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MTB & Boat

South Greek Aegean MTB · Greece

From 1890 €
New Tour
Route
from Bodrum / to Bodrum
Duration
8 Tage /
7 Nächte
Distance
up to 190 km
& 4.250 Hm
MTB Level 2
MTB Level 1
Easy mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who can safely handle a mountain bike. Mostly asphalt roads and wide, natural paths (20-30km and 200-400 elevation meters per day, S0)
MTB Level 1 - 2
Easy to moderate mountain bike tours for islandhoppers who are fit, technically able and can ride safely. Mainly natural paths and simple single trails (20-40km and 300-500 elevation meters per day, S0-S1).
MTB Level 2
Moderate mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers who enjoy riding through varied terrain and are comfortable with climbs up to 500m (30-50km and 400-600 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 2 - 3
Moderate to demanding mountain bike tours suitable for islandhoppers with a very good level of fitness and riding technique. Mostly hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km and 400-750 elevation meters per day, S0-S2).
MTB Level 3
Demanding mountain bike tours for islandhoppers with excellent riding technique and who enjoy and feel comfortable with technical trails. Mostly on hiking tracks and single trails (30-60km with 500-1,000 elevation meters per day, S0-S3).

Explore vulcanic islands and pristine nature by bike and boat

Exploring the southern Dodecanese islands by MTB and boat is an active vacation that is sure to put a big smile on any mountain bikers face! We spend a week on a charming motor sailer and travel to the most beautiful islands of the Southern Greek Aegean, relax in idyllic bays, bike through pristine nature and follow in the footsteps of an eventful and glorious past. By MTB we explore the towering volcanic crater of Nissyros and the variety-packed island of Tilos. Be captivated by the charm of barren Symi with its beautiful island capital. Visit the Hippocrates’ Island, the most famous doctor of antiquity, who taught the art of healing on the island of Kos.

TO NOTE: This tour takes place prallel to our regular cycling 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

Nature: Eye-catching volcanic rock formations of Nissyros
Activity: Biking along natural trails and newly built single tracks on Kos
Culture: The ancient site of Knidos on the Datca Peninsula
Culinary: Mezes, the selection of small dishes as a Greek starter
Souvenir: A natural sponge from the sponge diver's island

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 – Kos
(aprx. 45 km /800 m of elevation)
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 biking 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 Kos Island – Nissyros Island
(aprx. 35 km / 800 m of elevation)
After breakfast we start our bike tour with a visit to the world famous Asklepion, continuing 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 – 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

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 Mountain Bikes

All our mountain bikes are high-end, full-suspension bikes fitted with components optimized for the Mediterranean terrain and the technical challenges that come with it. For the ultimate riding experience, our MTBs are fitted with 27.5’’ rims, 140 – 150 mm of travel, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts.…

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Our E-Mountain Bikes

If you’re looking for an easy uphill ride with an epic downhill trail experience, then our e-mountain bikes are the perfect rental bike for you. Our full suspension e-MTBs are equipped with 27.5’’ wheels and robust tires ready for exploring fantastic trails. The powerful Bosch motor, large battery, 150 mm RockShox suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts make these e-MTBs a biker’s best friend during our tours in the Mediterranean.…

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Services, Dates & Prices

Included services
  • 8-day trip on a 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 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 Full suspension MTB (fully): 180 euro/week
E-MTB (fully): 240 euro/week (limited)
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike
(not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Fully: 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).

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.

April 2023

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

June 2023

03.06.
Have faith to make the booking! The minimum number of participants is almost reached.
03.06. –
10.06.
MTB & Boat
South Greek Aegean MTB
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).

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

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

MTB Level 2

Moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain at distances of 25 – 45 km and 550 to 1,200 meters of elevation. The terrain in this region is very diverse and changes from island to island: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel 4x4 roads and sometimes also quiet asphalt stretches; there are very few unrideable points. Various sections in the tour are offered at a higher or lower technical degree, leaving you to make the final decision. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain.

 

The hilly to mountainous terrain of the South Aegean islands requires a good level of fitness from all participants. The terrain offers everything a mountain biker could wish for, from wide natural paths to varied single trails. The ascents are usually manageable along asphalt roads followed by trails that can at times be technically challenging and at times flowing, right by the sea.

 

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.

Single-Trail Classification

To ensure that you are well prepared for your bike tour with Islandhopping and know what technical difficult level to expect, we have created a classification for all single trails that could be ridden on our tours. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Single Trail Scale which can be found here

 

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, some erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, obstacles can be rolled over. Skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing.

 

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins. Constant readiness to brake, shift of centre weight to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, consistent body tension required.

 

Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders, and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins. Expert level of bike control/handling required.

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). Furthermore, we recommend riders to carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

Group Riding Pace

On our regular bike tours the riding pace is determined by the cyclists on regular bikes. We ask guests who have reserved an e-MTB to be mindful of this and to acknowledge that the regular cyclists need time to rest and longer to climb the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Bringing Children/Teenagers

We believe that only children with a good physical condition and a minimum age of 14 who have previous MTB riding experience can keep up with the demands of our  mountain bike tours. In addition, they should have prior experience with riding techniques needed for descending on narrow trails and technical terrain. Please be aware, that our smallest rental mountain bikes are suited to a body height of 1.50 m and above (XS frame). The Croatian law requires children under the age of 16 to wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bike.

 

For the best tour experience with children, we recommend our Multi-Adventure tours 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 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. In addition, e-bike batteries cannot be transported on aircrafts. 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 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 Bike & Boat South Greek Aegean 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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