CYCLE CYCLADES ferry hopping 5 gorgeous islands guided with vehicle support .
Cycle Mykonos, Syros, Delos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos and Santorini Hiking add-on When travelers fantasize about Greece they usually conjure up stark whitewashed island villages surrounded by a blinding blue sea.
That’s the Cyclades.
Blue and White, just like the Greek flag.
Our bike tour uses ferries to hop from island to island. Read a day by day account of the Cycle Cyclades tour in Odyssey magazine.
The 4 night Santorini Hiking add-on offers Cyclades in all its glory with cultural activities and land and sea excursions.
You hike along the volcano’s caldera ridge to witness the watery horizon 360 degrees.
Sail into the caldera and ascend a volcanic peak. In a Cyclades cooking class
discover the unique local foods. We introduce you to Santorini’s marvelous wines grown in volcanic soil.
Before or after your bike tour, while in Athens see the city and surrounding region from a bike.
2020 Dates June 21-28 and Sept 20-27 7 nights
8 days Add-ons Santorini Hiking -see Add-On tab Arrival City Athens, at least one night before tour departure Arrival transfer see Extras tab Tour Start Point Piraeus port to Syros island Tour End Point Naxos island Minimum Age 18 Minimum Pax 8 Maximum Pax 14 Total Mileage 346 km, 215 miles for standard route. Possible to vary most daily routes to add mileage, or lessen miles with vehicle transfer.
Highest Elevation 496 meters, 1627 feet Active.
Due to morning departure on Day 1 prepare to arrive at least one day early to Athens to test ride the bikes.
Bike mileage listed for each day is that day’s standard bike route. Depending however on the cycling level of the participants , routes may vary by adding mileage or minimizing mileage with vehicle transfers.
Day 1: Syros Early morning departure on a ferry to Syros, the capital of the Cyclades islands. Syros is known for its many beaches and elegant capital, Ermoupoli which means “trading city.” A warm-up short ride in the interior of the island to Ousyra Winery, a family run winery for wine tasting. Later a walk up to the car-free medieval neighborhood Ano Mera. scenic warm up ride 22 km, 13.6 miles Day 2: Syros Today’s ride makes a big loop in the southern half of Syros starting with a 204 meter ascent (670 feet), the highest point of the day. The route goes from one beautiful beach to the next finally stopping at Vari Beach for lunch and swimming in the protected bay. 36 km.
22 miles Day 3: Mykonos Mykonos is famous for its party scene
its high end shopping, its cool vibe. It offers a stark contrast to the other low key simple elegance of the other Cyclades islands. Biking is minimal on Mykonos — a ride to Elia Beach for swimming at a fine sandy beach and a classy Mediterranean lunch. 24 km, 15 miles Day 4: Paros A morning local boat takes us to the ancient sanctuary of Delos island, a World Heritage Site to its explore its extensive grounds. Lunch in Mykonos harbor, then catch a ferry to Paros. We bike to the hotel in Naoussa, check in, then bike and hike the dirt path to the 1887 Korakas Lighthouse.
12 km, 7 miles.
45 minutes hike Day 5: Paros Our main destination is adorable Antiparos island
a 10 minute ferry hop from Paros. Depending on the season, there could be a pit stop at the unique Valley of the Butterflies. In Antiparos, we bike ride to the famous cave and descend by foot to its bottom, Back on Paros, bike the southern coast. 58 km, 36 miles Day 6: Naxos Morning ride to Lefkes, the highest village on Paros. Take a ferry to Naxos, arriving in time for lunch and to walk to the Portara. There are a number of biking options in Naxos, including to an olive oil museum, a 6th century BC “kouros,” or the protected Alyki juniper forest.
23 km, 14 miles in Paros, 23 km.
14 miles in Naxos Day 7: Naxos Today is the tour’s highest cycling day
up to 1633 feet. En route there’s a stop at a marble kouros (ancient Greek male statue) left unfinished in its quarry. At cute little Halki, sample the “kitron,” shop at an olive wood store, visit the art gallery. Cycle to Aria Springs and hike up to Za Cave. 48.55 km, 30 miles Day 8: Departures Take ferry or flight to Athens or 2 hour ferry to Santorini for hiking add-on tour.
Four Night Santorini Add-On After biking the Cyclades islands
cap it off by visiting the famous cliffs of Santorini, and its lesser known island, Therasia. 2020 Dates: June 28 – July 2 or September 27 – October 1. Highlights include: Wine tastings & traditional Greek cooking class.
Caldera sailing to hot springs with warm mud.
Hikes to Ancient Thira & Oia atop the caldera ridge.
Swimming at Red Beach & sunset harbor dining.
Day 8: Santorini Leaving Naxos we take a two hour high speed ferry to Santorini. Your first glimpse of the volcanic caldera cliffs from the ferry are enchanting, looking like vanilla icing on a long cake. We take a late afternoon 2 hour hike on the caldera ridge, arriving in Oia to catch an incomparable sunset.
Day 9: Santorini The day is consumed by a Cyclades cooking class in Pyrgos where you are introduce d to the unique foods of the region, including white eggplants and tiny tomatoes. Learn to make four different appetizers, an entree and dessert.
The class includes wine tasting and a sumptuous lunch.
Day 10: Santorini A day full of culture: an hour hike up to the 7th century BC ruins of Ancient Thira, a tour of a renovated winery that is now a contemporary art gallery, a visit in an underground wine museum with Santorini’s oldest wine press and a walk-through of the local museum with finely preserved Minoan frescos.
Day 11: Santorini Take a “party boat” (other passengers) to the center of the caldera where you walk the 20 minute path up the volcano and see the emitting smoke, smell the sulphur. The boat stops for a swim in thermal healing waters and lather yourself with warm sea mud. Lunch on Therasia island.
Day 12 Departure daily flights to Athens COST 2400 euros per person based on double occupancy. 600 euros single supplement INCLUSIONS Guide Company guide to act as tour leader, accompany you on all scheduled activities, lead the hikes Accommodations 4 nights accommodations 4 star hotel on the caldera with daily breakfast, view of caldera.
Meals 2 dinners with fresh, local house wine and 2 lunches (cooking class and caldera cruise) Ferries transfer from Naxos, boats to/from Therasia Flight flight from Santorini to Athens Transfers on arrival from port to hotel and on departure from hotel to airport Cooking class traditional Cyclades cooking class includes gourmet lunch and wine tasting Wine tasting two sessions at local wineries Land excursion Full day. Private vehicle, destinations include Ancient Thira, wine museum, folk museum, art gallery, entry fees Sea Excursion Full day. “Party boat” (meaning other passengers). Includes entry fees and lunch.
EXCLUSIONS 2 dinners, 2 lunches.
Cycle Cyclades Tour Cost 2950 euros per person Cyclades Single Supplement 800 euros Santorini Hiking Add-on 2400 euros per person Santorini Single Supplement 500 euros See Accommodations3-4 star hotels, primarily family owned and operated, ranging from boutique hotels to seaside upscale hotels.
Tasteful, clean, air-conditioned, private bath, abundant hospitality, comfort.
All accommodations are standard doubles with option for upgrade. All accommodations serve breakfast, usually buffet style.
Tour prices are based on double occupancy. See Accommodations tab to request more info about tour’s accommodations Ferry Transfers 4 one-way tickets: Piraeus to Syros to Mykonos to Paros to Naxos. 2 round trip tickets: Delos and Antiparos.
Bikes: Specialized road bike or hybrid bike. Triple chain ring, 27 gears.
Road bike has carbon fiber fork.
Hybrids have front suspension.
Electric bike or carbon Tarmac bike are available as an upgrade on request. Regular pedals or toe clips on request. You are welcome to bring your own clip-in pedals and shoes. See and Bike Gear: helmet, water bottles, handlebar pouch, odometer Bike Routes Options (1) RideWithGPS tour routes to upload to your iphone or Android with voice narration – bring your own bike mount (2) GPX tracks to download to your device – bring your own bike mount Support Vehicle (“sag wagon”) with bilingual driver who is also a bike mechanic.
Vehicle carries spare parts, floor pump, ice cooler, water, nutritious snacks, bike tools, first aid kit, day packs, luggage and gives you a lift if you get tired.
Tour Leader / Bike Guide the Tour Leader handles all the tour logistics and rides with the group.
All Meals: Breakfasts are included at each hotel. Lunches — you choose from the menu. Dinners are generally at trusted establishments within walking distance of the hotel. Dinner consists of 2-3 appetizers and salad chosen by us and shared by the group. You are offered an entrée choice, usually a meat, fish or vegetarian dish. Dessert, house wine, water or beverage for those who don’t drink wine.
Trip packet useful and interesting information about the region Entrance fees Delos island, Valley of the Butterflies, Antiparos Cave, Naxos Venetian Museum Wine Tasting: Syros wine tasting with local winery owner • Transfers from Athens Airport to Athens – see Extras tab • Departure transfer at end of tour from Naxos • Alcoholic beverages (other than house wine) • Travel insurance – see Extras tab • Tips for CycleGreece guides and drivers, at your discretion Participants are required to sign our.
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E-bikes for an 8 day tour cost 300 euros. See and for more info.
Upgrade to a Specialized Tarmac Sport, carbon fiber frame and fork.
Cost is 400 euros for an 8 day tour.
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An indicative hotel for Cycle Cyclades tour is St
Andrea in Naoussa on Paros island.
We select the accommodations for guided tours based on quality, comfort, cleanliness, hospitality, location and charm.
Most of the hotels on this tour are family owned and operated. They all have wi-fi and all but one has a swimming pool. They are all near the sea and within walking or biking distance to a beach.
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Santorini Add-onfour nights.
Summer: June 21-28 September 20-27 2020 Dates for Santorini Hiking Add-on
Summer: June 28 – July 2 September 27 – October 1 Syros, ringed by picturesque sandy beaches Mykonos, the departure port for Sanctuary of Delos island Paros, eat at whitewashed tavernas on the waterfront Antiparos, descend the steps into the deep cave Naxos, visit an Apollo temple and marble “kouros” in their quarry Cycling on Syros Island.
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