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MTB & Boat Trail Fun in the Aegean

Discover the trail paradise of the Aegean Islands by mountain bike

Glistening waters, enchanting islands, and a mountain biker’s Eldorado await you in the Greek Aegean. In recent years, numerous new trails have been built on the islands and existing historic paths have been maintained. Today you will find an incredibly varied terrain here from natural paths to single trails.

Biking through this MTB paradise is a truly unforgettable experience. The best way to discover the island world of the Aegean is by boat and bike! Pure bliss and plenty of biking fun are guaranteed! The islands are magical and each unique with their own character, rich history, and breath-taking nature. Packing and re-packing your suitcase is a thing of the past!

The comfortable boat is your floating home, restaurant, and means of transport for the week. We explore the wonderful islands of Kos, Nisyros, Tilos and Symi. No off-road trail will be forgotten. The crossings from island to island are one of the tour’s greatest highlights. Wherever possible, the boat anchors in dreamlike bays so that you can jump directly from the boat into the refreshing, blue water.

Relax in quaint bars with a drink in hand as you watch the sun set over the sea. In the evening, take some time to explore the idyllic harbor towns and villages! You could hardly ask for a more varied holiday!


Highlights

  • Endless trail fun: Enjoy the incredible trails at Sympetro on Kos!
  • Never ending blue: Experience wonderful crossings with swimming stops
  • Perfect panorama: The views during the ride on Symi Island are breath-taking
  • Symphony of colour: The volcanic island of Nisyros is a scenic gem
  • To take home: Delicious baklava, bee honey, and olive oil


8 days/ 7 nights
May, June, September, October
Moderate – Challenging
Bodrum
Bodrum
Persons: 14-30
Age: 18+

Included Activities

  • Guided bike tours, optionally with fully or e-fully MTB
  • Sightseeing and city tours with local guide
  • Swimming stops at beautiful beaches

Dates

  • 4-11 May
  • 18-25 May
  • 1-8 June
  • 7-14 Sep
  • 5-12 Oct


 

DAY 1
(Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation) | Individual arrival to Bodrum harbour. A collective transfer from Bodrum Airport to the harbour is available for an extra cost on request. Check in begins on the Gullet at 2 pm.

Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively atmosphere in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening a shared dinner on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.

DAY 2
(Sun) Bodrum – Yalıçiftlik – Kos (aprx. 28 mi./45 km, aprx. 2624 ft./800 m of elevation | After breakfast we raise the anchor for a short cruise to Yaliciftlik. From here we start our first bike ride through the local pine forests to Camlik where we will have the chance to refresh ourselves with a short coffee break.

We continue biking through silver-green olive groves to the small village of Etrim. Ancestors of the Turkmen tribes continue to live semi-nomadic lives in the region. We can marvel at their fascinating hand crafts and during a lunch break at a local restaurant we can discover some local cuisine.

After lunch we return to Yaliciftlik where we board the boat and cruise to the island of Kos. A wealth of cultural sights in Kos town provide an insight into the town’s turbulent historical past. The evening can be spent in one of the numerous bars or cafes in the town.

DAY 3
(Mon) Kos Island –  Nisyros Island (aprx. 22 mi./35 km, 2,625 ft./800 m of elevation) | After breakfast we start our bike tour with a visit to the world famous Asklepion, continuing through a fragrant pine forest on leisurely ascending natural trails up to Mt. Dikeo, the highest peak on the island.

We continue along the ridgeline trail which offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, quickly making us forget the effort. We then return to the ship along varied trails.

In the afternoon we sail to Mandraki on the volcanic island of Nisyros.

DAY 4
(Tue) Nisyros Island – Tilos Island (aprx. 25 mi./40 km, 2,790 ft./850 m of elevation) | Today’s bike tour on Nisyros leads energy-saving first along asphalt roads up to the island’s capital Nikia, 430 m above sea level and built directly on the crater rim. Be enchanted by the town’s white houses and numerous pebble mosaics and enjoy the magnificent view of the volcanic caldera over a cup of coffee.

We continue into the fascinating volcanic landscape of Stefanos Crater with its steaming sulphur springs. Afterwards, we take natural paths and a single trail back to the ship in Mandraki. Crossing to the neighbouring island of Tilos.

DAY 5
(Wed) Tilos Island – Chalki island (aprx. 13 mi./20 km, 2,300 ft./700 m of elevation) | Our morning bike ride takes us first from Livadia to Megalochorio. Here, those interested have time to visit the pygmy elephant museum.

Afterwards, we continue to the deserted village of Mikrochorio and along a spectacular coastal path back to the ship. After a delicious lunch we can relax on board while we sail to the island of Halki and enjoy the fresh sea breeze.

The picturesque island capital of Chalki offers a first impression of the classic architecture style which we will see on Symi.

DAY 6
(Thu) Chalki Island – Symi Island (aprx. 16 mi./25 km, 2,460 ft./750 m of elevation) | In the morning we sail to Panormitis Bay, which lies just off the island of Symi, to visit the local monastery. Afterwards, we head off for the other side of the island.

Biking up several switchbacks, we slowly conquer the hill, allowing ourselves enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Our destination is the island’s capital, Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbor.

In the evening, we can head 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 allow us to enjoy the evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

DAY 7
(Fri) Datça (Datça-Peninsula) – Knidos – Bodrum (aprx. 28 mi./45 km, 2,300 ft./700 m of elevation) | From Symi it is only a stone’s throw away to the Turkish Datça peninsula with the village of the same name. Here we head out on our last bike tour of the trip.

We take scenic routes mostly along the coast of the Datça Peninsula to Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, we cross over to Bodrum. We say farewell to guests, guides, and crew with a festive evening on board.

DAY 8
(Sat) Bodrum | Disembarkation after breakfast. Collective transfers to Bodrum Airport. Individual return home or extension of your holiday.

Full suspension MTB

For our mountain bike tours we use high-end, full suspension bikes. These lightweight bikes are fitted with 27.5’’ rims, 140 – 150 mm of travel, Shimano or SRAM gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts.

E-full suspension MTB

It is also possible to take part on our tours with a full suspension e-MTB. Our reliable 27.5’’ e-MTBs are equipped with powerful Bosch motors with extra range, 150 mm of travel, Shimano gear and brake systems as well as hydraulic dropper posts.

Boreas (Deluxe)

The 43 x 10 m Turkish gullet, Boreas, provides utmost comfort for your yacht cruise. This ship has 15 spacious and climate controlled guest cabins with tiled bathrooms with separate shower cabins and toilet. The large saloon includes a bar, and the vast ships decks provide shaded and sunny areas to relax with plenty of comfortable seating areas and sunning mattresses.

Where does this tour start and end?
This tour starts and ends in Bodrum. The exact berth is only ever determined on the evening before the trip.

You will receive more precise information on this in your detailed guest information, which we will send you in plenty of time before the start of the tour.

What language is the tour conducted in?
This tour is conducted in English and German.

Are changes to the itinerary possible?
We reserve the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Sometimes the tour will be run in reverse order. Our tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain.

Catering & Beverages
Catering on this the tour includes half-board, consisting of a daily breakfast and six lunches on board. Please inform us of any food intolerances or allergies before the start of your journey. The same applies if you wish to eat vegetarian. All drinks are at your own expense.

How difficult are the bike tours?
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 4×4 roads and, on occasion, quiet asphalt stretches; there are very few unrideable passages.

Our tours may be adjusted on site by the guides depending on weather conditions, time schedules and the ability of the group. Various sections in the tour are offered at a higher or lower technical degree, leaving you to make the final decision.

Good to know – Group pace during the tours
On a guided MTB tour the speed of the group is determined by the mountain bikers on regular bikes. If you have hired an e-MTB, we ask you to respect those in the group who are riding without electric support. Those on regular bikes require more time and recovery when biking up hill. We thank you for your understanding.

Smart heads stay safe - Helmets are compulsory on our cycling tours!
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).

Is this tour suitable for children?
In general, we do not consider this tour to be suitable for children. However, young people with a high level of endurance, the necessary riding technique, and a minimum age of 14 years are welcome on this tour. Rental bikes can only be provided for people 1.50 m / 5 ft. or taller.

Special considerations when travelling by ship
Please remember that while the ship is your hotel, it is also a machine that needs to be maintained and operated both during the day and at night. Operational noises are therefore unavoidable.

Basic tour price (in a double cabin)

1,990€ per person

*Please note: Your booking request will be forwarded directly to our partner tour operator Islandhopping, who will take over the complete administration of your booking.

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 8-day-trip on a premium gulet with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 7 x half board
  • Bottled water on board and for all activities ashore
  • Guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • Bed linen and towels
  • English speaking tour guide

NOT INCLUDED

  • Journey to Bodrum
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • Beach towel for ashore use (if needed)

ADDITIONAL BOOKABLE SERVICES

  • Shared twin cabin
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use below deck: 700 euro (limited)
  • Rental bike: Full suspension mountain bike (fully): 200 euro/week;
    E-mountain bike (fully): 300 euro/week
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: 20 euro/ week (not insured: grossly negligent damage)
  • Collective group transfers between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only): price on request (reservation requested – minimum 2 persons)
  • Exclusive transfers: on request
  • 4-day additional program Istanbul (available pre and post Islandhopping trip(available pre and post Islandhopping trip) incl. transfer airport Istanbul – hotel as well as hotel – airport Istanbul, 3 overnight stays in a boutique hotel in the old town of Istanbul, boat trip on the Bosporus, 2-day guided cultural tour, entrance to the Hagia Sophia, Topkapı palace and Basilica cistern (price per person in a double room: on request // in a single room: on request // minimum number of participants: 2 // detailed itinerary on request)
  • Additional night (B&B) in Bodrum: prices on request

Trip

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