Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike
Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike

Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike

8 days

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Explore the heavenly Saronic Gulf for a magical 8 days

Who doesn’t want to spend time in Greece at some point in their life? This 8-day self-guided tour includes a day in the famous Athens before setting off to two phenomenal islands in the Saronic Gulf: Poros and Aegina. This tour is self-guided, but you will have support along the way with some transfers, a detailed itinerary, and high-end accommodation booked for you. Go at your own pace and explore this area by bike—on island time!

Throughout this journey, you’ll ride through sensational landscapes filled with rocky coasts dotted with Mediterranean brush, all the while enjoying sweeping views of the bright blue Aegean Sea. There’s no better reward after a long day of riding than a dip in the ocean! Or maybe you’d rather treat yourself to a big meal? Well, you can do that too with delicious Greek cuisine at your beck and call. This 8-day bike exploration allows you to follow your gut, get lost if you want, and use the maps provided to find your way back to lovely hotels each night to recuperate. The Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike Tour perfectly blends adventure and relaxation.

Highlights of the Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike

Reward yourself after your rides with traditional Greek cuisine and drinks with stunning sea views.
Admire Byzantine architecture smattered throughout ancient hamlets on Aegina and Poros.
Follow the detailed map and guides to unique areas of Poros and Aegina islands.
After long days on the bike, put your feet up by the pool at your charming accommodations.

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From $550USD
8 days
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Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike

Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Athens

You’re ready to start an amazing tour of Athens and the Saronic Gulf for the next 8 days! Check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this famous Greek city. You’ll have the option to take a short guided cycling tour in the evening (must be booked beforehand).

Enjoy your first night of this self-guided tour in a lovely hotel.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Athens
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Ferry to Poros Island

Rise and shine for breakfast, then prepare for your first full day. If you arrived late yesterday, you could choose to do the Athens tour this morning. Otherwise, you’ll be driven to the port at Piraeus to catch a ferry. Hop on the 2.5-hour boat ride across the sparkling sea to land at Poros.

Once you land in Poros, cycle off for a few hours to explore sites like the monastery and some incredible beach loops. Settle into your hotel for a good night’s rest.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Poros
Distance: 3 hours, 15km (+ optional 8km), 350m of ascent, 350m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Explore Poros

After breakfast, you’ll set out for an exploratory day, reaching the western part of this stunning island. Pedal through a former Russian Navy base, then continue into a wooded area, then to an interesting site known as the Temple of Poseidon. You’ll have the option to get off the bike and walk for a couple of hours to a restored lighthouse.

After visiting these sites, descend to Poros town, find some yummy Greek dinner, and get some sleep.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Poros
Distance: 3 hours, 17km (+ optional 3km walking), 375m of ascent, 375m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Excursion to Galatas

Fuel up on breakfast for a big day ahead. In the morning, you’ll take a small ferry to Galatas on the Saronic Peninsula. Spend the day exploring this cool agricultural area, visiting a local village, and ride down to the coast.

The wetlands of Psifta, a nature reserve, will be your last stop before turning back and riding the way you came from Galatas. In the late afternoon, return to Poros.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Poros
Distance: 5 hours, 31km, 250m of ascent, 250m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Rest Day and Ferry to Aegina Island

Bid farewell to Poros this morning—you’re heading to another Saronic island, Aegina. Depending on the ferry schedule, stroll Poros in the morning or head right to Aegina. Once you arrive, feel free to cruise around as you please or relax on the beach and dip in the sparkling sea.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aegina
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Short Ride on Aegina

You’re well-rested, but today doesn’t pose much of a challenge anyway. Like the vibes on Aegina, the itinerary today is very chill. You can either meander the museums and archaeological sites or cycle to the postcard-like village of Perdika.

If you don’t feel like riding and crave sweeping vistas, a few hiking options are available to you, like summiting Ellanios Mountain. Return to your hotel for some Greek hospitality and relaxation.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aegina
Distance: 2 hours, 20km, 50m of ascent, 50m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Full Aegina Circuit

Get an early start so you’re not riding during the heat of the day! Hop on your bike and ride inland to visit some fascinating religious sites, like the Aguis Nektariois Monastery and the Temple of Aphaia. Feel the ancient Greek atmosphere as you continue through a few hamlets, stopping at a seaside resort for a midday break.

Ascend a steep hill to be rewarded by a visit to a charming tavern in Anitseo, then round out the day with a descent down the west coast to land in Aegina town. Treat yourself to a delectable dinner on your last night of the tour.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Aegina
Distance: 6 hours, 36km (+ optional 4km), 400m of ascent, 400m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast, you will ride to the port to take a ferry back to Piraeus. Someone will meet you to collect your bikes and your tour will come to an end. Continue onto the next part of your journey full of memories from this epic trip.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike Price and Dates

This self-guided tour in Greece is always run as a custom tour for your group and the price depends on the kind of room you prefer.

The best time to travel to Greece for biking is during the warmest months of the year (May to September), but know that it can get very hot mid-summer (July and August).

Private Self-guided Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

Departure from April 1st to 22nd:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (group of 2 or more): $875 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 2 or more): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 3 or more): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 4 or more): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (group of 3 or more): $550 USD

Departure from May 1st to 27th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,075 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (group of 2 or more): $950 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 2 or more): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 3 or more): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 4 or more): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (group of 3 or more): $575 USD

Departure from May 28th to June 14th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,095 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (group of 2 or more): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 2 or more): $675 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 3 or more): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 4 or more): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (group of 3 or more): $595 USD

Departure from June 15th to September 13th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,195 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (group of 2 or more): $1,075 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 2 or more): $750 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 3 or more): $725 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 4 or more): $725 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (group of 3 or more): $650 USD

Departure from September 14th to 26th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,095 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 2 or more): $975 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 3 or more): $950 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 2 or more): $675 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 3 or more): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 4 or more): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (groups of 3 or more): $595 USD

Departure from September 27th to October 14th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $1,025 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 2 or more): $895 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (groups of 3 or more): $875 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 2 or more): $650 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 3 or more): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (groups of 4 or more): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (groups of 3 or more): $550 USD

Departure from October 15th to 25th:

  • Price per person staying in single room (solo traveller): $995 USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (group of 2 or more): $875 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 2 or more): $625 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 3 or more): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in double or twin room (group of 4 or more): $595 USD
  • Price per person staying in triple room (group of 3 or more): $550 USD
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Accommodation on the Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike

The hotels on this tour are 3- and 4-star and offer modern amenities to keep you comfortable.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. If you are a solo traveller or you prefer a single room, the required supplements are included in the listed prices.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Novus Hotel in Athens ★★★★

Feel super trendy in this modern hotel with a rooftop pool. Wake up in your exceptionally comfortable room and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Saga Hotel in Poros ★★★

You’ll feel right at home in this family-run charmer of a hotel. Included breakfast, an outdoor pool, a private balcony, a rooftop terrace, and the kindest hosts? This won’t be your only visit!

Hotel Danae in Aegina ★★★

Relax in Aegina Town in an air-conditioned room at Hotel Danae. Recently renovated to offer modern amenities, the rooms have private balconies overlooking the large outdoor pool.

What’s included in the Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike?

Meals

7 breakfasts are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 7 nights is included. You can extend your stay at any of the hotels along the route as a supplement.

Transportation during the Tour

Hybrid bike or e-bike rentals are available for an extra cost. Transportation for your luggage from port-hotel-port is included during the tour. You will also receive a transfer from Athens to Piraeus on Day 2 and all ferry tickets between locations (except the small boat to and from Galatas).

Also Included

  • Detailed itinerary in English
  • Detailed maps
  • GPS tracks
  • Bicycle delivery in Piraeus
  • Bike collection in Piraeus

Not included

  • Guide services
  • Flights
  • Visas if required
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees of any kind
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Personal expenses or gratuities
  • Travel insurance or tourism tax
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental
    • Hybrid bike: $25 USD per day
    • E-bike (including pannier bags): $50 USD per day
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra nights in any accommodation
  • Guided bike tour in Athens: $50 USD per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Athens and the Saronic Gulf by Bike

S-Cape Travel Greece is a Greek outdoor company, established in 1994 and member of the S-Cape Group of companies since 2010.

At S-Cape Greece you find a varied portfolio of active and adventure trips that offer you a hands-on experience of Greece, having time to slowing down and appreciate the details: view the sites and landscapes, savor the specialties, meet and mingle with the locals and learn about the culture.

All our trips and itineraries are developed by our team of professional walkers and cyclists who have a keen eye for great trails, exciting itineraries, breath-taking scenery and good quality accommodation that share our vision on sustainable travel.

If you travel on one of our self-guided trips, you receive a Destination Manual with information on the country and a state-of-the-art Road Book with detailed route description, turn by turn diagrams of each crossing and explanatory text. On top, you can navigate the route in your own smartphone via our excellent S-Cape Travel App.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be comfortable biking for up to 6 hours and biking for several days consecutively, potentially with the help of an e-bike. You will have some downtime to recuperate, but the routes can be challenging. You’ll cycle on dirt roads and maintained asphalt roads.

Local Guide

Maria
Maria
Athens, Greece

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