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South Aegean Islands 8-day Bike & Boat Tour from/to Marmaris
By bicycle and boat we will explore the Dodecanese islands in the Southern Greek Aegean. Let yourself be mesmerized by the towering volcano crater of Nissyros or the charm of Symi with its wonderful neo-classical buildings in the island capital. A tour highlight is Kos with its lively town and its Greek, Ottoman and Italian history. The towering fortification walls of the Crusader Castle on Rhodes will also leave a lasting impression as well as the rock throwing Poseidon or the famous sponge divers of Symi: all have left behind their legacy in form of legends and historical monuments that contribute to the unique character of these islands.
The day-tours average of 22 mi./35 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 and physical requirements. 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.
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 bike is 1.50 m (5 ft.)
This tour in the South Greek Aegean will start from Marmaris. 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 skeptical about flying into Turkey. We would therefore like to inform you that all of these tours offer an alternative flight route via Rhodes Island, followed by a ferry connection to Marmaris harbour.
The ship is synonymous on the Southern Turkish coast for top-class comfort and material. Its three masts extend majestically into the sky and its thin hull allows for a peaceful sailing. The boat offers 9 to 11 roomy guest cabins with their own heating/air-conditioning unit and a generously sized shower/WC. The tastefully decorated dining/living room invites you to enjoy a meal or just rest, while the sun decks offer you the opportunity to sunbathe and relax. The crew is a well-trained team and will ensure that you enjoy a pampered experience on board
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.
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
Journey to Marmaris
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
½ a double cabin (on request)
Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 500 euro (limited, on request)
Rental bike with Ortlieb pannier: hybrid bicycle: 80 euro/week; e-bike: 160 euro/week (limited, on request)
Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: hybrid bicycle: 10 euro/week; e-bike: 20 euro/week (not insured: grossly negligent damages)
Collective group transfers between Dalaman airport and Marmaris port (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only): 20 euro per person/way (reservation requested; incl. exact flight details)
Additional customized transfers (prices on request)
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Individual arrival to Marmaris harbor. A collective transfer from Dalaman 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 Rhodes Airport and take the ferry across to Marmaris for check in (before booking the flight please check the ferry schedule). Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively vibe in the city of Marmaris and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a dinner together on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.
Island of Rhodes, Rhodes City (approx. 10 km/6.3 mi. by bike)
After breakfast crossover to the city of Rhodes, which takes approx. 4 hours. After arrival the bikes will be adjusted and we will undertake an exciting voyage of discovery with our tour guide through the 2400-year-old island’s history. The deer and the hind at the entrance of the port of Mandraki will be the first occasion to use our cameras. It is still debated whether or not the famous Colossus of Rhodes ever stood here. From here the tour continues to the ancient site of Monte Smith with the great stadium and the sanctuary of Apollo. Subsequently we will explore the crusader town with its imposing walls and fortress.
Rhodes Island – Tilos Island - Nissyros Island (approx. 14 mi./22 km)
Early in the morning we cast off for a longer cruise to the quaint island of Tilos, a popular port of call for sailors. On arrival we step on land and start off on a bike tour from Livadia to Megalochorio. In the late afternoon we can relax on board during the cruise to the Volcanic Island of Nyssiros and enjoy the sea breeze. As the boat nears the gigantic volcano you are able to make out the two small villages perched on the crater rim.
Nissyros Island – Kos Island (approx. 22 mi./35 km)
We start today’s cycle tour to Nikia - a village built directly on the Stefanos crater rim at 1,400 ft./430 m above sea level. From here we can enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. Not only the volcano but also the white houses and the numerous pebble mosaics bring great character to the village. From here we cycle on to the crater itself with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki where our boat awaits to take us to the islands of Kos. On arrival a tour through the town teaches us 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. The evening can be enjoyed relaxing in one of the town’s numerous bars and cafes.
Kos Island - Symi island (approx. 17 mi./28 km)
In the morning we we take a cycle trip to the world famous archaeological excavation site of Asklipion, where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, practiced. From here we will travel on to Zia, an old Greek mountain village, which tempts us to stay with its numerous, cosy tavernas. In the afternoon we cross over to the island of Symi, where the boat anchors in the bay of the Byzantine monastery Panormitis, dedicated to St. Michael. The quiet bay offers a peaceful atmosphere for the evening in which we can enjoy a spectacular sunset and a quiet night on anchor.
Symi Island (aprx. 13 mi./21 km)
In the morning we pay the local monastery a visit. Thereafter we follow the motto – “off to the other side of the island!” Scaling several switchbacks we slowly conquer the hill, allowing ourselves enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Our destination is the Islands capital of Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbor. In the evening we can climb to the upper part of Symi town. From the top we have a breath-taking view over the harbor and the coastline of the bay. An evening visit to a remote tavern enables us to enjoy the evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Bozburun-Peninsula – Marmaris (approx. 19 mi./30 km)
From Symi it is only a stone's throw away to the Turkish Bozburun Peninsula. In the morning we farewell Greece and enjoy a short morning cruise across to Turkey. Today’s cycle tour takes us from the village of Bozburun along quiet rural roads through hilly landscapes and along the coast. Along the way we visit the small mountain village of Bayir and pay a visit to the 1500 year old platanus tree at the main square. It is said that walking once around the tree brings good health and prosperity. Strengthened by the experience, we conquer the last climb before enjoying the descent into the Ciftlik Bay where the boat awaits our arrival. From here it is not far by boat to Marmaris where you spend a festive evening together with fellow guests, crew and guides reflecting on the experiences of the week together.
After breakfast disembarkation. Fee-based collective transfers to Dalaman Airport on request. If you wish to fly home from the Island of Rhodes please check the boat timetable before booking your flight from Rhodes.
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 opposite direction
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