Bicycle Cruise Central Greek Aegean

Bicycle Cruise Central Greek Aegean (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 150 km )


On a comfortable Turkish gulet and by bicycle we explore the sun islands of the Greek Aegean. The islands are a magical and mythical world filled with historical monuments and an abundance of stories. Come with us on a voyage of discovery and experience the Aegean from a special perspective, namely, by land and by sea.

Relax while swimming in idyllic bays, enjoy the fabulous vistas, and walk in the footsteps of a turbulent, glorious past. Let us take you to the ancient Asclepion where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced his art. Enjoy the peaceful and lovely island Lipsi and dive into the atmosphere of the holy island Patmos. Get astonished by the unique panoramic views which are offered during the cycle tours.

On some dates our cycling cruise to the Central Greek Aegean takes place on the same ship and parallel to our Mountain Bike Cruise Central Greek Aegean. One of the tour guides takes care of the hybrid cycle curise while the other guide leads the MTB group.

As an alternative to arrival per plane via Turkey, arrival per plane via the island of Kos followed by a connecting ferry from Kos to Bodrum is also possible. A detailed overview to this alternative can be found under ‘Journey’.

Please be aware: This web page has been updated for our programs in 2018. Itinerary and services may vary in comparison to the current season.

 

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Visit the monastery of St. John of Chora and the grotto of Patmos.
Nature: Impressive panorama of Kalmynos' climbing rocks
Acitivity: Enjoy a bath in the thermal bath of Kos!
Culinary: Don't miss one of the best confectioneries in the harbor of Lipsi!
Souvenir: Buy some spices or traditionell sweets on a stroll through the bazaar of Bodrum

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation)

Individual arrival to Bodrum harbor. A collective transfers from Bodrum Airport to the harbor is available for an extra cost on request. Check in begins on the Gullet at 2 pm. Alternatively, you can fly to Kos Airport and take the ferry across to Bodrum for check in (if you choose to arrive via Kos, make sure that your flight arrives no later than 2 pm in Kos in order to catch the ferry connection). Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively vibe in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a collective dinner on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.

2nd Day (Sun) Island Kos; Kos Town (aprx. 16 mi./25 km)

In the Morning we cross over to Kos. We cycle to the picturesque Tingaki Beach, where we can enjoy a lengthy swim in the sea. On our way we pass the world famous archaeological site of the Asclipion of Kos – the place where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced modern medicine. We continue our tour until we finally reach the town of Kos. An entourage of cultural sights in Kos town will give us an insight into the town’s turbulent historical past: The Roman Forum, the Fortress of the Knights and the mosques from the time when Kos was still part of the Ottomans Empire. The evening is rounded off in one of the numerous bars and cafes.

3rd Day (Mon) Leros Island (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

Early morning crossing to the scenic Island of Leros. Today’s cycling tour leads us to the fort of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in Agia Marina and into the small alleyways of the town. Passing the picturesque town harbor, we cycle on to the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros, a popular chapel on the island to get married in. Following the coastline we reach a beautiful sandy beach where we may stop for a swim and coffee. On arrival at the boat we cast off for Patmos or a nearby bay.

4th Day (Tue) Island Patmos (aprx. 7 – 10 mi./12 – 16 km) – Island Lipsi

On a short panoramic cycle tour we visit Patmos and its grotto. It is said that St. John received the revelation during his captivity here. The world famous monastery of St. John of Chora is found in a village with numerous white alleys, 34 churches and chapels radiating heavenly peace. After a visit we cycle along the coast until we reach the port. We meet the boat for lunch and cruise on to Lipsi. Enjoy the afternoon in the charming harbour town and do not miss a visit to the legendary pastry shop!

 

5th Day (Wed) Island Lipsi (aprx. 6 – 10 mi./ 9 - 16 km) – Island Kalymnos

In the late morning we explore Lipsi by bicycle and gain an impression of its rich agriculture as we follow our tour once around the island. A short crossing in the afternoon takes us to the green island of Kalymnos. Overnight stay in a bay.

6th Day (Thu) Island Kalymnos (aprx. 19 – 29 mi./30 – 45 km)

After a nourishing breakfast we cycle across the barren island. Starting at Emporios we first cycle along the western coast and continue over a mountain pass opening up into a surprisingly green valley. Our tour through varied landscapes leads us to the main village of Pothia. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore the old town center in Pothia on foot. One can clearly identify the wealth which sponge diving brought to the inhabitants of this town. Overnight stay at the harbor or in anchor.

7th Day (Fri) Island Kos – Bodrum (aprx. 12 mi./20 km)

In the morning we cross over to Kos. The last cycling trip begins here and leads us to the Embros thermal springs, where we can enjoy a lengthy swim. After lunch ashore we enjoy our last cruise aboard until we reach Bodrum. Here we can once more go for a walk through the lively and eastern old town of Bodrum with it’s impressive castle of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem and the remains of the famous Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. An evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.

8th Day (Sat) Bodrum (Disembarkation)

After breakfast disembarkation. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport. If you wish to fly home from the Island of Kos your ferry will depart at 09:30 am. Please insure that your flight departure from Kos is no earlier than 1 pm.

Ships

BB2 (Premium)

At 37 x 10 m the BB2 is designed to portray elegant style with a relaxing atmosphere. She is one of the most perfect examples of the Turkish wooden gulets with all amenities of an exclusive yacht. 15 modern, air-conditioned cabins with shower and toilet are on offer for the guests on board. The salon and deck are spaciously designed and equipped for your comfort. The professional and experienced crew is more than
familiar in making sure the guests feel safe and comfortable and offer a great service all around.

Osman Kurt (Premium)

The Osman Kurt is a beautifully designed 32-meter Gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000 and was completely rebuilt in 2013. Beside the comfortable salon, 7 guest cabins are furnished with a sense for comfort with air conditioning and private shower and WC. The cosy sundeck offers plenty of space to relax in and reminisce on the wonderful tour experiences. The friendly crew gives all to ensure a carefree journey. At mealtimes the talented cook will pamper you with deliciously prepared dishes of the Turkish cuisine.

Rental bikes

Hybrid bicycle of the Islandhopping brand

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 Islandhopping 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.

FLEXeBIKE BionX

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).

Electric bike Cube Delhi Hybrid Pro

The Delhi Hybrid Pro is a high-end pedelec with NuVinci N360 internally geared hub. The elaborate IC frame construction with hydroformed oversized tubing, frame reinforcements in the bottom bracket and head tube area, double chain stays and the dual chamber seat tube perfectly integrates the carrier into the frame adding stiffness and ride stability. A high-capacity 400Wh Battery Pack and low maintenance Magura HS11 hydraulic rim brakes are in perfect harmony. Rough streets and forest roads are smoothed out by the RFR suspension seat post and Suntour NCX-E RL Lite air fork with remote lock out. The Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires deliver class leading flat resistance. We use it for guests with a body height above 1,60 m.

The Cube Delhi Hybrid Pro are rented for a weekly fee of 160 euros.

Electric bike i:SY Flyer

The i: SY-Flyer ECO is a Swiss high-quality product of approx. 21 kg. It is considered as an all-round entry-level model with high driving comfort. The i: SY-Flyer ECO is a compact bike with a special frame geometry and a low step as well as 20 inch wheels. The handlebar “Speedlifter Twist” is rotatable, which makes it easy to store the bike. Additionally, this e-bike model is equipped with an 8-speed Shimano hub (Nexus) and Shimano-V brakes. A 10 Amp battery as well as a 8 Amp spare battery ensure unrestricted driving pleasure.

The i:SY Flyer ECO are rented for a weekly fee of 160 euros.

Islandhopping Pannier

For the duration of the tour we supply you with a waterproof pannier by Ortlieb, a practical way of carrying drinks, bathing gear, camera etc.

To ensure that bike panniers remain water proof they have to be closed tight. Although panniers are manufactured from waterproof material Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH cannot be held liable for any damage that might be caused to any personal belongings like mobile phones, cameras ect.

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

Journey

Port of Embarkation/Disembarkation Bodrum

This trip starts and ends at Bodrum/Turkey.

As an alternative to arrival per plane via Turkey, arrival per plane via the island of Kos followed by a connecting ferry from Kos to Bodrum is also possible. A detailed overview to this alternative can be found below.


Arrival via Bodrum Airport and Transfer to Bodrum Port

A flight is the fastest, easiest and most economic way to get to Turkey. The closest airport is Bodrum (BJV). The most flights go to Izmir airport (ADB), which is situated approx. three hours from Bodrum. During the high season you can also fly directly to Bodrum airport.

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Fee-based collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):

– between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port: 15 euro/person and way

Customized transfers are available on request,

For the organization of all airport transfers please indicate your exact flight details:

– arrival & departure date
– flight route
– airline
– flight number
– estimated arrival or departure time

If there are belated changes of your flight times you are kindly requested to inform our office immediately.

For transfer reservations please contact our office team:

Ph: +49-(0)7531-36186-0
Email: info@islandhopping.com

Arrival via Kos/Greece and from Kos to Bodrum

Kos airport can be reached via direct flights from Athens or via a number of connecting flights from all over Europe. Should you choose this option, please book an inbound flight that arrives the latest by 2 pm on Kos and an outbound flight that leaves not before 1 pm from Kos airport.

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

A taxi service is available from Kos Airport to the ferry terminal in Kos town. The travel time is around 30 minutes and costs approx. 37 – 45 euro. The taxi stand at the airport is located directly outside the arrivals terminal. A price chart can be found at the taxi stand to insure you receive a fair fare.

Should you have enough time to spare, you can make use of the public bus, for a reduced price.

The bus station is located around 25 meters away on your left hand side after exiting the airport arrivals terminal. This is where the KTEL bus departs for Kos city, via Mastichari. The ride to Kos city takes around 40mins. Tickets can be purchased on board the bus for 3.20€. More information can be found here: http://www.ktel-kos.gr/site_en/

The ferry crossing from Kos to Bodrum takes approx. 1 hour. We advise you to be at the ferry terminal at least 30 mins before departure, to provide enough time for any border formalities which might take place. Departure generally takes place at around 16:30, enabling you to reach Bodrum by 17:30.

An Islandhopping staff member will be waiting for you as soon as you have passed customs, in order to accompany you to the boat (as long as your arrival has been communicated in your booking).

The returning ferry from Bodrum to Kos generally takes place at around 09:30, enabling you to reach Kos at around 10:30 on the departure day.

The ferry costs around 15€ per person/crossing and should be booking in advance on: http://www.catalines.com/Online/onlineferibotcom/. We are happy to provide telephone assistance for the booking of your tickets.

Extended stay

Extend your stay in Bodrum!

Would you like to be in vicinity for a few days before your boat- and bike trip or would you like to spend a few days in Turkey after your trip?

Bodrum, the ancient city of Halikarnassos, is one of the liveliest towns along the Turkish coast. Its meaning owes it first of all to its beautiful harbour with its bank promenade. Bodrum has many things to offer, which constitutes to an experience-rich and relaxed vacation week: The mausoleum of Halikarnassos, ranking among the seven world miracles and the mediveal castle, which was built over the harbor basin, is worth a visist just like the expressed charming old part of town with its numerous narrow alleys, where businesses are lined up one another.

If you like to book a room in one of the below mentioned hotels, please send an email to: info@islandhopping.com

Hotel El Vino Bodrum

Hotel El Vino is pleasantly situated in the heart of the old town and offers its guests a relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful view over the medieval fort. The hotel provides spacious and comfortably furnished rooms fitted with AC and ensuite, as well as a charming courtyard including a large pool and small pavilions and local flora to add to the regenerative atmosphere. The rooftop restaurant offers a breathtaking view over the entire city and sea, serving a variety of delicious Mediterranean specialties. All of the central visitor sites are in walking distance of the hotel.

In the Hotel El Vino in Bodrum the prices vary according to season:

April 2017

– Comfort double room incl. breakfast: 60 euro per person and night
– Comfort double room for single use incl. breakfast: 110 euro/night
– Suite incl. breakfast: 70 euro per person/night  (only for double occuppancy available)

May & October 2017

Comfort double room incl. breakfast: 70 euro per person and night
Comfort double room for single use incl. breakfast: 130 euro/night
Suite incl. breakfast: 80 euro per person/night  (only for double occuppancy available)

June & September 2017

Comfort double room incl. breakfast: 85euro per person and night
Comfort double room for single use incl. breakfast: 155 euro/night
Suite incl. breakfast: 95 euro per person/night  (only for double occuppancy available)

Hotel Salmakis in Bodrum

The Hotel Salmakis is a 4-star beach hotel and spa in Bodrum located directly on the beachfront and only one kilometer away from the spectacular old town of Bodrum. The spacious and comfortably furnished rooms are fitted with AC, a balcony, ensuite, safe and a minibar. The hotel hosts several restaurants, bars and pools; inside and out. Sports enthusiasts can take part in a game of tennis, table tennis, volley ball or billiard. The hotels own wellness and spa facilities, including a sauna, hamam and whirlpool, can be used free of charge. Massages and spa treatments can be booked on site for an extra charge. All of the central visitor sites are in walking distance of the hotel.

The prices in the Hotel Salmakis in Bodrum vary according to season:

1st April – 12th May 2017 & 11th October – 31st October 2017
– Double room with half board: 40 euro per person/night
– Single room with half board: 60 euro/night

13th May – 10th June 2017 & 27th September – 10th October 2017
Double room with half board: 50 euro per person/night
Single room with half board: 75 euro/night

27th August – 26th September 2017
Double room with half board: 75 euro per person/night
Single room with half board: 110 euro/night

Hotel Comca Manzara in Bodrum

The Hotel Comca Manzara, a hotel of elevated class, is located in the Old Town of Bodrum and very close to the sea. With its comfortable and stylish furnished rooms, the two fresh swimming pools and the sun terrace with sufficient couches are some of the aspects that this hotel has to offer which constitutes to the best conditions for a wonderful holiday.

The prices in the Hotel Comca Manzara in Bodrum vary according to season:

1st May – 9th June 2017 & 18th September – 31st October 2017
– double room all inclusive: 50 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: 75 euro/night

10th June – 23rd June 2017 & 5th September – 17th September
double room all inclusive: 65 euro per person/night
single room all inclusive: 100 euro/night

30th August – 4th September 2017
double room all inclusive: 95 euro per person/night
single room all inclusive: 145 euro/night


Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin below deck)

– 1,190 euro (premium ships BB2 or Osman Kurt)

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a premium gulet with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin below deck with shower/toilet
• 7 x half board
• guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
• Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
• Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

• Above deck surcharge: 150 euro per person (only available on BB2)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 euro (on request, reservation required)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 euro (on request, reservation required, only available on BB2)
• 1/2 a double cabin can be booked on request
• Rental bike: 24-gear hybrid bike with Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro/week
• Rental e-bike with Ortlieb pannier: 160 euro/week (limited; on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: 24-gear rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation day, reservation requested up two weeks prior departure; incl. exact flight details): between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port: 15 euro/person and way
• Additional customized transfers: prices on request
• Additional night (B&B) near/in Bodrum: prices on request

Not included in the base tour price

• Journey to Turkey
• 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
• Service charge: 2 % of the total invoice value (excluded for payments via IBAN bank transfers)
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Price reductions

• Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price; Surcharge for single cabin use will be added (not combinable with any other discount).
• In combination with another Islandhopping tour in Greece or Turkey you get a reduction of 100 euro per person on the second tour.
• Early-Bird discount: receive a 5% discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2018 (combinable with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).
• SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount: all guests booking the third or more tour directly over Islandhopping will receive a 5% discount on the tour base price (combinable with the Early-Bird discount).

Things to note

Language aboard

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

Time zone

Please note that Turkey/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.

Requirements (Level 2 - 3)

Aside from two challenging cycle tours on Kalymnos and Kos, this trip belongs according to cycling to the less difficult Islandhopping trips. The day-tours average of 16 mi./25 km and take you through mainly hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. 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. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead.

Requirement to wear a helmet

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).

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 1.50 m (5 ft.)

Customs / Alternative Arrival via Kos

Our tour in the Central Greek Aegean will start from Bodrum. In order to avoid any travel complications whilst crossing the borders, we request that all participants register for the appropriate travel documentation and visas with their local embassy before arrival on site.

At this point in time many travelers are skeptical about flying into Turkey. We would therefore like to inform you that all of these tours offer an alternative flight route via Kos Island, followed by a ferry connection to Bodrum harbour (details can be found unter ‘Journey’)

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board

Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own biycle/e-bike on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
October 2017
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 21.10-28.10Central Greek AegeanOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1190
 28.10-04.11Central Greek AegeanOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1190
March 2018
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 31.03-07.04Central Greek AegeanBB2BodrumBodrum1190 book
April 2018
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 14.04-21.04Central Greek AegeanBB2BodrumBodrum1190 book
 28.04-05.05Central Greek AegeanBB2BodrumBodrum1190 book
May 2018
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 26.05-02.06Central Greek AegeanBB2BodrumBodrum1190 book
June 2018
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 09.06-16.06Central Greek AegeanBB2BodrumBodrum1190 book
September 2018
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 08.09-15.09Central Greek AegeanOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1190 book
 15.09-22.09Central Greek AegeanBB2BodrumBodrum1190 book
 22.09-29.09Central Greek AegeanOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1190 book
October 2018
Date Name of the trip Ship Start City End City Status Base price
 27.10-03.11Central Greek AegeanBB2BodrumBodrum1190 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com