Ancient Peloponnese & Islands of the Saronic Gulf

Guided - 8 Days / 7 Nights By Bike & Boat

Discover this unique, culturally rich region Of the Peloponnese as well as the diverse islands of the Saronic Gulf, each with its own distinct and unique character. Cycle through orange orchards and pomegranate plantations. Experience the “Golden Mycenae” and the impressive Lion Gate, the cyclopean walls and the Treasury of Atreus. Stroll through the picturesque, medieval town of Nafplio with its imposing fortifications and embark on a geological journey through time on the volcanic peninsula of Methana! The ‘pistachio’ island of Aegina is where the Temple of Aphaia sits enthroned high above the blue of the sea. The completely traffic-free island of Hydra is where countless donkeys have been the only means of transport since time immemorial. The islands of Poros and Spetses, fragrant with wild herbs, are sure to enchant your senses as you take in panoramic views while cycling along deserted roads! Return after each excursion to your three-masted traditional vessel and enjoy wonderful Greek hospitality.

Highlights:
  • Charming Nafplio, the former Greek capital
  • ‘Golden Mycenae’ famous for its Lion Gate and the Treasury of Atreus
  • Traffic-free island of Hydra
  • Aegina where the Temple of Aphaia looks down on the blue sea
 

Your Journey

Day 1:

Arrive Athens and board your vessel in Piraeus Harbour.

Day 2 Island of Poros

Sail to the island of Poros. Afternoon cycle tour from the island’s capital Poros, towards the 18th century Monastery of Zoodochos Pigi. Continue on, almost completely circle of the island considered in ancient times to be the island of Poseidon, God of the Sea. Stop to bathe in the turquoise waters at a sandy cove.
Cycling 23 km

Day 3 Galatas – Ermioni – Nafplio

Go by small car ferry from Poros to Galatas in the Pelopennese and bike to the small coastal town of Ermioni to meet your vessel for lunch. Cruise to Nafplio where your tour guide will show you its ingenious fortifications along with its flower filled old town and the numerous very individual, beautiful cafes, bars and restaurants.
Cycling 40 km

Day 4 Mycenae – Island of Spetses

Cycle into the Peloponnesian inland to the remarkable Mycenaean fortress of Tiryns and the magnificent castle of Mycenae, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Explore the excavation site with the famous Lion Gate, Treasury of Atreus and the incredibly thick cyclopean walls. Late afternoon, sail from Nafplio to the Island of Spetses for an evening in the beautiful old town.
Cycling 50 km

Day 5 Islands of Spetses and Hydra

Cycle along the traffic-free road that circles Spetses Island enjoying incredible views of the turquoise sea. After a swim break head for the island of Hydra where donkeys have been the only means of transport since time immemorial. It is an artist mecca nowadays.
Cycling 25 km

Day 6 Methana Peninsula – Island of Aegina

Sail to Methana Peninsula whose volcanic origin is immediately noticeable by the smell of sulphur and the shimmering colours of the rocks. The peninsula is characterised by its 30 plus volcanos, some of which are still active, as well as the medicinal, sulphurous thermal springs. In the afternoon, we sail to the island of Aegina.
Cycling 17km

Day 7 Aegina Island – Piraeus/Athens

Aegina is known for its incredible pistachio nuts! Cycle up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. This well-preserved temple towers high above the blue Aegean Sea. Return across the middle of the island past Nektarios Monastery all the way to Aegina city. Cruise back to Piraeus where we share a communal dinner and a final get-together with the crew and tour guides.
Cycling 35 km

Terrain

Moderate to energetic with some hilly mountainous areas. Roads are mostly asphalted. Daily rides are between 23 to 50 km. Electric bikes available.

Meals

2 days of full board, 5 days Half board (2 meals a day)

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