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Cycle Greece ~ 8 Days

Highlights

  • Guided bicycle tour in the city center of Athens (English speaking guide, optional tour)
  • Island hopping by bicycle
  • The lively and green island of Poros
  • The wetlands of Psifta on the Peloponnese
  • The “pistachio” island of Aegina
  • Trip Difficulty 2 - 3
  • Tour Code: SPCG2019

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You can explore Athens on your own or book our optional tour. Our English speaking guide will cycle you through the most beautiful spots of this Ancient Greek City.

Tour take you by boat from Piraeus to Poros,  peacefully situated in the Saronic Gulf. You will enjoy cycling through the beautiful green landscape of Poros Island, This island has a frequent boat connection to Galatas on the Peloponnese. Along the coast you will peddle to a unique nature park for birds and via the village Taktikoupoli you cycle back to Galatas. By Ferry you travel to the island of Aegina. The temple of Aphaia is arguably the jewel in the crown of this island. Aegina is also famous for Pistachio Nuts. Pistachio trees are everywhere. You will explore all this by bike. On Aegina we have allowed time to relax. Or go on a fishing boat to nearby Moni or Agistri or walk in the inner land. Beautiful coasts, the wind in your hair and the crystal clear sea: this is Greece at its best! From Aegina you travel back to Piraeus by ferry boat.

Day 1 – Athens  Arrrival Athens – Meet & Greet  & private transfer to your hotel.  After checking into your hotel, you may choose to spend the rest of your day exploring. An optional guided cycle tour of Athens can be arranged for this evening (must be booked and pre-paid In advance).  The tour starts at 18:00 hrs from a central point in Athens and takes three hours with an English speaking guide, using ‘city bikes’ – European style bikes with high handlebars and just a few gears. This excursion is not exclusive to you and may have a maximum of 15 people. If planning to book this tour you will need a flight which arrives into Athens by 15:00 hrs. Your bikes for the rest of the trip will normally be delivered to Piraeus port to meet you on day 2 for the ferry crossing. You will be required to sign an agreement of care upon receipt of the bike and will have the opportunity for a quick test ride along the quay. Occasionally due to the type of ferry booked the bikes may instead be delivered straight to Poros and will be waiting for you on arrival in Poros. You will be given an envelope containing all the ferry times and ferry vouchers for the duration of your holiday either at your first night’s accommodation, or on the transfer to the port on day 2. You will need to exchange the ferry voucher for your ticket at the port.  Accommodation –4*  Hotel in Athens

Day 2 – Poros Today you will be driven with your luggage to Piraeus to catch the ferry to Poros. Your bike will be waiting for you at Piraeus ferry port and you will need to take your bags and bike with you on the ferry. The car ferry takes 2.5 hours from Piraeus to Poros. The ferry schedule changes throughout the year and in case there is no car ferry you will travel by hydrofoil (Flying Dolphin) or high speed boat (Flying Cat). Due to lack of room on these smaller boats your bike may instead be sent to Poros on the previous day and will then be waiting your arrival on Poros. For Late flight arrivals, the – optional Athens bike tour (see day 1) is also possible to do at 09:30 hrs this.  Depending on the ferry arrival time in Poros  it may be possible to do a afternoon ride on the island. There is a short route along to the monastery of Zoodochou Pigis as well as two additional loops to the beach and to the peninsula town of Poros. Alternatively these rides could be left until tomorrow. Your total cycling distance today is approximately 15 kilometres (total ascent/descent 350 metres) with a further optional 8 kilometres possible. Accommodation –3* Hotel

Day 3 – Cycle Poros Today’s journey  takes you to the western and central part of Poros.  Along the coast to the west where you have the possibility to stop at a former Russian Navy base. Through a wooded area you will gradually ascend to a small plateau, one of the few arable areas of Poros.  On the top you can cycle a loop to visit the beautiful archaeological site of the Temple of Poseidon. At the end follow a tough descent to Poros town.  Note: At the western point you can walk within 1 hour on a stony path to the beautiful restored lighthouse of Poros and back. Note: In case of late arrival to Poros on day 2 you can cycle today a loop to the monastery and/or to the peninsula of Poros town. Accommodation –  Poros 3* Hotel

Day 4 – Return  trip from Poros via Psifta  With your bike  travel by the little pontoon boat from Poros to Galatas (fare to paid locally).  From here you will start a nice bike trip through an agricultural area. You ascend to the local town Taktikoupoli and from this village descend rather steeply to the coast. Along the coast you peddle to the wetlands of Psifta (protected area). The last section runs back to Galatas via the same route as in the morning. From Galatas you take the small ferry back to Poros.  Or Bicycle tour via Galatas  on the Peloponnese (to Psifta, Taktikoupoli and back via  Galatas.  Accommodation – Poros 3* Hotel

Day 5 – Poros to Aegina Depending on the ferry time table you can make a cycling tour on Poros before traveling on the boat to Aegina. On Aegina you can explore the nice town of Aegina by bike. Accommodation – Aegina 3* Hotel

Day 6 – Cycle Aegina A relaxing day. You can either explore Aegina town with its Archaeological site and museums or you peddle 10km along the coast to the south to the picturesque village of Perdika. In the summer season you can go across per fishing boat to the uninhabited island of Moni and sunbath here on the organized beach with sunbeds. Alternatively you may prefer to walk to the inner land to the Ancient Olive grove or the summit of Ellanios mountain (532m). Accommodation –3* Aegina

Day 7 – Bicycle trip on Aegina  Todays cycling tour heads inland and gradually ascends to the monastery of Agios Nektarios, the Saint of the island. Many Greek-Orthodox believers go there on pilgrimage. Thereafter you cycle downhill towards the east coast.  Loop through a short ascend takes you to the archaeological temple of Aphaia (altitude 165m). After a visit you descend to the seaside resort of Agia Marina. From there you peddle to Portes, followed by a steep ascent to the hamlet of Anitseo where you find a great tavern. Just down the road you will see a beautiful Byzantine church, built on and with the materials of a former temple of Zeus Hellanios. Follows a descent to the west coast of Aegina and back to Aegina town.  Accommodation –3* Aegina

Day 8 – Departure  Today you will travel back to the mainland at Piraeus by ferry (with the bikes). The organised part of your holidays comes to end once the bikes are collected from you here. There are regular public transport connections with Athens Airport or you may prefer arrange a private transfer.  Note return flights must be booked from 14:00 hours or later.

Additional Services

  • E-Bike additional $255
  • Athens Guided Bicycle Tour (Includes Bicycle) $55
  • Private Transfer Piraeus to Athens Airport (1- 4 passengers) $135

Practical Information

ParticipantsMinimum 1 person
Trip Grade is between level 2 to 3Level 2: Biking in nearly flat to hilly areas, you may encounter a short climb from time to time. The daily distances vary between 30 and 65 km. A bicycle with minimum 7 gears will do. All our rental bikes have at least 21 gears
Trip Grade is between level 2 to 3Level 3: Strenuous biking trips in areas where you cannot avoid steep slopes. Some bicycle experience is needed and the bicycle has up to 21 gears. The daily distances range from 30 up to 75 km
Activity characteristicsAll routes are tarmac roads. We try to choose quiet country roads as much as possible
 Closest airportsAirport Athens
Closest portPiraeus
Trip availabilityThroughout the year! Between May and September arrival date can be on every day as there are more frequent boat connection with Poros and Aegina. In winter period the sequence and duration on the islands may change, due to limited ferry boat connections

Included

  • Athens Airport Meet & Greet Private Transfer to Hotel
  • 7 Nights Including Breakfast
  • Ferry Tickets Piraeus-Poros (highspeed) if necessary, Poros-Aegina and Aegina-Piraeus
  • Transfer Athens-Piraeus
  • Luggage Transfers Port-Hotel-Port on the Islands
  • Detailed road book and basic maps
  • GPS Tracks
  • 7 Day Bike rental, 27 gear, front bags or map holder, lock, repair kit

Not Included

  • Athens Guided Bicycle Tour
  • Helmet and GPS
  • Travel Insurance
  • Departure Transfer Piraeus to airport or Athens
  • Admission and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Flights and personal expenses such as meals, beverages, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items not specifically listed in the program
  • Tourist tax 1.50 Euros per room, per night

2019 Dates & Rates

Greece CyclingSingle DoubleTriple
28/03 - 22/04 & 01/10 - 25/10$1545$1045$870
23/04 - 25/05$1705$1095$915
26/05 - 14/06 & 17/09 - 30/09$1745$1130$930
15/06 - 16/09$1885$1215$980

 

Price per person in CAD Dollars. Price indicative of Euro Exchange, CAD $ subject to change.
Rates  based on hotel availability. High season surcharges may apply.

 


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