THE DODECANESE ISLANDS
There are many Greek islands close to the Turkish coastline which are easily accessible by our Turkish flag boats. We have researched a number of different itineraries in order to visit these varied and lovely islands. We have listed places of interest as well as a suggested timetable for either 7, 10 or 14 days.
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THE DODECANESE – southern route (between Kos and Rhodes)
||Board your boat at Bodrum. Depending on your arrival time, complete immigration and port formalities to exit Turkey either by 1700 or after breakfast the following day.
||After breakfast, go direct to KOS to enter Greece and deal with Greek Immigration/port formalities. Overnight at Kos harbour with time to explore the historic sites and town, particularly Asklepieion, where it is believed Hippocrates founded the first medical school.
After breakfast, cruise to NISSYROS where we first visit the small, pretty village of Mandraki and the hilltop monastery of Panayia Spiliani. Overnight in the small harbour.
||Late Afternoon, visit 2 pretty old villages, Emborios and Nikia by private bus. There are spectacular views across to Tilos from Nikia, and an excellent museum about the volcano. Move on to TILOS.
||TILOS – explore this fascinating island with a 2 night stay. Your mooring would be outside the small harbour of Livadya close to the beach. We can organise transport and a guide to visit the capital town of Megalo Horio, nestling under the cliffs of a Knights castle. This is a short drive from Livadya and well worth it to step back in time. There are wonderful old restored houses set into the hillside and narrow painted streets more like narrow passageways, connecting the houses. Ancient fortifications and an acropolis surround the mountaintop. The journey there provides a hint of the inland scenery. You could then drive up a dramatic coastal road to the monastery of St. Panteleimonas clinging to the mountainside. From Livadia bay itself there are walks in all directions, orchids/spring flowers and birds for those interested.
Recent archaeological excavations have unearthed the remains of pre-historic pygmy elephants which were apparently cut off here from the mainland 3-4500 years ago. You can visit the small pretty museum devoted to these excavations.
||Sail across to Symi for 2/3 days exploring this beautiful island. Wild, rugged scenery, some bays almost fjord like.
First stop at Panomitis, a small hamlet largely made up of an interesting monastery complex, museum and church. Then move around to explore dramatic scenic bays with towering cliffs and excellent swimming – Marathounda and Nanou.
On 7-day itineraries you would need to travel direct to Bodrum from Symi to return to the airport. This itinerary can also be followed in reverse, starting at Marmaris, crossing to Rhodes and finishing at Bodrum.
Please note that the Port and Immigration charges related to exiting Turkey, entry to Greece and all Greek agents and harbour charges are not included in our boat rentals. These charges will be passed on to the charterer in Euros as applied. Any other additional costs for transport or guides will also be passed on to the charterer. A maximum of 12 passengers is allowed on each foreign flag boat in Greek waters.