Get stuck into some fine biking with the sweetest of backdrops
Enjoy an incredibly unique tour, exploring the MTB trails of the Greek Islands by boat
Enjoy yourself to the max on this blissful break
Wind your way through some lovely countryside as you island hop
Challenge yourself to some awesome biking on the trip of a lifetime
Feel the serenity and natural beauty of the region as you bike high
Every day brings new vistas and MTB trails to enjoy
Ride through the island landscapes and enjoy peaceful cruising
Spend the tour on this lovely ship and cruise the Greek islands

MTB & Boat Greek Aegean Special

Duration
8 days
Site savings
$31
From
$1,481 USD

Explore the islands of Kos, Leros, Tilos and Nissyros by mountain bike. No off-road adventure will be left unexplored. Parts of the Greek Aegean have been developing steadily over the past few years towards becoming a very attractive and diversified mountain bike holiday destination. Many new trails have been constructed and many existing ones have been cleared and maintained. The varying terrain offers riders everything from natural paths to varying single trails. Some more technical and others more flowy. The best way to experience the highlights of the Aegean is by boat and bike! A ton of fun is to be had here. The islands are a magical world with every island offering its own unique character, history and sprawling nature.

  • Category
    Mountain Biking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Coastal
  • Distance
    105 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    17.4 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends in Bodrum, Turkey, although you will be spending most of the tour within the borders of Greece, sailing around the Greek islands.

    The closest airport is Bodrum (BJV). Most flights go to Izmir airport (ADB), which is situated approx. three hours from Bodrum. During the high season, you can also fly directly to Bodrum airport. Fee-based collective transfers (only available on embarkation/disembarkation days) are available between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port: 15 euro/person each way. These can be selected as an optional extra when booking.

    Note

    At this point in time, many travelers are skeptical about flying into Turkey. We would therefore like to inform you that all of these tours offer an alternative flight route via Kos Island, followed by a ferry connection to Bodrum harbor. A detailed overview to this alternative can be found below.

    Alternative Arrival Route via Kos

    Kos airport can be reached via direct flights from Athens or via a number of connecting flights from all over Europe. Should you choose this option, please book an inbound flight that arrives the latest by 2 pm on Kos and an outbound flight that leaves not before 1 pm from Kos airport.

    A taxi service is available from Kos Airport to the ferry terminal in Kos town. The travel time is around 30 minutes and costs approx. 37 – 45 euro. The taxi stand at the airport is located directly outside the arrivals terminal. A price chart can be found at the taxi stand to ensure you receive a fair fare.

    Should you have enough time to spare, you can make use of the public bus, for a reduced price. The bus station is located around 25 meters away on your left-hand side after exiting the airport arrivals terminal. This is where the KTEL bus departs for Kos city, via Mastichari. The ride to Kos city takes around 40mins. Tickets can be purchased onboard the bus. More information can be found here: http://www.ktel-kos.gr/site_en/

    The ferry crossing from Kos to Bodrum takes approx. 1 hour. The tour operator advises you to be at the ferry terminal at least 30 mins before departure, to provide enough time for any border formalities which might take place. Departure generally takes place at around 17:00, enabling you to reach Bodrum by 18:00. The returning ferry from Bodrum to Kos generally takes place at around 09:30, enabling you to reach Kos at around 10:30 on the departure day. The ferry costs around 15€ per person/crossing and should be booked in advance at: http://www.catalines.com/Online/onlineferibotcom/.

    Arriving at Bodrum Harbor

    On arrival at Bodrum harbor, you will need to find the ship. Bodrum harbor is very large. Therefore the tour operator recommends booking the group transfer to save yourself the time looking for the Islandhopping-boat.

    Should you however wish to find the boat yourself, you will find the Osman Kurt on the big yacht harbor (when looking from the sea, on the left hand side of the fortress of St. Peter). Most commonly she will be moored next to the Datca Ferry dock, however in the height of summer it is possible that she will be moored directly below the fortress of St. Peter in the vicinity of the customs office.

    In order to locate the boat with the least amount of time spent looking, please contact our regional manager, Ali Sonay, shortly before arriving at the harbor and he will tell you the exact location of the boat you are looking for. You will find his mobile phone number in your travel documents.


  • How long is the tour? How many days cycling?

    The tour is 8 days long with 6 days of biking. Most days are spent cycling in the mornings with a cruise in the afternoon. See the itinerary for specifics.

  • What's the tour like? What sort of ability should I have?

    Requirements of the bike routes

    Moderate to challenging daily tours in hilly terrain at distances of 25 – 45 km and 550 to 1,200 meters of elevation. The terrain in this region is very diverse and changes from island to island: technical and demanding single trails alternate with wide gravel 4×4 roads and sometimes also quiet asphalt stretches; there are very few unrideable points. Various sections in the tour are offered at a higher or lower technical degree, leaving you to make the final decision.

    The tours are dependent on weather conditions and the final decision is that of the captain. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time onboard the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour.

    Single-Track Classification

    So that you are well prepared for your bike tour and that you know which technicality grade you should choose, the following classification applies. The difficulty levels included in our classification coincide with the Singeltrail-Skala found at (http://www.singletrail-skala.de/).

    Blue (easy, S0 – S1): small obstacles such as small roots, small stones, small gully erosion, gradients of up to 40 %, loose surfaces, tight corners but no hairpins, skilful braking and weight shift required, riding while standing, obstacles can be rolled over.

    Red (medium, S2): loose surfaces, larger stones and roots, steps and shallow stairs, gradients of up to 70 %, light hairpins, permanent braking readiness, displacement of center of mass to overcome obstacles, accurate braking, permanent body tension.

    Black (heavy, S3 – S5): blocked single trails, many large boulders and roots, smooth/slippery surfaces, loose scree slopes, large steps/drops, extremely steep gradients of over 70 %, tight hairpins, expert level of bike control/handling.

    The itinerary shows Level A and Level B choices on some days. Note that Level A is S3 classified (Black) and Level B is S0-2 (Blue-Red).

  • Are helmets compulsory?

    Helmets are mandatory on the bike tour. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as the rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required). Furthermore, the tour operator recommends riders carry arm and leg protectors during the bike tours.

  • Can I bring my own bike?

    Yes. Should you, however, wish to bring your own MTB with you, please make sure to check the condition of your brakes, gears, and tires and don’t forget to bring along a puncture repair kit and the essential spare parts for your bike (e.g. brake pads and tubes). Your bike should be in perfect mechanical working order.

    The tour operator does not allow private e-bikes on board of the boats. This decision has been made due to health and safety regulations. If you wish to ride an e-bike for the duration of your tour, please select the rental option.

    Liability disclaimer: The tour operator will not be held liable for any damages caused to private bikes during loading, unloading or other logistical handling thereof.

  • What's the deal with food?

    The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one warm meal a day. The half-board starts with dinner on the arrival day and ends with breakfast on the departure day. See the itinerary for specifics.

  • Is WiFi available onboard?

    The Turkish boats do not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, the tour operator recommends you take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbor. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your heart's content.

  • What are the entry requirements for Turkey and Greece in relation to COVID-19?

    Entry Requirements for Turkey

    Turkey has opened its borders to travelers and welcomes you this summer without quarantine restrictions on arrival under the following conditions*:

    - With proof of a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior, or equally for a single shot vaccination.

    – Negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 (no older than 72 hours at the time of entering Greece) OR a rapid antigen test result (no older than 48 hours at the time of entering Greece) certified by a registered test center from the departure country in English. The name on the test certificate must match the name in your ID documents (passport).

    – In addition, all visitors traveling to Turkey must register their visit at least 72 hours before arrival with the Turkish Ministry of Health under the following link: https://register.health.gov.tr/

    * Entry into Turkey has been suspended for travelers who have visited Denmark, UK, Brazil, or South Africa in the past 10 days prior to arrival.

    For further updates please use the following link: https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/world.php


    Entry Requirements for Greece

    The Greek authorities have announced that the country will commence tourism from the May 14, 2021. International tourists will be able to enter Greece without quarantine restrictions under the following conditions:

    – With proof of a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior, or equally for a single shot vaccination

    – Negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 (no older than 72 hours at the time of entering Greece) OR a rapid antigen test result (no older than 48 hours at the time of entering Greece) certified by a registered test center from the departure country in English. The name on the test certificate must match the name in your ID documents (passport). Random tests will also be carried out at the airport on arrival – quarantine expenses as a result of these tests will be covered by the Greek government.

    – In addition, all visitors traveling to Greece must fill out the Passenger Locator Form (PLF) at least 24 hours before arrival on the website https://travel.gov.gr/#/

    Full details for traveling to Greece in 2021 can be found here: https://travel.gov.gr/#/

  • Please read here for a message from the tour operator regarding COVID-19

    The following is available to all guests booked on a tour before 15.05.2021:

    – Rebook free of charge to a later tour date in 2021 or 2022 (on the same boat / trip subject to availability)

    We want to be sure that once our destinations allow travel, we also have enough participants booked to allow the tours to take place. Therefore we will be offering the following booking conditions for all new bookings as of today on original departures between the end of May and the end of August:

    – Book now and pay later. Full payment is due 30 days before the tour
    – Free cancellation and rebooking to a later tour in 2021 up to 30 days before the tour

    We would like to ask you not to cancel your booking with us prematurely! A free cancellation of your booking is possible if the trip has to be canceled by the tour operator, an official travel warning has been issued for the period of your trip or if quarantine measures are in effect upon your arrival or departure. The requirement to present a negative test result when traveling does not entitle a free cancellation.

    As no one can predict further developments, and as changes can occur at short notice, we ask for your patience. We assure you that great considerations is taken in deciding whether a trip can be carried out or not and, if necessary, we will cancel the departure ourselves. In this case, we will take up direct contact with all effected guest and inform them of their options.