Bicycle Cruise South Greek Aegean from Marmaris

Bicycle Cruise South Greek Aegean from Marmaris

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 143 km )


By bicycle and boat we will explore the Dodecanese islands in the Southern Greek Aegean. Let yourself be mesmerized by the towering volcano crater of Nissyros or the charm of Symi with its wonderful neo-classical buildings of the island capital.

A highlight is Kos with its lively town and its Greek, Ottoman and Italian history. The towering fortification walls of the Crusader castle on Rhodes will also leave a lasting impression as well as the rock throwing Poseidon or the famous sponge divers of Symi: all have left behind their legacy in form of legends and historical constructions that contribute to the unique character of these islands.

Please note: On some dates this trip is offered with a similar itinerary as Bicycle Cruise South Greek Aegean from Bodrum.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: A stroll through the very well-preserved crusader's town on Rhodes
Nature: the volcanic island of Nissyros
Activity: Climb the 500 steps to the upper town of Symi!
Culinary: Mezes, the tasty Greek starters!
Souvenir: A natural sponge is a nice souvenir from the sponge diver island Symi.

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Marmaris (Embarkation)

Individual arrival to Marmaris harbor. A collective transfers from Dalaman 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 Rhodes Airport and take the ferry across to Marmaris for check in (before booking the flight please check the ferry schedule). Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively vibe in the city of Marmaris and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a dinner together on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.

 

2nd Day (Sun) Marmaris – Rhodes Town (aprx. 10 km/6 mi.)

After breakfast crossover to the city of Rhodes, which takes approx. 4 hours. After arrival the bikes will be adjusted and we will undertake an exciting voyage of discovery with our tour guide through the 2400-year-old island’s history. The deer and the hind at the entrance of the port of Mandraki will be the first occasion to use our cameras. It is still debated whether or not the famous Colossus of Rhodes ever stood here. From here the tour continues to the ancient site of Monte Smith with the great stadium and the sanctuary of Apollo. Subsequently we will explore the crusader town with its imposing walls and fortress.

3rd Day (Mon) Rhodes Island – Tilos Island – Nissyros Island (aprx. 22 km/14 mi.)

Early in the morning we cast off for a longer cruise to the quaint island of Tilos, a popular port of call for sailors. On arrival we step on land and start off on a bike tour from Livadia to Megalochorio. In the late afternoon we can relax on board during the cruise to the Volcanic Island of Nyssiros and enjoy the sea breeze. As the boat nears the gigantic volcano you are able to make out the two small villages perched on the crater rim.

4th Day (Tue) Nissyros Island – Kos Island (aprx. 35 km/22 mi.)

We start today’s cycle tour to Nikia – a village built directly on the Stefanos crater rim at 1,400 ft./430 m above sea level. From here we can enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. Not only the volcano but also the white houses and the numerous pebble mosaics bring great character to the village. From here we cycle on to the crater itself with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki where our boat awaits to take us to the islands of Kos. On arrival a tour through the town teaches us of the island’s great past. The Roman forum, the fortress of the Knights of  St. John and the mosques from the time when Kos was part of the Ottoman empire stand shoulder to shoulder. The evening can be enjoyed relaxing in one of the town’s numerous bars and cafes.

5th Day (Wed) Kos Island – Symi Island (aprx. 28 km/17 mi.)

In the morning we we take a cycle trip to the world famous archaeological excavation site of Asklipion, where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, practiced. From here we will travel on to Zia, an old Greek mountain village, which tempts us to stay with its numerous, cosy tavernas. In the afternoon we cross over to the island of Symi, where the boat anchors in the bay of the Byzantine monastery Panormitis, dedicated to St. Michael. The quiet bay offers a peaceful atmosphere for the evening in which we can enjoy a spectacular sunset and a quiet night on anchor.  

6th Day (Thu) Symi Island (aprx. 21 km/13 mi.)

In the morning we pay the local monastery a visit. Thereafter we follow the motto – “off to the other side of the island!” Scaling several switchbacks we slowly conquer the hill, allowing ourselves enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Our destination is the Islands capital of Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbor. In the evening we can climb to the upper part of Symi town. From the top we have a breath-taking view over the harbor and the coastline of the bay. An evening visit to a remote tavern enables us to enjoy the evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

7th Day (Fri) Bozburun Peninsula – Marmaris (aprx. 30 km/19 mi.)

From Symi it is only a stones throw away to the Turkish Bozburun Peninsula. In the morning we farewell Greece and enjoy a short morning cruise across to Turkey. Today’s cycle tour takes us from the village of Bozburun along quiet rural roads through hilly landscapes and along the coast. Along the way we visit the small mountain village of Bayir and pay a visit to the 1500 year old platanus tree at teh main square. It is said that walking once around the tree brings good health and prosperity. Strengthened by the experience, we conquer the last climb before enjoying the descent into the Ciftlik Bay where the boat awaits our arrival.  From here it is not far by boat to Marmaris where you spend a festive evening together with fellow guests, crew and guides reflecting on the experiences of the week together.

8th Day (Sat) Marmaris (Disembarkation)

After breakfast disembarkation. Fee-based collective transfers to Dalaman Airport on request. If you wish to fly home from the Island of Rhodes please check the boat timetable before booking your flight from Rhodes.

Ships

Bahriyeli A or Bahriyeli C (Premium)

The Bahriyeli is synonymous on the Southern Turkish coast for top-class comfort and material. Its three masts extend majestically into the sky and its thin hull allows for a peaceful sailing. The boat offers 9 to 11 roomy guest cabins with their own heating/air-conditioning unit and a generously sized shower/WC. The tastefully decorated dining/living room invites you to enjoy a meal or just rest, while the sun decks offer you the opportunity to sunbathe and relax. The crew is a well-trained team and will ensure that you enjoy a pampered experience on board.

Rental bikes

Hybrid Bikes

Those choosing to rent a 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 pedelec, 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 Panniers

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 - Marmaris

This trip to the South Greek Aegean starts and ends in Marmaris. The exact mooring of the ship always decides on the eve before you embark for your trip.


How to get to Marmaris

A flight is the fastest, easiest and most economic way to get to Turkey. The closest airport is Dalaman (DLM). During the high season you can fly directly to Dalaman airport.Alternatively, you can also fly to Bodrum airport (BJV), which is situated approx. 2,5 hours from Marmaris.

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

If you book your flight, we kindly ask you to choose a return flight with a departure time in the midday or afternoon hours to ensure a stress-free return journey.

Transfers between the airports and the boat

Fee-based collective transfers between Dalaman airport and Marmaris (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days): 20 euro per person and way
Fee-based collective transfers between Bodrum airport and Marmaris (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days): 40 euro per person and way

Customized transfers are available on request: info@islandhopping.com

How to make a transfer reservation

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

Alternative Journey via Rhodes Island

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 Rhodes Island, followed by a ferry connection to Marmaris harbour.

Extended stay

Extend your holiday!

Would you like to spend a couple of days in Akyaka in the surrounding regions of Marmaris before or after your bicycle cruise?

Akyaka: according to most visitors, the main attraction is the natural beauty of Akyaka, together with the biodiversity of the surrounding wetlands, where among other things, the now very rare European otter (lutra lutra) can be spotted. Especially in the winter months a number of bird species including herons, ibis, flamingos, and with a little luck even pelicans can be observed as they rest here on their journey south.

If you would like to spend some extra days in or around Marmaris, we recommend that you search for and book the right hotel for you at www.booking.com or www.trivago.de.

Prices & Accomplishments

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

• 1,390 euro (premium ship Bahriyeli)

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 visits only)
•  Bed linen and towels
•  English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

• 1/2 double cabin can be booked (on request)
• Double cabin for single use, surcharge: 500 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 Dalaman airport and Marmaris port (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only): 20 euro per person/way (reservation requested; incl. exact flight details)
• Collective group transfers between Bodrum airport and Marmaris port (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only): 40 euro per person/way (reservation requested; incl. exact flight details)
• Customized transfers (on request)
• Additional overnight stays in Akyaka (see below ‘Extended Stay’)

Not included in the tour price

• Journey to Marmaris (Turkey)
• Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain); Flat rate for bottled water: 20 euro/person/week; children up to 16 years: 10 euro/person/week 
• Meals and beverages ashore
• Entrance fee for individually visited sights
• Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Discounts

• Children up to age 16 receive a 25 % discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with other discounts).
• 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.

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.

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. This tour is sometimes operated in opposite direction.

Requirements (Level 2-3)

The day-tours average of 22 mi./35 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 and physical requirements. 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.

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.)

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. 

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.

Customs

Our tour in the South Greek Aegean will start from Marmaris. 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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
May 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 25.05-01.06South Greek Aegean (Marmaris-Marmaris)Bahriyeli CMarmarisMarmaris1390 book
August 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 31.08-07.09South Greek Aegean (Marmaris-Marmaris)Bahriyeli AMarmarisMarmaris1390 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 28.09-05.10South Greek Aegean (Marmaris-Marmaris)Bahriyeli CMarmarisMarmaris1390 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 12.10-19.10South Greek Aegean (Marmaris-Marmaris)Bahriyeli CMarmarisMarmaris1390 book
 26.10-02.11South Greek AegeanLove BoatBodrumBodrum1390

Any questions?

Contact us:

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

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com