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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South Greek Aegean Sea

Greece, Turkey Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour island hopping in the Southeastern Aegean Sea

  • 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. On this bike and boat tour in Greece and Turkey, you will explore Rhodes and the neighboring islands in the Dodecanese group. 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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  • 2019

    Aboard all boats:

    Twin/double cabin:   £ 1277 $ 2,574 1490 $ 2265 NOK 14155 kr 13066 $ 1,699

    Twin/double on or above deck surcharge (available on the Love Boat only): £ 129 $ 259 150 $ 228 NOK 1425 kr 1315 $ 171

    Single supplements

    Double cabin for single use below deck: £ 429 $ 864 500 $ 760 NOK 4750 kr 4385 $ 570

    Double cabin for single use above deck: £ 600 $ 1,209 700 $ 1064 NOK 6650 kr 6138 $ 798


    extra options

    Electric bicycle rental (limited number, advanced reservation required): £ 69 $ 138 80 $ 122 NOK 760 kr 702 $ 91

    Hybrid bicycle protection:  £ 9 $ 17 10 $ 15 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11

    Electric bicycle protection:  £ 17 $ 35 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23

    *Collective transfers (only on embarkation/disembarkation day):
    Dalaman Airport and Marmaris port:  £ 17 $ 35 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23 Bodrum Airport and Marmaris port: £ 17 $ 35 20 $ 30 NOK 190 kr 175 $ 23 Bodrum airport and Bodrum harbor: £ 13 $ 26 15 $ 23 NOK 143 kr 132 $ 17 *Exact flight details are obligatory 

    *Private transfers available as well. Please ask us for pricing.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    If your tour begins in Bodrum, fly to Bodrum Airport, Turkey. If you tour begins in Marmaris, you can fly to Dalaman or Bodrum. Alternatively, you can fly to Rhodes Airport and take the ferry across to Marmaris for check in (before booking the flight please check the ferry schedule).

    Local Travel

    We advise that you book one of the fee based group transfers that are offered on arrival and departure days. See pricing.
    Tour starts Bodrum:
    Your vessel will be moored on embarkation day in the port of Bodrum. Check in begins at 2 pm. The actually mooring assignment within the port may not be availalble until embarkation day. The boat will remain in port overnight.
    Tour starts Marmaris:
    Your vessel will be moored on embarkation day in the port of Mamaris. Check in begins at 2 pm. The actually mooring assignment within the port may not be availalble until embarkation day. The boat will remain in port overnight.
    Organized transfer is available on arrival and departure days. See pricing.


    Please check local conditions before your arrival. The Mugla province in Turkey has a warm Mediterranean climate. A good website to research average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and other weather related facts is weatherbase.com


    Bike helmets are available on board in limited number on request.


    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.

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 Premium Class vessels, the Love Boat, or one of the Bahriyelis Gulets.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in double cabin with private bathroom
  • 7 x half board
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Guided 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).
  • Bottled water (€20 flat rate for unlimited water)
  • Gratuities crew and tour-guides (optional)
  • Remaining meals
  • Transfer to/from the airport to the harbor
  • WiFi (it is NOT available on the vessels in Turkey)
  • Bicycle Protection (€10 to €20/bike)
  • Travel Insurance
Length8 days
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Tour Dates

2019 Dates

Round trip from Marmaris
Bahriyeli A: August 31, 2019
Bahriyeli C: *September 28, and October 12, 2019

*Roundtrip Marmaris.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Round trip from Bodrum
Day 1: Bodrum (Embarkation)
Day 2: Bodrum – Yalıçiftlik – Kos (aprx. 11.5 mi./18 km)
Day 3: Kos Island/Kos Town - Nissyros Island (aprx. 16 mi./25 km) 
Day 4: Nissyros Island – Tilos Island (aprx. 19 – 25 mi./30 - 40 km)
Day 5: Tilos Island - Chalki island (aprx. 14 mi./22 km)
Day 6: Chalki Island – Symi Island (aprx. 16 mi./25 km)
Day 7: Datça (Datça-Peninsula) – Knidos - Bodrum (aprx. 26 mi./41 km)
Day 8: Bodrum (Disembarkation)

Day 1: Bodrum (Embarkation)
Individual arrival to Bodrum harbor. A collective transfer from Bodrum Airport to the harbor is available for an extra cost, on request. Check in begins at 2 pm. Alternatively, you can fly to Kos Airport and take the ferry across to Bodrum for check in. If you choose to arrive via Kos, make sure that your flight arrives no later than 2 pm in Kos in order to catch the ferry connection. Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively vibe in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening, a group dinner on board can be enjoyed in the company of your travel companions and tour guides.

Day 2: Bodrum – Yalıçiftlik – Kos (aprx. 11.5 mi./18 km)
The first cycle tour of the week takes you to Kızılağaç, which is famous for its local farmer’s market. After a break, continue cycling to Yalıçiftlik. Board the boat for lunch and a cruise to Kos town. An entourage of cultural sights in Kos town will give you insight into the town’s turbulent historical past: The Roman Forum, the Crusader fortress, and the mosques from the time when Kos was still part of the Ottoman Empire. The evening is rounded off in one of the numerous bars and cafes. 

Day 3: Kos Island/Kos Town - Nissyros Island (aprx. 16 mi./25 km) 
Cycle in the direction of the world famous archaeological excavation site of the Asclepion in Kos, the former realm of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. From here, cycle along the coast back towards the town of Kos. Here we board the boat and cruise to the volcanic island of Nissyros. 

Day 4: Nissyros Island – Tilos Island (aprx. 19 – 25 mi./30 - 40 km)
Begin in the morning with a cycle tour to Nikia - a village built directly on the Stefanos crater rim at 1,400 ft./430 m above sea level. From here, enjoy a fascinating view into the volcano crater. The white houses and the numerous pebble mosaics bring great character to the village. From here, cycle on to the crater with its steaming sulphur springs and finally back to the small port town of Mandraki where the boat awaits to take you to Tilos Island, inhabited since ancient times.

Day 5: Tilos Island - Chalki island (aprx. 14 mi./22 km)
The morning bike ride takes you from Livadia to Megalochorio. Enthusiasts can visit the pygmy elephant museum before returning back to the boat. A tasty lunch awaits you on board followed by a relaxing cruise from Tilos to the island of Chalki. 

Day 6: Chalki Island – Symi Island (aprx. 16 mi./25 km)
In the morning, the boat crosses to Panormitis Bay in front of the island of Symi, where the local monastery offers us a pleasant visit. After, follow the motto “off to the other side of the island!” Scaling several switchbacks, slowly conquer the hill, allowing yourself enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Today's destination is the Islands capital of Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbor. In the evening, you can climb to the upper part of Symi town. From the top, enjoy a breath-taking view over the harbor and the coastline of the bay. An evening visit to a remote tavern enables you to enjoy the evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Day 7: Datça (Datça-Peninsula) – Knidos - Bodrum (aprx. 26 mi./41 km)
From Symi, make your way to the neighboring, Datça Peninsula. 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, you 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: Bodrum (Disembarkation)
After breakfast, you disembark. Fee-based collective transfers to Bodrum Airport on request. If you wish to fly home from the Island of Kos, your ferry will depart at 9:30 am. Please ensure that your flight departure from Kos is no earlier than 1 pm.

Round Trip from Marmaris
Day 1: Marmaris
Day 2: Island of Rhodes, Rhodes City 6.3 mi. (10 km)
Day 3: Rhodes Island - Tilos Island - Nissyros Island, 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 4: Nissyros Island - Kos Island, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 5: Kos Island - Symi Island, 17 mi. (28 km)
Day 6: Symi Island, 13 mi. (21 km)
Day 7: Bozburun Peninsula - Marmaris, 19 mi. (30 km)
Day 8: Departure from Marmaris

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Tour Reviews

  • Rolf Lange 4 years 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: Love Boat (formerly BB2)

  • Patsy Venema 6 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: Love Boat (formerly BB2)

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