Cruising the Northern Dodecanese
”If you like your sailing with a little stimulation, book yourself on to this gulet cruise of the northern Dodecanese, which gives you an up-close look at the architectural pomp of ancient Greece, from the Asclepieion of Kos, to the tunnel of Eupalinos on Samos, and the medieval castle on Leros.” National Geographic Traveller Magazine, March 2013
Selected as one of the five best cruises to the world’s most beautiful corners by Lonely Planet Magazine, Dec 2012.
This gulet cruise takes us through some of the most beautiful and evocative Greek islands. Their strategic location has bequeathed them spectacular fortifications and religious sites of all periods and beliefs, which we will explore at leisure.
Cruising south from Kuşadasi to Samos, we combine visits to ancient sites with strolls through the modern towns. We’ll explore their winding streets, magnificent views and traditional architecture.
We’ll savour the local Greek cuisine, dining out occasionally in neighbourhood tavernas. Aboard our stylish gulet, we’ll take full advantage of secluded coves perfect for swimming.
This Greece tour introduces you to some of the most impressive aspects of Greek island culture and one of the most complicated historical fault-lines of the eastern Mediterranean. Archaeological highlights abound: from the Asclepieion of Kos, to the tunnel of Eupalinos on Samos, and the medieval castle on Leros.
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Day 1: We embark on our gulet in the Marina of Kuşadasi, about 60 minutes from Izmir airport. Welcome drinks and dinner.
Day 2: We cruise to Pythagorio, a pretty resort on the site of the ancient capital of the island of Samos. In the afternoon, we visit the island’s main archaeological museum with its astonishingly rich array of ancient statues and precious objects. Later we explore the Heraion, birthplace and main sanctuary of the goddess Hera, and the 1000m long Tunnel of Eupalinos, a miracle of 6th century BC engineering.
Day 3: Morning crossing to one of the smaller islands in the area for swimming and relaxing. In the afternoon, we cruise to the sacred island of Patmos, where we enjoy dinner in a traditional fish taverna.
Day 4: In the morning, we visit the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John the Divine is said to have had his famous vision. We continue to the picturesque town of Chora, crowned by the massive Byzantine monastery of St. John. In the afternoon, we travel to the island of Leros.
Day 5: On Leros, we view the island’s excellent archaeological museum and its dominant castle, occupied in turn by the Byzantines, the Knights of St. John and the Ottoman Turks. In the afternoon we continue to a cove off the rugged island of Kalymnos.
Day 6: We cruise to Pothia, the bustling island capital of Kalymnos. Here, we visit the archaeological museum, and the Early Christian basilica of Christ in Jerusalem with its impressive mosaics.
Day 7: With a swimming break along the way, we continue to the harbour of Kos and visit that island’s most famous site, the sanctuary of Asklepios, god of healing. In the late afternoon, we return to Bodrum. Farewell dinner on board.
Day 8: Transfer to Bodrum airport about 40 minutes away.
Arrival and Departure Information
Arrival Airport - İzmir (Adnan Menderes)
Departure Airport - Bodrum (Milas)
We will arrange local transfers from Izmir airport at the start of the tour, and to Bodrum airport at the end of the trip.
Guests can board the gulet after 5pm on the first day. You are more than welcome to arrive earlier to drop off your bags, but please be aware that the crew will be busy cleaning and tidying until late afternoon making everything ready for your group.
Travel insurance is a requirement of our booking conditions and we recommend you investigate the options thoroughly to make sure that your trip is properly covered.
If you would prefer not to take out travel insurance you will need to complete a travel insurance waiver form.
If you are planning to stay in Istanbul before or after your gulet tour we have included below links to more information and things to see and do.
Athens, Kos and the Greek islands
If you are planning to stay in Athens before or after your tour we have included below links to more information and things to see and do. If you intend to add time on Kos or any other Greek island, we are happy to offer information and advice.
This is a previous tour itinerary. However, we can offer it as a private tour. Please see our Gulet Charters page for more information.