MTB Cruise Central Greek Aegean Standard

MTB Cruise Central Greek Aegean Standard (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 175 km , 4000 hm)


Set yourself in motion and discover the Central Greek Aegean by mountain bike and boat! The islands are a magical and mythical world vibrant in stories and cultural wonders. Packing your bags is a thing of the past, our beautiful boat is your home, restaurant and transporter for the duration of your stay.

From summiteers to bathing beauties all have their wishes fulfilled. Natural pathways and riding trails pave the way across the islands of Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Lipsi and Patmos as you discover them by bike. After the tours the boat lays anchor in a blissful bay where you enter the clear blue with a leap from deck. Evenings can be whiled away strolling through picture perfect harbour towns or chilling in a rustic bar while enjoying your beverage of choice.

On some tour dates a parallel hybrid bicycle cruise through the Central Greek Aegean will take place on board of the same boat. If your partner or friend prefers travelling by hybrid bike, there is of course the possibility to experience the journey together with only the cycling taking place in different groups. One guide caters for the mountain bikers, the other for the hybrid cyclists with meals and sightseeing being enjoyed together as one group.

As an alternative to arrival per plane via Turkey, arrival per plane via the island of Kos followed by a connecting ferry from Kos to Bodrum is also possible. A detailed overview to this alternative can be found under ‘Journey’.

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.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Visit of the monastery of St. John of Chora and the grotto of Patmos
Nature: Impressive panorama of Kalmynos' climbing rocks
Activity: Enjoy a bath in the thermal bath of Kos!
Culinary: Don't miss one of the best confectioneries at the harbour of Lipsi!
Souvenirs: On the bazaar of Bodrum you can find various great souvenirs.

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation)

Individual arrival to Bodrum harbor. A collective transfers from Bodrum Airport to the harbor is available for an extra cost on request. Check in begins on the Gullet at 2 pm. Alternatively, you can fly to Kos Airport and take the ferry across to Bodrum for check in (if you choose to arrive via Kos, make sure that your flight arrives no later than 2 pm in Kos in order to catch the ferry connection). Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively vibe in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a collective dinner on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.

2nd Day (Sun) Kos Island (aprx. 12.5 – 22 mi./20 - 35 km, aprx. 1,500 – 2,650 ft./450 – 800 m of elevation, S0 – S2)

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 realm of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. By bike we continue through fragrant pine forests on a gradually ascending natural trails to the backyard mountain of Kos town. While riding along the islands ridge we gather plenty of breath-taking panoramic views. Our descent takes us along diverse trails back to our ship. An entourage of cultural sights in Kos town will give us an insight into the town’s turbulent historical past: The Roman Forum, the Fortress of the Knights and the mosques from the time when Kos was still part of the Ottomans Empire. The evening is rounded off in one of the numerous bars and cafes.

3rd Day (Mon) Leros Island (aprx. 19 – 25 mi./30 - 40 km, aprx. 2,000 – 3,000 ft./600 - 900 m of elevation, S0 – S2)

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 into the small alleyways of the town. Passing the picturesque town harbor, we cycle on to the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros, a popular chapel on the island to get married in. Following the coastline we reach a beautiful sandy beach where we can stop for a swim and coffee. The highlight of today is the newly constructed Lighthouse Trail before we return to the ship. On arrival at the boat we cast off for Patmos or a nearby bay.

4th Day (Tue) Patmos Island – Lipsi Island (aprx. 9 - 12 mi./15 - 20 km, 1,500 – 2,150 ft./400 - 650 m of elevation

On a short panoramic cycle tour we visit Patmos and its grotto. It is said that St. John received the revelation during his captivity here. We continue by bike to the highest part of the island to the town of Chora. The world famous monastery of St. John of Chora is found here with numerous white alleys, 34 churches and chapels radiating heavenly peace. Another panoramic single trail through the scenic landscape leads us back to the harbour, where our ship awaits us for a crossing, combined with lunch, to the island of Lipsi. Enjoy the afternoon in the charming harbour town and do not miss a visit to the legendary pastry shop!

5th Day (Wed) Island Lipsi – Kalymnos Island (aprx. 6 - 12 mi./10 – 20 km, 820 – 3,000 ft./250 – 700 m of elevation, S0)

In the morning we set off on our bikes and take a tour around the island of Lipsi. The island offers suitable riding conditions for all preferences: from easy-going natural trails to challenging technical rides. We are able to experiment with a broad variety of riding styles before returning to the port. In the afternoon the boat takes us to the island of Kalymnos. We enjoy our overnight stay in a quite bay.

6th Day (Thu) Kalmynos Island – Patmos Island (aprx. 18 – 25 mi./30 – 40 km, 2,000 – 2,650 ft./600 – 800 m of elevation)

After a nourishing breakfast we cycle across the barren island. Starting at Emporios we first bike along the western coast and continue across a mountain pass which opens up into a surprisingly green valley. Our ride takes us through a variety of landscapes until we get to the main village of Pothia. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore Pothia and its old town center on foot. One can clearly identify the wealth which sponge diving brought to the inhabitants of this town. Overnight stay in the harbor or on anchor.

 

7th Day (Fri) Kos Island – Bodrum (aprx. 12 mi./20 km)

In the morning we cross over to Kos. The last bike ride of this tour begins here and leads us either to one of the lovely beaches where we can enjoy a lengthy swim or once more to the backyard mountain of Kos. After lunch ashore we enjoy our last cruise aboard until we reach Bodrum. Here we can once more go for a walk through the lively and eastern old town of Bodrum with it’s 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 World. An evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.

8th Fay (Sat) Bodrum (Disembarkation)

After breakfast disembarkation. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport. If you wish to fly home from the Island of Kos your ferry will depart at 09:30 am. Please insure that your flight departure from Kos is no earlier than 1 pm.

Ships

Love Boat (Premium)

The Love Boat is designed to give splendid pleasure and to offer a relaxing, elegant atmosphere. It is one of the most perfect examples of the Turkish wooden gulets. It is 37 m long and offers 15 modern, climatized and large guest cabins as well as a spacious saloon and plenty of space on the decks. Each cabin includes a shower unit and a toilet. The Love Boat has all the amenities and the elegance of an exclusive yacht. The accent is on an elegant atmosphere created through a high woodwork quality and intelligent design. While sailing or mooring, the sun beds spread out on the deck will offer you an excellent opportunity to sunbathe and relax. The professional and experienced crew ensures the safety and convenience of all guests. Enjoy the sea with the comfort of your home.

Osman Kurt (Premium)

The Osman Kurt is a beautifully designed 32-meter Gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000 and was completely rebuilt in 2013. Beside the comfortable salon, 7 guest cabins are furnished with a sense for comfort with air conditioning and private shower and WC. The cosy sundeck offers plenty of space to relax in and reminisce on the wonderful tour experiences. The friendly crew gives all to ensure a carefree journey. At mealtimes the talented cook will pamper you with deliciously prepared dishes of the Turkish Cuisine.

Elara 1 (Premium)

At 42 x 10.5 m the Elara 1 was launched at its homeport in Bodrum, Turkey. On board you find 11 spacious and air conditioned guest cabins with shower cabins and WC, which are at the disposal of our guests. The large salon is separated in restaurant and lounge areas with the highlight being the glass framed kitchen where you can cast a glance at the culinary skills of the chef. There is plenty of space on board the ships main deck where you can relax on the reclining furniture or comfortable seats. The upper deck is partly shaded.

Rental bikes

Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

For our mountain bike tours we use only high-quality full suspension rental bikes, with components perfectly suited to the Mediterranean terrain and the technical demands associated with it. In order to conserve energy levels on longer ascends and to maximize stoke on trail descents our lightweight fullys mainly host 27.5 inch rims, 140 – 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano or SRAM gear and break systems as well as a dropper post.

These high-quality full suspension mountain bikes are rented for 180 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

E-Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

Those who wish to climb effortlessly and save their strength for the downhill portion of the ride are well catered for with our e-MTB rentals. Our reliable 27.5 inch e-MTBs with wide and robust tires are the ultimate shredding machines. A strong Bosch drive train with extended range, 150 mm travel, Fox shocks and suspension, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as a dropper post make the e-MTB the trail lover’s best friend on our MTB tours in the Mediterranean.

These high-quality e-mountain bikes are rented for 240 euro per week. Unfortunately there is no possibility to reserve one particular bike-brand in advance.

Journey

Port of Embarkation/Disembarkation - Bodrum

This trip starts and ends at Bodrum/Turkey.

As an alternative to arrival per plane via Turkey, arrival per plane via the island of Kos followed by a connecting ferry from Kos to Bodrum is also possible. A detailed overview to this alternative can be found below.


Arrival via Bodrum Airport and Transfer to Bodrum Port

A flight is the fastest, easiest and most economic way to get to Turkey. The closest airport is Bodrum (BJV). The most flights go to Izmir airport (ADB), which is situated approx. three hours from Bodrum. During the high season you can also fly directly to Bodrum airport.

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

Fee-based collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days):

– between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port: 15 euro/person and way

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

Arrival via Kos/Greece and from Kos to Bodrum

Kos airport can be reached via direct flights from Athens or via a number of connecting flights from all over Europe. Should you choose this option, please book an inbound flight that arrives the latest by 2 pm on Kos and an outbound flight that leaves not before 1 pm from Kos airport.

To investigate and book a suitable flight you can for example use the website www.opodo.com.

A taxi service is available from Kos Airport to the ferry terminal in Kos town. The travel time is around 30 minutes and costs approx. 37 – 45 euro. The taxi stand at the airport is located directly outside the arrivals terminal. A price chart can be found at the taxi stand to insure you receive a fair fare.

Should you have enough time to spare, you can make use of the public bus, for a reduced price.

The bus station is located around 25 meters away on your left hand side after exiting the airport arrivals terminal. This is where the KTEL bus departs for Kos city, via Mastichari. The ride to Kos city takes around 40mins. Tickets can be purchased on board the bus. More information can be found here: http://www.ktel-kos.gr/site_en/

The ferry crossing from Kos to Bodrum takes approx. 1 hour. We advise you to be at the ferry terminal at least 30 mins before departure, to provide enough time for any border formalities which might take place. Departure generally takes place at around 17:00, enabling you to reach Bodrum by 18:00.

The returning ferry from Bodrum to Kos generally takes place at around 09:30, enabling you to reach Kos at around 10:30 on the departure day.

The ferry costs around 15€ per person/crossing and should be booking in advance on: http://www.catalines.com/Online/onlineferibotcom/. We are happy to provide telephone assistance for the booking of your tickets.

Extended stay

Extend your stay in Bodrum!

Would you like to be in vicinity for a few days before your boat- and bike trip or would you like to spend a few days in Turkey after your trip?

Bodrum, the ancient city of Halikarnassos, is one of the liveliest towns along the Turkish coast. Its meaning owes it first of all to its beautiful harbour with its bank promenade. Bodrum has many things to offer, which constitutes to an experience-rich and relaxed vacation week: The mausoleum of Halikarnassos, ranking among the seven world miracles and the mediveal castle, which was built over the harbor basin, is worth a visist just like the expressed charming old part of town with its numerous narrow alleys, where businesses are lined up one another.

If you like to book a room in one of the below mentioned hotels, please send us an email to: info@islandhopping.com.

Hotel El Vino in Bodrum

Hotel El Vino is pleasantly situated in the heart of the old town and offers its guests a relaxing atmosphere with a beautiful view over the medieval fort. The hotel provides spacious and comfortably furnished rooms fitted with AC and ensuite, as well as a charming courtyard including a large pool and small pavilions and local flora to add to the regenerative atmosphere. The rooftop restaurant offers a breathtaking view over the entire city and sea, serving a variety of delicious Mediterranean specialties. All of the central visitor sites are in walking distance of the hotel.

In the Hotel El Vino in Bodrum the prices vary according to season:

April 2018

– Comfort double room incl. breakfast: 60 euro per person and night
– Comfort double room for single use incl. breakfast: 110 euro/night
– Suite incl. breakfast: 70 euro per person/night  (only for double occuppancy available)

May & October 2018

Comfort double room incl. breakfast: 70 euro per person and night
Comfort double room for single use incl. breakfast: 130 euro/night
Suite incl. breakfast: 80 euro per person/night  (only for double occuppancy available)

June & September 2018

Comfort double room incl. breakfast: 85euro per person and night
Comfort double room for single use incl. breakfast: 155 euro/night
Suite incl. breakfast: 95 euro per person/night  (only for double occuppancy available)

Hotel Salmakis in Bodrum

The Hotel Salmakis is a 4-star beach hotel and spa in Bodrum located directly on the beachfront and only one kilometer away from the spectacular old town of Bodrum. The spacious and comfortably furnished rooms are fitted with AC, a balcony, ensuite, safe and a minibar. The hotel hosts several restaurants, bars and pools; inside and out. Sports enthusiasts can take part in a game of tennis, table tennis, volley ball or billiard. The hotels own wellness and spa facilities, including a sauna, hamam and whirlpool, can be used free of charge. Massages and spa treatments can be booked on site for an extra charge. All of the central visitor sites are in walking distance of the hotel.

The prices in the Hotel Salmakis in Bodrum vary according to season:

1st April – 12th May 2018 & 11th October – 31st October 2018
– Double room with half board: 40 euro per person/night
– Single room with half board: 60 euro/night

13th May – 10th June 2018 & 27th September – 10th October 2018
Double room with half board: 50 euro per person/night
Single room with half board: 75 euro/night

27th August – 26th September 2018
Double room with half board: 75 euro per person/night
Single room with half board: 110 euro/night

Hotel Comca Manzara in Bodrum

The Hotel Comca Manzara, a hotel of elevated class, is located in the Old Town of Bodrum and very close to the sea. With its comfortable and stylish furnished rooms, the two fresh swimming pools and the sun terrace with sufficient couches are some of the aspects that this hotel has to offer which constitutes to the best conditions for a wonderful holiday.

The prices in the Hotel Comca Manzara in Bodrum vary according to season:

15th May – 13th June 2018 & 24th September – 28th October 2018
– double room all inclusive: 47 euro per person/night
– suite all inclusive: 57 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request

14th June – 29th June 2018 & 26th August – 09th September 2018
– double room all inclusive: 75 euro per person/night
– suite all inclusive: 85 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request

10th September – 23rd September 2018
– double room all inclusive: 58 euro per person/night
– suite all inclusive: 68 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin below deck)

– 1,390 euro (premium ship)

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a premium gulet with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin on a gulet 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)
• English speaking tour guide

Additional optional services

• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 euro (on request, reservation required)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 euro (on request, reservation required)
• 1/2 double cabin can be booked on request
• Above deck surcharge: 150 euro per person in a double cabin
• Rental bikes: Full suspension mountain bike (fully): 180 euro/week
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: full suspension MTB: 20 euro/week (not insured: crossly negligent damages)
• Collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation day, reservation requested; incl. exact flight details):
  between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port: 15 euro/person and way (on request)
• Additional customized transfers: prices on request
• Additional night (B&B) near/in Bodrum: prices on request.

Not included in the tour price

• Journey to Turkey
• Meals and drinks ashore
• Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain); flat rate for bottled water: 20 euro/person/week
• Please bring a beach towel, if needed
• Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Discounts

• Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price; Surcharge for single cabin use will be added (not combinable with any other discount).
• Early-Bird discount: receive a 5% discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2019 (combinable with the SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount).
• SEA-YOU-AGAIN discount: all guests booking the third or more tour directly over Islandhopping will receive a 5% discount on the tour base price (combinable with the Early-Bird discount).

Things to note

Language aboard

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

Internet availability

Our Turkish boats do not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take 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.

Itinerary changes

We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements. This tour is sometimes operated in reverse direction.

Requirements of the bike routes (MTB Grade 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 4×4 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. 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-Track Classification 

So that you are well prepared for your bike tour at Islandhopping, and that you know which technicality grade you should await to be confronted by, we have have comprised a classification for all single tracks which you will ride. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Singeltrail-Skala found at (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/).

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

Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins, permanent braking readiness, displacement of centre of mass to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, permanent body tension.

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.

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

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board

Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own biycle/e-bike on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Catering

The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The half board starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Our Ships

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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
April 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 13.04-20.04Central Greek Aegean MTBOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1390 book
 20.04-27.04Central Greek Aegean MTBOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1390 book
May 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 18.05-25.05Central Greek Aegean MTBOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1390 book
June 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 08.06-15.06Central Greek Aegean MTBLove BoatBodrumBodrum1390 book
September 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 21.09-28.09Central Greek Aegean MTBOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1390 book
October 2019
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 05.10-12.10Central Greek Aegean MTBOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1390 book
 19.10-26.10Central Greek Aegean MTBLove BoatBodrumBodrum1390 book

Any questions?

Contact us:

Monday - Friday
09:00- 12:30 Hrs
14:00- 17:00 Hrs

Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com