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"A changed journey - but it worked out well in the end"
We booked back last February (according to the schedule then published) to travel from Piraeus to Agios Kirikos on Ikaria on July 5. In the middle of June we received a phone message from the company telling us that the ship's schedule was changed - it was now going to Evdios (also on Ikaria) instead of Agios Kirikos. We were told that our reservation (which included a first class cabin) needed to be changed and to contact the Hellenic Seaways office in Athens. When we did - we were told that because we had made the reservation through Direct Ferries rather than through Hellenic Seaways itself - they could only provisionally make the change - and we would need to go to the ticket office in the port 2 hours before the boat sailed to get the new ticket. All this took 3 phone calls to Athens in the course of which we had been given different advice each time. That felt a bit nerve wracking ... and we hoped that things would not go wrong at the point of embarkation. . In the end it all worked out ... and we got the new tickets without much problem. The cabin was excellent - good facilities and great to have after an overnight flight from London to Athens. The facilities on the boat were pretty good too - our only problem was disembarking - where it was a bit chaotic and we had to struggle down several flights of stairs with heavy bags. The boat was about 25 minutes late arriving in Evdios. In fact however since, if we had got the original boat we would have had to get a bus/taxi from Agios Kirikos to Evdilos, to reach our hotel the change worked out well for us. Our only complaint would be (since we think changes in schedule are not infrequent) that when such things happen there needs to be smoother coordination between Hellenic Seaways and agents such as Direct Ferries.Read More Read Less
The Piraeus Agios Kirikos ferry route connects Athens with Ikaria. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Hellenic Seaways. The crossing operates up to 3 times each week with sailing durations from around 6 hours 5 minutes.
Piraeus Agios Kirikos sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
The port city of Piraeus in Greece lies on the Saronic Gulf in the Attica region of the country and forms part of the Athens urban area, with the centre of Athens located some 12 km from the port. The centre of Piraeus is generally congested with traffic and tends not to be place where tourists would go. The area has many of the facilities you would expect of a non-tourist town: banks, public buildings, pedestrian areas, shopping streets and the like. The area around Zea Marina and Mikrolimano Harbour are perhaps the most attractive part of Piraeus and have a good selection of restaurants, cafes and bars.
Piraeus is Greece's main port and the largest in Europe and the third largest in the world. Unsurprisingly, it is the hub of Greece's maritime industries and the base for its merchant navy. Having recently undergone a refurbishment, facilities at the port have improved and include ATM's, bureau de change, restaurants, cafes, bars and a number of travel agencies selling ferry tickets. destinations served by the port include the island of Crete, the Cyclades Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, the eastern parts of Greece and parts of the northern and eastern Aegean Sea.
The town of Agios Kirykos is located on the Greek island of Ikaria which lies in the North Aegean Sea. Many sailors and captains built their houses in Agios Kirykos, which is the island's capital, which gave the town a very nautical feeling. Many of the exhibits on display in the archaeological museum have been recovered from the sea bed and therefore the nautical theme continues. The sea around the island, according to myth, is where the son of Daedalus landed when the sun burn his wax wings and that the islet of Nikari, opposite Agios Kirykos, is the resting place of Ikarus.
The island's terrain is mainly mountainous and covered by Cypress, Plane, Oak and Pine trees. The tree coverage on the island enable the ground to retain moisture which in turn enable wild goats to graze. The forest of Radi, part of the Natura 2000 scheme, is considered to be the oldest in the Balkans. Low types of oak trees are its most numerous “residents”.
The island is accessible by boat from the port of Piraeus and Kavála, in the north of the country.