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Ready to explore the coastal MTB trails and feel the open sea, all under the banner of the Greek joy-of-life? Set sail from the vibrant Turkish port of Bodrum, and enjoy 8 unforgettable days of mountain biking, island hopping, and cultural exploration in Greece’s South Aegean. Traverse rugged trails and newly forged singletracks winding through tranquil Mediterranean landscapes. As you pedal past ancient theaters, Ottoman mosques, and charming white-washed villages, open your ears, and hear the echoes of history. Explore volcanic isles, indulge in moments of serenity at idyllic bays, relish the delectable Greek mezes, and let yourself go in the seamless fusion of sailing and mountain biking, nature and antiquity.

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Adventure highlights

  • Awe-inspiring sites

    Discover the captivating fusion of rugged volcanic landscapes, azure waters, and ancient Greek and Ottoman ruins

  • Full Aegean immersion

    Experience everything from scenic coastal biking to idyllic bays and bustling towns

  • Home away from home

    Stay in a stylish gulet and enjoy opulent cabins, delectable dishes made by private chef, and attentive crew


Embark on an MTB & sailing adventure through the captivating South Greek Aegean aboard Boreas—an exquisite Turkish gulet. Explore ancient ruins and stunning coasts, all while enjoying the comfort of opulent cabins. With a seasoned guide, attentive crew, private chef, half board, and a carefully curated itinerary you’ll pedal and sail from the historic sites of Kos and charming villages of Nisyros to the scenic bays of Tilos and the architectural wonders of Halki. Discover, unwind, and immerse yourself in a truly exceptional experience that seamlessly combines exploration and relaxation.

  • Individual arrival to Bodrum harbor. A collective transfer from Bodrum Airport to the harbor is available for an additional fee on request. Check-in begins on the Gullet at 2 pm. Use the evening hours to enjoy the lively atmosphere in the city of Bodrum and relax with a typical Turkish tea. In the evening, you can enjoy a shared dinner on board with your travel companions and tour guides.

    Meals: Dinner

    The boreas boat.
  • After breakfast, raise the anchor for a short cruise to Yaliciftlik. From here, start your first bike ride through the local pine forests to Camlik where you will have the chance to refresh yourself with a short coffee break. Continue biking 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. You can marvel at their fascinating handcrafts and during a lunch break at a local restaurant, you can discover some local cuisine. After lunch, return to Yaliciftlik where you board the boat and cruise to the island of Kos. A wealth of cultural sights in Kos town provides an insight into the town’s turbulent historical past, including the Roman Forum, the Crusader fortress, and the mosques from the time when Kos was part of the Ottoman Empire. The evening can be spent in one of the numerous bars or cafes in the town.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Riding: 28 mi/45 km
    Elevation Gain: 2,624 ft/800 m

    The Greek town of Kos.
  • After breakfast, start your bike tour with a visit to the world-famous Asklepion, continuing through a fragrant pine forest on leisurely ascending natural trails up to Mt. Dikeo, the highest peak on the island. Continue along the ridgeline trail which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, quickly making you forget the effort. Then return to the ship along varied trails. In the afternoon, sail to Mandraki on the volcanic island of Nisyros.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Riding: 22 mi/35 km
    Elevation gain: 2,625 ft/800 m

    Mountain bikers riding through theMediterranean wilderness on the South Aegean Greek island of Nisyros.
  • Today’s bike tour on Nisyros leads energy-saving first along asphalt roads up to the island’s capital Nikia, 430 m (1,410 ft) above sea level and built directly on the crater rim. Be enchanted by the town’s white houses and numerous pebble mosaics and enjoy the magnificent view of the volcanic caldera over a cup of coffee. Continue into the fascinating volcanic landscape of Stefanos Crater with its steaming sulfur springs. Afterwards, take natural paths and a single trail back to the ship in Mandraki. Cross to the neighboring island of Tilos.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Riding: 25 mi/40 km
    Elevation gain: 2,790 ft/850 m

    Mountain bikers riding along an MTB trail by the coast of the Greek island of Tilos.
  • Your morning bike ride takes you first from Livadia to Megalochorio. Here, those interested have time to visit the pygmy elephant museum. Afterward, your group will continue to the deserted village of Mikrochorio and along a spectacular coastal path back to the ship. After a delicious lunch, you can relax on board while sailing to the island of Halki and enjoy the fresh sea breeze. The picturesque island capital of Chalki offers a first impression of the classic architectural style which you will see on Symi.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Riding: 13 mi/20 km
    Elevation gain: 2,300 ft/700 m

    The town of Halki on the eponymous Greek Island seen from the azure waters surrounding it.
  • In the morning, sail to Panormitis Bay, which lies just off the island of Symi, to visit the local monastery. Afterwards, head off for the other side of the island. Biking up several switchbacks, you slowly conquer the hill, allowing yourself enough time to enjoy the picturesque views on the way up. Your destination is the island’s capital, Symi, with its classical cityscape and harbor. In the evening, you can head to the upper part of Symi town. From the top, you have a breathtaking view over the harbor and the coastline of the bay. An evening visit to a remote tavern allows you to enjoy the evening away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Riding: 16 mi/25 km
    Elevation gain: 2,460 ft/750 m

    Anchor in the Greek town of Symi.
  • From Symi, it is only a stone’s throw away to the Turkish Datça peninsula with the village of the same name. Here you head out on your last bike tour of the trip. Take scenic routes mostly along the coast of the Datça Peninsula to Knidos. After visiting the impressive archaeological site, cross over to Bodrum. Say farewell to guests, guides, and crew with a festive evening on board.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Riding: 28 mi/45 km
    Elevation gain: 2,300 ft/700 m

    The remains of an ancient Greek theater on the island of Knidos.
  • It’s time to say goodbye to fellow MTBers, your guide, crew members and to the Aegean. Head to the airport after breakfast—or continue touring on your own (just ask your guide for advice!)

    Meals: Breakfast

    Turkish Aegean port city of Bodrum seen during the evening.
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Meet your guides

Ali Sonay
Ali Sonay
Destination Manager
Getting to know new cultures and exploring the countries from their lesser-known sides has been one of Ali's main hobbies for years. By joining Islandhopping in 2002, he made his dreams of exploration a reality. Today, he is a destination manager, but in his free time, you'll find him at the nearest beach, getting ready for a diving session.
Dimitrios Kavvadas
Dimitrios Kavvadas
Tour Guide Greece
Dimitrios has been a tour guide for Islandhopping since 2016, sailing around Greece and exploring the outdoors. The part he enjoys the most is the connections he makes with the guests and being able to share different opinions and visiting various places. In his spare time, he enjoys kickboxing or sailing around and enjoying the views.  
Founded in 1998, Islandhopping is your top choice for biking, mountain biking, road biking, e-biking, and multi adventures aboard a boat. What started out as two bicycle tours in Croatia has grown into 300 tours a year with over 7,000 guests from all around the world. They guide travelers all over the Mediterranean, Central & Northern Europe, in Vietnam, South Africa, and Patagonia. Islandhopping’s tour guides are incredibly knowledgeable, multilingual, and educated in first aid, cultural presentations, and bike repairs. They’ll liven up the tour experience and make sure guests create lasting memories for a lifetime.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced MTB guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
      • 8-day MTB trip based on a premium boat with crew
      • Daily guided bike tours and sightseeing as described in the itinerary
      • 7 nights in a twin cabin below deck with shower/toilet
      • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (breakfasts and dinners)
      • Overview maps for the daily bike tours
      • Entrance fees to museums and archaeological sites (for group visits only)

    Mountain bike/e-MTB rentals are available for an added fee of $220 or $330, respectively.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the Bodrum harbor
      • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
      • Beverages on board (tally sheet system will be utilized)
      • Any personal expenses ashore
      • Guide and crew gratuities — optional
  • To fully participate and enjoy the guided sailing and mountain biking trip in the South Greek Aegean, you should have a very good level of physical fitness. The daily tours cover distances ranging from 25 to 45 km (15.5 to 28 miles), and elevation gains of 550 to 1,200 meters (1,805 to 3,935 ft), making the terrain moderately challenging and hilly. The region’s landscape varies from island to island, with technical and demanding single trails, wide gravel 4×4 roads, and occasional quiet asphalt stretches. While there are a few challenging points, there are very few unrideable spots.

    ​​However, being able to skillfully brake and shift your weight while riding on small obstacles such as roots, stones, and tight corners is important. For the more medium difficulty trails, you should be prepared for loose surfaces, larger obstacles like stones and roots, and light hairpin turns. Constant readiness to brake, shift your center of weight to overcome obstacles, and maintaining consistent body tension are required for these sections.

    The tour offers various sections with different technical levels, allowing you to choose the appropriate difficulty based on your comfort and skill. If you enjoy outdoor activities, have experience with mountain biking, and are prepared for moderate physical exertion, you’ll be well-equipped to participate. Moreover, the itinerary is designed to offer flexibility – you can choose to spend time swimming, relaxing on board the boat, or exploring the islands if you prefer a break from biking on certain days. Keep in mind that your guide will always be by your side to observe your technique, encourage you, and even change the route if riding gets too strenuous. There will often be a chance to take a break during rides.

    Overall, a reasonable level of fitness, biking experience, and a sense of adventure will enhance your enjoyment of this sailing and mountain biking journey through the stunning South Greek Aegean.

    If you’re looking for something less strenuous, check out this sailing and cycling tour in the Greek Cyclades and the Saronic Islands.

  • Here’s what you’ll need:

      • Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material (both short- and long-sleeved clothing)
      • Helmet (mandatory to wear) — please bring your own, well-fitted helmet, rental ones are limited (reservation required)
      • Padded cycling shorts — recommended
      • Week’s worth of leisure clothing
      • Swimming gear
      • Long-sleeved sweater or sweatshirt
      • Lightweight waterproof jacket
      • Sneakers or sport shoes
      • Sunglasses
      • Water bottles or hydration bladder
      • Daypack with snacks
      • Biking gloves are optional but recommended
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)

    Bring comfortable clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Summer months are usually sunny and hot, but there is always a chance for an occasional summer storm or rainy day. Weather is more unpredictable in late spring and early fall, with a possibility for cooler windy days, so it is instrumental that you are informed about the weather forecasts and prepared for different conditions.

  • Due to safety regulations on the boat, it is not allowed to bring your own e-bike. By renting it with your guides, you will get high-quality, fully serviced rental bikes perfect for the terrain of this tour. You can bring your own bike seat and pedals, guides will be happy to assist you in attaching these to your rental bikes.

    If you want to bring your own bike on the trip, bring a mountain bike that meets the technical requirements. In addition, your bike will need to have good tires (e.g. Gravel Bike or Cyclocross Bike). Before traveling, please check the condition of brakes, gears, and tires as well as bringing repair kits and essential spare parts (e.g. inner tube). Your bike must be in top technical condition. Please keep in mind that transporting your own bike will result in additional costs when flying.

    Helmet wearing is mandatory and it’s recommended you bring your own, well-fitted helmet. Rental helmets are available, but in a limited capacity, so reservation is required should you need it.

  • Life aboard the Boreas offers a luxurious and comfortable experience, promising relaxation and adventure as you cruise through the enchanting Aegean Sea. The vessel, a beautifully designed Turkish gulet, boasts an array of features to ensure your journey is nothing short of memorable.

    The boreas boat.


      • The Boreas features 15 tastefully decorated and generously sized guest cabins, all air-conditioned and located below deck.
      • Each cabin is equipped with a private bathroom that includes a shower, toilet, mirror, and hairdryer.
      • Bedding configurations include double beds measuring 190 x 160 cm and single or twin beds measuring 200 x 80 cm.

    A cabin in the Boreas boat.

    Dining and Relaxation:

      • Enjoy lovingly prepared meals served in the elegant salon, skillfully crafted by a talented chef, or on the spacious outdoor deck.
      • The outdoor deck spans two levels, providing ample space for relaxation in both sunny and shaded areas.
      • Plush seating areas and lounge chairs invite you to unwind and enjoy the stunning views of the Aegean Sea.
      • The upper deck offers large tables and chairs, creating the perfect setting for socializing and enjoying meals outdoors.

    Onboard Amenities:

      • A well-stocked bar in the saloon ensures you have a variety of warm and chilled beverages available at any time.
      • The ship offers various water sports equipment for those seeking more adventurous activities.
      • The vessel’s elegant and noble wooden interior adds to the overall ambiance of luxury.

    Salon of the Boreas gulet.

    Service and Crew:

      • The experienced 7-member crew of the Boreas, including a skilled chef, is dedicated to providing exceptional service and ensuring the safety and well-being of every guest.
      • Daily cabin service and mid-week towel and bedding changes are included for your comfort.

    Special Touches:

      • A swimming ladder allows easy access to the inviting waters of the Aegean Sea for swimming and relaxation.

    In summary, life aboard the Boreas is a blend of comfort, luxury, and adventure awaiting you after each day spent riding and sightseeing. Whether you choose to bask in the sun on the spacious deck, indulge in delicious meals prepared by the chef, or go for a swim, the Boreas promises an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes of the Aegean.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • The number of participants for these group tours is usually between 14 and 30.
      • It takes a minimum of 14 people for this tour to operate. If not enough participants sign up, your guides reserve the right to cancel the reservation. Your guides will let you know as soon as possible, at least three weeks prior to the start of the trip.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    MTB and Boat adventures in the South Aegean can be arranged for private groups. Contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 16, you’re good to go.
      • Children as young as 14 are able to go on trips with a legal guardian. If you have a young rider strong enough to handle sustained climbs (either riding or walking their bike) of hundreds of feet, and sometimes rough terrain, then they can participate. Riders younger than 16 receive a 25% discount.

    If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Bodrum, the starting point of your adventure, most people fly into Milas-Bodrum Airport, wich is 40 minutes away. From there, we suggest you take a shuttle service. You can also arrange an airport transfer for an additional fee (for a minimum of 2 people).

    The meeting place is at the Bodrum harbor where you’ll be able to board the Boreas boat after 2pm.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Greece and Turkey please refer to the U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs’ travel information on Greece and Turkey.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the 2024 dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot for 2025 with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.


    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:


      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.


      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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