Temple of Athens on Lindos, Rhodes Island, Greece. Photo via Flickr:Andreas Kontokanis
Taking the wheel on board ship. Photo by Michael Bruetsch

Casa Lindos on Lindos, Rhodes Island. Photo via Flickr:Francesco Sgroi
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Islands of the Sun God

Greece, Turkey Bike + Barge Tours

Cycle Greece from/to Marmaris

Since ancient times, the island of Rhodes has been called the Island of the Sun God with good reason! With over 3000 sunshine hours each year, it is one of the sunniest regions in Europe. Aboard the Vesta 1 Sevil and atop your bicycle, you will explore Rhodes and its neighboring islands. Let yourself be mesmerized by this exquisite place with it's sandy, pristine beaches and history dating back to the Byzantine era. The landscape is varied and ranges from arid and rocky to lush and forested. The island of Nissyros, located between Tilos and Kos, is famous mainly for its volcano but is ideal for a quiet and relaxing vacation. You will discover the Castle of Spiliani, the villages, and pebbled beaches, as well as the thermal springs of the island on a journey full of blue and white. Impressive is the towering volcanic crater of Nissyros or the charm of Symi,the island capital, with its wonderful neo-classical buildings. Follow the tracks of the midget elephant on the island of Tilos which fortunately hasn't lost its tradition and character. You will be enchanted with the picturesque port of Chalki and fascinated by Aegean history, mythology and legends as you hear the stories of the rock throwing Poseidon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Knights of St John and the famous sponge diver of Symi!

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Skill Level

Moderate to difficult, guided bike and boat tour with daily distances averaging approximately 25 miles (40 km). Route will take you through partly hilly and mountainous terrain. There will also be extended climbs but walking your bike is of course permitted. Most of the roads are asphalted. Your tour guide will inform you each day about your tour details. You can set aside a whole day or half day for swimming or relaxing on board.

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort Plus class ship, the BB2.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in double cabin with private bathroom
  • 7 x half board
  • Bed linen and towels
  • 6 guided and individual tours as described in itinerary
  • 21-gear trekking bike with an Ortlieb saddle bag
  • Overview maps for the daily tours, on board
  • All entrances to museums and archaeological sites
  • English and German speaking tour guide

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages on board (tally sheet). There is a flat rate of €20 per person for unlimited drinking water
  • Gratuities crew and tour-guides (optional)
  • Meals on land
  • Bicycle protection (€10 to €20/bike)
  • Transfer to/from the airport to the harbor
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2016 Dates
Bodrum to Marmaris: 
October 29, 2016

2017 Dates
Bodrum to Marmaris:
May 6, June 3, September 2, and September 30, 2017

Marmaris to Bodrum: May 13, June 10, September 9, and October 7, 2017

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Marmaris to Bodrum

Day 1: Marmaris (Embarkation)
Day 2: Marmaris - Rhodes Island, Rhodes-City, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 3: Rhodes Island; Rhodes city - Symi Island, 7.5 mi. (12 km)
Day 4: Symi Island - Tilos, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 5: Tilos Island, 11 and 9 mi. (18 and 15 km)
Day 6: Islands of Nissiros and Kos, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 7: Kos Island; Kos town – Asclepeion - Bodrum, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 8: Bodrum (Disembarkation)

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Marmaris (Embarkation)
Individual arrival to Marmaris. On request collective group transfer from Bodrum airport to your ship in Marmaris port and check-in starting at 2 pm. You may take a stroll across the huge bazaar or simply grab the chance to enjoy a delicious Turkish tea. Afterwards, enjoy your first dinner on board. 

Day 2: Marmaris - Rhodes Island, Rhodes-City, 15 mi. (25 km)​
After breakfast, the first cycling tour begins, leading through the outskirts of Marmaris. In the early afternoon you can take a boat's crossing to the city of Rhodes. On arrival go on a stroll through the narrow streets of the town, tracing in the footsteps of the former crusaders who dwelled here, past impressive structures such as the Palace of the Gran Master of the Knights of Rhodes and the former 'Knights-Street' with its medieval lodgings.

Day 3: Rhodes Island; Rhodes city - Symi Island, 7 mi. (12 km)
On your bikes, explore the city and its outskirts, travelling 2400 years back in time as we learn of the capitals colourful history in this beautiful open air museum. The stag and doe at the harbor entrance offer the first photo motif – could this be the site of the early Colossus of Rhodes? We continue to the acropolis of Rhodes, followed by tour of the crusaders castle moat, whose imposing walls characterise the city’s image. Afterwards the boat takes us to Symi Island. Today's destination is the Islands capital city of Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbor. In the evening, you can climb the 500 steps from Symi to the upper part of town. From the top we have a breath-taking view over the harbor and coastline of the bay. With a bit of luck you will witness a most beautiful sunset to end the day.

Day 4: Symi Island - Tilos Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Today you explore the other side of the famous sponge diver’s island. On a winding road, slowly crest the mountain. No worries! You have plenty of time to admire the astonishing panoramic view. The marvellous bay of Panormitis with its big monastery of Michalis Panormitis, awaits you to come for a visit. Meet the boat for lunch and cruise on to Livadia on Tilos Island. Livadia is a pretty harbor where an evening can be comfortably spent relaxing in one of the local taverns.

Day 5: Tilos Island, 11 and 9 mi. (18 and 15 km)
Today starts with a cycle tour from Livadia to Megalochorio, where you visit the pygmy elephant museum, before returning to the boat. A tasty lunch awaits you on board. If weather conditions are fine, the boat takes you to Mandraki in Nissyros. Otherwise, in the afternoon you are free to decide whether to take part on a small cycle tour or to enjoy the afternoon relaxing on the beach. In the evening, the local harbor bars welcome you for a relaxed evening in Greek island ambience.

Day 6: Islands Nissiros and Kos, 19 mi. (30 km)
From Mandraki at Nissyros Island you start today’s cycle tour to Nikia - a village directly built at the edge of the crater in 1,400 ft./430 m height. From here you can enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. Not only the volcano but also the white houses and the numerous mosaics made of pebble will truly amaze you. When arriving at the village square, do not miss the opportunity to try a Greek coffee. From here, cycle on to the crater with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki – its charm has attracted visitors for centuries. After a cruise on board you reach Kos Island, where you stay overnight. You will meet history at every corner while strolling through Kos town. The sights are located close together: The Roman Forum, the Fortress of the Knights and the mosques from the time when Kos was still part of the Ottomans Empire. In the evening, enjoy one of the numerous bars and cafes. 

Day 7: Kos Island; Kos town – Asclepeion - Bodrum, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
In the morning, cycle to the world famous archaeological site of the Asclepeion of Kos - the place where Hippocrates is said to have received his medical training. From here, cycle along the coast until reaching the town of Kos. Enjoy an afternoon on board while cruising to Bodrum, where you can walk through the lively town before dinner. The last evening aboard you'll enjoy the communal dinner in a cosy atmosphere you will have the chance for a last get-together with your crew and your tour guides.

Day 8: Bodrum (Disembarkation)
Disembarkation after breakfast.

Bodrum to Marmaris

Day 1: Arrival in Bodrum
Day 2: Kos Island; Kos town - Asclipion, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Nissyros Island, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Tilos Island, 10 mi. (15 and 18 km)
Day 5: Symi Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 6: Rhodes Island, Rhodes City, 7.5 mi. (12 km)
Day 7: Rhodes City - Marmaris, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 8: Departure from Marmaris

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Customer Feedback

  • Rolf Lange 11 months ago

    Most everything was perfect, especially our guide Lars for both trips. Only problem was lack of AC on boat so sleeping not easy.

    Boat: BB2

  • Patsy Venema 3 years ago

    My first time on Greek Islands and this trip was superb. Our guides, Ali and Peter, were always available on the boat or the bike route to respond to our needs(which were few beyond what was already provided). The airport transfers were very helpful facilitated with cheap internal Turkey flights; we used Atlas Air. The weather was very hot in late August but we had lovely cool swims off the boat at the end of our rides. The steep Greek island hills were tamed with electric bikes by many of the riders. All the bikes were good and well maintained. Our room on board was spacious, had lots of storage space and a large bath. The boat chef gave us delightful fresh Mediterranean cooking on board; one meal a day on shore offered local food experiences. We really enjoyed the international mix of riders. I would go with Island Hopping again without hesitation.

    Boat: BB2

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Islands of the Sun God Boats + Barges

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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.