|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Apr 26-May 24; Jun 7, 14; Sep 27- Oct 18, 2014|
|Start city:||Bodrum, Turkey|
|End city:||Bodrum, Turkey|
On a comfortable Turkish "Gulet" and by mountain bike, we explore the sun islands of the Greek Aegean. The islands are a magical and mythical world filled with historical monuments and an abundance of stories. A world painted by the sun and surrounded by the life-giving sea.
Come on a voyage of discovery, and experience the Aegean from a special perspective, namely, by land and by sea. Relax while swimming in idyllic bays, enjoy the fabulous vistas, and walk in the footsteps of a turbulent, glorious past. Let us take you to the ancient Asclipion where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced his art.
Enjoy the peaceful and lovely island Lipsi and dive into the atmosphere of the holy island Patmos. Be astonished by the unique panoramic views which are offered during the bike rides.
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Day 1: Bodrum/Turkey (Boarding)
Individual arrival at Izmir or Bodrum Airport and transfer to the ship in Bodrum. After checking in on board the gulet, we have the opportunity to visit the picturesque port town of Bodrum. Dinner on board.
Day 2: Island of Kos (19 miles/30 km)
Before lunch, we cross over to Kos. The first cycle trip begins here and leads us through green fields to Tingaki Beach or to the Embros therm, where we have the opportunity to have our first swim in the Aegean. We spend the evening in Kos, the lively capital of the island. On a tour through the town, we come with each step across traces 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. We can end the evening relaxing in one of the town's numerous bars and cafes.
Day 3: Island of Leros (19 miles/30 km)
In the morning we have a longer cruise to Leros. Leros is green, varied and always offers new and surprising views into small harbours. Our cycle trip leads us to the fort of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in Agia Marina and into the small alleys of the town. After an espresso break in the idyllic harbour of the town we cycle on to the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros, in which many couples get married. In the afternoon we cross over to the island of Patmos- its snow white upper town and its towering monastery can be seen form afar already. Dinner takes place on board.
Day 4: Island of Patmos and Lipsi (9 miles/15 km)
On a short panoramic cycle route we visit Patmos and its grotto. It is said that St. John received the Apocalypse during his captivity here. The world famous monastery of St. John of Chora is found in a village with numerous white alleys, 34 churches and chapels radiating heavenly peace. After a visit we cycle past a wonderful beach until we reach the port. We meet the boat for lunch and cruise on to Lipsi. In the late afternoon we explore Lipsi by bike, taking us to beautiful quiet beaches that invite us for a swim break. Do not miss to visit the legendary pastry shop at the port!
Day 5: Island of Kalymnos (25 miles/39 km)
On a short but panoramic cycle route, we visit the grotto, in which St. John during his banishment saw the apocalypse. The world famous St. John monastery of Hora, a village, which has a paradise-like peaceful atmosphere with its numerous white laneways and 33 churches and chapels, is the next stop on our cycle tour. From there, we cycle along a wonderful beach inviting us for a bathing stop. Afterwards, we return to the port where the ship awaits us to cruise over to Leros.
Day 6: Island of Kos (31 miles/50 km)
The boat takes us to Mastichari of Kos. Today our daily tour takes us through varied landscapes, mostly along the coast and partly through the impressive mountains of Kos to the same named island’s capital. Along the way we stop for a longer lunch break in the old Greek mountain village of Zia. After dinner on board you may explore the bustling town of Kos.
Day 7: Island of Kos (19 miles/30 km)
In the morning, we take a cycle trip to the world-famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclipion, where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, practiced. From here, the bike ride leads us on to Zia, an old Greek mountain village, which tempts us to stay with its numerous, cozy taverns. Later on, our boat takes us back to Bodrum, where we can stroll again through the lively old town. The last evening aboard takes place traditionally and includes the communal dinner and a last get-together in a cozy atmosphere with crew and tour guides.
Day 8: Disembarkation and departure
After breakfast, check out and transfer to the airport or extension of your holiday in the Turkish or Greek Aegean sea.
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements.
Saturdays: Apr 26-May 24; Jun 7, 14; Sep 27- Oct 18, 2014
|Low season:||Apr 26-Jun 6; Oct 4-Oct 25, 2014|
|High season:||Jun 7-Oct 3, 2014|
|Osman Kurt and Caferogul 7 Ships|
May 3, 10, 17
Oct 4, 11, 18
The Osman Kurt is an beautifully designed, 32-meter Gulet made of wood, which was built in 2000. It was rebuilt and upated in 2007. It features a sun deck, in order for you to relax while sailing, and a comfortable lounge.
It has 7 cabins- 4 with double beds, and 3 with twin beds.
All cabins have:
There will be daily cabin cleaning, along with a fresh set of towels mid-week.
Jun 7, 14
The Caferoglu 7 is a beautifully designed, 39-meter motor yacht made of wood, which was built in 2007. It features 2 comfortable lounges for your relaxation, and a sun deck.
It has 10 cabins- 5 with double beds, and 5 with twin beds.
All cabins have:
There will be daily cabin cleaning, along with a fresh set of towels mid-week.
Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
Bicycle insurance is available to buy. It costs 10 Euros/week for the 24-speed, and 20 Euros/week for the 27-speed.
The tour companys recommends that you bring both your own pedals/shoes and saddles for these mountain bikes.
It is required to wear helmets on this tour. In order to guarantee optimum protection, we request that you bring your own helmet and - for your own safety - wear it on all bike tours. A limited number of helmets are available on board to rent, at the time of booking, thought it is highly recommended to bring your own helmet.
This region is relatively mountainous. This tour is thus one of the more demanding in our program. The bike routes require a basic level of fitness which you should have acquired by occasional or daily cycling. The daily routes of 12 to 27 mi. cover hilly or mountainous terrain and can be completed without time constraints. The routes can reach an altitude of 650 to 1,400 ft. You will also come across some longer and rather steep climbs where pushing your bike is permitted. The roads are mostly asphalted and usually there is little traffic.
The tour guides will inform you about the course of the tour in due time. You can always choose to skip a bike tour and spend the time sunbathing on the ship instead. You can also decide each day for yourself whether you would like to cycle individually using the maps provided or join one of the tourguides.
We generally believe that only children with a lot of cycling experience and in a good physical condition aged 10 years and older are able to master the bike tours with their own. Furthermore, we offer bicycle rental only for people of 5 ft height or more. For smaller children, bicycle seats are limited available (reservation required).
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Bodrum, Turkey
Nearest train station: Izmir, Turkey
You will find your ship on embarkation day in the port of Bodrum in Turkey. Check-in time on board begins at 2 pm. The ship’s exact location in the port is not decided until the actual embarkation day.
Travelling by plane to Bodrum or Izmir
Travelling by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get to Turkey. The closest airport for this trip is Bodrum. There are scheduled flights as well as chartered flights to Bodrum or Izmir. If at all possible, please choose a return flight that does not depart until early or late afternoon, to ensure a stress-free return to your home country.
Transfers between airport and boat
We organize collective transfers from the airport to the port of Bodrum. As long as those transfers take place on embarkation and disembarkation days they are free of charge for you.
At the airport, you will be welcomed by a person carrying an "Islandhopping" panel or a panel with your name on. We generally organize small buses or taxis for the transfer, so you may incur a wait for guests from other destinations.
Boarding the ship
You will come across one or two tour guides, wearing a blue polo with the sign "Inselhüpfen," standing by the ship.
The tour begins officially with a first communal dinner on board.
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Sitting at the meeting point of Europe, Asia, and Africa is the Greek peninsula. Bordered by the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean Seas, Greece has a uniquely rich history etched in every corner of the country. Archaeological remnants of the ancient Greek civilization include Delphi's Temple of Apollo, the Acropolis in Athens with its renowned Parthenon Temple and Olympia's Temple of Zeus, where the Olympic games were held every four years. Trips to these sites also provide an opportunity to visit Greece’s 200 state museums and 107 private museums. Most notable is the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and the new Acropolis Museum that houses over 4,000 finds from the Acropolis.
A trip to Greece is not complete without visiting one of its 6,000 islands, of which only 227 are inhabited. The Greek isles share an ideal climate with crystal clear waters, but feature highly diverse coastal areas ranging from sandy and rocky beaches to sheltered coves to coastal wetlands. The outstanding cuisine of Greece is always a highlight as well.
Straddling Asia and Europe, Turkey is a fascinating and a welcoming blend of East and West. Istanbul represents the appeal of Turkey – the melding of ancient history with 21st-century amenities and attractions. Many go to Turkey to see the ancient ruins – testaments to Turkey's diverse and storied history and the influence of Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. Religious iconography and art are plentiful in the country’s many stunning mosques, synagogues, and churches. Turkish architecture sets an exotic eastern tone with its many domes and vibrant mosaics, and its markets are full of colorful treasures waiting to be discovered.
Turkey's substantial coastlines along the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Seas give its beaches a Riviera-like ambiance. The crystal blue waters of Turkish beaches are reminiscent of neighboring Greece, but the port towns and seaside villages have a distinctly Turkish flavor.
Island Hopping by bike and boat has been organized by Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH since 1998. Since then we have been expanding our program continuously. In Croatia we are meanwhile organizing tours in Istria, the Kvarner Bay as well as Central and South Dalmatia. Since 2002 tours in Greece and Turkey have also been part of our program.
We look forward to seeing you on our ships!
These terms and conditions, which you agree to by booking your trip, govern the contractual relationship between you as traveler and us as tour operator. The terms and conditions supplement Paragraph 651 and those following in the German BGB (Buergerliches Gesetzbuch) that govern travel contract law. Please read all the following terms and conditions carefully.Trip CancellationIf the minimum number of participants required for a trip is not met (18 participants for bus and boat trips, unless otherwise noted), we reserve the right to cancel it. The decision about whether the trip will take place or not will be made as early as possible, three weeks before the beginning of the trip at the latest. In case of trip cancellation, all payments you have made will be fully refunded. There can be no additional claims made against us. As the tour operator, we have the right to cancel the tour if the trip is jeopardized, made difficult, or impaired due to an act of God.
Cancellation and Changes in Reservations by Customers
(Different conditions apply for flight bookings through Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH)You can withdraw from the travel contract up until the beginning of the trip. Your cancellation is valid when your written notification reaches us. If you cancel before the 60th day before the start of the trip, we will refund the amount paid so far, minus a cancellation handling fee.
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If you miss the start of the trip or are prevented from traveling due to incomplete travel documents, this will be considered as a cancellation.
Reservation changes are handled the same way as cancellations. For changing your reservation, we will charge 50 € changing fee for changes made 28 days or more before the beginning of the trip. Any later changes (if possible) will need to be handled as a cancellation and new registration. Cancellation and reservation change fees are due immediately.
The foundation upon which the trip is organized is the description of the services, which is available in the brochure, in official pamphlets and on our website, and confirmed in your travel contract. Alterations that become necessary after the finalization of the contract and that are made in good faith are permitted if they are not substantial, and do not change the overall character of the trip. We assume no liability for information in the brochures of our partners or in our own brochure, even if we issued them.
We are liable within the scope of a merchant’s duty of care for diligent trip preparation, careful selection and supervision of participating agencies, accuracy of service and activity descriptions, and standard provision of the services agreed upon. Our liability for damages other than personal injury is limited to three times the cost of the trip, provided the damages are neither intentional nor due to gross negligence. This limitation is still in effect if we are responsible for the damage due to the fault of a service provider. If we are solely procurers of foreign services, we are liable only for proper procurement, not for the services.We are liable for damage or loss of luggage up to the amount of 250 € only if the damage was caused by us and was indicated to us immediately. Scratches on luggage, torn luggage handles, and damaged wheels are excluded from any liability. Upon delivery of luggage at the accommodation facilities, the liability is transferred according to § 701 BGB to the officer of the accommodations. Services that were not made use of will not be reimbursed.
A vacation that involves exercise and physical activity requires greater commitment than a conventional package tour. It is your duty to make certain that you are up to the physical challenges of such a trip. The pre-condition for a bike-tour is that you are able to handle a bicycle in street traffic and on unpaved paths under any weather conditions. If you rent a bike, it is your responsibility to check the condition of the bike, particularly the brakes. You bear sole responsibility for adhering to all legal regulations at home and abroad, particularly regulations about travel documents and cross-border trade. When traveling across the exterior borders of the EU, your luggage must remain unlocked, to facilitate passage through customs. If your baggage is searched, you will be notified about it upon arrival at the destination. If problems with the procurement of the services occur, you are required to help within the scope of legal regulations, in order to avoid potential damages or keep them at a minimum and report any complaints to us immediately.
Duty of Care
During the duration of the trip, you are liable for damage to or loss of bicycles and any equipment entrusted to you. For guided tours, this is only valid if you have separated yourself from the group, have disobeyed instructions from the tour guides, or caused the damage or loss intentionally, through negligence or gross negligence.
You can demand redress if the trip services are not rendered according to the contract. This can be solved by us providing compensation of equal or greater value. In the case of disproportionate effort, corrective action can be denied. For the period in which the services that have not been rendered according to contract, you can request a reduction in travel price after your return. The pre-condition for this is the immediate notification of our deficiencies or those of our tour guides, so that we have the opportunity to find a remedy. Tour guides are not authorized to recognize claims. Independent of a reduction in travel price, you can demand compensation due to non-compliance with the travel contract, unless we are not responsible for the defect.
Limitation of claim
Claims must be made in writing within one month of the contractual end of the trip. The statute of limitation for claims based on the contract expires six months after the contractual end of the trip. The statute of limitations for all claims of civil offence expires three years after the end of the trip.
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Travel ProtectionWe urge you to consider effecting a travel cancellation cost insurance. Before the trip, please also find out about your medical and accident insurance and about luggage insurance or travel liability insurance, if necessary.
The nullification of individual clauses in the travel contract or the travel terms does not result in the nullification of the entire contract or the travel terms.
Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany