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Turkey: Gulf of Gökova

undiscovered natural paradise
Bodrum Round tour.
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Turkey: Gulf of Gökova

Highlights of this tour

The Gulf of Gökova, stretching between the historic city of Bodrum and the spectacular Datça-Peninsula, is a true scenic gem, and a highlight among our cycling tours in Turkey. Completely spared from mass tourism, it is here that Turkey shows its true colours, making it the ideal location for an unforgettable active holiday. Untamed nature with fantastic panoramas, small harbours, wonderfully clear water, and historical highlights are just a taste of what makes the Gökova Gulf so special, an area well worth exploring by bike and boat! The ship – […]

Ancient rock tombs in Akyaka

Swimmstops in wonderfull bays

206 km / 128 mi. of cycling

Motoryacht: max. 30 passengers

Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Guided cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 2 Difficulty level 2
Duration of the tour.
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8 days

About this tour

The Gulf of Gökova, stretching between the historic city of Bodrum and the spectacular Datça-Peninsula, is a true scenic gem, and a highlight among our cycling tours in Turkey. Completely spared from mass tourism, it is here that Turkey shows its true colours, making it the ideal location for an unforgettable active holiday. Untamed nature with fantastic panoramas, small harbours, wonderfully clear water, and historical highlights are just a taste of what makes the Gökova Gulf so special, an area well worth exploring by bike and boat!

The ship – Your sailing hotel
In between cycling excursions, you cruise along with the ship, which travels to a new destination every day. You will sleep and have breakfast and 1 warm meal on board. Depending on the program, this will be lunch or dinner. The other meal is ashore (not included). It’s possible to spend a day on board if you like. There are rental bikes on board, but you can also bring your own if you mention it when booking.

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Day to day program

Day 1: Bodrum (Embarkation)

Individual flight to Bodrum Airport and (if any) transfer to Bodrum (45 min). Check-in on board from 2 pm. Use the afternoon to stroll through the bustling city with its famous bazaar and imposing fortress. In the early evening, we board the boat. Dinner on board and overnight in Bodrum.

Day 2: Bodrum – Yalıçiftlik (round tour) (aprx. 23 mi./38 km)

After breakfast we raise the anchor for a short cruise to Yaliciftlik. From here we start our first bike ride through the local pine forests to Camlik where we will have the chance to refresh ourselves with a short coffee break. We continue cycling through silver-green olive groves to the small village of Etrim. Ancestors of the Turkmen tribes continue to live semi-nomadic lives in the region. We can marvel at their fascinating hand crafts and during a lunch break at a local restaurant we can discover some local cuisine. After lunch we return to Yaliciftlik where we can enjoy a swim in the afternoon at the nearby beach, followed by dinner on board. Overnight stay in Yaliciftlik.

Day 3: Yalıҁiftlik – Mazı – Akbük (aprx. 26 mi./41 km)

From Yalıҁiftlik, our bike tour takes us inland through the scenic natural landscape before we head back to Mazı on the coast. Here, our ship awaits us for lunch on board. We relax for the two and a half hours crossing to Akbük, a charming little harbour where we can enjoy the afternoon swimming. Dinner on board and overnight in Akbük.

Day 4: Akbük – Akyaka (aprx. 19.4 mi./31 km)

In the morning, a shuttle takes us from Akbük to the charming mountain village of Sarnıçköy. The bike tour leads us to the neighbouring village of Akyaka, where we can stop to admire the ancient rock tombs. This picturesque village is characterized by its pseudo-Seljuk-Ottoman architecture with impressive wooden elements, unique to Turkey. This unique piece was designed by award-winning architect Nail Cakirhan. A short stroll through the village is well worthwhile. Dinner on board and overnight in Akyaka.

Day 5: Akyaka – Ҁamlı (aprx. 21 mi./34 km)

A round trip by bike around Akyaka takes us inland, away from the coast. On the way we enjoy an abundance of nature and the solitude of this landscape before returning to Akyaka for lunch. Afterwards, we head to the picturesque Ҁamlı bay, where we can take a refreshing swim. Dinner on board and overnight in Ҁamlı.

Day 6: Ҁamlı – English Bay – Yedi adalar (aprx. 12.5 mi./20 km)

Today’s bike tour takes us from Ҁamlı through small villages and fragrant pine forests to the picturesque English Bay. In this beautiful bay there will be plenty of time to swim to your heart’s content. After the bike ride, we have one and a half hours to relax on board and enjoy the sun and the salty sea air while we cruise to Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands). Dinner on board and overnight on anchor.

Day 7: Yedi Adalar – Körmen – Knidos (aprx. 26 mi./42 km)

The morning crossing takes us to Körmen on the Datça Peninsula, which we explore by bike. A first ascent leads us to a height of 450 m/1.480 ft, before we get to enjoy the descent back to the sea with a beautiful view over the Greek islands Nisyros, Tilos and Rhodes. The path leads us on a scenic road along the coast before entering the suburban outskirts of Knidos. After a visit to the impressive archaeological site, we spend the night in one of the most picturesque bays on the Turkish coast.

Day 8: Knidos – Bodrum (Disembarkation)

After breakfast on board, we get to enjoy the sea air one last time on the crossing back to Bodrum. Once in Bodrum, it is time to say goodbye to your ship, the crew, and tour guides. Check-out and (if any) transfer to the airport and individual travel back home or extension of your holiday in Turkey.

Good to know

Itinerary changes
We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary, depending on wind and weather conditions or organizational requirements. Sometimes the tour will be run in reverse order. Our 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 on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike-tour.

Requirements: Level 2
The daily tours average in length between 10mi. – 25 mi./16km – 40 km and lead predominantly through hilly and mountainous terrain and can be completed without time constraints. Participants will also need to master longer, steep climbs, during which they are of course permitted to push their bicycles. Most of the roads are asphalted and rarely frequented by traffic. Your tour guide will inform you each day about the tour details. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bicycle tour. This tour is primarily a guided group tour. Upon consultation with your tour guides, the possibility to cycle on your own along recommended, suitable routes, may present itself.

Group riding pace:
On most of our Bike & Boat tours you can choose between a hybrid bike and an e-bike. However, the guided group pace is based on the speed of the hybrid bike cyclists. Those who rent an e-bike on a hybrid bike tour are asked to show consideration for those who ride without electronic assistance. Hybrid bike cyclists need more breaks and more time to cycle the hills. We thank you for your understanding.

Requirement to wear a helmet
Helmets are mandatory on our bike tours. It is advised to bring your own, well fitted, helmet with you as our rental helmet numbers are limited (reservation required).

Children
We believe that only children in a good physical condition and previous bicycle tour experience and with a minimum age of 10 are able to master the cycle tours on their own strength. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bicycles is 1.50 m (5 ft.)

Catering
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 the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.

Internet availability
Our Turkish boats do not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend bringing your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. 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 hearts content.

Language
Due to our international audience all Islandhopping tours are conducted bilingually, in English and German.


Prices & availability

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Prices & information

Pricing overview - 2024
Cabin type For all dates
Twin/Double cabin below deck 2 pers. € 1990
Included in this tour
  • 8-day-trip on a gulet with crew
  • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
  • 7x half board catering
  • Bottled mineral water on board and during all activities ashore
  • Bed linen and towels
  • Daily cabin cleaning
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Guided cycling tours and sightseeing as described in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites (group visits only)
  • Overview-maps for the daily tours on board
Excluded in this tour
  • Transfer to/from the ship in Bodrum, Turkey
  • Rental e-bike or bicycle (optional)
  • Rental bicycle helmet (optional)
  • Entrance fees & excursions not included in the tour price
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Parking fee
  • Other transfers
  • Beverages on board (noted on a tally sheet; to be paid to the captain)
  • Personal (travel) insurances
  • Tips for tour-guides and crew (at your discretion)
  • SGR Insolvency protection
SGR Insolvency protection (mandatory consumer contribution SGR insolvency protection guarantee scheme: € 5 per person - will be specified separately on the booking confirmation)
Bicycles/E-Bikes
  • All hybrid bicycles are reliable, low maintenance, aluminium frame bike in the suitable size. The hybrid bikes are equipped with 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. Please be aware that these rental bikes are only available for participants that are taller than 1.50 m.
  • E-Bikes: high-quality pedelec, powered mainly by a Bosch motor capable of covering long distances, and characterized by their light weight and great components. Alternative drive systems may also be used.

Standard components of our e-bikes in varying frame sizes include, 28 inch hollow chamber rims with puncture-proof touring tires, high-quality derailleur gears and break systems, a carrier and a sturdy bike stand, touring saddle as well as mudguards and a pannier rack. We offer a trapeze frame for all guests up to 179 cm, and a diamond frame for people 180cm+.

  • The gravel or road bikes can be ridden over a variety of terrain. These bikes run perfectly on smooth asphalt surfaces as well as on gravel trails. The Orbea Terra H (or similar model) is the ideal all-terrain road bike. The ‘H’ stands for ‘hydro’ and indicates the extensive versatility of the bike. The aluminium frame allows for an upright seating position, as required for non-asphalted roads. Orbea calls this “all-road geometry”. The Terra H has a carbon fork, which allows tire widths up to 40 mm, flat mounted disc brakes, and 12 mm thru axles. A 2x 10-Gang Shimano Tiagra transmission completes the bike’s components. The bike is fast, light, robust, extremely versatile, and is exceptional to handle.

 

Weight Limit of Clients Bicycles Brought on Board Please be aware, that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb), if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, than they have to lift the bikes on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board. It is not possible to bring your own E-Bike on board.

Additional options & information - 2024
  • Rental e-bike with Ortlieb pannier: e-bike: € 225 per week
  • Rental hybrid bicycle: € 80 per week
  • Rental gravelbike: € 180 per week
  • Insurance against theft and damage of the rental bike: e-bike/gravelbike: € 25 /week; hybrid bicycle: € 10 /week (not insured: damages caused through gross negligence)
  • Shared twin cabin (on request)
  • Surcharge for a double cabin for single use: € 700 (on request, reservation required)
  • Collective group transfers between Bodrum airport and Bodrum port (available on embarkation or disembarkation days only): price on request (reservation requested – minimum 2 persons)
  • Exclusive transfers: on request

 

Requirement to wear a helmet: Helmet use is mandatory on all bike rides. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available on board in limited number (reservation requested).

Weight limit of bicycles brought on board: Please be aware that we have a weight limit of 22 kg (48.5 lb) per bike if you bring your own bicycle on board of one of our boats. This limit is important to protect the health of our guides/crew members, as they have to lift the bikes on board. It is not possible to bring your own e-bike on board. If we consider it necessary, we will check the weight on site. If the weight limit is exceeded, we reserve the right to refuse taking the bike on board.

Participants: Minimum 14 / Maximum 30

Legal notice: Boat Bike Tours is not the operator of this tour; this is a so-called ‘partner tour’. The tour operator is: Inselhuepfen/Radurlaub Zeitreisen GmbH, Konstanz, Germany. Other conditions may apply to this tour: further details are available on request.



Available ships for this tour

Premium Experience the higher levels of comfort, smaller groups and extra’s.
Motor ship Admiral Greece, Turkey

Three masted gullet

Climate controlled cabins

Shaded and sunny relaxing areas

Luxurious wooden interior fittings

max. 30 passengers
15 cabins
4 tours available with this ship

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Duration of the tour.
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Guidance
  • Guided cycling: A tour leader will guide you during the cycling days
  • Independent cycling: No tour leader, the ships’ crew does daily briefing, independent cycling
guidance Guided cycling
Difficulty
  • Level 1: easy tours, very flat terrain
  • Level 2: quite easy tours, mostly flat terrain
  • Level 3: requires a higher level of exertion, medium hilly terrain
  • Level 4: for experienced cyclists, hilly terrain with climbs
Difficulty level 3 Difficulty level 3

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