8 days / 7 nights / 5 rides
Difficulty: 3.2 out of 5
Type: Fully Guided
A carbon road bike with minimum Ultegra groupset.
Lightweight and quality fitness bikes that will get you anywhere.
Powerful e- motors and extra batteries will ensure comfortable rides.
Compatible with Shimano SPD, SL or Look KEO cleats. If you are not using clipped shoes flat pedals will be mounted on your bike.
A suitable, lightweight helmet is provided for maximum safety and comfort.
We take care of all the logistics related to your bike case (from/to the airport)
Two ways shuttle service from/to the airport
We pick you up from your hotel and shuttle you back there once the cycling is completed.
Spacious accommodation with high level of privacy on a catamaran boat max 2 years old. Minimum specs and size is equal to the Lagoon 42.
Our team comprises only experienced captains (min 7 years in the sea) with excellent command of english. Our people are clean, cheered up and understand the cycling culture.
Our staff will make sure an excellent breakfast is always on time, a great selection of healthy snacks are served throughout the day and great meals are cooked.
Full breakfasts meals, according to you dietary preferences, are prepared and served on the boat.
Healthy bites, beverages and light meals prepared by us and served on board
A reasonable amount of alcohol along with the meals
One member of our staff is going to be in close proximity to provide you with assistance and pick you in case something happens
No one gets hungry or thirsty. A variety of local and healthy snacks, fruits and beverage are offered during the cycling part of the day.
One guide will be cycling along with the group making sure all ride safely and show those spots that matter.
Entrance fees to archaeological sites
Can I bring my own bike?
Nothing compares with riding your own bike, therefore feel free to take it along. All the logistics of your bike case are been taken care of. We will collect it after you assemble the bike and deliver it back to you on your trip's end. You will also be responsible for assembling and disassembling as needed, or we may provide a mechanic (based on availability) for a minimum fee of €200.
Is there a laundry service?
During our cycling days, our staff will make sure that you and all of the group have access to a laundry service. Every second or third day, our guides ask the group to get all their to-be-washed clothes just right after the ride (we need to allow as much time possible for them to dry). The next day, the dry clothes are delivered right after the breakfast.
Note: always have a spare kit to wear and avoid giving everything for laundry. It has happened that they weren’t ready the next day, and wearing them wet, well…. it is not nice :-)
How much should I tip the guides?
Gratuities for guides are much appreciated to thank them for exceptional service, support, and expertise. The industry standard is for each individual guest to tip 10-15% of their trip price at the end of the tour. Unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips among themselves. Tips in local currency and in cash are always preferred. We recommend that you plan ahead by bringing extra cash or visiting the ATM at the beginning of your trip, since ATMs are not always available or may limit the amount of withdrawal. Make sure your bank is aware that you will be using your card internationally.
How many cycling kits should I bring?
Well, as many as you like. We also prefer to see a lot of different outfits. However, if you want to travel light we recommend you bring 4 x cycling kits. Along the trip, there is going to be a laundry service, where you can have your kits washed and fresh.
What to pack for the trip?
Here is a small list for you to ensure not to leave anything behind.
Are non riders welcomed?
The companions who prefer not to cycle can still enjoy the marvelous landscape and the culture of Greece. However, in this case we need to adopt a more delicate approach. Since our guides are focused mainly on supporting cyclists during daily rides, a dedicated support team (transportation, guides, etc) may be required for the non-riders members of the group. For the majority of the destinations, we can create a private itinerary where non-riders can enjoy daily outdoor activities, visit local sites and places of great interest, have stunning meals with authentic mediterranean cuisine and rejoin with the cycling group later in the day. Contact our trip agents to discuss how we can make it happen.
Cancellations due to Covid
In the case of official restrictions, or imposed travel bans, resulting in cancelling your arrival to Greece, the trip is postponed for future dates, anytime within the next 3 years from your original departure. The next trip will have exactly the same terms as the initial one. Note: the new dates should be during the season with the same tourism activity (e.g. if your trip was set for May you may not be able to postpone that for August). In case you decide to cancel, cancellation fees will apply and per our terms and conditions.
Hygiene during the trip, what should I expect?
Sanitizers and alcohol tissues have always been a part of our daily life. In the light of this pandemic we guess that we cannot deviate from that. Masks: we expect the guests to bring their own masks which they can wash and feel comfortable wearing, while our staff can also provide some some in case of shortage.
Fun fact: Two of our drivers, very sweet guys, have a more than a few microbe phobia issues. Even during our early stages as a touring company, they have made sure we adopt a "surgical room" approach when it comes to cleanliness in our vehicles, commonly used spaces and personal hygiene.
When is latest I can arrive in Greece for the sailing?
One day earlier would be sufficient and will allow you plenty of time to synch in.
Arrival on the day the sailing starts: if for an important reason you need to fly in the first day of the trip, please arrange for an early flight. We will make everything in our power for you not to miss the cycling, even if that means collecting you from the airport, fitting you on a bike and riding along the Athenian Riviera towards the Temple of Poseidon. Once you are on board, the rhythms are dropped significantly and you will have a lot time to recover.
Can the weather have an impact on the itinerary?
We will use a Greek expression to describe the importance of the weather conditions. The weather is the Alpha(Α) and the Omega (Ω) when it comes to how the days are structured. When the weather gets rough we may seek a safe harbour or alter the cycling routes to ensure a great and safe experience for all.
Our staff, both onboard and the ones sitting at our offices, sets up daily meetings where all parameters are discussed and basis the inputs and the conditions we draft the next days’ options.
What are the minimum boat specs?
Please find below specs:
Year built: max 2 years old
Length: 12,80 m
WC / Shower: 4
Indicative: Lagoon 42
Why sailing on a catamaran?
There are 5 reasons why we choose to sail on a Catamaran
Should I bring warmer clothes for the evenings?
The temperature during the evenings may drop noticeably. This combined with the humidity (we are surrounded by the element of water) may require a couple of warmer cloths. What we recommend is to take a series of layers which you can adjust according to any situation. Do not forget to bring a wind stopper which can keep any chilly breeze away.
Is the water warm enough to swim?
Typically the sailing and cycling packages run during spring and autumn.* In both cases the water is very pleasant to swim in, with the autumn to offer a warmer option. The summer sun have heated up the water significantly and the sea remains warm until early winter. Whatever the season you are aiming for, you will need no special swimsuits or equipment ulike.
*For summer cruises the temperature may be too hot, but the water is spectacular.
Why do Sailing and Cycling weeks start / finish on Saturdays?
The current sailing boat industry standards offers us limited flexibility in running our Sailing and Cycling weeks on other days than Saturdays. All boat charters are traditionally on weekly slot (from Sat-Sat) and charging that may be possible, but we will have to review that as per request.
Should I come a few days earlier?
Absolutely! The cycling cruises always start and finish on Saturdays, which leaves you with plenty of time to visit the city of Athens for a couple of days,or more. The majority of our guests decide to do so before their trip starts, which also allows them more time to settle in and synch into a slower pace. We would recommend at least three days and that you select your accommodation as close to the city’s center as possible. An indicative plan on how you could spend your days in Athens is:
Do you want us to arrange or help you with a pre-tour package? Just let us know.