Crazy beaches on this Peloponnese and Saronic Islands Bike Tour! Photo via TO

Enjoying the moment on this multi-adventure cruise in Greece. Photo via TO

Multi-Adventure in the Saronic Gulf and the Peloponnese coastline

Greece Bike + Barge Tours

A family friendly bike and boat tour in Greece

  • Experience the Islands in the Saronic Gulf and the Peloponnese coastline with the whole family. For seven days, you discover this epic coastline by boat and bike, kayak, and on foot. Cycle through citrus and pomegranate orchards. Stroll through the picturesque medieval town of Nafplio with its imposing stronghold. You will also explore the islands in the Saronic Gulf, of which each has its very own charm and character. The pistachio island of Agina or the completely traffic-free island of Hydra, where donkeys have been the only means of transport since time immemorial. The islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs, are sure to enchant your senses

    Highlights:

    • Unique accommodations
    • Picturesque medieval town of Nafplio
    • Itinerary that caters to the family
    • Hiking Island of Hydra
    • Swimming in open sea right from the bow of your boat
    • Climbing the 999 steps to Palamidi Fortress in Nafplio!

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  • Twin: $ 2391 £ 1245 $ 2,168 1450 $ 2491 kr 15530 $ 1,636 Twin cabin for single use supplement: $ 825 £ 429 $ 748 500 $ 859 kr 5355 $ 564  

    extra options

    Electric bike: $ 82 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 536 $ 56 Trailer bike or child's seat: $ 33 £ 17 $ 30 20 $ 34 kr 214 $ 23

    3 day pre or post extension package: 

    3 star hotel:

    Double/twin: $ 511 £ 266 $ 464 310 $ 533 kr 3320 $ 350 Single: $ 742 £ 386 $ 673 450 $ 773 kr 4820 $ 508

    4 star hotel:

    Double/twin: $ 610 £ 318 $ 553 370 $ 636 kr 3963 $ 417 Single: $ 874 £ 455 $ 792 530 $ 910 kr 5676 $ 598


    Collective transfer (embarkation and disembarkation day only):
    Athens airport and boat: $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 268 $ 28 Boat and Athens airport: $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 268 $ 28 Hotel in Athens and boat: $ 25 £ 13 $ 22 15 $ 26 kr 161 $ 17 Boat and hotel in Athens: $ 25 £ 13 $ 22 15 $ 26 kr 161 $ 17

    please note

    Children up to age 16 receive a 25% discount on base tour price (excluding bike rental)

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Athens International Airport (ATH)

    Local Travel

    The easiest and least stressful way to arrive to the port is to reserve airport/hotel transfers from/to the airport. These transfers are available on arrival and departure day only. Please see additional travel information section and pricing. If you have arrived early to Athens, and have not reserved a pre or post-tour extension in which transfers are included, there are a few options available via public transportation or taxi.
    Public transportation

    • Metro
    • The airport is accessible via Metro’s Line 3 (Blue Line).
    • Suburban Rail
    • Piraeus via Larissis Station
      Ano Liosia
    • Bus service (OSY)
    • Four bus routes connect directly Athens and Piraeus with the airport. All buses depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5 and arrive to Departures Level.
    • Regional buses
    • Five regional buses operate at the airport. All buses set down passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite the Airport Hotel (Sofitel).

    Climate

    The Saronic islands are situated in the gulf of the same name and have a Mediterranean climate. Summer, from June to mid-September, is hot and sunny. The Meltemi, the wind from the north-west, blows by mid-May, cooling the air. Typically, the maximum temperatures remain around 30 °C (86 °F); occasionally, short periods of intense heat can occur. Be sure to check local conditions just prior to your departure!

    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.


Skill Level

This is an easy bike and boat tour in Greece designed for the entire family or for those of you looking for a tour that is easy with other adventures sprinkled in. The cycling itinerary is not demanding. The walks and short hikes take place on good, sometimes even asphalted paths and are also rated easy. If activities require a bit more in the way of physical fitness, the tour guide will point this out. Helmets for are mandatory for everyone. You are strongly advised to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Limited numbers of helmets are available onboard, for adults only. You are required to bring helmets for children.

Where You’ll Stay

On the premium ship, the Bahriyeli. Please note that there may be a name change for this vessel in 2020. We will keep you fully informed.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 2 days with all meals
  • 5 days with either lunch or dinner
  • Guided bicycle tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (onboard)
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 21-24 speed trekking bicycle with pannier

What’s Not Included

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Beverages (tally sheet, to be paid to captain)
  • Flat rate for bottled water; €20 for adults and €10 for children to be paid onboard
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fees other than those mentioned as included
  • Beach towel
  • Tips for guide and crew
  • WiFi
  • 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.

Includes

  • 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.

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From1450 Rates
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Tour Dates

Bahriyeli 


Saturday departures: July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, and August 15, 2020

 

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Multi-Adventure in the Saronic Gulf and the Peloponnese coastline Map

Day 1: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens)
Day 2: Island of Aegina
Day 3: Island of Hydra, hike 2 mi. (3 km) 
Day 4: Island of Spetses, bike 6 mi. (10 km)
Day 5: Nafplio, bike 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 6: Porto Heli – Ermioni – Island of Poros, bike 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 7: Island of Poros, bike 6 mi. (10 km) 
Day 8: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens)

All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. 

Day 1: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens)
Individual arrival to Marina Zeas, port of Piraeus, located approximately 25 km from the airport. Check-in is possible from 2 pm. Dinner will be on board and the night will be spent in Piraeus.

Day 2: Island of Aegina
Cast off in the morning and let the adventures begin! The boat navigates to Agina, an island known internationally for its excellent pistachios. The guide will provide a tour of the old town including a visit to the local archeological excavation site. Here you will experience an ancient Bronze Age village as well as the Apollo Temple, overlooking it all. You will have time to explore the narrow streets of the old town on your own as well and the chance to taste all kinds of local pistachio specialties. In the late afternoon, the boat will motor to a quiet bay where you can swim and kayak until the sun goes down. The night is spent in the bay.

Day 3: Island of Hydra, hike 2 mi. (3 km) 
Your journey continues by boat to the Island of Hydra. Donkeys once were the only means of transportation on this beautiful island since it rose to importance in the middle ages as a seafaring harbor. Since the Greek fight for independence, which took place between 1821 – 1830, the island fell into a fairy-tale-like slumber and time stood still. It was only in 1957 when the film, ‘Boy on a Dolphin’, with the unforgettable Sofia Loren was filmed here, that the Island awoke and became an artistic haven. The guide will show you the most attractive sights of the capital city before leading on a 3 km hike along the coastline to the beach at Vlychos. From here, a taxi boat will take you back to the capital. You can enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the unique island atmosphere and enjoy a spectacular sunset. accompanied mostly by a spectacular sunset.

Day 4: Island of Spetses, bike 6 mi. (10 km)
On your way to the Island of Spetes, you can enjoy a lengthy swim directly from the boat. Once you arrive in the Island capital, dressed in typical blue and white Greek Island flair, there is the opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to the Greek heroin, Laskarina Bouboulina. In the afternoon, you cycle to the old fishing port and can enjoy the local beach. In the evening, there is plenty of time to enjoy a stroll through the pebble mosaic lanes of the old town, unwinding with a sundowner in one of the local taverns.

Day 5: Nafplio, bike 9 mi. (15 km)
In the morning,  you cruise onboard the Bahriyeli to Nafplio. On arrival in the former Greek capital, you mount your bicycles and cycle along the seaside promenade to Karathonas Beach. Here you can swim and enjoy the various water sports available. In the afternoon your guide will lead you through the pretty streets of the old town in Nafplio. The sophisticated fortifications of the town are impressive, along with their rich history. Flowers bring the streets to life with their colors and the atmosphere is set by the cafes, bars, and restaurants each contributing their own individual flair.

Day 6: Porto Heli – Ermioni – Island of Poros, bike 11 mi. (17 km)
On the agenda today is a cruise to Porto Heli, to begin a  relatively flat, bike tour leading through a rural landscape to the pretty harbor of Ermioni. The boat meets you here to navigate to the island of Poros. Don't forget to take a swim stop along the way. The harbor of Poros is a true eye-catcher, with its magnificent bell tower. Here you can enjoy an evening in true Greek fashion.

Day 7: Island of Poros, bike 6 mi. (10 km) 
From the city of Poros, you cycle to the orthodox monastery of Zoodochos Pigis from the 18th century. After a visit, you can enjoy a homemade lemonade or coffee in the nearby café before taking advantage of the nearby sandy beach with its turquoise blue water. Back onboard, the last cruise can be enjoyed before arriving back in Piräus in the late afternoon. A last, celebratory evening meal on board can be enjoyed in the company of the guests, tour guides and crew, reflecting on the experiences of the week.

Day 8: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens)
Disembarkation after breakfast. It is time to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer in Athens.

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