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Bike & Boat

Central Greek Aegean · Greece

From 1290 €
Route
from Bodrum / to Bodrum
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
160 km
Level 2 -3
Level 1
Easy cycling tours suitable for islandhoppers who are confident on their bikes but prefer riding on flatter terrain (15-30km and 200 elevation meters per day).
Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who have a good basic level of fitness (20-35km and up to 200-400 elevation meters per day).
Level 2
Moderate cycling tours through hilly terrain suitable for islandhoppers who cycle regularly and feel comfortable with longer climbs (25-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day).
Level 2 -3
Moderate to demanding cycling tours through hilly to mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who like a challenge (30-50km and 400-700 elevation meters per day).
Level 3
Demanding cycling tours through hilly and mountainous terrain suitable for islandhoppers who can take on steeper climbs (30-60km and 400-800 elevation meter per day).

Discovery tour to sunny islands and ancient sites by Bike & Boat

On this tour we explore the sunny islands of the Greek Aegean by bike and on board a comfortable Turkish Gulet. The islands are a magical and mythical world brimming with stories and cultural wonders. Come with us on a discovery voyage and experience the Aegean by land and by sea. Relax while swimming in idyllic bays, enjoy the spectacular views, and discover region’s the turbulent, glorious past.

Let us take you to the ancient Asclepion where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced modern medicine. Enjoy the peaceful island of Lipsi and the atmosphere on the holy island Patmos and look forward to the incredible panoramic views that can be admired on the cycling tours throughout the trip.

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Highlights

Culture: Visit to the monastery of St. John of Chora and the Cave of the Apocalypse
Nature: Impressive panorama of Kalmynos' climbing rocks
Activity: Enjoy a soak in the thermal bath of Kos!
Culinary: Don't miss one of the best confectioneries in the harbour of Lipsi!
Souvenir: You can find various great souvenirs at the bazaar in Bodrum

Itinerary

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1st Day
Bodrum (Embarkation)
Individual arrival to 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. Use the afternoon hours to enjoy the lively atmosphere in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a shared dinner on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.
2nd Day Kos Island/Kos Town
(aprx. 19 mi./30 km)
In the morning we cross over to Kos town and bike in the direction of the world-famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclepion in Kos, the former home of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. We cycle on until we reach the town of Kos. A wealth of cultural sights in Kos town provide an insight into the town’s turbulent historical past including the Roman Forum, the Crusader fortress, and the mosques from the time when Kos was part of the Ottoman Empire. The evening can be spent in one of the numerous bars or cafes in the town.
3rd Day Leros Island
(aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
We enjoy an early morning crossing to the scenic Island of Leros. Today’s ride leads us to the fort of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in Agia Marina and on through the small alleyways of the town. Passing the picturesque town harbour, we cycle on to the seaside chapel Agios Isidoros, a popular place on the island to get married. Following the coastline, we reach a beautiful sandy beach where we stop for a swim and coffee. We then cycle on to the boat before sailing for Patmos or a nearby bay.
4th Day Patmos Island – Lipsi Island
(aprx. 7 – 10 mi./12 – 16 km)
Today we visit Patmos and its grotto on a short panoramic bike tour. 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, and 34 churches and chapels. After our visit, we cycle along the coast until we reach the port. We meet the boat for lunch and crossing to Lipsi. Enjoy the afternoon in the charming harbour town and be sure not to miss out on a visit to the legendary pastry shop!
5th Day Lipsi Island – Kalymnos Island
(aprx. 6 – 10 mi./ 9 - 16 km)
In the late morning we explore Lipsi by bicycle, gaining an impression of its rich agriculture as we follow the route once around the island. In the afternoon, we sail on to the island of Kalymnos where we enjoy our overnight stay in a quite bay.
6th Day Kalymnos Island
(aprx. 19 – 29 mi./30 – 45 km)
After a nourishing breakfast we cycle across the barren island. Starting at Emporios, we cycle along the west coast before continuing over a mountain pass, which opens up into a surprisingly green valley. The route leads through varied landscape to the main village of Pothia. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore the old town centre on foot. It is easy to see the wealth that sponge diving brought to the inhabitants of this town. Overnight stay at the harbour or on anchor.
7th Day
Kos Island – Bodrum
(aprx. 15 mi./24 km)
In the morning we sail to Kos. Our last cycling tour begins here and leads to the Embros thermal springs, where we can have a lengthy swim. After lunch ashore, we enjoy our last cruise back to Bodrum. Here we can once more go for a walk through the lively old town of Bodrum with its 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 Ancient World. An evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.
8th Day Bodrum (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport.

Accommodation

Elara-1 (Deluxe)

The Turkish gullet, Elara 1, offers spacious and air conditioned cabins with tiled bathrooms including a shower, washbasin and WC.

The Elara 1 also has a very spacious saloon, half of which is the on board restaurant and the other half a lounge. A great place to gather for meals, to laugh, to play, and to lose yourself in conversation with fellow travelers.

The main deck and top deck provide enough space for everyone to find a relaxing space for themselves. A number of comfortable seats and recliners are at your disposal. The top deck is partly shaded and is the perfect place to enjoy the…

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Love Boat (Premium)

The Love Boat is an exquisite Turkish gullet built of wood following traditional construction methods. A truly elegant motor yacht with great attention to detail.

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 decks are spacious and furnished tastefully. Good weather allows for true indulgence as mealtimes are served out in the open on deck.

The professional and experienced crew run a tight but friendly ship and cater to your safety and wellbeing throughout your stay on board.…

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Osman Kurt (Premium)

The Osman Kurt is an elegant, wooden Turkish gullet which has been navigating the Mediterranean since 2000 and was completely overhauled in 2013.

Seven stylish cabins provide our guests with comfortable lodgings and the spacious saloon offers a great communal space for everyone on board. Comfortable sunning mats on the sundeck are great for making the most of the good weather during a cruise from one island to the next. Enjoy the incredible landscapes pass on by.

The friendly and experienced crew tent to all your needs and provide professional assistance for a care-free experience. The…

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Rental Bikes

Our Hybrid Bikes

For our hybrid bike tours, we use reliable, low maintenance hybrid bikes with aluminum frames in various sizes. Twenty years of experience in bike tourism has given us the knowledge and confidence to select the right components for the requirements of an Islandhopping tour. Our bikes ensure a carefree riding experience for our cycling enthusiasts.…

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Our E-Bikes

All our e-bikes are high quality pedelecs, most of which are fitted with Bosch motors with extra battery range. They are characterized by their relatively light weight and great components. Some of our fleet are equipped with other motor systems. With an Islandhopping e-bike, you will be able to climb almost any hill with ease. They are a true set of wings for anyone who needs a little ‘tail wind’ to make their ride that little bit more enjoyable.  …

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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.

 

The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.

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  • Our Hybrid Bikes
  • Our E-Bikes
  • ACCESSORIES

Services, Dates & Prices

All dates and prices for this tour can be found below. Please consider that the final tour price may vary based on your cabin choice, and any additionally selected services (see "Additional Optional Services").

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 museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide
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 use off the boat (if needed)
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
Prices for Additional Optional Services 2022
Shared twin cabin
(limited)
Available on request
Surcharge for a cabin above deck 150 euro/person (Love Boat only)
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck
(limited)
500 euro
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck
(limited)
700 euro
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
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week
E-bike: 20 euro/week
Transfers between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port
(available on embarkation or disembarkation days only)
30 euro per person/direction
Additional fees may apply for the transfer of private bicycles.
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional nights in Bodrum Prices see ‘Additional Nights’
4-day additional program Istanbul Prices see extension programs
Discounts
  • Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price (not combinable with any other discount).

  • If you place your booking for a tour in 2022 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 us, you will receive our 5% SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount for a tour in 2022 if you book it before the 31.01.2022 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount).

 

TOURDATES AND PRICES

 

  Click on "load more dates" to display all tour departures for this tour. If your preferred departure date is already fully booked take a look at our full tour schedule for an alternative tour

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Arrival - How to get there

Port of embarkation Bodrum

This tour begins and ends in Bodrum harbour, Turkey, easily reached by airplane via Bodrum Airport. In order to avoid any travel complications whilst crossing the borders, we request that all guests obtain the appropriate travel documentation and visas before arrival on site. Check in begins at 2 pm. The Boat will leave from Bodrum at 4 pm.

 

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

How to find our boats in the harbour

Should you wish to make your own way to the boat, you will find our boats Love Boat and Elara 1 in the Halikarnas Marina (when looking out to sea, on the left-hand side of the fortress of St. Peter). The Osman Kurt will be located in the big yacht harbour (when looking out to sea, on the right-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 as quickly as possible, please contact our regional manager. You will find his mobile phone number in your travel documents.

Arrival by plane

A flight is the fastest, easiest, and most economical way to get to Turkey.

 

The closest airport is Bodrum (BJV). Most flights go to Izmir airport (ADB), which is situated about three hours from Bodrum. During the high season it is also possible to fly directly to Bodrum Airport.

From the airport to the harbour

You can prebook an exclusive airport transfer from Bodrum Airport to Bodrum Harbour for 15 euro/person/way (day of embarkation/disembarkation only).

 

If you prefer an exclusive airport transfer, please contact our office by email or phone:

 

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  • Berth
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  • Airport - Harbour

If you would like to extend your trip

Additional nights in Bodrum

We are happy to arrange additional nights with breakfast in Bodrum, the starting point of your trip. Bodrum, the ancient Halicarnassus, is one of the liveliest coastal towns in Turkey. It owes its importance above all to its coastal location and its beautiful seafront promenade which comes to life in the evening with street artists, restaurants, bars, and a beautiful view over the sea. There are also many cultural sights and great beaches.

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Outdoor pool area with seating and greenery

Extension program in Istanbul

With so much to see in Istanbul, you surely want to see it all! If so, we recommend our 3-day additional program in the metropolis on the Bosporus for a truly incredible holiday experience.  Istanbul is the only city in the world that bridges two continents. It is a city which immediately captivates with its liveliness and contrasts. The additional program includes transfers, three nights in a hotel, a boat trip on the Bosporus, a 2-day guided cultural tour, entrance to the Hagia Sofia, and dinner in a local restaurant.

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Silhouette of Istanbul city and mosque at sunset
  • Additional nights Bodrum
  • Extension program Istanbul

Important information

Special Corona rules in Greece

Please note: Currently Greece still has special rules when taking ferries and visiting archaeological sites and museums.

 

Ferries: In order to take a ferry, passengers must be vaccinated, recovered, or have a negative rapid test result. If you are not vaccinated or recovered, you will need to take a rapid test at a pharmacy or test centre for a fee in order to take part in the day’s program.

 

Archaeological Sites & Museums: Open-air sites may be visited without any special requirements. However, only fully vaccinated or recovered persons may visit museums (2G rule).

Spoken language

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

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. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour.

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.

Guided group pace

On most of our Bike & Boat tours you can choose between a hybrid bike and an e-bike. However, the guided group pace is based on the speed of the hybrid bike cyclists. Those who rent an e-bike on a hybrid bike tour are asked to show consideration for those who ride without electronic assistance. Hybrid bike cyclists need more breaks and more time to cycle the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

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 with their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5 ft.) for hybrid bikes.

 

For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure Cruises in Croatia or Greece. We are convinced that these itineraries provide the best all-round experience for each individual family member.

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 bicycle 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 spare 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 logistical handling thereof.

Noise on board

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 bringing 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.

Custom formalities when crossing the border/ 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 guests obtain the appropriate travel documentation and visas before arrival on site. At this time, some travellers are sceptical about flying into Turkey. Therefore, all of these tours offer an alternative flight route via Kos Island, followed by a ferry connection to Bodrum harbour (details can be found under ‘Journey’).

Travel recommendation for groups with varying biking interests (MTB & hybrid cycling)

This tour sometimes takes place parallel to our MTB & Boat Central Greek Aegean Standard tour on the same boat. One tour guide accompanies the mountain bikers whilst the other accompanies the hybrid cyclists. This type of tour is perfect for travellers who would like to spend their holiday together, but do not share the same bike preferences.

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