Athens to Corfu
From £1290.00 on set dates
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Moderate Tough Trip code - GAC12

This special tour from Athens to Corfu combines the Greek mainland with the fascinating islands of the Ionian Sea. For one week, travelling by bike and on the two-masted motor sailer Panagiota, you experience first-hand the cultural and scenic diversity of Greece.

Famous sites such as Delphi, where the ancient Greeks once consulted the oracle, or Aegina, where the white temple of Aphaia gleams high above the sea, are some of the highlights of the tour. The passage through the Corinth Canal, an artificial seaway connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Aegean, will surely become an unforgettable memory. In the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, you see Greece at its greenest. An unspoiled landscape and centuries of Venetian influence characterize this still fairly unknown group of islands. The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea glittering in all shades of blue, the mountainous landscape of Cephalonia and the bird-sanctuary island of Lefkas, the small island of Paxos densely covered in olive groves, as well as the beautiful old town of Corfu – all this guarantees a wonderfully relaxing vacation as you are guided through Greece from Athens to Corfu.

Our Athens to Corfu tour includes a trekking bike to explore mainland Greece and the Islands that surround it. A half board meal plan when on guided tours and 2 lunches are also provided when days are spent on the ship. You will also have 6 guided cycling tours throughout the journey and 7 nights on a two-masted motor yacht.

Transfers to and from Corfu is also include and supplements may incur depending on which airport you travel to.

All guides are English speaking professionals who know the area extremely well.

  • Delphi and its Oracle as well as the very well preserved theater of Epidauros.
  • The white temple of Aphaia gleams
  • The Isthmus of Corinth
  • The crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea
  • The bird-sanctuary island of Lefkas
  • Paxos densely covered in olive groves
  • The beautiful old town of Corfu
  • The beautiful coast road to the village of Agia Efimia
  • Fiskardo, one of the prettiest places of the Ionian Islands
  • Unique natural harbour of Gaios
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 6 May 2017 to 13 May 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1290.00
From 17 June 2017 to 24 June 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1290.00
From 24 June 2017 to 1 July 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1290.00
From 1 July 2017 to 8 July 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1290.00
From 26 August 2017 to 2 September 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1290.00
From 30 September 2017 to 7 October 2017
based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1290.00

Supplements

Surcharge for a cabin on deck: £100 person
Surcharge for a single cabin below deck: £300 for a single cabin on deck: £400 (limited; on request, reservation required)
1/2 double cabin can be booked on request
Surcharge for e-bike (i:SY Flyer Eco) 8-hub gear with Ortlieb pannier: £120 week with booking in advance or £25 day with booking on-site (limited; on request)
Collective group transfers between Athens airport and the boat (only on day of embarkation or disembarkation): £20 per person/way if booked until 14 days prior departure; £40 per person/way if booked during the last 13 days prior departure
Collective group transfers between Corfu airport and boat (only day of embarkation or disembarkation): £10 per person/way if booked until 14 days prior departure; £20 per person/way if booked during the last 13 days prior departure
Additional exclusive transfers on request
Additional night (B&B) near/in Athens or on Corfu Island: prices on request.

Reductions

  • You can book a cabin for three persons (only below deck recommendable) and receive a 50% discount on the basic tour price for the third person (regardless of age).
  • Children up to age 18 receive a discount of 25% on the basic tour price (cannot be combined with the 50% discount).

Other information

  • Please note: only children with sufficient stamina and a minimum age of 10 are capable of tackling the bike tours. The minimum height for rental bikes is 4 ft./ 1.20 m.
  • You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental bike helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).

Accommodation

Comfort Boat PANAGIOTA (shower/WC in each cabin)

The Panagiota is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. (7m) wide and 102 ft. (31m) long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises. 6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a double bed (4,6 ft. wide) and in some cabins there is also one single bunk bed located above the double bed. To each cabin belongs a private shower and toilet. There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have the meals outside on the shaded rear deck. The spacious sun deck, equipped with cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.

Catering:

The cook on board is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

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It is possible to hire a private yacht for your group on the same route. Please call for prices and availability.

What's included

  • 21-gear trekking bike with an Ortlieb pannier
  • 5 x half board and 2 x full board on the ship
  • 6 guided cycling tours on the different islands
  • 7 nights on a two-masted motor yacht with a crew of four
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites
  • Overview maps for the bike-tours on board

What's not included

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Insurance for bike hire
  • Supplement for above deck cabin
  • Tips for crew and tour guides
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Day 1: Embarkation in Piraeus

Individual journey to Athens and transfer from the airport to Marina Zeas (the yacht harbour of Piraeus). Check-in on the Panagiota starts at 2 pm. Evening meal on board and overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 2: Piraeus – Island Egina – Palaia Epidauros Approx 35km

In the morning we sail to Aegina Island. The first cycle tour leads us to the very well preserved temple of Aphaia, enthroned high above the blue sea. Afterwards we return to the boat while cycling though the interior of the island and along Palaiochora and the monastery of Holy Nektarios. Back in Egina town lunch is served on board and the cruise continues with a cross over to Palaia Epidauros.

Day 3:Epidauros – Isthmus of Corinth Approx 35km

From Palaia Epidauros today’s cycle tour takes us to the ancient sanctuary of the demi-god Asklepios. Here we visit the best-preserved theatre of Greece, and by dropping a coin we can convince ourselves of the phenomenal acoustics. In the afternoon we sail on 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 – Island Cephalonia

From Galaxidi a transfer bus picks us up to brings us to the famous site of Delphi at the foot of the Parnassos range. Apollo, the god of the light, was once worshipped here and the oracle consulted. Not only the many temples and treasures, 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. Early in the afternoon, the transfer bus takes us to Nafpaktos, where the boat awaits us to a long sail to Sami on Cephalonia island. There we’ll spend the night.

Day 5: ) Cephalonia Island Approx 38km

Today’s bike tour leads us from Sami to Fiskardo. At the beginning we cycle along a beautiful coast road to the village of Agia Efimia, one of the locations of the famous Hollywood movie “Corelli’s Mandoline”. We continue on through the interior of the island and finally we reach the high road of the western coast of the island, where we have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic view down to Myrtos beach. The ship awaits us in Fiskardo, one of the prettiest places of the Ionian Islands. Depending on the weather conditions it is planned that the Panagiota takes us to Porto Katsiki after lunch. Porto Katsiki is one of the most famous beaches of Greece, directly below the Leukadian cliff. A longer bathing stop is a must. From there we cruise to Nidri and stay in the little port for the night.

Day 6: Nidri – Mytikas –Paxos Island Approx 49km

The day begins with a crossing to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. We ride along the coast to Mythikas and then on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages to Lefkas town where the Panagiota awaits us and takes us to the island of Paxos, where we can spend the evening in a cosy taverna in the unique natural harbour of Gaios. Overnight stay on Paxos.

Day 7: Paxos Island

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 last cycle trip we circle the whole island. We can also have a swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. In the afternoon the Panagiota takes us to Corfu. Here, our tour guide will join us on a walk through the atmospheric old town. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

Day 8: Disembarkation on Corfu

After breakfast disembarkation followed by a transfer to the airport and individual departure or guests may extend their stay on Corfu.
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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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