Central Greek Aegean
From £1190.00 May to November
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Moderate

On this wonderful trip we experience the sun islands of the Central Greek Aegean by bicycle and a fantastic Turkish gullet. The enchanting islands have a fascinating history which we can explore by visiting sites such as monuments. We voyage pass amazing landscapes with breath-taking views and eye-catching scenes. As well as cycling, you will have the chance to relax by swimming in scenic, tranquil bays and walk in the fantastic vistas. You will be able to visit the ancient Asclepion where Hippocrates practiced his art. You can explore the idyllic island of Lipsi and the mystic holy island of Patmos. The unforgettable panoramic views are guaranteed to be with you on your whole journey. This cycling happens on the same ship and parallel to the mountain bike cruise “Central Greek Aegean”. One of the tour guides takes care of the MTB group while the other leads the hybrid bicycle tour.

   Dates Adult(PP)
From 6 May 2017 to 13 May 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00
From 13 May 2017 to 20 May 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00
From 20 May 2017 to 27 May 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00
From 27 May 2017 to 3 June 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00
From 3 June 2017 to 10 June 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00
From 23 September 2017 to 30 September 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00
From 21 October 2017 to 28 October 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00
From 28 October 2017 to 4 November 2017
Based on 2 passengers sharing a twin/double cabin
£1190.00

Supplements:

Surcharge for a single cabin: £500 (on request, reservation required)
1/2 double cabin can be booked on request
Surcharge for e-bike (i:SY Flyer Eco) 8-hub gear with Ortlieb pannier: £120 per week with booking in advance or £25 per day with booking on-site (limited; on request)
Transfer: Group transfer between Bodrum airport and ship (only on day of embarkation / disembarkation): £20 per person/way if booked until 14 days prior arrival;
£40 per person/way if booked during the last 13 days prior arrival (booking incl. the complete transmission of flight details). Transfers from Izmir and Dalaman airport to the ship are possible at double the price.
Additional night (B&B) near/in Bodrum: prices on request.

Price Reductions:

Children up to age 16 requesting their own cabin receive a discount of 25 % on the basic tour price; Surcharge for single cabin use will be added
In combination with another Islandhopping tour in Greece or Turkey you get a reduction of £100 per person on the second tour
If you book a tour for 2015 season before January 31st, 2015 you receive an 5 % early bird discount on the basic tour price (not combinable with the 25 % discount.

What's included

  • 7 nights in a double cabin on a gulet with shower/toilet
  • 7 x half-board
  • 8 day-trip on a premium gulet with crew
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fee to museums and archaeological sites (group visit only)
  • Guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Overview-maps for the daily bike tours (on board)
  • Rental bike: 21-gear hybrid bike with Ortlieb pannier

What's not included

  • Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Entrance fee for sights not included in the tour price
  • International banking fees: 2 % of total amount (credit card payment)
  • Journey to Turkey
  • Meals ashore
  • Tips for tour guides and crew
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1st Day (Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation)

We will arrive individually by plane followed by a transfer to Bodrum/Turkey. We will then check in from 2pm on the gullet before having the chance to explore the fascinating ancient part of the town and the port. Tonight we will have dinner on board and the last travellers arrive late in the evening.

2nd Day (Sun) Kos Island (Cycle route approx. 15 mi./25 km)

This morning we cross to Kos where our first cycling trip starts taking us to the Embros thermal spring. Here, we have the chance for our first swim in the Aegean. The bustling, vibrant city of Kos, the capital of the island is where we spend the evening as we explore the history on a tour. 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 next to each other. We finish the evening winding down in one of the town’s many bars and cafes.

3rd Day (Mon) Leros Island (Cycle route approx. 15 mi./25 km)

This morning we voyage to the green island of Leros which is packed with tiny harbours. We start by cycling to the fort of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem in Agia Marina, continuing to the little alleys of the town. Our next destination is the seaside chapel of Agios Isidoros, and on the way we pass a scenic harbour of the town. Agios Isidoros is a beautiful chapel that many people get married in. Journeying along the coast, we end up at a magnificent sandy beach which is fantastic for a quick coffee break before crossing to the island of Patmos and dinner on board.

4th Day (Tue) Islands of Patmos and Lipsi (Cycle route approx. 10 + 6 mi./16 + 10 km)

Today we commence by cycling to Patmos and its grotto, a trip with wonderful views. Patmos is known for being the place where St. John received the Apocalypse during his captivity. The renowned monastery of St. John of Chora is found in a delightful village with several white alleys, 34 churches and chapels which add to the peaceful atmosphere. After our visit we head on to the port, passing an outstanding beach on the way. Lunch is on the boat and we cruise on to Lipsi. After lunch, we have the chance to cycle around Lipsi and visit the famous pastry shop at the port.

5th Day (Wed) Kalymnos Island (Cycle route approx. 24 mi./39 km)

We start our tour today by crossing to Kalymnos before cycling along a picturesque route along the coast from the port of Pothia to the fishing village of Vathi. We then have a short coffee break in a tavern. A mountain pass takes us to the opposite side of the island and have lunch here. This is followed by the return to Pothia and upon arrival here, there will be plenty of time to wander around this ancient, witnessing the effect of the sponge diving wealth on this population. Dinner tonight is on board.

6th Day (Thu) Kos Island (Cycle route approx. 25 mi./ 40 km)

We begin by voyaging to Mastichari of Kos and here, cycle along the coast. We pass through a mixture of landscapes including the outstanding mountains of Kos. We stop for a lengthy lunch break in Zia, the ancient Greek mountain village. After dinner there will be time to explore the lively town of Kos on our own.

7th Day (Fri) Kos Island (Cycle route approx. 6 mi./10 km)

This morning we cycle into the renowned archaeological excavation site of the Asclepion, where Hippocrates, the famous physician, practiced his art. After our lunch break ashore we cruise for the last time to Bodrum where there will be time to stroll through the vibrant town.

8th Day (Sat) Bodrum

After breakfast, return travel.
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Frequently asked questions

1. How fit do I need to be for these holidays?

Our Bikecations are designed to attract people of all ages and levels of fitness. All the holidays can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Some holidays involve greater distances or frequency of cycling and some will cover hillier terrain than others. Our tour gradings and itinerary descriptions should help guide you towards the most suitable holiday options for you. If you are not sure, give us a call.

2. How many miles a day can I expect to cycle?

This depends on the Bikecation you choose. These have been graded so you know what to expect.

For a bikecation leisure cycling holiday a gentle pace is about 7-8 miles per hour, so, if you cycle for four hours, you can expect to cover 25-30 miles comfortably. This leaves plenty of time for sightseeing, picnics, visiting castles or churches, stopping for morning coffee or whatever you want to do. You have all day to get to your next stopover, so you can relax and enjoy the countryside. We can also include rest days when you can enjoy other activities if you require.

For our road cycling and bespoke tours for groups we will advise you what is best for the particular trip you wish to ride on. Usually we try to cover 60-100 miles at an average speed of 13.5 to 14.5 mph but this can be slower or faster depending on the group.

3. What do I wear for leisure cycling ?

It is important to be comfortable when cycling so we suggest wearing thin layers of clothing. Padded cycling shorts, a zipped top, windproof light jacket and trainers are standard fare. Fast drying and hardwearing synthetic fabrics are ideal as a base layer as these allow your skin to breathe and wick the moisture away from your skin to the next layer, avoiding the chill which cotton T-shirts can cause. In mid-summer you may just need shorts and a t-shirt. Safety helmets are strongly recommended on all Bikecation holidays and are a legal requirement in some countries so please bring your own helmet. We will send out a What to wear document to you well in advance of your Bikecation.

4. Are cycling holidays suitable for children?

Cycling can make an ideal family holiday, provided the right distances are chosen for the younger members of the party. We would suggest that you call us to discuss the most suitable tours for your children. In most places we are able to offer children’s bikes and child seats, if you have toddlers or babies.

5. How much luggage can I bring?

Your luggage is transported for you every day so bring what you need to make your holiday relaxing and comfortable. Please try and limit it to one item of luggage per person and that it is clearly labelled. On some tours there is a weight limit per item.

6. What happens to my luggage?

We want you to enjoy your Bikecation to the full so, for your comfort, we arrange the transportation of your luggage from one hotel to the next. The only thing we ask is that you leave your suitcases in reception on setting out each morning, and the hoteliers will ensure that it is waiting for you at your next hotel. We will provide luggage labels for you. All you need carry with you are drinks, a camera, waterproofs and sun cream.

7. Is my money safe if anything happens to Bikecation?

Your money is safe when you book your Bikecation. To protect your payments fully, all monies paid by you to us for your holiday are held in a separate Client’s Trust Account and are not released to Bikecation until your holiday has taken place. This practice fully satisfies the requirements of EC and UK law. Please call us if you would like to discuss this further.

Bikecation is also fully licensed by ATOL ( no. T7462) that is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). for full details how how your payments are protected, please read our Your Financial Security page.

8. Do I need to bring my own bike? What type of bike should I bring?

We arrange for hire bikes to be provided for your holiday or tour. However, if you would prefer to bring your own bike then by all means bring it with you, but it must be in good working order. We recommend either a hybrid or a mountain bike fitted with road tyres for our leisure cycling holidays.

For our road cycling trips we can advise on what is best for your situation but we regularly transport bikes to the start destination.

If you do bring your own bike, you should insure it separately. Most household insurance policies can be extended to cover your bike whilst on holiday.

9. What happens if I have a problem with the bike or any other problem en route ?

If you are provided with a bike it will be well-maintained and serviced before being rented out so there should be no problems however, there are emergency numbers provided in the Route Notes for more complex problems.
If you have brought your own bike and you are unable to fix it, we will find you a replacement for the rest of your holiday.

Our road cycling trips will also have back up support with a mechanic unless requested otherwise with a possible spare bike for any major problems.

10. What should I do about holiday insurance?

If you choose a holiday abroad, you should have adequate insurance to cover you for medical expenses and for cancellation or curtailment of your holiday. For holidays in the UK we recommend everyone should have holiday travel insurance. Not all insurance policies cover cycling daily so we recommend Campbell Irvine. For full information, please read our ‘Trip Preparation’ page

11. Where will I leave my car for the duration of the leisure cycling holiday?

In most cases you can leave your car for the duration of your holiday in the car park of the hotel used for the first night’s accommodation. Where parking is not available at the first hotel, you will be advised of the alternative arrangements made for you.

12. I’m on my own – Which holidays are best for me ?

Nearly all our holidays are open to single travellers, but our Group guided holidays may be of most interest. Group holidays give you the opportunity to meet others of like mind and to enjoy cycling together. The group ‘vibe’ continues into the evening if you decide to eat together. A guide will help you appreciate the history and culture of the area you’re visiting.

13. What type of accommodation can I expect?

There is a variety of accommodation ranging from Castles and Chateaux to small boutique hotels and good quality B&Bs, thereby offering a range of different priced holidays. If you have any questions regarding which accommodation is used in the trip you are interested in riding please contact the office.

14. What are the routes like?

The descriptions of our Leisure Bikecations indicate the main types of routes we use on each holiday, such as provincial roads, country lanes, dedicated cycle ways, some tracks and Casa Verdes (disused railway tracks). While we try to use quiet routes wherever possible, you should be comfortable riding occasionally in traffic. Traffic volumes can vary even on minor roads, especially in more popular tourist areas; we sometimes have to use short sections of busier roads to cross rivers or connect scenic routes, and traffic will inevitably be heavier in and near towns.

Some routes include occasional sections on unsurfaced tracks, but these don’t require any specific technical riding skills. If you are unsure of your level, or would like to know more about the cycling on specific holidays, then please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable reservations team.

15. Do I need to bring money for food?

All the holidays include a hearty breakfast each day. Some also include lunch and an evening meal. Where they are not included, you are free to choose where and when to eat. Some hotels will provide you with a packed lunch on request, but most people like the freedom of stopping at the place of their choice to experience the local cuisine. Some routes have been designed to incorporate gastronomic delights and will include an evening meal. Details are given with each individual tour.

16. Is it possible to extend one of the holidays from a few days to a full week?

We have the resources to design a tour to suit your requirements, incorporating rest days if desired, taking in places that are of interest to you. Give us a call and we will try to accommodate your wishes. The only constraint may be the availability of the accommodation.

17. Can you arrange flights for the overseas tours?

Flights are not included in the tour price, however we can book flights for you. Holding an ATOL licence means that if you book a tour and flight together with us you will have the added piece of mind of the financial protection offered by ATOL. If you prefer to book your own, we recommend that you wait until your tour booking is confirmed before you book any flights and booking separately means you will not be covered by ATOL. For full information on our flight services please contact us on email@bikecation.co.uk

18. When are the tours available?

Departure dates are shown for all tours. Please be aware that the holidays are very dependent on the availability of the selected accommodation. These have been chosen carefully, looking for a high standard to ensure you are comfortable at all times. During busy periods this is not always available, so we advise that you should book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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