Greece Bike + Barge Tours
Cycle Greece’s islands as you ride past the birthplace of a Neolithic culture
The Cyclades Islands, comprised of more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilized society 5,000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its variety: Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavor to the island towns. The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea, and fantastic sandy beaches. Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on your motorized sailing ship or on your bike and absorb the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.
All of our bike and boat tours in Greece can be found here.
Fly to Athens
An organized transfer can be arranged to/from the Athens airport to the boat for an additional fee. Please see pricing for details.
Check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature in °F for the Athens area: May 74/60º, and September 83/67º.
Extra time in Athens!
Minimum number of participants: 14
Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people.
Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).
This is a moderate, guided bike and boat tour. This tour requires a considerate level of fitness, ideally acquired by daily biking. The daily distances range from 12 to 22 miles (20 to 35 km) and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead. The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However by strong wind conditions the travel route may markedly different from the planned route. 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.
Where You’ll Stay
On the comfort class boat, the Panagiota
- Accommodations for 7 nights on a motor yacht in a double cabin with private all-in-one bathroom (toilet & sink with hand-held shower)
- 5 x half board (breakfast and lunch) and 2 x full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Bed linen and towels
- Guided cycling tours as per itinerary
- 21-speed trekking bicycle with pannier
- Overview maps for each daily route, on board
- Entry fees to museums & archaeological sites
- English speaking tour guide
What’s Not Included
- Drinks on board
- Meals ashore
- Gratuities for tour guide and crew (optional)
- Bicycle protection (€10 for hybrid bicycle and €20 for electric bicycle)
- Airport transfers
- 3-Day Pre or Post-Tour Extension in Athens (see Extra Stay below, pricing listed on the right under extra options)
3-DAY PRE OR POST-TOUR EXTENSION in Athens
Price Includes: 2 nights in center of Athens (choice of 3 or 4 star hotel), taxi transfers from the airport to the hotel and also from the hotel to the boat (or reverse), entrance to the Acropolis, 1 dinner at the tavern ‘To Kafeneion’ (excluding drinks) in the old town of Plaka, a guided city bike tour "Athens by Bike", tourist taxes.
Book extra nights pre or post-tour at the 3-Star Hotel Philippos or 4-Star Hotel Herodion in Athens.
Please note, the following itinerary has been updated for the 2019 season!
Day 1: Arrival in Athens (Piraeus)
Day 2: Kythnos Island, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Seriphos Island, 18.75 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Siphnos Island, 12 mi. (20 km)
Day 5: Syros and Mykonos Island, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Delos Island and Tinos Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Kea Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 8: Departure
*All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
Day 1: Arrival in Athens (Piraeus).
Individual journey to Athens airport and collective transfer to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbor of Piraeus close to Athens and only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in from 2 p.m. on the Panagiota. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Piraeus.
Day 2: Kythnos Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Kythnos Island has been famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which will start in the harbor of Merichas will first lead to the capital Chora and offers beautiful views of the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. Then the cycle route leads to Driopida, a picturesque village. In the afternoon the motor yacht will take us to Siphnos for a relaxing time at the beach. Afterwards, you return to Merichas and can spend the evening hours in one of the quaint taverns.
Day 3: Seriphos Island (aprx. 18.75 mi./30 km)
Seriphos is a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbor town of Livadi, you will cycle Greece along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. Continuing on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael, you will return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon, the ship will arrive at Siphnos, which has a lovely beach. Overnight stay in Kamares.
Day 4: Siphnos Island, 12 mi. (20 km)
The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited in land as its coast drops 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 with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed as a protected town since 1975. In the afternoon, board the ship and sail to Syros, where you can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbor promenade. Overnight stay in Kea.
Day 5: Kea Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Today's starting point for exploring the norwestern-most inhabited Cyclade island is the beautiful natural harbor of Korissia. From here, cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Loulis, before continuing on to the white sand beach, Otzias where you can take a refreshing swim. Afterwards, return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon stay aboard as the boat crosses to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbor 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.
Day 6: Poros Island, 14 mi. (23 km)
Today begins with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery which dates back to the 18th century. Afterwards, ride almost once around the island which once Poseidon himself possessed. On today's route, you'll cycle to Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue water which will invite you for a refreshing swim. Back in Poros City, the boat waits with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Ägina.
Day 7: Island Ägina, 22 mi. (35 km)
The Island of Ägina is known far beyond the Greek borders for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s bike tour takes you up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. The incredibly well preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea in the single point of Ägina where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On the way back, cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to Ägina City where you board the boat for our last cruise back to Piräus. Enjoy a last evening meal on board together in the company of friends, guides, and crew and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.
Day 8: Piraeus/Athens (Disembarkation)
Disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or an extended stay in Athens.
*Please note: the Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the route. The alternative route leads into the Argosaronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece. You will cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian to discover the islands of Egina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved Greek theater.
Cyclades Islands Boats + Barges
Panagiota Greece Comfort Class Boat The Panagiota is an affectionately restored two-masted motor yacht, 19 ft. wide and 75 ft. long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises.