MTB Cruise Gulf of Gökova Standard

MTB Cruise Gulf of Gökova Standard (8 Days/7 Nights, approx. 190 km , 5450 hm)


Exploring the Gökova Golf by boat and mountain bike is pure nature experience! This scenic gem stretches between the historic city of Bodrum and the extremely attractive Datҁa Peninsula. Spared from mass tourism, it is here that Turkey shows itself from its most original side. Pristine, wild nature with fantastic panoramas, small harbors, wonderfully clear waters and historical highlights make the Gökova-Gulf a very attractive holiday destination worth discovering on two wheels! You will explore this charming site without having to worry about your luggage. Your comfortable floating home and restaurant accompanies you throughout the whole tour.

You can explore the region on a number of natural trails and newly built single trails, with a refreshing swim in the sea at the end of each day. In the evening, you can take a walk through idyllic harbor towns or chill out in quaint bars or on the deck of your ship.

On all dates the hybrid bike cruise, Gulf of Gökova, takes place parallel on the same ship. One tour guide leads the hybrid bikers, the other the mountain bikers. The degree of difficulty of the individual bike tours can be adapted to the condition and technical ability of the group. We can gladly send you the detailed tour itinerary of the hybrid bike cruise on request.

Map

Highlights of the tour
Culture: Knidos is one of the most impressive excravations at a beautiful bay along the turkish coast line.
Nature: You go by bike through nice smelling pine woods of Camli to the picturesque English Bay.
Activity: You stroll around the town Akyaka with the visit of the ancient rock tombs.
Culinary: Don't miss trying Gözleme - The thin and spicy filled flat breads are a speciality of the Anatolian kitchen!
Souvenir: Buy some spices or traditionell sweets on a stroll through the bazaar of Bodrum.

Itinerary

1st Day (Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation)

Individual flight to Bodrum airport and (if any) transfer to Bodrum (45 min). Check-in on board from 2 pm. Use the afternoon to stroll through the bustling city with its famous bazaar and imposing fortress. In the early evening, we board the boat and cruise to Aquarium Bay, where we can refresh ourselves with a swim in the sea. Dinner on board and overnight on anchor.

2nd Day (Sun) Bodrum – Yalıҁiftlik (aprx. 14 mi./22 km, aprx. 1,410 ft./430 m of elevation)

After breakfast on board, our ship will take us back to Bodrum, where we can take part on a guided city tour by bike. The tour takes us not only to the imposing St. Peter’s fortress, but also to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, once one of the 7 wonders of the world. Afterwards, we set off for our first bike tour to Kızılağaç, known for its local bazaar. After a rest, the tour continues to Yalıҁiftlik, where we can visit the beautiful beach for a dip in the cool water or relax in a tea garden for the afternoon. Dinner on board and overnight in Yalıҁiftlik.

3rd Day (Mon) Yalıҁiftlik - Mazı – Akbük (aprx. 20 mi./31 km, aprx. 3,000 ft./900 m of elevation)

From Yalıҁiftlik, our bike tour takes us through the scenic natural landscapes of the hinterland and finally back to the coast to Mazı. Here, our ship awaits us for lunch and we can relax on board during the two and a half hours crossing to Akbük, a charming little harbor where we can enjoy the afternoon swimming. Dinner on board and overnight in Akbük.

4th Day (Tue) Akbük – Akyaka (aprx. 18 mi./27 km, aprx. 4,300 ft./1,300 m of elevation)

A morning shuttle service will take us from Akbük to the charming mountain village of Sarnıçköy. A series of forest roads and natural trails will elad us to Kuyucak Köy, where we can take a well-earned break in a traditional tea house. After some technical single trails, we will reach the neighboring village of Akyaka, where we can stop to admire the ancient rock tombs. This picturesque village is characterized by a pseudo-Seljuk-Ottoman architecture with significant wooden elements, unique to Turkey. This unique piece was designed by award-winning architect Nail Cakirhan. A small stroll through the village is well while. Dinner on board and overnight in Akyaka.

5th Day (Wed) Akyaka – Ҁamlı (aprx. 28 mi./41 km, aprx. 3,300 ft./1,000 m of elevation)

A round trip by bike around Akyaka, will take us inland away from the coast. Enjoy the abundance of nature and solitude of this landscape while riding on newly built trails before returning to Akyaka for lunch. Afterwards, we head to the picturesque Ҁamlı bay, where we can take a refreshing swim. Dinner on board and overnight in Ҁamlı.

6th Day (Thu) Ҁamlı – English Bay - Yedi Adalar (aprx. 13 mi./21 km, aprx. 2,300 ft./700 m of elevation)

From Ҁamlı, today’s bike tour takes us through small villages and fragrant pine forests to the picturesque English Bay. In this beautiful bay we can swim to our heart’s content. The following passage by boat to Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands) offers us one and a half hours to relax and enjoy the sun and the salty sea air on our skin. Dinner on board and overnight at anchor.

7th Day (Fri) Yedi Adalar – Körmen – Knidos (aprx. 30 mi./48 km, aprx. 3,610 ft./1,100 m of elevation)

The morning crossing takes us to Körmen on the Datҁa Peninsula, which we are able to discover by bike. A first ascent leads us to a height of 450 m/1.480 ft, before enjoying the descent back to the sea with a beautiful view over the Greek islands Nissyros, Tilos and Rhodes. The path ahead leads us along a scenic road along the coast before entering the suburban outskirts of Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we spend the night in one of the most picturesque bays on the Turkish coast.

8th Day (Sat) Knidos - Bodrum (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board, enjoy the sea air during the last crossing to Bodrum. Arriving in Bodrum, it is time to say goodbye to your ship, the crew and your tour guides. Check-out and (if any) transfer to the airport and individual travel back home or extension of your holiday in Turkey.

Ships

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.

Ametist A (Premium)

The Ametist A is a beautifully designed 30-meter Gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000 and was rebuilt in 2017. Beside the comfortable wood-paneled salon, 8 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 mediterranean cuisine.

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.

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.

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 for 3.20€. 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 16:30, enabling you to reach Bodrum by 17:30.

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 20 € per person/crossing and should be booked 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: 85 euro 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: 55 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request
– suite all inclusive: 70 euro per person/night

14th June – 08th July 2018 & 26th August – 23th September 2018
– double room all inclusive: 75 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request
– suite all inclusive: 90 euro per person/night

9th July – 25th August 2018
– double room all inclusive: 95 euro per person/night
– single room all inclusive: price upon request
– suite all inclusive: 105 euro per person/night

Prices & Accomplishments

Base tour price per person (in a double cabin)

– 1,190 euro (premium ship Osman Kurt)

Included services

• 8-day-trip on a premium gulet with crew
• 7 nights in a double 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

Additional optional services

• ½ a double cabin can (on request)
• Above deck surcharge: 150 € per person
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 euro (limited, on request)
• Surcharge for a double cabin for single use above deck: 700 euro (limited, on request)
• Rental bike: Full suspension mountain bike (fully): 180 euro/week
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: 20 euro/ week (not insured: grossly negligent damage)
• Collective group transfers between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only): 15 euro per person/way (reservation requested; incl. exact flight details)
• Additional customized transfers (prices on request)
• Additional night (B&B) in Bodrum (prices on request)

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: 20 euro/person/week
• Meals and beverages ashore
• Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
• Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)
• Tips for tour guides and crew

Price reductions

– Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price.
– Early-Bird discount: receive a 5% discount on the tour base price if your booking reaches us before the 31.01.2018 (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.

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.

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.

MTB level 2

Moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain at distances of 16 – 30 mi./25 – 47 km and 985 – 3,150 ft/300 to 960 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.

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. 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-Trail 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 comprised a classification for all single trails 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).

Alternative Arrival via Kos

At this point in time many travelers are skeptical about flying into Turkey. We would therefore like to inform you that all of these tours offer an alternative flight route via Kos Island, followed by a ferry connection to Bodrum harbour.

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.

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.

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.

Dates & Booking

  • = fully booked
  • = 1-4 bookings possible
  • = 5+ bookings posible
  • = departure confirmed
October 2018
DateName of the tripShipStart CityEnd CityStatusBase price
 20.10-27.10Gökova Gulf MTB StandardOsman KurtBodrumBodrum1190
 20.10-27.10Gökova Gulf MTB StandardAmetist ABodrumBodrum1190 book

Any questions?

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Tel. +49(0)7531 361860

info@islandhopping.com