On a comfortable Turkish gulet and by bicycle 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. 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 Asclepion 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. Get astonished by the unique panoramic views which are offered during the cycle tours.
Day 1: Individual arrival to Bodrum port
Fee-based collective transfers from Bodrum airport to Bodrum port are available on request. An alternative arrival can take place via the city of Kos (Kos Airport), followed by a connecting ferry to Bodrum where your ship awaits. 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.
Day 2: Kos Island, ~25 km/15 miles
In the morning we cross over to Kos. The first cycling trip begins here after lunch and leads us to the famous Asklepion. Later on we cycle 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.
Day 3: Leros Island, ~28 km/17 miles
In the morning we have a longer cruise to the varied and green island of Leros with its small harbors. Our cycling tour 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 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 coffee. In the afternoon, if the weather permits, we cross over to the island of Patmos. Its snow white upper town and its towering monastery can be seen from afar already. Dinner takes place on board.
Day 4: Patmos Island, ~12-16 km/7-10 miles
On a short panoramic cycle tour 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. Stroll through the town and don't miss to visit the legendary pastry shop at the port!
Day 5: Lipsi Island, ~9-16 km/6-10 miles
In the morning we explore Lipsi by bicycle, taking us almost around the whole island. Afterwards we embark on a crossing by boat to the Island of Kalymnos.
Day 6: Kalymnos Island, ~30 or 45 km/19 or 28 miles
Starting from the Harbor of Vathy (or Pothia) we embark on a cycle tour over the mountain pass eventually leading us to the other side of the island 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 identify the wealth which sponge diving brought to the inhabitants of this town. Dinner on board.
Day 7: Kos Islands, ~24 km/12 miles
At early morning the boat takes us to Kos Island, where we take a short cycling trip to the beach. 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 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 World.
Day 8: Bodrum (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation and individual trip home or extended stay.
Your ship - the Osman Kurt
The Osman Kurt is a beautifully designed 32-meter gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000 and was completely rebuilt in 2013. Beside the comfortable salon, 7 guest cabins are furnished with a sense for comfort with air conditioning and private shower and WC. The cozy sundeck offers plenty of space to relax in and reminisce on the wonderful tour experiences. The friendly crew gives all to ensure a carefree journey. At mealtimes the talented cook will pamper you with deliciously prepared dishes of the Turkish cuisine.
7 nights on board
bedlinen and towels
documents and maps
guide on boat and bike
entry to museums and archaeological places as mentioned in program
self-guided & guided tour - 8 days / 7 nights
arrival on Saturday
season I (1290 €/person in double cabine)
11.04. and 18.04.2020
season II (+100 €/person)
02.05., 16.05. and 03.10.2020
season III (+200 €/person)
route (2)-(3): ~155 km/97 miles
hilly landscapes with some climbs on smaller by-roads without much traffic
how to get there
by plane: airport Bodrum
in Bodrum between airport and port for 15 €/person/ride (only on arrival and disembarkation days, on request)
wearing a helmet is compulsory in Greece, rental helmets on board (reservation needed)
in Bodrum are available on request
potable water flat rate
20 €/person, to pay on spot
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