South Greek Aegean
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Moderate Trip code - GISG12

Since the ancient times Rhodes is called the Island of the sun god Helios and there really is a reason for this: With over 3000 sunshine hours each year it is one of the sunniest region in Europe proving that Helios still pays special attention to his island. With your bicycle and the boat Bahriyeli a comfortable 3 mast sailor- you will explore Rhodes and its neighbouring islands with its unique versatility. Let yourself be mesmerized by the lively yet contemplative Rhodes, the towering volcano crater of Nissyros or the charm of Symi with its wonderful neo-classical buildings of the island capital.

Get enchanted by the picturesque port of Chalki an enjoy the time travel and discover the Aegean history very close. The rock throwing Poseidon, the Colossus of Rhodes, the Knights of St John or the famous sponge diver of Symi: They are all impressing credentials in form of legends and historical construction that contribute to the unique character of these islands.

  • Charm of Symi
  • Towering volcano crater of Nissyros
  • Rhodes
  • Picturesque port of Chalki
   Dates Adult(PP)
From 29 April 2017 to 6 May 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00
From 6 May 2017 to 13 May 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00
From 20 May 2017 to 27 May 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00
From 27 May 2017 to 3 June 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00
From 3 June 2017 to 10 June 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00
From 10 June 2017 to 17 June 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin- Bodrum
£1190.00
From 26 August 2017 to 2 September 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00
From 9 September 2017 to 16 September 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00
From 16 September 2017 to 23 September 2017
Bodrum - Bodrum (based on 2 passengers sharing a double/twin cabin
£1190.00

Supplements

Surcharge for a single cabin: £500 (on request, reservation required)
1/2 a 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 Bodrum harbour (only on day of embarkation): 20 euro/person/way, if transfer is booked up to 14 days due to arrival; £40 per person/way, if transfer is booked 13 days and less due to arrival. We charge twice the above mentioned amount per person for transfers booked from Izmir airport or Dalaman airport to Bodrum harbor.
Transfer: Group transfer between Marmaris harbour and Dalaman airport (only on day of disembarkation): £20 per person/way, if transfer is booked up to 14 days due to arrival; £40 per person/way, if transfer is booked 13 days and less due to arrival. We charge twice the above mentioned amount per person for transfers booked from Marmaris harbour to Izmir airport or Bodrum airport.
Additional nights in Turkey (B&B): prices on request.

Reductions

Children up to age 18 receive a discount of 25% on the basic tour price.

Other Information

  • Please note only children with sufficient stamina and a minimum age of 10 are capable of tackling the bike tours. The minimum height for rental bikes is 4 ft./ 1.20 m.
  • You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. Rental bike helmets are available on board in limited number (on request).
  • This tour requires a min of 14 participants to run

Accomodations

Boat „BAHRIYELI“
On the Turkish coast a Bahriyeli is a synonym for greatest possible comfort and best material. These ships are powered by two Volvo Penta engines with 400-500 HP which enables them to maneouvre without difficulties and lie calmly in the water. The decks of the ships are 108-121 ft. (33-37 metres) long. They are three-masted ships of highest standards. The Bahriyelis A-D have 8-10 spacious and luxurious cabins, furnished with air conditioning and a shower/toilet. The huge sun deck is equipped with comfortable mats for sun bathing or spending the nights out-side.

Catering:
The cook on board is part of the crew and will prepare daily breakfast and a daily warm meal.

Upgrades

It is possible to hire a private yacht for your group on the same route. Please call for prices and availability.

What's included

  • 21-gear trekking bike with an Ortlieb pannier
  • 6 guided and individual tours as described in itinerary
  • 7 nights in a comfort-class gulet
  • All entrances to museums and archaeological sites
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Half Board
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours on board

What's not included

  • Airport Transfers (see supplements)
  • Beverages on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Insurance for bike hire
  • Tips for crew and tour guides
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Day 1: (Sat) Bodrum (Embarkation)

Individual arrival by plane to Bodrum. On request collective group transfer to your ship at Bodrum port and check-in from 2 pm. An alternative arrival can take place via the city of Kos (Kos Airport), followed by a connecting ferry to Bodrum where your ship awaits.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 we have the first dinner on board. The last participants reach the boat in the late evening.

Day 2: (Sun) Kos Island; Kos town - Asclipion (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

In the morning we crossover to Kos. We 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 we cycle along the coast until we finally reach 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: (Mon) Nissyros Island (aprx. 19 mi./30 km)

In the morning we cruise to the port of Mandraki at Nissyros Island. From there we 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 we 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 us. From here we cycle on to the crater with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki.

Day 4: (Tue) Tilos Island (aprx. 11 mi./18 km)

In the early morning we leave behind the Island of Nissyros and approach the island of Tilos where our cycle tour takes us from Livadia to Megalochorio, where we visit the pygmy elephant museum, before returning to the boat. A tasty lunch is waiting for us on board and we have time to relax as we take a cruise 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: (Wed) Rhodes Island, Rhodes-City (aprx. 7.5 mi/12 km)

After a boats cruise along the coast of Rhodes island, we reach the city of Rhodes. On our bikes we 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 harbour entrance of Mandraki 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. In the afternoon we take a stroll through the many small streets, and follow in the footsteps of the earlier inhabiting Crusaders.

Day 6: (Thu) Symi Island (aprx. 15 mi./25 km)

In the morning we take a crossing by boat to Panormitis Bay in front of the island of Symi, where the local monastery invites us for a pleasant visit. Thereafter we follow the motto – “off to the other side of the island!” Scaling several switchbacks we slowly conquer the hill, allowing ourselves enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Our destination is the Islands capital city of Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbour. In the evening we can climb the 500 steps from Symi to the upper part of town. From the top we have a breath-taking view over the harbour and coastline of the bay. With a bit of luck we will witness a most beautiful sunset to end the day.

Day 7: (Fri) Datça – Knidos - Bodrum (aprx. 28 mi./45 km)

From Symi we make our way to the neighbouring Datça Peninsula and find ourselves back in Turkey. Today’s bike tour takes us 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, we can either spend the night in Knidos or cross over to Bodrum. An evening meal is enjoyed together in the company of guides and guests.

Day 8: (Sat) 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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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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