Bicycle Cruise Gulf of Gökova

Bicycle Cruise Gulf of Gökova (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 200 km )


The Gulf of Gökova, stretching between the historic city of Bodrum and the extremely attractive Datҁa-Peninsula, is a scenic gem – a highlight among our cycling tours in Turkey. Completely spared from mass tourism, it is here that Turkey shows itself from its original side and offers the best prerequisites for an unforgettable active holiday. Untamed nature with fantastic panoramas, small harbors, wonderfully clear waters and historical highlights make the Gökova Gulf a very attractive holiday destination, worth exploring by bike and boat!

On all dates the Trekking Bike Cruise Gulf of Gökova takes place in parallel on the same ship. One tour guide leads the trekking bike group, the other the mountain bike group. So if you have a partner or friend who prefers MTB more than trekking, you can do this trip together on the same boat and only do different bike tours during the day.

As an alternative to arrival by airplane via Turkey, arrival by 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’.

Attention: This web page has been updated for the season 2019. Changes in the itinerary as well as the accomplishments may vary in comparison to the season 2018.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Knidos is one of the most impressive excravations at a beautiful bay along the turkish coast line.
Nature: You go by bike through nice smelling pine woods of Camli to the picturesque English Bay.
Activity: You stroll around the town Akyaka with the visit of the ancient rock tombs.
Culinary: Don't miss trying Gözleme - The thin and spicy filled flat breads are a speciality of the Anatolian kitchen!
Souvenir: Buy some spices or traditionell sweets on a stroll through the bazaar of Bodrum.

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation)

Individual flight to Bodrum airport and (if any) transfer to Bodrum (45 min). Check-in on board from 2 pm. Use the afternoon to stroll through the bustling city with its famous bazaar and imposing fortress. In the early evening, we board the boat and cruise to Aquarium Bay, where we can refresh ourselves with a swim in the sea. Dinner on board and overnight on anchor.

2nd Day (Sun) Bodrum – Yalıҁiftlik (aprx. 11 mi./17 km)

After breakfast on board, our ship will take us back to Bodrum, where we can take part on a guided city tour by bike. The tour takes us not only to the imposing St. Peter’s fortress, but also to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, once one of the 7 wonders of the world. Afterwards, we set off for our first bike tour to Kızılağaç, known for its local bazaar. After a rest, the tour continues to Yalıҁiftlik, where we can visit the beautiful beach for a dip in the cool water or relax in a tea garden for the afternoon. Dinner on board and overnight in Yalıҁiftlik.

3rd Day (Mon) Yalıҁiftlik - Mazı – Akbük (aprx. 26 mi./41 km)

From Yalıҁiftlik, our bike tour takes us through the scenic natural landscapes of the hinterland and finally back to the coast to Mazı. Here, our ship awaits us for lunch and we can relax on board during the two and a half hours crossing to Akbük, a charming little harbor where we can enjoy the afternoon swimming. Dinner on board and overnight in Akbük.

4th Day (Tue) Akbük – Akyaka (aprx. 19.4 mi./31 km)

A morning shuttle service will take us from Akbük to the charming mountain village of Sarnıçköy. The bike tour leads us from here to the neighboring village of Akyaka, where we can stop to admire the ancient rock tombs. This picturesque village is characterized by a pseudo-Seljuk-Ottoman architecture with significant wooden elements, unique to Turkey. This unique piece was designed by award-winning architect Nail Cakirhan. A small stroll through the village is well worth while. Dinner on board and overnight in Akyaka.

5th Day (Wed) Akyaka – Ҁamlı (aprx. 21 mi./34 km)

A round trip by bike around Akyaka, will take us inland away from the coast. Enjoy the abundance of nature and solitude of this landscape before returning to Akyaka for lunch. Afterwards, we head to the picturesque Ҁamlı bay, where we can take a refreshing swim. Dinner on board and overnight in Ҁamlı.

6th Day (Thu) Ҁamlı – English Bay - Yedi adalar (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

From Ҁamlı, today’s bike tour takes us through small villages and fragrant pine forests to the picturesque English Bay. In this beautiful bay we can swim to our heart’s content. The following passage by boat to Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands) offers us one and a half hours to relax and enjoy the sun and the salty sea air on our skin. Dinner on board and overnight at anchor.

7th Day (Fri) Yedi Adalar – Körmen – Knidos (aprx. 26 mi./42 km)

The morning crossing takes us to Körmen on the Datҁa Peninsula, which we are able to discover by bike. A first ascent leads us to a height of 450 m/1.480 ft, before enjoying the descent back to the sea with a beautiful view over the Greek islands Nissyros, Tilos and Rhodes. The path ahead leads us along a scenic road along the coast before entering the suburban outskirts of Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we spend the night in one of the most picturesque bays on the Turkish coast.

8th Day (Sat) Knidos - Bodrum (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board, enjoy the sea air during the last crossing to Bodrum. Arriving in Bodrum, it is time to say goodbye to your ship, the crew and your tour guides. Check-out and (if any) transfer to the airport and individual travel back home or extension of your holiday in Turkey.

Ships

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.

Ametist A (Premium)

The Ametist A is a beautifully designed 30-meter Gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000 and was rebuilt in 2017. Beside the comfortable wood-paneled salon, 8 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 mediterranean cuisine.

Love Boat (Premium)

The Love Boat is designed to give splendid pleasure and to offer a relaxing, elegant atmosphere. It is one of the most perfect examples of the Turkish wooden gulets. It is 37 m long and offers 15 modern, climatized and large guest cabins as well as a spacious saloon and plenty of space on the decks. Each cabin includes a shower unit and a toilet. The Love Boat has all the amenities and the elegance of an exclusive yacht. The accent is on an elegant atmosphere created through a high woodwork quality and intelligent design. While sailing or mooring, the sun beds spread out on the deck will offer you an excellent opportunity to sunbathe and relax. The professional and experienced crew ensures the safety and convenience of all guests. Enjoy the sea with the comfort of your home.

Elara 1 (Premium)

At 42 x 10.5 m the Elara 1 was launched at its homeport in Bodrum, Turkey. On board you find 11 spacious and air conditioned guest cabins with shower cabins and WC, which are at the disposal of our guests. The large salon is separated in restaurant and lounge areas with the highlight being the glass framed kitchen where you can cast a glance at the culinary skills of the chef. There is plenty of space on board the ships main deck where you can relax on the reclining furniture or comfortable seats. The upper deck is partly shaded.

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 – by Tempora

The FLEXeBIKE by Tempora stands for innovation; a high end e-bike which can be transformed into a standard hybrid bike by removing only the battery.
At aprx. 19 kg the bike is amongst the lightest touring e-bikes on the market, available in frame sizes: 46 cm – easy entry, 52 cm – trapez, and 58 cm – diamond.
The Shimano Deore 3 x 8-speed derailleur system enable the rider to climb even the steepest of inclines.
Shimano V-brakes insure that the bike comes to a safe stop.
The supporting electric motor is a high-performance Panasonic rear wheel hub-motor which runs on a 800 Wh rechargeable battery.

The FLEXeBIKEs are available 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.

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 20 € per person/crossing and should be booked 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 2018

– 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 2018

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 2018

Comfort double room incl. breakfast: 85 euro 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 2018 & 11th October – 31st October 2018
– Double room with half board: 40 euro per person/night
– Single room with half board: 60 euro/night

13th May – 10th June 2018 & 27th September – 10th October 2018
Double room with half board: 50 euro per person/night
Single room with half board: 75 euro/night

27th August – 26th September 2018
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:

15th May – 13th June 2018 & 24th September – 28th October 2018
– double room all inclusive: 55 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request
– suite all inclusive: 70 euro per person/night

14th June – 08th July 2018 & 26th August – 23th September 2018
– double room all inclusive: 75 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request
– suite all inclusive: 90 euro per person/night

9th July – 25th August 2018
– double room all inclusive: 95 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request
– suite all inclusive: 105 euro per person/night

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin)

– 1,190 euro (premium ship 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)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

  • ½ a double cabin can (on request)
  • Above deck surcharge: 150 € per Person
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 euro (limited, on request)
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 euro (limited, on request)
  • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 160 euro/week (limited, on request)
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week; e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
  • Collective group transfers between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only): 15 euro per person/way (reservation requested; incl. exact flight details)
  • Additional customized transfers (prices on request)
  • Additional night (B&B) in Bodrum (prices on request)

Not included in the basic tour price

  • Journey to Bodrum
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Flat rate for bottled water: 20 euro/person/week
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew

Price reductions

  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour Price.
  • Early-Bird discount: receive a 5% discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2019 (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.

Catering

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

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 2

The day-tours average of 10 – 25 mi./16 – 40 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. You can either decide to cycle alone, using the information and maps provided, or join one of our tour guides or other participants. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

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).

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 bicycles is 1.50 m (5 ft.)

Alternative Arrival via Kos

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.

Our Ships

Please do not forget that the ship is your hotel as well as a machine, which has to be maintained and operated – day and night. A certain level of noise is therefore inevitable.

Internet availability

Our Turkish boats do 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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
October 2018
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 20.10-27.10Gökova GulfOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1190
 20.10-27.10Gökova GulfAmetist ABodrumBodrum1190 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