Bicycle Cruise Pearls of the Aegean – Cyclades & Dodecanese Islands

Bicycle Cruise Pearls of the Aegean – Cyclades & Dodecanese Islands (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 170 km )


Greece has countless different facets, but the very typical image in white and blue can only be found on the Cyclades. Here, Greece reveals itself from its most original aspect: the white houses with blue windows and labyrinthine lanes determine the architectural character of the island. More than 5,000 years ago, the first European high culture emerged here. The mostly jagged coasts are characterized by impressive geological formations, turquoise blue sea and unique sandy beaches.

Our journey takes us to the Greek Aegean to the Cyclades Islands of Amorgos, Naxos and Paros as well as the Dalycan islands of Kalymnos, Astypalaia and Kos. A wonderful combination where you can experience many different facets of Greece.

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’.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: visit the Sanctuary of Demeter in Sangri on Naxos
Nature: The islands of Naxos and Paros are consist almost entirely of white marble
Activity: A stroll through the fascinating, middle age old town of Naxos
Culinary: Fresh fish and a variety of seafood in the harbor of Naoussa
Shopping: The market place in Kos offers Greek olive oil and sweets made from local honey and nuts

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation) – Kalymnos Island

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. At 4 pm the ship takes us to the island of Kalymnos where we spent the night.

 

2nd Day (Sun) Kalymnos Island – Amorgos Island (aprx. 19 mi./30 km)

Our first cycle tour takes us from the harbor of Pothia, a town which thrived in the past off the local sponge trade, to Kalymnos on the other side of the island. In the afternoon we can enjoy the sea breeze on a longer boats crossing to Amorgos Island.

3rd Day (Mon) Amorgos Island (aprx. 13 mi./21 km)

The island of Amorgos is picture perfect in white and blue with a very peaceful atmosphere. On today’s bike tour we are able to gather traditional Greek impression as the Island of Amorgos fortunately maintains a low profile in the world of modern day tourism. We cycle from Ormos Aigiali across the island to Katapola. We also pass the island capital, Chora along the way, whose winding streets and pretty cafes beckon us to visit. In the afternoon we cross over to Naxos by boat. The sunset at the Apollo Temple in the town of Naxos is legendary and the impressive old town, with its towering fortress, invites us to an extended stroll in the evening.

4th Day (Tue) Naxos Island (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)

After breakfast we start our cycle tour, which leads us through the untouched mountain landscape around the island of Naxos. On the way, we visit the beautifully situated sanctuary of Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest and agriculture, a wonderful example of classical Greek architecture. Back in Naxos Town, the ship already awaits us for the crossing to Naoussa on Paros. The picturesque town of Naoussa keeps all the hobby photographers in our travel group busy. A stroll through the winding streets and a visit to one of the many beautiful taverns in the harbor round off an eventful da by boat and bike.

5th Day (Wed) Paros and Astypalaia Island (aprx. 19 mi./30 km)

Paros is a tranquil, and in parts very Green Island, most commonly known for its famous export of radiant white, translucent marble. Today we start our cycling tour in Naoussa to the island capital, Parikia, where we recommend a visit to the famous Panagia Ekatontapyliani, the Church of 100 Doors. We continue our trip across Paros Island to the small port of Piso Livadi, where the ship awaits us to continue to Astypalaia.

6th Day (Thu) Astypalaia Island (aprx. 10 mi./17 km)

Astypalaia, the westernmost Dodecanese Island, also known as the bridge to the Cyclades. Unspoiled nature, white villages and the surrounding deep blue sea characterize this lovely island. Today’s bike tour takes us from the main town of Chora with its fortress towering high above the village to Analipsi with an almost constant view of the sea. The ship awaits us in Analipsi for a crossing to Kos.

 

7th Day (Fri) Kos island (Asklepion tour: aprx. 7 mi./12 km; Thermal springs tour: aprx. 14 mi./23 km)

Our last cycling tour leads us to the famous Asklepion, home to Hyppocrates, father of modern day medicine. An alternative for those who wish to ride more is atour to the Embros thermal springs, which invite us for a relaxing bath. In the afternoon we have our final boats crossing back to Bodrum. A cheerful evening meal is spent in the company of your guides, crew and fellow guests.

8th Day (Sat) Bodrum (Disembarkation)

After breakfast disembarkation. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport on request.

Ships

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.

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 bikes

Those choosing to rent an hybrid bike will receive a reliable, low maintenance, aluminum frame bike in the suitable size. Our hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. All components are selected based on our twenty years of experience in bike tourism, insuring that they fulfill the necessary criteria to provide the rider with an uncompromised cycle experience.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 80 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Bikes

Clients who wish to be supported by a tail-wind and seek to hire an e-bike will receive a high-quality pedalec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used. Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. With our e-bikes you will conquer the hills with a smile, they are a true declaration of independence for all who wish to cycle and seek the support of a little push.

These high-quality hybrid bikes are rented for 160 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

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.

Collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):

– between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port

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. 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 17:00, enabling you to reach Bodrum by 18:00.

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 in 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: 47 euro per person/night
– suite all inclusive: 57 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request

14th June – 29th June 2018 & 26th August – 09th September 2018

– double room all inclusive: 75 euro per person/night
– suite all inclusive: 85 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request

10th September – 23rd September 2018
– double room all inclusive: 58 euro per person/night
– suite all inclusive: 68 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request

Prices & Accomplishments

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

1,590 euro (premium ship Love Boat)

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 archaeological sites (group visit only)
• Bed linen and towels
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

• ½ a double cabin (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 base 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; Surcharge for single cabin use will be added (not combinable with any other discount).
• 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.

Physical Requirements: Level 2 - 3

The day-tours 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. 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 cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).

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 bicycles is 1.50 m (5 ft.)

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.

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.

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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
April 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 13.04-20.04Pearls of the Aegean SeaLove BoatBodrumBodrum1590
 27.04-04.05Pearls of the Aegean SeaLove BoatBodrumBodrum1590 book
June 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 01.06-08.06Pearls of the Aegean SeaLove BoatBodrumBodrum1590 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 21.09-28.09Pearls of the Aegean SeaLove BoatBodrumBodrum1590 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.10-12.10Pearls of the Aegean SeaElara 1BodrumBodrum1590 book

Any questions?

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