”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.
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