This one-week gulet cruise follows a graceful route through the lower Dodecanese, some of the most beautiful Greek islands, combining long, leisurely cruises with visits to a wide variety of different island landscapes and plenty of opportunities to swim in secluded coves.
Kos and Rhodes are justifiably famous for their imposing Crusader castles and ancient temples, but alongside these world renowned sites we will also be visiting smaller islands that provide a more intimate view of traditional Greek island life, with their picturesque harbours, small town squares, simple family-run tavernas and beautiful architecture.
The small characterful towns where we moor are full of winding streets and churches decked with pebble mosaics – great places to set out on foot and explore. Steeped in history, these islands are also blessed with natural beauty – from the volcanic landscape of Nisyros (complete with natural saunas) to the magnificent and ever-changing coastlines.
Combining archaeological and cultural jewels with delicious food and azure seas, this escorted tour is a fascinating journey through Greece’s past and present.
“The holiday of a life time – our gulet adventure to the South Dodacanese Greek Islands was without a doubt our favorite family trip we have ever taken. The comfort and beauty of the gulet, the incredibly caring crew, the delicious food, the history we learned from our knowledgeable and friendly leader, Michael Metcalfe, along with the stunning beauty of the islands.
Swimming in the most gorgeous coves, kayaking on crystal blue waters, hiking around ruins and into small remote villages and relaxing on the boat all were the things were what led my four children to say it was the BEST best trip ever. Our wish is to book another excursion with Peter Sommer Travels to Turkey or Italy!”
Suzy Lautze, Oregon, USA
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Average rating 5 out of 5 from 371 reviews for Cruising the Southern Dodecanese, according to AITO reviews.
Day 1: Our gulet is about 40 minutes from Bodrum airport, in the city’s grand harbour. Welcome drinks and dinner aboard.
Day 2: A relaxing cruise to the island of Kos, home to one of the greatest healing sanctuaries of the ancient Greek world, the Asklepieion. After visiting this sanctuary there will be time to relax before taking an evening stroll around the lovely island capital and enjoying dinner in a local taverna.
Day 3: In the morning we cruise south to the volcanic island of Nisyros. We moor in Mandraki, a pretty harbour with labyrinthine streets, white-washed houses and brightly painted wooden balconies. In the afternoon we head up to the town of Nikia, set dramatically on the rim of the volcanic crater of Stefanos.
Day 4: On to Tilos, where we will visit the capital and the tiny museum devoted to the island’s extinct species of pygmy elephants that were discovered in one of the many caves. We spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming.
Day 5: North to Symi, where we will anchor in the lovely Neoclassical harbour of Yialos, one of the prettiest sights in the Mediterranean. We spend the afternoon in the upper town of Chorio, wandering through its winding streets, visiting the Acropolis and savouring the magnificent traditional architecture.
Day 6: On to one of the most celebrated and historic Greek islands, Rhodes, where we will step back in time to explore the streets of the old town. The medieval city of Rhodes, built by the Knights Hospitaller, is now a living breathing world heritage site. We’ll wander through the moat beneath mighty fortifications, to the Palace of the Grandmaster.
Day 7: After visiting the rich collections of the excellent archaeological museum, housed in the medieval Hospital of the Knights, we cross over to the harbour of Marmaris on the southern coast of Turkey. Farewell dinner on board.
Day 8: Transfer to Dalaman airport.