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Island Hopping By Bike & Boat Pearls of the Aegean Sea 2021

Bodrum - Kalymnos - Amorgos - Naxos - Paros - Astypalaia - Kos - Bodrum

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 where labyrinthine lanes determine the architectural character of the islands. More than 5,000 years ago, the first European high culture emerged here. The mostly jagged coasts are characterised by impressive geological formations, turquoise blue sea and unique sandy beaches. Our journey takes us to the Greek Aegean to the Cyclades 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.

Approx 170km by bicycle or e-bike, Fitness Level 2-3

Check in BODRUM on SATURDAYS from 1400HRS
Check out BODRUM on SATURDAYS after breakfast

Code: I2

MS Love Boat

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Bodrum - Kalymnos

Individual arrival to Bodrum harbour. Check in begins on the Gulet at 1400HRS. At 1600HRS the ship takes us to the Island of Kalymnos where we spend the night.

Day 2
Kalymnos - Amorgos

Our first cycle tour takes us from the harbour of Pothia, a town which thrived in the past off the local sponge trade, to the other side of the island. In the afternoon we can enjoy the sea breeze on a longer boat crossing to Amorgos Island.

Cycle route approx 30km

Day 3
Amorgos - Naxos

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 Aegiali Ormos across the island to Katapola. We also pass the island’s 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.

Cycle route approx 21km

Day 4
Naxos - Paros

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 Naousa on Paros. The picturesque town of Naousa 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 harbour round off an eventful day by boat and bike.

Cycle route approx 35km

Day 5
Paros - Astypalaia

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 Naousa to the island’s capital, Paros, where we recommend a visit to the famous Panagia Ekatontapiliani, 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.

Cycle route approx 30km

Day 6
Astypalaia - Kos

Astypalaia, the westernmost Dodecanese Island, also known as the bridge to the Cyclades. Unspoiled nature, white villages and the surrounding deep blue sea characterise 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.

Cycle route approx 17km

Day 7
Kos - Bodrum

Our last cycling tour leads to the famous Asklepieion, home to Hippocrates, 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.

Cycle route approx 12km or 23km

Day 8
Bodrum

After breakfast disembarkation.

Inclusions

  • 7 Nights in ensuite cabin
  • 7 Days Half Board
  • Cruise Guide - English, German
  • Guided cycling tours as per itinerary
  • 21-Speed Hybrid Bike with Ortlieb Pannier
  • Overview maps for the daily tours (onboard)
  • Bed linen & towels

Entrance

  • Museums & archaeological sites (group visit only)

Exclusions

Supplements Payable Upon Embarkation

  • Bottled Water Flat Rate €20 per person approx

Not Included

  • Entrances for sights
  • Arrival/departure transfers

Optional Extras

  • E-Bike Upgrade $250 per person
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the hybrid bike $25 per bike
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the e-bike $50 per bike

Pricing and Accommodation

Pricing and Accommodation information is not available.

Important Notes

Upper Deck Cabins are above the Main Deck
Lower Deck Cabins are in the hull of the ship, below the Main Deck
Cabins are allocated according to availability

Captain reserves the right to change the route in case of bad weather conditions, crowding or other circumstances out of his control. Departures are guaranteed for minimum 14 participants. Cruise Operator reserves the right to cancel or change the ship name if necessary. Guests are obliged to follow ship rules. Guests are not permitted to bring beverages onboard the vessel that have been purchased onshore. All drinks must be purchased onboard. In the event of inappropriate behaviour, the Cruise Operator and Captain reserve the right to disembark guests.

Port taxes, entrance fees, sightseeing and excursions (if not included in the package) must be paid in local currency upon arrival.

Fitness 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 cruise is primarily a guided group cruise. 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. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend onboard the ship, instead of taking a planned cycle tour.

Itinerary Changes
Cruise operator reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organisational requirements.

Children
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10, with 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 1.50m.

Catering
The onboard chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The catering consists of 7 x Half Board. Catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Internet Availability
Turkish boats do not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the cruise, we recommend taking 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 can use the WiFi to your hearts content.

Language
Cruise and cycle tours are conducted bilingually (English, German).

Participants
Minimum 14

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