Cyclades Islands
From £1290.00 on set dates
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Moderate Tough Trip code - GCI12

The Cyclades Islands, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its variety: Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavour to the island towns. The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sand beaches.

Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on your motorized sailing ship or the bike and imbibe the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.

  • Island of Ithaca - very green with beautiful views and lots of secrets - homeland of Ulysses or not?
  • Kythnos Island
  • Beautiful sandy beaches
  • Harbour towns
  • Ceramic gifts from Siphnos Island
  • Mykonos with its windmills and white houses

What people have said

“Fantastic experience, would recommend to all that love to see places a different way.”
T M Stockton
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 13 May 2017 to 20 May 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 20 May 2017 to 27 May 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 27 May 2017 to 3 June 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 3 June 2017 to 10 June 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 10 June 2017 to 17 June 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 2 September 2017 to 9 September 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 9 September 2017 to 16 September 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 16 September 2017 to 23 September 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00
From 23 September 2017 to 30 September 2017
Prices based on double/twin cabin
£1290.00

Supplements:

Surcharge for a cabin above deck: £70 person, reservation required
½ a double cabin can be booked (on request)
Single cabin, additional charge: £300 below deck & £400 above deck
(limited; reservation required)
Electric bike (i:SY Flyer ECO) with Ortlieb pannier: £120 per week, if booked in advance (limited, on request), £25 per day if booked on site
Insurance against theft and damage of the 21-gear rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the Electric bike: £20 week (not insured: deliberate damages)
Collective group transfers between Athens airport and the boat (only on embarkation and disembarkation days): £20 per person/way if booked until 14 days prior departure; £40 per person/way if booked within the last 13 days prior departure (booking incl. the complete transmission of flight details)
Customized transfers are on request
Extended stay in good hotels in Athens or on the island of Aegina: 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).

Accomodations:

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.

Upgrades:

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
  • Entrances to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
  • Overview-maps for the daily 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
  • Transfers from Athens Airport
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Day 1: Boarding in Piraeus

Individual journey to Athens airport and collective transfer to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus, only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in from 2 p.m. on the ship. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 2: Kythnos Island Approx 25km

Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

Day 3: Seriphos Island 35km

In the morning the Panagiota takes us to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.

Day 4: Siphnos Island Approx 20km

The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon the ship takes us to Syros, where we can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.

Day 5: Syros 30km

The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival: The town which is built on two hills is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominant the townscape. We cycle along the coast of Syros which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we continue by boat to Mykonos, where the picturesque main town with its famous windmills and its white cube form houses invites visitors to stroll through it. With a bit of luck we may even see the mascot of Mykonos in the maze of laneways, the pelican Petros.

Day 6: Delos Island and Tinos Island 25km

In the morning we have the chance to visit the important ancient sites on the island of Delos, where according to Greek mythology the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis were born. After lunch we crossover to Tinos. There we first visit the famous Evangelistria church in Tinos town. Today’s bike tour takes us along a high road to the mountain village of Tarambados, a village full of walled dove towers with their filigree architecture, which represent remnants from Venetian times. Overnight stay in Tinos town.

Day 7: Kea Island 12km

In the morning the ship takes us to Kea. The starting point for the tour of Kea, the most westerly inhabited Cyclade island, is the wonderful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we begin our cycle tour to the picturesque main town of Ioulis which is situated in the mountains and has the main attraction on the island: The smiling lion of Kea which was chiselled from stone in the 6th century B.C. Alternatively, there is also the option to make individually a short bike tour to the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean will tempt you to a refreshing swim. In the afternoon last sail to Piraeus and overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 8: Disembarkation

Guests disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or guests may extend their stay in Athens by a week.
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What people have said

“Fantastic experience, would recommend to all that love to see places a different way.”
T M Stockton

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What people have said

“Fantastic experience, would recommend to all that love to see places a different way.”
T M Stockton

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.

What people have said

“Fantastic experience, would recommend to all that love to see places a different way.”
T M Stockton

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