Secret Islands of the Greek Cyclades
GUIDED - 8 Days / 7 Nights, 160Km
Your floating accommodation, a 24m/75ft long Greek motor-sailer, will take you from the port of Piraeus to the island of Kythnos, and beyond.
The Cyclades, in the heart of the Greek archipelagos, comprise more than 30 islands, and were the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. This area is one of the prettiest and untouched part of Greece. Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinths of lanes give the typical architectural flavour to the island towns. The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sand beaches.
Day 1 Athens:
(Saturday) Boarding at Piraeus (Athens) from 2 pm. Dinner on board, and stay overnight in Piraeus.
Day 2 Kythnos Island (25 km):
Kythnos is mostly flat. Bike to the port of Merichas, the main town of Kythnos. Wander the maze of white-washed houses and crooked lanes. Visit the thermal spa Loutra on the rugged coast then return to Merichas for overnight.
Day 3 Seriphos (30 km):
Seriphos is a small island with deep valleys, numerous bays and many beautiful sand beaches. On a panoramic road, cycle to the Byzantine monastery of Taxiarchis and onto Seriphos town, whose cube-like houses drape the mountain slope high above the sea. A winding road leads down to the harbour of Livadi. Overnight in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.
Day 4 Siphnos Island (18 km):
The cycle tour begins in the harbour of Kamares, and the route leads through the green, hilly terraced landscape, to the central highlands and the town of Kastro. In the afternoon cruise to Kea Island with time for a refreshing swim enroute.
Day 5 Kea Island (25km):
Cycle to the islands picturesque capital, Loulis, located in the mountains and proudly boasting the 6th century BC smiling lion of Kea carved from stone. Return to Korissia via Otzias Beach and cruise to Poros, a truly spectacular harbour town. Overnight Poros.
Day 6 Poros Island (23 km):
In the morning cycle to Zoodochos Pigis monastery, dating back to the 18th century. Cycle around the island once owned by Poseidon. Enjoy a swim at Russian Bay, then join the boat for a delicious lunch as you cruise to Aegina.
Day 7 Aegina Island (35 km):
Aegina is renowned for its pistachio nuts! Todays cycle takes you to the Sanctuary of Aphaia, an extremely well preserved temple hgh above the blue Aegean Sea. Return across the middle of the island to rejoin the boat at Aegina. Cruise back to Piraeus and enjoy your last evening on board with a crew and guest get together dinner!
Day 8 Departure:
Disembark in Piraeus (Athens) after breakfast, 9.00am.
Moderate - Biking is often in hilly or mountainous areas. The roads are mostly asphalted. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead.
Breakfast & either 1 or 2 hot meals per day.
Trip Notes / Dates / Prices 2023