Islandhopping by Boat and Bike
Bike Tour on the Ionian Islands - Itinerary & Advices

Itinerary of the Tour - Day 1 (Sat) Boarding in Corfu Town

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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)

swimming stop

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. 35 km/22 mi. by bicycle)

bike ride on the Ionian Islands

Today's cycle route takes us from Nidri first to nearby waterfalls. If you are lucky they may still have enough water for a refreshing morning swim. Along quiet roads through the mountains, past Sivros we cycle later to the harbour in Sivota. 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)

habour of Fiskardo

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)

flowers

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)

Lefkas Porto Katsiki

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)

sunset

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

goats
After breakfast, check-out, collective transfer to the airport and individual return home or holiday extension on the island of Corfu.
General Information

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.

Participants
Mininum: 14 participants
Maximum: 20 participants

 

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