• Travelcode: 426

    Pearls of the Aegean Sea by Bike + Boat

    Cyclades + Dodecanese Islands

    • 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.

       

       

       

      Tour profile / Level 2-3

      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.

       

      Itinerary

      Day 1: Bodrum (Embarkation) – Kalymnos Island
      Individual arrival to 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.

      Day 2: Kalymnos Island – Amorgos Island, approx. 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.

       Day 3: Amorgos Island, approx. 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.

      Day 4: Naxos Island, approx. 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 da by boat and bike.

      Day 5: Paros and Astypalaia Island, approx. 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.

      Day 6: Astypalaia Island, approx. 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.

      Day 7:  Kos island to Asklipieion, approx. 12 km or to Embros thermal springs , approx. 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 atour to the Embros thermal springs, which invite us for a relaxing bath. In the afternoon we have our final boats crossing back to Bodrum. A cheerful evening meal is spent in the company of your guides, crew and fellow guests.

      Day 8: Bodrum (Disembarkation)
      After breakfast disembarkation. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport on request.

      Important Information:

      We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

    • ARRIVAL-PARKING-DEPARTURE

      ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Bodrum (BJV), transfer time Bodrum Airport - Bodrum Harbour approx. 45min.

      Alternative arrival via Kos / Customs
      Our tour in the South 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 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.

      If you decided to travel to Bodrum via the Kos Island, it is of utmost importance that your flight times suite the ferry times between Bodrum and Kos.

      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. 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 17:00, enabling you to reach Bodrum by 18:00.

      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 15€ per person/crossing and should be booking in advance on: http://www.catalines.com/Online/onlineferibotcom/.


      ARRIVAL BY CAR

      Parking: several parking possibilities in the surroundings, approx. 8€ per day


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum: 14
      Maximum: 30


      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

      We ask you to refrain from bringing hard cover luggage, because storage space in the cabins is very limited.

      Schedule- and programme changes: The schedule and programme are always subject to change. If a certain route cannot be taken due to high or low tides, the Skipper retains the right to change the route for reasons of safety without this constituting any legal entitlement to a claim.

      Bringing Own Bike: Please be informed that only bringing normal trekking-/touring-/city-bikes is allowed. It is NOT possible to bring own E-bikes - those have to be rented; depending on availability.

      Helmets: 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).

      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.)

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    • Included services:

      • 8-day-trip on a Premium Gulet with crew
      • 7 nights in a cabin with shower/WC
      • 7 x half-board
      • guided cycling tours and sightseeing on the different islands as described in itinerary
      • Overview-maps for the daily tours on board
      • Bed linen and towels
      • Entrance fees to archaeological sites
      • English speaking tour guide
      • Information material per cabin

    • Anreisetermine / Verfügbarkeit

      Choose Categories

      S1 02.05. - 09.05.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S1 16.05. - 23.05.20
      S2 30.05. - 06.06.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S2 13.06. - 20.06.20
      S2 05.09. - 12.09.20
      S2 19.09. - 26.09.20 FULLY BOOKED
      S2 03.10. - 10.10.20

      Extras

      Visitor´s tax + water (obligatory/week, payable locally)  
      Adults 20
      Children until 16 years 10
         
      Discount  
      children up to age 16,99 Jahre in own cabin (tourpackage) -25%
         
      Bicycle & equipment  
      24-speed bike 80
      E-Bike 180
         
      Additional night  
      Bodrum (on request) -
         
       Transfers*  
      Airport Bodrum - Bodrum Harbour 15
      Bodrum Harbour - Airport Bodrum 15
      *Shared transfer from airport- on embarkation- and disembarkation day only, prices valid per Person and per way.
      If flight dates have been forwarded until 14 days prior arrival, after that the rate will double.

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • Welcome on board the premium-ship "Love Boat !

      The Love Boat (former BB2) 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. 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.

      CABINS
      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.


      CATERING

      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.


      INTERNET

      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.


      LANGUAGES ON BOARD

      German, English

    • Bicycles inclusive panniers:

      We provide you the following bicycles:

      21-speed-hybrid-bike

      (Men- and Ladyframes in 4 different frame sizes:

      46 cm and 52 cm for ladies, 56 cm and 60 cm for men). Please be informed that we are only able to offer rental bikes starting with a body height of 150 cm.

      All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gear shift, Shimano V-brakes with strong "bite", 28 inch hollow chamber rims with quick clambs, safety mudguards and a comfortable Selle Royal touring saddle

      Please Note: If you won´t be without your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, please bring them with you and let your tour guide attach them to your rental bicycle..


      E-bike

      The FLEXeBIKE stands for innovation; a high end e-bike which can be morphed onto a standard hybrid bike when you remove the battery and substitute the motorized rear wheel with a standard one. At 19kg the bike is amongst the lightest touring e-bikes on the market, available in frame sizes:

      46cm – easy entry,
      52 cm – trapez, and
      58cm – diamond.

      The Shimano Deore 2 x 9-speed derailleur system make this bike suitable even for those steeper hill climbs. Varying support modes offer three times
      the normal pedal thrust. Shimano V-brakes insure that the bike comes to a safe stop.

      The supporting electric motor is a high-performance BionX-D-motor which runs on a 555 Wh rechargeable battery. Quick charging enables the rider to be back on the road within half an hour with enough power to last up to 70km (within a range of 4 varying support levels). Instead of pulling the breaks, a recharging gear can be used on downhill sections of the ride to slow the descent and replenish the battery. The large motor radius in the rear wheel ensures great torque, assisting the rider in moving forward, even up hills.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.


      Insurance for bike rental, payable locally

      Insurance against theft and damage of rental bikes:

      21-speed-hybrid-bike         10 Euro/week

      E-Bike FLYER                20 Euro/week

      (not covered: wilful damage)

       

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