Sightseeing on the Ionian Islands, Greece. Photo by Family Neunemann
Mirtos goats on Cephalonia Island, Greece. Photo via Flickr:Martin Belam

Admiring the view off the Ionian coast, Greece. Photo by Lars Adam
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Ionian Islands

Greece Bike + Barge Tours

Bike and Boat in Greece featuring the Ionian Islands and Gulf of Corinth

  • A bike and boat tour in Greece featuring the Ionian Islands, off the west coast of Greece, is a bike and boat tour in Paradise. The shimmering sapphire Ionian sea, the white sand beaches, the islands carpeted with olive and pine trees, bursting with vineyards, this a fertile and lush landscape. This region's architecture, culture and cuisine are heavily influenced by the Venetians and British.

    Highlights abound and will vary depending on your tour date and itinerary

    • Corfu, also known as Greece's Emerald Island and its Unesco World Heritage Old Town
    • Colorful harbor town on the Island of Lefkas
    • Mountainous Cephalonia Island with its craggy cliffs falling to the sea
    • Ithaca, quiet and undiscovered home of Odysseus
    • Rugged and green Paxos
    • Unique accommodations
    • Pristine water, lush landscapes, lovely sea villages
    • Athens!

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  • 2020

    Corfu to Corfu
    Twin/double cabin: $ 2454 £ 1261 $ 2,236 1490 $ 2568 kr 15884 $ 1,700 Surcharge for cabin on deck: $ 165 £ 85 $ 150 100 $ 172 kr 1066 $ 114 Single supplement for double cabin below deck: $ 659 £ 339 $ 600 400 $ 689 kr 4264 $ 456 Single supplement for double cabin for single-use above deck: $ 988 £ 508 $ 900 600 $ 1034 kr 6396 $ 684

    Corfu to Athens and Athens to Corfu

    Twin/double cabin: $ 2619 £ 1346 $ 2,386 1590 $ 2740 kr 16950 $ 1,814 Surcharge for cabin on deck: $ 165 £ 85 $ 150 100 $ 172 kr 1066 $ 114 Single supplement for cabin below deck: $ 659 £ 339 $ 600 400 $ 689 kr 4264 $ 456 Single supplement for double cabin for single-use above deck: $ 988 £ 508 $ 900 600 $ 1034 kr 6396 $ 684

    extra options

    2020

    Electric bicycle rental (limited number, advanced reservation required) $ 165 £ 85 $ 150 100 $ 172 kr 1066 $ 114

    Transfer Prices (embarkation/disembarkation only):

    Corfu Airport/hotel to Corfu Harbor: $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 34 kr 213 $ 23 Between Athens airport and Marina Zeas (Athens): $ 41 £ 21 $ 38 25 $ 43 kr 267 $ 29 Between Athens city hotel and Marina Zeas (Athens): $ 25 £ 13 $ 23 15 $ 26 kr 160 $ 17

    Extra nights

    Please contact us.

    3-Day Pre-tour extension Athens

    3 star: $ 511 £ 262 $ 465 310 $ 534 kr 3305 $ 354

    Single room: $ 741 £ 381 $ 675 450 $ 776 kr 4797 $ 513

    4 star: $ 609 £ 313 $ 555 370 $ 638 kr 3944 $ 422

    Single room: $ 873 £ 449 $ 795 530 $ 913 kr 5650 $ 605

    please note

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

    Discount available for 3 people sharing a cabin, 50% of basic tour price for third person and no above cabin surcharge.

    Discount available for children up to age 16 requesting their own cabin. Ask us for details.

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Flight recommendations will depend on your tour! For tours beginning and ending in Corfu, you can fly into and out of Corfu International Airport also known as Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport, located approx 3 kilometers south of Corfu Town. For tour dates that begin in Athens and end in Corfu, or vice versa you can research a multiple destination flights flying into or out of Corfu and out or into Athens.

    Local Travel

    Port of embarkation and disembarkation on the Island of Corfu is the Marina Gouvia, located 7 km north of the city of Corfu. To make your journey as relaxed as possible, we recommend that you book the transfers between Corfu airport/hotels in Corfu City and Marina Gouvia. See pricing. The transfer will bring you to the Restaurant Olympia from where the last meters must be traveled on foot as the Jetty P is a wooden jetty and taxis are not permitted.
    Of course, you are also able to take a taxi yourself or take the bus from Corfu city. If you use a standard taxi, please insist that the driver turns on the taximeter to avoid unpleasant surprises regarding the fare.
    Bus No. 7 from Corfu City to Dassia/Ypsos/Pyrgi runs every half hour on Saturdays with several stops in Gouvia. The closest stop to the marina entrance is NOSOKOMEIO (Hospital), or alternatively KONTOKALI (Taverna Pipilas) or SPITI PRIFTI.
    If your tour begins in Athens, the boat will most likely moor in the Marina Zeas in Athens. We advise taking advantage of the collective group transfers offered.

    Climate

    The Ionian Islands, located in the western part of Greece, have a Mediterranean climate. High summer can be quite warm which is why this tour does not have departures in July and most of August. Rainfall is sparse during the summer months is scheduled. Please check local conditions prior to departure. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and other weather-related facts is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people. Soft luggage is recommended. Helmet use is mandatory. Though there are limited number of helmets available on board for borrowing, it is STRONGLY recommended to bring your personal, well fitted helmet.

    Documents

    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.

    Additional information regarding transfers

    All airport transfers require a reservation with exact flight details. Please inform us well in advance of departure.

    For the smooth execution of airport transfers, please send us the following data:

    • Arrival date and departure date
    • Departure or arrival airport 
    •  Airline and flight number 
    • Estimated arrival or departure time

    For hotel transfers please send us the following information:

    • Date of transfer 
    • Exact hotel address 
    • Preferred transfer time

Tour Dates

2020

Corfu to Corfu

April 11, April 18, April 25, May 16, June 13, June 20, June 27, August 22, September 12, September 19, October 10, and October 17, 2020

Corfu to Athens

May 2, May 30, August 29, and September 26, 2020

Athens to Corfu

May 9, June 6, September 5, and October 3, 2020

Minimum number of participants, 14. Maximum number, 20.

Skill Level

Moderate to difficult guided bike tour. This tour requires an advanced level of fitness, ideally acquired by daily biking. The daily distances range from 14 to 31 miles (23 to 50 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 cycle tours will have an altitude of 1,000 to 2,300 feet (300 to 700 m).

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort class vessel, the Panagiota

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in double/twin cabin with a private all-in-one bathroom (toilet and sink w/ hand-held shower)
  • Breakfast
  • 5 days with lunch or dinner
  • 2 days with lunch and dinner
  • 6 guided cycling tours as per itinerary
  • 21-24 speed trekking bicycle with pannier
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours, on board
  • Entrances to museums and archaeological sites
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Also included in Corfu to Athens and Athens to Corfu
  • Transfer to Delphi
  • Passage through the Corinth Canal

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet)
  • Weekly flat rate for bottled water: €20
  • Meals ashore
  • Gratuities for crew and tour guide (optional)
  • Collective transfer between Corfu airport and the ship
  • 3-Day Tour Extension in Athens, available only for special itinerary dates that start or end in Athens. See Extra Stay below. Please note that in 2020, this extension is only offered as a pre extension for those tours beginning in Athens
  • Wifi
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay


3-DAY PRE-TOUR EXTENSION in Athens

Extension Package Includes:

  • Transfers from the airport to hotel and also from the hotel to the boat
  • 2 nights in 3 or 4 star hotel
  • Entrance to the Acropolis
  • 1 evening meal in the Tavern ‘To Kafeneion’ excluding drinks
  • 1 guided city bike tour “Athens by Bike”
  • TourBike+Boat
    TypeGuided
    SkillModerate–Difficult
    Length8 days
    From1490 Rates
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    Day-To-Day Itinerary

    Ionian Islands Map

    Corfu to Corfu

    Day 1: Arrival in Corfu town/Marina Gouvia 
    Day 2: Corfu Island - Sivota - Parga - Lefkas Island, 18 mi. (28 km)
    Day 3: Island of Lefkas, 21 mi. (35 km)
    Day 4: Cephalonia Island, 25 mi. (39 km)
    Day 5: Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi, 13 + 8 mi. (21 + 13 km)
    Day 6: Island of Meganisi - Mytikas - Lefkas - Paxos, 30 mi. (49 km)
    Day 7: Islands of Paxos and Corfu, 14 mi. (23 km)
    ​Day 8: Departure from Corfu/Marina Gouvia

    *All distances are approximate. The 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 Corfu/Marina Gouvia
    Check-in on the ship begins at 2 pm. In the evening, you'll enjoy dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.

    Day 2: Corfu Island - Sivota - Parga - Lefkas Island, 18 mi. (28 km)
    In the morning, the ship sails to Sivota, the only center of tourism on the western coast of the Greek mainland. From here, you'll cycle to Parga, a pretty town with the medieval fort which towers over the old town. The boat will be waiting to go to Nidri on Lefkas Island. On the way, you will pass the original swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland.

    Day 3: Island of Lefkas, 21 mi. (35 km)
    After breakfast, begin a short tour to a waterfall nearby Nidri. With a bit of luck, there will be enough water to have a refreshing swim. Afterward, continue on quiet roads over the hills via Siyros to the picturesque harbor town of Sivota. Here you board the boat and cruise to Fiskardo on the Island of Cephalonia. 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: Cephalonia Island, 25 mi. (39 km)
    Leave Fiskardo by bike and climb an impressive mountain road on the west coast of Kefalonia, where you are met by awe-inspiring views over the Assos peninsula and the famous Myrtos beach. After the climb, turn inland and cross the island. Shortly before the end of the bike tour, visit the Melissani stalactite cave on board a small rowboat and marvel at the incredible blue tones created by the unique cave formations, sun, and water. In Sami, the boat welcomes you where you'll set off for Vathy on Ithaka. 

    Day 5: Islands of Ithaca, 13 + 17 mi. (20 + 28 km)
    In the morning, cycle on Ithaca Island. The homeland of the mythical king, Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route you 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 your arrival in Frikes, where you'll board and set off to the small island of Meganisi.

    Day 6: Island of Meganis and Paxos, 13 mi. (20 km)
    Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which you have the opportunity to explore in the morning by bicycle. The panoramic tour takes you along quiet and quaint island roads and through the three villages of the island, which give you a glimpse into the traditional island life of the Greeks. At Spartochori beach, you can enjoy a coffee and a swim in the sea. In the afternoon, sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. Spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns of Gaios.

    Day 7: Islands of Paxos and Corfu, 14 mi. (23 km)
    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 tour you will circle the island and have the opportunity to swim in the Mediterranean and relax on one of the many beaches. After lunch, the boat brings you back to Corfu town and following dinner on board, you end your tour leisurely with an evening in the romantic, historical town center.

    Day 8: Departure from Corfu/Marina Gouvia
    After breakfast, check out and collective transfer to the airport. Extra time on the island of Corfu will be very hard to pass up!

    Athens to Corfu

    Day 1: Embarkation in Athens 
    Day 2: Piraeus - Aegina Island - Corinth Canal - Galaxidi, 22 mi. (35 km)
    Day 3: Galaxidi - Delphi - Nafpaktos - Mesolongi
    Day 4: Mesolongi - Ithaca Island, 28 mi. (44 km)
    Day 5: Ithaca Island, 12 or 17 mi. (20 or 28 km)
    Day 6: Nidri - Lefkas Town - Paxos Island, 17 mi. (27 km)
    Day 7: Paxos Island, 14 mi. (23 km)
    Day 8: Corfu Island

    Day 1: Embarkation Athens/Piraeus (Marina Zeas)
    Individual arrival at Marina Zeas (Piraeus). Check-in on the Panagiota begins 2 pm. Take time to explore before enjoying your first dinner on board. Overnight stay in the harbor of Piraeus.

    Day 2: Piraeus - Aegina Island - Corinth Canal - Galaxidi, 22 mi. (35 km)
    In the morning, the boat sails to Aegina, the famous pistachio island. Here, your first cycle tour takes you to the excellently preserved temple of Aphaia, which lingers high above and scouts over the lucent sea. In the afternoon, sail with the Panagiota through the Isthmus of Corinth, which was completed in 1893. Julius Caesar planned for its construction. This 3.9 mi./6.3 km long but only 79 ft./24 m wide and 26 ft./8 m deep canal connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth and saves travelers sailing from Athens to Corinth the aprx. 258 mi./400 km long trip around the whole Peloponnese. If weather conditions are agreeable, the cruise continues to Galaxidi, otherwise overnight stay in or near Corinth.

    Day 3: Galaxidi - Delphi - Nafpaktos - Mesolongi
    Following breakfast, a transfer picks you up at Galaxidi and takes you to the famous site of Delphi, which rests at the foot of the Parnassus mountain range. Apollo, the god of the light, was once worshipped here and the oracle consulted. Not only the many temples and treasuries make the visit to Delphi an unforgettable experience, the well-preserved theater and the stadium and the breath-taking hillside location of the sanctuary. In the afternoon, the bus brings you to the harbor of Nafpaktos where you have time for lunch and a short stroll through the wonderful town before another short bus ride brings us finally to Mesolongi. The boat meets us here and we stay the night.

    Day 4: Mesolongi - Ithaca Island, 28 mi. (44 km)
    In the morning we take a bike tour from Mesolongi through the rich alluvial plains of the Evinos River - one of the most important agricultural regions in Greece. During the tour we take a break at Krioneri Beach for a coffee and swim before returning to Mesolongi. In the afternoon we can relax on board the boat as we cruise to Vathy on Ithaca Island.

    Day 5: Ithaca Island, 12 or 17 mi. (20 or 28 km)
    In the morning, a transfer picks you up at Galaxidi and takes you to the famous site of Delphi, which rests at the foot of the Parnassus mountain range. Apollo, the god of the light, was once worshipped here and the oracle consulted. The many temples and treasuries, the well-preserved theatre, the stadium, and the breath-taking hillside location of the sanctuary make the visit to Delphi an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, the bus takes you to the harbor of Nafpaktos. Here you will board the boat which takes you on a longer crossing to Vathy on Ithaca Island.

    Day 6: Nidri - Lefkas town - Paxos Island 17 mi. (27 km)
    Today cycle first through beautiful olive groves to the hidden waterfalls of Nidri and later on through the mountain world of Lefkas to the island’s capital of the same name. Here the Panagiota awaits to take you in the afternoon to Paxos Islan. Spend the night in the lovely natural harbor of Gaios.

    Day 7: Paxos Island, 14 mi. (23 km)
    Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver-green color. On your morning cycle trip, you'll circle the whole island. You can also have a swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. In the afternoon the Panagiota takes you to Corfu. Stroll around for a while to enjoy the atmospheric old town. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

    Day 8: Corfu Island

    Corfu to Athens

    Day 1: Corfu/Marina Gouvia
    Day 2: Paxos Island, 15 mi. (23 km)
    Day 3: Lefkas Town - Nidri, 19 mi. (30 km)
    Day 4: Ithaca Island - Mesolongi, 12 or 17 mi. (20 or 28 km)
    Day 5: Mesolongi - Galaxidi, 28 mi. (44 km)
    Day 6: Galaxidi - Delphi - Corinth Canal
    Day 7: Aegina Island - Piraeus/Marina Zeas, 19 mi. (30 km)
    Day 8: Athens/Piraeus

    Day 1: Embarkation in Corfu/Marina Gouvia 
    Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to the ship. Check-in on the Panagiota from 2 pm on. In the afternoon there is time to explore the charming old town of Corfu. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.

    Day 2: Paxos Island, 15 mi. (23 km)
    Cast off! In the morning the boat crosses to Paxos. The smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver-green color. On your first cycle trip, you circle the whole island. You can also have a swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. Enjoy the evening in a cozy tavern in the unique natural harbor of Gaios! Overnight stay on Paxos.

    Day 3: Lefkas town - Nidri, 19 mi. (30 km)
    The day starts with a longer boat crossing to the City of Lefkas. Along the way, you will pass by the original swing bridge which connects the island of Lefkas with the Greek mainland. Today’s tour leads you across the island's fascinating mountain landscape to the lively harbor of Nidri. The island of Skorpios can be seen from your moorings, once the private haven of the famous shipping magnate, Aristotle Socrates Onassis. The night is spent in Nidri.

    Day 4: Ithaca Island - Mesolongi, 12 or 17 mi. (20 or 28 km)
    Early in the morning, the boat cruises to the island of Ithaca, the homeland of the mythical king, Odysseus, which you get to explore today by bike. It's a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route, you 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. The ship awaits for a longer sail to Mesolongi in the Corinthian Gulf, where you spend the night.

    Day 5: Mesolongi - Galaxidi, 28 mi. (44 km)
    In the morning, a bike tour is scheduled from Mesolongi through the rich alluvial plains of the Evinos River - one of the most important agricultural regions in Greece. During the tour, take a break at Krioneri Beach for a coffee and swim before returning to Mesolongi. In the afternoon, relax on board the boat as it cruises under the Rio-Antirrio bridge to the picturesque harbor of Galaxidi. The night is spent here.

    Day 6: Galaxidi - Delphi - Corinth Canal 
    In the morning, a transfer brings you to the famous site of Delphi, which rests at the foot of the Parnassus mountain range. Apollo, the god of the light, was once worshipped here and the oracle consulted. Not only the many temples and treasuries, the well-preserved theatre and the stadium but mainly the breath-taking hillside location of the sanctuary makes the visit to Delphi an unforgettable experience. In the afternoon, the bus takes us back to Galaxidi. Continue by boat with the crossing to Corinth through the canal of Corinth, which was completed in 1893. Julius Caesar planned its construction. This 3.9 mi./6.3 km long but only 79 ft./24 m wide and 26 ft./8 m deep canal connects the Aegean Sea with the Gulf of Corinth. It saves travelers from sailing around the whole Peloponnese (approx. 248 mi./400 km long trip from Athens and Corinth).

    Day 7: Aegina Island - Piraeus/Marina Zeas, 19 mi. (30 km)
    On Aegina, the famous pistachio island, your last cycle tour takes you to the excellently preserved temple of Aphaia. Finally sail to Piraeus, where an impressive cruise ends. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

    Day 8: Disembarkation Athens/Piraeus

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    Tour Reviews

    • Cindy D. 1 week ago     Verified Reviewer

      We felt like we were stars in a movie. People came to stare at our boat and see what all the Fun was about. Our swim stops in coves and bays were magical. The bicycling was a blast. Our guides we like friends we had known for years The food was better than excellent. We really didn’t want to leave.

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    • Delfina 5 months ago     Verified Reviewer

      Encantador tour por bellas islas con paisajes increíbles y un mar fantástico ... cálido y tan transparente que su color encandila...grupo de compañeros de viaje solidarios y con un plus de ensueño... Ferdinand un pequeño de 9 años ,nos deleitaba todas las tardes con su práctica de violín y navegando.. se puede pedir más?.Nuestros guías Catherine e Yannis unos schnuckiputzis adorables ..

    • Deborah L. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Great Staff and Crew and Fellow Passengers.

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    • Judith G. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

      Most Memorable parts: Cruising on the ship, cycling, swimming, good food and service. Jumping into the sea from the ship for swimming, discovering small islands not visited before on the bigger cruises. Shopping at reasonable prices. Visiting Delphi.

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    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.

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