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Ionian Islands

Ionian Islands

Odysseus’ Homeland from/to Corfu


8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 210 km

On our bicycle cruise on the Ionian Islands off the west coast of Greece, Hellas shows her greenest side: Pure nature, the crystal clear blue shimmering Ionian Sea and centuries of Venetian influences dominate the archipelago of the Ionian Islands.

From Corfu, which was the dream island of the unforgettable Austrian Empress Sissi, this journey leads us to regions which are not very well known abroad. Discover the famous island of Ithaca which is said to have been the home of Odysseus, the unforgettable green bird sanctuary island of Lefkas, the fantastic mountain world of Cephalonia and the beautiful olive woods of the small island of Paxos.

Enjoy your boat and bike trip through the Ionian Islands and let yourself be pampered by the excellent Greek cuisine and the coziness of the ship!

• Culture: Ithaca - the home of Odysseus
• Nature: Porto Katsiki on Lefkas, one of the most spectacular beaches of Greece
• Activity: Cycling tour through the mountains of Cephalonia
• Culinary: Kleftiko - lamb and rice noodles in the clay pot
• Souvenirs: Olive oil and soap from Paxos

Bike and Boat

Bike and BoatYou cycle during the day and stay on the same boat over night. You do not need to pack every day your belongings as your "hotel" is travelling with you.


Medium- combination of flats and rolling hills sections

Guided Group

Guided GroupTours are led by experienced and qualified bilingual tour leaders who ride with the group throughout the tour and are backed up by the supporting vehicle.


StandardYou can rent a standard bike.


E-bikeE-bike (electrobicycle) for rent available


Half-boardHalf-board available



Travel dates

05.10.2019 - 12.10.2019

Sold out

12.10.2019 - 19.10.2019
19.10.2019 - 26.10.2019


Day 1 - Korfu island

Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to the ship. Check in on the Panagiota from 2 pm on. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Corfu town.

Day 2 - Korfu island – Sivota – Parga – Lefkas island, 28 km

Cast off! In the morning we cross over to Sivota on the mainland of Greece. There our first cycle tour starts and leads us to Parga beautifully situated below a Venetian fortress which towers over the old town. Here the boat awaits us to take us on a long cruise to Nidri on Lefkas Island. On our way we pass a witty swing-bridge which connects Lefkas with the Greek mainland. You spent the night in the lively harbour of Nidri.

Day 3 - Lefkas island, 29 km

Todays cycle route takes us first from Nidri to a nearby waterfall. If you are lucky it carries still enough water for a refreshing morning swim. Along quiet roads through the mountains past Sivros we cycle later to the harbour in Vasiliki. If weather conditions are fine, after a short sail we anchor at Porto Katsiki, one of the most famous beaches in Greece, for swimming. Then the ship brings us to Fiskardo on Cephalonia, where we spend the night. The harbor town on the Northern point of the island charms visitors with its colorful houses and numerous cafés and bars along the picturesque harbor promenade.

Day 4 - Kefalonia island, 45 km

Today’s cycle tour leads us from Fiskardo to Sami. We cycle along the impressive mountain pass at the eastern coast of the island. We will have lots of unforgettable views, like the panoramic view to the neighbour island of Ithaca. After a refreshing break we continue cycling. On the way we may visit the limestone (stalactite and stalagmite) caves of Melissani, which can only be viewed in row boats and charms you with electrifying clear water in various shades of blue. In the late afternoon we cruise to Vathy on the Ithaca Island.

Day 5 - Ithaka and Meganisi islands, 21km + 13 km

In the Morning we cycle on the Ithaca Island. The homeland of the mythical king Odysseus, is a hilly island with a beautiful landscape. On today’s cycle route we can enjoy the typical character of the Ionian Islands away from the beaten tourist track: gnarled olive trees, crystal clear water and friendly islanders – time appears to stand still on Ithaca. From Frikes the Panagiota takes us to the small island of Meganisi. On the way we pass the private island of the influential ship-owner Aristoteles Onassis. Meganisi is a tiny island with lots of charm, which we explore in the afternoon in no time by bicycle.

Day 6 - Mytikas island – Lefkas – Paxos island, 49 km

Early in the morning crossover to Mytikas on the Greek mainland. From Mytikas we cycle along the coast and further on panoramic roads, passing some mountain villages like Paleiros until we reach Lefkas town, where your ship awaits you. In the afternoon we sail to Paxos Island, whose unique natural harbor in Gaios creates a special island atmosphere. We can spend the evening in one of the cozy taverns of Gaios.

Day 7 - Paxos island and Korfu, 23 km

Paxos, the smallest of the seven Ionian Islands is a grove of olive trees, which gives the island its wonderful silver green color. On today’s cycle trip we circle the island. We can have our last swim in the Mediterranean on one of the many beaches. After lunch the boat brings us back to Corfu town, and after dinner on board our last evening takes place a traditionally last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.

Day 8 - Korfu

After breakfast, check-out and individual return home or extended stay in Greece.


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Boat - accommodation

MS Panagiota
At 23 x 6 m the Panagiota is an affectionately restored wooden motor yacht, which represents the classic boat type of the Kaïkis. With a warm „Welcome on board“, the captain and his crew invite their guests on board. A noble teakwood deck, a comfortably decorated salon surrounded by colourful glass paintings, convenient sitting areas on the entire ship and the cushioned mats on the sundeck facilitate a homely comfort. The 10 guest cabins are stylishly furnished and named after Greek islands; all air conditioned and fitted with shower and WC.

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1,390 euro (comfort ship Panagiota)
Base tour price per person (in a double cabin above deck)

Price reductions
• With three persons sharing a cabin, we allow a 50 % discount on the basic tour price for the 3rd person, regardless of age, and do not charge the above-deck surcharge (not combinable with any other discount).
• Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).
• In combination with another tour on AVE´s boat & bike trip in Greece you get for the second trip a reduction of 100 euro per person.

Included / Not included

Included in the tour price
• 8-day-trip on a comfort motor yacht with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 2 x full board and 5 x half board on board
• guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
• Bed linen & towels
• Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
• English speaking tour guide

Not included in the tour price
• Journey to Greece
• Meals and drinks ashore
• Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain); flat fee for drinking water: 20 euro/adult; 10 euro/children till age of 16
• Please bring a beach towel, if needed
• Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Optional services

• Surcharge for a cabin on deck: 100 euro/person
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 400 euro (limited, on request)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 600 euro (limited, on request)
• ½ a double cabin can be booked on request
• Rental bikes with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bike: 80 euro/week or e-bike: 160 euro/week
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Fee-based collective group transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days): between Corfu airport or a hotel in Corfu town and the boat respectively between boat and Corfu airport or boat and a hotel in Corfu town: 10 euro per person/way
• Additional customized transfers on request
• Additional nights on Corfu: prices on request.t.


Hybrid bicycle

Our hybrid bicycles are basic bicycles with trapeze frame or diamond frame that are available in four frame sizes: trapeze frame in 46 and 52 cm or diamond frame with top tube in 56 and 60 cm.All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong “bite”, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable touring saddle of Selle Royal.The hybrid bicycles are rented for 80 Euro per week on this tour. Please be aware that these rental bikes are only available for participants that are taller than 1.50 m.


The FLEXeBIKE stands for innovation; a high end e-bike which can be morphed onto a standard hybrid bike when you remove the battery and substitute the motorized rear wheel with a standard one. At 18 – 19kg the bike is amongst the lightest touring e-bike on the market, available in frame sizes: 46cm – easy entry, 52 cm – trapez, and 58cm – diamond. The Shimano Deore 2 x 9-speed derailleur system make this bike suitable even for those steeper hill climbs. Shimano V-brakes insure that the bike comes to a safe stop. The supporting electric motor is a high-performance BionX-D-motor which runs on a 555 Wh rechargeable battery.The FLEXeBIKEs are rented for 160 Euro per week on this tour (limited amount).

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Good to know

Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.

Time zone
Please note that Greece is on Eastern European (Summer) time, i.e. GM(S)T + 2 hours.

Itinerary changes
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Level 3
The cycle routes require an advanced level of fitness from the participants. The daily routes have a length of 12 – 31 mi. (20 – 50 km). They lead through hilly or mountainous areas and will be completed without any time-constraints. The cycle tours will have an altitude of 1,000 – 2,300 ft. (300 – 700 m). There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented. Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself.

Helmet use
Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

Internet availability
The Panagiota does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts Content.

Bringing children
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 and previous bicycle tour experience are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.30 m (4.3 ft.) for hybrid bikes.

Bringing own bikes
We do not recommend bringing your own bikes/MTBs. Transport of the bikes as well as the loading and unloading from the boats does make the bikes vulnerable to paint defects. Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for private bikes brought on the tour. Personal e-bikes are not permitted on board our boat due to weight restrictions, as well as liability concerns.

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.


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