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Bike & Boat

South Greek Aegean · Greece

From 1890 €
Route
from Bodrum / to Bodrum
Duration
8 days /
7 nights
Distance
approx.
170 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).

See ancient site by bike and boat

On this tour, we explore the Dodecanese Islands in the Southern Greek Aegean by bike and boat. Let yourself be mesmerized by the towering volcano crater of Nissyros and the charm of Symi with its wonderful neo-classical buildings. A true highlight of the trip is the bike tour on the Datca Peninsula that leads through spectacular nature to the beautiful bay of Knidos with its ancient remains. Come with us on a journey through time and discover the rock throwing Poseidon, the Knights of St John, and the famous sponge divers of Symi. They have all contributed to the unique character of these islands through their legacies, both in the form of exciting legends and incredible historical structures.

TO NOTE: This tour takes place prallel to our MTB-Tour on the same boat. This is perfect for travellers who wish to spend their holiday together, but do not share the same riding preference.

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Highlights

Culture: The ancient site of Knidos on the Datca Peninsula
Nature: Striking volcanic rock formations of Nissyros
Activity: Enjoy one of the great Turkish hamams after the bike tour
Culinary: Mezes, the selection of small dishes as a Greek starter
Souvenir: A natural sponge from the sponge diver's island
This trip is already updated for the 2023 season. Itinerary, prices and services may vary compared to 2022:

Itinerary

S S S Kos Nissyros Tilos Symi Chalki Kos Nikia Livadia Bodrum Yalıçiftlik Mandraki Megalochorio Knidos Datça Symi Panormitis Chalki Greece Turkey Athens MEDITERRANEAN Airport Kos Izmir MEDITERRANEAN Athens Greece Turkey Airport Bodrum Izmir
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 evening 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 Bodrum – Yalıçiftlik (round tour) – Kos
(aprx. 23 mi./38 km)
After breakfast we raise the anchor for a short cruise to Yaliciftlik. From here we start our first bike ride through the local pine forests to Camlik where we will have the chance to refresh ourselves with a short coffee break. We continue cycling through silver-green olive groves to the small village of Etrim. Ancestors of the Turkmen tribes continue to live semi-nomadic lives in the region. We can marvel at their fascinating hand crafts and during a lunch break at a local restaurant we can discover some local cuisine. After lunch we return to Yaliciftlik where we board the boat and cruise to the island 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 Nissyros Island – Tilos Island
(aprx. 19 – 25 mi./30 - 40 km)
Today we 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. From here we cycle along the coast back towards the town of Kos, where we board the boat and cruise to the volcanic island of Nissyros.
4th Day Nissyros Island – Tilos Island
(aprx. 19 – 25 mi./30 - 40 km)
Today’s cycle tour leads us first to Nikia - a mountain village built directly on the edge of the volcanic crater at 1,400 ft./430 m above sea level. From here we can enjoy a spectacular view into the crater of the volcano. The volcano, white houses, and numerous pebble mosaics are a truly special highlight of this tour. From here we cycle on along the crater with its steaming sulphur springs before heading back to the small port town of Mandraki where our boat is already waiting to take us to Tilos Island, inhabited since ancient times.
5th Day Tilos Island - Chalki island
(aprx. 14 mi./22 km)
Our morning bike ride takes us from Livadia to Megalochorio. Here, those interested have time to visit the pygmy elephant museum, before returning to the boat. A tasty lunch awaits us on board followed by a relaxing cruise from Tilos to the island of Chalki. The picturesque island capital offers a first impression of the classic architecture style which we will see on Symi.
6th Day Chalki Island – Symi Island
(aprx. 16 mi./25 km)
In the morning we sail to Panormitis Bay, which lies just off the island of Symi, to visit the local monastery. Afterwards, we head off for the other side of the island. Cycling up several switchbacks, we slowly conquer the hill, allowing ourselves enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Our destination is the island’s capital, Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbour. In the evening, we can head to the upper part of Symi town. From the top we have a breath-taking view over the harbour and the coastline of the bay. An evening visit to a remote tavern allowa us to enjoy the evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
7th Day Datça – Knidos - Bodrum
(aprx. 26 mi./41 km)
In the morning, we make our way from Symi to the neighbouring Datça Peninsula, back in Turkey. Today’s bike tour takes us from the Datça district along the peninsula to the historical ruins of Knidos (4th century BC) with its wonderfully preserved amphitheatre. A stroll through this historical site is sure to leave a lasting impression. Depending on the departure times of the guests on board the following day, we can either spend the night in Knidos or cross over to Bodrum. A final evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.
8th Day Bodrum (Disembarkation)
Disembarkation after breakfast. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport. If you wish to fly home from the Island of Kos, your ferry will depart at 9:30 am. Please ensure that your flight departure from Kos is no earlier than 1 pm.

Accommodation

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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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. 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.The use of our Islandhopping panniers is free of charge.…

  • Our Hybrid Bikes
  • Our E-Bikes
  • Pannier

Services, Dates & Prices

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: 25 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 2023
Shared twin cabin
(limited)
Available on request
Surcharge for a cabin above deck 250 euro/person (Love Boat only)
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck
(limited)
600 euro
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck
(limited)
800 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)
Prices on request
Exclusive transfers Prices on request
Additional nights in Bodrum Prices see additional nights Bodrum
4-day additional program Istanbul Prices see extension program Istanbul
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 2023 by the 31.12.2022, 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 2023 if you book it before the 31.12.2022 (can be used in combination with the Early-Bird discount).

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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).

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 (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
  • by plane
  • 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: because of very high number of COVID cases in Greece, from NOW ON there are new measurements which we have to follow on our Greek boats.

 

  • For embarkation a negative Covid test result in paper form is required (self-tests are not accepted, only Rapid tests not older than 48 hrs or PCR tests not older than 72 hrs).
  • Additionally, guests temperature will be measured daily and recorded in a list.
  • In case that any guest is tested before or during the trip positive they will have to disembark the same day and make it their own way and on their own expense back home.

 

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). Wearing a mask is also mandatory in enclosed exhibition rooms.

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 Southern 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’).

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