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Bike & Boat

South Greek Aegean · Greece

From 1390 €
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 Kızılağaç Knidos Datça Symi Panormitis Chalki Greece Turkey Athens MEDITERRANEAN Airport Kos Izmir MEDITERRANEAN Athens Greece Turkey Airport Kos 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 – Kos
(aprx. 22 km, 450 m of elevation)
After breakfast on board, you will bike on beautiful natural paths and varied trails to Kızılağaç, which is famous for its local bazaar. After a break you will continue biking to Yalıҁiftlik, where the ship will be waiting for you at noon for the crossing to 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 Kos Island/Kos Town - Nissyros Island
(aprx. 35 km / 800 m of elevation)
In the morning we make a crossing to Kos. After a light lunch and a visit to the world famous Asklepion, we hop on our bikes and head through a fragrant pine forest on leisurely ascending natural trails up to Mt. Dikeo, the highest peak on the island. We continue along the ridgeline trail which offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, quickly making us forget the effort. We then return to the ship along varied trails. In the afternoon we sail to Mandraki on the volcanic island of Nissyros.
4th Day Nissyros Island – Tilos Island
(aprx. 40 km / 850 m of elevation)
Today's bike tour on Nissyros leads first along asphalt roads up to the island's capital Nikia, 430 m above sea level and built directly on the crater rim. Be enchanted by the town's white houses and numerous pebble mosaics and enjoy the magnificent view of the volcanic caldera over a cup of coffee. We continue into the fascinating volcanic landscape of Stefanos Crater with its steaming sulphur springs. Afterwards, we take natural paths and a single trail back to the ship in Mandraki. Crossing to the neighbouring island of Tilos.
5th Day Tilos Island - Chalki island
(aprx. 20 km / 700 m of elevation)
Our morning bike ride takes us first from Livadia to Megalochorio. Here, those interested have time to visit the pygmy elephant museum. Afterwards, we continue to the deserted village of Mikrochorio and along a spectacular coastal path back to the ship. After a delicious lunch we can relax on board while we sail to the island of Halki and enjoy the fresh sea breeze. The picturesque island capital of Chalki offers a first impression of the classic architecture style which we will see on Symi.
6th Day Chalki Island – Symi Island
(aprx. 25 km / 750 m of elevation)
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. Biking 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 (Datça-Peninsula) – Knidos - Bodrum
(aprx. 45 km / 700 m of elevation)
From Symi it is only a stone's throw away to the Turkish Datça peninsula with the village of the same name. Here we head out on our last bike tour of the trip. We take scenic routes mostly along the coast of the Datça Peninsula to Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we cross over to Bodrum. We say farewell to guests, guides, and crew with a festive evening on board.
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

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. 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.…

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  • 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).

 

TOURDATES AND PRICES

 

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Time Period Tour Country Accommodation Route Availability Price from
The final price is dependent on the type of cabin, the number of guests staying in the cabin and any additional services booked.

September 2022

24.09.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
24.09. –
01.10.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum fully booked 1390,00 € on waiting list

October 2022

08.10.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
08.10. –
15.10.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum available 1390,00 € To Booking
01.10.
The minimum number of participants is reached.
01.10. –
08.10.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum available 1390,00 € To Booking

April 2023

22.04.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
22.04. –
29.04.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum available 1890,00 € To Booking

May 2023

06.05.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
06.05. –
13.05.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum available 1890,00 € To Booking
20.05.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
20.05. –
27.05.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum available 1890,00 € To Booking

September 2023

30.09.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
30.09. –
07.10.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum available 1890,00 € To Booking

October 2023

14.10.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
14.10. –
21.10.
Bike & Boat
South Greek Aegean
Greece Love Boat Bodrum bis Bodrum available 1890,00 € To Booking
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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 30 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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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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