Antique civilisation and modern times are mixed in a country where the island hopping was invented
The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilised society, 5,000 years ago.
It is also here that Greece shows its most unadulterated side in all its variety: Gleaming white cubic houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectonic flavour to the island towns. The most ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sand beaches.
Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on the PANAGIOTA or the bike and imbibe the beauty of the central archipelago of the Greek Aegean.
Note: The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However by strong wind conditions the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route. A substitute tour is at hand.
Saturday: Boarding in Athens (Piraeus)
Individual journey to Athens airport and collective transfer to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus close to Athens only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens airport. Check-in from 2 p.m. on the Panagiota. Dinner on board.Overnight stay in Piraeus.
Sunday: Kythnos (approx. 25 km)
Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers many scenic views of the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy taverns.
Monday: Seriphos (approx. 35 km bicycle)
In the morning the Panagiota takes us to Seriphos, a small island off the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and many beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses are nestled along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax on the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.
Tuesday: Siphnos (approx. 20 km)
The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon the ship takes us to Syros, where we can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.
Wednesday: Syros and Mykonos (approx. 30 km)
The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival. The town which is built on two hills is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominate the townscape. We cycle along the coast of Syros which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we continue by boat to Mykonos, where the picturesque main town with its famous windmills and its white cube form houses, invites visitors to stroll through it. With a bit of luck we may even see the mascot of Mykonos in the maze of laneways, the pelican Petros.
Thursday: Delos and Tinos (approx. 25 km)
In the morning we have the chance to visit the important ancient sites on the island of Delos, where according to Greek mythology the god Apollo and his twin sister Artemis were born. After lunch we cross over to Tinos. There we first visit the famous Evangelistria church in Tinos town. Today’s bike tour takes us along a high road to the mountain village of Tarambados, a village full of walled dove towers with their filigree architecture, which represent remnants from Venetian times. Overnight stay in Tinos town.
Friday: Kea (approx. 12 km)
In the morning the ship takes us to Kea. The starting point for the tour of Kea, the most westerly inhabited Cyclades island, is the wonderful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we begin our cycle tour to the picturesque main town of Ioulis which is situated in the mountains and has the main attraction on the island: The smiling lion of Kea which was chiselled from stone in the 6th century B.C. Alternatively, there is also the option of an individual short bike tour to the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean tempts you to a refreshing swim. In the afternoon last sail to Piraeus and overnight stay in Piraeus. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cosy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.
Guests disembark after breakfast or guests may extend their stay in Athens by a week.
We highly recommend to bring and wear a bike helmet on this trip.
(Subject to change)