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Athens & Saronic Islands by bicycle
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Athens & Saronic Islands by bicycle

Athens & Saronic Islands by bicycle

  • Surprising beauty of the greenest parts of Athens
  • Optional guided bicycle tour at the foot of the Acropolis
  • Island hopping by bicycle in the Saronic Gulf
  • The lively and green island of Poros
  • The “pistachio”  island of Aegina
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Route

Start: Athens   Finish: Piraeus

It may occur that the order of the islands has to be changed because of the ferry connections available. 

Day 1: Arrival in Athens
Day 2: Transfer to Poros by boat (15 km)
Day 3: Bicycle tour on Poros (17 km cycling, optional 3 km walking)
Day 4: Round trip from Poros via Psifta (31 km)
Day 5: Travel from Poros to Aegina
Day 6: Bicycle trip on Aegina (20 km)
Day 7: Round trip on Aegina Island (50 km)
Day 8: Departure

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. An optional guided cycle tour of Athens can be arranged for this evening (must be booked and pre-paid with the agent in advance). 

Day 2:    Transfer to Poros by boat (15 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. 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. 

The optional Athens bike tour (see day 1) is also possible to do at 09:30 hrs this morning if you had a late flight arrival time yesterday. 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. Alternatively these rides could be left until tomorrow. 

Challenge: 3 hours, 15 km and additionally 8 km possible, 350m ascent, 350m descent

Day 3:    Bicycle tour on Poros (17 km cycling, 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. On the top you can cycle a loop to visit the beautiful archaeological site of the Temple of Poseidon. At the end there is a tough descent to Poros town.

Note: At the western point you can walk in app. 1 hour on a stony path to the beautiful restored lighthouse of Poros and back.

Note: In case of late arrival to Poros on day 2 you can cycle today a loop to the monastery and/or to the peninsula of Poros town.

Challenge: 3 hours, 17 km and optional 3 km walking, 375m ascent, 375m descent

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. 

Challenge: 5 hours, 31 km, 250m ascent, 250m descent

Day 5:    Travel 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:    Bicycle 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).

Challenge: 2 hours, 20 km, 50m ascent, 50m descent

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.

Challenge: 6 hours, 36 km (possible to add 4 km), 400m ascent, 400m descent

Day 8:    Departure

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. There are regular public transport connections with Athens Airport or you may prefer to take a taxi. To allow time for the ferry and travel to Athens airport you must book a return flight at 14:00 hrs or later.

accommodation

All hotels of this trip are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
Below you find the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, we book a similar alternative for you and inform you about the alternative booked. 

Extra overnight:
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way. We can also book a hotel in Athens for you after the trip.

Novus Hotel
Novus Hotel (Athens) 4*

A modern 4-star hotel with a pleasant 'vibe' and superb views from the rooftop terrace over the city of Athens and the Acropolis. On the rooftop you also find a small swimming pool.  

www.novushotel.gr

Saga Hotel
Saga Hotel (Poros) 3*

This completely renovated hotel is conveniently located in the area Perlia within walking & cycling distance from lively Poros town. Great views on the harbour and the mountains of the Peloponnese, a lovely pool and spacious rooms. The owners Takis and Zefi offer great hospitality!

www.saga-hotel.com

Danae Hotel
Danae Hotel (Egina) 3*

Hotel Danae is a 3-star well-maintained hotel, just 1 km distance from Egina town on the coast. Completely refurbished in 2008 it offers a comfortable stay in simple decorated rooms with balconies overlooking the sea or the lovely surrounding fields. There is a well-sized swimming pool.

www.danaehotel.gr

practical info

Throughout the year! Between May and September arrival date can be  on every day as there are more frequent boat connection with Poros and Aegina. In winter period the sequence and duration on the islands may change, due to limited ferry boat connections

In low season it might be necessary to alter the order of visiting the islands. 

The nearest airport to start this tour is Athens 

Arrival in Athens

From Athens airport you can easily reach your hotel by public transport. 

You may also book a private transfers from/to the airport by taxi with S-Cape.

Departure from Piraeus

At the end of the tour, you travel from Piraeus to Athens Airport by public Expres bus, or you can take a taxi. 

HYBRID BIKES

Hybrid bikes, 30-speed, lock, pump, puncture repair kit including spare inner tube, luggage rack rear with paniers, bottle holder (no bottle), map holder (one per booking). Not included: Computer meter, helmet. 

  • Bike model: Ideal Futour 
  • Bike Type: Hybrid trekking bike with alu frame and 28" wheels and Hydraulic disk brakes
  • Gears: Adults bikes: 30  gears. Shimano Deore
  • Suspension: Rear
  • Frame sizes: (Ladies): 40-44-48 cm (Gents): 46-50-54 cm

          

                                  IDEAL FUTOUR

  • Bike model: Winora Texas 
  • Bike type: Hybrid trekking bike with alu frame and 28” wheels and hydraulic disk brakes
  • Gears:  Adults bikes: 27 gears (Shimano Alivio)
  • Suspension: Yes
  • Frame sizes: (Gents): 60 km

         

                                               WINORA TEXAS 

E-BIKES RENTAL

E-bikes, 24-speed, lock, pump, puncture repair kit including spare inner tube, luggage rack rear with paniers, bottle holder (no bottle), and Computer meter. No helmet, no map holder included. Clients can bring their own pedals.

  • Bike model: Winora and Hai bike
  • Bike Type: E-bike with 28’ wheels and hydraulic disk brakes
  • Gears:  9 Speed (Shimano Alivio or Simano Altus or Shimano Acera)
  • Suspension: Yes
  • Frame sizes: (Ladies): 44 cm. (Gents): 44-52 cm 
  • Battery Yamaha Lithium Ion, 400 Wh.

            

                                                  WINORA 

            

 

                                                        HAI

We can send you GPS tracks of this trip upon request and after booking.

included

Included

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast in the above mentioned hotels.
  • Ferry tickets Piraeus-Poros (high speed if necessary), Poros-Aegina and Aegina-Piraeus
  • Transfer Athens-Piraeus
  • Luggage transfers port-hotel-port on the islands
  • Detailed roadbook and basic maps
  • GPS tracks

Not included

  • Guided bicycle tour in Athens
  • Bike rental
  • Flights
  • Tourist tax
  • Transfers from/to the airport. There is a good public transport net.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  • Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program 

Optional Services

  • Bike rental. Bikes have minimum 27 gears, front bags OR map holder, rear pannier, lock, bottle holder incl. bottle and repair kit. NO HELMET OR GPS SUPPLIED
  • E-bike rental
  • Guided bicycle tour in Athens incl. bicycle, guide, surprise
  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations along the way or any other destination in Greece
  • Transfer Airport – hotel in Athens
  • Transfer Piraeus- Athens Airport

 

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