Port of Saronic Island Spetses in Argolic Gulf, Greece. Flickr:Marco Verch

Greek salad. Flickr:Roger Salz

Peloponnese and Saronic Islands

Greece Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat journey through 5,000 years of Greek history

  • Starting and ending in Athens, discover the Greek Peloponnese region by bike and boat as well as the diverse islands of the Saronic Gulf on this incredible journey. This is a unique, culturally rich region steeped in history. The Mycenaeans, ancient Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans, and Albanians have all left their mark on the “Island of Pelops”. Here you will find some of the greatest archaeological sites of antiquity and the Middle Ages!

    Highlights:

    • Golden Mycenae
    • Lion gate
    • Cyclopean Walls
    • Treasury of Atreus
    • Medieval town of Nafplio
    • Volcanic peninsula of Methana
    • Pistachio Island of Aegina
    • Temple of Aphaia
    • Traffic-free Island of Hydra
    • Fragrant islands of Poros and Spetses

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  • April 11, April 18, June 27, and July 4, October 10, and October 17: £ 1351 $ 2,995 1590 $ 2396 NOK 14973 kr 13821 $ 1,797

    August 22 and August 29: £ 1436 $ 3,183 1690 $ 2546 NOK 15914 kr 14690 $ 1,910

    Twin cabin for single use: £ 425 $ 942 500 $ 753 NOK 4708 kr 4346 $ 565

     

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 85 $ 188 100 $ 151 NOK 942 kr 869 $ 113

    3 day pre or post extension package: 

    3 star hotel:

    Double/twin: £ 263 $ 584 310 $ 467 NOK 2919 kr 2695 $ 350 Single: £ 382 $ 848 450 $ 678 NOK 4238 kr 3912 $ 509

    4 star hotel:

    Double/twin: £ 314 $ 697 370 $ 557 NOK 3484 kr 3216 $ 418 Single: £ 450 $ 998 530 $ 799 NOK 4991 kr 4607 $ 599

    Transfers:
    From/to Athens airport, to/from boat, each way: £ 21 $ 47 25 $ 38 NOK 235 kr 217 $ 28 From hotel to Athens to boat: £ 13 $ 28 15 $ 23 NOK 141 kr 130 $ 17

    (only available on embarkation and disembarkation days)

     

    please note

    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, Leftherios Venizelos 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. A good website to use to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more, is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    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)

    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

The bike routes have a length of 23 to 50 km/14 to 31 mi. and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. The roads are mostly asphalted. Your tour guide will inform you each day regarding the cycling itinerary. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. 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 time onboard the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Where You’ll Stay

The three-masted Bahriyeli will be your floating home as you travel on this one-of-a-kind journey through 5,000 years of Greek history.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodations with breakfast
  • 2 day with all meals included and 5 days with lunch or dinner on board
  • Guided bicycle tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (onboard)
  • Trekking bike with puncture-proof tires, high-quality derailleurs, and brake system, luggage rack, also equipped with rear pannier
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • English-speaking tour guide

What’s Not Included

  • Journey to Athens
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Flat rate for bottled water: 20 euro for adults or 10 euro for children up to age 16 (to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
  • 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
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1590 Rates
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Tour Dates

Saturday departures, April 11, April 18, June 27, July 4, August 22, August 29, October 10, and October 17, 2020

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Peloponnese and Saronic Islands Map

Day 1: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens) – (Embarkation)
Day 2:  Island of Poros, 14 mi. (23 km)
Day 3:  Galatas – Ermioni – Nafplio, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 4: Mycenae – Island of Spetses, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Islands of Spetses and Hydra, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 6: Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Island of Aegina – Piraeus/Athens, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 8: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens)

*All distances are approximate. The itinerary is subject to change, even on very short notice,  due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, docking location changes, lock repairs,  etc.

Day 1: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens) 
Arrival to Marina Zeas, zport of Piraeus,  about 25 km from the airport. Check-in is possible from 2 pm. You will enjoy dinner and the night will be spent in Piraeus.

Day 2: Island of Poros, 14 mi. (23 km)
The morning will be spent sailing to the Island of Poros. In the afternoon, you will start cycling from the island’s capital, which holds the same name as the island itself. The route will lead toward the 18th-century Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Continuing on, you will almost completely circle the island which, in ancient times, was considered to be the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Shortly before the end of the tour, you reach Russian Bay, whose sandy beach and turquoise waters are the perfect place for a swim. Back in the enchanting harbor of Poros City, with its landmark clock tower reaching high above all the other buildings, you can end your eventful day surrounded by characteristic Greek atmosphere.

Day 3:  Galatas – Ermioni – Nafplio, 25 mi. (40 km)
After breakfast, a small car ferry will transfer you from Poros to Galatas in the Peloponnese. From here, the bike tour will lead you mostly along the sea and through fertile agricultural land towards the small coastal town of Ermioni where the Bahriyeli will be moored. You will enjoy lunch onboard and a leisurely afternoon crossing to Nafplio. In the early afternoon, your tour guide will invite you to stroll through the picturesque alleys of the former Greek capital. Nafplio is a captivating island with its ingenious fortifications and eventful history along with its flower-filled old town and the numerous very unique, beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants. This is the perfect place to spend a wonderful, relaxed evening.

Day 4: Mycenae – Island of Spetses, 31 mi. (50 km)
After breakfast, the day’s tour leads into the Peloponnesian inland. Through an impressive apricot and orange grove, the cycling route leads to the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns and the magnificent castle of Mycenae. Both sites have been UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1999. In the 2nd millennium BC, Mycenae was one of Greece’s most important cities. King Atreus and his son Agamemnon play a significant role in Greek mythology. The excavation site is fascinating consisting of the famous Lion Gate, the incredibly thick cyclopean walls, Grave Circles A and B along with the gold and silver discoveries and the Treasury of Atreus are all very much worth a visit. In the late afternoon, the boat will take us from Nafplio to the Island of Spetses. In the evening, we can stroll through the alleys of the beautiful old town, decorated with pebble mosaics, or end the evening at the old fishing port with a glass of wine.

Day 5: Islands of Spetses and Hydra, 15 mi. (25 km)
The island of Spetses got its name from the Venetians who called it “Isola della Spezia”, the island of herbs. With the accompanying aroma of wild herbs and panoramic views, today’s tour will lead along the traffic-free road that circles the island. For the majority of the ride, you will be able to enjoy incredible views of the turquoise sea. Later, there will be a longer break at one of the beautiful beaches for a coffee and a swim. The journey will then continue to the island of Hydra. Since time immemorial donkeys have been the only means of transport on this unique, beautiful island. Thanks to seafaring, the island became very wealthy in the middle ages. Then, after the Greek War of Independence, spanning from 1821-1830, the island fell into a hundred-year slumber. It was only when, in 1957, the film “Boy on a Dolphin” starring the unforgettable Sofia Loren was filmed on Hydra that life was brought back to the island which then became a mecca for artists. A unique place with arguably the most beautiful sunset in the region!

Day 6: Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina, 15 mi. (25 km)
In the morning, you sail to Methana Peninsula whose volcanic origin is immediately noticeable by the smell of sulfur and the shimmering colors of the rocks. The peninsula is characterized by its 30 plus volcanos, some of which are still active, as well as the medicinal, sulfurous thermal springs. Today’s round trip offers numerous, incredible views. In the afternoon, you will sail to the island of Aegina. If the weather permits, there will be a chance for a longer swimming break along the way. The island of Aegina is famous even beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Today’s bike tour takes us up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers rest high up above the blue sea, the only place on the island from where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On the ride back, you will cycle through the center of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. You will then sail back to Piraeus and your exciting Greek cruise will come to a close with a final, celebratory evening on board.

Day 7: Island of Aegina – Piraeus/Athens, 22 mi. (35 km)
The island of Aegina is famous even beyond the borders of Greece for its excellent pistachios. Today’s bike tour takes us up to the sanctuary of the goddess Aphaia. The beautifully preserved temple towers high above the blue sea, the only place on the island from where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On the ride back you will cycle through the center of the island passing the great monastery of Saint Nektarios to Aegina city where the ship awaits. You then sail back to Piraeus and your exciting Greek cruise will come to a close with a final, celebratory evening on board.

Day 8: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens)
After breakfast on board, it is time to disembark to return home or to extend your holiday a few days longer in Athens.

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