Seven nights aboard ship also means there is little need to pack and unpack, so you get to spend more time doing what you enjoy most - hiking and bicycling. We won't say that this is the perfect active travel vacation, but it's close.
*Important Tour Note! Please notify us at the time you reserve space on our Bike, Hike, & Cruise the Greek Islands tour if you are interested in bicycling. Otherwise, we cannot guarantee bicycle availability for you!
Day 1: Arrive Athens, Greece
Highlights: visit the Plaka and the Acropolis before introductions over a glass of ouzoArrive today in Athens, where our hotel is located near the heart of the old city center. Take a stroll through the Plaka or visit the Acropolis. We'll gather this evening for introductions, a glass of ouzo, and a special introductory dinner.
Day 2: Cape Sounion
Highlights: Classic temple of Poseidon, ferry to TinosAfter breakfast, we'll shuttle to the southern coast near Cape Sounion where we will have a bike fitting. Explore the classic temple of Poseidon before we bicycle or walk (your choice) through the rolling countryside of Attica to the Port of Rafina. From here we'll take a fast ferry to the island of Tinos where we'll board our yacht. Dinner tonight will be together on board. Biking option: 30-40 km (18-25 miles). Walking option: 2 hours.
Day 3: Set sail for Delos and Mykonos
Highlights: Visit Delos a UNESCO World Heritage site, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, enjoy an evening on MykonosWe set sail this morning for Delos - one of the most sacred places in the Mediterranean. We'll have a guided tour through the ruins of this intriguing island, where according to legend the gods Apollo and Artemis were born, and then return to the boat for lunch together as we continue on to Mykonos. Explore Mykonos on your own this evening. Walk time 3 hours.
Day 4: Paros
Highlights: Coastal cycling or a visit to an ancient marble quarryWe sail this morning to the island of Paros and drop anchor in a small fishing village. The marble of Paros was so prized by the Greeks and Romans that the stone used in many classical masterpieces was quarried there. Cyclists will enjoy a ride around the perimeter of the island today, while walkers will visit the ancient marble quarries of Marathi and the island's former capital, Levkes and walk the famous Byzantine trail. We will have dinner together on board this evening. Biking option: 5 - 55 km (22 - 34 miles) Walking option 3-5 hours.
Day 5: Paros to Santorini
Highlights: Visit Santorini, donkey ride from the port to main town of FiraWe will have a swim and lunch together on the boat on our way to Santorini. In the true tradition of Santorini you can take a donkey ride from the port up to the main town of Fira. Enjoy the stunning views and sip a cocktail as the sun sets. Tonight dinner is on your own.
Day 6: Santorini to Ios
Highlights: Visit to Prehistoric Museum, Hiking the island's volcanic rimWe will hike around the edge of the crater from the main town of Fira to the breathtakingly beautiful town of Ia. We will also visit the Prehistoric Museum where we see treasures from ancient Thira and the ancient site of Akrotiri. The latter is unfortunately closed for renovation. Our boat will pick us up from the port below Ia and we will sail on to Ios. We will have dinner together on board. Walk time: 4 hours (shorter options)
Day 7: Ios to Naxos
Highlights: Exploring Ios island, Naxos town and Apollo's templeThis morning cyclists can enjoy a short spin around the island while walkers will hike around scenic Gialos Bay and explore the main town of Ios. Biking option: 25 km, Walking option: 2 hours.
We leave about midday for Naxos. We'll have lunch on the way. On Naxos, cyclists can ride to one of the nearby beaches for a swim, while walkers will explore the winding alleys which lead from town up to the Venetian castle and watch the sunset from the unfinished temple of Apollo which dominates the harbor entrance. Biking option: 15 kms or more, Walking option: 1-2 hours.
Day 8: Naxos to Tinos
Highlights: Explore Naxos before sailing back to TinosOlive groves and picturesque whitewashed villages accompany both cyclists and walkers today. Cyclists can choose between two different rides, while walkers will shuttle to the center of the island to walk to a crumbling Venetian fort and discover the huge, unfinished, ancient statue of a young man. We have a special captain's dinner this evening on board back in Tinos. Biking option: 32 - 90 km (20 - 56 miles), Walking option: 2 - 3 hours
Day 9: Return to the Mainland
Highlights: We hope you enjoyed your cruise, and we'll see you soon!After breakfast together, we say goodbye to our Greek Island odyssey. We'll offer a shuttle back to Athens for those needing to return home. Or maybe you'd like to explore some more of the islands on your own? Whatever you choose, Kalo Taxidi!
HighlightsBiking & hiking options, Cyclades Islands, Delos a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Whitewashed villages, Ancient ruins
Includes9 days, 8 nights accommodation, 5 dinners with wine, 3 lunches, all breakfasts, ferries and transfers during tour.
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What to ExpectAlmost daily options for biking or hiking (see note above). Some hilly terrain. Mileage options, so you can choose the distance that is right for you.
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