By bicycle and boat we will explore the Dodecanese islands in the Southern Greek Aegean. Let yourself be mesmerized by the towering volcano crater of Nissyros or the charm of Symi with its wonderful neo-classical buildings of the island capital. A true highlight of the tour is the bike tour on the Datca Peninsula through incredible nature, leading to the bay of Knidos with its ancient remains. Come with us on a true journey through time: The rock throwing Poseidon, the Knights of St John or the famous sponge divers of Symi - all have left behind their legacy in form of legends and historical constructions that contribute to the unique character of these islands.
Day 1: Bodrum (Embarkation)
Individual arrival to Bodrum harbor. A collective transfers from Bodrum Airport to the harbor is available for an extra cost on request. Check in begins on the Gullet at 2 pm. Alternatively, you can fly to Kos Airport and take the ferry across to Bodrum for check in. If you choose to arrive via Kos, make sure that your flight arrives no later than 2 pm in Kos in order to catch the ferry connection). Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively vibe in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a collective dinner on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.
Day 2: Bodrum - Yalıçiftlik - Kos, ~18 km/12 miles
Today’s kick-off cycle tour takes us to Kızılağaç, which is famous for its local farmer’s market. After a break we continue cycling. Once we arrive in Yalıçiftlik we board the boat for lunch and a cruise to Kos town. An entourage of cultural sights in Kos town will give us an insight into the town’s turbulent historical past: The Roman Forum, the Crusader fortress and the mosques from the time when Kos was still part of the Ottoman Empire. The evening is rounded off in one of the numerous bars and cafes.
Day 3: Kos Island/Kos Town - Nissyros Island, ~25 km/16 miles
We bike in the direction of the world famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclepion in Kos, the former realm of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. From here we cycle along the coast back towards the town of Kos. Here we board the boat and cruise to the volcanic island of Nissyros.
Day 4: Nissyros Island - Tilos Island, ~30-40 km/19-25 miles
We start today’s cycle tour to Nikia - a village built directly on the Stefanos crater rim at 1,400 ft./430 m above sea level. From here we can enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. Not only the volcano but also the white houses and the numerous pebble mosaics bring great character to the village. From here we cycle on to the crater with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki where our boat is already waiting to take us to Tilos Island, inhabited since ancient times.
Day 5: Tilos Island - Chalki island, ~22 km/14 miles
Our morning bike ride takes us from Livadia to Megalochorio. If procurable enthusiasts can visit the pygmy elephant museum, before returning back to the boat. A tasty lunch waits for us on board followed by a relaxing cruise from Tilos to the island of Chalki. The picturesque island capital offers a first impression of the classic architecture style which will await us on Symi.
Day 6: Chalki Island - Symi Island, ~25 km/16 miles
In the morning we take a crossing by boat to Panormitis Bay in front of the island of Symi, where the local monastery offers us a pleasant visit. Thereafter we follow the motto – “off to the other side of the island!” Scaling several switchbacks we slowly conquer the hill, allowing ourselves enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Our destination is the Islands capital of Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbor. In the evening we can climb to the upper part of Symi town. From the top we have a breath-taking view over the harbor and the coastline of the bay. An evening visit to a remote tavern enables us to enjoy the evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Day 7: Datça (Datça-Peninsula) - Knidos - Bodrum, ~41 km/26 miles
From Symi we make our way to the neighbouring, Datça Peninsula, and find ourselves back in Turkey. Today’s bike tour takes us from the Datça district along the peninsula to the historical ruins of Knidos (4th Century BC) with a wonderfully preserved amphitheatre. A stroll through this historical site leaves a lasting impression. Depending on the departure times of the guests on board the following day, we can either spend the night in Knidos or cross over to Bodrum. An evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.
Day 8: Bodrum (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation. Fee-based collective transfers to Bodrum Airport on request. If you wish to fly home from the Island of Kos your ferry will depart at 09:30 am. Please insure that your flight departure from Kos is not earlier than 1 pm.
Your ship - Premium Ship Love Boat
The Love Boat (formerly known as BB2) is designed to give splendid pleasure and to offer a relaxing, elegant atmosphere. It is one of the most perfect examples of the Turkish wooden gulets. It is 37 m long and offers 15 modern, climatized and large guest cabins as well as a spacious saloon and plenty of space on the decks. Each cabin includes a shower unit and a toilet. The Love Boat has all the amenities and the elegance of an exclusive yacht. The accent is on an elegant atmosphere created through a high woodwork quality and intelligent design. While sailing or mooring, the sun beds spread out on the deck will offer you an excellent opportunity to sunbathe and relax. The professional and experienced crew ensures the safety and convenience of all guests. Enjoy the sea with the comfort of your home.
7 nights on board
bedlinen and towels
English speaking guide on boat and bike
documents and maps
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)
25.04., 09.05., 10.10., 17.10. and 24.10.2020
season II (+100 €/person)
23.05., 06.06., 12.09. and 26.09.2020
route (2)-(3): ~160-175 km
through hilly landscapes with some climbs on smaller by-roads without much traffic
how to get there
by plane: airport Bodrum or Dalaman
collective group transfers between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port, available on embarkation or disembarkation days only, 15 €/person/way, reservation requested, incl. exact flight details
are available in Bodrum on request
wearing a helmet is compulsory in Greece
flat rate for bottled water
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