Bike & Boat Pearls of the Aegean – Cyclades & Dodecanese Islands

Bike & Boat Pearls of the Aegean – Cyclades & Dodecanese Islands

(8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 170 km )


Greece is a country with many different facets, but the typical “Greek” postcard image of white houses with blue doors and windows can only be found on the Cyclades.

It is these houses along with the labyrinthine of lanes that create the architectural character of the islands, presenting Greece from its most distinguishable side.

It was here that the first European high culture emerged, more than 5,000 years ago. The mostly jagged coasts are characterized by impressive geological formations, turquoise blue sea, and unique sandy beaches.

Our journey takes us through the Greek Aegean to the Cyclade Islands; Amorgos, Naxos, and Paros, and the Dodecanese Islands; Kalymnos, Astypalaia, and Kos. A wonderful taste of the variety Greece has to offer.

This itinerary has been updated for 2022. The tour itinerary remains unchanged, prices and services may change compared to 2021.

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 in Bodrum harbour. A collective transfer from Bodrum Airport to the harbour is available for an extra cost on request. Check in begins on the gullet at 2 pm. At 4 pm the ship leaves for the island of Kalymnos where we spent the night.

 

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

Our first bike tour leads from the harbour of Pothia, a town which once thrived on the sponge trade, across the island to the other side. In the afternoon, there is plenty of time to enjoy the salty sea breeze on a longer crossing to Amorgos Island.

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

The island of Amorgos is a picture-perfect dream in white and blue with a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere. On today’s cycling tour we are able to truly experience traditional Greece as the island of Amorgos is still largely untouched by modern day tourism. We cycle from Ormos Aigiali across the island to Katapola, passing the island’s capital, Chora, along the way, whose winding streets and pretty cafes entice us in for a visit. In the afternoon, we sail to Naxos. The sunset at the Apollo Temple in the town of Naxos is truly spectacular while the impressive old town, with its towering fortress, is the perfect place for a long evening stroll.

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

After breakfast we start our cycle tour, which leads through the untouched mountain landscape of Naxos Island. Along the way, we visit a wonderful example of classical Greek architecture, the beautifully situated sanctuary of Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest and agriculture. Back in Naxos town, the ship awaits us for the crossing to Naoussa on Paros. The picturesque town of Naoussa is sure to keep any photography enthusiasts on the trip happy and busy! An evening stroll through the winding streets and a visit to one of the many beautiful taverns in the harbour round off the eventful day.

 

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

Paros is a tranquil and, in parts, very green island, best known for its export of radiant white, translucent marble. Today we start our cycling tour in Naoussa and head towards the island’s capital, Parikia, where we recommend a visit to the famous Panagia Ekatontapyliani, the Church of 100 Doors. We then continue our tour across Paros Island to the small port of Piso Livadi, where we board the ship once more to sail on to Astypalaia.

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

Astypalaia is the westernmost of the Dodecanese Islands, and is 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 offers an almost constant view of the sea, taking us from the main town of Chora with its fortress towering high above the village to Analipsi. 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 to the famous Asklepieion, home of Hippocrates, father of modern-day medicine. An alternative route for those who would like a longer ride leads to the Embros thermal springs, where there is time to enjoy a relaxing soak. In the afternoon, we enjoy our final cruise back to Bodrum. A cheerful evening meal is spent in the company of the guides, crew, and fellow guests.

8th Day (Sat) Bodrum (Disembarkation)

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

Ships

Love Boat (Premium)

At 37 x 10 m the Love Boat is an exquisite Turkish gullet built in 2013 from wood following traditional construction methods. In contrast to most Turkish gullets, the Love Boat has six generous cabins on deck. A further nine large cabins can be found below deck. The saloon and deck areas are spacious and equipped with sunning mats and lounge chairs for your comfort.


Elara 1 (Deluxe)

At 42 x 10.5 m the Elara 1 was built in 2001 in Bodrum, Turkey. She boasts 11 spacious and air-conditioned guest cabins with a shower and WC. The large salon is separated into a restaurant and lounge are. There is plenty of space on board the ships’ main deck where you can relax on the reclining chairs and comfortable seats. The upper deck is partially shaded, offering each guest their perfect spot to enjoy the sun.

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 180 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 that can easiest be reached by plane via Bodrum airport. 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.

Location of the Islandhopping boats in Bodrum harbor

Bodrum harbor is very large. Therefore we recommend to book a transfer with us to save yourself the time looking for the Islandhopping-boat.

Should you however wish to find the boat yourself, you will find our boats Love Boat and Elara 1 in the Halikarnas Marina (when looking from the sea, on the right hand side of the fortress of St. Peter). The Osman Kurt on the other hand will be located in the big yacht harbor (when looking from the sea, on the left hand side of the fortress of St. Peter). Most commonly she will be moored next to the Datca Ferry dock, however in the height of summer it is possible that she will be moored directly below the fortress of St. Peter in the vicinity of the customs office.

In order to locate the boat with the least amount of time spent looking, please contact our regional manager, Ali Sonay, shortly before arriving at the harbor and he will tell you the exact location of the boat you are looking for. You will find his mobile phone number in your travel documents.


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

Extended stay

Extend your stay in Istanbul or Bodrum!

Would you like to extend your stay in Turkey for a few days in Istanbul or spend a few days in Bodrum before or after your bike and boat trip?

Istanbul, Constantinople, Byzantine – great names throughout history referring to the same city. Istanbul is the only city in the world which spans across two continents and thrives off the contrast between east and west. This unique combination is what gives Istanbul its enchanting character. Only a few cities in Europe can look back on such a long and eventful history. Our 4-day extension module will give you the full tour of Istanbul, one of the liveliest and most enchanting cities in the world.

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 our extension module “Istanbul Exclusive” or a room in one of the below mentioned hotels in Bodrum, please send an email to: info@islandhopping.com

4-Day Extension Module ‚Istanbul Exclusive‘

We are well aware that a visit to Turkey is not complete without having experiences Istanbul. This tour extension module will give you the full tour of Istanbul, one of the liveliest and most enchanting cities in the world. The program offers you a variety of organized activities as well as an abundance of free time to enjoy your favorite part of the city to its fullest. The tour extension module in Istanbul can be booked in combination with your Islandhopping tour, either prior or post cruise.

You will be accommodated in a boutique hotel in the old town. During your stay a professional guide will lead you though the city and its history, from its foundation to its exceptional existence today. Visit the highlights as well as the hidden treasures. Experience the culture first hand and indulge in the local delicacies in carefully selected restaurants.

1st Day – Arrival to Istanbul
After arriving to Istanbul Airport a transfer will bring you to the hotel. Perring out of the car window, you will gain your first impressions of this exciting city. Check into the Recital Botique Hotel – your home for the next 3 days.

2nd Day – Modern Day Istanbul
After breakfast a boat tour on the Bosporus will give you a perspective of the city from the water. Under the two giant hanging bridges, past countless palaces, summer villas, wooden huts as well as the fortress of Rumeli Hisari and back to the Golden Horn. Visit the Galata Tower on the northern shore of the golden Horn before continuing on to the Pera Art Museum. After a break for lunch, it is time to experience ‘modern Istanbul’ – a stroll through the Beyoglu suburb, the center of Western culture in Istanbul.

3rd Day – Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul (old town)
Today will be filled with visitations of architectural masterpieces of the Byzantine era in the old town of Istanbul: Visit the Hagia Sophia in the morning – the crowning church of the Byzantine emperor. Another unforgettable visitation is that of the Topkapi Palace, the former residence and governing seat of Sultans in the Ottoman Empire as well as the Sultan-Ahmed Mosque (‘Blue Mosque’). In the afternoon, visit the Hippodrom – the athletic and social center of the Byzantine Empire – as well as the Hippodrom Exhibition in an ancient Byzantine water cistern in the art museum, Nakkas. The day can be rounded off by marveling at local handcrafts while enjoying a great glass of wine. A farewell dinner is hosted on the shores of the Bosporus at the foot of the Galata Bridge.

4th Day – Departure
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and enjoy the last impressions of the city as your transfer takes you to the Airport.

Included services (min. number of participants: 2):
– 3 nights incl. breakfast in Istanbul (Recital Boutique Hotel or similar)
– Transfers: Airport Istanbul – Hotel & Hotel – Airport Istanbul
– Entrance to the Hagia Sophia (all other entrances are not included)
– 1 Boat excursion on the Bosporus
– 4-course evening meal on the shores of the Bosporus (excl. drinks)
– 2-day cultural tour with a professional city guide in German or English

Price (per person)
– Boutique Hotel in a double room: 510 Euro
– Boutique Hotel in a single room: 720 Euro

Booking the extension module
If you are interested in adding the extension tour module to your boat & bike tour inn Turkey, please send us an email with the following details to: info@islandhopping.com
– Would you like to book the extension module pre or post Islandhopping tour?
– For how many people would you like to book the program?
– Your exact flight details to coordinate your transfers

Receiving your extension tour voucher
After booking applying for the tour extension module you will receive a simple confirmation/invoice as well as a voucher for the travel package from Islandhopping. This voucher can be used to check into your hotel. On the second day your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby at 09:30 am. Your guide will accompany you on all the activities mentioned in the tour program on the second and third days and will organize the payments of the Bosporus boat ride, entrance to the Hagia Sophia and the final evening meal on the shores of the Bosporus.

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.

We can arrange rooms for you at seasonally varying prices:

01.-10.05. & 09.10.-31.10.

– Double room: 40 euro per person/night
– Double room for single use: 60 euro/night
– Suite: 50 euro per person/night (double occupancy only)

    11.05.-06.06. & 13.09.-08.10.
    – Double room: 60 euro per person/night
    – Double room for single use: 90 euro/night
    – Suite: 70 euro per person/night (double occupancy only)

      07.06.-20.06. & 31.08.-12.09.

      – Double room: 80 euro per person/night
      – Double room for single use: 110 euro/night
      – Suite: 80 euro per person/night (double occupancy only)

        All prices include breakfast. All-inclusive can be booked for an additional charge of 8 euros per person/night.

        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, May & October

        – Comfort double room: 75 euro per person/night
        – Comfort double room for single use: 140 euro/night
        – Suite: 100 euro per person/night (double occupancy only)

          June & September

          – Comfort double room: 90 euro per person/night
          – Comfort double room for single use: 165 euro/night
          – Suite: 115 euro per person/night (double occupancy only)

            All prices include a rich breakfast.

            Prices & Accomplishments

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

            Season A
            – 1.490 euro (April – June)

            Season B
            – 1.590 euro (September)

            Included services

            • 8-day-trip on a premium gulet with crew
            • 7 nights in a twin 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 (on request)

            • Shared twin cabin 
            • Above deck surcharge: 150 € per person (Love Boat only)
            • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 euro (limited)
            • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 euro (limited, Love boat only)
            • Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 180 euro/week (limited)
            • 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
            • Additional night (B&B) in Bodrum 
            • 4-day additional program Istanbul (available pre and post Islandhopping trip) incl. transfer airport Istanbul – hotel as well as hotel – airport Istanbul: 3 overnight stays in a boutique hotel in the old town of Istanbul, 1 boat trip on the Bosporus, 2-day guided cultural tour, entrance to the Hagia Sofia, 1 dinner in a restaurant at the Bosporus excl. drinks, price per person in double room: 510 euro or in single room: 720 euro

            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).
            • If you place your booking for this tour by the 31.01.2022, you will receive a 5% Early-Bird discount on the tour base price (can be used in combination with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount)
            • If this is your third or more Islandhopping tour booked directly with Islandhopping, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for this tour if you book before the 31.01.2022 (can be used in combination 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 itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour will be run in reverse order. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain.

            Physical Requirements: Level 2 - 3

            Aside from two challenging cycle tours on Kalymnos and Kos, this trip can be counted as one of the less difficult Islandhopping trips. The cycling routes require a basic level of fitness, which you should have acquired through regular cycling. The routes can reach an altitude of 200 to 500 meters. The daily routes of around 20 – 45 km/12 – 28 mi. will take us up through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without time constraints. You will also come across some longer and rather steep climbs, where walking your bike is of course permitted. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. Upon consultation with your tour guides, it may be possible for you to cycle on your own along suitable, recommended routes.

            Group riding pace & Requirement to wear a helmet

            On our regular cycling tours, the cyclists on regular bicycles determine the pace. We ask guests who have reserved an e-bike to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and take longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

            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.)

            Bringing private bikes & EXCLUSION of private E-BIKES

            The tour which you have booked requires a bike with a fully functional set of gears. Islandhopping can offer you high quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour.

            Should you however wish to bring your own hybrid or MTB with you, please make sure to check the condition of your breaks, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and tubes). Your bike should be in prefect mechanical working order.

            We do not allow private e-bikes on board of our boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please get in touch with us about the rental options.

            We do not recommend bringing along private road bikes, as the thin tires are not suitable for some of the road surfaces encountered on the tours.

            Liability disclaimer: Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH. Will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logisitical handling thereof.

            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
            June 2021
            DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
             12.06-19.06Pearls of the Aegean SeaLove BoatBodrumBodrum1490 book
            September 2021
            DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
             04.09-11.09Pearls of the Aegean SeaLove BoatBodrumBodrum1490 book

            Any questions?

            Contact us:

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

            Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

            info@islandhopping.com