Famous windmills above Mykonos on Mykonos Island, Greece. Photo via Flickr:Ira Gelb

Traditional Greek food on board ship. Cyclades Islands Greece bike tour.
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Cyclades Islands

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.

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  • 2020 

    Twin beds cabin in April, May, June, October: $ 3053 £ 1522 $ 2,632 1690 $ 3150 kr 18866 $ 1,878

    Twin beds cabin in September: $ 3233 £ 1612 $ 2,788 1790 $ 3336 kr 19983 $ 1,989

    Single supplement (limited): $ 903 £ 450 $ 779 500 $ 932 kr 5582 $ 556

    extra options


    Electric bike rental (limited number available): $ 181 £ 90 $ 156 100 $ 186 kr 1116 $ 111

    Bicycle protection, Hybrid bike:  $ 18 £ 9 $ 16 10 $ 19 kr 112 $ 11

    Bicycle protection, Electric bike:  $ 36 £ 18 $ 31 20 $ 37 kr 223 $ 22

    Transfers to/from Athens airport (price is per person, each way):  $ 45 £ 23 $ 39 25 $ 47 kr 279 $ 28

    Transfer to/from boat and any hotel in Athens:  $ 27 £ 14 $ 23 15 $ 28 kr 167 $ 17

    Three day extension 

    3 star: $ 560 £ 279 $ 483 310 $ 578 kr 3461 $ 344

    Single room: $ 813 £ 405 $ 701 450 $ 839 kr 5024 $ 500

    4 star: $ 668 £ 333 $ 576 370 $ 690 kr 4131 $ 411

    Single room: $ 957 £ 477 $ 825 530 $ 988 kr 5917 $ 589


    Children up to age 16 receive 25% off the basic tour price.

    please note

    Single supplement can be avoided if you are willing to share your cabin with someone of the same gender.

    (only twin beds cabin available on this sailboat)

    In combination with another Zeitreisen trip, you will receive for the second trip a $ 181 £ 90 $ 156 100 $ 186 kr 1116 $ 111 reduction per person.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Athens

    Local Travel

    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. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and other important weather-related facts is weatherbase.com


    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).


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

Skill Level

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

Onboard the Premium class ship, the Thalassa

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights onboard the Thalassa
  • 5 x half board (breakfast and lunch) and 2 x full board (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Hybrid bicycle rental with pannier
  • Overview maps for each daily route, onboard
  • Entry fees to museums & archaeological sites
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks on board
  • Meals ashore
  • Bottled water: €20 (flat rate to be paid on board)
  • Gratuities for tour guide and crew (optional)
  • Beach towel for ashore
  • Airport transfers
  • 3-Day Pre or Post-Tour Extension in Athens (see Extra Stay below, pricing listed below tour price, under extra options)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

The 2004 Olympics have changed the face of the bustling metropolis of Athens. Large parts of the city center have been converted into pedestrian areas and a generous archaeological park has been created, which extends from the Acropolis to the ancient Agora and Kerameikos, the old pottery and cemetery district. Unforgettable is a walk through the many winding streets of the Plaka, the charming old quarter, where you can buy not only souvenirs of all kinds, but should also make yourself comfortable in one of the countless cafes.


  • 2 nights in Athens in the 3-star hotel or 4-star hotel in the center of Athens
  • Taxi transfers: airport - hotel as well as hotel - ship
  • Entrance to the Acropolis
  • 1 dinner in the Tavern TO KAFENEION (without drinks) in the old town of Plaka
  • 1 guided city bike tour ATHENS BY BIKE (three-hour tour, English-speaking tour guide, coffee or soft drink included)
  • All state taxes

Hotels used for this extension package are either the 3-star Hotel Pan, 3-star Hotel Philippos, or the 4 star Hotel Herodion all located in Athens.

Book extra nights pre or post-tour at the 3-Star Hotel Philippos or 4-Star Hotel Herodion in Athens.

TourBike + Boat
Length8 days
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Tour Dates


April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 13, June 20, September 5, September 12, September 19, and September 26, 2020

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Cyclades Islands Map

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: Kea Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 6: Poros Island, 14 mi. (23 km) 
Day 7: Aegina Island, 22 mi. (35 km) 
Day 8: Piraeus/Athens, departure

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 ship. 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)
The boat takes you to Seriphos, 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 inland as its coast drops steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbor 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 northwestern-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. Afterward, 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. Afterward, 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 Aegina. 

Day 7: Aegina Island, 22 mi. (35 km)
On the Island of Aegina, 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 Aegina 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 Aegina City here 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.

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  • Ruth Ann M. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    As we biked on the Cyclade islands of Greece, it was the amazing views across the Aegean and the myths and stories told to us by our guides that was the most memorable. The Greek food on the boat was also fantastic!

    Boat: Panagiota

  • Catherine G. 1 year ago     Verified Reviewer

    The boat was very tired. In our room the sink tap was not connected the pipe letting water into the toilet tank fell off the wall. The porthole wouldn’t open. Very few of the lights in our room worked. There was no comfortable seats on the boat, and we did not go where the tour was supposed to go because of the boat not being able to handle the weather. The crew was great.

    Boat: Panagiota

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