverse islands of the Saronic Gulf by boat and bike! The three-masted Thalassa will be your floating home as you travel on this one-of-a-kind journey through 5,000 years of Greek history.

Cycle through orange orchards and pomegranate plantations. Experience the “Golden City” of Mycenae with its impressive Lion Gate, cyclopean walls and Treasury of Atreus. Stroll through the picturesque, medieval town of Nafplio with its imposing fortifications and embark on a geological journey through time on the volcanic peninsula of Methana!

Discover the enchanting islands of the Saronic Gulf, each with its own distinct and unique character, be it the pistachio island of Aegina, where the Temple of Aphaia sits enthroned high above the blue of the sea, or the completely car-free island of Hydra where countless donkeys have been the only means of transport since time immemorial. The islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs, are sure to enchant your senses as you take in panoramic views while cycling along tranquil almost traffic-free roads!

Day to day program

We reserve the right to make changes to the route in the case of changing wind and weather conditions as well as for reasons of organizational necessity.

Day 1 (Sat): Zea Marina (Piraeus/Athens) – (Embarkation)

Individually arranged arrival in Zea Marina; part of the port of Piraeus about 45 km from Athens airport. Check-in is possible from 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Piraeus.

Day 2 (Sun): Island of Poros (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)

The morning will be spent sailing to the Island of Poros. In the afternoon, you’ll 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, you 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’ll reach Russian Bay, whose sandy beach and turquoise waters are sure to tempt us to dive in for a swim. Back in the enchanting harbor of Poros City, with its landmark clock tower reaching high above all the other buildings, you can end the eventful day immersed in an authentic Greek atmosphere.

Day 3 (Mon): Galatas – Ermioni – Nafplio (aprx. 25 mi./40 km)

After breakfast, a small car ferry will take you from Poros to Galatas in the Pelopennese. From here, the bike tour will lead you for the most part along the sea and through fertile agricultural land towards the small coastal town of Ermioni. Here the Thalassa will await you for lunch on board and a leisurely afternoon crossing to Nafplio. In the early afternoon, your tour guide will invite you for a stroll through the picturesque alleys of the former Greek capital. Nafplio is a captivating town with its ingenious fortifications and eventful history, along with its flower-filled old center and numerous individual, beautiful cafés, bars and restaurants. The perfect place to spend a wonderful, relaxed evening.

Day 4 (Tue): Mycenae – Island of Spetses (aprx. 31 mi./50 km)

After breakfast, today’s tour leads into the Peloponnesian inland. After cycling through an impressive apricot and orange grove we will reach the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns, followed by the magnificent castle of Mycenae. Both sites have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage 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 you from Nafplio to the Island of Spetses. In the evening, you 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.

Day 5 (Wed): Islands of Spetses and Hydra (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

The island of Spetses took 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 you along the traffic-free road that circles the island. For the majority of the ride you’ll be able to enjoy incredible views of the turquoise sea. Later on, we’ll take 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 1821-1830, the island fell into a hundred-year slumber. It was only, in 1957, when 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!

Day 6 (Thu): Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

In the morning we sail to Methana Peninsula, whose volcanic origin is immediately noticeable from the smell of sulfur and the shimmering colors of the rocks. The peninsula is characterized by its more than 30 volcanos, some of which are still active, as well as the sulfurous medicinal thermal springs. Today’s round trip offers numerous, incredible views. In the afternoon, we’ll sail to the island of Aegina. If the weather permits, there’s the chance for a longer swimming break along the way.

Day 7 (Fri): Island of Aegina – Piraeus/Athens (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

 

The island of Aegina is famous even beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Today’s bike tour takes you up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers sit 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 you will cycle through the center of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. We’ll then sail back to Piraeus and round off our exciting Greek cruise with a final, celebrative evening on board.

Day 8 (Sat): Zea Marina (Piraeus/Athens) – (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board it is time to disembark to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer in Athens.

Good to know

We reserve the right to make changes to the route in the case of changing wind and weather conditions as well as for reasons of organizational necessity.

All cycling distances mentioned are “approximate distances” of recommended bike tours.

Itinerary changes: We reserve the right to make changes to the route in case of changing wind and weather conditions, as well as for reasons of organizational necessity.

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

Level 2 – 3: The bike routes have a daily length of 23 to 50 km/14 to 31 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. Your tour guide will inform you each day about the bike tour details. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, you may have the possibility to cycle on your own along suitable recommended routes. Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. A limited number of helmets are available on board (on request). You are also free to set aside a half or full day to spend on board the boat, or swim, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Internet availability: There is no Wi-Fi connection offered on board of your ship. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend taking 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 usually able to use the WiFi to your heart’s content.

Bringing Children: We believe that only children in good physical condition with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to manage the daily bike tours independently. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1,30 m or 4.2 ft.

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 dinner on the arrival day and ends with breakfast on the departure day.

Which payment methods are accepted on board? We do not accept credit cards on board of our boats. Payments such as drinks, tourist taxes, parking spaces etc. can be made in cash only. The accepted currency on board is the euro. Your local guide will point you in the right direction of the nearest ATM or currency conversion office.

Our ship Please don’t forget that the ship is a machine as well as your hotel, 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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Pricing overview - 2020
Cabin type For Season A Season B Season C
Twin/Double cabin 2 pers. € 1490 € 1390 € 1590 Double for single use (limited) 1 pers. € 1990 € 1890 € 2020
Included in this tour

8-day-trip on a motorized yacht with crew

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

2x full board catering and 5x half board catering

English-speaking tour guide

Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in itinerary

Bed linen and towels

Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)

Daily cabin cleaning

Overview-maps for the daily tours on board

Excluded in this tour

Transfer to Athens Trogir

Water fee flat rate, visitor’s tax and local charges: € 20 for adults or € 10 for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain);

Rental bicycle or e-bike (optional)

Rental bicycle helmet (optional)

Entrance fees & excursions not included in the tour price

Meals and beverages ashore

Please bring a beach towel, if needed

Parking fee

Other transfers

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

Personal (travel) insurances

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

Additional options & information 2020
  • You can find a description of the bicycles when you click on “ship” below
    • Rental hybrid bicycle: € 80 per week
    • Rental e-bike with Ortlieb pannier: e-bike: € 180 per week
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: e-bike: € 20 /week; hybrid bicycle: € 10 /week (not insured: damages caused through gross negligence)
  • Shared twin cabin (on request)
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use: €  500 (on request, reservation required)
  • Collective group transfers (on embarkation and disembarkation days only):
    between Athens airport and the boat: € 25 per person/way;
    between a hotel in Athens city and the boat: € 15 per person/way
  • Advice on good hotels for additional nights in Athens

 

Requirement to wear a helmet: Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

Weight limit of bicycles brought on board: Please be aware that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb) per bike 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, as they have to lift the bikes on board. It is not possible to bring your own e-bike 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.

Participants: Minimum 14 / Maximum 18

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



Available ships for this tour

Ship Thalassa (formerly Bahriyeli A) Greece
max. 20 passengers
10 cabins
1 tours available with this ship

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Duration of the tour.
tijd2 Created with Sketch. 8 days
Guidance
  • Individual: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
  • Semi-guided: Daily briefing by the tour leader, independent cycling but tour leader available ICE.
  • Fully-guided: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
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

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