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

A bike and boat tour in Greece

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!

A comprehensive list of all of our bike boat tours in Greece can be found here.

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 ships, the BB2 and the Osman Kurt

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
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1290 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates
On the Osman Kurt:
April 29, May 20, May 27, September 9, September 16, September 30, and October 7, 2017

On the BB2: May 6, May 13, June 3, June 10, and September 2, 2017

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Bodrum (Embarkation)
Day 2: Kos Island; Kos Town - Asclipion, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Nissyros Island, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 4: Tilos Island, 11 mi. (18 km)
Day 5: Rhodes Island, Rhodes City, 7.5 mi. (12 km)
Day 6: Symi Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
Day 7: Datça - Knidos - Bodrum, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Departure from Bodrum

Day 1: Bodrum (Embarkation)
Individual arrival by plane to Bodrum. On request, a collective group transfer is available to your ship at Bodrum port. Check in on board begins at 2 PM. The ship stays in the port on the first night. You may take a walk to the famous castle of the Knights of St. John or simply grab the chance to enjoy a delicious Turkish tea. Afterwards enjoy your first dinner on board. 

Day 2: Kos Island; Kos town - Asclipion, 12.5 mi. (20 km)
In the morning the boat crosses over to Kos. Cycle to the world famous archaeological site of the Asclipion of Kos - the place where Hippocrates is said to have received his medical training. From here, cycle along the coast until finally reaching the town of Kos. 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. The evening is rounded off in one of the numerous bars and cafes.

Day 3: Nissyros Island, 19 mi. (30 km)
In the morning, cruise to the port of Mandraki at Nissyros Island. From there today’s cycle tour begins to Nikia - a village directly built at the edge of the crater in 1,400 ft./430 m height. From here, enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. Not only the volcano but also the white houses and the numerous mosaics made of pebble are truly amazing sights. From here, cycle on to the crater with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki.

Day 4: Tilos Island, 11 mi. (18 km)
In the early morning, leave behind the Island of Nissyros and approach the island of Tilos where your cycle tour takes you from Livadia to Megalochorio, where you visit the pygmy elephant museum, before returning to the boat. A tasty lunch awaits you on board and there is time to relax as the boat sails from Tilos to the island of Chalki. The picturesque capital of the island offers a first impression of the classic style architecture which will await us on Symi.

Day 5: Rhodes Island, Rhodes-City, 7.5 mi. (12 km)
The boat cruises along the coast of Rhodes island and reaches the city of Rhodes. On your bikes, explore the city and its outskirts, travelling 2,400 years back in time as you learn of the capital's colorful history in this beautiful open air museum. The stag and doe at the harbor entrance of Mandraki offer the first photo motif – could this be the site of the early Colossus of Rhodes? Continue to the acropolis of Rhodes, followed by tour of the crusaders castle moat, whose imposing walls characterize the city’s image. In the afternoon, take a stroll through the many small streets and follow in the footsteps of the earlier inhabiting Crusaders.

Day 6: Symi Island, 15 mi. (25 km)
In the morning, take a crossing by boat to Panormitis Bay in front of the island of Symi, where the local monastery invites you for a pleasant visit. After you visit, follow the motto – “off to the other side of the island!” Scaling several switchbacks, you slowly conquer the hill and the picturesque views on the way up make the climb well worth it! 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 is a breath-taking view over the harbor and coastline of the bay. With a bit of luck you can witness the most beautiful sunset to end the day.

Day 7: Datça – Knidos - Bodrum, 28 mi. (45 km)
From Symi, make your way to the neighboring Datça Peninsula and find yourselves back in Turkey. Today’s bike tour takes you 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, the night can can either be spent in Knidos or the boat will cross over to Bodrum. An evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.

Day 8: Bodrum (Disembarkation)
After breakfast disembarkation and on request collective group transfer to Bodrum airport; individual trip home or extended stay in the Greek or Turkish Aegean.

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Customer Feedback

  • Rolf Lange 1 year 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

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.

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.

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