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Central Greek Aegean Sea 8-day Bike & Boat Tour
On a comfortable Turkish gullet and by bicycle we explore the sunny 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.
Premium Ship (all cabins with shower/toilet) - The ship 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.
Aside from two challenging cycle tours on Kalymnos and Kos, this trip belongs to 'cycling less difficult 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.
Children: 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.)
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.
These 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 heart's content.
This tour is conducted bilingually, in English and German.
If you would like to rent a bike or e-bike, please contact our office when booking: [email protected]
Rental bike: 21-gear hybrid bike with Ortlieb pannier: 80 euro/week
Rental e-bike with Ortlieb pannier: 180 euro/week (limited; on request)
This tour in the Central Greek Aegean will start from Bodrum. In order to avoid any travel complications whilst crossing the borders, we request that all participants register for the appropriate travel documentation and visas with their local embassy before arrival on site.
At this point in time many travelers are concerned 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.
Collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation day) between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port: 15 euro/person and way. disembarkation days only): Bodrum airport – Bodrum port: 15 euro per person/way (reservation requested; incl. exact flight details) Other transfers on request
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Individual arrival to Bodrum harbor. A collective transfer 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.
Kos Island Kos town (aprx. 16 mi./25 km)
In the Morning we cross over to Kos. We cycle to the picturesque Tingaki Beach, where we can enjoy a lengthy swim in the sea. On our way we pass the world famous archaeological site of the Asclipion of Kos - the place where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced modern medicine. We continue our tour until we finally reach the town of Kos. 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.
Island Leros (aprx. 17.5 mi./28 km)
Early morning crossing to the scenic Island of Leros. Today’s cycling tour 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 may stop for a swim and coffee. On arrival at the boat we cast off for Patmos or a nearby bay.
Island of Patmos (aprx. 7 mi./10 km + 10 m/16 km) - island of Lipsi
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. 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. Enjoy the afternoon in the charming harbour town and do not miss a visit to the legendary pastry shop!
Islands Lipsi and Kalymnos (aprx. 10 km/6 mi. + 9 mi./16 km)
In the late morning we explore Lipsi by bicycle and gain an impression of its rich agriculture as we follow our tour once around the island. A short crossing in the afternoon takes us to the green island of Kalymnos. Overnight stay in a bay.
Island Kalymnos (aprx. 19 – 29 mi./30 – 45 km)
After a nourishing breakfast we cycle across the barren island. Starting at Emporios we first cycle along the western coast and continue over a mountain pass opening up into a surprisingly green valley. Our tour through varied landscapes leads us to the main village of Pothia. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore the old town center in Pothia on foot. One can clearly identify the wealth which sponge diving brought to the inhabitants of this town. Overnight stay at the harbor or in anchor..
Island Kos – Bodrum (aprx. 12 mi./20 km)
In the morning we cross over to Kos. The last cycling trip begins here and leads us to the Embros thermal springs, where we can enjoy a lengthy swim. 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.
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.
Itinerary changes We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organisational requirements.
2019 will bring some small changes to this itinerary, so please check with us when booking
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