Biking tour to Central Aegean (8 days)
Duration: 8 Days/ 7 Nights Hopping
Departure: Bodrum (Turkey)
Reviews: Island hopping services
On a comfortable Turkish gulet and by bicycle we explore the sun islands of the Greek Aegean. The islands are a magical and mythical world filled with historical monuments and an abundance of stories. Come with us on a voyage of discovery and experience the Aegean from a special perspective, namely, by land and by sea. Relax while swimming in idyllic bays, enjoy the fabulous vistas, and walk in the footsteps of a turbulent, glorious past. Let us take you to the ancient Asclepion where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced his art. Enjoy the peaceful and lovely island Lipsi and dive into the atmosphere of the holy island Patmos. Get astonished by the unique panoramic views which are offered during the cycle tours.
Description of the package
Bodrum (Embarkation) Individual arrival to Bodrum port/Turkey. Collective transfers from Bodrum airport to Bodrum port are available on extra cost and on request. After checking in from 2 pm on the Gulet, we have the opportunity to explore the interesting old part of the town and the port. Dinner on board. Often, the last participants arrive only late in the evening.
Kos Island (Cycle route aprx. 15 mi./25 km) In the morning we cross over to Kos. The first cycling trip begins here after lunch and leads us to the Embros thermal spring, where we have the opportunity to have our first swim in the Aegean. We spend the evening in Kos, the lively capital of the island. On a tour through the town we come with each step across traces of the island’s great past. The Roman forum, the fortress of the Knights of St. John, and the mosques from the time when Kos was part of the Ottoman empire stand shoulder to shoulder. We can end the evening relaxing in one of the town’s numerous bars and cafes.
Leros Island (Cycle route aprx. 15 mi./25 km) In the morning we have a longer cruise to the varied and green island of Leros with its small harbors. Our cycling tour leads us to the fort of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in Agia Marina and into the small alleys of the town. Passing the idyllic harbor of the town we cycle on to the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros, in which many couples get married. Following the sea we reach a beautiful sandy beach where we may stop for a swim or a coffee. In the afternoon we cross over to the island of Patmos. Its snow white upper town and its towering monastery can be seen form afar already. Dinner takes place on board.
Islands of Patmos and Lipsi (Cycle route aprx. 10 + 6 mi./16 + 10 km) On a short panoramic cycle tour we visit Patmos and its grotto. It is said that St. John received the Apocalypse during his captivity here. The world famous monastery of St. John of Chora is found in a village with numerous white alleys, 34 churches and chapels radiating heavenly peace. After a visit we cycle along the coast until we reach the port. We meet the boat for lunch and cruise on to Lipsi. In the late afternoon we explore Lipsi by bicycle, taking us almost around the whole island. Do not miss to visit the legendary pastry shop at the port!
Kalymnos Island (Cycle route aprx. 19 mi./30 km) Early in the morning we cross over to Kalymnos where we start cycling from the port of Vathy through a surprisingly green valley. A mountain pass leads us eventually to the other side of the island where we have lunch at a beautiful beach before heading to the main village of Pothia. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore Pothia and its old town on foot. One can clearly realise the influence of the sponge diving wealth for its inhabitants. Dinner on board.
Kos Island (Cycle route aprx. 25 mi./ 40 km) At early morning the boat takes us to Mastichari of Kos. Today our daily tour takes us through varied landscapes, mostly along the coast and partly through the impressive mountains of Kos to the same named island’s capital. Along the way we stop for a longer lunch break in the old Greek mountain village of Zia. On our way to Kos town we will visit the world famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclepion, where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and later on also some personal physicians of the Roman emperors did practice. After dinner on board you may explore the bustling town of Kos once more on your own.
Kos Island (Cycle route aprx. 9 mi./15 km) In the morning we take a short cycling trip to the western archaeological excavations of Kos town and we will visit the ancient agora as well as the odeion. Later on we cycle to a beautiful beach, where the Mediterranean Sea invites us again to a refreshing swim. After lunch ashore we enjoy our last cruise aboard until we reach Bodrum. Here you can once more go for a walk through the lively and oriental 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.
After breakfast disembarkation and individual trip home or extended stay.
Island hopping locations on map
29.04 – 06.05.2017: 1,190 euro
13.05 – 20.05.2017: 1,190 euro
27.05 – 03.06.2017: 1,190 euro
10.06. – 17.06.2017: Corpus Christi 1,190 euro
09.09. – 16.09. 2017: 1,190 euro
23.09 – 30.09.2017: 1,190 euro
07.10 – 14.10.2017: 1,190 euro
21.10. – 28.10. 2017: 1,190 euro
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 opposite direction.
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.
Requirements (level 2 - 3):
Aside from two challenging cycle tours on Kalymnos and Kos, this trip belongs according to cycling to the less difficult Islandhopping trips. The day-tours average of 16 mi./25 km and take you through mainly hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints . There are also some extended climbs where walking your bicycle is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented . Your tour guide informs you each day about the tour details. You can either decide to cycle alone, using the information and maps provided, or join one of our tour guides or other participants. Helmet use is mandatory on all cycle tours. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Cycle helmets are available on board in limited number (on request). You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.
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 on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bicycles is 1.50 m (5 ft.)
Premium Boat Osman Kurt (all cabins with shower/toilet)
The Osman Kurt is a beautifully designed, 32-meter Gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000. It was rebuilt in 2007. Eight comfortably furnished guest cabins can be found on this elegant ship (5 with double beds / 3 with twin beds) situated near the comfortable lounge for your relaxation. All cabins are equipped with a bathroom, a shower / WC and air-conditioning.
Numerous reclining options offer plenty of space on the sun deck in order for you to relax whilst sailing, giving you time to take in the many impressions. The friendly crew do their best to provide you with a trouble free trip.
The cook on board 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.
• 8-day-trip on a premium gulet with crew
• 7 nights in a double cabin 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 bookable accomplishments
• Surcharge for a single cabin: 500 euro (on request, reservation required)
• 1/2 double cabin can be booked on request
• Rental bike: 21-gear hybrid bike with Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro/week
• Rental e-bike with Ortlieb pannier : 160 euro/week(limited; on request)
• Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: 21-gear rental bicycle: 10 euro/week or of the e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
• Collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation day):
Between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port: 15 euro/person and way
• 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 fee for drinking water: 20 Euro/adult; 10 Euro/children till age of 16
• Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
• Service charge: 2% of the total invoice value. This service charge is excluded for payments via IBAN bank transfers
• Tips for tour guides and crew
• Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price
• In combination with another Islandhopping tour in Greece or Turkey you get a reduction of 100 euro per person on the second tour.