Hotel & MTB South Greek Aegean

Hotel & MTB South Greek Aegean (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 185 km , 4500 hm)


By Bike & Hotel to the most beautiful islands in the Southern Greek Aegean! Along the trails of myths and legends! People who enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle and have an affection for cross-country routes will find plenty to see and do here. The terrain offers bikers everything, from technically demanding single-trails and flowy speed trails to scented forest paths.

Cycle on the island of Kos to the famous sanctuary of Asclepius through the scented pine forests up to the trail paradise at Mt. Dikeo and experience panoramic tours on Symi. A volcanic rock landscape with astonishing formations and active craters wait to be explored on Nissyros. Take a tour with us through the fantastic Crusader city on Rhodes, where impressive stone buildings characterize the city on an island belonging to the sun god Helios.

You can end the day in an authentic tavern enjoying good food, ouzo and sirtaki in good company: a must in Greece is to immerse yourself in the local “filoxenía”, the authentic Greek hospitality. Greece awaits you!

Attention: This web page has been updated for the season 2019. Changes in the itinerary as well as the accomplishments may vary in comparison to the season 2018.

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Highlights of the tour
Culture: Go on a time journey through the old town of Rhodos with UNESCO World Heritage status
Nature: Discover by MTB the steaming Stefano crater on Nisyros
Activity: Biking to the local mountain of the city of Kos, Mt. Dikeo, with it´s fantastic panoramic views
Culinary: Mezes, the small portioned Greek starters
Shopping: The market place in Kos offers Greek olive oil and sweets made from local honey and nuts

Itinerary

1st Day Kos, Kos Junior Suites Hotel (Arrival)

Individual arrival on the island of Kos and transfer from the airport to Kos Junior Suites Hotel in the city of Kos. After checking-in at the hotel a stroll through the old town of Kos is well worth it. Enjoy your first Greek coffee or go for a refreshing swim in the Mediterranean Sea. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel at 18 o’clock and brief you on the program for the week. Your guide will also give you the best tips for a dinner with a typical Greek atmosphere. Overnight stay on the island of Kos in Kos Junior Suites Hotel.

2nd Day bike tour on the local mount Kos I – ferry to Rhodes (aprx. 25 Km/500-600 m of elevation) (F)

Your first bike tour will take you on a panoramic route to the local mountain ont eh outskirts of the city. You climb to the highest point from which the newly built United Nation Trail and the technically demanding Trailbrothers trail give a first impression and leave you thrilled for more. A fast natural flow trail takes you directly back to the city of Kos where you can have a lunch break, before taking the ferry to Rhodes (two-and-a-half-hour trip) in the afternoon. After checking-in at the Parthenon Hotel your guide invites you to take a stroll through the maze of alleys of the historical old town. The authenticity of the Crusaders’ town has landed it with UNESCO World Heritage status. Overnight stay at Parthenon Hotel in the city of Rhodes.

3rd Day program on the island of Symi (aprx. 20-30 km/550-650 m of elevation) (F)

After a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel you take a day trip to the island of Symi. After a one-and-a-half-hour ride with the ferry you reach the Panormitis bay with its wonderful orthodox monastery of the Archangel Michael. After a short visit you use the asphalt road to your advantage to climb along the hairpin bends to the top of the island. Your initial reward, the glorious view. A technical trail leads you down to the outskirts of town, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the pastel-colored houses. Afterwards you can choose between an urban downhill or a descent along the panoramic road leading directly to the port. You will still have enough time to discover the city of Symi, before taking the ferry back to Rhodes. In the evening you are free to enjoy old town of Rhodes once more. Overnight stay at Parthenon Hotel in the city of Rhodes.

4th Day ferry to the island of Nissyros – bike tour Crater-loop (aprx. 25 km/650 m of elevation) (F)

Today you wake early in order to take the 2 hour long ferry ride to Nissyros directly after breakfast. After checking-in at Hotel Porfyris, your bike tour leads you to the ancient Kastro. Bike along a nature trail, paved in some sections, up to the steaming Stefano crater. From here you continue to Emporios with its natural spa and afterwards along a wonderful trail to Pali. The final stage of today’s tour leads you along the coast back to Mandraki. The port village together with its white and blue cube-shaped houses characterizes the Cyclades; however, what makes it unique are the wonderful black and white pebble mosaics, seen throughout the whole town. The perfect place for an evening in an authentic Greek tavern to conclude an unforgettable day. Overnight stay at Porfyris Hotel in Mandraki.

5th Day bike tour on the island of Nissyros (aprx. 25-35 km/750 m of elevation) (F)

Nissyros and its astounding geological formations which frame the different volcanic eruptions over time, as well as the unique beauty of the island towns have plenty to offer for a second day on the island. There is still so much to discover! After a late breakfast your bike tour starts comfortably on asphalt up to the main village of Nikia. Majestically placed at the edge of the crater, 450 meters above sea-level, this place will easily enchant you with its picturesque alleys and the famous views over the volcanic landscape. The ideal place for a well-deserved coffee-break, before you continue cycling on a technically demanding trail along the crater edge and in the end through a long step trail leading back to the alleys of Mandraki. Overnight stay at Porfyris Hotel in Mandraki.

6th Day ferry to Kos – Local Mountain Tour II (aprx. 25-30 km/700-1000 m of elevation) (F)

The late risers will be pleased! The ferry to Kos will not departure until late in the morning, so feel free to have a long sleep, going for a stroll or jump in the sea. The bike tour in the afternoon takes you back to the local mountain of the city of Kos, with its new trails: from technical variations with steep turns and berms to inspiring flow lines. On the way back you have the opportunity to visit the famous sanctuary of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Those who do not wish to bike up the mountain, can also choose to take a relaxing beach tour on their own. In the evening you can bring the amazing bike & hotel week to an end visiting an authentic Greek tavern. Overnight stay at Kos Junior Suites Hotel.

7th Day bike tour on the island of Kos (ca. 40 km/850 m of elevation) (F)

The last bike tour of the week leads you to Mt. Dikeos. After passing the ridge line with breathtaking panoramic views over the whole eastern part of the island of Kos and even to the Turkish mainland, you reach the attractive mountain village of Zia. Here you can replace the calories you have burnt with a delicious lunch. You can then go down to Zipari along a great single trail. Roll along the north coast of Kos along beautiful sandy beaches which invite you to jump into the turquoise blue water. If you have some strength and energy left, in the evening you can join a short journey through time with your guide through the old town of Kos. It’s now time to celebrate an unforgettable week with a great dinner. Overnight stay on the island of Kos at Junior Suites Hotel in Kos.

8th Day Kos (Departure)

Departure after breakfast and individual journey home. Our advice: choose to extend your stay on the island of Kos to one or two more nights and use the additional day for a trip to Bodrum, Turkey with a guided bike tour through the magical trails around the sparkling city.

Journey

Arrival via Kos Airport

A flight is the fastest, easiest and most economic way to get to Greece. The closest airport is Kos (KGS).

Kos airport can be reached via direct flights from Athens or via a number of connecting flights from all over Europe.

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the websites
– Opodo: www.opodo.com
– Swoodoo: www.swoodoo.com

Transfer between Airport and Hotel

Inclusive collective transfers (only available on Arrival/Departure days):
– between Kos airport and hotel

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

Accommodation: carefully selected bike-friendly 3 – 4 stars hotels

All accommodation of this journey is bike-friendly, MTB riders are welcome and don’t need to worry about the safe custody of their bikes. If your accommodation is not available for a specific travel date the organizer guarantees the booking in an equivalent hotel.

Kos Junior Suites Hotel on the island of Kos (3 nights)

Kos Junior Suites Hotel is a luxury four-star hotel. It is located in the heart of the city of Kos, just 10 m from the beach and the Marina of Kos and only a few minutes’ walk from the historical old town. Since 1967 the hotel guarantees a pleasant stay, great hospitality and excellent service to its guests, so that it’s easy to feel comfortable from the moment you step through the door. Accommodated in comfortable and spacious junior suites. Every suite offers a living area with comfy sofas, a fully equipped kitchen and lounge area with a table as well as a bedroom with extremely comfortable large beds. The standard equipment of the suites includes a balcony, which overlooks the turquoise sea or the lovingly designed hotel garden, safe, minibar, air conditioning and TV. Free internet access is available throughout the hotel. The hotel additionally provides a wide range of amenities such as lobby-lounge, swimming pool, Hamman, Jacuzzi and laundry service. Regarding the bike storage, there is an individual lockable room, where you can also find the most important tools to perform minor repairs / services.

Parthenon City Hotel on the island of Rhodes (2 nights)

Parthenon City Hotel on the island of Rhodes is a bike-friendly hotel, just 100 meter from the beautiful Psaropoulo beach and ca. 10 minutes’ walk from the medieval old town. All rooms provide air conditioning, TV, minibar and balcony. Besides the outdoor pool, comfortable sunbeds invite you to relax; cold and warm beverages are served at the hotel bar. Furthermore the hotel offers its own restaurant. Wifi access is available for free in all public areas, and in the rooms for an additional charge. The hotel staff’s top priority is hospitality. Bike riders are more than welcome and there is a lockable storage area for the bikes.

Der Pool von Hotel Partenon auf Rhodos

Profyris Hotel on the island of Nissyros (2 nights)

Porfyris Hotel is located in the port village of Mandraki on the island of Nissyros, just 200 m from Mandraki beach and a few minutes cycling from the port. It is also very close to the picturesque main square of the village along with a lot of authentic taverns and traditional cafes. The hotel provides lovely rooms with TV, fridge, air conditioning, bathroom and balconies, which offer a fantastic view of Mt. Diavatis and the Aegean. The hotel’s sea-water swimming pool is surrounded by comfortable loungers inviting you to relax. A breakfast buffet is served in the hotel’s dining area with delicious local products. In the cozy TV-lounge on the ground floor coffee and drinks are served all day long. In addition the hotel provides a secure facility for bike storage.

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person

– 1.090 euro

Included services

– 7 nights in double room in bike-friendly hotels
– 7 x breakfast
– Airport transfer on arrival- and departure days as well as transfers during the journey
– Ferry tickets
– Baggage transfer between hotels and ferry ports
– Entrance fees to attractions and museums
– Guided bike tours and city tours lt. program
– German and English speaking local tour guides

Services not included

– Arrival journey to Kos
– All drinks and meals except breakfast
– Tip

Additional optional services

– Single room supplement: 180 euro
– Additional night in double room : 60 euro
– Additional night in single room: 50 euro
Bike for rent : Full suspension MTB : 200 euro per week

Things to note

Accommodation: carefully selected bike-friendly 3-4 stars hotels

All accommodation of this journey is bike-friendly, MTB riders are welcome and don’t need to worry about the safe custody of their bikes. If your accommodation is not available for a specific travel date the organizer guarantees the booking in an equivalent hotel.

Catering

Only breakfast is included in the tour price. Guests will pay for all other meals & drinks themselves. Of course your guide will always help you in making the right selection of local restaurants and if desired can also accompany you.

Itinerary changes

This journey depends on wind and weather conditions, therefore the organizer reserves the right to make adjustments in the course of the tour. Also, ferry connections between the islands may vary.

MTB-Level: 2

From easy to manage to sporty day tours with hilly stages going from 20 to 40 km, with an average of 600 m of elevation and routes of the single trail scale up to S2., The trails are mostly easy with S1 level of difficulty. The mountain bike-terrain is as varied as the landscapes of the Aegean islands: the tours vary widely day-to-day and provide much diversity for the bikers. Wide forestry roads, small side roads, technical single trails, great flow trails and narrow forest trails lead you through the terrain. You pass very rarely through S2 or even S3 routes, which are mostly avoided. Furthermore, the guide has the opportunity to adapt the specific tours to the technical skills of the group.

Single trail classification

We have tried to make a classification of the single trails, so that you can be well-prepared before your bike journey starts and you can know in advance which technical level of difficulty to expect on the different stages of your routes. Regarding the classification of the level stages we geared ourselves towards the single trail scale distributed in German speaking countries (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/):

Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as flat roots, small stones, occasionally odd gullies, erosion damages, gradient up to 40%, possible loose surfaces, narrow curves, but no hairpin turns demanding basic technical cycling skills, smooth braking, body displacement, cycling in a standing position, obstacles can be rolled over

Red (moderate, S2): frequently loose surface, larger stones and occasionally roots and steps, gradient up to 70%, light hairpin turns, readiness to brake, body displacement, ability to regulate the attack of braking and to shift the centre of gravity

Black (difficult, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many larger rocks, boulders and occasionally root passages, slippery surface, loose scree, high steps, slopes steeper than 70%, narrow hairpin turns
Very good bike control

Requirement to wear a helmet

Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

Time difference

Please note that Greece is on Eastern European (Summer) time, i.e. GM(S)T + 2 hours.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
September 2018
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 29.09-06.10Griechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelGriechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelKos (ferry)Kos (ferry)1090 book
October 2018
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 06.10-13.10Griechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelGriechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelKos (ferry)Kos (ferry)1090 book
 13.10-20.10Griechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelGriechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelKos (ferry)Kos (ferry)1090 book
June 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 08.06-15.06Griechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelGriechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelKosKos1090 book
 15.06-22.06Griechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelGriechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelKosKos1090 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 28.09-05.10Griechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelGriechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelKosKos1090 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.10-12.10Griechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelGriechische Ägäis Süd - MTB & HotelKosKos1090 book

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