Bike & Barge Greece

If cruising the Greek isles is on your bucket list, this is a golden opportunity.  You better act fast as there are only 20 spaces available.  Contact Craig immediately for further details.

Included Features:
*Air Transportation between Tampa and Athens via Delta Airlines.
*Transfer between Athens Airport and Hotel via private coach with city tour enroute, accompanied by English speaking guide
*2 nights accommodations in Athens at the 3* Superior Hotel Hermes or similar.
*Breakfast daily in Athens.
*7 nights on the Panagiota including the following:
Halfboard for 5 days, full board for 2 days
Use of bed linen and towels; daily cabin service.

Welcome drink, presentation of barge and crew and briefing on the first evening.
Multilingual tour leader for fully guided cycling tours.
Daily briefings of the bike tours.

Printed instructions and maps for daily bike tours (one per cabin).
Complimentary daily coffee and tea till 4 PM.

Unlimited bottled water.
Bike rental for 7 days.

Bike insurance for 7 days.
*Transfer between barge and Athens by private coach.
*Transfer between hotel and Athens Airport with English speaking assistance.

*Breakfast daily in Athens.
*Return airfare on Delta to Tampa.
*All local taxes.
*All Air taxes.

*Medical insurance coverage that includes all of the following: (This does not cover cancellation or lost travel days due to trip interruption.)
Trip Delay up to $750 ($150 per day)
Baggage and personal effects up to $1500
Baggage delay up to $400
Return Air Transportation up to $500
Accident and sickness Medical Expense of $50,000
Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation of $250,000
Worldwide Emergency assistance Services


CRUISE ITINERARY:
Day 1: Marina Zeas (Piraeus/Athens) 

Individual journey to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus, only 25 km from Athens airport. Check-in from 2 p.m. on the ship. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 2: Kythnos Island, approx. 20 km 

Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for their cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. It’s angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas.

Day 3: Seriphos Island, approx. 30 km 

In the morning the Panagiota takes us to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.

Day 4: Siphnos Island, approx. 18 km 

The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because it’s coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon the ship takes us to Syros, where we can round off the day in one of the numerous cafes on the spacious harbour promenade.

Day 5: Syros and Mykonos Island, approx. 30 km 

The town of Ermoupolis on Syros is the capital town of the Cyclades and offers an unforgettable view upon arrival: The town, which is built on two hills, is different from the other Cycladic towns. Pastel coloured houses, many of which have classical facades dominant the townscape. We cycle along the coast of Syros, which is full of bays and coves along the entire southern half of the island to the beautiful beach of Galissas and then past the convent of Saint Barbara back to Ermoupolis. In the afternoon we continue by boat to Mykonos, where the picturesque main town with its famous windmills and it’s white cube form houses invites visitors to stroll through it. With a bit of luck we may even see the mascot of Mykonos in the maze of laneways, the pelican Petros.

Day 6: Tinos Island and Kea, approx. 25 km 

In the morning we crossover to Tinos. There we first visit the famous Evangelistria church in Tinos town. Today’s bike tour takes us along a high road to the mountain village of Tarambados, a village full of walled dove towers with their filigree architecture, which represent remnants from Venetian times. After the bike tour the boat takes off to Kea.

Day 7: Kea Island, approx. 25 km 

The starting point for the tour of Kea, the most westerly inhabited Cyclade Island, is the wonderful natural harbour of Korissia. From here we begin our cycle tour to the picturesque main town of Ioulis, which is situated in the mountains and from there we continue our bike tour to the white beach of Otzias, where the Mediterranean will tempt you to a refreshing swim before we return to Korissia. In the afternoon last sail to Piraeus and overnight stay in Piraeus.

Day 8: Athens (Piraeus) 

You disembark after breakfast on board followed by individual departure or you may extend your stay in Athens.

End of Cruise!  

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LAND ONLY PASSENGERS: As indicated above, there is a reduction for anyone purchasing Land Only packages
and making their own land arrangements. Such passengers are considered “Participants Pursuing Personal
Itineraries” or PPPI.
PPPI: It is imperative that any and all people falling under this category be fully aware of the following facts pertaining
to the tour program:
1. Transfers between airports and hotels are always arranged for the main group and are coordinated with the main
group’s flight itineraries.
2. The transfers also pick up and drop off only at airport terminals that are in the main group’s itineraries. Transfers do
not stop at alternate terminals for pick-ups or drop offs.
3. It is the responsibility of such PPPI passengers to coordinate their flights with the group and for them to be at the
appointed place and time has bene arranged for the group.
4. There can be no special arrangements made for PPPI passengers for alternate pickups or drop offs by the transfer
companies involved.
5. All of the above is equally applicable to any luggage that such PPPI passengers are bringing

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 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All U. S. Citizens participating in this tour program are required to have a U. S. Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date of the tour. Any non-U. S. Citizens participating in this tour must check with the appropriate consulate for all countries being visited and transited, to ensure that they have met all entry requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to be sure that all proper entry requirements are met and that they have all the appropriate documents necessary. 

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Cost:  $3995+/- per person, double occupancy.
 Single Occupancy:  Add $1265+- 
All prices are subject to change due to fuel surcharges and taxes.

Payment Schedule:
Club membership is required. Checks payable to Ski Club of Sarasota should be mailed to leader.
Deposit: $1000 per person is due with trip reservation form, membership application, dues, and photocopy of passport used during travel.
Final Payment:  Due 90 days prior to departure  Trip Leader will send a reminder with any adjustments necessary.

To get on this trip:  Please download a trip reservation form, print it out, and mail it to the group leader at the address below. Include your deposit payable to "Ski Club of Sarasota" based on the payment schedule above. Also, please sign-up for membership.

Group Leader:
Craig Batchelor
P.O. Box 1969
Crested Butte, CO 81224

email: pticb@aol.com
Cell: 727-460-7288