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 paints its pictures and the sea provides 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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Skill Level

This is a moderate to difficult guided tour. The bike routes require a basic level of fitness, ideally acquired by frequent biking. The routes reach an altitude of 200 – 400 meters. 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

Extra Stay

For some extra night in Bodrum before or after the tour, we can book an excellent 3 to 4* hotel.

Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2017 DATES

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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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Central Greek Aegean Map

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, 10 mi. (16 km)
Day 5: Islands Lipsi and Kalymnos, 6 mi. (10 km) + 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 6: Island of Kos, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: Island of Kos, 9 mi. (15 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 2 PM, you 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, cross over to Kos. The first cycling tour begins here after lunch and leads us to the Embros thermal spring, where you have the opportunity to have our first swim in the Aegean. You spend the evening in Kos, the lively capital of the island. On a tour through the town you 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. End the evening relaxing in one of the town’s numerous bars and cafes.

Day 3: Island Leros, 15 mi. (25 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 you reach a beautiful sandy beach where you may stop for a swim or a coffee. In the afternoon, if the weather permits, cross over to the island of Patmos. The snow white upper town and its towering monastery can be seen form far afar as you 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, set off on a short cycle tour of Lipsi, taking us almost once around the entire island. Thereafter embark on a crossing by boat to the Island of Kalymnos. Starting from the Harbour of Vathy you embark on a cycle tour over the mountain pass eventually leading us to the other side of the island. In the afternoon, you 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 you to Mastichari of Kos. Today your daily tour takes you 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 stop for a longer lunch break in the old Greek mountain village of Zia. On your way to Kos town 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 take a short cycling trip to the western archaeological excavations of Kos town and visit the ancient agora as well as the Odeon. Later on cycle to a beautiful beach, where the Mediterranean Sea invites you again for a refreshing swim. After lunch ashore enjoy your last cruise aboard until you reach Bodrum. Here you can once more go for a walk through the lively and eastern 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: Disembarkation in Bodrum.
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport or you may extend your stay in Europe.

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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.