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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 in Athens’ hidden green corners
• Optional guided bike tour beneath the Acropolis
• Island-hopping in the Saronic Gulf
• Lush and lively Poros Island
• Aegina, tasty capital for pistachio nuts

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Route

Cycling routes on tarmac roads, we have selected quiet country lanes wherever possible.  

Start: Athens   Finish: Piraeus

The order of this itinerary may change according to 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: Loop from Poros via Psifta (31 km)
Day 5: Travel from Poros to Aegina
Day 6: Bicycle trip on Aegina (20 km)
Day 7: Aegina Island loop (50 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1:    Arrival in Athens

Start in amazing Athens, nothing short of an age-old miracle. Settle in at your hotel then take off to explore it all. An optional guided city cycling tour can be booked in advance for this evening. Athens’ well-matched balance of ancient and modern takes on a unique ethereal quality at dusk.

Day 2:    Transfer to Poros by boat (15 km)

Jump in the taxi to Piraeus, where you catch the ferry for a 2,5-hour journey to Poros taking your bike and bags with you. Ferry timetables vary throughout the year and, if no ferry available on a given day, you might travel by hydrofoil (Flying Dolphin) or high-speed boat (Flying Cat). Due to lack of space on smaller boats, bikes may be transported to Poros separately.

Option of taking a morning bike tour of Athens or, if you get to Poros early, time for an afternoon cycling route to the monastery of Zoodochou Pigis, a loop to the beach or a circuit round the town.

Challenge: 3 hours, 15 km (plus an optional 8 km), 350 m ascent, 350 m descent

Day 3:    Bicycle tour on Poros (17 km cycling, optional 3 km walking)

Today you go west into central Poros, beginning with a coastal section with an optional stop at a former Russian Navy base. Riding up in gradual ascent through lovely wooded terrain, you come to a small plateau, one of the few arable areas on Poros. Add an optional loop to the gracefully enduring Temple of Poseidon archaeological site and stand in awe beneath its sturdy columns. The day ends with a tough descent down into the town of Poros.

The route includes an optional one-hour walk on a stony path to the restored lighthouse situated at the western tip of the island.

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

Day 4:    Loop from Poros via Psifta (31 km)

You and your bike start by sailing on a little pontoon boat to Galatas, where your cycling route begins. Ride fertile farmland and zoom uphill to Taktikoupoli. Once you catch your breath, steady yourself for a rather steep descent down to the coast. Pedalling along to protected wetlands at Psifta, you stop to reflect in peace and quiet. Then cycle back to Galatas and get the ferry ‘home’ to Poros.

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

Day 5:    Travel from Poros to Aegina

Depending on ferry timetables, you might have time for a cycling or walking tour on Poros before you get the boat to Aegina. Once settled in on this next island, start by exploring the town by bike or take a swim in the crystal-clear sea.

Day 6:    Bicycle trip on Aegina (20 km)

Amble around Aegina and check out the archaeological site and museums. Or pedal 10km south along the coast to picturesque Perdika, a colourful symphony of red rooftops and bright blue windows against a deep blue sea. In summer take a fishing boat to the uninhabited Island of Moni and rent a beach bed to soak up some therapeutic sunshine. Alternatively, opt for a walking route inland to an ancient olive grove or up to the summit of Mt Ellanios (elevation 532 m).

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

Day 7:    Aegina Island loop (50 km)

Today’s tour takes you inland to visit the island’s patron saint at the gorgeous Monastery of Agios Nektarios, a popular pilgrimage site for Greek-Orthodox believers. Rolling downhill toward the east coast, you attack a short ascent to the tempting Temple of Aphaia (elevation 165 m) then coast down to the seaside resort of Agia Marina. Pedalling to Portes you meet a steep ascent to tiny Anitseo and well-deserved breather at the local tavern. Just down the road, a striking Byzantine church sits upon the former temple to Zeus Hellanios and you ride Aegina’s west coast back into town.

Challenge: 6 hours, 36 km (with an optional 4 km), 400 m ascent, 400 m descent

Day 8:    Departure

Catch a ferry back to the mainland and have your hire bike collected at the port in Piraeus. Get a taxi or public bus to Athens Airport for the journey home. Return flights should be booked for departure at 14:00 hrs or later.

'standard' hotels

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

This trip can be booked from April until the end of October. Departures daily. April and after 15 Oct upon request and depending on ferry schedules 2020. 

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
  • Bicycle delivery in Piraeus and bike collection in 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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