|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||24 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Apr 18-Jun 13; Sep 5-Oct 31, 2015|
|Start city:||Bodrum, Turkey|
|End city:||Bodrum, Turkey|
Set yourself in motion and discover the Middle Greek Aegean by mountain bike and boat! The islands are a magical and mythical world vibrant in stories and cultural wonders. Transferring your bags is a thing of the past; our beautiful boat is your home, restaurant and transporter for the duration of your stay.
From summiteers to bathing beauties all have their wishes fulfilled. Natural pathways and riding trails pave the way across the islands of Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Lipsi and Patmos as you discover them by bike. No off-road adventures will be left out, limitless riding joy is guaranteed. The tours are challenging but do not require fine combed technique as single-track trails are rare here.
After each day's tour the boat lays anchor in a blissful bay where you enter the clear blue with a leap from deck. Evenings can be whiled away strolling through picture perfect harbour towns or chilling in a rustic bar while enjoying your beverage of choice.
This tour takes place parallel to our hybrid cycle tour in the Middle Greek Aegean. One guide will organise and lead the MTB group while the other takes care of the touring cyclists. If you have a partner or friend who prefers cycling to biking then bring them along! Enjoy the holiday together and practice your passion during the day.
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Day 1: Bodrum (Boarding)
Individual arrival by plane and subsequent transfer to Bodrum/Turkey. After checking in from 2 pm on the gulet, we have the opportunity to explore the interesting old part of the town and the port. Dinner on board. Often, the last participants arrive only late in the evening.
Overnight near Bodrum.
Day 2: Island of Kos (16 miles/25 km, approximately 1804 ft/550m elevation)
In the morning we cross over to Kos. The first mountain bike trip begins here after lunch and leads us to the Embros thermal spring, 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.
Overnight near Kos.
Day 3: Island of Leros (24 miles/38 km; approximately 2788 ft/850m elevation)
In the morning we have a longer cruise to the varied and green island of Leros. Our mountain bike 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. Passing the idyllic harbor of the town we bike later on to the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros, in which many couples get married. Following the coast, we arrive at a beautiful sandy beach which invites us for a swim break. 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.
Overnight near Patmos.
Day 4: Island of Patmos and Lipsi (10 + 9 miles/16 + 12 km; 1246 ft/380m + 1246 ft/380m elevation)
On a short panoramic bike 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 along the coast 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 almost once around the whole islet. Do not miss to visit the legendary pastry shop at the port!
Overnight near Lipsi.
Day 5: Island of Kalymnos (22 miles/35 km; approximately 2624 ft/800m elevation)
Early in the morning we cross over to Kalymnos where we start biking from the port of the fishing village of Vathy through a surprisingly green valley before a mountain pass leads us eventually to the other side of the island where we have lunch at a beach tavern. Afterwards we continue biking to the main village of Pothia. In the afternoon we have enough time to explore Pothia and its old town on foot. One can clearly realise the influence of the sponge diving wealth for its inhabitants. Dinner on board.
Overnight near Pothia.
Day 6: Island of Kos (22-31 miles/35-50 km; 2296-4100 ft/700-1250m elevation)
The boat takes us at early morn to Mastichari on 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 lunch we are heading to Kos town. On our way we visit the world famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclepion, which is connected to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. After dinner on board you may explore the bustling town of Kos once more on your own.
Overnight near Kos.
Day 7: Island of Kos (9 miles/15 km; 262 ft/80m elevation)
In the morning we take a short biking trip to the western archaeological excavations of Kos town and we will visit the ancient agora as well as the odeion. Later on we cycle to a beautiful beach, where the Mediterranean Sea invites us again to a refreshing swim. After lunch ashore we enjoy our last cruise aboard until we reach Bodrum. Here you can once more go for a walk through the lively and oriental old town of Bodrum.
Overnight near Bodrum.
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 18-Jun 13; Sep 5-Oct 31, 2015
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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 8 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.
Bikes available and included in tour cost (reserved in advance at the time of booking):
All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:
Bicycle insurance is available to buy.
The tour companys allows you to bring your own pedals and saddles and will help you attach them to the rental bike.
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.
Moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain at distances of 25 – 45 km and 550 to 1,200 meters of elevation. The terrain in this region is very diverse and changes from island to island: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel 4x4 roads and sometimes also quiet asphalt stretches; there are very few unrideable points. Various sections in the tour are offered at a higher or lower technical degree, leaving you to make the final decision.
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (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