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

Cycle Greece on islands first settled in 1200 BC

  • On the Ionian Islands, off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: pure nature, the clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea, and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands. From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian empress, Sissi, this journey will take you to regions that are not very well known abroad.

    Discover the famous island of Ithaca, said to have been the home of Odysseus. You will never forget the exquisite island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Kefallonia, and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos. You will be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine and the coziness of the ship.

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  • 2019 

    Regular or special itinerary: £ 1277 $ 2,574 1490 NOK 14155 kr 13066 $ 1,699

    Surcharge for cabin on deck: £ 86 $ 173 100 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Single supplement for cabin below deck: £ 343 $ 691 400 NOK 3800 kr 3508 $ 456

    Single supplement for cabin above deck: £ 514 $ 1,036 600 NOK 5700 kr 5262 $ 684

    extra options

    2019

    Hybrid bicycle protection:  £ 9 $ 17 10 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11

    Electric bicycle protection:  £ 17 $ 35 20 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23

    Electric bicycle rental (limited number, advanced reservation required) £ 69 $ 138 80 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91

    Transfer Prices (embarkation/disembarkation only)

    Corfu Airport/hotel to Corfu Harbor: £ 9 $ 17 10 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11

    Between Athens airport and Marina Zeas (Athens): £ 17 $ 35 20 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23

    Between Athens city hotel and Marina Zeas (Athens): £ 9 $ 17 10 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11

    3-Day Extension

    3 star: £ 249 $ 501 290 NOK 2755 kr 2543 $ 331

    Single room: £ 360 $ 725 420 NOK 3990 kr 3683 $ 479

    4 star: £ 300 $ 605 350 NOK 3325 kr 3069 $ 399

    Single room: £ 429 $ 864 500 NOK 4750 kr 4385 $ 570

    Extra nights

    Please contact us.

    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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  • Travel

    Flight recommendations will depend on your tour! For the regular tour, fly into Corfu International Airport. For tour dates that begin in Athens and end in Corfu, or vice versa you can research a multiple destination flight.

    Local Travel

    2019: 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 for 10 euros per person per transfer. 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.

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to departure. Average high/low temperature in °F for the area is: 66/51 for April, 82/65 for June, and 73/58 for October.

    Remarks

    Please be aware that you will be part of an international group of people. Soft luggage is recommended. Minimum number of participants, maximum number, 20.

    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 
    • P{referred transfer time

Tour Dates

2019

April 13, April 20, April 27, October 5, and October 12, 2019

*Special Itinerary
Corfu to Athens: May 4, June 22, August 24, 2019

Athens to Corfu: June 15, June 29, September 28, 2019

*These dates follow a special itinerary that combines the Golf of Corinth with the Ionian Islands. Highlights include the temple of Aphaia on Aegina Island, Isthmus of Corinth, and the archaeological site of Delphi. 

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 a double cabin with a private all-in-one bathroom (toilet & sink w/ hand-held shower)
  • 5 x half board and 2 x full board on the ship
  • Bed linen and towels
  • 6 guided cycling tours as per itinerary
  • 21-speed trekking bicycle with bicycle bag
  • Helmets available on board in limited number with advance notice
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours, on board
  • Entrances to museums and archaeological sites
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Also included in special itinerary
  • 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 & tour guide (optional)
  • Bicycle Protection (€10 or €20 per bicycle)
  • 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.)
  • Travel Insurance

Extra Stay

3-DAY PRE-TOUR EXTENSION in Athens
(For special itinerary tours Athens to Corfu)
Price 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, and 1 guided city bike tour "Athens by Bike".

3-DAY POST-TOUR EXTENSION in Athens
(For special itinerary tours Corfu to Athens)
Price includes: Transfers from the boat to hotel and hotel to airport, 2 nights in 3 or 4 star hotel, entrance to the Acropolis, 1 evening meal in the Tavern ‘To Kafeneion’ excluding drinks, and 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

Regular Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Corfu town
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: Mytikas - Lefkas-Paxos, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 7: Islands of Paxos and Corfu, 14 mi. (23 km)
​Day 8: Departure from Corfu town

*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 Corfu town
Check in on the ship from 2 pm. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.

DAY 2: Corfu Island - Sivota - Parga - Lefkas Island, 18 mi. (28 km)
In the morning, on board you will crossover to Sivota. The cycle tour to Parga begins here which is the only center of tourism on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Parga is 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 for us to have a refreshing swim. Afterwards, continue on quiet roads over the hills via Siyros to the picturesque harbor town of Sivota. Here we board the boat and cruise to Fiskardo on the Island of Kedalonia. 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 row boat 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 and Meganisi, 13 + 8 mi. (21 + 13 km)
Ithaca, the homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route you will enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track. On this island, full of gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water, and friendly islanders, time appears to stand still. From Frikes, the Panagiota sails to the small island of Meganisi. On the way, you will pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which can be explored  in the afternoon in no time by bicycle.

DAY 6: Mytikas - Lefkas - Paxos, 30 mi. (49 km)
In the morning, there is a crossover to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. From Mytikas, you will cycle along the Greek coast and further on along panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages until arriving at Lefkas town. The unspoiled and truly exquisite Greek Island of Lefkas is brimming with traditional charm and appeal. Huge white rocks form an intense landscape which is softened by an array of lush green valleys, clear blue waters, and stunning, long sandy beaches. The low-lying east coast of Lefkas is home to an abundance of leisure facilities and picturesque views while the west - rugged and open - promises blue seas and fabulous stretches of sand which are a magnet for the more adventurous traveler. In the afternoon, the ship will sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. You can pass the evening hours in a cozy tavern in 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 town
After breakfast, check out and collective transfer to the airport. Extra time on the island of Corfu will be very hard to pass up!

Special Itinerary Athens to Corfu

Day 1: Embarkation Athens/Piraeus (Marina Zeas)
Individual arrival at Marina Zeas (Piraeus). Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in the harbor of Piraeus.

Day 2: Piraneus - Aegina Island - Palaia Epidauros, 22 mi. (35 km)
In the morning you sail to Aegina, the famous pistachio island. Here our first cycle tour takes us to the excellently preserved temple of Aphaia, which lingers high above and scouts over the lucent sea. Afterwards return to the boat while cycling though the interior of the island and along Palaiochora and the monastery of Holy Nektarios. Back in Aegina town lunch is served on board and the cruise continues with a cross over to Palaia Epidauros.

Day 3: Epidauros - Isthmus of Corinth, 22 mi. (35 km)
From Palaia Epidauros today’s cycle tour takes you to the ancient sanctuary of the demi-god Asklepios. Here visit the best-preserved theatre of Greece. In the afternoon, sail with the Panagiota through the Isthmus of Corinth, which was completed in 1893. Julius Caesar had already plans 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 travellers sailing from Athens to Corinth the approx. 258 mi./400 km long trip around the whole Peloponnese. If weather conditions are fine, the cruise continues to Galaxidi, otherwise overnight stay in Kiato near Corinth.

Day 4: Galaxidi - Delphi - Nafpaktos - Ithaca Island
In the morning a transfer picks you up at Galaxidi and takes us 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 you to the harbor of Nafpaktos. Your boat takes you on a longer crossing 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 makes 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 water falls 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 us to Corfu town. 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

Special Itinerary, Corfu to Athens

Day 1: Embarkation in Corfu town
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 crossing to Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green colour. On our first cycle trip we circle the whole island. We 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 harbour of Gaios! Overnight stay on Paxos.

Day 3: Lefkas town - Nidri, 19 mi. (30 km)
The day starts with a longer boats crossing to the City of Lefkas. On this crossing 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 harbour of Nidri. The island of Skorpios can be seen from your moorings, once the private haven of shipping magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis. The night is spent in Nidri.

Day 4: Island of Lefkas and Cephalonia, 22 mi. (35km)
Today’s cycle tour takes you from Nidri to the nearby beautiful waterfalls. Later on explore the South of Lefkas Island while riding to the picturesque harbor of Sivota.From there – if weather conditions are fine – sail to Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, where you can anchor for swimming. Finally cross over to Fiskardo, where you spend the night. The harbor town on the Northern point of Cephalonia charms visitors wi th its colourful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbour promenade.

Day 5: Ithaca Island - Galaxidi, 12 or 17 mi. (20 or 28 km)
In the morning cycle on the 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. The ship awaits for a long sail to Galaxidi, where you arrive late at night and spend the night.

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 has already had plans 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. It saves travelers from sailing around the whole Peloponnese (aprx. 248 mi./400 km long trip from Athens and Corinth).

Day 7: Aegina Island - Piraeaus, 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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  • Deborah L. 2 years ago

    Great Staff and Crew and Fellow Passengers.

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  • Judith G. 2 years ago

    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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