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Cyclades & Dodacanese Is 8-day Bike & Boat Tour
Greece has countless different facets, but the very typical image in white and blue can only be found on the Cyclades. Here, Greece reveals itself from its most original aspect: the white houses with blue windows and labyrinthine lanes determine the architectural character of the island. More than 5,000 years ago, the first European high culture emerged here. The mostly jagged coasts are characterized by impressive geological formations, turquoise blue sea and unique sandy beaches. Our journey takes us to the Greek Aegean to the Cyclade Islands of Amorgos, Naxos and Paros, as well as the Dodecanese islands of Kalymnos, Astypalaia and Kos. A wonderful combination where you can experience many different facets of Greece.
Premium Ship (all cabins with shower/toilet) - The ship 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 ship 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.
The day-tours 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. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself. 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.)
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.
On the boat there is not 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.
This tour is conducted bilingually, in English and German.
Children up to age 16 receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price
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Bodrum (Embarkation) – Kalymnos Island
Individual arrival in 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. At 4 pm the ship takes us to the island of Kalymnos where we spent the night.
Kalymnos Island – Amorgos Island (aprx. 19 mi./30 km)
Our first cycle tour takes us from the harbor of Pothia, a town which thrived in the past off the local sponge trade, to Kalymnos on the other side of the island. In the afternoon we can enjoy the sea breeze on a longer boats crossing to Amorgos Island.
Amorgos Island (aprx. 13 mi./21 km)
The island of Amorgos is picture perfect in white and blue with a very peaceful atmosphere. On today's bike tour we are able to gather traditional Greek impression as the Island of Amorgos fortunately maintains a low profile in the world of modern day tourism. We cycle from Ormos Aigiali across the island to Katapola. We also pass the island capital, Chora along the way, whose winding streets and pretty cafes beckon us to visit. In the afternoon we cross over to Naxos by boat. The sunset at the Apollo Temple in the town of Naxos is legendary and the impressive old town, with its towering fortress, invites us to an extended stroll in the evening.
Naxos Island (aprx. 22 mi./35 km)
After breakfast we start our cycle tour, which leads us through the untouched mountain landscape around the island of Naxos. On the way, we visit the beautifully situated sanctuary of Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest and agriculture, a wonderful example of classical Greek architecture. Back in Naxos Town, the ship already awaits us for the crossing to Naoussa on Paros. The picturesque town of Naoussa keeps all the hobby photographers in our travel group busy. A stroll through the winding streets and a visit to one of the many beautiful taverns in the harbor round off an eventful day by boat and bike.
Paros and Astypalaia Island (aprx. 19 mi./30 km)
Paros is a tranquil, and in parts very green Island, most commonly known for its famous export of radiant white, translucent marble. Today we start our cycling tour in Naoussa to the island capital, Parikia, where we recommend a visit to the famous Panagia Ekatontapyliani, the Church of 100 Doors. We continue our trip across Paros Island to the small port of Piso Livadi, where the ship awaits us to continue to Astypalaia.
Astypalaia Island (aprx. 10 mi./17 km)
Astypalaia, the westernmost Dodecanese Island, also known as the bridge to the Cyclades. Unspoiled nature, white villages and the surrounding deep blue sea characterize this lovely island. Today's bike tour takes us from the main town of Chora with its fortress towering high above the village to Analipsi with an almost constant view of the sea. The ship awaits us in Analipsi for a crossing to Kos.
Kos island to Asklipieion (aprx. 7 mi./12 km) or to Embros thermal springs (aprx. 14 mi./23 km)
Our last cycling tour leads to the famous Asklepion, home to Hyppocrates, father of modern day medicine. An alternative for those who wish to ride more is a tour to the Embros thermal springs, which invite us for a relaxing bath. In the afternoon we have our final boat crossing back to Bodrum. A cheerful evening meal is spent in the company of your guides, crew and fellow guests.
After breakfast disembarkation. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport on request.
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.
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