calm waters, gentle bike routes
The greatest feature of the Saronic region is that the ports are not located in the high seas which means the waters are calm. This makes the cruise ideal for first time seafarers who may not have yet developed “sea legs,” or families with youngsters. Most daily bike rides offer a short version and a long version with additional mileage. Route mileage is are adjusted for families.
The Peloponnese mainland has many antiquities to explore, including two World Heritage Sites: the 3rd century Epidavros Theatre and Ancient Mycenae. Both lie within easy biking distance from the port. Hydra is a car-free, bike-free island — switch gears and go for a hike. The region is famous for its Nemean wine which you will try at a session led by a wine expert. You will also plunge into a Greek cooking class to learn the best recipes from our grandmother’s era with local chef Katerina. Enjoy Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece, is the prettiest city in the Peloponnese.
The Saronic Sailing Cruise can also be done in reverse by a vehicle transfer to Nafplio as the first overnight stop and the final overnight in Aegina.
Before or after your Saronic Sailing cruise we recommend you take the Athens Add-on tour. You will immerse yourself in the culture of Athens and Attica region with exciting activities: Historic Central Athens bike tour (90% traffic free), Acropolis & Acropolis Museum with professional guide, Temple of Poseidon coastal cycling, Attica wine tasting, Temple of Artemis.
If you have limited time in Athens, consider taking one or two bike rides in the Attica region — see Athens Day Tours.
|2017 Dates||choose your dates
|Duration||7 nights, 8 days
|Charter Terms||Groups only, up to 16 guests including children 12 and older
|Charter Cost||36,000 euros per week
||yes, Athens – see Add-On tab
|Arrival transfer||yes, from Athens Airport in designated hours on Day 1
|Tour Start Point||Alimos Marina
|Tour End Point||Nafplio, with transfer to Athens Airport
||12, family cruises
|Total Mileage||198 km, 123 miles for standard route. Less miles, 144 km, 90 miles
||350 meters, 1150 feet
|Rating||Moderate See Rating System|
The cruise starts Day 1 at Alimos marina, a 20 minute drive from central Athens and 40 minutes from Athens Airport. The cruise ends in Nafplio with a vehicle transfer to Athens Airport lasting 90-120 minutes. The cruise can also be done in reverse by a vehicle transfer to Nafplio as the first overnight stop and the final overnight in Aegina.
Bike mileage listed for each day is for that day’s basic route. Additional mileage or less miles is also possible for most rides.
Saturday Day 1: Aegina
Boarding the yacht at the Alimos marina from 10:00 -11:00. After a tour of the boat we sail to Aegina island. Aegina is famous for its pistachios. There’s biking along the flat coast or a more challenging inland loop to Ancient Aphaia. Visit the local Cool Soap workshop. 1.50 hours sailing 39 km 24 miles short route 20 km 12 miles
Sunday Day 2: Corinth
On the way to Corinth a pit stop at Kanakia on Salamina island to swim. A true highlight of the day is sailing through the Corinth Canal, 6.40 kilometers long (4 miles), 21 meters wide (70 feet). The Canal was completed in 1893, effectively turning the Peloponnese peninsula into an island. Cycle to the Roman ruins at Ancient Corinth and ascend the Akrokorinthos fortress with magnificent views of two gulfs. 3 hours sailing 34 km 21 miles. short route 25.40 km 15.70 miles
Monday Day 3: Epidavros
Sail to Epidavros harbor, then bike to and from Epidavros Theatre for a tour with a professional guide. The third century BC theatre seats 13,000. With its impeccable acoustics, one can hear a whisper on stage from the highest tier. 2 hours sailing 30 km 18.60 miles
Tuesday Day 4: Poros
The boat sails from Epidavros to Poros island. Riders have the option to bike the entire distance or get dropped off at Methana port and bike a shorter distance. In either event, all riders rendezvous with the boat on Poros island where you participate in a Greek cooking class! 1 hour sailing 40 km 25 miles short route 22.40 km 14 miles.
Wednesday Day 5: Hydra
Hydra is a car-free and bike-free island. Swimming in a secluded cove and 2 hour hike up to the Prophet Ilias Monastery. Hydra is an artists colony with many high quality, original works of art, jewelry and clothes. The island is a weekend getaway for upscale Athenians. A well known Athenian art foundation has created a cutting edge art exhibition center in an abandoned abattoir. 1.50 hours sailing
Thursday Day 6: Spetses
Adorable Spetses is car-free and has horse drawn carriages for lovely sight seeing. Cycle the entire island and at the half-way point, there’s a hole in the earth about the size of a pot hole cover that you slide through and end up in a for real pirate’s sea cave. Little Spetses will enchant you with its 19th century ship captain homes. 1 hour sailing 24 km 15 miles
Friday Day 7: Nafplio
Nafplio lies within easy biking distance of the World Heritage Site of Mycenae which you tour with a professional guide. Mycenae is where King Agamemnon ruled who launched the Trojan War. The site has deep drama — the king’s wife and her lover murdered him, and then in retaliation their son Orestes and daughter Elektra killed their mother. After Mycenae, we’ll need a glass of Nemean wine! 2.50 hours sailing 43 km, 26 miles
Saturday Day 8: departures
Vehicle transfer in the morning from Nafplio to Athens Airport, 90-120 minutes.
Pre or Post Cruise Athens Add-on
Day 1: Athens
Arrival to Athens from abroad. No activities. Evening meet and greet.
Day 2: Athens
Start the morning with a three hour Athens Bike Tour that is 90% traffic free and stops at 25 points of interest, including famous sites like the changing of the guard at Parliament and unheralded sites like the Pynx where democracy was born and Socrates’ prison. Bike tour is 11 kilometers. After lunch in an outdoor taverna at Plaka, you now visit the incomparable Acropolis with a professional archaeology guide and the Acropolis Museum holding the monument’s treasures. Tour lasts three hours.
Day 3: Athens
We take an excursion to the magnificent Temple of Poseidon in Sounion at the southern tip of Attica Peninsula. Lord Byron carved his name in the marble but the graffiti cannot mar the temple’s geometric precision nor its stupendous views. Bring your swimsuit for a dip in the sea before returning to the city. Includes lunch at a seaside taverna. Option to bike from the Acropolis to Sounion, 60 km or vehicle transfer to Vari and bike from there, 42 km.
Day 4: Athens
Taste of Athens. This is a walking tour that immerses you into Greek food, wine, local products, spirits. All things that stimulate the palate. Greek cuisine is one of the healthiest diets on the planet. Includes a visit to the Greek Gastronomy Museum. Six hour tour, total leisure pace.
Day 5: Athens Add-on ends.
1250 euros per person based on double occupancy. 440 euros for single supplement
Accommodations: 4 nights in 4 star hotel within walking distance of Acropolis with daily breakfast.
Athens Bike Tour: 3 hour guided Athens bike tour, includes hybrid bike, helmet, water bottle, front handlebar bag for cellphone, wallet, cameraa
Lunch after bike tour, before Acropolis tour
Acropolis & Acropolis Museum: 3 hour private tour with professional guide, includes entry fees to Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
Temple of Poseidon Ride: Full day excursion, includes road bike, helmet, water bottle, odometer, handlebar bag, vehicle support, entry fee to Temple, lunch at seaside taverna, transfers to/from hotel
Taste of Athens: 4 hour walking tour, includes all tastings, plus lunch
- All dinners
- Airport transfer: on arrival or departure, requires minimum 4 persons, maximum 8 persons. See Extras tab
- Travel Insurance. See Extras tab
Sail & Cycle cruises are offered to groups only up to 16 guests including children of 12 years old and up. The yacht’s weekly rate is 32,000 euros. This rate does not include VAT taxes currently at 13% of the cruise cost.
7 Cabins: (A) 4 double cabins 3 x 4 square meters with upper twin berth. (B) 1 master cabin 5 x 4 square meters with double bed and 2 upper twin berths, (C) 2 double cabin 2 x 4 square meters with two twins. All cabins have ensuite WC with shower-sink-toilet, hot water showers, air conditioning with individual controls, linens and towels.
Cruise Leader / Bike Guide: Leader handles all logistics and leads the bike rides
Airport Transfers: On arrival from Athens Airport to Alimos marina. On departure from Nafplio to Athens Airport
Bikes: Specialized road bike or hybrid bike. Triple chain ring, 27 gears. Road bike has carbon fiber fork. Hybrids have front suspension. E-bike 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 Our Bikes and Gear
Bike gear: 2 water bottles, helmet, handlebar pouch, odometer, lock, rear rack on request, helmet. For hygienic purposes we encourage you to bring your own helmet.
Meals: APA system applies, see details here. Snacks and beverages during the cruise.
Fishing rods & gear: the catch of the day can cooked on the outdoor Bar-B-Q
Sea kayaks two-man kayaks
Cue sheets: plus distance/elevation profiles
Maps: road maps in English and Greek
Trip packet: useful information, such as, recommended tavernas, points of interest, phone numbers for region’s bike shops
CycleGreece jersey: short sleeved, rear pockets, locally made
Entry Fees: entry fees to Ancient Delos island
- Airfare to/from Greece
- All meals except snacks — see Meals tab
- Vehicle support for bike rides — see Extras tab
- Travel Insurance – see Extras tab
- Gratuities, tips
- VAT tax currently at 13%
Travel Insurance is required as a condition for participation in a CycleGreece tour.
For multi-day private charters seven nights or longer, guests have the option to choose the APA system which stands for “Advance Provisioning Allowance.” APA refers to expenses beyond the base charter cost, usually about 30% of the cruise cost, which includes extras, such as, diesel, meals and an on board chef.
Each yacht has a fully equipped galley to enable your party to be well-fed throughout the cruise. Meals are served al fresco on deck and/or the salon.
The APA system allows the chef to work with your group to satisfy your daily eating preferences. Once menus are established, the chef purchases the food supplies and prepares the meals Guests do not have the option to prepare their own meals on board.
Breakfast typically consist of omelets, Greek yogurt, fresh muffins, jams, fresh fruits, sweet delicacies, coffee and juices. Lunches tend to be sandwiches, pasta dishes, seafood appetizers, Greek specialties, soft drinks and mineral water. Dinner is a wholesome, hearty affair with the chef serving meat dishes or fresh fish, salads, Greek “mezes,” Greek wine, and after dinner treats at the chef’s discretion. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available upon request.
The rate for three meals on board (non-APA) prepared by the yacht’s chef is 150 euros per person per day, half board is 100 euros per person per day., if ordered and paid in advance. Prices include beverages during meals, such as wine and beer, plus mineral water and soft drinks. The chef arranges menus with your party, buys the food, prepares the meals and attends to the serving of the food.
Complimentary snacks and soft drinks are Included in the basic charter rate during the cruise.
These specs for the yacht Apollon are indicative specs for yachts on Sail & Cycle cruises.
Twin masted motorsailer
Total refit: 2015
Overall Length: 23 meters
Teak-mahogany wood construction
Displacement: 74 tons
Fully Batten Mainsail
Fully batten Misensail
Total sails area: 292 m2
2 Engines: IVECO 250HP each
Generators: (2) 16 KW, 220 AC – 24 DC
Bowthruster hydralic 60 hp.
Disalinator 250 lts per hour
Diesel capacity: 4 tons
Water capacity: 4000 lts
Sleeps 16 guests for overnight cruises
Six double bed cabins with third berth, 3 x 4 square meters
One master cabin with double bed and two berths, 5 x 4 square meters
Ensuite WC, hot water showers
Fully Air Conditioned individual controls
Fully equipped galley 18 sq. meters
Six burners oven with grill
Build in refrigerators (4)
Icemaker 24V – 220V
Salon area 30 sq. meters
Two tables sits 16 guests
Color TV 36”
DVD stereo throughout
2 hydralic anchor winches astern
hydraulic master anchor winch bow side
Hydraulic gangway (5 m. long)
Radar 96 Miles range
VHF (2) –SSB (1) –GPS (3) –NAVTEX (1)
Speedometer – Weather station
Wind Speed-Direction Indicator
Intercome (3 stations).
Top Speed 12 knots
Cruising speed 9 knots
Rear Deck sitting area with one table (sits 10)
Life rafts – life jackets
Dinghy 4.50 m. with 20hp outboard
EPIRB Satelite broadcaster system
Sea kayaks (single – double)
Fishing rods and gear
DECK FIRE EQUIPMENT
Fire pumps and hoses stations (2)
Emergency fire diesel pump
Fully insured (Lloyds)
- E-bikes for an 8 day cruise cost 300 euros. See Our Bikes & Gear for more info
- For travel insurance for U.S citizens, we are official agents of Travel Guard. Contact us to receive a policy quote. Cost of coverage depends on various factors including your state of residence, your age, your days of travel. Travel insurance is not provided for flights booked using frequent flyer mileage. Some policies require booking within 15 days of paying your trip deposit, such as, cancel for any reason or coverage for pre-existing medical conditions.
- If you stay in Athens pre or post cruise, we can recommend a hotel and book your room. We patronize a range of Athenian hotels in different neighborhoods and different budgets.
Vehicle support during rides
- Contact us for cost and details
Sail & Cycle tours require a deposit of 30% of the cruise cost at the time of signing the charter contract with the balance due 60 days prior to the boat’s departure date. Full payment is required if booking within the 60 day period.
To make payment, we must first set up your online account. Once your itinerary and cost are finalized, go to the Book Now link which takes you to the secure Aegea Booking page to input your credit card information via PayPal. You may pay with a major credit card or Visa or Mastercard debit card or a PayPal account if you have one. You have the option to pay in euros other currencies. We pay all bank service fees although your credit card company may charge you a foreign transaction fee.
Alternatively, if you are reluctant to pay online, we can take your credit card information by phone. Please contact us to arrange a mutually convenient date and time for us to call you. We can also give you our bank account details if you opt to pay by bank wire transfer which usually has lower fees than those charged by a credit card company .
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