Leros Island, Greece. Photo via Flickr:anybookers
Restaurant in Zia, Kos Island, Greece. Photo via Flickr:Michal Osmenda

Harbor in Kos.

Central Greek Aegean

Greece Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle Greece by island hopping the Aegean from Bodrum

On this Greece bike tour, you will explore the sunny islands of the Greek Aegean and stay aboard a comfortable Turkish Gulet. Although this Greece bicycle tour begins in Turkey, all the islands that will be visited are part of Greece. These islands are magical and mystical, rich in history and legends. This is a world where the sun is painting its pictures and the sea is providing life. Join this tour and sail the Greek Aegean, relax in idyllic bays, enjoy the wonderful views and follow the traces of a moving and glorious past. You will visit the the famous Asclipion, where the well known doctor Hippocrates practiced. We dive into the atmosphere of the holy island of Patmos or admire the wonderful panoramas on your bicycle tour there.

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Tour Dates

On the Comfort Plus class boats,
Osman Kurt: September 3, September 17, October 1, and October 15, 2016 

2017 DATES

BB2: April 22, April 29, May 20, May 27, June 17, August 26, September 16, September 23, October 14, October 21, October 28, 2017.

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Skill Level

Moderate, guided tour. The bike routes require a basic level of fitness, ideally acquired by frequent biking. The routes reach an altitude of 200 – 400 metres. The roads are mostly asphalted and take place on lightly trafficked roads as much as possible. The daily biking distances range from 9 to 19 miles (15 to 30 km). Routes cover hilly and mountainous terrain but can be completed without time restraints. You will also come across some longer and rather steep climbs, where you may want to push your bike. The tour guides will inform you about the course of the tour in due time. You always have the option to cycle individually or with other participants, using the maps provided. This would give you time to take photographs, explore flora and fauna or other sites at your leisure.

Where You’ll Stay

Aboard the Comfort Class Ship, the Osman Kurt.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations below deck for 8 days/7 nights on a comfort class boat
  • 7x half board
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Bike tours and sightseeing as described in itinerary
  • 21-gear trekking bike with an Ortlieb saddle bag
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours, on board
  • Entrances to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • English and German speaking tour guide

What’s Not Included

  • Drinks (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain); flat fee for drinking water: 20 Euro/adult; 10 Euro/children till age of 16
  • Meals on land
  • Gratuities for crew & tour guide (optional)
  • Transfer to and from the airport/harbor
  • Bike protection
  • Travel insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From1290 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in Bodrum
Day 2: Island of Kos, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 3: Island Leros, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 4: Island of Patmos (aprx. 16km/10 mi.)
Day 5: Islands Lipsi and Kalymnos (aprx. 10km/6 mi. + 19 mi./30 km)
Day 6: Island of Kos, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Island of Kos, 6 mi. (10 km)
​Day 8: Disembarkation in Bodrum

*All distances are approximate. The above planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Arrival in Bodrum.
Individual arrival to Bodrum Airport and transfer to the ship in Bodrum. After checking in on board of the gulet at 2PM, we will have the opportunity to visit the picturesque port town of Bodrum. Dinner on board. Some passengers will join the trip late in the evening.

Day 2: Island of Kos, 15 mi. (25 km)
In the morning, we cross over to Kos. The first cycling tour begins here after lunch and leads us 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 trace in the steps 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: Island of  Leros, 18 mi. (28 km)
Leros is green, varied and always offers new and surprising views and many small harbors. As you cycle Greece in the morning you will head to the fort of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in Agia Marina and into the small laneways of the town. After an espresso break in the idyllic harbor of the town, it is on to the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros. 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. The snow white upper town and its towering monastery can be seen form far afar as we approach. Dinner takes place on board.

Day 4: Island of Patmos (aprx. 16km/10 mi.)
On a short but picturesque ride, the tour leads to Patmos (Jerusalem of the Aegean). It was on this island that St John wrote his divinely inspired Revelations, the last book of the New Testament. The historic village of Chorá is filled with meandering white alleys and many churches and chapels, the most famous being the Monastery of Saint John "the Theologian".  Also interesting is  the Cave of the Apocalypse where St. John the Apostle had visions.  After lunch on board, there is a cruise to Lispi, with its quiet beaches, inviting a long swim break.  Here, there is a wonderful bakery that will entice with its aroma. 

Day 5: Islands Lipsi and Kalymnos (aprx. 10km/6 mi. + 19 mi./30 km)
In the early morning we set off on a short cycle tour on Lipsi, taking us almost once around the entire island. Thereafter we embark on a crossing by boat to the Island of Kalymnos. Starting from the Harbour of Vathy we embark on a cycle tour over the mountain pass eventually leading us to the other side of the island where we have lunch at a beautiful beach before heading 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 6: Island of Kos, 25 mi. (40 km)
Early in the 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. On our way to Kos town we will visit the world famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclepion, where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and later on also some personal physicians of the Roman emperors practiced medicine. After dinner on board you may explore the bustling town of Kos once more on your own.

Day 7: Island of Kos, 9 mi. (15 km)
In the morning we will take a cycle trip to the world famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclipion, where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, practiced. From here we will travel on to Zia, an old Greek mountain village, which tempts us to stay with its numerous, cosy taverns. Later on our boat will take you back to Bodrum where you are free to explore. Recommended is a visit to the 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: Disembarkation in Bodrum.
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport or you may extend your stay in Europe.

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Osman Kurt Photo

Osman Kurt Greece Comfort Plus Class Boat The Osman Kurt is an beautifully designed, 32-meter Gulet made of wood that has been crossing the sea since 2000. It was rebuilt in 2007 and features seven comfortably furnished guest cabins. The cabins, four with double beds and three with twin beds, are situated near the comfortable lounge for your relaxation. All cabins are equipped with a bathroom, a shower / WC , and air-conditioning. Numerous reclining options offer plenty of space on the sun deck for you to relax while sailing, giving you time to sit back and enjoy the view! The friendly crew do their best to provide you with a trouble free trip.

BB2 Photo

BB2 Turkey Comfort Plus Class Boat The BB2 has all the amenities and the elegance of an exclusive yacht. 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 from the comfort of your home.

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