|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||15 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Saturdays: Apr 18-Jun 13, Sep 5-Oct 31, 2015|
|Start city:||Bodrum, Turkey|
|End city:||Bodrum, Turkey|
On a comfortable Turkish "Gulet", a traditional two-masted sailboat, and by bicycle, 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. It is a world painted by the sun and surrounded by the life-giving sea.
Come with us 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 cycle tours.
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Day 1: Bodrum, Turkey (Boarding)
Individual arrival to the ship in Bodrum (you can book an transfer from the Bodrum airport to ship; more information under the dates and prices tab). After checking in on board the gulet from 2 pm on, we have the opportunity to visit the picturesque port town of Bodrum. Dinner on board.
Overnight near Bodrum.
Day 2: Island of Kos (15 miles/25 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.
Overnight near Kos.
Day 3: Leros Island (15 miles/25 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.
Passing the idyllic harbour of the town we cycle on to the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros, in which many couples get married. Following the sea we reach a beautiful sandy beach where we may stop for a swim or a coffe. 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 Island of Patmos.
Day 4: Island of Patmos and Lipsi (10+6 miles/16+10 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 almost around the entire island. Do not miss to visit the legendary pastry shop at the port!
Overnight near Lipsi.
Day 5: Kalymnos Island (25 miles/39 km)
Early in the morning we cross over to Kalymnos where we start cycling from the port of Pothia along a scenic coastal route and then through a surprisingly green valley until reaching the fishing village of Vathi. In a cozy tavern we have a coffee break.
A mountain pass leads us eventually to the other side of the island where we have lunch before heading back to 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: Kos Island (25 miles/40 km)
At early morning 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.
Overnight near 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, and later on also some personal physicians of the Roman empoerors did practice. 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.
Overnight near Bodrum.
Day 8: Disembarkation and departure
After breakfast, check out and head home or on for an 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.
We now have 2015 information for some tours. Please contact us to inquire if you don't see 2015 dates and prices here.
Saturdays: Apr 18-Jun 13, Sep 5-Oct 31, 2015
|Osman Kurt and Caferoglu 7|
|When you book, please enter the passport number, name as it appears on the passport, country of citizenship, and date of birth for each person in the "Comments" section of the booking form.|
The Osman Kurt is a beautifully designed, 32-meter Gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000. It was rebuilt in 2007. Numerous reclining options offer plenty of space on the sun deck in order for you to relax whilst sailing, giving you time to take in the many impressions. The friendly crew do their best to provide you with a trouble free trip.
It has 8 cabins- 5 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.
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:
Additional specifications on the Hybrid touring bikes:
Please note that the bikes are deliberately NOT equipped with water bottle holders. There is room in the saddle bag to carry a bottle of water, along with everything else you need for the daily rides.
Additional specifications on the Electrically assisted bikes:
The i:SY-Flyer ECO, a relatively light model of 50 pounds (21 kg), is a compact bike with a special low frame geometry for easy mounting and 20-inch wheels. The handlebar “Speedlifter Twist” is turnable, making the bike space-efficient for storage. This E-Bike model is equipped with an 8-gear-Shimano hub gearshift (Nexus), as well as Shimano V-brakes. It has a 10-amp battery along with an 8-amp back-up that allow for unlimited riding.
The type i:SY Flyer ECO is available for all persons with a height of 150- 190 cm (it is not available for heights above 190 cm).
Bicycle insurance is available to buy. It costs 10 Euros/week for the hybrid touring bikes, and 20 Euros/week for the electrically assisted bikes.
The bikes will have FLAT pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals. The guide on board the boat can assist you in attaching them to your rental bike.
If you plan to bring your own seat, please ensure that it is a universal seat post. The guide on board can also assist you if you bring your own seat.
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, though it is highly recommended to bring your own helmet.
Aside from two challenging cycle tours on Kalymnos and Kos, this trip qualifies as a less difficult Islandhopping trip. The day-tours average of 16 miles/25 km and 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. You can either decide to cycle alone, using the information and maps provided, or join one of our tour guides or other participants.
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.
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.)
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 p.m. The ship's exact location in the port is not decided until the actual embarkation day.
You can book a transfer from the Bodrum Airport and ship (only on embarkation and disembarkation days) for the following prices:
Travelling by plane to Bodrum or Imzir
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 (with transfer time), i.e. charterflights with Sunexpress to Bodrum from German Airports (Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Munich, or Berlin) to Izmir also from Amsterdam or Zurich. With Germanwings www.germanwings.de you may find cheaper tickets to Izmir from German airports, or use Airberlin (www.airberlin.de) to fly to Bodrum. Check Edelweiß Air (www.edelweiss.ch) for cheap flights to Zurich.
From our experience there is a 50% chance that chartered planes will change their scheduled flight times. The respective travel agent will inform you of any such changes. Set flight times are only really available with scheduled flights and these are generally much more expensive.
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.
Tips on getting to and from your tour
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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.
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.
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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
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Court of Jurisdiction
The court of jurisdiction is Konstanz, Germany