Athens & Saronic Islands by bike

from 785 € / pers.
(on the minimum basis of 2 pers.)
Reference : GR1
8 days / 6 days riding
Difficulty : Moderate
Linear trip
From May to October 2019
Departure: daily
Electric bike rental possible > Book this trip

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Your cycling tour in Greece

During this varied trip, you have the opportunity to explore the old city centre of Athens and 2 islands in the Saronic Gulf, Poros and Aegina, each with its own unique charm. Discover the wonderful landcapes of this country, its crystalline seawater, its traditional villages, its hospitable inhabitants and its food which are the basis for its reputation!

Day 1 : Arrival in Athens


Your holiday starts in Athens. After checking into your hotel, you may choose to spend the rest of your day exploring.

In option : a guided cycle tour of Athens can be arranged for this evening on request, with supplement (see tab “rates”).

Day 2 : Transfer from Athens to Poros and optional round trip on Poros | 15 or 25 km


Today you will be driven with your luggage to Piraeus to catch the ferry to Poros. Your bike will be waiting for you at Piraeus ferry port and you will need to take your bags and bike with you on the ferry. The car ferry takes 2.5 hours from Piraeus to Poros. Depending on the ferry arrival time in Poros a first bicycle ride may be possible this afternoon on the island. There is a short route along to the monastery of Zoodochou Pigis as well as two additional loops to the beach and to the peninsula town of Poros.

The ferry schedule changes throughout the year and in case there is no car ferry you will travel by hydrofoil (Flying Dolphin) or high speed boat (Flying Cat). Due to lack of room on these smaller boats your bike may instead be sent to Poros on the previous day and will then be waiting your arrival on Poros.

Day 3 : Round trip on Poros | 17 km + optional 3 km walking


Today’s trip takes you to the western and central part of Poros. First along the coast to the west where you have the possibility to stop at a former Russian Navy base. You will gradually ascend to a small plateau through a lovely wooded area to reach one of the few arable areas of Poros.

At the western point, possibility to walk in 1 hour on a stony path to the beautiful restored lighthouse of Poros and back.

Day 4 : Round trip from Poros via Psifta | 31 km


With your bicycle you take the little pontoon boat from Poros to Galatas (to be paid on the spot). Here starts a nice bike trip through an agricultural area. You ascend to the local town Taktikoupoli and from this village descend rather steeply to the coast. Along the coast you peddle to the wetlands of Psifta (protected area). The last section runs back to Galatas via the same route as in the morning. From Galatas you take the small ferry back to Poros.

Day 5 : Transfer from Poros to Aegina


Depending on the ferry time table you can make a cycling or walking tour on Poros before traveling on the boat to Aegina. On Aegina you can explore the nice town of Aegina by bike or go for a swim in the crystal clear sea.

Day 6 : Round trip on Aegina | 20 km


Today you can either explore Aegina town with its Archaeological site and museums or you peddle 10km along the coast to the south to the picturesque village of Perdika. In the summer season you can go across per fishing boat to the uninhabited island of Moni and sunbath here on the organized beach with sunbeds.
Alternatively you may prefer to walk to the inner land to the Ancient Olive grove or the summit of Ellanios mountain (532m).

Day 7 : Round trip on Aegina Island | 50 km


The cycle route of today heads inland and gradually ascends to the monastery of Agios Nektarios, the Saint of the island. Many Greek-Orthodox believers go there on pilgrimage. Thereafter you cycle downhill towards the east coast. A short ascent takes you to the archaeological temple of Aphaia (altitude 165m). You may choose to visit the temple and afterwards you descend to the seaside resort of Agia Marina. From there you peddle to Portes, followed by a steep ascent to the hamlet of Anitseo where you can find a great tavern. Just down the road you will see a beautiful Byzantine church, built on and with the materials of a former temple of Zeus Hellanios. Finally the route descends to the west coast of Aegina and back to Aegina town.

Day 8 : Departure during the day


Today you will travel back to the mainland at Piraeus by ferry (with the bikes). The organised part of your holidays comes to end once the bikes are collected from you here.

To allow time for the ferry and travel to Athens airport you must book a return flight at 14:00 hrs or later.

Select your category

standard category
Reference: GR1 STD
Low season
  • from October 1st to 10th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
785 € / pers.
Single supplement
280 € / pers.
Mid season
  • from May 1st to June 14th 2019
    from September 17th to 30th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
895 € / pers.
Single supplement
315 € / pers.
High season
  • from June 15th to September 16th 2019
  • Departure: daily
 
2 persons basis :(price per person)
950 € / pers.
Single supplement
365 € / pers.

Category's details

Including :

• 7 nights with breakfasts (accommodation in a two-person bedroom) in 3* hotels and 1 night in 4* hotel (in Athens)
• Luggage transport port-hotel-port on the islands
• Equipped cycle rental for 6
• Boat transfers Piraeus > Poros (high speed if necessary), Poros > Aegina and Aegina > Piraeus
• Transfer Athens> Piraeus (day 2)
• 1 travel folder (per room) including detailed route directions in French or English and basic maps
• Hotline 7 days a week

Not including :

• Dinners / Lunches / Drinks
• Tickets to attractions, tours of attractions, tasting
• Optional insurances (Cancellation Insurance OR Tranquility Insurance)
• Boat transfer Poros > Galatas > Poros
• Optional guided bicycle tour in Athens
• Single room supplement (7 nights included)
• Transfers from/to the airport
• Personal expenses
• Tourist tax (approx. 1,50€ per room per night – payable on spot)

'Bike extra' & various

• Bike discount
If you bring your own bike.
-80 € / pers.
• E-bike supplement
+ 165 € / pers.
• 'Solo' supplement
(in the case of a single person per booking)
+ 125 € / pers.

According to the category

standard category
Reference: GR1 STD
Extra night in Athènes
(accommodation in a two-person bedroom)
Single supplement
Any season
+ 65 € / pers.
+ 35 € / pers.

Extras

• Guided cycle tour of Athens

Guided cycle tour of the city (in english | duration 3h).
The tour can be arranged for day 1 at 5:00 pm or, if you arrive late, for day 2 at 9:30 am.

+ 35 € / pers.

• Transfer Airport Athens > Athens hotel
(up to 4 persons)
+ 80 € (package)

• Transfer Piraeus > Airport Athens
(up to 4 persons)
+ 85 € (package)

Your cycle hire

Winora Texas Hybrid bike or similar - 27 speed gears

Man or Lady frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 map holder or 1 small front pannier
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock

Helmets are not provided, we suggest to bring yours.

Possibility to rent an electric assistance bike :

Winora Yucatan or similar

E-bike

Universal frame

  • 1 rear pannier (saddlebag)
  • 1 map holder or 1 small front pannier
  • 1 repair kit
  • 1 pump
  • 1 lock

Helmets are not provided, we suggest to bring yours.

Practical details

  • Bikes will be delivered at Piraeus ferry port, on day 2.
  • Leave the rental bikes at Piraeus ferry port, on day 8. We will pick them up.
> Your journey
> How to arrive in Athens
> Return

Your journey

Strenuous biking trips in areas where you cannot avoid steep slopes. Some bicycle experience is needed. All routes are tarmac roads. The daily distances range from 20 up to 50 km.

How to arrive in Athens

> by plane :
Athens airport.
From Athens airport you can easily reach your hotel by public transport.
Possibility to book a private transfer on request with supplement (see tab “rates”).

Return

> by plane :
From Piraeus ferry port, you can easily reach Athens airport by public transport.
Possibility to book a private transfer on request with supplement (see tab “rates”).