|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||25 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Departing from Bodrum: Jun 21; Departing from Marmaris: May 17, Sep 6, 2014|
|Start city:||Marmaris/Bodrum, Turkey|
|End city:||Bodrum/Marmaris, Turkey|
Since the ancient times Rhodes is called the Island of the sun god Helios and there really is a reason for this: with over 3.000 sunshine hours each year it is one of the sunniest region in Europe – proving that Helios still pays special attention to his island.
Let yourself be mesmerized by the lively yet contemplative Rhodes, the towering volcano crater of Nissyros or the charm of Symi with its wonderful neo-classical buildings of the island capital. A highlight is Kos with its lively town and its Greek, Ottoman and Italian history.
Get enchanted and enjoy the time travel, discover the Aegean history very close. The rock throwing Poseidon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Knights of St John or the famous sponge diver of Symi: They are all impressing credentials in form of legends and historical construction that contribute to the unique character of these islands.
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Day 1: Arrival to Bodrum
Individual arrival by plane to Bodrum, Dalaman or Izmir/ Turkey and arrival to your ship and check-in from 2 pm. You may take a walk to the famous castle of the Knights of St. John or simply grab the chance to enjoy a delicious Turkish tea. Afterwards we have the first dinner on board. The last participants reach the boat in the late evening.
Overnight near Bodrum.
Day 2: Kos Island: Kos town - Asclepeion (12.5 miles/20 km)
In the Morning we cross over to Kos. We cycle to the world famous archaeological site of the Asclepeion of Kos - the place where Hippocrates is said to have received his medical training. From here we cycle along the coast until we finally reach the town of Kos. You will meet history at every corner while strolling through Kos town. The sights are located close together: The Roman Forum, the Fortress of the Knights and the mosques from the time when Kos was still part of the Ottomans Empire. The evening is rounded off in one of the numerous bars and cafes.
Overnight near Kos Island.
Day 3: Islands of Nissyros and Symi (19 miles/30 km)
In the morning we cruise to the port of Mandraki at Nissyros Island. From there we start today’s cycle tour to Nikia - a village directly built at the edge of the crater in 1,400 ft./430 m height. From here we can enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. Not only the volcano but also the white houses and the numerous mosaics made of pebble will truly amaze us. When we arrive at the village square we should not miss to try a Greek coffee. From here we cycle on to the crater with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki – its charm has attracted visitors for centuries. After a longer cruise with our boat we reach Chalki, a small cozy island, where we stay over night. In the evening your tour guide will join you for a walk up the 500 stairs to the upper town of Symi. The breathtaking view and the deep gorge is worth every step you made. With a tiny bit of luck an amazing sunset will match the scene.
Overnight near Chalki.
Day 4: Islands of Symi and Halki (10 + 8 miles/16 + 12 km)
Let’s explore the other side of the famous sponge diver’s island. On a winding road we slowly crest the mountain. No worries! You have plenty of time to admire the astonishing panoramic view. The marvellous bay of Panormitis with its big monastery of Michalis Panormitis, awaits you to come for a visit. We meet the boat for lunch and cruise on to Halki Island. Its main harbour with its classical buildings reminds you ones more of Symi Island.
Overnight near Halki Island.
Day 5: Rhodes Island: Plimiri - Lindos (22 miles/35 km)
In the morning we cross over to the Rhodes Island. We start cycling from a little landing pier at Plimiri mostly close to the coastline. We have a coffee break by the sea and might spot our ship cruising by on its way to Lindos. This lovely Greek village might be one of the nicest around the Greek islands. After a climb an amazingly beautiful view will take your breath. The mighty Acropolis towers over vivid Lindos, which nestles ashore with its square buildings and narrow lanes. Grab the chance to visit this impressive ruin to top the day off.
Overnight near Rhodes.
Day 6: Rhodes Island: Lindos – Kolymbia – Rhodes town (23 miles/37 km)
Today’s tour takes us along the fertile, agricultural interior of Rhodes. We cycle through ancient olive groves as well as on side roads to Archangelos, where you can have your lunch in a characteristic Greek tavern. We continue cycling to Kolymbia. From this little landing pier we take a dinghy to our ship, which takes us directly to Rhodes town.
Overnight near Rhodes.
Day 7: Rhodes town – Marmaris (Sightseeing on foot)
You tour guide takes you on a gripping visit to the old town of Rhodes. 2,400 years of history are waiting to be explored by you. At the entrance of Mandraki harbor deer and hind will make a good picture. Has this been the place where the famous Colossus of Rhodes was placed? We continue to the moat of the crusader town with its impressive walls, which give Rhodes town its unique appearance. To ramble through the various narrow lanes with its sensational buildings will give you unforgettable memories. Then we head to Marmaris, where you can spend the late afternoon while walking through the bazaar or in a original turkish hamam. The last evening aboard our ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides
Overnight near Marmaris.
Day 8: Departure from Marmaris
After breakfast, disembarkation; individual trip home or extended stay in the Greek or Turkish Aegean.
Day 1: Arrival to Marmaris
Individual arrival by plane to Bodrum, Dalaman or Izmir/ Turkey and arrival to your ship and check-in from 2 pm. You may take a stroll across the huge bazaar or simply grab the chance to enjoy a delicious Turkish tea. Afterwards we have the first dinner on board. The last participants reach the boat in the late evening.
Overnight near Marmaris.
Day 2: Rhodes Island (Rhodes town on foot)
Enjoy your first cruise on the ship in the morning. We cross over to the Rhodes town. You may go on a gripping visit of the old town of Rhodes. 2,400 years of history are waiting to be explored by you. At the entrance of Mandraki harbor deer and hind will make a good picture. Has this been the place where the famous Colossus of Rhodes was placed? We continue to the moat of the crusader town with its impressive walls, which give Rhodes town its unique appearance. To ramble through the various narrow lanes with its sensational buildings will give you unforgettable memories.
Overnight near Rhodes.
Day 3: Rhodes Island: Rhodes town – Kolymbia - Lindos (23 miles/37 km)
Our ship takes us early in the Morning to Kolymbia, where you go ashore for cycling. Today’s tour takes us along the fertile, agricultural interior of Rhodes. We cycle through ancient olive groves as well as on side roads to Archangelos, where you can have your lunch in a characteristic Greek tavern. We continue cycling to Lindos, which might be one of the nicest villages around the Greek islands. After a climb an amazingly beautiful view will take your breath. The mighty Acropolis towers over vivid Lindos, which nestles ashore with its square buildings and narrow lanes. Grab the chance to visit this impressive ruin to top the day off.
Overnight near Rhodes.
Day 4: Rhodes Island; Lindos – Plimiri – Halki Island (22 miles/35 km)
We start from Lindos mostly cycling close to the coastline. We have a coffee break by the sea and might spot our ship cruising by on its way to Plimiri. We meet the boat at Plimiri and spent the afternoon cruising to Halki Island. Its capital Halki town with its main harbour and its classical buildings will give you a foretaste of Symi Island.
Overnight near Halki.
Day 5: Islands of Halki and Symi; Monastry of Panormitis – Symi town (16 miles/25 km)
We cruise to the marvellous bay of Panormitis, where its big monastery of Michalis Panormitis awaits you to come for a visit. Afterwards - let’s cycle to explore the other side of the island. On a winding road we slowly crest the mountain. No worries! You have plenty of time to admire the astonishing panoramic view. The impressive islands capital is the place where we are heading to. Classical, pastel-coloured buildings charm the visitor’s eye and bear witness of the telling past of the famous sponge diver’s island.
Overnight near Symi.
Day 6: Islands of Symi, Nissiros and Kos (19 miles/30 km)
In the morning we cruise to the port of Mandraki at Nissyros Island. From there we start today’s cycle tour to Nikia - a village directly built at the edge of the crater in 1,400 ft./430 m height. From here we can enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. Not only the volcano but also the white houses and the numerous mosaics made of pebble will truly amaze us. When we arrive at the village square we should not miss to try a Greek coffee. From here we cycle on to the crater with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki – its charm has attracted visitors for centuries. After a cruise with our boat we reach Kos Island, where we stay over night. You will meet history at every corner while strolling through Kos town. The sights are located close together: The Roman Forum, the Fortress of the Knights and the mosques from the time when Kos was still part of the Ottomans Empire. The evening is rounded off in one of the numerous bars and cafes.
Overnight near Kos Island.
Day 7: Kos Island: Kos town - Asclepeion (12.5 miles/20 km)
In the Morning we cycle to the world famous archaeological site of the Asclepeion of Kos - the place where Hippocrates is said to have received his medical training. From here we cycle along the coast until we finally reach the town of Kos. We enjoy an afternoon on board of our ship while cruising to Bodrum, where you can walk through the lively town before we meet for Dinner. The last evening aboard our ship follows a nice tradition. While enjoying the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.
Overnight near Bodrum.
Day 8: Departure from Bodrum
After breakfast disembarkation and transfer to the airport; individual trip home or extended stay in the Greek or Turkish Aegean.
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.
Departing from Bodrum: Jun 21; Departing from Marmaris: May 17, Sep 6, 2014
|Osman Jurt and Caferogul 7 Ships|
|*May 17 fully booked|
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.
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.
The daily rides average of 25 miles (40 km) and take you through mainly hilly and mountainous terrain and will be completed without any time-constraints. You will also come across some longer and rather steep climbs (an altitude of 650- 1,300 ft), where you can push your bike.
Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented by large amounts of traffic. Your tour guide will inform you each day about the tour details and physical requirements. Of course, on any day you can stay on board the boat and enjoy a swim or relax instead of cycling.
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 tour-guides and group.
Tour start and end
Nearest airport: Dalman/Bodrum/Izmir
Traveling by plane to Dalman
Travelling by plane is the fastest, cheapest and most comfortable way to get to Turkey. The closest airport for this trip is Dalaman. If there is no flight to Dalaman, Izmir is another possible airport. 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.
You can book a transfer from Dalman/Bodrum/Izmir airports to the harbor on the day of embarkation. Return transfer from harbor to airport is possible on the day of disembarkation. The cost of transfer depends how far in advance the transfer is scheduled.
The following transfers are available:
Bodrum Airport to Bondrum Harbor
Izmir Airport or Dalman Airport to Bodrum Harbor
Marmaris Harbor and Dalaman Airport
Marmaris Harbor to Izmir Airport or Bodrum Airport
From the Bodrum Airport to Bodrum Harbor (or Bodrum Harbor to Bodrum Airport):
A transfer from the Izmir or Dalman airport to Bodrum Harbor costs double the above rates.
From the Dalman Airport to Marmaris Harbor (or Marmaris Harbor to Dalman Airport):
A transfer from the Marmaris Harbor to Izmir Airport or Bodrum Aiport costs double the above rates.
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!
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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.
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