Greek Islands bike and boat vacation
Cycle and sail amongst the stunning scenery of the Cyclades as you experience ancient sites, untouched villages, beautiful beaches and 160kms spent in the saddle.
Kythnos Island Merichas Seriphos Island Siphnos Island Syros Island Ermoupolis - capital of the Cyclades Coastal cycle rides Mykonos Island Delos Island - birthplace of Apollo Tinos Island Kea Island Time to visit monasteries, tavernas, Aegean beaches, churches, mountain villages and towns
US $2650 excluding flights
Price includes: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners, 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with private bathroom (small supplement applies for above deck ), experienced crew of 4 including cycle guide (English speaking), 21 speed trekking bike rental with bike bag, bed linen and towels, entries to museums and archaeological sites (group visits), overview maps for daily cycle tours, group transfer between Athens airport and Piraeus on day 1 and day 8.
Description of Greek Islands bike and boat vacation
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Although there are a limited number of helmets available it's well worth bringing your own from home to ensure maximum safety.
Small group. Avg size 14-20.
Moderate. Avg 25km daily cycle.
Sailing boat with double berth cabins. Deck level cabins available at a supplement.
21 speed trekking bike, fully crewed sailing boat, 6 guided cycle tours, entrance fees.
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners.
Single cabin supplement applies.
3 Reviews of Greek Islands bike and boat vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by Sarah SlaterThe most exciting part of the vacation was everything, it was fantastic Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jul 2016 by Linda RoeStart to finish this was the BEST vacation I've ever taken. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Sep 2016 by Yvonne CatonGreat fun Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThis exceptional ship based experience is heightened by the fact that we are not using a massive cruise liner, rather, a small boat which uses much less fuel, creates fewer emissions and creates much less visual and noise pollution for the local people who encounter it during your travels.
Traveling by bicycle is one of the lowest impact forms of travel. In the company of a local guide you will travel, by bike, to some of the more remote sections of Greece’s Cyclades Islands and travel through its landscapes and villages and your guide will ensure that we leave no visible trace behind. By traveling in a small group we further minimise our impact on the landscapes and communities we visit.
Our environmental sustainable principles
True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.
Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while traveling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing
The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!
PeopleYour guide and crew are all local. They are people who know and love Greece and are passionate about sharing it with you in a responsible manner. They will help you maximise the encounters you have with local people allowing for a more fulfilling cultural experience. You will also assist many communities on islands that are not on the mainstream tourism trails. Since we travel by bike and yacht we are able to access places most travelers never visit hence allowing you to spread the benefits of your tourism dollars further. Unlike larger cruise style vacations, each evening you will be able to discuss your day at length with local crew and learn more about the region you are traveling through which will ultimately provide a more enriching cultural experience.
Our local partner donates €5 from each travelers tour cost to a clinic taking care of families whose children have been receiving cancer treatment. With the monies raised these families are invited to experience this trip for free, to allow them to forget about their troubles for a short time. It is an experience most of these families would not have a budget for after paying for medical expenses.
Our responsible travel principles
Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses. We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.
We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect. We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travelers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.
We strive to educate our travelers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.
No local payments policy
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travelers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travelers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.