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Island Hopping by Hybrid or E-Bike & Boat Central Greek Aegean 2024

Bodrum - Kos - Leros - Patmos - Lipsi - Kalymnos - Kos - Bodrum

On this cruise we explore the sunny islands of the Greek Aegean by bike and onboard a comfortable Turkish gulet. The islands are a magical and mythical world brimming with stories and cultural wonders. Come with us on a discovery voyage and experience the Aegean by land and by sea. Relax while swimming in idyllic bays, enjoy the spectacular views, and discover the region’s turbulent, glorious past. Let us take you to the ancient Asklepion where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced modern medicine. Enjoy the peaceful Island of Lipsi and the atmosphere on the holy Island of Patmos and look forward to the incredible panoramic views that can be admired on the cycling tours throughout the trip. On all dates the Central Greek Aegean MTB & Boat cruise takes place on the same ship. One of the tour guides leads the hybrid cyclists while the other guide takes care of the MTB group.

Approx 159km by hybrid or e-bike, Fitness Level 2-3

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

Code: I2 GRM

MS Boreas      MS Admiral

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1
Bodrum

Individual arrival to Bodrum harbour. Embarkation begins on the gulet at 1400HRS. Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively atmosphere in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a shared dinner onboard can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.

Day 2
Bodrum - Kos

In the morning we cross over to Kos Town and bike in the direction of the world-famous archaeological excavation site of the Asklepion in Kos, the former home of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. We cycle on until we reach the town of Kos. A wealth of cultural sights in Kos Town provide an insight into the town’s turbulent historical past including the Roman Forum, the Crusader Fortress, and the mosques from the time when Kos was part of the Ottoman Empire. The evening can be spent in one of the numerous bars or cafes in town.

Cycle route approx 30km

Day 3
Kos - Leros - Patmos

We enjoy an early morning crossing to the scenic Island of Leros. Today’s ride leads us to the fort of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem in Agia Marina and on through the small alleyways of the town. Passing the picturesque town harbour, we cycle on to the seaside chapel Agios Isidoros, a popular place on the island to get married. Following the coastline, we reach a beautiful sandy beach where we stop for a swim and coffee. We then cycle on to the boat before sailing for Patmos or a nearby bay.

Cycle route approx 28km

Day 4
Patmos - Lipsi

Today we visit Patmos and its grotto on a short panoramic bike tour. 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, and 34 churches and chapels. After our visit, we cycle along the coast until we reach the port. We meet the boat for lunch and crossing to Lipsi. Enjoy the afternoon in the charming harbour town and be sure not to miss out on a visit to the legendary pastry shop.

Cycle route approx 12-16km

Day 5
Lipsi - Kalymnos

In the late morning we explore Lipsi by bicycle, gaining an impression of its rich agriculture as we follow the route once around the island. In the afternoon we will cross over to the Island of Kalymnos to the main port of Pothia, where we will spend the night. The old town of Pothia still clearly shows the former wealth of its inhabitants acquired through sponge diving.

Cycle route approx 9-16km

Day 6
Kalymnos - Kos

Today, a round tour by bike on Kalymnos is on the programme. We will get to know the entire island, which has made a name for itself far beyond Greece's borders as a climber's paradise. We will also pass through a surprisingly green valley for this barren island and enjoy wonderful views of the bay-rich coast. Back in Pothia, the ship awaits us for lunch and the crossing to Kos Town for an overnight stay.

Cycle route approx 42km

Day 7
Kos - Bodrum

Our last cycling tour leads to the Embros thermal springs, where we can have a lengthy swim. After lunch ashore, we enjoy our last cruise back to Bodrum. Here we can, once more go for a walk through the lively old town of Bodrum with its 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 Ancient World. An evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.

Cycle route approx 24km

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
  • Hybrid Bike with Ortlieb Pannier
  • Overview maps for the daily tours (onboard)
  • Bed linen & towels
  • Bottled water onboard and for all activities ashore

Entrance

  • Museums & archaeological sites (group visit only)

Exclusions

Optional

  • E-Bike Upgrade $350 per person
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the hybrid bike $25 per bike
  • Insurance against theft/damage of the e-bike $65 per bike

Not Included

  • Entrances for sites
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Drinks onboard and meals & drinks ashore
  • Tips for the guides & crew
  • Anything not specified in Inclusions

Pricing and Accommodation

Deluxe Gulet MS Boreas
Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sat 27 Apr 24Sat 04 May 24
$4,020$5,705
Sat 11 May 24Sat 18 May 24
$4,020$5,705
Sat 25 May 24Sat 01 Jun 24
$4,020$5,705
Sat 08 Jun 24Sat 15 Jun 24
$4,020$5,705
Sat 14 Sep 24Sat 21 Sep 24
$4,020$5,705
Sat 28 Sep 24Sat 05 Oct 24
$4,020$5,705
Sat 12 Oct 24Sat 19 Oct 24
$4,020$5,705
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Deluxe Gulet MS Admiral
Start DateEnd Date
TwinSingle
Sat 31 Aug 24Sat 07 Sep 24
$4,020$5,705
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Important Notes

Itinerary Changes
Cruise Operator reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organisational requirements. Sometimes the cruise will be run in reverse order. Cruises are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain.

Fitness Level 2-3
Aside from two challenging cycle tours on Kalymnos and Kos, this trip can be counted as one of the less difficult cycle cruises. The cycling routes require a basic level of fitness, which you should have acquired through regular cycling. The routes can reach an altitude of 200-500m. The daily routes of approx 20-45km will take us up through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without time constraints. Participants will also need to master long and steep climbs, during which they are, however, also permitted to push their bicycles. Upon consultation with your tour guides, it may be possible for you to cycle on your own along suitable, recommended routes.

Children
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and with a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bicycle is 1.50m

Group Riding Pace
On most Bike & Boat cruises you can choose between a hybrid bike and an e-bike. However, the guided group pace is based on the speed of the hybrid bike cyclists. Those who rent an e-bike on a hybrid bike tour, are asked to show consideration for those who ride without electronic assistance. Hybrid bike cyclists need more breaks and more time to cycle the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Helmet Requirement
Helmets are mandatory on all bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted helmet with you as rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Catering
The onboard chef is a member of the crew and prepares breakfast and one warm meal a day. The half board starts with dinner on the arrival day and ends with 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 bringing 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.

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

Participants
Minimum 14 / Maximum 30

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