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Greek Boat & Bike Tour

Discover the Ionian Islands

Ionian Sea, Greece
8 Days
€ 1,290 combadi price

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Holiday Type
Fixed date
Running Period
2014: Sept: 27 - 4 Oct, Oct: 4 - 11, 11 - 18, 18 - 25

The Combadi Insight:

What a better way to get to know the Ionian Islands of Greece. Rich in history, you 'll be spoilt for choice with the golden beaches, the gastronomical explorations and the bike routes along the islands. And your days will end with a glass of wine, lounging on your boat's deck taking in the sun. It doesn't get much better than that.

Holiday Code: AL1

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This 8 day combined cycling and sailing holiday in the Ionian sea will introduce you to the magic of western Greece both by land and by sea. As a cycling vacation, you'll experience the Greek islands of the Ionian, their pristine natural beauty, crystal clear waters, and their Venetian influenced architecture. Out at sea, your sailing holiday will take you to Corfu, Ithaca the home of Odysseus, Lefkada, the mountainous Cephalonia and to the tiny islands of Meganisi, Mitikas and Paxos.

Twisty mountain roads, waterfalls, caves, charming towns and harbors, as well as world famous beaches are all within pedaling distance. This combined holiday requires an advanced fitness level as daily cycling route distances range from 20 - 50 km. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely used, while they pass by hilly or mountainous areas, at an altitude of 300-700m.

When not biking, you'll be Ionian sailing in a twin masted motor yacht 102 ft long that features 10 cabins, a dining room and a spacious sun deck. The onboard cook will be preparing breakfast and one or two meals a day, while there is also ample time to try out Greek cuisine in local taverns. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a double bed and single bed. Each of the ship's cabins also have a private shower and toilet.

There is room for all guests in the spacious dining area to have their meals, relax and spend some time with new friends. Guests can also have their meals outside on the shaded rear deck. A spacious sun deck is also equipped with cozy mats, invites to have a sun bath and to relax.

Day 1

(Sat) Boarding in Corfu Town Individual journey to Corfu airport and collective transfer to Corfu town. Check-in from 2 p.m. on the Panagiota. Dinner on board and overnight stay in Corfu town.

Day 2

(Sun) Corfu Island - Sivota - Parga - Lefkas Island (approx. 28 km/17 mi. by bicycle) In the morning we will crossover to Sivota. There our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga, the only centre of tourism on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Parga is a pretty town with the medieval fort which towers over the old town. Here the boat is awaiting us to take us to Nidri on Lekas Island. On our way we pass the original swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland.

Day 3

(Mon) Islands of Lefkas and Cephalonia (approx. 25 km/14 mi. by bicycle) Todays cycle route takes us from Nidri first to nearby waterfalls. If you are lucky they carry still enough water for a refreshing morning swim. Along quiet roads through the mountains past Sivros we cycle later to the harbour in Vasiliki. After a short sail we anchor at Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, for swimming. Then the ship brings us to Fiskardo on Cephalonia, where we spend the night. The harbour town on the Northern point of the island charms visitors with its colorful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbor promenade.

Day 4

(Tue) Island of Cephalonia (approx. 39 km / 24 mi. by bicycle) Today’s bike tour leads us from Fiskardo to Sami. We cycle along the high road of the western coast of the island, where we have many unforgettable views, like the panoramic view down to Myrtos beach. We continue on through the interior of the island and finally reach the eastern coast of Cephalonia with the harbour of Sami. On the way we may visit the stalactite and stalagmite caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in rowing boats. In the late afternoon we cruise to Vathy on the island of Ithaca.

Day 5

(Wed) Islands of Ithaca and Meganisi (approx. 21 + 13 km / 13 + 8 mi. by bicycle) Ithaca, the homeland of the mythical king Odysseus is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. From Frikes the Panagiota takes us to the small island of Meganisi. On the way we pass the privat island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we will explore in the afternoon in no time by bicycle.

Day 6

(Thu) Mytikas - Lefkas town (approx. 49 km / 30 mi. by bicycle) In the morning we cross over to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. From Mytikas we ride along the coast and further on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages until we reach Lefkas town. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in a cozy tavern in Gaios.

Day 7

(Fri) Island of Paxos - Corfu town (approx. 23 km / 14 mi. by bicycle) Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green color. On today’s cycle trip we circle the island. We can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch the boat brings us back to Corfu town, and after dinner on board our last evening takes place traditionally in a cosy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

Day 8

(Sat) Disembarkationat Corfu town

Price per person in a double cabin below deck. A minimum of 14 participants must be reached (with a maximum of 20).

Inclusions:

  • 7-day trip on a motor-yacht with crew
  • 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower / WC
  • 5 x half-board and 2 x full-board on the ship
  • 6 guided or individual cycle tours as described in itinerary
  • bed linen and towels
  • rental 21-speed hybrid bike with pannier
  • overview-maps for the daily tours on board
  • collective return transfer from Corfu airport to Corfu town (included only on embarkation and disembarkation day, otherwise on request
  • entries to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
  • English speaking tour guide

Additional Optional Services

  • supplement for above deck cabin: 70 euro, reservation required
  • a 1/2 double cabin can be booked
  • supplement for single cabin: below deck: 300 euro; above deck: 400 euro (limited, on request)
  • rental Electric bike FLYER with 8-gear hub shifting and pannier: 70 euro/week if booked in advance, if booked on site: 20 euro/day (limited, on request)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bikes: 21-speed hybrid bike: 10 euro/week or E-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: deliberate damage)

Additional Costs

  • flight to Corfu
  • drinks on board (tally sheet, to be paid to the captain)
  • meals and drinks ashore
  • International banking fees: 50 euro (bank transfer) or 2% of the total amount (credit card payment)
  • tips for crew and tour guides

Discounts

  • In combination with another Islandhopping trip you receive a discount of 100 euro on the second trip.
  • With three persons sharing a cabin (only below deck recommendable), we allow a 50% discount on the basic tour price for the third person (regardless of age), and do not charge the above-deck supplement.
  • Children up to age 18 receive a discount of 25% on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 50% discount).

Alterations

We reserve the right to make alterations to the planned route due to changing wind and weather conditions, and where required by organisational necessities.

Requirements (Level 3)

The bike routes have a length of 16 ft./25 to 32 ft./50 km and lead through hilly or mountainous areas. The bike tours reach elevations between 1000ft./300 m and 2300ft./700 m. Some uphill stretches are included. The roads are mostly asphalted. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead.

Helmet Use

Helmet use is mandatory on all bike tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental bike helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).

Bringing children

We believe that only children in a good physical condition and of a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the bike-tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5 ft.)

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 includes 5 x half-board and 2 x full-board on the boat and starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Guided Tour

The tour will be guided in German and English.

Bike

Our Rental Bikes on the Ionian Islands: 21-Gear-Hybrid-Bike of the Islandhopping Brand

Description

Our 21-gear-hybrid-bikes are basic bicycles that are available in four different frame sizes: 46 cm and 52 cm for ladies, 56 cm and 60 cm for men. All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong "bite", 28 inch hollow chamber rims witn quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable touring saddle of Selle Royal.

More detailed description and photographs

Bike Hire The 21-gear-hybrid-bikes are included into the base price of the tour.

Please Note: Should you not want to be without your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, please bring them with you and let your tour guide attach them to your rental bicycle.

Electronic bikes Flyer i:SY ECO

Description The i:SY-Flyer ECO, a relatively light model of 21 kg, is a compact bike with a special low frame geometry for easy mounting and 20-inch wheels. The handlebar "Speedlifter Twist" is turnable, making the bike space-efficient for storage. This E-Bike model is equipped with an 8-gear-Shimano hub gearshift (Nexus) as well as Shimano V-brakes. A 10-amp battery along with an 8-amp back-up allow for unlimited riding. The type i:SY Flyer ECO is available for all persons with a body height of 1,50 m - 1,90 m. For all participants bigger than 1,90m we do not have any E-Bikes available.

Bike Hire

On the Panagiota 5 E-Bikes are available and can be rented for a weekly additional fee of 100 euros if they are prebooked. If you decide on site to book an E-Bike, the price will be 20 euro per day (to be paid to the tourguide, if available)

Islandhopping Panniers

For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc. The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

Extend Your Stay

Extend your Holiday on Corfu! Would you like to be in the vicinity before your biking and cruising tour in the Ionian Islands begins or to spend a few more relaxed days afterwards on the island of Corfu?

Corfu is the largest island in the Ionian archipel and its diverse landscape, countless beaches, turquiose-coloured sea and many sightseeing attractions are impressive. The beautiful landscape in the north of the island, with its coast of sandstone cliffs at Sidari, attracts tourists like a magnet.

Corfu’s capital – also named Corfu – is considered one of the most beautiful towns in all of Greece. To stroll through the lively lanes of the historical centre with its Venetian flair, where countless small shops offer a colourful profusion of wares, is a true holiday highpoint. Also impressive are the New and Old Fortress, just as photogenic as the monastery island of Vlacherna- connected by a dam to the main island – and nearby Mouse Island (Pontikonissi).

Austria’s great empress Sissi already described Corfu as the island of her dreams when she came there to improve her delicate health. In 1890 – 1892, she had an extraordinary palace built 7 km south of Corfu Town, calling it Achilleion, after Achilles, the legendary Homeric hero. It is today one of the main tourist attractions.

So it is certainly always worthwhile to extend your holiday on Corfu: No matter whether you are interested in culture, love hiking or exploring the island by car, or simply want to relax on the beach. Corfu has something for everybody.

In the following, we recommend some hotels that can be booked through us.

Hotel Bella Venezia in Corfu Town Should you decide to extend your vacation in Corfu’s beautiful capital, we can recommend the Hotel Bella Venezia in the historical town centre.

The hotel, which is one of the most beautiful hotels in Corfu Town, is housed in a neo-classical building completely renovated in 2006 and located in the historical old part of Corfu, quite near the main Esplanada Square and the old citadel.

The 31 rooms were stylishly furnished by the well-known interior designer Marilou Dolianite. They all have a private bathroom, telephone and internet connection, TV, a safe, a minibar, a balcony and air-conditioning. There is also a snackbar as well as a garden where, weather permitting, breakfast is served.

We will gladly reserve rooms with breakfast for you at the Hotel Bella Venezia. Prices apply to room and overnight:

  • Single room with breakfast: 95 euro
  • Double room with breakfast: 120 euro

Hotel Cavalieri in Corfu Town n alternative to the Bella Venetia Hotel is the excellent Hotel Cavalieri, which is also centrally located in the old quarter of Corfu. The recently completely renovated Neo-Classical building of the 17th century can accommodate 120 guests in comfortable double and single rooms. From its terrace, it offers a beautiful, unimpeded view of the sea and the old fortress. All rooms are equipped with a bath, mini-bar, telephone, TV and air-conditioner.

We can book you into the Hotel Cavalieri at the following prices per room and night:

  • Single room with breakfast: 95 euro
  • Double room with breakfast: 120 euro

Hotel Corfu Secret in Agios Markos If you wish to spend more time on Corfu, we recommend the new Boutique-Hotel Corfu Secret, located ca. 15 km outside of Corfu-Town, in the village of Aghios Markos above the beautiful Ypsos Beach. Alpha Guide, the best-known hotel guide in Greece, considers it among the best hotels in the country.

The hotel has 23 luxurious rooms on several levels and is furnished entirely in Venetian style. All rooms are equipped with a bathroom, balcony, air-conditioner, TV, telephone, refrigerator and safe. The hotel has a pool, breakfast is served buffet-style, and for a fee guests have access to a washing machine and the internet.

How To Reach Corfu

  • A flight is the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to get to Greece. Corfu, your port of embarkation is only 5 km away from Corfu Airport.
  • We organize collective transfers from Corfu airport to Corfu town. As long as those transfers take place on embarkation and disembarkation days they are free of charge for you. For the organization please indicate your exact flight numbers and arrival times. If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.
  • Please note that Greece is on Eastern European (Summer) time, i.e. GM(S)T + 2 hours.

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