Ionian Islands
April to November, from £1240.00 pp
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The Ionian Islands are situated just off the west cost of Greece, surrounded by the glistening, crystal blue Ionian Sea. On this bike tour we can see the Venetian influences that affect the archipelago of these islands.

We will take you through the enchanting island of Ithaca, which is known for having been the home of Odysseus, the fantastic island of Lefkas, known for its green birds and Corfu, the majestic island which was home to the Austrain empress Sissi. One cannot forget also, the charming olive forests of Paxos and the fascinating, mountainous area of Cephalonia. You will stay on a beautiful wooden motor yacht and enjoy the delivious Greek cuisine on this unforgettable experience.

  • Lefkas
  • Porto Katsiki
  • Paxos
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 22 April 2017 to 29 April 2017
Basic tour price per person in a double cabin below deck
£1240.00
From 29 April 2017 to 6 May 2017
Basic tour price per person in a double cabin below deck
£1240.00
From 7 October 2017 to 14 October 2017
Basic tour price per person in a double cabin below deck
£1240.00
From 14 October 2017 to 21 October 2017
Basic tour price per person in a double cabin below deck
£1240.00
From 21 October 2017 to 28 October 2017
Basic tour price per person in a double cabin below deck
£1240.00
From 28 October 2017 to 4 November 2017
Basic tour price per person in a double cabin below deck
£1240.00

Accommodation:

The Panagiota: The Panagiota is an beautifully designed, two-masted motor yacht, which is 19 ft. (6m) wide and 75 ft. (23 m) long. Built in 1990 and modernized in 2001, it has six cabins below deck and four above deck 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 above the double bed. Each cabin also has a private shower and toilet.
The saloon is roomy enough to fit all the guests in to have the meals and to relax all together. If the weather conditions allow, guests can eat outside on the shaded rear deck. The expansive sun deck has cosy mats which are perfect for a sun bath and relaxing time.

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.

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).

Price Reductions:

• With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the 3rd person, regardless of age (only recommended below deck).
• Children up to age 16 requesting their own cabin receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price; Surcharge for single cabin use will be added.
• In combination with another Islandhopping tour in Greece you get a reduction of £100.00 per person on the second tour.
• If you book a tour for 2015 season before January 31st, 2015 you receive an 5 % early bird discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 25 % and 50 % discount.

Additional bookable accomplishments:

• Surcharge for a cabin on deck: 100 euro/person
• Surcharge for a single cabin below deck: £300.00; for a single cabin on deck: £400.00 (limited; on request)
• 1/2 a double cabin can be booked on request
• Surcharge for e-bike (i:SY Flyer Eco) 8-hub gear with Ortlieb pannier: £120.00 per/week with booking in advance or £25.00 per/day with booking on-site (limited; on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: 21-gear rental bicycle: £10.00 per/week or of the e-bike: £20.00 per/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Collective group transfers between Athens airport and the boat (only on embarkation and disembarkation days): £20.00 per person/way if booked until 14 days prior departure; £40.00 per person/way if booked within the last 13 days prior departure
• Additional customized transfers on request
• Additional nights on Corfu: prices on request.

What's included

  • 2 x full board and 5 x half board on board
  • 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 8-day trip on a comfort motor yacht with crew
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
  • Guided bike tours and sight seeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Rental bike: 21-gear hybrid bike with Ortlieb pannier

What's not included

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • International banking fees: 2 % of total amount (credit card payment)
  • Journey to Corfu
  • Meals ashore
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
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1st Day (Sat) Corfu town (Embarkation)

We will arrive individually by place followed by a transfer to the ship. We then check in on the Panagiota from 2pm and stay in Corfu town.

2nd Day (Sun) Corfu Island - Sivota - Parga - Lefkas Island (Cycle route approx. 18 mi./28 km)

The journey begins! This morning, we begin by crossing to Sivota which is located on the mainland of Greece. We start by cycling from here to a wonderful town called Parga which is located below a Venetian fortress. This is then followed by hopping onto the boat, cruising to Nidiri on the island of Lefkas There is a fascinating swing-bridge that links Lefkas with the Greek mainland which we pass on our way before our overnight stay in the vibrant harbour of Nidri.

3rd Day (Mon) Lefkas Island (Cycle route approx. 18 mi./29 km)

Our first destination today is a nearby waterfall and if it carries enough water, we are able to have a revitalizing morning swim. We then cycle along peaceful lanes through the mountains into the harbour in Vasiliki. This is followed by a short sail before anchoring at Porto Katsiki, one of the most well-known beaches in Greece. After a refreshing swim, the ship brings us to Fiskardo on Cephalonia, our destination for tonight. The harbour town on the Northern point of the island excites travellers as the scenic harbour promenade is lined with colourful houses and lively cafés and bars. A tasting of the local Robola wine is a must!

4th Day (Tues) Cephalonia Island (Cycle route approx. 24 mi./39 km)

We start by heading from Fiskardo to Sami along the striking mountain pass along the west coast of the island. The views we will witness are breath-taking, such as the white pebble Myrtos beach with the cystal clear blue sea Enchanting limestone caves of Melissani uncover magnificent stalactites and stalagmites which can only be viewed in row boats, are our next stop before cruising to Vathy on the Ithaca Island.

5th Day (Wed) Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi (Cycle route approx. 13 + 8 mi./21 + 13 km)

This morning we explore the island of Ithaca, the homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, on bike. Today we have the chance to appreciate the natural beauty of the Ionian Islands such as the contorted olive trees, transparent seas and friendly locals. At Frikes, we board the ship which takes us to Meganisi, passing the private island of the powerful ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. .

6th Day (Thurs) Mytikas – Lefkas – Paxos (Cycle route approx. 30 mi./49 km)

Mytikas on the Greek mainland is our first destination and from here we cycle to Lefkas town. On this route we pass a few mountain villages like Palerios and wonderful, picturesque roads. The Panagiota then takes us to the island of Paxos, home to an original harbour in Gaios adding a sense of individualism. This evening, we can spend some time in one of the comfortable taverns of Gaios.

7th Day (Fri) Islands of Paxos and Corfu (Cycle route approx. 14 mi./23 km)

The smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is Paxos. Paxos is covered in olive groves, making the island dazzle a silver green colour. As well as olive trees, this island has many beaches where we can have our final swim. We return to Corfu town after lunch and then have a final dinner on board with our new friends, tour guides and crew.

8th Day (Sat) Corfu town (Disembarkation)

After breakfast, check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Greece.
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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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